Who We Are

Bob Feinberg, Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder
Bob Feinberg is Vice President & General Counsel of WNET, the premier public media provider of the New York City metropolitan area and parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN, NJTV, and WLIW21. He has practiced media law for nearly 20 years and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School since 1991, where he has taught media law, criminal law and legal writing. Bob earned his J.D. from NYU School of Law and his A.B. from Cornell University. He lives with his wife and two children in Montclair, New Jersey.

Meredith Ladov, General Manager
Meredith began volunteering with MFF in 2010 before taking the position of General Manager in March, 2011.  Prior to that, she was actively involved in the Montclair Public Schools and ran a small home-based business.  She began her career in the Marketing and Advertising industry in both production and account management capacities. She has been a resident of Montclair for 20 years and is married with two children.


Raphaela Neihausen, Executive Director
Raphaela worked as a management consultant for seven years, advising Fortune 100 companies on strategic growth. She then produced the documentary “Miss Gulag” (supported by the Ford Foundation and Sundance Documentary Fund) that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and went on to be broadcast worldwide. Raphaela is Executive Director of the weekly series Stranger Than Fiction at Manhattan’s IFC Center and the annual festival DOC NYC. She holds a BSFS/MA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, graduating with honors.

Thom Powers, Artistic Director
Thom is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2006 and also oversees its “Mavericks” discussion series where he has hosted guests including Bruce Springsteen, Chris Rock, President Carter, and many others. He is also Artistic Director of Stranger Than Fiction and  DOC NYC, and consults on programming for the Miami International Film Festival.  Thom has directed documentaries for HBO and PBS and teaches documentary courses at New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies and the School of Visual Arts.

Board of Directors and Staff

Photo by Neil Grabowsky / Montclair Film Festival

Photo by Neil Grabowsky / Montclair Film Festival

Bob Feinberg, Chairman of the Board; VP & General Counsel of WNET
Evelyn Colbert, Vice-Chairman of the Board; Community Leader
Brian Clarkson, Treasurer of the Board
Warren Ross, Secretary of the Board; Partner, Ross & Co. Insurance
Rennie Ackerman, Marketing Executive
Steve Adubato, Broadcaster, Author, Motivational Speaker
Frank Barnes, Jr., O.D., Optometric Physician, Drs. Barnes & Carter, L.L.C.
Sarah Glaymon Barrack, Attorney
Daniel Battsek, President, Cohen Media Group
Dorothea Benton Frank, Author
Bobbi Brown, CEO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Rose Cali, Education Philanthropist; Trustee, Montclair State University
Kelly Coogan Swanson, Marketing Strategist
Jeff Cooperman, Managing Producer, The Colbert Report
Radika Eccles, President, Rhadi Living
Conrad Fink, President/Director, This Is TV
Matthew Frankel, Exec. Dir. for Startegic Partnerships at Montclair State University
Marci Gruber, Producer, Mind’s Eye Productions
Beth HartCommunity Leader
Lisa IngersollMarketing Strategist
James JohnsonPartner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Marcia Marley, Founder and President, BlueWaveNJ
JoAnn McCullough, Executive Director, IMANI
Shelley Phillips, Board Member, President, HOMECorp
Alex R. Picou, Managing Director, JP Morgan Private Banking
Lynn Selassie, Community Leader
Adaora UdojiInterim President, News Deeply
Claire Walls, Community Leader


Advisory Board

Susie Arons, Executive Vice President, Rubenstein Communications
Luce Battsek, Community Leader
Susan V. Bershad, MDSenior Faculty, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Stephen Colbert, Executive Producer, The Colbert Report
Kahane Cooperman, Co-Executive Producer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Philanthropist, President, Fork Media
Dagmara Dominczyk, Actress
Maggie Drucker, General Counsel, Seamless.com
Olympia Dukakis, Actress
Chris Gifford, Writer and Executive Producer, Nickelodeon
Michael Gillespie, Director of Marketing, Montclair Art Museum
Dick Grabowsky, Grabowsky Development
Albie HechtCEO Worldwide Biggies, Founder of Spike TV
Pamela Hogan, Documentary Filmmaker
Larry Kopp, Founder and President, The TASC Group
Steven Kushner, Rabbi, Temple Ner Tamid
Roscoe Orman, Actor
Luke Parker Bowles, Producer and Executive Vice President, Open Road Media
John Penotti, Producer and Founding Partner, Greenestreet Films
Steven Plofker, Real Estate Developer
Gini Reticker, Documentary Filmmaker
John Schreiber, President and CEO, NJPAC
John Servidio, MFF Co-Founder and General Manager of WLIW21 & NJTV
Banks Tarver, Co-Founder and Co-President, Left/Right
Patrick Wilson, Actor
Louis Zorich, Actor