Now that our Second Annual Video Giveaway Blueforest Gives Back has officially stopped accepting applications, we are excited to announce the judges panel. These judges will be responsible for reviewing and voting on which local nonprofit will be the winner of our giveaway!
Michele Reynolds is an expert in social work and is currently working at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community, a nonprofit organization that provides retirement services to older adults. She has extensive volunteer experience and she enjoys working with Meals on Wheels and Race for the Cure.
Missy Hatley is the Director of Resource Development for CASA, a nonprofit that develops and manages affordable rental housing to end homelessness. She has worked with donors and volunteers who support affordable housing for 12 years. Missy can attest to the power of a beautifully crafted and presented video message to connect nonprofits with passionate people in the community who want to help.
Molly was born and raised in Louisiana. She has a BA and an MS from LSU. She has worked in municipal government and for nonprofits including the Nature Conservancy and Democracy North Carolina. She is married and lives in Rocky Mount.
Kathy Langfield is the VP Operations of the Blueforest Team and keeps us all on track. She is a professional MBA with a background in business, nonprofit and environmental fields. She has worked for Blueforest Studios since its inception as Atlantic Creative and oversees finance, operations, and marketing. She is on the Meredith College Alumni Board, Triangle AdFed Board, and is a longtime Special Olympics of NC volunteer.
Marguerite LeBlanc is the bookkeeping part of the Blueforest Team since 2012. She has worked for nonprofit and for-profit organizations ranging in size from two to several thousand employees including local and national nonprofits and several publishing companies. Her experience includes fundraising, sales, marketing, event planning, and office administration.
Mary Beth Rehm received her M.S.W. from UNC-CH then worked for many years with individuals with autism and their families through the TEACCH program in Chapel Hill. After marrying and moving to Charleston, SC she started a gardening business and volunteered with the Preservation Society of Charleston. Since returning to Raleigh, she has volunteered with the Deconstruction Program at Habitat for Humanity, in the kindergarten program at Stough Elementary, and at the NCSU Arboretum.
Sean Riddle – Project Manager
Sean Riddle grew up in Orange County, California. He always had a passion for film and moved to Los Angeles and started as a production assistant at Warner Bros. Due to his hard work he was offered different positions on several TV shows, including “The West Wing”. Sean recently moved to Raleigh with his wife, daughter, and two pugs – Matty & Dwight. Sean absolutely loves Raleigh and all it has to offer and is looking forward to continuing his career at Blueforest Studios.
Emily Kohler – Illustrator + Animator
Emily Kohler is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in illustration. When Emily is not drawing, she spends much of her time thinking about what to draw next. She’s an avid urban sketcher and enjoys fresh air. Her hobbies include collecting mechanical pencils, misplacing her keys, and reading predictable mystery novels.
Bryan Reklis – Video Producer
Bryan Reklis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 where he studied media production. Bryan’s interest in media production began in high school, but in college, production became a passion. After graduation, Bryan started an internship with Blueforest Studios before joining the team full-time.
Vann Dwiggins worked in print publishing, wildlife conservation, and social work before finally finding his true passion in videography. A Raleigh native and a graduate of North Carolina State University, Vann is also an aspiring documentary filmmaker. Vann enjoys camping, etymology, wildlife photography, and making videos for local nonprofits.
We sincerely appreciate each and every nonprofit’s dedication to bettering the community and willingness to enter our giveaway. Our judges will be reviewing and choosing the top 10 finalists within the next few weeks, so stay tuned!