Festival Chairs and Film Programmers
Vice President of Administration and Human Resources at TriVersity Construction Group, has 18-years’ experience in human recourses and organizational development. She is instrumental in shaping TriVersity’s business strategy working in tandem with the executive leadership to determine how to best use the company’s resources to provide exceptional and consistent customer experiences. She currently serves as secretary on the DCI Board of Directors, as well as the board of directors at the U.C. Economics Center, the YWCA and Cincinnati Works.
Kitty Rosenthal is the retired Vice President at Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce where she served in various roles over 30 years. In March, 2017, she co-chaired opening night for the ReelAbilities Film Festival. She has been the Director of Development for Film Cincinnati. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Chatfield College, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.
Jon Sanchez is Founder and CEO of Team Performance Institute, a leadership and team development organization. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he has served as an officer on the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams. After his naval service, he transitioned to the finance industry. Jon has conducted consulting and speaking engagements, executive coaching, and team building engagements for corporations around the world and across multiple industries. He serves as a board member for the Joseph House, the Anthony Munoz Foundation, and Magnified Giving.
Scott Van Nice is an attorney and Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics and eDiscovery professional with Procter & Gamble where he built P&G’s electronic discovery and computer forensics service and manages insider risk investigations. Additionally, he is serves on the P&G People with Disabilities Leadership Team. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, teaching “Legal Rights for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,” and teaches at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, and University of the Cumberlands. Scott has served on the Cincinnati 2017 ReelAbilities Accommodations Committee.
Kim is an owner of the Cincinnati Reds, a real-estate agent at Sibcy Cline, an occupational therapist and board member of May We Help, a nonprofit that provides adaptive technology to people with disabilities. Kim said, “I am involved because this festival is a true celebration of the human spirit, is what this city is about, and the films are world-class.”
Jenny is president of the board at Melodic Connections, a nonprofit that connects people with disabilities to music and mother of Sam, a teenage son with Down syndrome. “When you see one of these incredible films, you are changed not just in your perception of disability but in your understanding of diversity, and how all of us have something to contribute.
Opal H. Bennett joins the festival to curate the film program, which will present fictional and documentary films about freedom, identity, diversity, faith and disability. Currently she manages the film and screenplay submissions for the Nantucket Film Festival. She is an associate programmer at the DOCNYC Film Festival in New York City, and has served on the programming teams for Sundance London, Athena and Tribeca Film Festivals.
Adam Piron belongs to the Kiowa and Mohawk tribes, and was raised in Arizona. He is a member of the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Programming Team and also programs films for AFI Fest and Film Independent’s LA Film Festival. From 2014 to 2017, he served as manager of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Film Program where he also helped oversee the Native Filmmaker Lab Fellowship and more.