All events are planned and executed with people who experience disabilities and difference.  We are excited to welcome new volunteers at any time of the year.  Please contact us at 513-487-3939 or

Jack Geiger, Managing Director

Susan Brownknight, Chief Executive Officer, LADD Inc.

Susan Brownknight is Executive Director of LADD, Inc., the agency that, since 2013, has organized the film festival. LADD has 150 staff members, a $7.5 million budget, and serves more than 500 adults in Hamilton County with housing, life-skill training, employment services and day-services.


In 2013, Susan was named the director of the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival and grew it into the largest film festival in the region. ReelAbilities celebrates the lives, stories, and art of people living with disabilities. From 2015 – 2017, Susan and LADD led the national ReelAbilities program growing it to 15 locations across the U.S. and making it the largest disabilities film festival in the country.

Marvin Hawkins, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Relations

Marvin brings to his position more than 20 years experience in event production, corporate sponsorships, concert promotion, hospitality, and politics. A committed Festival volunteer, he served as Opening and Closing Night co-chair for the Reelabilities 2015 Film Festival.


Before joining LADD’s executive team, Marvin was programming and sponsorship manager at 3CDC – Cincinnati’s renowned development organization that is dedicated to revitalizing and connecting the Fountain Square District, the Central Business District and Over-the-Rhine (OTR).


Marvin is a founding member and president of the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, creator of the Friday Flow Music series in Washington Park, VP of Global Arts and Culture for the Chinese American Association of Cincinnati and a member of the board of the Cincinnati Arts Association.

Molly Lyons, Development Director, LADD Inc.

Molly Lyons, J.D. is the Development Director of LADD, Inc. Molly brings to her role a broad experience in research and prospect management in major consolidated campaigns, experience gained at the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati Museums Foundation. She provided strategy and coordinated operational giving campaigns for the division of philanthropy. She is a highly-skilled researcher who uses both public records and publicly available records in her research.

Darla Leary, Project Manager

Following a 34-year career in software development and project management for Procter and Gamble, Darla joined LADD in 2016 as manager of development and external relations. At P&G, she traveled the world implementing product supply systems.


Darla is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of U.C.

Caren Theuring, Special Events Coordinator

Caren brings to the festival more than 15 years experience in planning professional events in Cincinnati, across the country and the globe. At Pro Scan Imaging, she planned training courses for physicians in San Francisco, Chicago and Melbourne Australia. At the Cincinnati Bar Association she planned educational meetings for lawyers. Previously, in the San Francisco Bay Area, she recruited designers of interactive websites and apps.


She is the oldest of eleven siblings of a multi-generational Cincinnati family.

Jesse Byerly, Media Arts Director

Jesse oversees branding, all graphic arts, media creation, and film screenings.


He was one of the first teachers for Stages for Youth Filmmaking Camp and helped develop the Mini-Micro Cinema.


In the ReelAbilities North America program, he managed relationships with filmmakers and distributors. A filmmaker and artist, Jesse has a BFA from Northern Kentucky University in New Media Art and has participated in several Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky exhibitions. He is an AmeriCorps Alumni and has lived in Costa Rica.