2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The MN WIFT Board of Directors consists of an all-volunteer board.

Alison Guessou, President

As a filmmaker, Alison Guessou's aim is to tell those stories that are not often told, and to bring to light the characters that we rarely see. As the founder of Djini Productions, her belief in having diverse perspectives represented behind the camera will add to today’s narrative landscape. Her goal is to develop feature films that bring the experience of our communities to life; not only stories which speak to the concerns of our time, but also provide entertaining portrayals through diverse cast and crew. She is a recent recipient of the Jerome Foundation 2019 Minnesota Film, Video and Digital Production Grant.

Alison first joined MN WIFT in 2017, and has been serving on the board since August 2019.

Carrie Bush, Vice President

Carrie has a lifelong passion and drive to create stories, give voice to and advocate for the underrepresented and marginalized groups around the world which has formed her goals and dreams both professionally and through her continuing education. For the last 17 years, she’s worked in the film and commercial industry, working across the country and around the world as a director, producer, and assistant director on both narrative and documentary film projects. She has directed four award-winning short films and a web series with a focus on telling stories that showcase different perspectives. She currently mentors young filmmakers and volunteers for organizations that fight for social justice here in Minneapolis as well as at the USA-Mexican Border.

Hannah Walker, Treasurer

Hannah Walker is a film and television producer, who recently moved back to Minnesota after 15 years of living and working in Los Angeles. Prior to her move, she served as Producer and Director of Development at Sander/ Moses Productions, where she guided the development of dozens of pilots and television series for ABC, Amazon Studios, FOX, NBCUniversal International Studios, Red Arrow Studios and Warner Bros. Studios, among others. Hannah began her career working in feature film development at independent production companies like 2929 Productions (“The Road,” “Two Lovers”) and Matt Tolmach Productions (“The Amazing Spider Man,” “Jumanji”).

Christopher Powers, Secretary

Chris is a software engineer and filmmaker. He joined the Minneapolis/St. Paul filmmaking community in 2007, where he works as an assistant director and producer on feature films, short films, music videos and documentaries.

Chris joined the MN WIFT Board in 2016 and has served as Secretary since 2017.

Amanda Day

Amanda Day has been an extremely active member of the MN film and TV community for 15 years. She has worked with the MN Film & TV Board as a producer and event host, volunteered with the TCFF for 9 years, been a judge and participant in numerous film festivals, has hosted and spoken on film and TV screenings and conferences, mentored many actors and worked as a full time actor, voice talent and host for 10 years. She has been the lead in over 25 feature films and worked on over 70 shorts. She has a background in business and has branched into producing, locations and account management. She is passionate about the film community in MN, has a deep love for cooking food for her friends and family and loves to travel.

Kelly Lamphear-Dash

​Kelly Lamphear-Dash is an award-winning screenwriter and producer. Her documentaries and short films have been featured in over 100 film festivals worldwide.

​Her short documentary "Rediscovering John Berryman" will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, their app, and educational platform this fall.

​In addition, she's a story and production consultant. She's also co-founder and organizer for Reel Write Away screenwriting retreats.

Ariel Donahue

Ariel Donahue is a freelance filmmaker, writer, actor and voiceover artist based in Minneapolis. She has spent the last eight years doing production and wardrobe, but her career began at age 2, when she was cast as a series regular in her mother’s student films at MCAD in exchange for Barbie Dolls. (Today, Ariel’s rates are slightly higher.)

Her notable projects include: I Was There (History Channel), Wilson (Fox Searchlight Pictures), In An Instant (ABC), Mogadishu MN (HBO), The Zimmern List (Travel Channel) and many, many commercials.

Ariel is also the title voice of Amira & The StoryCraft, an interactive AI-powered app-based reading tutor. Go download it for free!

Aiyana Ruggiero

Aiyana launched Ruggiero Models & Talent in 2014 to represent great talent and support outstanding projects in the MN production/talent community. An accomplished and savvy manager, producer and marketer, Aiyana is known for her personal touch and grace-under-pressure running complex, fast-paced projects while serving clients with intricate needs and talent who are as enthusiastic and skilled as they are ambitious and professional. She loves the biz because of the people she gets to know and her pride in seeing talent and clients thrive.

Aiyana enjoys giving back to the community by mentoring newcomers, speaking at industry events, and sharing advice and insight on the ins-and-outs of the industry. Her near-constant companion, Betty, is known for her stylish collars and the lipstick kiss-mark just above her snout. When Aiyana isn’t working (but really, she’s always working) she is a passionate bon vivant and can be found cooking, networking, and hatching travel plans. Wine estates in France, anyone?

Carol McCormick

Aiyana launched Ruggiero Models & Talent in 2014 to represent great talent and support outstanding projects in the MN production/talent community. An accomplished and savvy manager, producer and marketer, Aiyana is known for her personal touch and grace-under-pressure running complex, fast-paced projects while serving clients with intricate needs and talent who are as enthusiastic and skilled as they are ambitious and professional. She loves the biz because of the people she gets to know and her pride in seeing talent and clients thrive.

Aiyana enjoys giving back to the community by mentoring newcomers, speaking at industry events, and sharing advice and insight on the ins-and-outs of the industry. Her near-constant companion, Betty, is known for her stylish collars and the lipstick kiss-mark just above her snout. When Aiyana isn’t working (but really, she’s always working) she is a passionate bon vivant and can be found cooking, networking, and hatching travel plans. Wine estates in France, anyone?

Chelsea Lawrence

Chelsea Lawrence is a advocate for people with disabilities and chronic illness. She found a platform to advocate for people like her on Tiktok. Before becoming disabled she traveled the world learning about new cultures which gave her a completely new perspective on life. She was very active in the film and commercial industry. She worked on camera as an actress. You could see her on Netflix, Freeform, HBO, ABC and the big screen as well. She was in local and national commercials as well. She also worked behind the camera as well as a production manager or assistant. She was a judge for two years for the 48 hour film project. She also enjoyed working on passion projects that focused on social justice issues. she would love to see more disability representation in film and television. Instead of acting like the disabled why not use somebody who is living that truth. She now helps other people out achieve their goals and dreams in the industry with her experience and knowledge. Don’t let disability stop you from achieving your dream!

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