Board of Directors

President: Susan Feddema-Leonard
Vice-President: Jesse Szymanski
Secretary: Share Munoz
Treasurer: Janet Hamley
Director: Lea Kohler
Director: Laura Vinson
Director: Rayna McKay

Susan Feddema-Leonard: President
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Executive Producer – Independent Producer

Susan Feddema-Leonard:

Executive Producer / Director – Independent Producer

Susan Feddema-Leonard, Executive Producer for People & Peaks Productions, has produced the Canadian Rockies Series (13 X 60’ HD · Documentary), that feature breathtaking documentaries, that share the history, traditions and culture of the Rocky Mountains. People & Peaks Productions is a rural based film production company that has been nominated for a total of nine (9) Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards over the past (5) five years; including five Original Musical Scores; two Best Overall Documentary Series; Best Cinematographer and Best Overall Sound. The productions include: Wildie, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Ancestors Calling, Long Road Home, Mountain Mustang and Mountain Men. The Canadian Rockies Series has aired on Wild Tv to a national and international audience. Canamedia is distributing the series worldwide. Productions have been broadcast on Russian and New Zealand networks. Susan is also Executive Producer for Trials of Old Trailmen (60’ HD · Documentary), which is currently in post-production and will be aired on Wild Tv. She is also in post-production of three one-hour documentaries called Spirit of the Rockies, Ghosts of the Jackpine River, and Through the Mist of Time.

Susan is the current President of Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA), a member of Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), and a long-standing member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta

Jesse Szymanski: Vice President

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Co-Executive Producer – Independent Producer

Jesse Szymanski is the President and Executive Producer of Modern Muse Media Ltd.

Her 19-year career in the film, television and digital industry has spanned to encompass Executive Producing, Hosting, Writing, Directing, Post-Production, Digital / Social Media, Promotion / Publicity and Marketing / Branding. This vast skill set allows her to train and mentor industry professionals, bringing them to the next level of their careers in this dynamic and ever-changing multi-media landscape.

She is Vice-President of the board of directors for WIFTA, is a member of AMPIA, and the CMPA. She volunteers her time to speak on various industry panels and is an active trainer and mentor for young media professionals. Jesse was featured in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40”, and was twice nominated for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award for Excellence in Artistic Management.

Most recently, she worked as a Co-Executive Producer on the fifth season of the award-winning dramatic television series Blackstone. In 2007, Jesse joined Prairie Dog Film + Television and worked on a multitude of series including producing and directing My Green House (lifestyle), producing three seasons of Mixed Blessings (Comedy), and co-executive producing five seasons of the acclaimed Blackstone (Drama), all of which have been major contributions to building Prairie Dog Film + Television. Shortly after beginning her producing career in independent film and television at The Idea Factory, Jesse starting working on the broadcast side in the Creative Services department at City TV and Access Television, launching Speakers Corner Alberta, a half-hour weekly television series, and producing several educational and commercial contracts. Simultaneously, she became an Entertainment Reporter for The City Show on City TV.

Share Munoz: Secretary

share munoz-newIndependent Producer and Cinematographer

Share moved into film making from a background of administration in large corporations. Working in this area has given her strong organizational skills, customer service strengths, as well as an eye for detail and problem solving.

After leaving Corporate Canada, she knew there was more to life, and she found it in film making. Share’s passion for photography easily transitioned into a passion for film making, specifically cinematography. She is always looking for that shot, that footage that stands above the rest and creates powerful moments in the visual story. She is driven to continuously learn new techniques and concepts that can then be adapted to film, and ultimately to assist in telling the story. Share and her husband own and operate Vivia Digital Films Inc.

 

Janet Hamley: Treasurer

Controller and Office Manager

Janet Hamley is the Controller and Office Manager at Prairie Dog Film + Television.

Janet is educated as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and has a Bachelor’s degree in Accountant and Applied Business Administration from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.

She has experience working in various organizations as an Accountant, and for over 10 years she has specifically worked in the Film + Television industry. Her experience includes a movie of the week, short films, documentaries, docu-series, lifestyle TV series, promotional videos, web/television commercials, public service announcements, corporate event videos and drama series. These projects have aired on ABC, APTN, BRAVO, CBC, CMT Live, CTV, Discovery Channel, ESPN, The Food Network, Muchmusic, NETFLIX, Rogers, and OMNI.

Janet likes to volunteer her time as the Treasurer of WIFTA, Co-Chair on the AMPIA – Finance & Fundraising Committee, Coach her son’s soccer team and Co-Chair the annual Terry Fox Run in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

Lea Kohler: Director

Director of Photography and Set Designer

Lea Kohler has been involved in a family business in television since the 1980s. She has worked in various capacities including the Director of Photography for more than three hundred shows. Lea participated in the editing of the 1/2-hour productions and built set designs for a large majority of the shows.

Lea is currently retired, however is involved with the family owned Wild TV Canada’s Hunting and Fishing TV Network. Wild TV is a Canadian channel consisting of high quality outdoor programming 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Wild TV reaches more than 14 million people in Canada, 30 million in the U.S., and 12 million European television households, and its goal is to instill enthusiasm and the ethics of outdoor sportsmanship among a new generation of Canadians.

 

 

 

Laura Vinson: Director

Original Musical Score Composer,
Song Writer and Musician

Laura Vinson has been nominated many times for the National Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards. She and her band Free Spirit have many ARIA Awards for best Band, Vocalist, Album, Single, and Song.

Returning to her Roots and her aboriginal heritage, a performance by Canadian Artist Laura Vinson has all the ingredients. Authentic traditional sound, songs and stories about the eastern slopes are woven into the productions. Laura Vinson was born and raised in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains near Jasper National Park. Her Métis heritage is Cherokee, Cree, English, and French. In all her songs you feel the roots of her Aboriginal background, which go back to Tête Jaune (aka Yellowhead).

Laura Vinson and Dave Martineau are writing original musical scores for television documentary productions. Laura Vinson and Dave Martineau were nominated for four (4) Best Original Musical Score for the Alberta Film & Television Rosie Awards documentary (non-fiction over 30 minutes) over the past four (4) years. The nominations include Ancestors Calling, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Wildie and Mountain Mustang. Their latest musical score called Mountain Man will be submitted for the 2017 Rosie Awards.

Rayna McKay: Director

Actress

Rayna got involved in WIFTA as a volunteer, and has been voted in as a WIFTA Board of Director. She is an actress and has worked on various TV productions and films. She has acted in ‘Mia’ which has been officially selected at the 2015 International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts #IFFCA in Los Angeles! The short also played at the Jasper Short Film Festival in 2015. #miafilm. Rayna worked on set for Hell On Wheels. She was featured as a background actress over a two-year period. She had no lines but appeared in visual shots in the Whore House of the set many times. Her  visual presence ensured continuity. Rayna was an actress on Young Drunk Punk, a Canadian television sitcom. This series has been aired on City TV and CBC. She acted in the Yoga Show episodes and played a 1980’s yoga girl. She was known as the Lotus Lady. Rayna was also an actress in the movie “Botz–Robots@Play™. The production was directed by Eda Lishman, and produced with the support of Telus, and with the assistance of the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund. It was produced by Kathy L Fedori of Starcastle Projects. Rayna also acted as one of the girls on Wyonna Earp, a thirteen episode TV series. This has also played at the Venice Film Festival; Toronto Film Festival. She acted in CBC’s Heartland as a wedding guest and in the Discovery Channel’s Klondike as a low end prostitute. She did stand in work in the Hallmark Movie Reckoning, a Christian Film/Movie. She was a stand in double for the main character Katie Mayfield, starring Katie LeClerc. Rayna is no stranger to the film set. Earlier in her career she also worked in the Craft Service for the film Reverence. She learned the ropes of film providing food and drink to the actors and crew.