Dr. Andrée Elise Comiskey Betancourt – Board Trustee
Andrée “Dre” Betancourt is an independent scholar and multimedia artist. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, and has taught courses at Louisiana State University and the University of South Alabama on topics including film, video, and television theory, history, criticism, and production. In 1999 she graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in psychology and Spanish. Betancourt received her M.A. in film studies from University College Dublin in Ireland in 2002. She has worked in diverse roles on seven feature films, more than a dozen film and video shorts, on commercials, and a music video. In 2009 Betancourt received her Ph.D. in communication studies from Louisiana State University where she was awarded a Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship for “Under Construction: Recollecting the Museum of the Moving Image.” As a member of the LSU HopKins Black Box theatre community she served as director, performer, and electronic media designer. Born in New Orleans, Betancourt has worked for arts and cultural institutions such as: the Smith College Museum of Art; the Center for the Fine Arts (CBA) of Madrid, Spain; the University of South Carolina Newsfilm Library; the San Diego Museum of Art; the Mingei International Museum; and the Portland Museum of Art. She currently resides in New Orleans and Baton Rouge with her husband, John.
Alan Citron – Board Trustee
Alan Citron is the president of Buzz Media, a leading operator of celebrity and music websites. Citron brings more than 25 years experience in Internet services, music, entertainment and journalism to The Louisiana Film Museum. Prior to joining Buzz Media, Citron served as general manager of Time Warner’s TMZ Television and TMZ.com, is one of the most successful online content launches of all time. Prior to TMZ, Citron was senior vice president of marketing at Movielink, the online film pioneer that was a joint venture among Warner Bros. Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM. In the music arena, Citron was the founding president of MusicNet. Before that, he was the founding president of Ticketmaster Online and chairman of Ticketmaster Multimedia. While there, he was also appointed President, USA Networks Interactive. Citron began his career at the Los Angeles Times where he served as assistant business editor for entertainment and a columnist for more than 12 years. He is a 1980 graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, with a BA in Communications.
Sandra Coudert – Board Trustee
Since 2002, Sandra Coudert has been the managing director of Rattlestick Productions, Inc. (“Rattlestick Playwrights Theater”), a multi-award-winning off-Broadway theater company. Coudert administers all development, marketing and financial oversight duties, as well as the day-to-day operation of the theater. Prior to joining Rattlestick in 2002, she served as the general counsel of GiftCertificates.com. Before that, Coudert worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan & Co., with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Coudert also practiced law at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in their New York Office, with a specialty in corporate and securities law. Coudert spends her free time working as a fundraiser for various non-profit organizations, as well as a member of the NYU School of Law Alumni Board and a board trustee of the Irvington Institute for Immunological Research Board of Directors (since 1996). Coudert is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law.
Jill Jenks Galloway – Board Trustee
Jill Jenks Galloway has been in the film and real estate business her entire career. In 1986, Galloway was the Executive Director of the Louisiana Film Commission, overseeing tremendous growth in film production and economic development for Louisiana during her tenure. Galloway moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to pursue a career on the executive side of the film business working as a senior level executive for major Hollywood studios such as Bonfire Films and MGM. In 2002, Galloway joined the real estate firm Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates. Galloway’s ability to connect properties with her A-list of film industry executives allows her to be ranked among the top 8% of real estate professionals nationwide. Galloway is a parent and a community activist as well. She is affiliated with St. Jude's Children's Hospital, GAIA, The Smile Train and her children's schools Marymount High School and Larchmont Charter. Galloway is a native of New Orleans and has lived in Los Angeles for the past twenty years.
Jeffrey Pipes Guice – Executive Director and Board Chairman
Jeff Guice serves as the executive director of the Louisiana Film Museum. He is also the editor and publisher of Beer, Wine & Spirits Industry Newsletter, a trade industry website and newsletter he founded in 1990. In 1980 Guice founded The Uptown Alligator and served as the publisher until he sold it in 1983. For the last 26 years, Guice has worked as a senior level sales and marketing executive for numerous major media companies in New York City including Warner Music Group, Hearst Publishing, Clear Channel Entertainment and NewsAmerica Marketing. Guice has also spent the last 19 years as a board trustee of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Guice is also the former Chairman of the Louisiana Foundation of Greater New York and the former editor of the Good Cajun Times newspaper. Guice was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Warren Easton High School. He currently lives in Greenwich, CT and New Orleans, and is the father of three beautiful children. Guice is an avid sailor at the Stamford Yacht Club and a Louisiana movie historian.
Ellis Henican – Board Trustee
Ellis Henican is a staff columnist for Newsday, a political analyst at the Fox News Channel and co-host of “Henican & White,” the afternoon-drive show on WOR Radio. He is also the voice of “Stormy Waters” on the Cartoon Network series, Sealab 2021. Henican’s award-winning newspaper column -- a personal, opinionated look at the news of the day – appears in the paper’s front section every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Working from the Manhattan newsroom, he specializes in finding the human angle inside the news. His work puts him in the middle of politics, business, crime, race, entertainment and some pretty outrageous tabloid silliness. Before taking on his current assignment, Henican wrote Newsday’s subway column, leading the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Union Square train wreck. At Fox, Henican appears frequently on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity & Colmes,” “Fox & Friends” and many of the network’s other programs. He also fills in as a guest host. Fox viewers know Henican for his lively take on the news and for dissecting complex issues in an engaging, understandable way. Every afternoon, he turns his attention to radio. He and broadcaster Lynne White host “Henican & White” on WOR/710 in New York. Through the WOR Radio Network, the show is syndicated to stations across the country. Listeners tune in for a loose exchange of opinion and a fast-paced romp through the news of the moment. The hosts spar with each other, interview top newsmakers and take listener calls. Henican’s articles have been published in various national magazines including The New Republic, Cosmopolitan and Penthouse. He has ghost-written two books for Simon & Schuster -- an inside account of the nation’s largest drug-treatment program and a best-selling motivational business book. He lectures frequently. His work has been recognized with the Meyer Berger Award for Distinguished Writing about New York City, the National Clarion Award for Column Writing and shares of two Pulitzer Prizes for spot news. Born in Virginia and raised in New Orleans, Henican graduated from Jesuit High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampshire College. He has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he won the top student prize, the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He began his career as a reporter at the Kentucky Post and the Albany Knickerbocker News. He joined Newsday as a general-assignment reporter in 1985. Henican lives in downtown Manhattan with his wife, attorney Stephanie Carvlin.
Dr. Alan Leonhard – Board Trustee
Alan Leonhard is a native of New Orleans and a local film historian. Leonhard holds a B.A. and M.A. from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University. Throughout his thirty-year career of teaching, Leonhard has received numerous grants for research and advanced study, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Leonhard has also authored many academic publications in international studies. After retiring from the Faculty of the University of New Orleans, he pursued a second career as a tour guide and lecturer on the history of New Orleans. After training with the Friends of the Cabildo, a nationally recognized volunteer organization supporting the Louisiana State Museum System, Leonhard started conducting tours of the French Quarter. While serving on the Board of the Tour Guide Association of Greater New Orleans, Leonhard served as the editor of the organization’s newsletter. Leonhard is the author of New Orleans Goes to the Movies: Film Sites in the French Quarter and Beyond (Margaret Media, Inc. 2008) and has served as a guest columnist for Louisiana Film & Video Magazine (April 2009). He and his wife Anne live in Metairie.
Dr. Marilyn Pelias – Board Trustee
Marilyn Pelias was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from St. Martin’s High School. In 1984 Pelias graduated from Tulane University with B.S. Magna Cum Laude in Biology. In 1988 Pelias graduated from Tulane University Medical School with a Doctorate in Medicine. Pelias completed her internship at Case Western Reserve University in 1989 and received the Dudley P. Allen Research Scholarship at Ohio State in 1990. She then completed her surgery residency in 1994. Pelias became board certified in 1995 after completing her first year in private solo practice as a general and vascular surgeon. Pelias founded and built the Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Center in 2000 and sold the Center to a publicly traded company in 2002. Pelias moved home to New Orleans in 2002 and founded the Dr. Pelias Medical Spa of New Orleans and M. Pelias Antiques, a retail store specializing in Russian antique furniture. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Pelias decided to close her practice and antique business and devote her time to raising her four children and rebuilding New Orleans. In 2009, Pelias returned to practicing surgery and teaching at Louisiana State University Medical School. Pelias is an avid film enthusiast and national chess competitor.
Julie Finkelstein Silvers – Board Trustee
Julie Finkelstein Silvers is an artist whose focus is ceramic sculpture and abstract painting. She currently has her pieces featured in showrooms and galleries across the South including Soren Christensen Gallery (New Orleans), Newbill Collection (Seaside, FL), Laura Rathe Fine Art (Houston), Iris Thorpe Designs (Birmingham) and Wynde Moorhead Fine Art (New Orleans). As a philanthropist, Silvers has spent her entire adult life raising money for a variety of Louisiana charities including New Orleans Museum of Art, Hadassah, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Metairie Park Country Day, Friends of Longue Vue House and Gardens, Chohn’s and Colitis of America Foundation, Louisiana SPCA, Kreske Hearing and Speech Institute, Tulane Cancer Center Institute and Prospect One. Silvers graduated from Isadore Newman School in 1983 and Tulane University in 1988. She received her M.S.W. from Tulane School of Social Work in 1990.