Board

Laura Possessky

Laura Possessky (President) is owner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, a firm with a national practice in intellectual property, media, and entertainment law. For over a decade, she has counseled artists, nonprofits, associations and small businesses on intellectual property protection and on content transactions in publishing, television, film, media and the internet. She also advises clients on First Amendment issues relating to fair use of third-party content and intellectual property. Prior... Read more
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Jay Elvove

Jay Elvove (Vice President) is retired from the University of Maryland where he spent more than 35 years in support of academic, administrative, and research computing.  Some of the major initiatives in which he played a key role include design and development of an enterprise email system, initial build-out and significant subsequent expansion of the university’s high-performance computing infrastructure, and the creation of a program aimed at stimulating new initiatives in scientific and d... Read more
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Anna Reid Jhirad

Anna Reid Jhirad (Treasurer) has long been a writer and producer of documentary films for primetime public television, theatrical release, museums, educational markets, IMAX films and international media markets. Her films include:Impressionists on the Seine (Three Emmys) Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening (Two Cines, an International Cine Award and the Jade Award for Excellence in Writing); The Forest Where We Live(Best Environmental Documentary). Louisiana, A History, a six-hour series covering t... Read more
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Nicole Coley Gray

Nicole (Coley) Gray has almost 20 years of experience in the philanthropic and non-profit worlds, focused on the issues of women’s health and international development. In that capacity, she has supported efforts to use documentary film to shine a spotlight on and raise awareness about these issues. She has master’s degrees in public health and public policy from the University California, Berkeley, and a BA from Yale University and is currently enrolled in George Washington University’s Doc... Read more
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Chithra Jeyaram

Chithra Jeyaram is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator who has taught documentary production and editing at George Washington University and Arlington Independent Media. Her films include Foreign Puzzle, Mijo, Rags to Pads, Refugee Musings, and her latest work-in-progress 1001 Breast Cancer Nights which won the Benevolent Media Pitch and has been developed through the BAVC Fellowship. Jeyaram has also been a Docs In Progress Fellow. Read more
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Paige Smith Lee

Paige Smith Lee is a documentary film editor and story producer with over 18 years of experience producing and editing with clients such as PBS, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and MSNBC. Notable productions include the critically acclaimed series Last Alaskansfor Animal Planet as well as television events from NOVA’s lauded Human Evolution series and three of MSNBC Films premiere 2-hour events—Charles Manson and His Followers, I Married the Beltway Sniper, and Hunting a Serial Bomber. Read more
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Ex-Officio

Thanks to all the amazing individuals who have helped move Docs In Progress forward since its founding:  Fredric Abramson, Digital NutritionCasey Callister, Garden Thieves PicturesAnthony Cohen, Menare Foundation and Button Farm Living History CenterBarbara Corprew, U.S. Department of Justice (Retired)Tom Dziedzic, Tom Dziedzic VideoSimone Fary, Nerds Make MediaLeon Gerskovic, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyYehuda Goldman, VIVA CreativeSam Hampton, Hampton Films and Consulti... Read more
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