Lonnie L Frazier has worked in film production in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years and has been fortunate to learn from many talented, creative people. Whether working behind the camera on various television programs, participating in the production and post-production phases of documentary films or doing research for documentary filmmakers, she has taken every opportunity to advance her education in the art of filmmaking. Lonnie’s first independent project is in post-production, and she is collaborating once again with House Twelve Media on a documentary about the Grown Women Dance Collective.
Tonya Marie Amos, Artistic Director of Grown Women Dance Collective, received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley & trained four years on full scholarship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A member of Actors Equity Association, she has appeared with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Donald Byrd, was a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints & Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of "West Side Story", the National Tour of "Sesame St. Live", Sacramento Music Circus' "The King & I", and has been featured in numerous print ads & TV commercials. She is the owner of Aspire Pilates Center in Concord for which she was awarded Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce's "100 Women of Influence" in 2010, Women's Initiative's Concord Woman-Owned Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, Concord's Small Business of the Year 2013, Community Focus' Newspaper's "Best Pilates Studio" in 2015, and Concord's Best Female-Owned Business in 2016. The former author of a monthly Health & Wellness column for the Community Focus newspaper, Tonya is currently putting the finishing touches on her Fall Prevention For Seniors dvd. She is proud to create cross cultural/ cross generational bridges through the arts with Grown Women Dance Collective.
I started my career as a graphic designer for a small but busy firm in the DC metro area, prior to the explosion of web-video. The firm ventured into video production at the request of a major client, and I never looked back. After moving to Rochester in 2011, I started my own production company focusing on web-based promotional videos. I enjoy taking on creative projects, working with musicians, artists and filmmakers.
Serving as our Consulting Producer, Regan Brashear has been working on labor, race, youth, LGBTQ, and disability issues for over twenty years now through documentary film, union organizing, community forums, and grassroots activism. Originally from Virginia, Producer/Director and now based in Oakland, CA, Brashear is a co-founder of Making Change Media which produces videos for non-profits and labor unions, as well as independent long-form documentaries such as Fixed. Previously, Brashear served as a producer and community engagement coordinator at Open Eye Pictures, a production company in Sausalito, CA, doing project development for the place-based, memory-mapping iOS app, Tributopia; community engagement for the Academy Award-shortlisted film, Under Our Skin and as co-producer for The Grove, a film about the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Both films aired across the country on PBS stations in 2011. Brashear has a BA in American Studies (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) and a MA in Social Documentation (Documentary Film) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her interest in disability studies, which eventually led to the making of Fixed, started in 1997, after a car accident which began an ongoing journey with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. She finished editing Fixed this spring as a visiting filmmaker at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University. In addition to CSPO, the residency was co-sponsored by a number of other programs at ASU, including the Phd Program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology; the Center for Science and the Imagination; the School of Social Transformation; the Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture; the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; the Center for Nanotechnology in Society; and the Alliance for Person-Centered Accessible Technology.
Donald Martin, Jr.
Donald Martin, Jr. has over 30 years of technology leadership experience in the telecommunications and information technology industries. He's held positions as CIO, CTO, COO, and product manager at numerous software development and telecommunications companies, working in The United States, Europe, and Asia.
Donald is currently a Staff Technical Program Manager at Google. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver, holds a technology patent, and is authoring a book on project management. As an undergraduate, he co-founded the University of Colorado at Denver's National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter over twenty-five years ago.
He's proud to have helped break the "glass ceiling" for several underrepresented folks in tech, giving back in the same way that older engineers had done for him. He's excited to produce Grown Women Dance Collective's annual Juneteenth dance concert with his wife, Tonya, bringing arts and history to the community.