Meet the MPC Board
Chadd Barksdale is currently working as a Director of Sales for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. He has been part of the Disney Distribution team for 19 years now and has worked on both coasts in various departments such as Exhibitor Relations, Sales Administration and Special Events. He is currently serving his 10thyear on the MPC board. Originally from Southern California, he received his degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Chadd is the proud father of two children and currently resides in Greenwich, CT.
Jodi Gwydir started her career as a summer receptionist for Florin Creative. After working through school at an independent theater and temping at Disney, Jodi landed at Paramount for 20 years. She is currently Vice President, Sales and Operations at The Weinstein Company, happily married and mother of two wonderful daughters who are under strict instructions not to go into the film business.
Alison Matheis is currently working as a Sales Manager for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. She began her career at Miramax Films in 2004 and transitioned over to the Disney distribution team in 2007. She has been a board member for the MPC for over 10 years and is the currently the co-vice president.
Executive Committee Chairman
Kelly Wasserman is a Director of Sales for Twentieth Century Fox where she has been happily employed for five years. Previously, Kelly worked for Bow Tie Cinemas, Rave Motion Pictures, ThinkFilm and Sony Picture Classics. She has been honored to serve on the board of the MPC since 2010 and is a past president. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University and resides in Stamford, CT with her husband and two daughters.
John Z. Shahinian
Emily Zarow-Lange is a Sales Manager in Film Distribution at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. She has been in the film industry for 10 years, working in both sales and exhibitor relations areas of distribution. She got her foot in the door starting her film entertainment industry career at Sony Pictures Classics. After growing up in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing at Ithaca College, and currently resides on the Upper East Side.
Sergeant at Arms
Veronica Neely is a Director of Sales for Twentieth Century Fox who works to deliver the highest results for all of Fox’s films. She has worked at Fox for the past 15 years moving up the ranks to her current position handling the sales of all first run films within her respective territory while overseeing and guiding the sales of Fox’s extensive repertory library. She has a love for all film and is delighted to be a part of finding an audience for all that Fox has to offer. Veronica enjoys spending her summers at the Jersey Shore with her family and friends.
After coming out of the Army, (our side), Richard came into the Motion Picture Industry in January 1968. His first job was at Embassy Pictures as the National Print Booker. He then joined 20th Century Fox in 1972 as New York Head Film Booker. After a couple of short lived jobs in the industry, he joined Universal Pictures in November 1975 as a cartoon and film booker working his way up to the New York, Washington, D.C. & Pittsburgh Sales Manager. He was at Universal for 42 years to his retirement in 2018.
He joined the Motion Picture Club in 1990 and was elected to the Board Of Directors in 1991. At present, he is still very active in the Club.
Digital Media Master
Jordan has been with The Walt Disney Studios since 2011 and is currently an Eastern Division Sales Manager overseeing Theatrical Distribution in the state of Florida and other areas of the south. Prior to Disney, Jordan worked on the production side and then transitioned to distribution with FilmDistrict. Jordan grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. He received a soccer scholarship to Lake Forest College where he majored in English. Jordan went on to receive a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University in Chicago.
Social Media Secretary