Meet the MPC

Officers

David Ostrander

President

David Ostrander has been in the industry for over 18 years and currently serves as Vice President, within Screenvision Media’s Exhibitor Relations team.  In addition to negotiating exhibitor contracts, David proudly refers to himself as a Frank Sinatra aficionado.  He has a Bachelor of Sports Management from St. John’s University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Adelphi University.  David resides in Long Island, NY with his wife and two daughters, who never want him to leave the exhibition industry mainly because of free movie perks and access to over-sized convention candy bags.

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Chadd Barksdale
Executive Committee Chairman

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 10th year 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 Los Angeles, CA.

Jodi Gwydir
Vice President

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.

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Emily Zarow-Lange
Vice President

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. 

Jared Milgram
Vice President

Jared Milgram is the Vice President of Marketing and Food & Beverage for Bow Tie Cinemas. In addition to serving proudly on the MPC board and Karaoke Oversight Committee for the last six years, he has spent the last nine destroying the greens at the Engineers Country Club. Jared is a die-hard Philly sports fan and in his spare time he moonlights as both a Rabbi and a Robert Goulet impersonator.

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John Shahinian
Treasurer

Veronica Neely
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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.

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Richie Tabin
Financial Secretary

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.

Jordan Lange
Digital Media Master

Jordan Lange is currently a Manager of Regional Sales at Sony Pictures. Prior to Sony, he spent over 8 years at The Walt Disney Studios, working his way up to an Eastern Division Theatrical Distribution Sales Manager. He initially broke into the Sales side of the business with FilmDistrict, after transitioning from the world of film production, where he worked on the producing team of several independently financed horror films. Jordan grew up in Wheaton, Illinois.  He received a soccer scholarship to Lake Forest College where he majored in English and went on to receive a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University in Chicago. 

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Luke Ruckel

Webmaster

Luke has been in the entertainment industry since his first job working at an independent cinema in his hometown in New Jersey.  After graduating from the University of Arizona, he worked at Focus Features before making the transition to parent company, Universal Pictures.  A die hard New York sports fan, he currently is a member of the Disney distribution team in NY, and lives with his wife and son in New Jersey.  

Liz Horowitz

Recording Secretary

Liz Castellani is currently working in sales at Walt Disney Studios. She has worked in the media industry since 2010 at many companies including 20th Century Fox and AMC Networks. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and is excited to share the magic of the movies with her daughter.  

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Trustees

Lori Bandazian

Lori Bandazian has been in the film industry for over 25 years working in sales and distribution at several companies including Sony Pictures Classics, October Films, and Lionsgate. Currently, she is happily employed at Netflix, handling theatrical distribution. Lori has served as a member of the Motion Picture Club for many years and joined the board in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Lori lives in New York City with her two tween daughters.  

Dennis Meagher

Dennis has been part of the NY film community for 30+ years!  He has worked in both film exhibition (AMC Theatres) and film distribution (The Walt Disney Company & Relativity EuropaCorp Distibution). His current positon is with AVIRON PICTURES as VP, Theatrical Distribution.  Dennis has been a member of The Motion Picture Club board for over 20 years, serving as President 2009-2011.  He resides in Monmouth County, NJ with his wife Jane and their three daughters.

Carla Ornelas

Carla Ornelas has been in the film industry for 20 years and has worked in distribution for Miramax, Sony Classics, and Paramount Pictures. She is currently at 20th Century Fox. She was also elected as the 40th President of the MPC in 2011 and is the fourth woman to hold that title. She has been a member of the The Motion Picture Club for many years and has served as board member for seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from New York University's Stern School of Business and currently resides in New York City.

Kelly Wasserman

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.  

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Board of Directors

Andy Battaglia

Sean Bednarz

Mark Benvenuto

Christina Blumer

Jon Demaio

Rose Devery

Justin DiPietro

Alison Matheis

Frank Martinez

Sean McDonnell

Ira Miller

Mary Navarra

John O'Rourke

Chris Ott

Zack Pasquarelli

Kevin Romano

Angela Stanley

Melanie Valera

Alicia Vinci