Elaine Peake 


Elaine relocated to Tennessee retiring from 38 years in news production at WCBS and WABC. Working in the national and local news. Elaine was one of the key executives who executive produced WABC's 9/11 coverage. Elaine consults for other for profit and not for profit organizations. She is working on a screenplay that is based on a true World War 2 story. The script is finished but the development process is just beginning. 

Sheyla Paz

TWIFM Vice-president

Sheyla is a founding member of TWIFM.  A Cuban native with a degree as a music teacher immigrated to the USA in 2000. She is a bilingual and talented artist and self-taught producer, host, actress, an entrepreneur at heart. For more information, please visit: www.ecircletv.com

Meleisha Edwards


Meleisha is a Writer, Producer and Director. With her producing partner Asher they had made award wining films both short live action and feature. Their last film Distraction is a 2017 finalist in the Memphis Film Prize competition.Meliseisha is offend intown helping other arrii

​​​Jennifer Hansen​
​Membership Director

Jennifer Hansen is a founding member of TWIFM. Through her employer Deloitte, she has developed a 10 piece banc which she fronts. She enjoys acting, singing & film. She is also a five year volunteer with the Nashville Film Festival including acting as an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. Jennifer also volunteers for many other non profit organizations  in the area. 


Co-director -  Development

Elke is a founding member of TWIFM. She has a history of achievement that demonstrates strong leadership and performance. Her expertise is in Strategy planning and execution, business process engineering, relationship management and large scale change.  Elke is Past President of Women in Numbers an apolitical non-profit, serving women who wish to enter the political arena and member of Leadership Middle Tennessee. 

Beth Harrington

Beth is a founding member of TWIFM. She delivers content for Television. Film and New Media. She is an award winning Producer, Director and Writer. She is very experienced in the art of making quality documentary media. She has been described as excelling in Telling insightful stories of American music, culture, and history. For more information, please visit:

Executive Board

Robin Barnes


Robin is a founding member of TWIFM. She has been involved in the entertainment industry as an actress since she was young. Relocating from Maine, Robin is from a theater family growing up around productions. For more information, please visit: 

Kimberly Skyrme

Casting Director and Producer

Regional Casting for the STARZ Original Series The Girlfriend Experience. She also Produced and Cast the comedy pilot Bennie’s starring Eight time Emmy Award winning actor Ed Asner and others.
In addition to Producing and Casting the Feature, April Come She Will she is also producing the Musical Comedy with writer|director Peter Bogdanovich, One Lucky Moon, and The Hive a Psychological Thriller with writer|director Paul Lingas. She is developing three original series and Executive Producing a Slate of Feature Films. Her Regional Casting Director collaborations include: the Emmy Award winning Netflix original series House of Cards - Seasons 1-3, Unsolved Mysteries; Deep Impact; Hearts in Atlantis, Beloved; The Pelican Brief; True Lies; Independent Feature and Short Film Projects. Selected Commercials AOL, American Express, Emfamil, McCormick, Washington Post. For more information; www.http://www.themarkmckinnon.com/kimberly-skyrme-bio.html

Supporting Collaboration and Equality for all Women in Film, TV & Media

Christin Baker

CoDirector - Diversity

Christin, a founding member of TWIFM,dx the President and CEO of Tello films and a mega-producer/director; member of the TV Academy and Producers Guild of America.  Christin WON the prestigious Best Director award at 2016 London Raindance Film Festival for Maybelle. For more information, please visit: www.tellofilms.com 

​​ Ava Leigh Stewart

Ava Leigh Stewart is a director, writer, producer, and artist. Stewart is the author of ten books, as well as a writer for film, television, new media, and magazines.  She founded Art West Film, a full-service production company in 2005.  In 2012, she founded the Southeastern International Film Festival, which promotes an independent film distribution channel to the Southeastern United States.  For more information, please visit www.avaleighstewart.com.

Cathy Pihakis Nakos 

TWIFM Secretary

Cathy is the Talent Manager originally from Alabama. She has been a long time supporter of FILM- COM and a member of the board. Having studied Communications and Theater at the University of Alabama at Bham and  Psychology at the University of Phoenix led her to segue into Public Relations. For more information, please visit:

Molly Secours

Molly Secours is a founding member of TWIFM. A writer, filmmaker and a speaker who uses her artistic talents to effect social change and public policy.  Producing 60+films and videos about disparities in education, criminal justice, and healthcare, she has garnered praise from key Washington officials--including the late Sen. Edward Kennedy--for a short documentary called Faces of TennCare. For more information, please visit:

Christopher Cotton< Esq. 

 Chris is an entertainment atty. , After dipping into the political arena, he is back practicing law.. His expertise is licensing, contracts and Intellectual property. Chris is a tireless community organizer and works for his neighborhood and the forgotten of Memphis. We appreciate and admire his work. For more information, please visit: 

​​Mercedes Jones

CoDirector Development

Jones cultivating opportunities with Nashville-based small businesses, cultural development projects and technology innovation companies. She is a high-energy entrepreneur known for strategic development and implementation. She has a successful track record of leading high-profile cultural, community and entrepreneurial pursuits as well as proven governance in non-profit leadership. She is recognized and acclaimed by local, state and national government.

Nancy Puetz      

TWIFM President

Nancy is a founding member of TWIFM a writer and producer. She is featured panelist at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto  She is the Communications Vice-Chair for Women Film & Television International (WIFTI) and the Founder/Executive Director of the Franklin International Independent Film Festival (FIIFF) and the President of Williamson County Cultural Arts Comission