Executive Board

John Vandermolen


John Vandermolen moved from Atlanta to the Tampa Bay area in 2004 and quickly began to understand why so many people make it their goal to move to this area….
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Jason Fields

Vice President

Dr. Fields is the Medical Director at DACCO, Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office-Substance Abuse Treatment Center.  He is also the president-elect for the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Fields has…
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Ben Tozour


Ben Tozour, originally from Southern New Jersey fell in love with the Tampa Bay Area and its community after just one visit and relocated to the marina area of Gulfport…
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Sunny Hall


Sunny Hall was born and raised in Polk County, Florida. Baptized with water and filled with the spirit, she came out at 17 years old much to the chagrin of the…
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Board of Directors

Angela Makris

Board Member

Angela Makris is a native from Sydney, Australia and moved to Tampa in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications , a Masters in Marketing Management from The…
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Matthew Pacheco

Board Member

New Board Member as of 06/2017; bio to come.

Ed Lally

Board Member

After a long-term career in banking Ed retired from Wachovia Bank to devote more time to LGBT causes. His activism in the community began in the mid-80’s when many of…
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Mariruth Kennedy

Board Member

New Board Member as of 12/2017; bio to come.

Rob Akins

Board Member

Rob has long been a patron of TIGLFF’s efforts to bring compelling, world-class LGBT cinema to Tampa Bay.  Rob began supporting TIGLFF as an attendee in 1997 advancing his involvement…
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Renée Cossette

Festival Director

Renée has been with the organization since 2005, and is a huge part of the success of TIGLFF.

KJ Mohr

Program Director

KJ Mohr, TIGLFF’s Director of Programming for the past seven years, has been working in film for 2½ decades as a curator, programmer, educator, filmmaker and consultant. As Director of…
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Ty Maxey

Festival Volunteer Coordinator

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Ty relocated to the Tamp Bay area from Sarasota in the year 2000.  A long-time advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and related causes, Ty quickly…
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Timothy Thomas

Sr. Event & Logistics Coordinator

Tim was born right here in Tampa and is a true Florida native.  Tim has been volunteering for many years and started his time with TIGLFF in 2005 while being…
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