Our Staff

Board of Directors / Executives

Justin Yates

Justin Yates

President

Justin was born in Citrus County, Florida. Justin was a Sgt. (E5) in the United States Marine Corps from 2004-2007. He is a Fallujah Iraq Veteran. Mr. Yates is the Co Founder of Silent Edge Entertainment LLC. I have always enjoyed movies. My Dad’s love of popular action/horror style films, and my Mom’s love of Stephen King novels, was the influence that kickstarted my interest in storytelling. Justin joined Eno River Media in 2010.
Eric Duggins

Eric Duggins

Vice President

Eric was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Duggins became a Firefighter after High School. When the opportunity to move to Morehead City, NC to work with Silent Edge Entertainment LLC struck, he took it. Eric is subsequently a Co-Owner of Silent Edge Entertainment LLC. Mr. Duggins joined Eno River Media to promote the NC film industry in August 2018.
Dustin Anderson

Dustin Anderson

Secretary

Dustin was born in Morehead City, North Carolina. Dustin was a Behavioral Health Specialist in the United States Army from 2011-2016. He is still with the National Guard. Mr. Anderson is a member of Silent Edge Entertainment LLC. Dustin joined Eno River Media to promote the NC film industry in August 2018.
Bill Pacer

Bill Pacer

Member of the Board

Bill was born in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from High School in 1964. Bill Pacer is a mature, open minded, and versatile writer and SAG/AFTRA actor. In addition, he has worked as a casting director and location scout. Bill made his television debut on Romper Room in 1954 on WAAM-TV (now WJZ-TV) in Baltimore. Since then, he has enjoyed the theatrical. Bill joined Eno River Media in the Fall of 2016.
Toron Rodgers

Toron Rodgers

Member of the Board

Toron Rodgers was born in Williamston, North Carolina. In the High School and College years, Toron developed a passion for creating stories through writing. He wanted to entertain everyone; all cultures, ages and genders. Toron feels entertainment is a way to bring people together. Toron joined Eno River Media in August 2018.
Owen Daly

Owen Daly

Member of the Board

Coming soon.
Robert Kellum

Robert Kellum

Member of the Board

Robert was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Mr. Kellum started out in the entertainment industry in theatre and musicals. Robert was a professional wrestler with WWE for many years and performed as The Maestro. Since the 2000s, Mr. Kellum shifted his sights to acting in features and television series shot in North Carolina. Robert joined Eno River Media in the Summer of 2019.

Board of Advisors

David Schifter

David Schifter

Board of Advisors

David Schifter was born in New York, New York. As an investigative reporter, David has won numerous state and national awards including the coveted Emmy for Investigative Reporting. After making a career change in 1999, David began working in the film industry as a casting director and development producer. He has successfully Executive Produced a feature film, television reality show pilot and numerous commercials. David joined Eno River Media in October, 2003 and is now on the Board of Advisors.
Emily D. Edwards

Emily D. Edwards

Board of Advisors

Emily D. Edwards was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has been a television news reporter, producer, copywriter and television creative services director for NBC and ABC affiliates in Alabama and Tennessee. The producer or director of more than twenty films, Edwards has also published articles on documentary filmmaking, popular music, and the occult and popular culture. Emily joined Eno River Media in January 2007 and serves on the Board of Advisors.
Brian Nicholson

Brian Nicholson

Board of Advisors

Brian Nicholson was born in Davidson County North Carolina. Brian has his own production company; EsleyJean Motion Pictures. He has a great yearning to see the TV and Film industry as well as the arts thrives again in North Carolina. Brian Joined Eno River Media in the Summer of 2015 as a Board of Advisor.
John Kearns, Jr.

John Kearns, Jr.

Board of Advisors

John was born in Morehead City, North Carolina. Award-winning writer-director-producer-cinematographer John Kearns, Jr. has written, directed, and produced feature and short films; television pilots. He has worked for companies that include Sony Pictures Television, Paxson Communications, Women’s Entertainment, Time Warner, and countless other notable companies. John joined the ranks of Eno River Media in June, 2007.
Teresa Womack

Teresa Womack

Board of Advisors

Teresa was born in Raleigh, NC. Teresa Womack, owner of Seraphina International, LLC/A-List Models and Talent has been in the fashion and entertainment industry since 1969 and over her career, has won many awards in that field. Teresa, being strong in her faith and church, combines her love for God and the fashion and entertainment industry by coaching others to stay strong in who they are and not be influenced to become or do anything that is not who they truly are in life. Teresa Womack joined Eno River Media as a Board of Advisor in the Spring of 2017.
James Waugh

James Waugh

Board of Advisors

James was born in Athens, Georgia. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with the class of 2015 with a B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication. James states; “I’m excited to join Eno River Media. Overall, my goal is to support filmmakers who love North Carolina like I do.” James Waugh joined Eno River Media Board of Advisors in September of 2016.
Josh Bradford

Josh Bradford

Board of Advisors

Coming soon.
Wil Williams

Wil Williams

Member of the Board

Wil was born in Elizabeth City but grew up in Edenton, NC. Wil attended Mount Olive College. Mr. Williams became interested in acting after he found a passion for writing after college. Wil became fascinated with characters and why they do what they do. Mr. Williams began to study acting and never looked back. Wil states, “I like the entertainment industry because of how creatives collectively come together with individual skills sets to create the best art they can. It becomes a family.” Wil joined Eno River Media in 2019.

Board of Trustees

Billy Nicholson

Billy Nicholson

President

Billy was born in Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Nicholson, was involved in videography for several specials relating to the security industry. The entertainment industry bug bit him after these digital video projects. Mr. Nicholson joined Eno River Media in 2002 and has served in many capacities. He currently is on the Board of Trustees.
David Godshall

David Godshall

Vice President

David was born in Alexandria, VA. After receiving his degree, Mr. Godshall worked as an actor in NY on film and stage before relocating to NC and continuing to work as a stage and film actor, technical director, and production company owner. David joined Eno River Media in early Spring of 2015.
Anthony P. Dowling

Anthony P. Dowling

Member of the Board

Anthony was born in St. Petersburg, FL. Anthony has been captivated by the entertainment industry since his early teens. In 1999, Anthony started his television and film career with Lance Britt and Gus Langdale when they founded Eno River Media. Mr. Dowling was appointed as Executive Director in the Fall of 2010.

Executive Staff

Anthony P. Dowling

Anthony P. Dowling

Executive Director

Anthony was born in St. Petersburg, FL. Anthony has been captivated by the entertainment industry since his early teens. In 1999, Anthony started his television and film career with Lance Britt and Gus Langdale when they founded Eno River Media. Mr. Dowling was appointed as Executive Director in the Fall of 2010.
Andre’a Hopkins

Andre’a Hopkins

Miss Carolina Lily

Coming soon.
Jason Deese

Jason Deese

Industry Advocate

Jason was born in Pembroke, NC. In 2004, Jason moved to the Triangle area and it was during this time that he started writing scripts and ideas for short films. In 2007 he recorded sound and produced his first film project and in 2008 he wrote/directed/produced his first short film. Jason joined Eno River Media in 2009.
Position Descriptions for ERMP Staff

Board of Director Position Descriptions

President

The president performs the following responsibilities:

  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Serves as chief volunteer for the organization
  • Partners with the Executive Director in achieving the organization’s mission
  • Provides leadership to the Board of Directors who sets policy and to who the Executive Director is accountable
  • Encourages board’s role in strategic planning
  • Appoints chairpersons of committees, in consultation with other board members
  • Serves as ex officio as a member of committees
  • Guides and mediates board actions with respect to organizational priorities and governance concerns
  • Monitors financial planning and financial reports
  • Plays a leading role in fundraising activities
  • Formally evaluates the performance of the executive director and informally evaluates the effectiveness of the board members
  • Evaluates annually the performance of the organization in achieving its mission
  • Performs other responsibilities assigned by the board

 

Vice President

The vice president is typically the successor to the president and performs the following responsibilities:

  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Performs president responsibilities when the president cannot be available
  • Report to the president
  • Works closely with the president and other staff
  • Participates closely with the president to develop and implement officer transition plans
  • Performs other responsibilities as assigned by the Board

Secretary

The secretary to the board performs the following responsibilities:

  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Maintains the records of the board and ensures effective management of organization’s records
  • Manages the minutes of board meetings
  • Ensures minutes are distributed to members shortly after each meeting
  • Notifies members and provide agendas for regular board meetings and annual meetings

Treasurer

The treasurer to the board performs the following responsibilities:

  • Serves as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Manages the finances of the organization
  • Administrates fiscal matters of the organization
  • Provides annual budget to the board for approval
  • Ensures development and board review of financial policies and procedures

Board Member

Board members perform the following responsibilities:

  • Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings
  • Makes serious commitment to participate actively in committee work
  • Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time
  • Stays informed about committee matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports
  • Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship
  • Is an active participate in the committee’s annual evaluation and planning efforts
  • Participates in funding raising efforts of the organization

 

Senior Staff Position Descriptions

Executive Director

Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for ERMP’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize ERMP volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain ERMP’s high-performance senior management team Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • The Senior Director of Internal Operations reports to your office
  • The Senior Director of External Operations reports to your office
  • The Board of Advisors reports to your office
  • The Board of Trustees reports to your office
  • The Chief of Staff reports to your office
  • The Director of Resource Development reports to your office
  • The Director of Communications reports to your office
  • The Director of Education and Career Development reports to your office
  • The Director of Government Relations reports to your office
  • The Director of Industry Impact reports to your office
  • The General Counsel reports to your office and the President’s Office

Chief of Staff

 Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Chief of Staff, will be responsible for coordinating and managing office functions as well as assisting in the overall operation of ERMP, government regulations, and our internal policies and procedures.  S/he will work with the Executive Director in planning all aspects of ERMP operations including setting priorities and job assignments.

Responsibilities:

  • The Chief of Staff, will be responsible for coordinating and managing ED office functions as well as assisting in the overall operation of ERMP in accordance with organizational needs, government regulations, and our internal policies and procedures.
  • Will work with the Executive Director in planning all aspects of ERMP operations including setting priorities and job assignments.
  • Assist the Executive Director in all functions, run the day to day operations in the absence of ED, enable the Board to fulfill its governance function, give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and supporting Board’s evaluation of the ED.

Director of Finance

Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Finance will build and manage effective and streamlined administrative/financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology (IT), human resources (HR), and physical infrastructure.

Responsibilities

  • Review and approve preparation and finalization of quarterly and annual financial reporting metrics for ERMP’s Senior Staff and Board of Directors.
  • Oversee budgeting, financial forecasting, and cash flow for administration, AR, AP, Payroll, and existing programs
  • Coordinate all audit activities
  • Coordinate all Human Resource activities

Director of Resource Development

Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The Director of Resource Development will help forge new relationships to build ERMP’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director of Resource Development will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.  The Director of Resource Development  will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a budget through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.  S/he will expand and diversify ERMP’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Director of Resource Development will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

Responsibilities

  • Support and partner with the ED and board members on all major fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with the ED to develop and implement ERMP’s financial strategy
  • Actively work with the ED and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, government grants, etc.
  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach
  • Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position ERMP ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to Senior Staff  and Board of Directors
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
  • Identify, develop, and mentor the development team

Director of Communications

Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate ERMP’s mission.  The Director of Communications will work closely with the Senior Staff as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the network’s discreet audiences in collaboration with the ERMP team and constituents
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and ERMP’s website
  • Mentor and lead a team member responsible for ERMP’s website administration and coordination
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance–ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly
  • Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time
  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, annual report, e-newsletters, and ERMP’s website
  • Coordinate and organize annual meetings that engage the network’s discreet audiences
  • Manage all media contacts

Director of Government Relations

Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Government Relations, will concentrate communications with the state legislative representatives and federal government representatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Formulate and execute the government relations strategy to enhance ERMP, its standing and its funding, engaging enterprise leadership to ensure success
  • Engage, understand and promote the current mission, vision and values of ERMP and its upward trajectory
  • Ensure the President and the ERMP Senior Staff is properly aligned with state legislators and North Carolina’s representatives elected to the U.S. Senate and Congress
  • Develop and direct all aspects of state and federal relations operations to ensure favorable legislative provisions which benefit the industry
  • Plan and direct public policy development, including review, analysis and evaluation
  • Identify and proactively address key governmental issues of concern for the industry
  • Coordinate government relations activities on the state level involving local and state elected officials and key state agencies, as appropriate
  • Direct state relations that assist the ERMP vision
  • Manage federal relations through subordinate staff member responsible for federal affairs
  • Establish a distinguished presence in the North Carolina Capitol to facilitate firm and influential relationships with elected officials, appointed agency heads and key staff as liaison between such officials/policymakers and ERMP
  • Represent the enterprise on public policy and legislative issues, as well as monitor legislative and administrative hearings
  • Summarize and track legislation as it impacts the Movie and Television industry
  • Participate in the development and execution of strategies that impact legislative outcomes
  • Make recommendations on legislative and Movie and Television industry policy issues. Draft legislative and political updates and correspondence
  • Write background materials and fact sheets on a range of issues including higher education and Movie and Television industry policy
  • Assist in identifying potential State and Federal level funding sources, when appropriate
  • Ensure ERMP’s presence in a broad range of higher education and Movie and Television industry related organizations by attendance at regular meetings of interest groups
  • Recommend and support beneficial senior leadership travel within the state, in Washington, D.C. and other venues as necessary

Webmaster

Summary

Reporting to the Director of Communication, the Webmaster is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the organization’s website, feasibility and general layout. This includes the website’s content look, feel, branding experience, messaging, site features, information architecture, and functionality.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development of the organization’s website so that the public is able to effortlessly navigate and use the website features and functionality to create a seamless user experience
  • Manage site requirements and usability testing projects through the use of site metric tools to track site traffic, performance, and page views then produce reports for the senior staff and board of directors
  • Apply new technology, media, interactive research and emerging standards related to internet marketing and digital media
  • Problem-solving and responding to product questions/issues, and react as necessary
  • Designing the relationships and objects of a full web-based system and programming
  • Learn the organization’s business needs and apply this understanding when designing and testing new products/features
  • Design and deliver a functional web infrastructure
  • Configure, install, tune, troubleshoot, apply patches and support web server, provide organization technology support and integrate third party applications
  • Provide enhancements and support for a technology laden web space
  • Provide leadership in exploring new capabilities and testing new software

General Counsel

Summary

Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, S/he is responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching and executing a wide variety of agreements for companies and clients, including marketing agreements, entertainment agreements, license agreements, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, and other general business contracts both domestically and internationally.

Responsibilities:

  • Negotiate, write, and execute agreements and contracts
  • Offer counsel on a variety of legal issues
  • Advise Board Members and Senior Staff within the organization
  • Manage various projects and deadlines
  • Advise executives on contract status, legal risks and business terms of various deals
  • Explain legal language
  • Provide assistance with global joint ventures, strategic partnership deals, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Draft terms and conditions in agreements
  • Ensure legal objectives are met
  • Research unique legal issues impacting the organization by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect the company and its affiliates
  • Perform pre-litigation work to minimize risks and maximize legal rights
  • Review advertising and marketing materials to ensure compliance with legal requirements
  • Develop solutions to complex legal questions
  • Provide training to company and its affiliates on substantive legal topics

Director of Industry Impact

Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Industry Impact is responsible for developing and building relationships with legislative and regulatory officials and other community agencies throughout the state of North Carolina. The Director is also responsible for advocacy communications and messaging to activists, the community, partner organizations and public officials. This position combines experience in government relations, public policy, coalition building, community mobilization, and program planning and management.

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze, research, prioritize, draft, advocate for and monitor local, state and federal legislation that positively impacts the entertainment industry with focus on North Carolina
  • Develop, monitor and oversee the implementation of the organization’s advocacy strategic plan to ensure it is on target and goals/objectives are measured
  • Identify policy issues by evaluating existing programs and identifying gaps in services in consultation with volunteers, staff and others as appropriate
  • Employ strategic thinking to prioritize issues
  • During state legislative sessions, monitor and track legislation
  • Consult with staff and volunteers to develop state advocacy initiatives
  • Communicate with affiliate public policy staff for advice and to coordinate statewide efforts
  • Consult and collaborate with departmental management team on a regular basis to ensure all elements of the organization’s advocacy plan are being carried out and that we are responsive to new issues and opportunities as they arise
  • Identify and nurture critical and key relationships with federal, state and local public policy officials, volunteers, entertainment industry coalitions to deliver timely information and influence public policy
  • Strategically identify needed and beneficial relationships to increase effectiveness of activism
  • Facilitate new alliances and collaborate with other like-minded agencies, advocacy committees and coalitions involved in legislative initiatives
  • Develop strategy to build relationships with targeted legislators (in person and virtually) utilizing staff and volunteers
  • Develop and Direct advocacy volunteer recruitment, training, monitoring, evaluation and appreciation
  • Focus on development of activists from online to on the ground
  • Enhance the skills of Activists and other volunteers through developing advocacy materials, workshops, self-help group presentations and other training opportunities
  • Deliver timely and effective messages (website updates, social media, leave behind materials, newsletters-print and email, at events, etc.) to diverse audiences, including public officials, activists, public, and media.
  • Promote the organization’s website to organize, mobilize and enhance effectiveness of grassroots network of activists throughout the state
  • Target communications to appropriate audience and use appropriate delivery system
  • Responsible for communicating complex issues to volunteers, using appropriate tools and formats
  • Develop annual budget and operational plans per strategic plan, and maintain program operations at approved budget levels.
  • Maintain essential records to track and evaluate programs; complete annual advocacy reports
  • Ensure department staff complies with ERMP’s policies and procedures, applicable risk management protocol, and advocacy laws in each state

Deputy Director Industry Impact

Summary

Reporting to the Director of Industry Impact, the Deputy Director Industry Impact, will be responsible for coordinating and managing office functions as well as assisting in the overall operation of the Industry Impact department, and our internal policies and procedures.  S/he will work with the Deputy Director Industry Impact in planning all aspects of Industry Impact operations including setting priorities and job assignments.

Responsibilities:

  • The Deputy Director Industry Impact, will be responsible for coordinating and managing Industry Impact office functions as well as assisting in the overall operation of the Industry Impact department in accordance with organizational needs, and our internal policies and procedures
  • Will work with the Deputy Director Industry Impact in planning all aspects of Industry Impact operations including setting priorities and job assignments
  • Assist the Deputy Director Industry Impact in all functions, run the day to day operations in the absence of Deputy Director Industry Impact, give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy

Director of Education and Career Development

Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Industry Impact is responsible for developing and building the learning tools and professional development of our organization’s staff.  Education and Career Development Director will help with the ongoing, long-term improvement of the staff’s skills, enabling them to fulfil their potential within the organization. The Education and Career Development Director should be strategic rather than reactive, assessing the skills and knowledge within the organization and determining what training is needed to grow and retain these skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and expand training and development programs based on both the organization’s and the individual’s needs
  • Considering the costs of planned programs and keep within budgets as assessing the return on investment of any training or development program
  • Work in a team to produce programs that are satisfactory to all relevant parties in an organization, such as Board of Directors or Senior Staff
  • Conduct appraisals
  • Devise individual learning plans
  • Produce training materials for in-house courses
  • Manage the delivery of training and development programs and, devise a training strategy for the organization
  • Monitor and review the progress of trainees through questionnaires and discussions with managers
  • Evaluate training and development programs
  • Amend and revise programs as necessary, in order to adapt to changes occurring in the work environment
  • Help Senior Staff to solve specific training problems, either on a one-to-one basis or in groups
  • Keep up to date with developments in training by reading relevant journals, going to meetings and attending relevant courses
  • Have an understanding of e-learning techniques, and where relevant, being involved in the creation and/or delivery of e-learning packages
  • Research new technologies and methodologies in workplace learning and presenting this research

Advocate

Summary

An Advocate for ERMP is an activist promoting the growth of the movie and television industry within North Carolina.  Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change, or stasis. Activism can take a wide range of forms from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, participating in rallies, and seminars.  Activism is often a part of a nonprofit’s core purpose.

Responsibilities:

  • Presents ERMP’s philosophy to any interested or influential person by visiting with them; introducing them to the ERMP website; confirming their understanding of who to contact with questions or concerns
  • Update industry knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
  • Serves and protects the entertainment industry by adhering to professional standards, ERMP policies and procedures, federal, state, and local laws