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Lance McDanielExecutive Director

Lance is an independent filmmaker that has worked on 13 feature films as a writer, director, producer, 1st AD, and other crew positions. Lance volunteered for deadCENTER for 5 years in programming and events before joining the team as Executive Director in 2010.

Kim Haywood
Director of Programming/Festival Director

Kim is deadCENTER’s first employee and has kept the ship on course for the past 9 years. Kim is also a filmmaker, having produced a rock opera, Rainbow Around the Sun that premiered at SXSW before its triumphant return to Oklahoma as deadCENTER’s kick-off film in 2008.

Alyx Picard
Head of Operations/Festival Coordinator

A long-time volunteer, Alyx came on board with our programming team 2 years ago to introduce new technologies and take our programming processes into the future. Now in the office full-time, she brings in plenty of fun stories from her past work in production on Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” and serving in administration at the ACM@UCO.

Kevin Ely
Features Programmer

Kevin is the Creative Director at and a long-time deadCENTER volunteer that has worked as a features programmer for the past several years. Kevin also makes films, including Rainbow Around the Sun with Kim Haywood.

Brian Hearn
Features Programmer

Brian has been the Film Curator for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for the past 16 years, providing the only year round venue for awesome independent films in Oklahoma City. He has been a volunteer for deadCENTER since its inception and is one the driving forces for independent film in Oklahoma.

Sara McCombs
Shorts Programmer

After overseeing our box office for a few years, Sara joined the deadCENTER programming team last year as our first official shorts programmer. Sara has worked in film and television production for the past several years. In 2010, Sara produced a film, “The Rounder Comes to Town,” that won Best Oklahoma film at deadCENTER in 2010.

board of directors


Art Cotton
President, Cotton Consulting

Vice – Chair

Julie Hall
Community Volunteer


Alesha Leemaster
Community Relations, Devon Energy


Carol Johnson
Community Volunteer

Past President

David Portman
VP, CB Richard Ellis


Ashley Byrnes

Barbara Cable
Vice President, Cable Motors
Denise Castelli
Owner, Limelight Productions
Lenice Cattley
Manager-Compensation, Chesapeake Energy 
Wendy Drummond
Partner, Drummond Law Firm
Susan Dunham
Community Volunteer
Sally Ferrell
Real Estate
Judy Federa
Community Volunteer
Shannon Fudge
Co-Founder, CMR
Peter Fulmer
Real Estate
Bryan Geiger
SVP, Bank of Oklahoma
Brent Johnson
Attorney, Feller Snider Law Firm
Ryan Johnston
Industry Enterprises, President/CEO 
John Kennedy

Debbie Nauser
Corporate Communications, Access Midstream
Heather Ross

Kimber Shoop
Senior Attourney, OG&E
Paige Williams

advisory committee

Megan Elliott
Venue Managers
Tom Hudson
Filmmaker Host
Marek Cornett
Social Media
Kim Searls
Buzz Marketing
Kristen Wilson
Box Office
Herb Eakers
Community Outreach
Bryon Chambers
Kindt Myers
Special Events
Lisa Pitsiri
VIP Host
Ben Campbell
Matt Drake
Technology Liaison
Beth Harris
Kids Fest
Stephanie Peña
Latino Outreach/deadCENTER University
Stefanie Leland
Environmental Impact
Tim Tillman
Environmental Impact


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