The Board

TIMOTHY E. GORDON
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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For over twenty years, Tim Gordon a.k.a. FilmGordon has been a passionate force and fan of films. Nicknamed “Tim 10,000” due to the large volume of movies he’s watched, Gordon has been a film critic since 1992.

He is the founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for the Augmentation in African Americans in Film (FAAAF). The Foundation’s mission is to identify, inspire and prepare the next generation of African-American filmmakers as they continue to influence, craft and develop the evolving images of African-Americans in cinema.

Gordon was installed as President of the Washington, DC-Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) in 2002 and has continued to serve in this capacity, giving him the distinction of being one of a select few to head both a national film critic association and simultaneously lead a major award show.

In 2007, Gordon joined BET as their film critic and executive producer for their Entertainment channel, the network’s second – largest online platform. After leaving BET, he created and launched the “FilmGordon” brand.

In 2013, Gordon was invited to join the nation’s largest critic association, The Broadcast Film Critics (BFCA). Currently, he is the critic for several outlets including TheFilmGordon.com and PBS’s (WETA-TV) Around Town.

In addition, Gordon hosts a weekly film show on FilmGordonRadio (BlogTalkRadio) called “Keeping It Reel with FilmGordon.”Launched in 2009, “the BIG show” has hosted a who’s who of actors and filmmakers, producing over 300 shows and generating over one million downloads of the show’s rich original content.

Always in high demand, Gordon has appeared on numerous shows giving his unique perspective on films. He has been a guest on several national shows including appearances on “News One Now” with Roland Martin, “BET Tonight” with Tavis Smiley, as well as stints on Middle East station, AlHurra, Sirius/XM and We Act Radio.

Whether watching movies, attending film festivals, talking films on-air or sharing his views with industry professionals, FilmGordon has evolved from a brand to a lifestyle as he continues to share his deep passion and love for all things films.

DR. IVAN C.A. WALKS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Walks

As the Chief Health Officer of the District of Columbia, Dr. Ivan Walks became a fixture in many households in the United States and throughout the world during the 2001 anthrax attack on Washington, DC. As the incident commander of one of the largest public health interventions ever seen in the United States, Dr. Walks delivered “real time” updates on television and radio and was the medical expert selected to appear with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on the Oprah Winfrey Show in order to address the public’s health concerns. Dr. Walks’ expertise in preparing for and responding to acts of bioterrorism has been publicly recognized at the highest levels of both the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government. He has also been honored with the designation of “Public Health Hero” by the American Public Health Association and continues to be a national resource on preparedness for bioterrorism and other public health and homeland security threats.

Dr. Walks is the CEO of Ivan Walks and Associates, LLC a consulting firm that specializes in the policy and practice of Health, Human Services and Education with a commitment to proactive health security and a focus on the specific opportunities and challenges of diverse and urban communities. The Ivan Walks and Associates partner/client list ranges from the Fortune 500 to the local not-for-profit. Dr. Walks is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services Management and Leadership at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

DENNIS COOPER
BOARD TREASURER

Cooper

Shared Service Executive with over twenty-five years of experience in managing financial service operations such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, P-Card Administration, Travel & Expense Reimbursement, Credit & Collections, Sox Controls and Compliance and Cash Reconciliation.

Extensive experience in increasing department’s operational efficiency in addition to leading enterprise-wide expense management initiatives. Excellent track record in providing leadership and strategic direction to promote the adoption of standard processes. Served as an executive sponsor in the implementation of key P2P transformation initiatives that leveraged technology solution(s) to drive innovation through continuous process improvement.

Cooper has served in several different areas that will benefit FAAAF including, PNC Financial Services GroupVice President, Director – Accounts Payable and Procure to Pay Strategies; Entertainment Director, Financial Shared Services for Feld Entertainment Director; Senior Manager, Accounting Services for AARP; as well as the Chief Financial Officer for the Magic Johnson Enterprises Foundation.

JUDITH L. FITZGERALD
BOARD SECRETARY

Fitzgerald

Judith Fitzgerald is a graduate of Lincoln University in PA. and Boston College Law School. She has been a member of academia for the past decade. She is currently a faculty member at Walden University teaching in the graduate programs for the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Master’s Program for Nonprofit Management. Prior to Walden University, Judith was a full-time lecturer at Bowie State University in the Criminal Justice program. While at Bowie State, she was not only a full-time faculty member but also Bowie’s Program Director for their national intelligence studies program, the Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center for Academic Excellence (MAC-CAE). As program director, she coordinated and developed intelligence curriculum for Bowie’s National Intelligence Studies program, as well as the new Criminal Justice Program. While teaching at Bowie, Judith was also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland (College Park) and Baltimore City Community College. Prior to teaching, Judith practiced law on the state and federal level. She also had a private practice that focused primarily on entertainment, business, real estate and criminal law.

Fitzgerald’s passion for nonprofit service began decades ago when she accepted the position as Executive Director of ReInvent Inc., a nonprofit music and pro-social arts program for at-risk youth in Baltimore City. The organization was committed to providing summer and after school programs for latchkey children in urban neighborhoods. Judith later became a Member of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln University Lions Chamber of Commerce (a non-profit that provides networking opportunities for Lincoln University students and alumni), the Becoats Foundation (a non-profit organization committed to providing outreach and empowerment as a positive youth development organization for African American boys), and the Bowie State University Career Development Center Advisory Board. Judith has also served in the capacity as Senior Consultant to a various start-up nonprofit organizations in the Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia area.

In 2013, Judith’s hard work in education received national recognition. In April 2013, Judith received the Dream Keeper Award for her dedication to education and mentoring. Her accomplishments were announced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and those accomplishments were also featured in the Walden University Alumni Magazine. In addition to the Dream Keeper’s Award, Judith received special appreciation and commendation from the Governor of the State of Maryland and also from the Baltimore County Council for her service to the community, as well as her work in education and mentoring. She has also received service and mentoring awards from Bowie State University’s Student Government Association and the Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center for Academic Excellence.

EDWIN AVENT
BOARD MEMBER

Avent

A visionary media, advertising sales and marketing executive, who currently serves as the President of Network Sales for the Soul of the South Television Network. In this capacity, Avent teamed with partners to raise the start-up capital, build staff, secure distribution, acquire programming and launch the network in 25 cities including Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. He has directed the production of content across multiple media platforms including print, digital and television. In addition, Avent is a national speaker and industry leader lauded for his ability to motivate and inspire my audiences on topics such as The Power of Visualization, Planning and Execution and the Multicultural Consumer Market and its Impact on America’s Economy.

Avent orchestrated the acquisition of Heart & Soul magazine, website, subscriber database and other assets from the bankruptcy proceedings of the prior owners, Vanguard Media, through calculated bidding and negotiations. He also led a team that was the recipient of 15 National Association of Black Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards. Later, Avent re-launched website, www.heartandsoul.com in 2006 and launched www.myheartandsoul.net, Heart & Soul’s social networking site in 2008.

He boosted sales revenue from $95,000 in year one to over $1,000,000 in year two, then to $3,000,000 by year three by establishing strong client relationships that resulted in repeat business and account expansion. Avent successful project managed the 2009 and 2011 Heart & Soul Awards and Health Conferences.

STEVEN E. BULLOCK
BOARD MEMBER

Bullock

At the Law Office of Steven E. Bullock, PC, he is dedicated to providing his clients with the highest quality of legal representation. Through hard work, persistence and more than 20 years of experience, he has worked to protect his client’s rights. His office has the resources and knowledge to handle complex cases and get results that his clients deserve. Bullock has prided himself on his concern for his client as an individual as well as their legal rights.

His office handles myriad legal cases, included but not limited to Corporate/Business matters, Entertainment Law and Personal Injury Law (including Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death cases). Attorney Bullock is also available for speaking engagements.

Attorney Bullock has served as an adjunct Professor in the areas of Business Law, Sports Law and Entrepreneurship Law & Policy. He has served in leadership positions with the District of Columbia Bar and other organizations and continues to share his experiences as an attorney and advocate for justice for all of those who would otherwise not have a voice.

DAVID J. HAGGINS
BOARD MEMBER

Haggins

David J. Haggins, a native Washingtonian, is experienced in the areas of strategic marketing, contract management and procurement, budget management, program development and public relations. Currently, he performs these duties in key positions for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), where he has been employed for over 26 years.

David’s dedication, ability to communicate and his public relations skills have lead to his success in developing long-term partnerships with community leaders and major corporations and has resulted in over $53 million in revenue for the transit authority. David recently produced “Metro World Music” held at the Kennedy Center. The Washington Post stated that the event “was a well attended historic event”. Dignitaries such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other world leaders were among the many thousands in attendance.

As a communications and marketing professional, he has been directly responsible for the overall management of internal and external communications on a variety of WMATA programming initiatives. David’s uniqueness is building collaborative working relationships with internal and external businesses ensuring consistency and promptness of key messages. David has been instrumental in the negotiation and implementation of a lucrative partnership arrangement between WMATA and CVS/pharmacy for the sale of SmarTrip cards and the Compact Point Sales (CPOS) devices. Additionally, he is responsible for the implementation and administration of the DC School pass program and the Senior SmarTrip card program. On that note, David has worked with many groups on the senior smartcard project and form relationships with Montgomery County Government, Prince George’s County Government and the DC Office on Aging.

In the course of his career at WMATA, David has worked with thousands of established partners throughout the region every year, including the Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Associates, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington DC Convention & Tourism Inc., Golden Triangle BID, Downtown BID, Washington Sports, Washington Redskins, Flexcar, Zipcar, WNBA, NBA All-Star, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, DC Film Festival, Washington International Horse Show, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, XM Satellite Radio, Washington Auto Show, Adams Morgan Festival, H Street Festival, Flo Fest, Washington Redskins, Broccoli Festival, Bowie Savior Festival, Ubiquitous, just to name a few.

He is an active community leader and served as a board member of the historic Lincoln Theater in Washington, DC, where he was Vice-President. David served on the District of Columbia Mayor’s Special Events Task Force that evaluated special projects in the City. He served as a committee member for the following organizations: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), National Cherry Blossom Festival, Silver Spring Jazz Festival, BB&T Basketball Classic, George Washington University Athletic Department, Sister to Sister – Everyone Has A Heart and the Taste of DC. He served on the boards of Keep Washington DC Beautiful (KWDCB), and the Boys and Girls Club of the greater Washington region.

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