The IPA Board is made up of individuals from every sector of the Illinois Film Industry. We have representation from labor, vendors, creatives, etc. and everyone one of our Board members works actively in the Illinois film community.
For over a decade Eric has served as the Executive Director at SAG-AFTRA Chicago. At SAG-AFTRA Eric has overseen strong growth in union membership with local headcount increasing by close to 25% since 2012. In addition, SAG-AFTRA Chicago started a wave of organizing in public broadcast media that has expanded to public radio stations across the entire country including Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
In addition to serving as President of the Illinois Production Alliance, Eric chairs the Actors Fund Central Regional Council. He is the President of The Kaufherr Resource Center in Chicago, a performer training and education center. In 2017 and 2019 he was named to the New City Chicago Film 50. An avid road cyclist and fisherman, Eric is married to Andrea Sturgeon Chaudron. They have two children, Maddie and Jack.
He also happens to own the smartest Lab in the world named Meadow.
Tony has been a working member of Local 476 since 1994. In those 27 years, he served the union in a supervising role for 26 of those years. During his tenure, he worked on 23 feature titles and 17 full seasons of episodic TV, adding up to over 300 episodes and 6 pilots. He has been a member of the Executive Board for 12 years and currently serves as the Business Agent/Secretary Treasurer of Local 476.
In his earlier years, Tony attended college, managed two restaurants, and aspired to be a professional musician. He opened a successful restaurant while working for Local 476 simultaneously for 20 years. His decision to sell the restaurant in 2017 was based solely on reaching his goal to Business Agent/Secretary Treasurer of Local 476. According to Tony, “I couldn’t focus on serving as Business Agent/Secretary Treasurer if elected, so I decided to sell the restaurant to better serve the union.
On a personal note, Tony has been blessed with a wonderful marriage of 37 years, 5 daughters, 3 sons, and 9 grandchildren.
Mark Androw is an Executive Producer and partner in the national commercial production companies, STORY and Accomplice Media. He is the former National Chairman and Treasurer of the AICP (Associate of Independent Commercial Producers) and the former President of the Midwest AICP Chapter. He serves on the board of the IPA (Illinois Production Alliance) and is a trustee on the DGA Commercial Qualification List and the PHBP (Producer’s Health Benefit Plans). He has served on the Curatorial Committee of the AICP Show for 4 years.
In recognition of all his accomplishments in 2019 Androw received the AICP’s Jay B. Eisenstadt Award at a presentation held in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The Award is given for a lifetime of achievement on behalf of the commercial production industry. Mark is a licensed attorney in Illinois and a graduate of New York University Film School and DePaul University’s College of Law.
He is a mediocre tennis player and a horrible golfer.
Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys is well known throughout the industry, and especially in Chicago, for her tireless support of the creative community and passion for helping filmmakers realize their visions.
Most recently Borys served as the Vice President and General Manager at Panavision’s Chicago office. She has more than 25 years of industry experience — much of which has been spent serving Chicago’s filmmaking community. Borys is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and serves on the board of the AICP MidWest Chapter.
During the height of COVID and the lock down, Zoë challenged herself, and started Pilates as well as becoming the first on line graduating class of becoming sworn in by a Judge to be a CASA representative. Zoe is a proud Mother of two teenage boys, and a dog mom of 3.
As of January 2022, Ashley Rice has joined as the President & Co-Managing Partner of Cinespace. Cinespace specializes in the development, management and operation of studio space and support facilities for the film, television and digital media production industry. Cinespace represents the second largest independent sound stage platform in North America and most recently has acquired a majority stake in Germany’s Studio Babelsberg. Ashley’s role at Cinespace encompasses overall daily management of the business and focuses on client and government relations, marketing/PR and Cinecares an arm of Cinespace that is devoted to empowering Chicago residents from underserved communities on the west and south sides through education and job training in Film & TV.
Previously, Ashley held the role of Executive Vice President of Production for Legendary Television. She managed numerous aspects of Legendary TV’s Studio Operations including Physical Production, Post Production, Production Finance, COVID/Safety/HR/Risk Management and Production Labor/Legal. Since joining the company in 2014, Rice oversaw many domestic and international productions including Monarch (Apple), 12 Scars (Netflix), Dune (HBOMax), Carnival Row (Amazon), Paper Girls (Amazon), Lightyears (Amazon), Debris (NBC), Lost in Space (Netflix), The Looming Tower (Hulu), Downward Dog (ABC), Love (Netflix), Colony (USA) as well as animation series Pac Rim: The Black (Netflix), Skull Island (Netflix) and Tomb Raider (Netflix).
Prior, Rice served as the Vice President of Production at ABC Studios where she managed all aspects of production on a variety of series for Shonda Rhimes and Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) as well as many other pilot and series productions.
Rice has also worked as a Production Executive at HBO where she was a part of series such as Carnivale and Entourage.
Ashley is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Women in Film. Rice hails from Toronto, Canada and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, Thomas and Henry who love baseball.
A Chicago native, Claire has been a Casting Director since 1996, casting TV, Film & Theatre in Chicago and the Midwest. Currently she is casting the tenth season of Chicago Fire and the ninth season of Chicago PD. She previously cast the series Proven Innocent for Fox and Easy for Netflix as well as 5 seasons of the hit show Empire. In addition to casting for television and film, Claire and her team have also cast for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Writer’s Theatre, Indiana Repertory, Million Dollar Quartet in Chicago, and the Clarence Brown Theatre amongst others.
She has been nominated four times for Artios awards, winning in 2016 for Excellence in Casting for her work on the pilot, “Empire” and in 2006 for “Prison Break”. A national board member of the Casting Society of America and a board member of the Illinois Production Alliance, she also started an annual food drive 13 years ago called Meal for Monologues, to collect food for the homeless which had almost 700 actors in attendance this year and has become a CSA nationwide event. When not casting, she can be found on her horse, Wyatt, in the middle of a forest preserve.
Qadree is the Founder/Executive Producer of Quriosity Productions; a minority owned creative diversity boutique specializing in video production, post production and photography. Qadree successfully rose from intern to production assistant to producer and finally to the Founder/Executive Producer of Quriosity.
While line producing, he recognized a significant shift in the market- clients and agencies were seeking integrated creative talent options to represent the different social channels now available. Qadree is also currently a board member for Free Spirit Media, AICP Midwest, Chicago Advertising Federation’s Diversity Thought Leadership Council, and the Advisory Board for the Midwest Independent Film Festival.
As Premier Camera Systems' owner, Jaime Dawkins has been in the film and television industry extensively for over nineteen years. He began working in the industry while still in school before graduating from Columbia College.
Premier Camera Systems aims to be the standard of excellence in creative camera movement. Their vision is to provide a seamless rental experience and to keep pace with the demand for video content, web series, TV, commercials, documentary and cinema, through the use of a diverse and comprehensive inventory of advanced equipment.
He feels very strongly about the importance of knowledge of craft and looks forward to continuing to build on solid friendships and relationships throughout the community.
Jennifer Jobst serves as President of the IATSE Theatrical Wardrobe Union #769. Working in the film and TV costume department since the early 1980’s, Jennifer has witnessed the tremendous growth in the Chicago/Illinois film and TV workforce over the past decades.
Interested in sustaining a vibrant business, Jennifer has participated in outreach and training programs and encourages professional development within the Local 769 membership.
Early in the IPA’s history, Jennifer represented #769 on the board and participated on the Diversity committee, she is excited to return to the IPA board.
Veronica Sullivan is Senior Vice President, Head of Global Production External Affairs and State & Local Government, NBCUniversal which includes Universal Filmed Entertainment, Universal Television and Universal Content Production, and Peacock. She works with governments on economic development policy, production regulations, workforce development, and public affairs initiatives to attract production investment and create jobs across the United States and internationally. As the Head of State & Local Government Affairs for NBCU, she directs government relations and legislative strategy across 50 states in support of all NBCUniversal brands including, NBC Sports and NBC News divisions, in the fifty states and hundreds of municipalities across the United States.
Ms. Sullivan served as Chief of Staff for two New York Members of Congress including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer for whom she continues to serve as an informal advisor.
Previously, Ms. Sullivan served as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where she led its government affairs strategy during the transition of NYSE-to-NYSE Group Inc. and its merger with the pan-European exchange, Euronext, creating the world’s first global marketplace – NYSE Euronext.
Before joining NBCU, Ms. Sullivan was a member of the senior management committee at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centre responsible for corporate and internal communications, media strategy, public affairs, and government relations.
Ms. Sullivan has been named to several industry and business groups in the United States and internationally, including NYC Mayor Adams’ Film & Television Industry Council, British Film Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Association of Film Commissioners International. She is also a Trustee of the Drumthwacket Foundation in NJ. In 2022 the Spanish Film Commission appointed Ms. Sullivan as Ambassador of Film for her contributions to positioning (promoting) Spain as a destination for international production. In 2016, she championed the launching of NBCUniversal, and New York State’s PITCH NY-a program designed to encourage diversity in the entertainment industry.
James McAllister, a Unit Production Manager, has been an active member of the Chicago film community for over 30 years, and a member of the DGA for 25 years. He has experience working as a location manager and unit production manager on over 40 film & TV projects in Chicago as well as locations spanning three continents. His projects have included many of Hollywood’s biggest films and working with some of the industry’s top directors, including Michael Mann, Ron Howard, Gore Verbinski, David Fincher, Chris McQuarry, and most notably working with Christopher Nolan on “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”, and “Tenet”. As a member of Christopher Nolan’s directorial team on the 2008 feature The Dark Knight, James was included in the 2009 Director’s Guild of America Award nomination.
James moved from Central Illinois to Chicago for an internship at the Chicago Film Office at the start of his career and credits his success to the knowledge shared by his early mentors. He continues to be proud making Illinois his home base.
Christine T. Dudley served as the Director of the Illinois Film Office from 2015-2019, overseeing a historic growth in revenue, jobs and programming. Her work cemented Illinois’ spot as the Midwest destination for film production and one of the top states for film and television production overall. In her role with IPA she spearheaded a coalition of industry stakeholders in the development of, and advocacy for legislation that expanded the Illinois Film Production Tax Incentive program and established an industry supported Workforce Development Fund. The legislation was signed into law in April 2020.
Beyond those achievements, Dudley is frequently called upon by the media, universities, and industry organizations to share her public policy expertise on film incentives and opinions regarding leadership roles for women.
Christine currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association and as a member of the Indiana University Chicago Advancement Advisory Council. Previous board service includes the Illinois Arts Council; Shattered Globe Theatre; the Government Assistance Program (GAP); and Chicago Women in Government Relations.