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 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.
A life-long Chicagoan, Mark has been in the film business and proud member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees for his entire adult life. He has been on many memorable feature films ever since receiving his apprentice card in Local 476 in 1974. Mark served on the 476 executive board starting in 1983 and was elected President in 2000. In 2006, he was elected by the members as their Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer. In 2018, he was re-elected for his 5th 3-year term. In that role, in addition to managing the day-to-day business operations, he represents the union in contract negotiations.
A fierce advocate for his members and the protection of their rights, Mark’s input is frequently called upon by government and community leaders in the establishment of policies that promote job growth in film production. When Illinois film jobs were in rapid decline, Mark was at the forefront in founding the Illinois Production Alliance, where he continues to play an integral role as a member of the board. His long-standing trusted relationships with a wide range of studios continues to be a great asset in the marketing and recruitment of bringing more Film and TV productions to Illinois.
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.
Karen Banks is the Director of Events for Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. Karen has been with Cinespace since it's inception in 2011.
In her role, Karen facilitates and implements all logistics for events, commercials, and many of the productions that film at Cinespace. She also handles client and production relations and serves as studio liaison in many capacities.
Prior to working in the film industry, Karen worked in Illinois politics. Experience includes roles in speech writing and public relations for Mayor Richard M. Daley and Illinois Attorney Generals as well as an advance team member for various political campaigns.
Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys is the Vice President and General Manager at Panavision’s Chicago office. Zoë’s 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.
After serving in a marketing role with Panavision from 1998-2006, Borys rejoined Panavision in 2018 as vice president and general manager of Panavision Atlanta. She brings more than 25 years of industry experience — much of which has been spent serving Chicago’s filmmaking community — to her new position. Borys is also 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.
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 ninth season of Chicago Fire and the eighth season of Chicago PD as well as the feature, Say My Name. 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.
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. Christine also worked with the General Assembly and industry stakeholders to secure the passage of legislation extending the film tax credit through 2026. She is proud of the expanded line of programming that will lead to continued, future growth in Illinois.
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.