Andrew is an alumnus of the inaugural class of TheFilmSchool in 2004 and has since embarked on a career as a screenwriter. Previously, he spent 17 years at Microsoft, where he was a leader in the development of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Office. He joined TheFilmSchool board in 2006. He is also a co-founder and past board president of Parents for Public Schools of Seattle, and a coach and board officer for the Cascade Volleyball Club of Seattle. He is married with three daughters.
Ellen Bakke | Vice President
Ellen manages a portfolio of client relationships including banking, credit, investment management and trust, financial planning, estate planning, and business succession planning. Over 15 years in financial services including Series 7, 66, and insurance licenses as a portfolio manager with Ragen MacKenzie, and 10 years in Private Banking with Wells Fargo Private Bank before coming to Key Bank.Prior to Wealth Management, Ellen was founder and President of The Singer Group Inc., an Interior Planning Corporation. The company was a seven person, full-service commercial design firm, completing projects from the schematic design phase through construction, installation and final move-in. Having experienced a business succession and sale first hand, it has been invaluable in consulting business owners who are preparing to sell their businesses.
Community Service: Current member Board of Trustees, VP and Chair of Board Development and past Allocations Chair, PONCHO, for 16 years; Board of Trustees for Christmas in April, Chair of Procurement; Fundraising Chair, Junior League of Seattle; ODYSSEY, Board of Trustees, and Gala co-chair; President PTSA, won the Golden Acorn award for service. Member of the Ranier Club in Seattle.
Max Clough | Treasurer
Max has more than 20 years of executive management and consulting experience, working primarily with start-ups and emerging businesses in a variety of industries. He is currently the CEO of MarketOrder and has served as president of Keystroke Technologies, president of the Thomas Kemper Soda Company and founder of CFI Incorporated and Ablor Associates. Max has served on the boards of a number of technology companies and has provided consulting services to numerous companiesincluding McCaw Cellular, Egghead Software and Microsoft. He received his BA from The College of William and Mary and attended the University of Washington Graduate School of Business–Management Program.
Scilla is the CEO and co-founder of IndieFlix Inc., a multi-platform film distribution company founded in 2004 to help independent filmmakers take advantage of new media and connect with their audience.
An award-winning producer, director. and Emmy-nominated costume designer, Scilla has deep roots in the entertainment industry and is a popular speaker, juror, and tireless champion of independent film.
In 2005, after a successful stint in Hollywood, this single mom of two kids packed her bags and moved back to her hometown of Seattle to embark on a new career. After connecting with long time friend and filmmaker Carlo Scandiuzzi, Scilla decided to turn the Hollywood movie industry upside down by changing the way short films are distributed and by allowing filmmakers not only to keep the rights to their movies but also receive a majority stake in all revenue streams.
Today with over 1,800 film titles from a growing number of countries in its ever-expanding film library, IndieFlix is launching Film Festival in a Box, a new interactive movie game just in time for holiday gift giving.
Patrice and her husband, Kevin, are strong supporters of Conservation International, a nonprofit global organization dedicated to preserving the world’s most environmentally diverse areas, especially in the Seattle region. Patrice is a board member at the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and she also chairs the annual fund for Lakeside School. An ardent fundraiser for education, the arts, the environment and social services in the Seattle area, Patrice has chaired several successful local capital campaigns. She is currently creative director of Pascaulina, Inc. and is also a documentary filmmaker and producer whose most recent films include Expiration Date and Multiple Sarcasms.
With over twenty years of teaching Japanese to college and high school students, Sudeshna has acquired extensive experience in education and education management. She has served as department representative at University peer review meetings, high school task forces and at school district budget meetings. She has been published in English and Japanese academic journals.
Sudeshna was Assistant Professor of Literature at University of Utah and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Japanese literature and history at the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington. She has taught at Seattle University and at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. She has a Ph.D in Classical Japanese Literature from the University of Oregon.
Following an early retirement from teaching, Sudeshna took the three-week screenwriting bootcamp at TheFilmSchool which changed her life. She is currently involved in two productions, Big in Japan (dir. John Jeffcoat) and My Last Year With the Nuns (dir. Bret Fetzer). Sudeshna was Assistant Producer for Seattle architecture firm Runstad Wright’s marketing video The Spring District, produced by Hey! Advertising. She is currently writing and producing Ms. Morton’s Perfect Plan, which is in pre-production.
Sudeshna is the founder and director of Mitra, a local non-profit that organizes high school student exchanges to India. She is passionate about fundraising for local schools and non-profit organizations. Sudeshna lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She loves travel, good food and writing.