Shannon is a Business Development Manager, bootcamp fanatic and huge Indie film fan. She has volunteered at Sundance and helped put on the City Shorts film festival at City College of San Francisco. She also was an Executive Producer for THE OTHER SIDE, a film by Israeli Filmmaker (and Windrider Alumnae) Khen Shalem. THE OTHER SIDE won the Chicago Children's Film Festival and qualified for the 2013 Oscars and on the short list for the 2013 BAFTA. Shannon enjoys seeing familiar faces each year at Windrider and many new ones too.
Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism and film, while also assuming professional responsibilities in front of and behind the camera. After graduation, her career took her around the globe, leading her to eventually completing a Master’s degree in international relations. After more award-winning work in journalism, she became the Executive Director of the oldest documentary film festival in the United States.
Today, while continuing her interest and involvement in filmmaking and journalism, Melanie has stepped up her lifelong philanthropic involvement. She has organized and run two foundations, the Kye-Yac Foundation (in conjunction with her son Kye, an undergraduate at Stanford), and The Jane Howard Foundation. Both foundations seek to identify and assist underprivileged and lesser known causes and support the arts. Melanie looks forward to the Windrider Bay Area Film Forum each year.