Editors Guild Fetes 2017 Board of Directors

The 2017 Editors Guild Board of Directors.

by Jeff Burman • Photos by Martin Cohen

On January 14, the Editors Guild acknowledged its 2017 Board of Directors, its staff and its outgoing Directors at the annual Installation Dinner. It was held at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel.

First meeting of the year of the MPEG Board of Directors, January 14, 2017.

New and returning Board members were sworn in at the Guild’s January Board of Directors’ meeting earlier the same day.

The ceremony took place in the Guild’s Los Angeles office, with members from New York joining via video conference.

Returning members of the executive Board are President Alan Heim, ACE, 2nd Vice President Louis Bertini, MPSE, Secretary Diane Adler, ACE, Treasurer Rachel Igel and Sergeant at Arms Bill Elias.

A principal order of business was to fill the vacant seat for Vice President, vacated by outgoing vice president Greg Rudloff, who had declined to run for re-election. Board Member and sound editor F. Hudson Miller, MPSE, was nominated to take his place and was approved by the Board unanimously.


National Executive Director Cathy Repola, right, swears in the 2017 MPEG officers: Treasurer Rachel Igel, left, President Alan Heim and Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Elias.


MPEG President Alan Heim, in foreground, swears in MPEG Directors, from left: sound editor David Barnaby, editor Nancy Richardson, ACE, assistant editor Jeff Burman, lab film technician Frank Delgado, engineer Joseph Birkman and assistant editor Shiran Carolyn Amir.

Later, at the Installation Dinner, two departing Board members — editor John Axelrad, ACE, and Sound Editor Suhail Kaffity, MPSE — were presented with commemorative plaques from Guild President Heim, ACE, a tradition honoring outgoing Board members for their service.

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They expressed their gratitude for being able to serve the membership and thanked the Guild’s staff. Axelrad noted that unions need to stay vigilant in the times of the incoming political administration.

President Alan Heim, left, presents a Board Service Award to John Axelrad.


The Women of the 2017 MPEG Board of Directors: Back row from left: Assistant editors Shiran Carolyn Amir and Sharon Smith Holley, music editor Stephanie Lowry, assistant editor Christy Richmond, picture editors Mary DeChambres, ACE, Dorian Harris, ACE, Nancy Richardson, ACE and Molly Shock, ACE. Front row: Editor Lisa Zeno Churgin, ACE, Secretary Diane Adler, ACE, Treasurer Rachel Igel, Maysie Hoy, ACE, and National Executive Director Cathy Repola.

Guild Executive Director Cathy Repola made a special point in her remarks to thank the Loews Santa Monica staff, not only because of the great food and service, but also because they are union members — and they were honored with resounding applause.


Celebrating at the 2017 Board Installation Dinner: Back row, from left: assistant editor Shiran Carolyn Amir, picture editor Cody Miller, engineer Joseph Birkman and Gabrielle Birkman, National Executive Director Cathy Repola, picture editor Mary DeChambres, assistant editor Marq DeChambres, assistant editor Richard Sanchez and Patti Sanchez. Front row: Picture editor A.J. Catoline and assistant editor Kristin Derella.


Celebrating at the 2017 Board Installation Dinner, are, from left, sound editor Glenn Morgan, MPSE, Board SecretaryDiane Adler, ACE, and assistant editor Sharon Smith Holley.

New members to join the Board are assistant editor Shiran Carolyn Amir, Eastern Region Alternate Chad Birmingham, Picture editors Lisa Zeno Churgin ACE and Dorian Harris ACE, Recordist Robert “Bubba” Nichols,  and sound editors Jerry Ross and Dave Barnaby.

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Celebrating at the 2017 Board Installation Dinner, are, from left, Recordist Robert “Bubba” Nichols and wife Shannon Nichols, film lab technician Frank Delgado and wife Marci Delgado, Western Executive Director Scott George, John Axelrad, ACE and wife Sharon Allicotti, and Guild Executive Administrator Lisa Dosch.
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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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