Jefferson Beavers is a multimedia storyteller with more than 20 years experience in journalism, strategic communication, and higher education. He works as a communication specialist for Fresno State’s Department of English. For Filmworks, Jefferson has served the organization in multiple roles since 2007, including: president, development director, communication director, sponsorships coordinator, advertising coordinator, and volunteer. For the 2020-21 season, he assists the board’s executive and marketing committees.
Gloria Burrola is a retired school psychologist and film lover. Originally from Texas, she has lived in Fresno since 1980. She graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle where she discovered her love of alternative cinema. Gloria’s work on the Filmworks board began in 2005 when she became a volunteer and a board member shortly thereafter. After coordinating volunteers for Filmworks for many years, she now serves on the advisory board. She also currently serves on the board of the Yoga Center of Fresno.
Bryan Harley is an independent filmmaker and a Fresno native. He is the Executive Director at CMAC, the Community Media Center for Fresno and Clovis. Bryan is a graduate of Fresno State, where he studied Mass Communication & Journalism and History. Previously for Filmworks, he has served as board co-chair and as communication director. He currently assists the marketing committee with web development.
Rebecca Horwitz graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre in 2013. She currently works at the Fresno Music Academy & Arts, and she splits her free time between coding, reading, and playing Pokemon Go. In the summer of 2014, Rebecca served as a marketing intern for Fresno Filmworks. In September 2005, she volunteered at her first Filmworks movie, “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and it remains one of her favorite films today. Rebecca joined the Filmworks advisory board in August 2018, assisting the marketing committee with web development.
Chris Simmons got her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She worked in marketing for a large health and beauty products company before going into the ministry full-time with her husband, Gary. They moved to Fresno in 2000 to take over leadership of the Central Valley Church of Christ, where they continue to serve. Chris also volunteers with the Central California SPCA, fostering nursing litters and socializing puppies; she ALWAYS has puppies, and she has placed more than 100 of them in homes of those who know her. She’s the volunteer marketing director for Fresno Community Chorus and is a proud member of the Fresno Master Chorale. Chris joined the Filmworks advisory board in August 2018, assisting the marketing committee with coordination of our email newsletter.
A native of Fresno, Duran Hernandez studied film at San Francisco State University before switching career paths to graphic design. Duran earned his BFA degree in design at Fresno State, and he currently works as Art Director for Jeffrey Scott Agency in downtown Fresno. He joined the Filmworks board of directors in August 2018, and he moved to the advisory board in June 2019. He assists the marketing committee with art, design, and branding.