rePRO TEAM

Lela Meadow-Conner is a Creative Producer and Founder of mama.film – a village at the crossroads of art & advocacy where storytellers, changemakers and nurturers come together to champion humanity through a maternal gaze. She has 20 years of experience in independent cinema exhibition, most recently as Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance (2017-2022.)
Through its curation arm, mama.film operates as a nomadic experience, partnering with regional and national organizations to program films that center women, identity and the human experience. In 2020, mama.film launched rePRO Film, a monthly film and podcast advocating for reproductive justice. In 2021 & 2022 mama.film served as a Satellite Screen for the Sundance Film Festival in Kansas.
She currently serves as Co-Producer on the documentary feature ‘Chasing Chasing Amy’, Producer on the narrative short and feature ‘’Run Amok’, with several other projects in development.

In addition to being the Artistic Director for the Cleveland International Film FestivalMallory Martin is also a co-founder of mama.filmCLE – the Cleveland branch of mama.film. Working within the film festival industry for over 10 years, Mallory has served on multiple juries, as well as participated in panels and pitch sessions around the world. Mallory graduated from the film program at Ohio University and began her career by working for the Athens International Film and Video Festival, producing public media broadcasts, and writing and directing short films. Mallory has a son, Ollie.

Asha Dahya – author, TEDx speaker and founder of GirlTalkHQ.com Asha was born in the UK, raised in Australia, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. She has spent the last 16 years creating, producing and hosting content for networks such as MTV, MSN.com, Disney, ABC, Nickelodeon, Fox, Nine Network Australia and more. Considered a voice of authority in the feminist media space, she has delivered keynote addresses for Accenture’s International Women’s Day event, UCLA’s Bruin Belles annual conference, and the 2018 Los Angeles March for Moms event where she shared her expertise on Maternal Mortality and Paid Family Leave. Asha has also moderated panels for UN Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and EmpowHer Institute.  Through her work, Asha focuses on reproductive rights, gender equality, and the representation of women in media. She is passionate about empowering women and girls to take up space, raise their voice and share their story with the world.

Neha Aziz is a Pakistani-American writer, filmmaker, and social media specialist. She is a graduate of the journalism and film programs at UT Austin. You can read her work at Texas Monthly, The Austin Chronicle, and Substack, to name a few. She produced ​Come & Take It​, a documentary short about the #CocksNotGlocks and Gun Free UT movements with acclaimed filmmakers PJ Raval and Ellen Spiro, which has gone on to win numerous accolades. From 2017 – 2020, Neha worked at SXSW as a member of the Communications team. She currently works as a Film Programmer and Community Programs Director for the Austin Asian American Film Festival, Features Programming Consultant for the Cleveland International Film Festival, and a Film and Media consultant for RePRO. She was recently named an iHeart Radio NextUP fellow for their inaugural podcast program. Neha‘s scripts have advanced in numerous competitions and she hopes to make her directorial debut in the near future.

Emily Christensen is a writer based in Wichita, Kansas. She is the co-creator, writer and host for the award-winning podcast “Feminist Foremothers,” a collaboration with mama.film. She is a recipient of a Wichita Arts Council Award and a 2020 fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Follow her on Twitter @SchmemilyEmily.

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    Rebecca Sosa

    Distribution & Impact Strategist • Los Angeles, CA

Rebecca Sosa takes inspiration from her Mexican-American and Indigenous roots and believes in the healing power of storytelling. After studying journalism at New York University, Rebecca worked at A24 as a founding staff member and Head of Digital Distribution before moving into festival and nonprofit work with SXSW, Sundance Institute, and America Ferrera’s Harness. In addition to her consulting company, Empowered Stories, where Rebecca advises documentary filmmakers on distribution and social impact campaigns, she is working towards her master’s degree in clinical psychology and licensure as a mental health professional. She hopes to expand mental health literacy and access within BIPOC and creative communities and destigmatize it across all generations and cultures.
Alex Sgambati is an actress and producer who is passionate about reproductive justice and healthcare. She is best-known for her work on The Walking Dead, and can be seen in the upcoming feature film The Immaculate Room, starring Kate Bosworth and Emile Hirsch, and the Russo Brothers executive produced Something’s More than One Thing. Her debut film as a producer, MISO, centers around at-home abortion and abortion doulas, and is currently making its festival run across the United States. When she’s not working in film and television, Alex enjoys studying reproductive health, and is currently finishing both her birth and abortion doula training.
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    Kylie Brown

    Digital Director • Wichita, KS

KylieB (she/her) is a queer, transracial adoptee from South Korea who has been involved in technology and executing arts engagement programming for over ten years in Kansas. Not only an active connector for the creative community, but her work encourages artists in their ideas and to develop a culture of collaboration. She has founded and built programs such as CreativeRush and a 24-hour film race called Down to the Wire™. Kylie has been a Curatorial Resident for Paul Artspace in Missouri and was invited to create a COVID safe outdoor exhibition with WSU SHIFTSPACE & Wichita Festivals featuring the MULTIBUBBLE. She is the Podcast Editor of Emily Christensen’s award-winning Feminist ForemothersCurrently, Kylie is the Digital Director (web/technology) at mama.film and reprofilm.org; Editor of the rePRO Periodical Podcast; and the Media/Project Facilitator for Horizontes.  •  You can find her online at livefreelab.com | IG: @kblivnfree

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    Jill Lafer

    Repro Rights Activist • New York, NY

Jill Lafer has been a leader in the women’s reproductive rights and health movement for over 35 years. She is the former board chair of Planned Parenthood (PP) Federation of America (2015-2017) and recently served on the PP Action Fund Board, the PP Global Advisory Board, and on the PP Political Action Committee (PAC). She also serves as former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appointee to the Central Park Conservancy Board. Jill chairs the Conservancy’s Nominating and Governance committee and Diversity, Inclusion & Equity committee. In addition, Jill serves as a board member for the Tri-State Women’s Maxed Out PAC.
In 2018-2019 Jill was a DCI Fellow at Stanford University.  Previously, Jill served as board chair of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, was a board member of the National Institute for Reproductive Health and has served on other not-for-profit boards including the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Guild Hall in East Hampton and the New York City Opera. Her background is in the business sector. After earning her BS from NYU Stern School of Business, she was an auditor for Arthur Young and Company and then worked in strategic planning for Citibank. in 1994 she co-founded a consumer licensing business, Hoffman/Lafer (HL) Assoc. L.L.C.  HL has been responsible for licensing agreements for numerous consumer goods companies including Bulova Watch Corp., Woolrich, Jessica McClintock, Pillowtex, and Nicole Miller. In June 2020 Jill founded Bandon Partners, a consulting firm to work with small not-for-profits. Jill is married and has three children and two granddaughters.