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Chair, Reel Abilities 2017

Vikki Evans
Vikki Evans

Vikki Evans likes to keep busy. When not doing volunteer work, her day job since 2012 (24 hours a day!) has been as a Realtor with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty and she feels that she was destined to be a Realtor. She is an expert networker, people-connector, and has boundless energy. She's an articulate speaker and an active listener. She stays busy and appreciates that her clients are busy, too. They value her honesty and trust her opinions. Her hard work, diligence, and positive attitude make buying or selling homes a very pleasurable experience for her clients. Vikki's success in the business has been validated by her achievement of the coveted Circle of Excellence (top producers) membership every year since her first full year in the business. In 2014, Vikki's husband, Rich Evans, retired from a career in investments and joined her at Martha Turner Sotheby'''s International Realty. Together, they are an extremely formidable pair and have really enjoyed building their business together.

Vikki's other "work" is giving back to the Houston community, and for more than 30 years she has served in leadership positions on the board of the Jewish Federation, where in 1994 under her leadership as Women's Philanthropy Chair, created the centerpiece fundraising event, Collage, and in 2001 led the Houston Community Mission. She has also proudly served on the boards of The Houston Jewish Community Foundation, The Jewish Community Center, the Women's Business and Professional Group (President 2015-17), BNI Greenway Plaza, and The Emery/Weiner School. In 2016, Vikki was nominated for Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which culminated in donations of over $76,000- more than enough to name a research grant in memory of her beloved Aunt Linda.

Since 2014, Vikki has proudly served on the board of Jewish Family Service, where she co-chaired Reel Hope, the annual Gala in 2016, surpassing fundraising goals with over $500,000 in donations. She has served on the Film Selection committee for ReelAbilities since its inception and is thrilled to be chairing the ReelAbilities Film Festival in 2017.

When Vikki is not working, she enjoys exploring downtown Houston, traveling and enjoying the latest local restaurants, films, theater and music. Vikki and Rich have been married since 1986 and are the parents of two grown daughters, Emily and Rachel, and their French bulldog, Lola.

Honorary Committee

  • Joan and Stanford Alexander, Founders, Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Jonathan Baliff, Honorary Chair, CEO, Bristow Group, ReelAbilities Co-Chair 2015, Honorary Chair 2016
  • Joanne Graff, Chair, ReelAbiltties 2016
  • Anna M. Babin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Houston
  • Council Member Ellen Cohen, District C, Houston City Council
  • Lex Frieden, Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU)
  • Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston
  • Steven B Schnee, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Lee Wunsch, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

Advisory Committee

  • Joan Alexander, Founder, JFS Disability Services Alexander Institute for inclusion
  • Connie Almeida, Ph.D., LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services Fort Bend County, Texas
  • Barbara Boyett, CEO, Avondale House
  • Linda Burger, CEO, JFS and President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers
  • Ana Calvo, Rehabilitation Counselor, DARS
  • Marc Cohen, The Monarch School and Institute
  • Britney Cooks, Speech & Language Pathologist MRMRA
  • Todd Curry, Municipal Affairs Executive, Houston Airport Systems
  • Roberta Diddel, PH.D., Executive Director, Disability 101
  • Jess Faerman, ReelAbilities, JFS
  • Kelli Cohen Fein, M.D., Physician, Chair, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
  • Marla Matz Feldman, DDS, Chair, ReelAbilities 2014, JFS
  • Susan Fernbach, Director of Genetic Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Susan Fordice, President & CEO, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • Chuck French, Administration Manager, Houston Parks & Recreation Dept: Adaptive Sports & Recreation
  • Natalie Housman-Weiss, Community Member
  • Elise Hough, CEO, Easter Seals
  • Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D., Chief Medical, Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Eddie Jessie, Community Resource Specialist, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Carl Josehart, CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force
  • Morton Katz, PH.D., Psychologist, JFS Disability Services Advisory Council
  • Kelly Klein, Coordinator, JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Rachel Kosoy, Easter Seals of Greater Houston
  • Grant Manier, Grant's Eco Art
  • Julie Manier, Grant's Eco Art
  • Eric Mayer, Co-chair, ReelAbilities 2013
  • Isabelle Mayer, Co-chair, ReelAbilities 2013
  • Michael McCulloch, Founder, iBug
  • Susan Farb Morris, Susan Farb Public Relations
  • The Honorable Annise Parker Julia Perri, Community Member, The Monarch Institute
  • Amy Rahmani, Arts and Culture Program Coordinator, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
  • Sheryl Rapp, Founder, The UP Experience
  • Trish Rigdon, Executive Director, Houston Cinema Arts Society
  • Sara Speer Selber, Community Member, Project Management Team
  • Bryant Shaw
  • Karen Strupp, Ph.D., Psychologist, Community Member
  • Landon Taylor, Assistant Director, Department of Neighborhoods
  • Robert Woods, MEd., CEO & Executive Director, The Center for Success and Independence

Film Selection Committee

  • Linda Burger, President, Network of Behavioral Health Providers
  • Julie Coy-Manier, Grant's Eco Art
  • Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Matthew Dickens, Deafness Resource Specialist 6B, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Deborah Downing, Ph.D., Community Member, Special Education Administration
  • Magui Dunn, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Vikki Evans, Real Estate Agent, Martha Turner Properties
  • Jess Faerman, ReelAbilities, JFS
  • Marla Feldman, Co-chair, ReelAbilities 2014, JFS
  • Cody Francisco, Deafness Resource Specialist, Communication Axess Ability Group
  • Joanne Graf, Chair, Reel Abilities 2016, JFS
  • Joy Kaplan, Chair, JFS Disability Services Task Force, JFS
  • Grant Manier, EcoArtist
  • Barbara Marcus, Owner, Marcus Personnel
  • Renee Margolin, Volunteer, JFS
  • Isabelle Mayer, JFS
  • Chez Mcleggan, photographer/filmmaker
  • Seth Mincberg, Volunteer, JFS
  • Lynae Novominsky, JFS Volunteer Coordinator
  • Julia Perri, Community Member, The Monarch Institute
  • Angel Ponce, Customer Service Manager, MOPD
  • Courtney Sandifer, Communications Specialist Filmmaker, Harmony Public Schools
  • Ana Shah, Community Member, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Bryant Shaw, Director of Transition Services, The Monarch Institute
  • Kara Smith, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, JFS
  • Teri Wathen, Hearing Loss Resource Specialist

Festival Production

  • Marie Bryant, The Captioning Company
  • Max Castillo, ReelEducation Coordinator, JFS
  • Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Rachel Davis, Chief Development Officer, JFS
  • Jess Faerman, Audio Describer
  • Mary Hanks, JFS
  • Lynae Novominsky, JFS Volunteer Coordinator

Sullivan Group, Team

  • Clare Sullivan Jackson, CEO and Founder
  • Alyssa Aboloff, Producer
  • Hilary Baars, Producer
  • Jordan Lewis, Producer

Special Projects

  • Adrianne Burger, Community Volunteer
  • Geri Druckman, Web Development Specialist - Accessibility/Usability
  • Clayton Farris, Emcee/Organizer, ReelMusic
  • Bobby Joseph, Director, Bristow Uplift
  • Audrey Lhemann, Novum Energy
  • Grant Manier, EcoArtist
  • Pam Reingold, Gallery Manager, Celebration Company
  • Samara Rosen, Curator, The Art of Celebration
  • Steven Rosenbloom, Volunteer
  • Jamie Weiner, Director, Celebration Company
  • Andrew Youngblood, Owner/Talent Buyer, The Secret Group

ReelEducation & Speakers Outreach

  • Adrianne Berger
  • Chuck French, Administration Manager, Adaptive Sports, Houston Parks & Recreation
  • Tony Livesay, Retired Fire Fighter, HFD
  • Enrique Oliu, Film Star, ¡Henry O!
  • Meena Dhanjal Outlaw, Author
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
  • Ava Skrabanek, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Venue Liasons

  • Mandy Billings, Production Manager, The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
  • Hossein Farshchi, Edwards Grand Palace 24 & RPX
  • Zulma Morales, Alexander Specialist for Early Literacy Development and Special Learning Needs, The Children’s Museum of Houston
  • The Secret Group, Andrew Youngblood, Owner/Talent Buyer
  • Alex Stutler, HCC W Loop S
  • Amy Rahmani, Classroom and Scheduling Coordinator, The Shepherd School of Music Rice University

Media Assistance

  • Mary Adler, VP Marketing, Integrate Agency
  • Allie Danziger, Founder, Integrate Agency
  • Jessie Dickerson, Account Supervisor, Integrate Agency
  • Jillian Goltzman, Social Media Account Executive, Integrate Agency
  • Caitlyn Kaczmarek, Graphic Designer, Integrate Agency
  • Gloria Ribnick, PR Director, JFS
  • Vicki Samuels, President & CEO, Jewish Herald Voice
  • Donna Jones-Sudol and Cindy Goodman, gII Ad Group
  • Susan Thomas, MPH, Marketing & Communications, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Glenn Willey, Manager of Communications/Media, TIRR Memorial Hermann


  • Laura Alter, Liaison, JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion
  • Roberta Diddel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Disability 101

Key Support

  • Justin Deutsch, ReelEducation Consultant
  • Marilyn Nathan, Development Consultant, ReelAbilities
  • Tonya Slone, Executive Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Angel Ponce, Senior Customer Service Manager, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Dept. of Neighborhoods

ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival is presented to the City of Houston by Jewish Family Service and its Alexander Institute for Inclusion.