Meet the

GFA Team

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Jeffrey Stepakoff Executive Director

Jeffrey Stepakoff was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an accomplished writer-producer and an experienced academic, with a twenty-eight year entertainment industry career that includes sweeping internationally-recognized credits, leadership roles...

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Wendy Quinn Guttin Director of Academic Affairs

Wendy Quinn Guttin is an award-winning Showrunnner, Producer, Writer and Project Manager with 20 years of television production experience, including documentary, non-fiction, true crime, scripted drama and reality programming. She began...

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Scott Votaw Director of Production

Scott Votaw is a 25-year veteran of the Entertainment Industry. He has worked on Feature Films, Episodic Television Series, National Commercials, Direct to Video projects, and 2D/3D Animation Series....

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Kate McArdle Director of Film Workforce Development and Capstone Projects

Kate McArdle spent the first twenty years of her career working as a producer and creative executive in the entertainment industry. As a development executive she worked with writers and...

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Josh Lee Director of Strategy and Operations

Josh Lee is the Director of Strategy and Operations for the Georgia Film Academy. He is an award winning educator with over ten years of experience leading professional development, exposure,...

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Brandy Dennard Executive Assistant

Brandy Dennard joined the Georgia Film Academy as Executive Assistant to Jeffrey Stepakoff in September of 2016. She comes to GFA from the Board of Regents Information Technology Services department. Brandy...

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Danny Williams Assets and Facility Manager

Danny Williams is the Assets and Facilities Manager for the Georgia Film Academy. Danny joined the GFA in August of 2018. Danny is a US Army Veteran and comes with experience...

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Blair Witte Administrative Coordinator

Blair Witte has spent most of her life in Georgia and loves everything the south has to offer. Graduating from Georgia State University with a BBA in Finance, Blair found...

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Carla Frazier Bah Academics Coordinator

Carla Frazier Bah serves as the Academic Coordinator for the Georgia Film Academy. With a Master’s Degree of Science in Higher Education Student Leadership & Student Success, Carla brings 16...

Meet the

GFA Instructors

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Philip Bergquist Instructor

Philip Bergquist received a BA in Drama, and an MFA in Dramatic Media from the University of Georgia. He has built a career path from carpentry to design for features,...

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Akil DuPont Instructor

Through the course of his career as a storyteller in theatre and film, Akil DuPont has earned 25 awards in 36 film festivals including 2 Student Emmys! His films have played in over 60...

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John Grace Instructor

John Grace is a veteran Director of Photography and cameraman with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has worked on scores of theatrical features and national television...

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Brian Gunter Instructor

Brian Gunter was born and raised in Atlanta, and except for five years in Athens, GA at the University of Georgia, he has lived here his entire life. While still...

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Benjamin Hershleder Head of Post Production Education

Benjamin Hershleder is an award-winning producer-director, accomplished editor, author, and Avid Certified Instructor. He received his B.A. in Film Production from the University of Central Florida, and his M...

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Dan A. R. Kelly Instructor

As an instructor, Dan Kelly brings a variety of experience to share with students. With a background in live theater, Dan earned his BFA in Film Directing from the prestigious...

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Nicole Kemper Certified AVID Instructor

Nicole Kemper studied directing for film and video at Columbia College in Chicago where she received her MFA in 2010. She returned to Atlanta and began work as a video editor,...

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Chuck E. Kerr Instructor

Chuck Kerr started working in film & television 20 years ago. Chuck is a member of IATSE and IBEW. In addition to working as a studio mechanic and stagehand, he has...

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Bryan Krass Instructor

Bryan Krass grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee. He earned a BA in History from University of Evansville and an MFA in Film and Television Production from Savannah College of Art...