Pamela Monroe - Line Producer, DGA
Pamela Monroe has worked in production for sixteen years. She began as a production accountant on films, The Haunting, Bedazzled, Planet of the Apes, and Men in Black II. As Assistant Director, she worked on various films including Coach Carter, Obsessed, and Drive. Among her numerous television credits are Alias, Scrubs, The Mentalist, and Flashforward. Since 2002, Monroe has worked her way up from Assistant Director to Production Manager/Producer. She has managed/produced six short films, including Despair, written and directed by the artist Alex Prager, starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Oscar nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique. She has managed additional photography for The Wedding Ringer , the Los Angeles unit for Deliver Us From Evil, for Screen Gems, and The Loner, directed by Daniel Grove and starring Reza Sixo Safai.
Monroe, who earned a degree in Business Management with honors, from Pepperdine University, began her career in the Air Force managing finances for sixteen sites overseas. She has a very extensive history as a manager in financial management and business systems. She has designed financial systems for DreamWorks, Disney and Fox.
Karl T. Hirsch - Editor
Karl Hirsch is an award-winning editor of promos, trailers and feature films, post-production supervisor, and is a post-production consultant. From 1999 to 2003, he worked for the Los Angeles-based production and distribution company, The Asylum as an acquisition executive, trailer editor, and post-production consultant on films such as Detour (2003) and Scarecrow (2002).
As trailer editor, promo editor, and post-production supervisor, Hirsch has contributed to numerous independent films including, Officer Down (2005) (TV Movie), King of the Ants (2003), and For the Love of Money (2012). The long-form historical documentary series Hitler and the Nazis (2011), which he produced and edited for Vantage Media, was released by Gaiam/Viendi and Newsmax. Feature films which Hirsch has edited have been released by Lionsgate, Millennium Entertainment, Echo Bridge, Phase4 Films, Freestyle Media, and Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.
Hirsch has also produced and edited corporate video content for clients such as The Recording Academy / The Grammys, Octagon Music & Entertainment, United Talent Agency, Universal Music Entertainment, Yahoo!, DirecTV, MasterCard, Siegel + Gale, Xfinity On Demand, Fangoria, and Helio/Virgin Mobile. He won a Telly Award in 2008 and two Telly Awards in 2010, all for Non-Broadcast Corporate Imaging. He has also produced, directed and edited audio content which broadcast on Sirius-XM national satellite radio. FlyGirls is Hirsch’s second collaboration with Matia Karrell, the first having been her short film The Tub in 2008.
Christina Leigh Burns - Research Assistant (Intern)
Christina Leigh Burns earned her MFA in Screenwriting and Film Studies from Hollins University. She has a B.A. in English from Reinhardt University with a minor in History, graduating Phi Alpha Theta. While at Reinhardt, Burns was active in theatre production and wrote The Assignment, a one act play focusing on the misconceptions of the AIDS epidemic. In 2010, she directed and produced The Ticking Game, a short documentary about a little boy living with Tourette's Syndrome. In 2011, after reading Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, Burns began researching the WASP.
Logan Walker - Research Assistant (Intern)
Logan Walker is a freelance writer who has worked in conjunction with the American Cinematheque, The Antaeus Theatre Company and Theatre West. A graduate of Goddard College with a B.A. in Arts Journalism, she has written and produced several short theatre pieces on the role of women in historical cinema, specifically of the 1920's and 1960's. She has been active in volunteering with charter schools in her native Los Angeles, helping to promote theatre, movement, and communication skills with students, and is currently pursuing a degree in youth education.
Jill Meyers, USAF Veteran
Jill Meyers spent eight years operating and maintaining ground radar and data communication systems worldwide. She obtained her Private Pilot’s License at the age of seventeen but was not allowed to fly in the Air Force due to the rules in place at that time regarding female military pilots. Meyers has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked on many military and commercial aircraft programs, including the U.S, NATO, and U.K. Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleets; Air Force One, the C-32/C-40 Executive VIP aircraft; Eclipse 500 jets; and F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. She has experience with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and has worked on the Global Hawk, ScanEagle and U.K. WatchKeeper programs.
Meyers is a member of Women in Aviation, International (WAI), an organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women striving for challenging careers in aviation and aerospace. She founded the first WAI chapter in Philadelphia and is President the WAI San Diego chapter.
Rebecca Sutera Tulloch, U.S. Civil Air Patrol
Capt Tulloch is an active member of the United States Civil Air Patrol (CAP), participating as a flight crew member for the past ten years. She holds a private pilot license and has served as the unit historian and aerospace education officer for her CAP squadron. Capt. Tulloch is a freelance video photographer and owner of Prairie Star Productions. She produces independent films, cable access television shows and various other media segments for clients. In addition, Capt. Tulloch loves history and makes presentations on WASP history to school children and adult audiences throughout the Chicago area.
Capt. Tulloch holds a bachelor's degree in history and master's degree in management from Northern Illinois University. IMDB
Liz Duca, USAF Veteran
Liz Duca is the proprietor of PreFlight Aviation Camp LLC, created for girls ages 11-14, whose mission is to transform beliefs about gender roles through aviation and inspire young girls to takeoff into their future. She holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land; Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land/Single-Engine Sea; and Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine/Instrument Airplane. Duca has 2,100 hours flying the KC-10, C-21, T-1 and T-6 aircraft. She served four tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. She earned a Masters degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University and graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelors degree in Geographic Information Science. Duca is actively involved in her community as a member of the San Antonio Chapter of The Ninety-Nines and also serves as the secretary for the Alamo City Chapter of Women in Aviation.
Karen Fine Brasch, Commander, United States Navy (Ret.)
Karen Fine Brasch holds an FAA Unrestricted Commercial Fixed and Rotary Wing License with Instrument Rating. She retired from the Navy with more than 1900 hours flying the UH1-N Huey, SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk, TH-57 and T-34 rotary and fixed wing aircraft. With ten years active duty and ten years in the reserves, she completed two tours/deployments to the Persian Gulf War region aboard the USS Nimitz as a helicopter aircraft commander, instructed alongside the U.S. Marines for students training in the UH-1N Huey flight program, and led her reserve unit as Office-In-Charge and Executive Officer. She holds an MBA, with emphasis in Computer Resource Management, from Webster University and from Texas State with a Bachelors degree in Journalism.
Brasch has been involved in volunteer work and research centered around health issues that closely affect her family. Her oldest son has celiac disease and as an entrepreneur, she co-founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit to support gluten-free education and has designed and authored an educational gluten-free cooking website. Over the years, she has been actively involved in her community through volunteer for numerous organizations and served as a committee member and co-chair for Scripps Health Foundation cancer research and fund-raising gala events. She currently works full-time in Program Management for a Fortune 500 company. Brasch is excited to be part of the FlyGirls Team to give back to the women who paved the way for her flight career.
Shannon Huffman Polson, U.S. Army Veteran
Shannon Huffman Polson, resident guest blogger for FlyGirls was one of the first women to fly the AH-64A attack helicopter in the United States Army after the lifting of the combat exclusion. She was the first woman Apache pilot assigned to a line unit in the XVIII Airborne Corps, and led two Apache line platoons at Fort Bragg, NC, taking one to Bosnia in support of the Stabilization Force enforcing the Dayton Peace Accords. After training in military intelligence, Polson was stationed in the 2d Infantry Division in Korea, where she was the first woman to command a line company flying in support of OPLAN 5027. At her final duty station, her responsibilities included development of the doctrine of time sensitive targeting for theater missile defense, deploying to Kuwait, Korea and domestically for international joint exercises. Polson earned her B.A. at Duke University, MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth and her MFA at Seattle Pacific University. She is a motivational speaker to corporate and organizational audiences across the country, and founder of The GRIT Project. Her first book is titled, North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey, and her writing appears in High Country News, Huffington Post, River Teeth Journal, Alaska and Seattle Magazines, Ruminate Journal and Cirque Journal among others. In 2009, Polson was recognized by Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell as a Woman of Valor.
Joanne Gaishin (Therriault), USAFR (Ret.) - Research Assistant & Webmaster
Joanne Gaishin served both Active Duty and Reserve in the United States Air Force. She was an Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic, Historian, Facility Manager, Webmaster, and Computer Support Administrator. She worked at NORTHCOM and the Air Force Space Command. Joanne has an Associate’s Degree in Aerospace Flight Support Equipment and is an FAA rated private pilot. She retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Senior Master Sergeant with over 32 years of service. She's a member of Veterans in Film and Television (VFTLA).
Maggie Dewan-Smith, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Col. Dewan-Smith retired from the USAF Reserve in 2010 with 26+ years of service. She was a Flight Nurse for sixteen years, including service during Operation Desert Storm. She was later assigned to “flying a desk” at Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Headquarters and in the Air Force Surgeon General’s office in Washington, DC. She is currently a Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA. Dewan-Smith is also an actor and is studying Improv at The Second City and scene study with Jeanie Hackett.
Teresa (Howard) Lowe, USAF Veteran
Teresa Lowe is an Independent Filmmaker (Owner of A Camera Lady Production), Producer, Writer, Director, Set Photographer, Union Editor (AVID, FinalCut, Adobe and Quantel Broadcast with Fox Sports), Casting Director, and Promotions for all types of clients in and out of the entertainment industry. She began her career as a professional runway and print model, as well as a spokesmodel for the auto show circuit for Chrysler Corporation. She has worked as a featured extra on TV shows & feature films. A highlight of Lowe's career was to work for legendary Soul Singer Ms. Aretha Franklin, as a top hostess for her legendary fundraisers and birthday parties! Eventually, the passion and desire to be behind the camera took hold, and she attended film school and received her film school certification.
Lowe moved from Michigan to Southern California in 2005 and has worked on numerous awards shows from The Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Alma’s, as well as The NAACP Image and Theater awards. She has volunteered at some of the top Film Festivals in the U.S. such as Sundance, AFI, American Black Film Festival and more. She has covered many red carpets for years interviewing and photographing top celebrities. Lowe holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Minor in Business Management. She served in the Ohio Air National Guard for almost a decade leaving as an Environmental Health Supervisor (Combat Medic) Honorably Discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. Lowe lives in Southern California with her husband Paul, and they are Travel Writers/Reviewers/Photo and Video Journalists for several travel websites (CBSLA local, The Culture Trip LA (Worldwide) and Soul of America.