go west film festival - 2019 Board of directors
Khris Gamer, President
As a young child, Khris roamed the once wide-open spaces of Aurora, Colorado, pretending to be a cowgirl. Now an adult, she roams the colorful, magical aisles of the Centennial Park Library as a public librarian. Her passion for literacy is matched only by her passion for film. The Go West Film Festival fulfills a dream of bringing them both together. Along with her friend and colleague, Victoria Boone, she launched the Go West Film Festival in 2013 and has been proud to be part of its mission of bringing quality western film to Greeley, a town known for its warm handshakes and hospitality.
Victoria Boone, Secretary
Growing up in a military family Victoria lived in three countries (Germany, England, USA) but felt the tug to come back home to the West. She currently has her ideal job as a Librarian for the High Plains Library District. As part of her bucket list she has attended and volunteered for a variety of film festivals - but her affinity for Westerns led to co-founding and volunteering for the GWFF.
Stacey Campbell, Treasurer
Stacey spent many Sunday afternoons watching Westerns with his father and eventually turned that love for film into being an award-winning film and television producer. He now teaches and is a benefit consultant for hundreds of businesses in Colorado. He is married and has 3 kids and 2 dogs.
David recently rode into the sunset from his faculty position at the University of Northern Colorado, where he taught German language, literature and film, co-founded the interdisciplinary Film Studies minor, and served as a college dean. He regularly participates in the High Plains Chautauqua with presentations on American cinema. As a founding member of the Go West Film Festival board of directors, David is delighted to have an irrefutable justification for all the time he spends watching Westerns.
Being raised in a European household, the only music Monica heard was classical. By the time she was in Junior High she began seeing western films, hearing western music and then folk music. She realized she liked all these musical choices. Being on the Board of the GWFF Board has been fun and educational.
Rob was raised in western Colorado among cowboys, ranches, and rodeos. Despite this, he isn't a cowboy. However, he can't smell cow poop and funnel cake without thinking of home. He attended the University of Northern Colorado for Theatre and now writes scripts and comedy pieces for humor publications.
Sarah E. Cornish
Sarah is an Associate Professor of English, Director of Graduate Studies, and former faculty advisor for the International Film Series (IFS) at the University of Northern Colorado. She teaches courses in transatlantic modernism, modern women writers, the middlebrow, and film studies. Her commitment to community engagement led to her becoming a founding board member of the Go West Film Festival in 2013.
Growing up in the mountains of Kentucky inspired a longing in Thelma that never went away during many years in Florida. Her love of mountains inspired her to climb the tallest peaks in most of the western states. She moved to Colorado to get her doctorate in psychology. She and Ron enjoy discussing films and being a part of the group who created the Film Festival. They look forward to sharing western films each fall with their many friends and acquaintances.
Lisa obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism: TV Production at CSU. She interned for 9 News and later wrote, directed, and produced two short films. She acted in a feature film and a theater production. Meanwhile, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education and worked 20+ years at 5 colleges and a school district. Her passion for film and education culminated in a position with the TriMedia Film Festival as the Student Film Program Director for seven years. Lisa joined the GWFF Board in 2019.
As a boy living in New York, Bob read a lot about the West, saw movies and dreamed about going West. Step by step he went "west" to Wisconsin, worked on a ranch in Arizona, rode horses, and also took a trip to Colorado and Wyoming. While in Utah for Medical School he loved the outdoors, the Canyons, camping, and fishing. All along he loved the movies of the West. It worked out perfect when the opportunity opened to join a Western film festival.
Responding to Horace Greeley’s call to “Go West Young Man,” Ron and his family settled down in Greeley where he taught History, directed the Honors Program, and administered the International Film Series at the University of Northern Colorado. He is an avid reader of Western fiction. He and his wife Thelma are proud members of the gang that pioneered the Go West Film Fest.
Steve grew up in southwest Colorado during the height of the great cowboy movie era and every week went to the Saturday matinee with its cowboy movie and weekly serial. He and his wife moved to Greeley to attend UNC and decided to stay and raise a family here. Steve was the controller for a commercial cattle feedlot for 20 years and then an accountant. Volunteering several years with GWFF combined two of his favorite pastimes – westerns and helping. Steve joined the Board in August 2019.