Who We Are

Regent Park Film Festival Team

Ananya Ohri - Executive Director (On Maternity Leave)

Ananya Ohri

An educator and filmmaker, Ananya holds a Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies from York University where she researched participatory documentary processes, ranging from community based video work in India and Canada, to online cyber-community video creations. She brings together a diversity of experiences in conceptualizing and organizing community based art projects.


Elana Trainoff - Interim Executive Director


A passionate arts professional with over 20 years of experience in film, TV and music,  Elana brings to the festival a deep level of excitement to work in Regent Park and other inner city communities. Her focus in production, representation, event management and arts training both nationally and internationally, has provided her the opportunity to work closely with artists and filmmakers in Canada, the US, Cuba and across Africa.


Amanda Pileggi - Festival Manager


Amanda has a keen interest in the contribution of arts and culture in community engagement and city life. She has worked for major arts festivals in Toronto for the last three years, such as Luminato and Toronto International Film Festival, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Systems and Cultural Studies from McGill University.



Jason Creed - Chair

A resident of Regent Park, Jason remains passionate about his community. For the last five years, he has worked as a student-parent support worker for Pathways to Education. In addition, Jason has worked with many agencies around Regent Park, including the Regent Park Health Centre, Dixon Hall, and the Downtown Boys and Girls Club of Toronto. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Ryerson University. Jason is a father of four.

Gail Picco - Vice Chair

Gail Picco is a fundraising and communications strategist who has designed and executed advocacy and fundraising campaigns for some of Canada’s largest charities, international NGOs, and grassroots organizations. Prior to establishing Gail Picco Associates in 1990, she was a counsellor at Interval House, Canada’s oldest shelter for abused women and children, for eight years. Her popular blog, yourworkinggirl.com, offers commentary on media, marketing and the nonprofit sector.

Carmen Dan-Dobre - Treasurer

Carmen is an accomplished IT professional who understands the importance of community engagement. As an IT Portfolio Manager, Carmen oversees a budget of more than $3 million, and manages upwards of seven project teams simultaneously. As a Treasurer of the McNicoll Childcare organization, Carmen ensured the delivery of balanced budgets, and assisted with the transition of the daycare from a school age based childcare service to an infant, toddler and preschool age care service.

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Mark is an IT project manager, with roots in social work and a lifelong commitment to philanthropy and the arts. His passion for community arts development has taken him to Africa where he helped launch a charity, developed an arts program and designed film festival workshops. Mark has also been involved with both the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

Allison Saretsky

Allison holds a Bachelor of Design from Ryerson University and has worked in retail & broadcast marketing, and the not-for-profit arts & culture sectors for the past eight years. She is also a board member of Theatre Smash and is currently a Digital Marketing Manager at Bell Media, working within specialty entertainment. She focuses her ‘extracurricular’ activities on youth engagement, volunteerism and access to arts training & education.

Jennifer Holness

Jennifer Holness

Jennifer Holness is an award-winning writer and producer. Her first feature, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones, won nine festival awards including Best First Feature at TIFF 2003. Her two-part CBC miniseries, Guns, won five Geminis. Jennifer also co-created the thirteen-part comedy series She’s The Mayor for VisionTV. She has also produced numerous documentaries and co-directed the NFB history documentary, Speakers For The Dead. Jen recently co-wrote and produced the feature Home Again, directed by Sudz Sutherland.

Maryna de Lannoy

Maryna de Lannoy brings over six years marketing experience, spanning roles in production, campaign management and marketing communications in both the fashion and hospitality industries. From 2007–2011 Maryna ran the Holt Renfrew production & graphic design department as they produced corporate campaigns and in-store collateral. In 2011, Maryna was appointed Manager, Campaign Management for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. Currently, she is FRHI’s Manager, Integrated Marketing Communications. Maryna enjoys volunteering whenever she has an opportunity.

Cliona Taylor

Cliona's Picture

Clíona works in policy and program development with the Government of Ontario. She has a real appreciation for community arts organizations and attended the Regent Park Film Festival for several years before joining the board of directors.

Daniela Syrovy

Daniela Syrovy is a veteran communications professional. She owns ClutchPR a boutique PR agency that services film, arts, fashion and lifestyle clients. Prior to launching her PR firm, Daniela worked for such organizations as TIFF and MuchMusic while owning a restaurant at the same time. She is a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys giving back by volunteering her time to organizations with strong social mandates.

Deanna Wong

Deanna Wong is the administrative director for REEL CANADA, a festival of Canadian film that travels to high schools across the country. From 2005 to 2008, she was the Executive Director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, overseeing the production of three festivals. Deanna is also a copy editor and writer and has worked for Canadian House & Home, RealScreen, Playback, Toronto Life, Prefix Photo, and the Canadian documentary, film and television publications, POV and Montage. Deanna holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and studied magazine publishing at Ryerson.

Teresa M. Ho

Teresa M. Ho is a 20-year veteran of the Toronto film and TV production community. A graduate of York University with a BFA in Film & Video Production, she started her career in financial management for independent Canadian productions and U.S. studios such as Warner Bros. and Disney. Teresa then managed Shaftesbury production teams from 2006 – 2015 and was an in-house producer on such television hits like Murdoch Mysteries, The Listener and The Moblees. She has recently returned to freelance production with her own production company, 100 Dragons Productions. In her off time, you can find Teresa on the tennis courts working on her service game.

Ronnie Williams

Ronnie lives and works in Regent Park and is very passionate about the community. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing from Mercyhurst University as well as a Bachelors of Education from York University. Ronnie has been a youth worker with Dixon Hall for the past two years and recently joined the TDSB Supply Teaching list. He attended and volunteered at the Regent Park Film Festival for the last couple of years before becoming a member of the Board of Directors.http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=71&action=edit#