Board of Directors, Cine
Board of Directors
Richard Neupert, President
Richard has been involved with Ciné ever since it was founded by Brigitta Hangartner. He coordinates the Film Studies program at UGA and is the Charles H. Wheatley Professor of the Arts and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is also the proud father of Sophie Neupert, Ciné's volunteer paper shredder. A specialist on French cinema and animation Richard Neupert enjoys discussing recent independent and foreign films as well as Hollywood classics with the marvelous Ciné audiences.
Jeff Bishop, Treasurer
Ben Davis, Secretary
Currently a Cataloging Librarian at UGA, Ben also worked as a projectionist in a variety of movie theaters for many years. He longs for the days of watching actual film prints in theaters. He is married to Jessica Davis and has two children, Wyatt and Lydia. Ben has a B.A. in Film and Media from Georgia State University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of South Carolina.
Mark Weathersby, Secretary
Patrick Allen is an acquisitions editor at the University of Georgia Press where he seeks work from credentialed and independent scholars, journalists, literary agents, and individuals in Contemporary southern culture; general interest books about Georgia and the South; food studies; legal history; public history; landscape architecture; and music history. A confirmed townie, he remembers when Cine's home was still a tire retread garage.
Allan is a longtime Athenian, moviegoer, and Cine member. He has a distant background in documentary and industrial film and currently works at UGA, where he has responsibilities for accreditation, strategic planning, and program evaluation.
Jeanne Ann Davidson
Jeanne Ann Davidson is a Systems Analyst for the Board of Regents University System of Georgia. She has been a board member & volunteer for the Young Designers Sewing Program, an Athens-based, non-profit organization serving young people living in poverty. She is also a working artist active in the Athens arts community. A longtime member of Cine, she has been an active participant in Cine events since its inception.
She is an assistant professor in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at UGA. She keeps busy teaching courses on media industries and writing about media workers, and she wishes she had more time to see movies in the theater. A native of Seattle, WA and long-time (Los) Angeleno, she, her husband, and two cats, Agatha and Benson, are happy to now call Athens home.
Katharine is a co-founding partner of Hable Construction, a design and product based interior design firm. Hable creates surface design for textiles and bedding along with furniture and soon to market, lighting. In her spare time she enjoys live music, hot yoga at Fuel and being anywhere the sun is shining. She looks forward to working with the board on special projects as well as fund-raising events.
Todd is licensed private investigator who specializes in technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) and mobile device forensics. He is a proud member of Espionage Research Institute International and is certified by Research Electronics International and Cellebrite. Todd has enjoyed being a volunteer at Ciné since the theater opened and is currently in his third term on the AFAI board of directors.
She has been an enthusiastic fan of Ciné since moving to Athens with her husband David (an Athens native), two sons, and Chesapeake Bay Retriever in 2013. She has held a variety of legal and policy jobs in Washington, D.C., and currently is an Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission. She plays second violin with the Athens Symphony, plays on a Bishop Park USTA tennis team, and serves as a mentor in the Clarke County Mentor Program
Karen Smith is eager to return to big-screen movie watching at Cine! As a long-time Athenian, she is a believer in Cine's unique potential to enhance our community through film, art, music, and cultural dialogue. Karen is recently retired from working as an adjunct professor in UGA's Department of Psychology and a counselor in the Clarke County School System.
Matt is currently the CIO at a wealth management firm in McDonough, GA. In-between work and travel, Matt loves to cook and curl up with a good book. He is usually found walking down Prince to some of his favorite restaurants and shops, at the farmers' market, or at Cine watching a film and enjoying a gin martini. He lives in Normaltown with his three cats and one very large Bernese mountain dog.
A medicinal chemist who was on the team that developed Splenda®, Susanne is now a Scientific Outreach Specialist for the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, helping researchers worldwide answer questions about malaria and other diseases.
Mary Lillie Watson
Mary Lillie holds a BBA from the UGA Business SChool and she is a retired Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. She serves on the State board of the Georgia Museum of art, president of the Material culture and arts Foundation and serves on the board of the Watkinsville First Christiona church. She is a member of the University Women's Club and the Classic City Rotary Club. She volunteers her time at Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation.