• DPA Officers


    Kerri Navarro

    DPA President

    Kerri Navarro, an award-winning producer, is a native Texan, born and raised in Dallas. She produced WFAA's The Gordon Keith Show, a weekly television show for which she won a Lone Star Emmy. Some of her other production credits include producer of Fear Not Films' short film, The Night We Died; production secretary for Ink Bug Productions' film, Humans vs Zombies. She was production coordinator and first assistant director on the TV pilot Ghostbreakers for ABC. Kerri recently formed Black Irish Girl Productions for freelance production work and is represented by The Kim Dawson Talent Agency. She is also on the Board of Directors for WIF.Dallas and is excited to be on the board of Dallas Producers Association.

    Mikon Haaksman

    DPA Vice President

    Born in the Netherlands, Mikon Haaksman has spent over twenty years in film, television, and corporate production where he has won over 27 industry awards. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and attended London Film School before pursuing his career. Mikon currently works as a freelance producer, director, DP, and editor on national television programs as well as corporate clients. His production company, Haaksman Media, produces documentary style online marketing videos. Mikon continues to expand his knowledge of the production industry and enjoys giving back to the community through the Dallas Producers Association.

    Catrina M. Craft

    DPA Treasurer/Secretary

    Bio to come.

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    Christopher Bigbie

    DPA Board Member

    Christopher Bigbie served as DPA president 2014-2015. Christopher first started in the film business in 1989 on Peter Bogdanovich's "Texasville." Since then, he has worked in many areas of production, including broadcast/syndicated television, films, corporate video, music videos and national/regional broadcast commercials. Some of Christopher's notable clients as Producer/Director/DP include RadioShack, American Airlines, MonsterCable, Motorola, Pizza Hut, Doritos, America's Most Wanted and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has also served as Creative Director for such clients as MonaVie, Ignite, Veema, ACN, Team National, Enlyten, Asea and CieAura. Having garnered several Addy and Telly awards, Christopher strives to bring to each production a unique and creative vision that yields a distinctive viewing experience for each client.

    Dennis Bishop

    DPA Board Member

    A native Texan, Dennis has overseen numerous commercially successful and award winning feature and television productions including: Horton Foote’s Academy Award winning, The Trip to Bountiful; Universal Pictures’ The Fast and the Furious and the acclaimed TV pilot, Dexter for Showtime. As VP of Production at HBO Pictures Dennis oversaw such award winning films as Barbarians at the Gate and And the Band Played On during HBO’s unprecedented Emmy reign. He was a resource advisor for the Sundance Institute and as an educator has served as an adjunct professor at USC, guest lectured, and mentored for the Producers Guild and Directors Guild. Having recently returned to Texas he serves as Senior Advisor of the Lone Star International Film Festival and Film Society after three successful years as Director. Dennis created and is Program Director of the KD College Motion Picture Production Program. He is producing a documentary and consulting on feature films.

    Frankie Dey

    DPA Board Member

    Bio to come.

    Linda Houston

    DPA Board Member

    Creative producer and organized production manager experienced in all aspects of video and broadcast production. Proven track record of success in episodic TV, corporate videos, national commercials, reality TV, live multi-camera shoots, location shoots, web video and long form projects. Also skilled in post production supervision, including editing, motion graphics, animation and sound design.

    Russ Jolly

    DPA Board Member

    Russ Jolly served as DPA president for 3 years. Russ is owner, producer, creative director of 214 Media and a fifth generation Texan. He's a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and has enjoyed a 30 year career in creative storytelling. Over the past 17 years, Russ has produced, directed, written, shot & edited over 500 corporate marketing and industrial films for companies across the nation such as Cisco, Humana, Alcoa, Charles Schwab, Hotels.com, HSBC, Infinera and Mission Foods. From '84-'98, his NYC-based theatre career included work on Broadway, off-B'way and in regional theatres around the country as a director, writer and performer.

    Mark Menza

    DPA Board Member

    Composer Mark Menza has been writing, arranging and producing music for over 15 years. Relocating to Dallas from the northeast with an undergraduate music degree from SUNY Fredonia, jazz guitarist Mark Menza began playing, teaching, and writing. Menza Music was founded in 1994 with a focus on scoring to picture offering composing, sound design, audio post production, music supervision, and audio production for all types of media. Mark has worked on the animated series, Jimmy Neutron, DragonBallGT, Beet and Wishbone as well as a spectrum of films, documentaries and commercials.

    Melanie Murphy

    DPA Board Member

    As a voice over professional, I’m hired often to provide the "just right sound" for commercials, corporate narration, how-to/explainer videos, radio imaging, eLearning, on hold messaging and other projects.

    Bill Schwarz

    DPA Board Member

    Bill's life as a working cinematographer has taken him on projects and life adventures to the far corners of the world. Projects that have ranged from corporate and documentary work to music videos and feature films and commercials. For the last several years the focus has been on higher end commercials for broadcast and now increasingly the web.While bringing his own style and vision to a project, a core motivation is that the best work comes from the collaborative effort. Not just with directors, producers and clients but also with the technicians and crafts persons that make up a film crew. It is a collaborative effort whose chief goal is to realize on screen the images a director has in mind to best serve the project and the client.

    Margaret Starnes

    DPA Board Member

    Bio to come.

    Don Stokes

    DPA Board Member

    Don Stokes is president of Post Asylum, a founder & president of TXMPA, past president of DPA, board member of Dallas Film Society and a very active member of the Texas production community for over 35 years. Don has produced award-winning films and videos in the documentary, commercial, and corporate sectors, running the gamut from script and project development, supervision and selection of production teams to budgeting and cost control. As producer, writer, and director, his work has taken him to numerous international locations and rewarded both he and his clients with awards and recognition. He’s a graduate of SMU’s Radio, Television and Film program and credits include executive producer of the Sundance/HBO-Films doc TV Junkie and the feature film The Playroom.

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