Board

About the Board

The Board for the 20th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, May 3 – 7, 2017

As a local non-profit organization, Cine Las Americas’ programs and operations depend on the involvement of talented individuals who volunteer time and resources to fulfill its mission. The organization’s programs are supported by the invaluable work of community leaders, industry professionals, and talented artists who serve in its Executive Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Executive Board

Hector Silva – President
As a career finance and growth manager, Mr. Silva heads up Big Embassy LLC, an independent tactical agency for sales growth and value which focuses on branding, positioning, business planning and go to market campaigns for early stage traction-proven start-ups.


Lindsey Ashley
Since 2005, Lindsey Ashley has been on staff at the Texas Film Commission promoting the wide array of resources available for creative industries in Texas. As the Senior Production Consultant and Location Scout, she has worked closely with Writers, Producers, Directors, Production Designers and Cinematographers, helping to convince them that Texas is an ideal destination for film, television, commercials, music videos and still photography. Before working at the Texas Film Commission, Lindsey worked as a Location Scout on various independent features and commercials. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-Television-Film.


Melinda Gonzales Boe
Melinda joined the Cine Las Americas family as a volunteer during the 2014 Festival and has served on the board since 2015. She has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a fundraising and communications professional. Melinda is proud to have a degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and enjoys getting more involved in the Austin film community through local projects.


Jimmy Cassidy
Jimmy brings a life-long love of the arts with him to the Board of Cine Las Americas. He returns for his second year of serving on the Board, heading the Programming Committee. Jimmy continues to be inspired by the talent and efforts of Cine’s staff and volunteers.


John Estrada
John Estrada is an Austin based filmmaker, having won various awards including the 2009 HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition and the PBS/POV WGBH Election 2008. He currently works for the Round Rock Police Department as a Multimedia Specialist, where his Open Carry PSA went viral, and ended up on ABC World News and the Daily Show. A graduate of The University of Texas, he holds both a bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film as well as Government. In his spare time, you can find him trying to break the story on a fresh idea, watching the San Antonio Spurs, or looking for a great slice of moist brisket.

David Gil

AJ Johnson
AJ Johnson is the head of public services and the Caribbean Studies librarian at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. He curates the library’s collection of over 2500 movies, documentaries, TV shows, news clips and more from or about Latin America and U.S. Latin@s, including the Cine Las Americas archive.

Emmanuel Loo
Emmanuel Loo is a business strategist who earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Edwards University in Austin Texas. He is also a Fellow in Entrepreneurship from Stanford University in California. Emmanuel currently focuses on mentoring to new companies and entrepreneurs in various key areas such as Marketing, Management, fund raising, Restructuring and Business Plan Development. He is currently President of the Austin Chapter of the Mexican Entrepreneurs Association (AEM) AEM-AUSTIN. 

Jonathan de la Luz

Denise Garza Steusloff
Denise Steusloff is a certified meeting professional with over ten years of experience in the meetings & event industry. She received her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from St. Edward’s University. She has been involved with Cine Las Americas as a volunteer, long time staff member, and now serves on the board.

Katie Warner

Advisory Board
Sergio Alcocer, Senior Advisor
Charles Ramirez Berg, The University of Texas at Austin
Jason Borge, The University of Texas at Austin
Marcy Garriott, La Sonrisa Productions
Chale Nafus, Austin Film Society (ret.)
Daniel Northway-Frank, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Gabriel Ornelas, St. Edward’s University
Tracy Rector, Longhouse Media/Clearwater Film
David Rice, Author, Lecturer, Film Producer