About the Board of Cine Las Americas

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

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.

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.

Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia has extensive experience in collaborating with nonprofit organizations, film festivals, and art exhibits. Currently he manages Nepantla, USA with Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, an experimental space that collaborates with printmakers, designers and visual artists in striving to reflect the diversity of Austin, Texas.

David Gil
David Gil began his career working in film and television production with A SCANNER DARKLY and AMERICAN IDOL among his list of credits. He transitioned into film programming for various festivals in 2009, including for ActionFest (the world’s first film festival dedicated to action films) and Austin Film Festival (overseeing six film competitions, two of which are recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as Academy qualifiers). Currently, David is the Director of Marketing & Programming for both Violet Crown Cinemas and Sky Cinemas. He holds a BA in Mass Communication from Texas State University and an MS in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University.

Jonathan de la Luz
Jonathan de la Luz has been in the motion picture industry over 35 years as a feature writer-producer-director and production/financial consultant working with various studios and independent production companies. Jonathan is also a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles, Austin Film Society, Austin Film Festival, National Association of Latino Independent Producers and member of the Board of Directors for Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.

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.


Advisory Board
Sergio Alcocer, Rest of the World
Lindsey Ashley, Deputy Director Texas Film Commission
Cynthia Benitez, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Charles Ramirez Berg, The University of Texas at Austin
Jason Borge, The University of Texas at Austin
Christine Davila, Creative Executive at Warner Bros. Digital Network’s Stage 13
Marcy Garriott, La Sonrisa Productions
Stephen E. Jackson, Blue 62 Entertainment
AJ Johnson, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin
Chale Nafus, Austin Film Society (ret.)
Daniel Northway-Frank, Northway-Frank Consulting
Gabriel Ornelas, St. Edward’s University
Celeste Quesada, Co-Founder of Cine Las Americas
Tracy Rector, Longhouse Media/Clearwater Film
David Rice, Author, Lecturer, Film Producer
Patricia Vonne, Musician and Filmmaker