Advisory Council, Cynthia Calley currently is a project coordinator and executive assistant and supervisor that directly works with singer songwriters along with film & TV composers for the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. She has closely worked with such clients as James Taylor, John Williams, Glen Ballard, Thomas Newman, and Eric Idle. Prior to working at GSA she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Adelphi University, studied and worked abroad in London at the British American Drama Academy, (BADA) and was an actor in London, New York City, and Los Angeles. This included acting in such projects as the film, F-Stops, TV series, Channel 101 and LA sketch comedy that was directed by Wendi McLendon-Covey. One of her biggest passions is to be of service and support women & orphans around the world. In the past she helped raise funds for Make A Change, (MAC) foundation which involved cross self - sustainability for Kibera and Machokos, Kenya. She is very excited and happy to be a part of PTAFF.org.
Advisory Council, Nathan George (Deceased) was an African-American actor who was active from 1968 to 1997. He co-won a 1969 Obie Award with Ron O'Neal for Charles Gordone's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "No Place to be Somebody." This performance also received a Drama Desk Award. George has also directed for the stage. He directed a production of Ron Milner's Who's Got His Own at Center Stage in Baltimore in 1970, and Cummings and Bowings, a play based on poems by E.E. Cummings, for the U.R.G.E.N.T. Theatre in New York in 1973. In film, George has acted in Brubaker (1980), Klute (1971), Serpico (1973), Harsh Light (1997), his last film, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and was one of the leads in Short Eyes (1977). Nathan was the Founder and Executive Director of Blue Nile International a bold and innovative film production company.
Board Member, Matthew L. Morris - Matthew L. Morris is a Business, Entertainment and Family Law attorney. His practice The Morris LawPractice is located in Woodland Hills, Ca. Matthew graduated from Southwestern Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from University of California-Riverside where he studied Sociology-Law & Society. He worked alongside the Consulate of Belize in creating a Non-Profit organization for incarcerated Belizean Nationals. During Law School Matthew L. Morris clerked for the Business and Legal department of NBC Universal Film Music. Matthew also spend time in law school clerking for a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. Matthew has always emphasized diversity in culture, learning and practice.
Board Member, Leonard Noisette - Leonard Noisette is the director of the Justice Fund for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations. In this role, he leads the foundation’s efforts to reduce mass incarceration, eliminate harsh punishment, and promote system accountability.
Prior to joining the foundation, Noisette served as the longtime executive director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, an innovative public defender office renowned for its development of community-based, full service representation of clients. He was a member of the Executive Session on Public Defense, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Kennedy School of Government, through which he co-authored The Best Defense is No Offense: Preventing Crime Through Effective Public Defense, N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change, vol. 29(1) 2004.
Noisette received his B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, and his JD from NYU School of Law. He is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School.
Board Member, Captain John W. Pruit - John W. Pruitt, III was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, John went on to attend and graduate from The U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation John was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Coast Guard where he served for 23 years, retiring as a Captain. John Also received a Master’s in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Within the entertainment industry John has worked as the Director of the U. S. Coast Guard's Motion Picture and Television Office (MOPIC), in Los Angeles, California, and worked to tell the story of the U. S. Coast Guard by partnering with productions around the world in various projects from reality, documentary, and scripted TV to cinema. He also worked as an entertainment consultant and TV personality on a variety of entertainment projects including scripted and reality TV, documentaries, and cinema for numerous entertainment companies including 20th Century Fox, Film Nation, Original Productions, and Playtone.
As a consummate volunteer, John is a member of the board of directors of the Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival and the North Valley Military Institute, and is the Commandant of Cadets of the California Cadet Corps at the Harvard Westlake School. His efforts have been recognized with the NAACP Roy G. Wilkins renowned service award and he was nominated for a Locations Manager of The Year – Federal Employee award.