MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE FOUNDATION.
Founder and President
A theater graduate and a history buff, I met George A. Romero in 2005 when he was doing post-production for Land of the Dead. I had no idea who he was nor had I seen any of his films, not even Night of the Living Dead! (I am more of a Shakespeare and a Daphne Du Maurier fan; as it turns out, so was he.) My relationship with George blossomed into a rare simpatico.
Tina Romero, daughter of George A. Romero, is a filmmaker, professor, and DJ based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated as a Cinema Studies major from Wellesley College in 2006 before attending the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. While at NYU, Tina received the Warner Bros. Film Award and the Steven J. Ross Scholarship for her accomplishments in filmmaking.
Secretary and Treasurer
Ramona is honored to be part of the George A. Romero Foundation team. She brings creative energy in her work to help preserve George’s work and legacy. Ramona moved to Pittsburgh from Germany and is quickly becoming at home in the local creative community. In addition to working as an officer of the GARF, Ramona is writing a series of children’s books and is collaborating on a screenplay. High on Ramona’s list of interests are travel (especially Paris and Scotland), video game design, charitable work, assisting her husband in his film work, and her four cats.
Chief of Operation
By day, Jeff works in higher education. By night, he is an avid horror screenwriter. Some of Jeff's fondest childhood memories are of sleepovers that included classic horror movies, role playing games (RPGs), comic books, and junk food. George's work always featured prominently, and Jeff cannot remember when such an occasion did not screen Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, or Day of the Dead. Jeff is honored for the opportunity to give back to the legacy by assisting with the website and operations for the GARF. By doing so, Jeff hopes to help George and his work have an impact for a very long time to come.
The GARF Network Host
Matt Blazi is a life-long horror movie and independent film admirer who has been attending conventions for over 20 years. Being a fan of George Romero’s films helped open the door to discovering the world of horror and expose him to the filmmaking process. That love of independent filmmaking led him to want to know everything about the making of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project. In 2013, Matt established The Blair Witch Experience, an annual event celebrating the Blair Witch Project by taking fans on in-depth tours of all the locations used in the film. He published his first book, 8 Days in the Woods: The Making of the Blair Witch Project, in 2019.
Artist in Residence
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Liaison for the UK and Europe
Colin is from and based in the United Kingdom, and is the George A. Romero Foundation’s UK & European ambassador. A lifelong George A. Romero fan, Colin is very excited to be the voice of the Foundation in the UK. Colin will establish the presence of the Foundation, promote and attend events, and ensure George's legacy is well known in the UK. Furthermore, Colin will assist the Foundation in building a digital presence across the website and social media in addition to assisting with virtual and US-based events. Colin is an avid horror fan and convention goer and holds key roles in organizing and arranging a dedicated George A. Romero Convention in the UK. When not enjoying George’s work, horror, or conventions, Colin is a keen runner, reader, and coffee table book collector.
Managing Editor & Content Developer
Laura Kemmerer, a content developer with over a decade of experience, made a home for herself in horror within the last few years. She is the one of the founders of indie horror zine What Sleeps Beneath, and she also started the Women in Horror meetup with WSB cofounder Theresa Baughman shortly before the pandemic started. She has served as an editor and copywriter for business-to-business publications, previously edited fiction, and worked as the managing editor for Tattooed Heroine Magazine. Outside of horror, Laura is most interested in film theory, folklore, and hauntology. Laura aims to use her skill set to boost the voice and mission of the GARF, as well as assist in developing and creating content that engages supporters and the curious alike.
The GARF Network Host
A long-term fan of George’s work, Eric Kent has been involved in the online Romero community for the past twenty years. After serving as a forum moderator at Homepage of the Dead, the Internet’s number-one destination for Romero’s original “Dead Trilogy,” Eric created three websites dedicated to Night of the Living Dead, Martin, and Dawn of the Dead. In 2003, Eric made his first trek to the Monroeville Mall, and can be seen in tour video footage that was featured in the documentary The Dead Will Walk, which has been included on every major release of Dawn of the Dead since that time.
Lara is honored to be part of the George A. Romero Foundation team. She brings her knowledge of working with conventions for over 30 years. In addition to her work with the GARF, she actively supports films and actors in the horror industry. She is also an experienced fused glass artist.
GARF’s artist-in-residence, Christian was fortunate enough to have been “grandfathered” into the Romero film family by his brother Taso, who worked on several of George’s productions. The creative influence of Taso, Tom Savini, and George himself proved irresistible, and Christian grew up steeped in cinema culture and lore. He gravitated towards the arts from an early age, particularly sculpture, painting, and (of course) film. The memorial bust of George Romero on display at Monroeville Mall is his work, and his locally produced 2013 film Mortal Remains has been inducted into the University of Pittsburgh Horror Studies collection.
Among the Pittsburgh film community, Russ Streiner is best known as a film producer/director who is also at the center of film community leadership. Russ is the founder and chair of the PITTSBURGH FILM OFFICE (PFO). That leadership has enabled Pittsburgh to have one of the most effective film office operations in the United States.
Among horror movie fans, Russ is best known for his role as “Johnny” in the 1968 George A. Romero classic, Night of the Living Dead. Russ was also the producer of that film.
In educational circles, Russ is a frequent mentor of young entrepreneurs and filmmakers in both classroom and online environments
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