ABOUT

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE FOUNDATION

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Suzanne Romero

Founder and President

A theater graduate and 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.

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Tina Romero

Vice-President

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.

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Jeff Whitehead

Chief Operations Officer

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.

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Ramona Streiner

Secretary & Treasurer

Ramona is honored to be part of the George A. Romero Foundation team, bringing her unique creative energy to the task of helping to preserve George’s work and legacy. Born in Germany, Ramona has forged a place for herself in the local creative community. Ramona oversees the GARF's social media in addition to her status as an officer. She is also working on 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), digital art, charitable work, and her four cats.

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Christian Stavrakis

Artistic Director

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.

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Kay Lynch

Event Producer

Kay Lynch is the founder and director of Salem Horror Fest. She has produced and promoted hundreds of events in the art, Queer, and horror communities all over the world. Headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, she has launched numerous businesses, organizations and projects including a creative co-working space, midnight rock horror show, city council campaign, recycling PSAs, teen media program and property photography. She was the director of marketing for Manhunt, Jack’d and various adult entertainment platforms and has worked with hundreds of notable personalities including Elvira, John Waters, Joe Dante, Elizabeth Warren, Barney Frank, DeRay Mckesson, and Sharon Needles.

Laura-Kemmerer

Laura Kemmerer

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.

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Ryan Carr

Artist in Residence

Ryan Carr earned his BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Ryan’s artistic interests lean to more figurative and anatomical subjects with an emphasis on drawing and fine line detail. Ryan is delighted to join the GARF as its artist-in-residence. He provides original artwork for the GARF newsletter and is currently working on several future projects for fans to enjoy.

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Chelsea Bennington

Marketing Director

Chelsea Bennington is a nonprofit digital marketing specialist with experience developing in digital communications strategies and content marketing campaigns. She works with GARF on digital marketing and fundraising campaigns, as well as managing content and engagement on the GARF Patreon. Chelsea also co-leads two horror-inspired improv troupes in New York City, “Final Girl” and “Spooky Doings” (and produces the podcast of the same name). She loves horror films and is excited to bring that passion into amplifying GARF’s presence within the horror community.

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M.A. Reynolds

Webmaster

​​M.A. has loved horror as far back as she can remember. She has been studying the genre for several years and is excited to be able to work with the horror community. She brings her vast technical knowledge to the GARF to help keep George's legacy alive for many generations to come.

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Steve Barton

Guest Relations Manager

Steve Barton – also known as “Uncle Creepy” – has built an illustrious career in the horror industry. He is a WGA writer, live event host, television and radio personality, tastemaker and critic, and award winning film producer and editor-in-chief. Steve is perhaps best known for forming one of the industry’s largest and most well-respected media outlets, Dread Central. Steve has crafted dozens of DVD commentary tracks including one for Survival of the Dead with George. He has also appeared on numerous home video special features, and he has acted in several feature films, including Survival of the Dead. Steve is honored to be joining the GARF as he cites George as one of his primary influences and a career-driver. He brings along an abundance of experience, and he hopes to contribute high-quality guests for the GARF’s programming. 

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Lara Rupinski

Convention Liaison

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.

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Russ Streiner

Convention Volunteer

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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