Board of Directors, Cine
Board of Directors
Richard Neupert, President
Richard has been involved with Ciné ever since it was founded by Brigitta Hangartner. He coordinates the Film Studies program at UGA and is the Charles H. Wheatley Professor of the Arts and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is also the proud father of Sophie Neupert, Ciné's volunteer paper shredder. A specialist on French cinema and animation Richard Neupert enjoys discussing recent independent and foreign films as well as Hollywood classics with the marvelous Ciné audiences.
Jeff Bishop, Treasurer
|Ben Davis, Secretary
Currently a Cataloging Librarian at UGA, Ben also worked as a projectionist in a variety of movie theaters for many years. He longs for the days of watching actual film prints in theaters. He is married to Jessica Davis and has two children, Wyatt and Lydia. Ben has a B.A. in Film and Media from Georgia State University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of South Carolina.
Elizabeth Garibay Kissane
Elizabeth Garibay Kissane is a longtime Athenian, a Clarke Central graduate, and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Modern Foreign Languages from Syracuse University. She lives in Athens, with her husband and their two dogs, Nina and Baxter. Growing up in Athens, she played violin with the Athens Youth Symphony and is a lifelong art lover. When she’s not consuming movies or music, you can find her swinging from the ceiling at Canopy or catching jazz night at Hendershot’s. Currently, Elizabeth makes and sells her own jewelry and works in advertising at a local tech company. She looks forward to serving on the board and is deeply invested in its involvement in the harmony and success of her beloved community.
Jeanne Ann Davidson
Jeanne Ann Davidson is a Systems Analyst for the Board of Regents University System of Georgia. She has been a board member & volunteer for the Young Designers Sewing Program, an Athens-based, non-profit organization serving young people living in poverty. She is also a working artist active in the Athens arts community. A longtime member of Cine, she has been an active participant in Cine events since its inception.
Kate Fortmueller is associate professor at Georgia State University and author of Below the Stars: How the Labor of Working Actors and Extras Shapes Media Production, Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of COVID (both UTX Press, 2021) and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Hollywood Unions.
Evan was born in Athens, and is a product of the Clarke County School District. He has been with his wonderful wife, Victoria, for almost 13 years, and loves spending time with her and their two dogs and (occasionally) their one cat. He has a deep love of music, LIVE music, and the performing/visual/culinary arts in general. He and Victoria love to explore cities and towns all over the world at every chance they get. Currently serving as a Retail Market Leader with the Athens and Augusta market, Evan has been with Synovus Bank since June of 2008, earning Employee of the Year honors for the NEGA Division in 2019. He currently serves on numerous non-profit boards supporting many local and regional missions, including the Classic Center Cultural Foundation, the Clarke County School District Foundation for Excellence, the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, to name a few. Athens has played a huge role in his life and Evan feels that having an art house as unique as Cine in our town makes Athens that much better.
Kristin recently retired from the UGA Libraries as the librarian for film studies as well as head of the Research & Instruction Department. She lives in Athens with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. Kristin is an avid fan of Ciné’s films and community building.
Years on board: Joined January 2024