Our Team

Our Program Development Team is responsible for the creation of Journeys in Film curriculum guides, educator professional development workshops, partnerships with schools, universities and other community organizations, promotion of international education reform on local and national levels, and general organizational growth of Journeys in Film.

Joanne AsheFounder and Executive Director

Journeys in Film reflects Joanne Ashe’s vision and her lifelong commitment to education and cross-cultural concerns. She has been involved in many successful educational and social initiatives, including working with the Russian Olympic Committee to establish a cross-cultural physical education program and curating exhibits on racism and children’s mental health issues. A social worker and activist with a master’s degree in education, Joanne has been influential in calling attention to the plight of orphaned children around the world. Her documentary film, The Waiting Children addressed the issues of international adoption; its premiere at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival led to an interest in foreign films that sowed the seeds for Journeys in Film. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Joanne founded and co-facilitated a therapy group to ease survivors’ trauma and speaks on the Holocaust at schools throughout New Mexico. She served on the board of New Day Runaway Shelters and worked with teens to produce a short documentary on the positive experiences of living in the shelter. Joanne has been involved in several diversity initiatives in New Mexico, including the internationally acclaimed exhibit, Anne Frank in the World.

Eileen Mattingly  –  Director of Education                                                                       

Eileen Mattingly has been a classroom teacher (middle school through college) in the Philippines, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland for over 30 years. She has a B.A. in International Studies from Georgetown University, MA degrees from St. John’s University and Johns Hopkins University, and has been selected for two fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Eileen has been a curriculum consultant for PBS, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Learning. She has presented curriculum workshops for the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council for the Social Studies and other organizations. She served as Director of Coverdell World Wise Schools, the National Peace Corps’ K-12 program on cross-cultural education, and was founding principal of an independent high school focusing on global studies near Annapolis, Maryland. She is strongly committed to using interdisciplinary cross-cultural curriculum to help students understand and appreciate people from other cultures.

Rochelle Cherrin - Director of Program Development                                      

Rochelle Cherrin is a long-time educator who has worked with children ages pre-school through high school and from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  As an educator for over 30 years, Rochelle has served as a pre-school director, special education teacher, special education coordinator, educational diagnostician, school social worker and Principal for several charter schools that she developed and opened.   Rochelle was invited to represent the state of New Mexico at the National Charter Schools Week in Washington D.C. and has served as a reviewer of grant applications for the US Department of Education-Office of Innovation and Improvement.   Rochelle has been an Instructor in an Alternative Teacher Licensure Program in addition to consulting with charter schools in the areas of curriculum development, instructional best practices, special populations, charter school development and implementation, and principal mentoring.  She has also served on legislative, city, university and community college committees.  Rochelle has MA degrees from University of Michigan and Santa Clara University, and advance certification from the University of New Mexico.

Amy Shea – Director of Research

Amy Shea has worked with brands for over 20 years, translating research-based insights into effective communications. Her work has been recognized with the David Ogilvy Excellence Award in Research, taking both the Grand Ogilvy and First-in-Category for research conducted on IBM’s integrated campaign on infrastructure. Shea has worked with the AAAA/ARF Committee to Study Emotional Response in Advertising, publishing her findings on what is considered the gold standard in branded entertainment research on BMW’s online films. A sought-after presenter, Amy brings a direct and creative perspective to the conference stage. She presents on brand development, communications, & differentiation in the US, Europe, and Asia. Her academic background includes an undergraduate degree earned by the University of New Hampshire, with joint studies at Harvard University, and her post-graduate degree in Marketing Research is from the University of Georgia.

Roger B. Hirschland – Consulting Editor

Roger B. Hirschland graduated from Brown University in anthropology in 1965 and immediately served two years in the Peace Corps working in community development in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Following a year of graduate school at Brown, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, then taught English and social studies for eight years at the Gordon School, in East Providence, R.I. While teaching, he earned a master’s degree in the teaching of English from Boston University. After two years of editing in the newsroom at the Providence Journal, Roger moved to Washington. D.C., and joined the staff of the National Geographic Society. He worked as a writer and an editor of books and of their children’s magazine, World, for eight years, and then wrote and edited geography materials for students and teachers for 14 years in a program at National Geographic that aims to invigorate the teaching of geography in schools nationwide. He worked for many years on the Society’s style committee, and served as guide and lecturer on several National Geographic excursions to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Ethan SilvermanFilm Literacy Consultant

Ethan Silverman brings 20 years of professional experience as a theatre director and filmmaker to Journeys in Film.  He has directed new plays, revivals, and performance pieces at many theatres around the country, including Bill Grahan Presents with Ron Silver and his adaptation of Pete Townshend’s The Boy Who Heard Music at New York Stage & Film.  His first short film Central Park and his documentary The Waiting Children (produced by Joanne Strahl Ashe) both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  Ethan is a member of the Writers Guild of America East and has written screenplays for Disney Pictures, VH-1, and Barry Levinson.  In 2008, he was selected for a creative residency at The Yaddo Institute, in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Currently teaching Narrative Strategies and Thesis Writing at the MFA Program in Design & Technology at Parsons The New School in New York City, Ethan is, “proud to have been an early developer and facilitator of Journeys in Film.”

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