Kathryn Spitz Cohan

Executive Director

Kathryn Spitz Cohan has been Executive Director of JFilm since 2001. From 2003 to 2007, she also was Artistic/Education Director of Shakespeare-in-the-Schools and a Teaching Artist at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Administration for the Three Rivers Arts Festival and was Artistic Director of the Theater Department at the JCC-Greater-Pittsburgh. In 2004, Kathryn was named to Pittsburgh’s Top 50 Cultural Forces list in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 2012, she received an Opal Award from Women in Film and Media–Pittsburgh for exemplary professional achievement. Kathryn is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Theater Department.



Rachel Colker

Managing Director

Rachel Colker came to JFilm after many years working as an archivist, museum curator, researcher and freelance writer. After earning a master’s degree in history and museum studies from Duquesne University, Rachel began her work at the Heinz History Center and Rauh Jewish Archives where she served in several capacities. Rachel continues to support the preservation of Pittsburgh’s history through volunteer projects and research consulting.

Lori Sisson

Teen Screen Director and Development Associate

Lori has been a member of the JFilm staff since 2009. She received her Clinical Psychology degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on children with disabilities and their families, and has experience working with special needs and at-risk children and youth in inpatient, home, and school settings. After a hiatus to raise her two children, Lori returned to work at JFilm to manage the Teen Screen program, bringing school students to see international films to supplement classroom instruction. She also oversees ad sales to support the JFilm Festival in the spring.

Jonathan DeCarlo

Program and Operations Manager

A longtime lover of film, Jonathan DeCarlo channeled his passion into a degree in Film and Video Production from Point Park University. After graduating, he used his video production skills to assist nonprofit organizations in raising money and awareness through the visual medium. Additionally, Jonathan has over six years of business experience in event management & coordination with a focus on film events and festivals. As a member of JFilm, he oversees patron services and operations while discovering exciting new content for future programs.

Candace Opper

Office and Communications Manager

Candace Opper has several years of experience connecting diverse communities to arts and culture. After receiving her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Portland State University, she worked in communications and programming with Late Night Library, a literary nonprofit dedicated to promoting literature in schools and communities. She spent nine years in Portland, Oregon, volunteering with various arts and educational nonprofits, before relocating to Pittsburgh and joining JFilm as the Office and Communications Manager.