Meet Our Committee
Tad Jones is the Festival Chairman and is Executive Director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museums which includes the Memorial Museum in Claremore and the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah. Tad graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Marketing and served 12 years in the Oklahoma Legislature and is an avid movie fan. He is married and has four boys who know everything about Marvel and Star Wars.
Andy Couch is the Festival Co-Chairman, the Executive Director/Curator at the Claremore Museum of History (MoH), and an adjunct professor in the Fine Arts Department at Rogers State Unversity. He got his BA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma and his MA in Museum Administration from the University of Tulsa, where he studied Western Cinema and Italian Cinema.
Andy's favorite artifact in the MoH's collection is a unique 16mm print of the short film, A Day in Santa Fe by Lynn Riggs.
Lea McCormick is the Co-chairman for the festival. She is an actress on stage & screen and has also been behind the camera and backstage as director and writer. She has studied acting all over the country from some great names and is currently a fellow with Tulsa's Intercultural Theater Alliance as a director. Lea teaches Native American arts and crafts as a private contractor in schools and universities.
She is married with one son.
Ashley Andoe, Cherokee Nation Film Office Manager, has more than a decade of experience in entertainment, journalism and communications. Andoe’s career in the media sector is diverse, excelling both in front and behind the camera. She has covered Hurricane Katrina, presidential visits and elections. She now strives to advance filmmaking in the Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma while also creating an outlet and opportunities for Native Americans in the film industry. Andoe is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation.