Tonya Grace is the Founder and Board Chairperson of the Atlanta Film Alliance. As a philanthropist with a demonstrated commitment to Atlanta’s nonprofit community, an Army Reserves veteran, and a film producer, Grace brings a unique perspective and passion to independent film and the AFA. In addition, Grace is a certified Georgia educator with a speciality in at-risk youth and underserved communities; she continues to teach 10th and 11th grades, connecting her zeal for film with her purpose, educating and empowering at-risk youth. Grace is also the founder of the Buy 4 Blacks Initiative, which emphasizes support within Atlanta’s Black community, and is a licensed “Genius Is Common” speaker.
Thirteen years ago, Grace launched a freelance filmmaking career to feed her need for a creative outlet. As she became more passionate about the process of filmmaking, Grace realized the need for more structured support for independent film within her community. In 2012, she founded the Atlanta Filmmakers Alliance. The perfect confluence of her passion and purpose, the AFA aims to advance and support disadvantaged and at-risk communities through independent filmmaking; the organization has supported over 20 projects each year since its conception.
In addition to her work with the AFA, Grace serves on two other nonprofit boards, Change to Humanity and Touch of Light Ministries. She also contributes to and conducts filmmaking workshops with Georgia State University and Atlanta Comic Con.
Kevin Nkem Nwankwor is a entertainment and filmmaker with a global perspective and a passion for independent work. Born in Issele-Uku, Nigeria, Nwankwor has persistently pursue a career in filmmaking from a young age, first as a writer plays for the children and adult ministries of his local church, and later, as a classically trained filmmaker.
Nwankwor graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Federal University of Technology in 2000. While his formal education was in Project Management, his passion for film still burned brightly. Throughout college, Nwankwor starred in two “Nollywood” movies "Enemies" (1997) and "Heartless" (1997) with veteran actors Kanayo O. Kanayo, Saint Obi, and Eucharia Anunobi. He also created and produced a live comedy show, "Comedy Half Hour," which was hosted on NTA Channel 5 Abuja.
Nwankwor relocated to Atlanta in 2008 to pursue his MBA degree; two years later after completing his business degree, he earned an MFA in Filmmaking from the New York Film Academy. Today, Nwankwor has successfully produced a number of films that showcase his faith and move the soul. He wrote, produced, and directed shorts films "Enemy Within" (2012) and "A Mother's Love" (2012), which is based on real events and was an official selection at the Gwinnett Film Festival (July 2013) and Spain's Marbella Film Festival (October 2013). He is currently working on the motion picture feature "Tempting Fate.”
In addition to his work in film, Nwankwor is CEO of a faith-based entertainment company, KevStel Group LLC. He resides in Atlanta with his wife Unoma and their two children.
Chris Stevens has over twenty years of filmmaking experience. His career in digital film production began in Westboro, Massachusetts in the 1990's. In 1993, Stevens completed his first course in television production at WCAT-TV and since has had dedicated involvement in digital filmmaking.
Beyond his work in digital film, Stevens has experience in all areas of film. He is an actor, director, producer, and President and CEO of Mind’s Eye Media, an independent film, music, an animation production company based in Alpharetta, Georgia. He is involved in all aspects of operations and creative projects.
Stevens received his second television production program certificate in computer animation at Chattahoochee Technical College in Acworth, Georgia. In addition to production, he has attended various acting workshops, including one given by the Actor’s Studio.
Outside of the arena of film, Stevens enjoys music production. He has produced a number of independent smooth jazz and hip hop albums and has plans to release an album combining music from both genres.
Bridgett Donaldson brings unique perspective and expertise in underserved communities to the Atlanta Filmmakers Alliance board. As a full-time Registered Nurse, Donaldson has a passion for service and deep understanding of diverse communities in Atlanta.
Currently, Donaldson works as an online Registered Nurse, where she provides input and guidance on emergency situations and medical paperwork procedures.
A graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Donaldson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. She previously worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner licensed with a focus in underserved communities. She also worked as a Case Manager for a long-term care facility in Montgomery, Alabama.
Donaldson's background in nursing began in a cardiac stepdown unit. Since then she has served on committees to improve patient outcomes once they are discharged as well as committees to keep the facilities in compliance with The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Constance Folsom brings a wealth of community activist work to Atlanta Filmmakers Alliance. Folsom specializes in special education focusing on students with learning differences, behavioral challenges, and Autism. She has earned a Masters of Educational Psychology/Special Education from Georgia State and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University. She also received additional credentials as a certified mediator.
Currently, Constance Folsom is a business consultant, community activist, educator, social entrepreneur, and writer whose community activist work began during her high school years working with young girls and during college working with at-risk elementary students at the Blitch Street Community Center of Statesboro, GA.
During her career and community work, she has achieved several accomplishments in youth work, church ministry, and her corporate environments. She has published numerous articles on the issues of church, race, and education. Her current vision is to start a new grassroots human and civil rights organization, The DreamKeepers, which includes a community school, innovative business network group for economic sustainability, and strategic community organization.
Giselle Malluche was brought up for most of her early years in an orphanage and by foster parents on a farm in a small village in Southern Germany. She has an extensive background in the medical field, which has been the driving factor that has led her to make positive change throughout her life and her community.
Malluche is currently the founder of Change to Humanity, A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Atlanta Georgia with a mission to rehabilitate the homeless. During her time, Malluche has designed and established workforce training programs and maintained social community and government relationships. She’s always had the dream to one day make a difference in the life of so many who feel lost, neglected and rejected could actually become reality. She’s found that calling through the Atlanta Film Alliance.
Lourdes Victor is a Minister, Chaplain. She earned her Theology Degree from Gwinnett Hall Baptist Church and currently serves as a missionary nationally and internationally. She is the cofounder of the Touch of Light Ministry, which assists the community of Haiti by providing meal programs, medical services, and literacy training programs to help improve life of poverty stricken children caused by natural disaster.
Today over 150 orphans are cared for by Touch of Light and the number continues to grow. With the growing demands of the ministry, Lourdes Victor expanded the orphanage and church to better care for the needs of the community. Today, many of the original orphans who received care in 1991 are now taking leadership and nursing positions for Touch of Light in Haiti.