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Administration

Maylen Dominguez Maylen Dominguez
Dean of NYFA South Beach

Maylen Dominguez started her career as an Agent Trainee at Endeavor Talent Agency, now William Morris Endeavor, in Beverly Hills, California, where she read and covered twenty scripts per week. She worked for Galan Entertainment, which produced content for Latin American television and films, such as The ALMA Awards, Los Beltran and Padre Alberto. Maylen then joined Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Gross Pointe Blank) and her production company, Two Drivers Production, as Director of Development, where she had the opportunity to develop film projects and well as work on the production sets of Return To Me, Beautiful and Slow Burn.

Maylen received a scholarship from NBC Universal for a television spec comedy script she wrote as a graduate student at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She was also able to spend time on the sets of various sitcoms, notably Will and Grace. She received the Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in screenwriting, and was given the opportunity to interview actors, writers and directors, which were conducted in front of large studio audiences and filmed in the style of Inside the Actor's Studio.

Maylen holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Film from Yale University. She is one of the five original founders of the Orlando Film Festival and a member of the Advisory Board of the Florida Film Festival.

Sonny Calderon Sonny Calderon
Vice President of Academic Affairs

MFA in Screen and Television Writing, USC. BA in Communications, University of Michigan. As co-founder, writer, and producer at Impressionista Films, created and produced award-winning branded entertainment for clients such as Hilary Duff, Miller Beer, DKNY, Ford Motor Company, Macy’s, DirecTV, and Martha Stewart.

Barbara Weintraub Barbara Weintraub
Director of Industry Outreach and Professional Development

Barbara Weintraub is a leading Hollywood entertainment career counselor with a history of hands-on experience, working with many of the industry’s most acclaimed producers and directors.

Barbara’s first job was an actress on Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, which convinced her she wanted to work “on the other side of the camera." She honed her production skills working with legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun before joining the senior management team responsible for launching E! Entertainment Television, the first all-entertainment reporting cable channel.

Barbara started her own production company, producing television shows including an NBC comedy special with Kelsey Grammer, Jason Bateman and Tony Shaloub. She is also Vice President and Board Member of GreenLight Women.

Prima Gonzalez Crickett Rumley
Senior Director, Film Festival Department

Crickett Rumley received her MFA in Film at Columbia University, adapted projects for Killer Films and PBS, and authored the novel Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell. The founder and senior director of the New York Film Academy’s Film Festival Department, she is based in Los Angeles. With diversity, equity, and inclusion at the foundation of her work, Crickett regularly develops educational programs and festival strategy for both NYFA’s diverse student body and international organizations. She has hosted webinars with TV writers Boo Killebrew and Gail Lerner, Jordanian filmmaker Zaid Abu Hamdan, BAFTA, Oscar, and Student Academy Award winners and nominees, as well as moderated panels with staff from festivals such as New Filmmakers LA, Hollyshorts, Austin, and Reel Sisters of the Diaspora. A regular juror for the Forum on Life, Culture, and Society’s International Short Film Competition, Crickett also sat on the jury for the 2021 Tallgrass Film Festival, one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee. You can find her doling out festival tips in Backstage Magazine and on Twitter at @Crickett_NYFA.

Carlye Bowers Carlye Bowers
Director of Campus Life/Sr. Director of Title IX

Carlye Bowers finally considers herself an “official New Yorker” after making the move from Texas in 2013. Since then, Carlye has spent the larger part of her professional career at the New York Film Academy developing and expanding the Student Life and Title IX Departments. Under her leadership, New York Film Academy has implemented a Student Ambassador program, New Student Orientation Week, and a robust ongoing prevention and awareness campaign, including the rollout of the Sexual Respect Training for the all students and employees. June through May, Carlye has the pleasure of taking on the role of Director of Teen Summer Camps.

Carlye holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Marketing from the Neely School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Radio, Film & Television. She is a lover of all things glitter, never says no to popcorn or ice cream, and enjoys a good snuggle from her siamese cat, Finn.

Peter Bloland Peter Bloland
DVM, MPVM

Dr. Bloland served for 30 years with the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He held a variety of scientific and leadership positions at CDC in the areas of malaria research and control, emerging infectious diseases, global public health systems strengthening and capacity development, and vaccine-preventable diseases. He has participated on US public health response teams in a variety of domestic and global emergencies, including refugee crises (Zaire, 1994) and urgent refugee relocations (Eritrea, Burundi, Liberia, Cambodia), SARS-CoV-1 (Taiwan, 2003), Rift Valley fever outbreaks (Kenya and Tanzania, 2007), Haiti earthquake (2010), and global polio eradication (2013-2019). He has published over 100 scientific articles. Dr. Bloland received bachelor’s degrees in Psychobiology (University of California Riverside) and Veterinary Science (University of California Davis), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (University of California Davis), Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, (University of California Davis), and is an alumnus of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (CDC’s “disease detective” training program).

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