Profiles

Shawna Presley Vercher

Shawna Presley Vercher

Executive Producer & CEO

 

   

Shawna Presley Vercher is an award-winning political media strategist and social justice advocate. She is a widely-acclaimed speaker, recognized for powerfully advancing the conversation on a number of humanitarian issues. Her Top 25 book, A Fearless Voice: How a National Scandal Made Me an Advocate for Building a Better America, has been renowned as an honest and heartbreaking look at our unjust institutions and how we can work together as Americans to improve them.

Shawna entered the national spotlight as the founder of a leading media and crisis management company. She has worked for notable figures and brands such as Fortune 100 companies, award-winning celebrities, and campaigns for President, Governor, and Congress.

Shawna has successfully generated awareness and consensus to pass Federal and state legislation. Her passion is mobilizing people to create positive change, and she is the Executive Producer of Reine Media’s social justice reality series premiering this Fall.

Beth R. Grossfeld

Beth R. Grossfeld

Vice President, Branding & Engagement

Beth R. Grossfeld has worked over twenty years to build brands for local and national organizations, including one of the leading multi-billion dollar retail chains in the country. Beth has successfully leveraged a hybrid of big company productization and traditional agency creativity to break barriers in the marketing field.

Beth has extensive experience in the technology, finance, and retail space including multiple projects where she partnered with Fortune 500 industry leaders. Beth’s passion for Children’s Rights and Animal Welfare propelled her into activism, lending her talents to notable non-profits and public service projects with public figures including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner.

Beth provides a level of expertise in marketing, social media, and fundraising that uniquely magnifies the influence and impact of Reine Media in the social justice landscape.

Meredith L. Ockman

Meredith L. Ockman

Director of Administration

Meredith L. Ockman has worked on a wide range of campaigns including successfully helping to elect Presidential, Congressional, municipal and judicial candidates. She has also organized and advocated for dozens of legislative issues and non-profit organizations. Meredith focuses on raising awareness and motivating action for causes and candidates to right injustice.

She was a teacher for nine years and was honored as a Teacher of the Year, which inspired her to be a voice for children by working with groups such as Child Welfare Services. She has been a leader for women’s causes and was awarded a Medal of Honor by the Veteran Feminists of America. A champion of human rights and equality, Meredith ensures that all partners, team members, and issues are held to the highest standards on behalf of the communities and citizens that will be impacted.

The Real Sisters

The Real Sisters

Nicole Real - Senior Producer Jacqueline Real - Story Producer

The New York based Real Sisters’ work has been showcased in film festivals all over the globe. With credits including production, direction, writing, and acting, the duo is dedicated to making a difference.  Currently in post production, their short film The Drive will hit the festival scene in the summer of 2020.

Nicole Real has amassed an extensive collection of production and directing projects that include Just Go with It, The Carrie Diaries, and The Adjustment Bureau. She has worked with award-winning talent including Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart, and Matt Damon.

Jacqueline Real is an actress and director. She has held leading roles on television and film, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival Short-Film Corner with Janine Salinas Schoenberg in Jenny & Lalo.

Giving a voice to discussions that must be heard, the partnership between Reine Media and The Real Sisters provides a powerful platform for female-driven projects that will ignite passions and motivate audiences to get involved.  

Leo Bridgewater

Leo Bridgewater

National Outreach Director

Leo Bridgewater Sr. was an Army Specialist who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan under Lt. General David Patreaus and Admiral Mike Mullens. Leo has also worked for the Dept. of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. in communications and logistics.

After learning that multiple veteran friends took their own lives in suicide, Leo became an activist for PTSD treatment. Leo’s advocacy has led him to testify in state and federal Senate Committee hearings on the subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and he has successfully worked to pass legislation for additional recognition and coverage of medical treatment options.

Recognized in 2019 as a national Activist of the Year, and one of Yahoo’s 65 Outstanding Black and Hispanic Male Leaders, Leo works to bring organizations and individuals to the table for Reine Media social justice projects.

Rani Soto

Rani Soto

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Rani Soto spent many years as a teacher in some of the nation’s toughest neighborhoods. His dedication to advancing the minds of future generations led him to challenge the growth of his own knowledge base. Rani moved into the financial industry and gained experience from some leading financial companies, including the largest bank in the United States, and discovered a love and talent for educating clients and consumers.

Leveraging his unique background in both business and education, Rani has chosen to focus his career on advancing key social justice issues by sharing information and training with advocates, entrepreneurs, investors, ​and elected officials in various communities.

Rani has been recognized as an advocate and a leader in the Latin community by organizations committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought, experience, and opportunities are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated.

Rani’s passion for outreach and inclusion, along with his ability to motivate people to get involved, help amplify Reine Media’s efforts to create meaningful social change.

Robert Garrison

Robert Garrison

Political Strategy Director

Robert Garrison has vast experience in federal, state, county and municipal government, labor relations, public finance, workforce development, political campaigns and campaign finance. He specializes in government relations and issue and grassroots advocacy. Rob has served as a Representative of the National Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET), Director of the Bergen County Department of Planning and Economic Development and as the Executive Director of the Bergen County Improvement Authority.

Rob is a coalition builder who works to ensure that all of the issues Reine Media tackles are approachable and humanized. His efforts maximize the positive results our projects have in each of the communities we enter.

Dr. April Jackson-James

Dr. April Jackson-James

Outreach Specialist

Dr. April Jackson-James is considered one of America’s leading experts in evidence-based treatment programs in the mental health field. A highly-skilled licensed psychologist, April has served as a Director of Mental Health and curriculum development adviser for a number of national and regional organizations.

April’s expertise is leveraged to ensure that campaign communications and issue-based discussion are both effective and sensitive to triggers and cultural differences.
April holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and completed her post-graduate work at the University of Miami, School of Medicine.

She has worked with a number of legendary organizations and celebrities including universities, national non-profits, and the National Football League. Her decorated background and calming, holistic approach to integrating mind, body, and spirit are what make the messaging and communication of Reine Media deeply impactful.

Michael DuPont

Michael DuPont

National Advisor

Michael DuPont was born in New Jersey, grew up in Virginia, and was educated in Chicago and Rome, Italy before returning to New Jersey to join his Red Bank law firm in 1986. He became a partner in 1997 and has a wide range of legal experience including civil litigation, worker’s compensation and real estate, both residential and commercial.

Michael represents many credit unions and successfully handles a wide range of matters including contract disputes, commercial land use issues and litigation, credit union law and compliance issues. As an attorney proficient in representing creditors in Bankruptcy, Michael has been appointed as a Mediator to the United States Bankruptcy Court. In June of 2005 Michael was appointed as Commissioner of a statewide Turnpike Authority.

Michael has served a four-year term on the District IX Ethics Committee where he was Vice Chair and Chair of the Committee. Michael has been appointed on several occasions to serve as Special Ethics Master in complex disciplinary actions brought by the Office of Attorney Ethics.

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