Geoffrey is founder and former editor-in-chief of Ridgefield Magazine and five other titles, which he sold in the spring of 2020. He is a veteran of the magazine business—he was executive editor at National Review, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest, and an editor at MBA Jungle. He has written and edited hundreds of articles, book reviews, and editorials and his work has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards. He holds a BA (philosophy) from Hobart College and an MBA from NYU. He lives in Ridgefield with his wife, Martha, and two daughters.
RIFF CREATIVE ADVISORY BOARD
Marketing and PR Advisor
Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in Public Relations, Corporate Communications, and Community Outreach Programs. A principal in ClairStone Communications, LLC since 1988, she has created and executed dozens of dynamic communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, and non-profit organizations. Lisa manages social media platforms and writes for periodicals, blogs, and clients on subjects from antiques and annual reports to zinnias and zoos. A longtime resident of Fairfield, she enjoys the charms and challenges of things that grow, including homes, gardens, animals, and developing businesses.
Founder / Past Festival Director
Joanne is a playwright, screenwriter, and director whose plays have been produced throughout the U.S., most often in New York City. As a Fulbright Scholar in creative writing, she traveled to Iceland to write a play about a scientist who loses her ethics and finds her humanity, “unbidden,” now included in the literature of the Westmann Islands. While there, she was commissioned by the library to write a children’s play on the 1627 Algerian pirate raid on Iceland, “The Absolutely, Positively True Tale of Floki & Loki.” Joanne’s plays have been commissioned, developed and produced by Huntington Theatre Co., Boston Playwrights Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Collective Unconscious, Z-Space, Thrown Stone, East River Commedia, SIPA (School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University), Keeler Tavern Museum, Iceland Fulbright, Vestmannaeyjar Iceland Library and others. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. She is the founder of the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) and served as festival director in 2016 and an advisor in 2017.
RIFF Educational Advisor
Emily is Director of Development and Education at the Kunhardt Film Foundation, a not-for-profit educational media company that produces documentary films, interviews, and teaching tools about the people and ideas that shape our world. KFF was established by a family of filmmakers with a mission to put high quality educational programs into the hands of the public and into schools. Prior to her role at KFF, Emily was Director of Eduction at the Jacob Burns Film Center. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature and a focus in film studies and received a master’s degree in education, communication, and technology from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She lives in Ridgefield, CT with her husband and teenaged twins.
Shannon Lewis was born and raised in New York City where she cultivated her love of theater, film and television. She spent countless hours forcing her younger brothers and friends to be in her short films, music videos, and fake advertisements for made-up products. After graduating from the University of Michigan she beelined it back to Gotham to begin her career in production and advertising. Shannon has spent the last eight years with animation and documentary powerhouse Passion Pictures, where as executive producer she is responsible for all United States based development and client relations.
Virtual Reality Consultant & Advisor
Event, Promotion & Community Engagement
Robin is the editor of Fairfield Magazine and the organizer of the popular culinary events Taste of Fairfield, WinterFest, and Savor Local. She has over 25 years of publishing experience, on both the editorial and business/promotional sides of books and magazines. Before settling in Connecticut and joining Fairfield Magazine and Townvibe, she worked in New York City with Condé Nast Publications, on such titles as House & Garden, Condé Nast Traveler, and Bon Appétit, and at Meredith Corporation, with Better Homes & Gardens and Ladies' Home Journal. She is a graduate of Smith College and lives in Fairfield with her husband, two teenagers, and two miniature dachshunds.