OUR VISION

WE ENVISION A CULTURE WHERE:

People go to theaters to see movies about great heroes with strong character and leave with an attitude of reverence and a feeling of awe at the beauty, the truth, and the virtue that those movies reflect.

We’ll be able to look back on the previous decade and say that at least a third of the top ten movies of that decade bring glory and honor to God.

Great movies will give people of faith confidence and courage and instill in them the pride to live their values.

OUR VALUES

BEAUTY

We believe that art – and especially the art of movies in today’s culture – can achieve transformative impact not achievable through other channels.

IMPACT

In all we do, we strive to make a positive difference. We leverage our resources and are perspicacious in how we use all means at our disposal to make tangible differences in the world around us.

FAITH

All we do and everything we support reflects the good, the true and the beautiful.

SUSTAINABILITY

All we do and everything we support reflects the good, the true and the beautiful.All we do and everything we support reflects the good, the true and the beautiful.

INVOLVEMENT

We believe that people
who care about our culture should get involved in ways that make a difference. To
 us this means supporting the production of inspiring movies through investments or donations as well as helping promote them to the global audience.

WHO WE ARE

LEADERSHIP

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Dick Lyles

CO-FOUNDER and CHAIRMAN

Dick Lyles

CO-FOUNDER and CHAIRMAN

Movie producer, executive, author and speaker. CEO of Origin Entertainment, former host of The Catholic Business Hour on EWTN, and helped create the Good Leaders Good Shepherds program for Catholic priests. Formerly President of the Ken Blanchard Companies. Currently serving as producer for Fatima, The Code, and A Severe Mercy.

James T. Volk

CO-FOUNDER

James T. Volk

CO-FOUNDER

Movie producer with more than 20 years executive experience in the entertainmnet industry. Produced Black Box and Cosmic Origins. Currently serving as producer for Fatima, The Code, and A Severe Mercy, among others.

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Martha Lyles

CO-FOUNDER and TREASURER

Martha Lyles

CO-FOUNDER and TREASURER

Professional model/Actor, finance executive, catechist, author, fundraiser and speaker. Co-founder of Maric College (which merged with Kaplan College after 33 years.) Co-Author of ANSWER YOUR CALL: Reclaim God’s Purpose for Faith, Family and Work. Author of a series of articles reflecting positive moral themes for The Huffington Post.

AMBASSADORS

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Jean Savard

Jean Savard

Jean Savard’s career has spanned the Fortune 500, public services as an FBI Special Agent, and philanthropy – connecting people and organizations with charities and causes that make sense for their interest, passion, and the greater good. With The Genesis Initiative and Origin Entertainment, she is committed to helping cultivate a more heroic lifestyle in our society by addressing the cultural need and raising support for Transformative Entertainment. Ms. Savard graduated from Texas University in finance: subsequently earned her Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) credentials: and has served on various nonprofit Boards.

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Terry McGraw

Terry McGraw

Terry McGraw brings a broad philanthropic and leadership background to the Genesis Team. She has served on the Boards of several prestigious charitable organizations, including Gratitude House in West Palm Beach, FL, and the Moyer Foundation. She served for ten years as a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Advisory Council for Undergraduate Experience.

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Jamie Mark

Jamie Mark

Jamie Mark’s formal educational background in Finance and Business Administration combined with her career experience in Real Estate Services, Investment Sales Marketing, and Client Services Coordination allow her to bring a unique and powerful set of skills to support the Genesis Mission. She is passionate about helping to create a lasting positive impact on our culture that will serve as a legacy for future generations.

ADVISORY BOARD

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Rose Ganguzza

Rose Ganguzza

Rose Ganguzza is known in indie circles as “The Godmother of Young Filmmakers.” Many of Ganguzza’s films have been with first-time filmmakers: AFTERSCHOOL (Antonio Campos), KILL YOUR DARLINGS (John Krokidas), MARGIN CALL (JC Chandor) and THE GUITAR (Amy Redford). Ganguzza’s other films include NEW YORK I LOVE YOU; THE ROMANTICS; THE WORDS, and SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU and most recently the Julian Fellowes project, THE CHAPERONE, and the Diane Keaton/Jackie Weaver comedy, POMS. Ganguzza is also in pre-production on the two-part television biopic HEDY with Diane Kruger. Ganguzza has extensive experience in the global market, began doing co-productions many years ago and has worked throughout Europe, South America and Asia, structuring film and television deals.

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Grant Curtis

Grant Curtis

For over 20 years, Producer Grant Curtis has been making a wide variety of motion pictures including: The Gift for Paramount Classics; the Spider-Man trilogy for Columbia Pictures; Drag Me To Hell for Universal Pictures; Oz The Great And Powerful for Walt Disney Pictures; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows for Paramount Pictures. Additionally, he directed, wrote and produced  Delaney for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series.

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Cameo Wallace

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Cameo Wallace

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Natasha Howes

Natasha Howes

Natasha Howe’s worked on Gary Oldman’s directorial debut, ‘Nil By Mouth’ and Simon Beaufoy’s ‘Yellow’ before earning a Master’s Degree in Film at the University of Nottingham, UK. Then she created a Film co-operative through which she initiated and produced the popular ‘Screen Test’ and ‘Shorted’ and also managed the visual jockey collective ‘Sonic Vision.’ After incubating a feature film out of the Co-operative, she went on to produce ‘The 13th Day’ which is distributed in 11 territories worldwide. Natasha established the Okanagan Media Association and mentors the next generation of emerging creative talent at one of Canada’s leading film schools. She produced the ‘Golden Sheaf’ award-winning late Havers’ for one of her alumni and is now Executive Producer on his Telefilm Canada-funded feature. She as UK Producer on the 3D documentary ‘Cosmic Origins’; and is Producer on the major theatrical motion picture ‘FATIMA.’

Paula Brock

Paula Brock

Ms. Brock has been Chief Financial Officer of San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) since 2001. In that capacity she oversees the financial management of SDZG, which operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the Institute for Conservation Research, along with several other entities nationally and globally.  She has been instrumental in developing and implementing numerous strategic planning concepts, initiatives, systems and financing plans. Prior to joining SDZG, Ms. Brock was the founding partner in Brock, Tibbitts & Snell, An Accountancy Corporation, specializing in due diligence and securities work.  She served as Senior Vice President and Senior Financial Officer at ITT Residential Capital Corporation, and was Senior Audit Manager with KPMG. Mrs. Brock serves and has served on numerous boards, nationally and internationally, and is an affiliate of the Augustinian Order. Widowed for many years, she most enjoys spending time with her two children and 10 grandchildren in San Diego.

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Bob Guillemette

Bob Guillemette

Bob Guillemette designed, implemented, and facilitated specialized niche marketing plans for Major Motion Pictures, including 12 Years A Slave, Spotlight, and Room, collaborating with marketing teams from studios and media companies such as Paramount, Sony, Disney, Random House, Fox Searchlight, A24, and Open Road.

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Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Manchester Financial Group. Stephanie formerly served as the Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the San Diego Union-Tribune, in which she oversaw community relations, business development, and advertising sales. Prior to joining the Union-Tribune, Stephanie began her career as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch in La Jolla, California, and as a Productivity Consultant and Regional Banking Consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County region. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in which she as a distinguished student-athlete receiving numerous honors and awards, including two-time academic All-American recognition. Upon completing college, Ms. Brown received a NCAA post-graduate scholarship and was drafted to play professional softball for the Chicago Bandits, located in Lisle Illinois. Stephanie serves on the Patrons of the Prado, Promises2Kids, USO San Diego, EDC, NCRC, Manchester Financial Group, and San Diego Union-Tribune Community Advisory Board, and is a LEAD San Diego and FBI citizens academy graduate.