Who We Are

the people behind the MMP


Ren Dietel – Executive Board Chair

Ren’s former work as a middle school educator and outdoor education leader for almost 20 years fueled her passion for youth and protection of the environment. She now uses both a social justice and environmental lens in her work as a philanthropic advisor to individual and family foundations, both domestically and internationally. Ren has worked extensively with Native-led nonprofits on reservations as well as women-led and designed programs providing energy access to families at the bottom of the pyramid around the world. She enjoys attending Mt Baker Meaningful Movies and is elated to be joining the board.


Jack Fogelberg – Executive Board Vice-Chair; Also a volunteer with Meaningful Movies in Wallingford & Meaningful Movies of Issaquah
Jack first attended the Meaningful Movies in 2008 and has been a Film Committee member since 2009 with a break from 2011 through 2014 when he resided in North Carolina and started a documentary film group there. He has been the Vice-Chair of the Meaningful Movies Project since its establishment in 2012. He is a Mechanical Engineer and lives in Seattle. He has two kids in college so we have to watch the donation cans around him. He likes motorcycles and waffles with hot tamales.


Fernando Betancourt – Executive Board Member At Large; Also our social media lead

An aspiring filmmaker and a film student at Humboldt State University, Fernando started working with MMP as an intern in early 2020. He fell in love with the organization almost immediately and was a co-leader at the Renton Library venue. Fernando continues to work behind the scenes on MMP’s social media accounts and hopes to spread the word about MMP in his new home in Arcata, California!



Rich Gamble – Executive Board Treasurer; Also a volunteer with Meaningful Movies in Wallingford

Rich is a founding member of the original Meaningful Movies group. Rich is a pastor of Keystone United Church of Christ which is the birthplace of Meaningful Movies in Wallingford and continues to be its home. Rich is also the executive director of the Justice Leadership Program which provides internships and leadership development training to young adults seeking opportunities to work for social justice.



Diane Gordon – Executive Board Secretary; Also a volunteer with Everett Meaningful Movies

Diane retired as the Finance Director from Meridian School in Wallingford. She has had over 50 years of experience in financial management for private business, government and non-profit organizations. She also has a long history of volunteering both locally and nationally and has served on many boards. Although she has only been with MMP for two years, she is very passionate about the mission and has taken on the bookkeeping role and serves as the Board Secretary. She has three grandchildren on Mercer Island and three in Avon Lake, Ohio!


Molly Weisel – Executive Board Member At Large

Molly serves as Associate Rabbi and Director of Education at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. She lives in Lynnwood with her husband and two children. She is passionate about access to education and pursuing social justice, particularly in the realm of environmental justice. Her husband, Noah, is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Cinema from SFSU.



Libby Carr – Executive Board Member At Large

Libby has been an environmental and political activist for much of her life.  Right after graduating from the UO, she was fortunate enough to land a year long position with the Sierra Club which took her to many parts of Washington organizing SC volunteers wanting to save wilderness in the national forest system and Hells Canyon by preserving it in the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. After ten years in social services, Libby joined the corporate world in sales and marketing in telecommunications, and later in the insurance industry.  For over 25 years, she has had her own practice s an independent life insurance agent. Her best work was that of Mom and now Nona (Italian for grandmother) and has four beautiful grandgirls who live nearby.  Libby, like most of us, has deep concerns about what we are doing to the planet and what condition we will be leaving it in for our grandchildren and beyond.  She recently met Scott Henson and became familiar with Project Drawdown and the documentary 2040. While working as the campaign manager for WAmend (the first year) she met Rick Turner and spoke at one of the MMP film events in Wallingford.   She has long thought that Rick’s vision has provided a significant public service with MMP inspiring community groups to show films addressing  social justice issues.



Jode Littlepage – Manager

Jode is a community organizer who is passionate about her desire to make positive change. Growing up in public housing projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jode is also a product of the foster care system. She has seen many injustices in her childhood and adulthood communities which strengthen her resolve to work for people, and a planet, in need.

With academic studies including film, clinical psychology and social work, Jode has used her education to assist her in becoming an effective advocate for those who are marginalized, minimized, and overlooked in society. She hopes to give a voice to the voiceless. Using her own experiences to shed light on those who are suffering, Jode strives to advocate for individuals and communities experiencing injustice within our society.

Amidst the ignorance, fear, and often hatred that pervade this time of political turmoil, and that are a part of our U.S. and world history, Jode finds hope in Meaningful Movies mission to educate, build community, and advocate for positive change. Because of this, Jode has enthusiastically joined MMP! The Meaningful Movie Project combines two things that she is very passionate about: film and social justice. As a new member of the MMP village, she hopes to facilitate education, raise awareness, and promote healthy dialogue.




Laura Wells – Meaningful Movies Grant-Writing Intern

Laura started working with MMP as a grant writing intern in fall of 2021 with hopes of giving back to her community and taking her next step on a career path to grant writing. Laura lives in Seattle and has experience working at two local healthcare focused nonprofits, in both administrative support and data management. She also spent three years working in contract and budget management at a project management firm. While currently completing a certificate in fundraising management at the University of Washington, Laura hopes to apply her past experiences and newly developed skills towards contract and grant writing in the nonprofit sector. She previously graduated from the UW with a Bachelors in Medical Anthropology and Global Health and has since wanted to work for a nonprofit organization that will support healthy communities and a sustainable future for generations to come. Laura is excited to be a part of MMP and help start conversations about social justice issues and highlight the work of some amazing organizations.


Natalie Jude Johnson – Meaningful Movies Intern

Natalie is an aspiring screenwriter and director who writes extensively for the Meaningful Movies blog and who is currently attending film school at the University of New Mexico.




Matthew Valerie – Meaningful Movies Intern

Matthew is a musician who is passionate about learning from and studying music from around the world. An avid cinephile he is inspired by the works of Louis Theroux and Mariana van Zeller. Matthew is also inspired by French cinema, current affairs and world history – especially as those areas of interest relate to religion and gender. He is excited to join the Meaningful Movies team.



Stella Palaveeva – Meaningful Movies High School Intern

Stella is a Meaningful Movies High School Intern who is currently a sophomore at Lakeside High School. She spent 4 months volunteering for Meaningful Movies Project and their Youth Committee, before becoming a High School intern for the project.





Hannah Weinstein – Pro-Bono Marketing Consultant

Ms. Hannah Sofia Céline Weinstein is a public affairs professional with more than a decade of federal service including at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Labor. Currently, she is a Public Affairs Specialist for the FEMA’s Region 10—which comprises 271 federally-recognized tribal nations and the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. She also serves as Co-chair of the Communications and Outreach Committee of the Seattle Federal Executive Board, a forum for federal public affairs professionals in the greater Seattle area.

As Acting Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Hannah oversaw the Cultural Affairs team during a critical staffing gap in 2016. She led educational and cultural programming, including the hallmark English-language instruction program and the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, which supports the preservation of cultural sites in Turkmenistan and is the most robust U.S.-sponsored program of its kind in the world.  Hannah served as a spokesperson resenting the U.S. government in Turkmenistan’s rural Balkan province during the Embassy’s biannual film festival.  This festival brings translated Hollywood movies to remote areas of Turkmenistan, which for many audience members is their only interaction with the U.S. Embassy each year.

Hannah lives in Seattle with her partner Jake. She has previously lived in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.  She attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., and holds a degree in Culture & Politics.



Diane Turner – Board Chair Emeritus and a volunteer with Meaningful Movies in Wallingford
Diane has been a Film Committee member with the Wallingford group (previously known as Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies) since its beginning in 2003.  In 2017 she assumed the role of Executive Board Chair of the Meaningful Movies Project upon the death of her husband, Rick Turner, who was the creator and visionary of MMP. In 2020, Diane retired as Executive Director and from the Meaningful Movies Board. Diane is currently a board member of the local independent film company, Moving Images.