Our Judges

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SANDY ​SPANG​

 

Sandy Spang is a Toledo entrepreneur and member of Toledo City Council.  Her personal, professional and educational experiences have prepared her to serve the citizens of Toledo. After graduating magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University, Sandy held several management positions, and with her husband, Mark, has developed and managed a portfolio of residential and commercial real estate.

 

In 2009, Sandy spearheaded the creation of the Beverly Place Facade Grant to revitalize a retail center in the heart of the Beverly neighborhood, and opened Plate 21, a successful independent coffee house with ten employees.

 

Sandy has been active in the community, serving on the Educator’s Board of the Toledo Museum of Art, teaching at Toledo Urban Impact Afterschool Club, serving on the rebuilding committee of First Alliance Church in the Uptown district and the Future of Toledo Eliminating Blight and Repurposing Land Committee.  She recently ran for Mayor of Toledo.

 

Recently, Sandy received a Community Partnership Award from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities which was especially meaningful to her as she is guardian to her special needs brother, Steve.

 

Sandy and Mark have three college-aged children, Ben, Lily and Eli. Sandy will strive to make Toledo a city of opportunity for her children and all young Toledoans.

CHARLES ​WETZEL JR.​

Charles Wetzel Jr. has become one of Northwest Ohio's most prominent and
successful actors, with a career spanning numerous independent films and commercials, stage performances with The Untitled Improv Show, and a role as Vice President of FilmToledo, Northwest Ohio's regional film commission.

Charles is currently represented by PCG Talent in Columbus, OH.

 

Charles has previously trained at the Indy Actors Academy in Indianapolis,

IN, and recently completed his second term at the world-famous Second City Training Center in Chicago, IL, bringing his knowledge and experience back to Toledo. He hosts monthly Actors' Workshop events for FilmToledo, introducing aspiring actors to improv and acting exercises and games.

Charles is also a singer and guitar player, having performed with bands Seven Romans and Stretch. He also does voice-over work and livestreams on Twitch.

Over the last five years, Charles has been involved as an organizer, judge and co-host of the CommUNITY Film Fest and loves being able to contribute to

the event both behind the scenes and on stage. Networking and connecting with people is his passion, and he is excited to see everyone in-person again!

 
 

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ALLIE ​RAY​

 

Allie Ray is an Emmy and Touchstone award-winning television host and producer. Born and raised in the Glass City, Allie’s creative roots run deep as she studied photography at Toledo School for the Arts and the University of Toledo.

 

Allie’s passion has turned from a hobby into her career at BCAN. Allie pours her passion into every story she creates. You can catch her getting up close and personal at the Glass City River Wall Mural or attending the latest gallery opening.

 

Allie wears many hats at BCAN as she is the host and producer for Abstract with Allie Ray, co-producer and director of Four One Nosh, and co-host/producer of Trendy in Toledo. Allie is excited to bring viewers the most unique, artistic, and diverse stories that Toledo has to offer!

JOHN ROSS ​COMES

John Ross Comes has been a fan favorite at the CommUNITY Film Fest. He submitted movies in 2015, 2016 and 2017, winning an award in 2016 for his movie “Weekend Warrior”. In addition to submitting movies he has been a presenter and a judge for the CommUNITY Film Fest. 

 

John Ross has also contributed movies to the Maumee Film Festival in which he won awards for one of them.  John Ross is a Penta/Maumee Graduate and completed the Toledo Transitions Program at the University of Toledo. He is currently working for Nineteen Services as a Medicaid billing agent.

 

John Ross continues to try to be involved in the local theater community and he hopes to make a thriller with himself starring as a zombie.

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MICHELE ​MYERHOLTZ​

 

Michele Myerholtz is the Assistant Superintendent of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  Ms. Myerholtz joined LCBDD more than 18 years ago as a Service and Support Specialist.  Ms. Myerholtz held this position for

7 years before being promoted to Service and Support Administration Coordinator in 2011.  In 2015, Ms. Myerholtz was promoted to Assistant

Director of SSA.  


Prior to working for LCBDD, Ms. Myerholtz started in the Disability field as a Direct Support Professional and then an Assistant Home Supervisor for a provider agency in Wood County.


Ms. Myerholtz is a longtime advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


Ms. Myerholtz lives in Whitehouse with her husband and two daughters.  

Her son is in the Navy, stationed in San Diego, California.

And Our Special Guest...

REXY

Rexy is the unofficial groovy sidekick of the CommUNITY Film Fest and

made their first appearance at the CFF award ceremony in 2021. They bring

a fun atmosphere to CFF events. Rexy enjoys being involved in promoting

all things that help move people of all abilities forward in order to live their best life. They are a strong advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities, as well.

Something you may not know about Rexy is that they are super stealthy and often go unnoticed, for instance….


Rexy may or may not have made an appearance on the famous dino movie that everyone is talking about this summer. Some say they think they’ve seen Rexy dancing in the background of several music videos. Supposedly, artists such as J-_O, M_ _ _ _ _A, B_ _ _ _ _E, and J_ _ _T  J_ _ _ _ _N have turned to

Rexy for unforgettable dance moves. None of these sightings or stories

can be confirmed, however.

One thing we know to be true is that Rexy can’t wait for this year’s big

in-person CFF event! 

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