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Our Judges




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. John Ross continues to try to be involved in the local theater community, including working with the Distracted Haunt in Bowling Green, OH.


Jaden Jefferson is a 15-year-old reporter, anchor, and producer based in Toledo, OH. His journey to becoming an award-winning, nationally recognized journalist began in 2019, with coverage of events in Toledo. He got his big break with an interview with presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. That was followed by appearances on CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, as well as many write-ups in national publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Root, and many others. Jaden also made multiple appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he interviewed celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. His passion for high quality, in-depth, community-oriented journalism burns brighter than ever, covering breaking news and giving hope to a better, brighter future.




Michele Myerholtz is the Interim Superintendent of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Myerholtz joined LCBDD 20 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.


Lindsay has been with the CommUNITY Film Fest since its inception. She has previously submitted films regarding her life story. Coming from a musically inclined family, she has been playing instruments since the 5th grade, including her ukulele! Lindsay’s passion and commitment to the success of our Film Fest is like no other. She is a valued member of our committee, offering ideas and suggestions, assisting in major decision making and problem solving to make the festival a wonderful experience for all. This year we are honored to have her as one of our judges, as well as a presenter.

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