Advisory Board

An Advisory Board of local, New York, and Hollywood A-list talent and top educational leaders provide curriculum and equipment oversight. Their guidance assures that Compass' programming, equipment, and students are top-notch and relevant to current industry needs and standards.

Susan Campochiaro Confrey: Owner, Career Breakthrough Unlimited, Inc.

Susan Campochairo-Confrey

Susan is an actor, owner of Career Breakthroughs Unlimited, Inc., and an acting teacher and coach.

Formerly of William Morris Talent Agency, Susan works as a Senior Program Leader for a Global Transformational Education Corporation with mastery in the distinctions of Coaching and Transformation.

Transforming people’s lives since 1983, Susan’s expertise provides breakthrough results, community awareness, and extraordinary leadership skills in her clients and actors.

In January, Susan made her directorial debut in Manhattan with “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” by Alan Ball.

 

Mark Clayman: Producer - Veralux Media, Compass College - Career Services & Industry Relations

Mark ClaymanMark Clayman is a Los Angeles-based producer who originated, initiated the development, and produced Sony’s box office hit Pursuit of Happyness, for which Will Smith received an Oscar nomination for best actor.

Mark’s work as a producer of both feature film and television projects follows a successful career as an actor in film and television.  Mark has appeared in numerous national commercials, working with some of the top directors in the field.  He has appeared in many television programs, including A Thanksgiving Promise, a Disney special two-hour movie directed by Beau Bridges.  Mark also has appeared in feature films and had recurring roles on Alf and the originalSaved by the Bell series.  Moving beyond acting roles, Mark teamed with Roland Mesa, the director of Revenge of the Nerds III, with whom he created, wrote, and sold a feature film entitled The Sunday Night Murder of the Week.

With an eye toward producing film and television, Mark took a job with Brillstein-Grey, a major management and production company, where he climbed the production ladder to participate in numerous television shows and pilots, ultimately as an associate producer.  While working on these various shows, Mark began to secure rights to novels, scripts, and life rights, developing his own slate of projects to produce and soon landing him in partnership with Steve Tisch, Todd Black, and Jason Blumenthal at Escape Artists on The Pursuit of Happyness.

As the head of Veralux Media's West cost operations, Mark has prominent feature projects in development at several studios and is currently pitching to major television networks several series that he has packages in collaboration with an Emmy award-winning show runner.

Mark is based in Los Angeles and recently joined the Compass College team in the Industry Relations and Career Services Office. Mark travels to Grand Rapids throughout the year to meet with students, learn about their interests and passions, and in turn, helps them find and secure internships around the country. Mark's expertise, experience, and industry connections make him a valuable asset to the Compass students and alumni.

 

Chris Delaney: Creative Director / Executive Producer, Generation Entertainment

Chris DelaneyChris Delaney is a graduate of the Classical Animation program at Canada's world renowned Sheridan College.  He began his career as an animator, working on CBC's The Raccoons TV series for Crawley Films of Ottawa.  Later, he became Animation Director for Nelvanna Entertainment's The Care Bears Movie, before becoming President and Creative Director of his own studio.

Chris' career includes experience as an animator, writer, director, producer and executive producer on numerous animated films, TV shows and commercials.  His company, Delaney and Friends Productions, employed over 400 people at studios in Vancouver, Toronto, and Manila, Philippines.  He has directed and produced over 250 award-winning animated TV commercials for major agencies and clients around the world.

Chris also has written, produced and directed dozens of TV specials and series, including the highly acclaimed Nilus the Sandman for Family Channel;Christopher the Christmas Tree, rated #1 in its premiere on FOX Kids; the Emmy® nominated New Adventures of Mother Goose for LA-based Martindale-Hillier Entertainment; The Legend of the Candy Cane for Zondervan Publishing (250,000 units sold); and The Littlest Angel for Artisan Entertainment, a direct-to video release that sold over 750,000 units.

In 2003, Chris sold his company to Radical Entertainment, the largest independent video game company in the world (Simpsons Road Rage, Dark Angel, The Incredible Hulk). He became Creative Director of Radical's new 3-D Animation Film and Television Division, overseeing a large development slate of animation programs and movies, including Stephen King's Creepshow, a 3-D animated TV series with YTV; The Devil Imp, a two-hour DTV movie based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story for Teletoon.

In 2004, Chris entered the video games industry with Electronic Arts, the world's largest video game developer and publisher (FIFA, Madden NFL Football, Need For Speed, NBA Street).  He headed up EA Canada's new Central Animation Department.  Later, he became Director - EA Production Partnerships Group, overseeing the off-site development of all of EA Canada's sports titles.

Chris received an Emmy® Nomination for The New Adventures of Mother Goose.  Other awards and recognition include twelve Bessies, three Lotus, two BMPE Gold, five TVB, New York Art Directors, IBA Gold, New York International, three Houston International, three Chicago Film Festival, three Geminis, four US International Film & Video Festival, World Animation Festival Gold, three Golden Sheaf Awards, two Museum of Radio & Television's International Children's Festival, two Alliance for Children and Television Award of Excellence, one Global Award of Excellence, and two Communicators Awards - Program Award of Excellence.

Shortly before taking on his role with Generation Entertainment, Chris was Line Producer on Vanguard Animation Studios' $50M CGI animated feature film Space Chimps, for Executive Producer John Williams (producer of Shrek and Shrek 2).

 

Rick Eldridge: CEO, The Film Foundry/ReelWorks Studios

Rick Eldridge

With over thirty years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director, and entrepreneur, Rick Eldridge knows how to make projects happen.  Whether sports programming, live production, animated series, or feature films, Rick has been involved in every facet of creative development and production management in the entertainment industry.  His resume is a road map to an extraordinary career that includes the best and most respected names in the industry: Universal, Disney, and ESPN, to name a few.

His creative vision has led to his involvement in numerous projects including: The Ultimate Gift (feature film), Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (feature film),Hermie & Friends (animated series), Gigi (animated series), Struggle and Triumph (2008 Olympic feature), The Prize (World Cup Soccer TV special), The Perfect Game (feature film), and Running The Sahara (feature documentary).

Rick is presently working on a sequel for The Ultimate Gift called The Ultimate Life, as well as an animated theatrical feature of his Hermie series.  Currently, Rick is President/CEO of ReelWorks Studios, a multifaceted film/video post-production company in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Under the same roof is GlueWorks Creative Management, an animation company prized with numerous awards of excellence for projects such as Hermie & Friends, Gigi, The Pond andOn the Farm.
Eldridge is an active member of several education, charitable, civic, and college/university boards, including Compass College of Cinematic Arts, where he serves on the Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors.

Rick is a graduate of Brevard College in Music/Performing Arts with advanced studies in Theory/Composition at UNCC and Digital Recording at Full Sail School of Recording Arts.

 

Korey Pollard: 1st Assistant Director, Nashville

Korey PollardKorey Pollard’s experience with film production began in 1980 as a ten-year-old extra in Eugene, Oregon, on the set of Robert Towne's film Personal Best.  In 1984 he was given a minor role in the acclaimed film Stand By Me, also shot in his hometown.  Following, his life and the lives of his family changed forever.  Infected by the entertainment virus, Korey moved to Los Angeles in 1988 hoping to learn how to make movies.

During his twenty-six year on-the-job training process, Korey has held positions in many departments of motion picture production.  Starting his technical career in October 1988 as a swing gang furniture mover on The Fabulous Baker Boys, he also spent some time as an on-set dresser, a property assistant, an electrician, a grip, a food stylist for commercials, and a producer’s assistant.  In 1996 he joined the Directors Guild of America as an assistant director.

Korey has worked as an assistant director on the USA Network series Monk, where his responsibilities included scheduling and daily management of physical production elements.  Other television projects he has been involved with are Grey’s Anatomy (for which the production team received a Directors Guild of America Award Nomination for the pilot episode in 2005), Vegas Pilot Episode, Deadwood Season One, House M.D. Season One, Threshold Season One, CSISeason Five, Boomtown Season Two, and Lie To Me.

Korey was given his first opportunity to Co-Produce on the feature film adaptation of Robert Whitlow’s novel, The List in 2006.  Other films Korey has worked on as an assistant director include: Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 2, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, Ride with The Devil, Thirteen Days, Scary Movie 2, Down with Love; and as a production assistant: Clear And Present Danger, Waterworld, The Odd Couple II, The Out-of-Towners, GI Jane, and many others you may have never heard of.

Korey describes himself as “a cross between a clown and juggler.”  Having been married to his wife Stefanie for twelve years and a father of two children, his stories of juggling family responsibilities with a three bedroom house, mini van, guinea pig, dog, and swimming pool while working in the film industry will entertain, confuse, challenge, and, hopefully, encourage you to weigh the cost of a career in Hollywood.  According to Korey, “There are no careers in Hollywood.  A decision to work in Hollywood is a lifestyle choice not a career decision.”

He speaks annually at the 168 Film Festival, Los Angeles, quarterly at Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC), and at Biola University. He is also a board member of Hollywood Connect, speaking regularly at Hollywood Connect Orientation Sessions.

Korey’s passion is to train and equip future filmmakers with the tools to be the best at their chosen profession.  He hopes to challenge the next generation to lead full lives in the face of a demanding career in entertainment without losing sight of priorities and responsibilities, by transparently sharing his experience, mistakes and foibles.
 

Dick Rolfe: CEO, The Dove Foundation

Dick RolfeFor the past twenty years, as co-founder and CEO of The Dove Foundation, Dick Rolfe has made Hollywood the focus of his work, building relationships with entertainment executives and filmmakers and encouraging them to create more movies that are suitable for family viewing.  He directed The Dove Foundation’s landmark studies examining the correlations between film ratings and profitability.

In addition to his usual written commentaries, Dick has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Variety, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Premiere Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Financial Times.  He is a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Family News in Focus. Rolfe’s national television appearances include NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, FOX News, Hollywood Reporter on Starz, Entertainment Tonight, andPBS’ Freedom Speaks.

Dick and his wife Mary live in West Michigan – not far from their three children and four grandchildren.
 

Jon Sparrman: Owner, Strange Cargo Communications

Jon SparrmanJon Sparrman has had a career spanning all aspects of advertising design, feature film marketing, and producing.

Beginning his career in the prestigious Chicago-based advertising agency Foote, Cone and Belding, Jon drove the creative teams for such clients as Wendy’s, Coca-Cola, Kraft, and Oscar Mayer brands, producing many award-winning campaigns in the print and broadcast mediums.

Moving his talent to the West Coast, Jon secured a position at Warner Bros. Pictures, heading up the print design team at the in-house agency "The Idea Place".

As VP/Creative Director at Warner Bros., Jon’s clients included Domestic and International Feature Film Advertising, WB Games, DC Comics, Domestic Cable Distribution, WBTV, Consumer Products and Home Video.  Jon’s team developed marketing campaigns for many small budget films like the Academy-Award winning documentary Into the Arms of Strangers, as well as many of the studio’s “tent-pole” movies such as the highly successful “Harry Potter” franchise films.

After departing Warner Bros. in the Winter of 2005, Jon has continued working in his wide range of experience in both advertising and film marketing worlds. Clients include Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Tyco, Berkley Brands, Blu-Ray, Imagi Studios, Bullpen Creative, VU Games, WB Records, Midnight Oil Creative, NASCAR, NBC, Pepsi Brands, and many others.

Jon has over thirty marketing and design awards, including multiple Advertising Age, Popai, and Keyart awards.

 

Ralph Winter: Producer, 1019 Entertainment

Ralph WinterRalph Winter has proven himself to be one of Hollywood’s most profitable producers in motion picture and television.  While producing movies for 20th Century Fox for the past ten years, Winter has produced some of the studio’s biggest box office successes including the X-Men Trilogy and Fantastic 4 movies, along with this summer’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine which together have grossed nearly two billion dollars.

Throughout his career, Ralph has produced over twenty-five films (Mighty Joe Young, Captain Ron, Star Trek 2-6, Inspector Gadget, etc.) for various studios.  He has also produced and directed television for Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks.  He is a founding partner in commercial production company ThomasWinterCooke and an advertising web company 90,000 Feet, where he and his partners have successfully pioneered branded entertainment with product integration ranging from global beverage brands to automobiles. Their award-winning directors regularly have spots in the Super Bowl and the Olympics.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Ralph is married, has two children, is active in community affairs and performing arts projects, speaks regularly around the country at universities and film festivals, and serves on several film boards.
 

David Weiss: Writer, WGA Treasurer

David WeissAn Academy member, David Weiss co-wrote the Oscar™ nominated films Shrek 2 and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius with writing partner J. David Stem.  The duo also wrote The Rugrats Movie and co-wrote Rugrats in Paris.  They received a prime-time Emmy™ nom as head writers of the Rugrats TV series and penned the perennial Rugrats Chanukah.  David also wrote All Dogs Go To Heaven.

Live-action features include Clockstoppers, Are We There Yet, and The Smurfs.  In TV, Weiss was Exec Story Editor on Cybill, co-producer of Mission Hill, and staff writer on Carol & Co. and Roundhouse.  An honors Pepperdine business grad, David received his MFA from USC’s School of Cinema.

Current WGA VP, David joined the Board in 2004, served on the past two Negotiating Committees, the Organizing Committee and twice chaired Board Nominating Committees.  He is Vice-Secretary and a Finance Committee member at the Health & Pension Trust, reps the WGA at the International Alliance of Writers Guilds and is a founding member of the WGA PAC.  He also served on the Executive Search Committee, recommending David Young.
 

Dr. Paul Worfel: Director of Education & Associate Professor of Education, Trinity International University

Paul Worfel

Dr. Worfel is Director of Education and Associate Professor of Education at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Most recently, he taught for six years at Huntington University helping to define their Master of Education program. He complete his doctorate program in Curriculum Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2004 with a minor in Education Policy Studies. Originally, Dr. Worfel earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Central Michigan University and soon after completed a Masters degree in Performance and Literature at Eastman School of Music. He also completed a Master degree in Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education prior to seeking his doctorate.

His teaching experience ranges from kindergarten to adult, including Indiana Wesleyan (Adult and Professional Studies), Indiana University, and nineteen years in public school. In addition to teaching, he was founder and executive director of Homes in Services Ministries, a foster care program for hard-to-place teenagers located in Rochester, NY.

His research interests include rural education, assessment, and history. He plays the trombone professionally, skis, canoes, and backpacks. He has been married to Kristie, a pastor and professional mime, for more than 30 years. Together they have two grown children (Philip and Rebekah), a son-in-law (Steve), and two granddaughters (Emily and Madeline).