Meet our Napa Valley Production Team

Serendipity brought the production team of ‘This is My Brave – Napa Valley’ together!  As members of Leadership Napa Valley Class 30, they were assigned to work together on a project that will better the community.  Leadership Napa Valley’s mission is to identify, train and motivate current and future local leaders, and the program is recognized as one of the best leadership training experiences in the country.  

At their first meeting, team ‘Upping the Ante,’ identified mental health and the arts as issues they wished to address.  Producing ‘This is My Brave’ meets both objectives!  Everyone on the team has either been touched themselves with a mental health diagnosis, or is a caregiver, family member, or friend of those with mental health disorders.  Together their varied backgrounds and talents bring all of the skills needed to produce an impactful and vibrant show.   

We're so proud to introduce you to the production team:

Beth Nelsen

Beth is a local documentary filmmaker, change maker, and conscious shaker.  A Napa Valley College graduate, Beth left the familiarity of home to earn her BA in Philosophy from UCLA and later worked in production in New York City.  Eager to see the world, Beth walked across Spain with only a potato sack and later left the United States for Thailand, India, and eventually settled in Australia, earning her M.A. in Film & Television at the University of Melbourne. Her passions include Indigenous Rights, LGBTQ equality, mental health, adoption and identity, all of which have been fodder for her storytelling.  An international guest speaker, Beth’s films have screened all over the globe and her last feature, Meet The Beavers, has been marked as a time capsule for LGBTQ herstory.  She is also finishing a feature film about gynecology entitled, At Your Cervix.

She has returned to Napa eager to give back to the community from where she was conceived, sharing her talents, passion for the arts, and sharpening her leadership skills.  Beth seeks collaboration on projects with strong potential for heavy social impact, not confined to only the screen.  Current partnerships include the Suscol Intertribal Council, Napa Valley Support Services, and Leadership Napa Valley.  Napa is home where she resides with her partner Christina and their daughter.  She is super excited to help bring TIMB to Napa!

Christopher DeNatale

Chris has worked for nearly 20 years in media marketing, event production, PR, Venue Management and Audience Development. He has worked for CBS, iHeartMedia, Granite Broadcasting, Entercom Communications, Cumulus Radio, and SF Media Company where he rose to the position of Vice President of Integrated Marketing. He has also held the position of Marketing Director for City Winery, a national music venue, and ArtistWorks, an online music learning start up, as well as the Lincoln Theater, Napa County's largest performing arts venue.  Currently he serves as the Marketing and Events Director for Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley.  

Chris has produced events with and for Live Nation, the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Jose SaberCats and the Oakland Athletics. He is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in English and Communications. He currently is a Commissioner on the City of Napa Parks and Recreation Commission as well as a Board of Director for Arts Council Napa Valley. He lives in Napa with his wife Julia and three children.

Kelsey Morrison

Kelsey has been a proud member of the Napa Valley community since the summer of 2014 when she moved from San Francisco to pursue a career in wine marketing and graphic design. She graduated with a degree in Film and Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and previously worked in marketing and promotions with Broadway in San Francisco, before transitioning into the world of wine. As a young girl in the suburbs of New York, Kelsey became interested in performance and the arts after seeing her first Broadway show - Cats, naturally - at the age of five. Taking to the stage at an early age, Kelsey found a creative outlet for her energetic and spirited personality through singing, acting and even some (not so good) dancing. Kelsey's passion for performance helped her to navigate through a prickly adolescence, and she continues to use the arts as a release for anxiety and stress in her adult life. She strongly believes that performing arts - whether as a spectator or participant - can promote healing and mental wellness. When she’s not working or exploring the beautiful Napa Valley, Kelsey enjoys writing, spending time with her friends and family, and hosting dinner parties with her boyfriend.

Kristine Haataja

Kristine is a retired marketing insights & strategy consultant with over 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, both on the corporate side and as a consultant.  In 2014, she retired to Napa and decided to focus her talents on community service, especially youth mentoring and mental health.  Raising a child with bipolar disorder inspired her to mental health advocacy.  Her outlook on mental illness as ‘just another ailment’ had a positive impact on her daughter,  who at age 16 shared her story of depression and bipolar disorder with her high school psychology class, thus becoming an ‘original Brave.’   She is especially passionate about early diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, because she has seen the positive impact it can have on child and adolescent development.  

Kristine is currently Vice Chair of the Napa County Mental Health Board, serves on the Development Committee of a local mental health non-profit organization, and is a life coach for Girls on the Run.  She lives in Napa with her husband Peter and is the mother of three adult daughters.  

Brian Henricksen

Brian has worked in the healthcare industry for nearly 20 years.  Beginning his career in emergency medical services as an EMT and then paramedic, Brian has had the opportunity to spend much of his career working directly with people suffering from mental health issues.  He currently works as the Administrator of the Napa County EMS Agency where he is responsible for directing and implementing a comprehensive, county-wide Emergency Medical Services System.  Brian has a particular passion for improving health outcomes in the community through healthcare access and public education.  He is a graduate of California State University – East Bay with a degree in Political Science.  Brian lives in Napa with his wife Nicole, and their two children, Jackson and Parker.

Stacy Preiser

Stacy has spent 15 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in the treatment of adults suffering from stroke, Parkinson's disease, and many other cognitive and physical ailments.  Growing up in Rusk, a small town in East Texas, she was involved in theater, playing the piano, singing in the choir, and dance, which led to her passion for music and the arts.  Currently Stacy lives in Napa with her husband and two dogs.  She spends her "free" time helping to develop their small winery.

 

Napa Valley Audition Schedule

Saturday, March 4th from 1-5pm

Wednesday, March 8th from 6-9pm

Saturday, March 11th from 1-5pm

Sunday, March 12th from 11-1pm

Napa Valley is currently accepting audition sign ups! Click the button above to reserve a spot, and then visit our Auditions page for more info on what we're looking for in your audition piece. 

Good luck! We can't wait to hear your Brave!