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Crowdfunding Panel Bios

Ralph Giordano

Ralph Giordano has been involved with film and video production for over 30 years as a Writer, Producer, and Director for various markets from New Jersey to Colorado with an emphasis on entertainment programming, commercial production, PSA's, public relations, and community affairs. 

Giordano's Video production Company, ArchAngel Productions, LLC is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado providing a full range of production services from pre-production & script services, in-studio or on-location production, through post-production and final product delivery.

He has been involved with many local community organizations over the years including, Pikes Peak Film Council,  The First U.S. Environmental Film Festival,  The Film/TV Advisory Board for the City of Colorado Springs, Peak Film Forum, The Independent Film Society of Colorado, and The Pikes Peak Arts Council where he currently serves as the VP of the Board.

Director – Pete Schuermann

Pete Schuermann is a well-established Emmy Award-winning filmmaker with numerous film festival acceptances for narrative feature, documentary and short films that affirm his credibility as a solid visual storyteller. Pete was born on Long Island and is currently a resident of Monument, Colorado.

In 2005, Pete was approached by Disney to direct and edit Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever, a retrospective piece celebrating Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. Following that, he completed the nationally acclaimed documentary HAZE (featuring Robin Wright), which graphically examined the beer-soaked party scene that permeates the national university and college environment. Next up was the narrative feature The Creep Behind the Camera, an edgy dark comedy/docudrama that told the story about the making of The Creeping Terror, arguably the worst monster movie ever made.

A personal project for Pete — a huge dog lover — was the touching conditional, named “Best Narrative Short Film” at the Orlando Film Festival. This semi-biographical nine-minute film celebrates the unconditional love shown to us by our favorite pets, in this case a small pug.

Executive Producer – Ashley Schuermann

Although Ashley Schuermann is a relative newcomer to the film world, she has a long history in the banking and finance industries, having held a variety of positions and earning her FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 securities licenses.

Ashley’s extensive academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology; an MBA with emphasis in marketing, international business and finance; and a Graduate Accounting Certificate, all from the University of Colorado.

She’s also an experienced community volunteer, working with such organizations as the Junior League, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Associate Producer Producer – Tom Lazarro                                      Tom is an Air Force veteran who just sold his local real estate firm and has been a realtor for 18 years in the Pikes Peak region. He is a leader in the realtor-community and is on multiple real estate boards, helping to enact positive change for realtors and the public alike. His passion for people and wanting to help others, including animals, is what Tom adds to SitStaySpeakOut board. Tom and his wife Duchele have their own fur-baby-family of 1 dog and 3 cats.

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