Lea-Ann W. Berst and Ashley Maria are a mother-daughter team!

A special note for all the people who’ve had our back!

We are so honored that the people listed on this page have supported us on this journey. Each has humbled and energized us.

From those who volunteered their time and expertise to those who generously donated to the making of the film, we say THANK YOU! Thank you from the bottom of our pioneering hearts —

Lea-Ann W. Berst
Producer/Writer/Activation
Ashley Maria
Director/Producer/Writer


Documentary stories are an impactful way to humanize social issues and inspire change. 


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Contributions for the purposes of Pioneers in Skirts are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. When you donate via Fractured Atlas, we pay a 7% service fee to them.


Anonymous Person Jochen May Megan Speer
Armen Yedalyan John McDonald (2) Memphis Area BPW
Audra Esposito Jon Mertz Molly Page
Beau Baker Josephine Rutten Paloma Martinez
BPW Auckland, New Zealand Joyce Hamilton (2) Patricia Sledge
BPW Calusa Julia Clark Paula Hannan
BPW Florida Julie Shore Paula Loughlin (2)
Brian Glover Kara Renee Weems Rhea Uhl
Brooke Windsor Buckner Katherine Connors (3) Richard Sprinkle (2)
Ceil Erickson Katherine Sliva Roozbeh Dadvand
Chad Rittenbaum Kayley Viteo Rose Fallon
Charles Tomaras Kurt Andersen Sandra Thompson
Dang Gunjan Laura Largent Schenectady BPW
Dave Needham Lauren Phelps (2) Shelley Roth
Donna Miller Lenovo Employees Care Campaign Sonja Warfield
Eileen Connors Leona La Perriere Susan Cope (3)
Elizabeth Fennell Lia Schwinghammer (2) Susan K. Land
Emily Rollins Linda Karolak Susan Mueller
Grumpa Group Lori Bowen Suzette Cotto
Hal Shear LoriBeth Blair Teresa Kampfe
Hilaree Caldwell Lynn Kellogg Tiffany Breitkreutz
Hollywood BPW Lynn Roseberry Trish Heald
Jane Park Maria Alexander Tunkhannock BPW
Jason Harris Marjory Hopper (2) Vanessa Bennett (2)
Jeanette Yara Marsha Riibner-Cady (2) Washington State BPW
Jeanne Atwell Mary Lou Babinski Woodinville BPW
Jenifer Simpson Matt Gonzales
Jennifer Olson Matt Novack

We created a GoFundMe campaign to help us raise money for specific post-production costs. Now that the movie is completed, we keep the donation page open to raise movie impact funds. We have BIG plans for this film — plans that will be take the movie around the globe and into schools, businesses and communities. Big impact. Big change!

GoFundMe is not like Kickstarter. Contributions for the purposes of Pioneers in Skirts is ours to keep, whether or not we reach our goal. While it’s free to run our campaign, a 3% fee is deducted from each donation.


Alexandria Lewis Darrin Navarro Len Shneyder
Amanda Stopa Goldstein David Piscitello Lia Schwinghammer (2)
Amy Adrion (2) Diane Chriscaden Libby Fennell
Andrea Williams Erika Nolting Young Liz Manashil
Andrew Lane Eve Chaurand Lucinda Sanders
Anne Johnson Fran Schwartz Maria Gonzalez
Annie Ngo Georgia Adamson Marie Hopper
Becca Louisell Hilaree Caldwell (2) Marsha Riibner-Cady
Bill Ivey Hyrum Toth Meaghan Mascorro
Bob Schermerhorn Isabella Lenarduzzi Mikki Levi
Bonnie Thompson James Pita Naheed Bleecker
Brad Feld Janet Lentz Nancy Ellis
Brett Grinnell Janice Rowley Pat Ponzi
Brian Busch Jenifer Simpson Rebecca Brennan Chiappone
Brian Glover (2) Jenine Atoji Serena Maffei
Cara and Jake Yara John Hake Stephanie Senulis
Carolyn Hassett Jordan Walker Stephanie Woodward (2)
Cathleen Cahn Juelle Ann Boyer (3) Steve Park
Cherrl-Lou Jacobson Julie Powsner Susie Mariduena Barrett
Christina Mullin-Fulmore Kate Rotondo Suzette Cotto (2)
Christy Walker Kati Sadiwnyk Tamesia Garner
Clara Montas Kellen Christensen (2) Torben Lentz
Clay Woodward (3) Kelli Ray Tracy Lentz
Danielle Myers Kimmy Krenzer Will Boyd
Darin Saavedra Kristelle Monterrosa William Viklund

kickstarterWhen we needed to raise funds to help us finish nationwide production efforts and transition into post-production, we launched a month-long Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $50,000.

Our Kickstarter campaign successfully concluded with 231+ backers pledging their support!


Emily Rollins Sarah Bird Clay Woodward
Elizabeth Sullivan Brad Feld Lea-Ann & Dave Berst
Hilaree Caldwell Maggie Mraz Hope I. Hills, Ph.D., BCC
Priscilla Woodward Melissa Borden Jill Hickman Companies
Adair Cole Stephanie Woodward Trystan Bard McClellan
Barb Steele Laura Hartwick Julianne W Tomkovick
Julie Powsner Lucinda Sanders Alida Zweidler-McKay
Terence J Fagan Jaynee Beach Karl Williams
Suzette Cotto Josie Azzam Kathy Van Every
Genevieve Santos Sara Skora Lauren McDonald
Hillari Kenneth Nollett Greg Hodges
John McDonald Colleen Jenifer Simpson
Jesse Lawrence William Thompson Lia Schwinghammer
Karen Crofton Amy Crisp Seattle PHP User Group
Ellyn J. Shook Cara Yara Audra Esposito
Al Bird Susan Land Liz Allen Pearce
Jill T. Zivley Rhea Uhl Micah Baldwin
Edwin Stevens Kelli Joan Bennett Dawn Kamoche
Jean Lewis Delany Bisbee Bob Wall/JP Pomnichowski
Evelyn Harris Neal Gettinger Pablo Vega
James Conrad Devin BPW/North Carolina
Cheryl Kitchner SJ Weinheimer Dan Lebental
Lucas Wiseman Ken Wilson Michelle Goldberg
David Nebbia Peter & Cathy Berst Northern Imagination
Roozbeh Dadvand Jon Mertz Susan Reynolds
Liz Singh Maggie Brickerman Paul & Mary Berst, Ph.D.
Susan Cope Carolyn Corbett Laurie Ruettimann
Marty Hamed Marie Ian Goslin
Marcello Dubaz Helga Gutmann Darin
P A Orrange Nicole Rivera Susana Monteverde
Howard Myones Laura Wiest Flor Dimassi
Jacqueline Gareth Coker Riddhi Sanghvi
Seth Eklund Lee Anne McClymont Rosalie Taylor-Robinson
Kirstie Blair Raynor Virginia W. Adamson
Angela B. Maria Giese Kathleen & Dan McDonald
Cathy Cooper Kelsey T Morgan Elizabeth Yarwood
JDK Francie Dunlap Grayson/MaryEllen Randall
Marilyn Buhlmann Maritte Go Camden Watts
Vanessa Benn Lura Vernon Nathalie de Bruijn
Gabriela Cyn Macgregor Andrew Harrison
Bryan Luby Amanda Harris Melissa Jones
Mary Seagrave Celia La Crystal Williams
Elizabeth Stewart MaryJo Lang Deirdre Breakenridge
Molly Page Dr. Jo Naylor Satomi Mack-Martin
Marica Bautista Kimberly P. Pat Sledge
Aaron Erin Gallagher Hadia Block
Mikki Kline Will Blank Marsha Riibner-Cady
Lily Durbin Chad Rittenbaum Nikol Murphy
Cameron Reynolds Halley Emily Elizabeth Peters
Mariam Joe Camerota Michael Roybal
Jennifer Gentry Jackson White Jen Van Horn
Alisha Templeton Laura Stavinoha Adele Berst
Patrick Walsh rkt88edmo aaronindenver
Kirsty Hannam Gfeller Amanda Tasse
Janelle Santi Stewart Hopewell Chiyume
Jamie Bullock Marjory Hopper Danielle Myers
Carol Brainard Andrew Mitchell Nigel DeFriez/Diana Joy
Lisa Shelley Roth Xing-Mai Deng
Elizabeth Bubriski Jessica Casey Evan Underwood
Martha Lowrance Lauren Phelps Olalah Njenga
Jeanette Yara Destri Martino Krista N Armentrout
Tulica Singh Julie Tomkovick Patti Oringel Shank
Justin Warren Josh Eiserike Julienne Irons
Antonio Perez Nancy Murray Billy Keenly
Julia Yarwood Cindy Guenthner Rebecca Louisell
Rick McDonald Sarah Ferrier Jochen May
Lauren Lisa Dare Christine Wyrich
Adam E. Falk Shiran Carolyn Amir Ethan Teller
Emily Grandcolas Will Jobe Lisa Hunt
Trevor Gerd Neumann Deanna Stoker
Lucas Simmons Nick Benson Stacey Ann Shevlin
Cole Watts Beth Lopez Lorena Martin
Skinflow Elsa Sharon Jenkins
Marie Louisell Sriyal Nilanka Kathryn Rotondo
Ria Mullins Liza Melissa Evans-Glenn
Katrina Sauvé Biz Thorsen Kathleen Kruse
Holly

We take pride in what we’re accomplishing with this film. But without these skilled and dedicated people, we would never be able to capture professional content on film and execute our outreach marketing efforts. These people worked hard and make us look good. Thank you — thank you so, so much for being there when we needed you!


Off-Set On-Set On-Set
Lauren McDonald
– publicity, outreach
Rebecca Chan
– sound
Elizabeth Yarwood
– camera
Suzette Cotto
– outreach
Mindy Bledsoe
– camera
Jabari Harris
– camera
Lauren Freedman
– editing
Jake St. Peter
– camera
Alex Parker
– camera
Angela Juzswik
– editing
Ian Asbjørnsen
– camera
Mariam (MJ) McSpadden
– camera
Amabelle Lapa
– transcribing
Stephanie Woodward
– PA, crafty, interviewer
Peyton Skelton
– camera
Dan Lebental
– editing mentor
Derek Hodges
– PA, photographer
Melina Steensen
– PA, photographer
Marica Bautista
– transcribing
Suzette Cotto
– PA, crafty
Neal Gettinger
– sound
Brad Feld
– executive producer
Rosalie Robinson
– PA, crafty
Elizabeth Coggins
– camera
Pablo Vega
– music
Suzanne Blons
– makeup
Lauren McDonald
– PA, crafty
Jennifer Van Horn
– graphics
Larry Evans
– camera
Tim McKay
– camera
Stephanie Woodward
– writing, outreach
Rob Senska
– camera
Margot Wiseman
– camera, PA
Darin D. Saavedra
– graphics, editing
Cameron Reynolds
– camera, photographer
Justin Ryan Madriaga
– assistant director
Karl Williams
– consultant
Nicolette Daskalakis
– production design
Dawn Kamoche
– camera
Parrish Frisbee
– editing
Ethan Molomut
– sound
Aloura Charles
– camera
Barb Steele
– editing
Jen Van Horn
– PA
Finn Riley
– camera
Satomi Mack-Martin
– mascot story
Carlo Vega
– camera
Jill Zivley
– PA
Rosalie Robinson
– outreach
Michael Hearn
– PA
Lauren Olipra
– wardrobe
Christa Lee
– outreach
Emma Dean
– PA
Alexandru Panait
– camera
Kathy Van Every
– consultant
Jacob Fennell
– crafty
Hilaree Caldwell
– PA, crafty
Shannon Weiss
– editing
Camden W. Roessler
– graphics
Sam Griffin
– gear
Ron Saavedra
– graphics
 We’re not yet finished  making this list. More to come!!
 Jill Zivley
editing
 Nick Salvetti
– graphics
 Genevieve Santos
– mascot design