DKA National Office

Emily Dunn - National President

Emily (she/her) is originally from Akron, Ohio and is one of the founding members of DKA's first chapter in the Midwest, Tau Chapter at DePaul University in Chicago. While at Tau, Emily served as the inaugural Cinematic Affairs chair, Recruitment chair, and Interchapter chair. She is currently based in Los Angeles. She previously worked as an assistant at a Commercial talent agency for two years. Outside of film and TV, Emily is passionate about helping others, spending time outdoors, creative writing, music, craft-arts and “consuming ADHD Content”/things that make her brain go “brrrrr.” Prior to becoming National President, she served on NC as a National Councilor and as the Virtual Coordinator. Fun Fact: Emily shares a birthday with Jim Jarmusch, Lord Byron, and Guy Fieri.

Michelle Yee - National Vice President

Michelle (she/they) is a Canadian born overseas and raised in China. She graduated from Boston University with a dual degree in Advertising and Film & TV, and received their Masters in Producing & Writing in TV. She currently works as a script advisor for Coverfly and dabbles with content creation on the side. While a member of the Beta chapter, Michelle served as President, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Risk Management with the goal of fostering a safe space for young professionals interested in entertainment.

A’lexiz Dennis - National Councilor

A’lexiz Dennis majored in Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College. She was a part of the Pi Chapter where she served as Development Chair, Retreat Chair, Recruitment Chair, and finally Vice President. She graduated in May of 2021. She resides in NYC working as an Event Coordinator. She is very passionate about the arts and works to ensure that people get to see POC Filmmaker’s work. In her free time she is developing a new web series called, “Hope Deferred…”

Brandon Garnsey - National Councilor

Brandon (he/him) got his first taste of the DKA experience in Zeta Chapter, Chapman University, when he met a group of welcomingly creative individuals who then changed his life forever. From his Freshman year through Senior year he has held 12 executive and admin positions, Pledge Education, Historian, and Programming being his favorite. Upon graduating in 2020 with a BFA in Broadcast Journalism and Television and a minor in Media, Culture, & Society, he felt that his DKA experience wasn’t over and continued on through the pandemic as a National Councilor. He serves as a fresh voice for those who have experienced what this organization was like during Covid-19 and as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Brandon dove deep into the new media industry and helps to expand our entertainment industry perspective beyond traditional TV/Movie genres. He currently works as a Lead Producer and Assistant to creator and host, Nick Uhas. He’s absolutely fueled by Reality TV, being a Libra, and Star Wars!!

Wycliffe Grafton JR. - National Councilor

Originally from Cape Coral, FL, Wycliffe (he/him) graduated from the University of Miami in May 2019 with a double major in Motion Pictures - Production & International Studies and with double minors in Interactive Media & Spanish. Wycliffe joined the Xi chapter of DKA in Fall of 2016 and eventually holding the position of Sargent-At-Arms for a year then followed with a semester as Chaplin. Wycliffe now lives in Miami, Florida and works in Tech while also working on his next film projects. In his free time he likes to play video games and Ultimate Frisbee. As a new member to NC, his goals are to listen first, apply his skill sets to where he can help and ensure that DKA is the most welcoming organization for all filmmakers.

Ian Donovan Hyland - National Councilor

Born and raised in New York City to a family of starving artists, Ian Donovan Hyland decided to pursue a degree in TV Writing and Production at Chapman University. They joined Zeta Chapter in the second semester of their senior year and have been a proud DeKA ever since. During his tenure as an active, Donovan held the Culture Chair, focusing on building fellowship and strengthening relationships amongst his chapter. After graduating in 2017, he worked in theatre for a few years before moving into Health and Safety for production, and is now managing a 2 stage, tech focused studio in Burbank, California. Through this current job, Donovan’s had the opportunity to work on several occasions with Sundance, G4TV, and even Wizards of the Coast. 

Alyssa Jacoby - National Councilor

Originally from Montauk, New York, Alyssa Jacoby (she/her) graduated from Ithaca College with a B.F.A. in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts. She joined the Pi Chapter of DKA in Spring 2018 where she served as Associate Education Officer, Recruitment Chair, Associate Education Secretary, Alumni/Abroad Relations, Marketing Chair, and Screenwriters Circle. She is currently working on social media and alumni relations for a non-profit organization called i-tri that trains middle school girls across Long Island for triathlons and teaches them about personal empowerment. She is also serving as Executive Producer, Writer, Production Designer, and Set Photographer for the web series Hope Deferred. In her position as National Councilor, Alyssa hopes to focus on updating the TROT program and being a welcoming resource for our chapters. She is looking forward to serving on National Council and getting to know more DeKAs!

Victoria Kohl - National Councilor

Victoria Kohl (she/they) is a triple-threat creator aiming to catch eyeballs via graphic design, motion design, and video editing. Currently, Victoria works remotely from Portland, OR for the LA-based creative agency WONDROS (makers of the beloved Nicole Kidman AMC commercial). She graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication in 2017 with a B.S. in Motion Pictures (Production) and minors in Marketing, Electronic Media, and Music Business & the Entertainment Industry. While at the University of Miami, Victoria was Xi Colony’s founding Vice President and President and worked diligently alongside her siblings to establish the Xi Chapter. For Victoria, DKA always felt like home and a place where she felt safe, supported, and challenged to be a better person both personally and professionally. She’s excited to work diligently as a National Councilor so current and prospective members find an inclusive and rewarding home in DKA too.

Allison Silberberg - National Councilor

Allison (she/her) is originally from Westchester, NY, and graduated from Boston University with a degree in Film & Television. She proudly served as President for Beta Chapter and joined the National Board in 2018. She is now in graduate school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London studying Costume Making and Design. She is incredibly passionate about exploring the power of aesthetics for storytelling and how understanding various cultures & societies, both past and present, can create the most authentic representation of the human experience through art. In her free time, she can be found curating her Instagram filled with photos of pink outfits, vintage inspiration, and handmade dresses.

Aaliyah Weathers - National Councilor

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Aaliyah graduated from University of Miami in 2019, double majoring in Journalism and Motion Pictures with a minor in Music Business and Entertainment Industries. Aaliyah became a Deka as a first semester freshman and eventually went on to serve as president of the Xi chapter. Aaliyah now lives in Los Angeles working in film and television development at Chernin Entertainment. As a member of the national council and beyond, Aaliyah is passionately and focused on equity and inclusion and is committed to giving a voice to our members of marginalized communities. In her free time she can be found exploring all genres of music and deepening her astrology practice.

Allie Cohen - National Past President

Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, Allie graduated from Chapman University in 2017 and was a member of the Zeta chapter. DKA was integral to her college experience and she knew her time in the organization would go far beyond graduation. Allie served as the National Vice President for two years prior to her current role as National President. Outside of DKA, Allie is a Television Agent at Creative Artists Agency, representing writers, directors, and producers. Her free time (if there is any!) is spent snuggling her two Pitbulls, Harlowe and Matcha. 



National Directors

Cory Darling - National Alumni Director

Cory Darling (she/her) is a TV promo editor for Fresh Cut Creative, and has cut National TV commercials for many major studios. She enjoys event planning and building the DKA community. Cory took on the position of National Alumni Chair the summer of 2018, and has since moved onto the National Board, now serving as the National Alumni Director. In her spare time, she can be found re-listening to all of Taylor Swift’s albums (yes, all of them). Cory was part of the Eta Founding Class at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2014. She then joined the Zeta chapter at Chapman University during her grad program. She graduated in 2017 with a M.F.A. in Film Production with an emphasis in Editing.

Hannah Geller - National Communications Director

Hannah Geller is a writer and producer. She has spent the last seven years working with Film Independent on a variety of programs and productions that support independent filmmakers and stories, such as the SPIRIT AWARDS, the LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL, and GLOBAL MEDIA MAKERS. Currently she is the assistant to Penney Finkelman Cox, with whom she is helping develop family oriented animation and live action films. As her career furthers, her goal is to create and support content that explores themes of feminism, mental health, adulthood/coming of age, and self identity. In her role as the Director of National and Alumni Communications Hannah combined her passions for design and supporting young talent with her love of DKA. In the time she has held the position she has focused on building DKA’s social presence, branding, and community outreach. Hannah joined DKA’s Zeta Chapter at Chapman University, where she graduated Magna cum Laude in 2018 with a degree in Television Writing and Production and a minor in Women’s Studies.

Sydney Gold - National Standards Director

Sydney was born and raised in Long Island, New York and went on to the University of Miami to get her degree in Psychology and Motion Pictures. During her time at University of Miami, she contributed in chartering the Xi Colony and served as chartering President of the Xi Chapter. She then served as Pledge Education officer in her senior year. After college graduation, she went on to get her law degree at Brooklyn Law School. She now practices as an attorney and manager at her family law firm in New York. She has served on the National Council beginning in late 2019 as a councilor, and then went on to serve as National Vice President from 2020 to 2022. She now hopes to apply her legal knowledge and skillset to her work in DKA. During her free time, she loves watching horror movies, creating art, and watching TikToks. Fun Fact: She has 2 cats named Tony and Chrissy after her all time favorite TV show.