Board of Directors

Leanne Ferrer

President and Director

Leanne Ferrer is the Executive Director for Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC). Leanne Ferrer joined PIC as Program Manager, was promoted to Program Director, and recently Executive Director. She produced PIC’s first series on national public television, Pacific Heartbeat, which features programs that draw viewers into the heart, mind, and soul of Pacific Island culture. She also worked with producers on PIC’s Media Fund Rolling Call, which funds projects with Pacific Islander content for national broadcast on public television. Leanne has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry. She is an award-winning filmmaker who previously worked for Disney Films, PBS Hawaii, and 1013 Integrated, Hawai‘i’s longest running full-service production company. Leanne is a previously PIC-funded producer whose film, i scream, floats, and Sundays, aired nationally on PBS.

Taylour Chang

Vice President and Director

Director of the Doris Duke Theatre, Taylour curates and oversees the Honolulu Museum of Art's film and music program. Previously, she served as the Doris Duke Theatre Manager. She received her B.A. from Yale University in Film Studies and Theatre Studies with concentrations on World Cinema and Sound Design. As President of the Yale Film Society, she organized film screenings, lectures, and symposia with the Whitney Humanities Center. Taylour has also written and directed documentaries and short films.

Cathy Betts

Treasurer and Director

Cathy Betts is deputy director of the State Department of Human Services since October 2017, and former Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. Cathy has worked in the fields of advocacy for women, family law, violence against women, Title IX, and labor protections for women. She formerly served as the Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellow in the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s Washington D.C. office. She is a former Deputy Attorney General with the State of Hawaii’s Family Law Division. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Filipino Lawyers Association and the Board of Directors for Hawaii Women Lawyers. She also serves as the Co­ Chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Diversity, Equality and the Law (DEAL) Committee, and the Co­ Chair of the Hawaii Women’s Coalition. Cathy earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Anna Page


Anna Page, Co-Director of Programming, joined the HIFF team in 2010 as an intern and then as the Grants & Education Coordinator in 2011. In 2012, Anna became the new Director of Program Development. In this role, Page acted as the Festival’s grant writer and education coordinator, as well as a member of the programming team, and new program development leader. In 2012, Anna also spearheaded the Kupuna Lens Film Program, the first ever film production program designed for local senior citizens. Anna was promoted to Co­-Director of Programming in 2016. Page holds a Master’s Degree in Film Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and has also worked with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival as Programming Coordinator. She is primarily interested in Asian cinema and wrote her Master’s Thesis on contemporary Japanese film. Anna also holds a BA in Visual Media Communication from American University in Washington DC.

Liberty Peralta


Liberty is Vice President of Communications at PBS Hawai‘i, where she oversees major aspects of the station’s promotion of its programming, including, social media, community engagement, and advertising. She previously worked at several local digital and marketing agencies, and as an in-store instructor at Apple. She earned a BA in Advertising from Hawai‘i Pacific University, and is a proud graduate of Wai‘anae High School and its student multimedia program, Searider Productions.

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