Reine Media™ Team Profiles
Shawna Presley Vercher is an award-winning political media strategist and social justice advocate. She is a widely-acclaimed speaker, recognized for powerfully advancing the conversation on a number of humanitarian issues. Her Top 25 book, A Fearless Voice: How a National Scandal Made Me an Advocate for Building a Better America, has been renowned as an honest and heartbreaking look at our unjust institutions and how we can work together as Americans to improve them.
Shawna entered the national spotlight as the founder of a leading media and crisis management company. She has worked for notable figures and brands such as Fortune 100 companies, award-winning celebrities, and campaigns for President, Governor, and Congress.
Shawna has successfully generated awareness and consensus to pass Federal and state legislation. Her passion is mobilizing people to create positive change, and she is the Executive Producer of Reine Media’s social justice reality series scheduled to film this Fall.
Beth R. Grossfeld
Vice President, Branding & Engagement
Beth R. Grossfeld has worked over twenty years to build brands for local and national organizations, including one of the leading multi-billion dollar retail chains in the country. Beth has successfully leveraged a hybrid of big company productization and traditional agency creativity to break barriers in the marketing field.
Beth has extensive experience in the technology, finance, and retail space including multiple projects where she partnered with Fortune 500 industry leaders. Beth’s passion for Children’s Rights and Animal Welfare propelled her into activism, lending her talents to notable non-profits and public service projects with public figures including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Beth provides a level of expertise in marketing, social media, and fundraising that uniquely magnifies the influence and impact of Reine Media in the social justice landscape.
Chief of Staff
Maksim “Maks” Tokarev is a graduate of New York University with a major in theatre and a minor in Business from the Stern School.
His international perspective and theatre background have allowed him to work in many fields from client services, to marketing consulting, retail, casting, and luxury fitness. He is fluent in four languages; English, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish.
Maks is a consummate communicator, he brings to Reine his extraordinary ability to foster meaningful connections with others and to find creative solutions to any problem.
The Real Sisters
Nicole Real - Senior Producer Jacqueline Real - Story Producer
The New York based Real Sisters’ work has been showcased in film festivals all over the globe. With credits including production, direction, writing, and acting, the duo is dedicated to making a difference. Currently in post production, their short film The Drive will hit the festival scene in the summer of 2020.
Nicole Real has amassed an extensive collection of production and directing projects that include Just Go with It, The Carrie Diaries, and The Adjustment Bureau. She has worked with award-winning talent including Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart, and Matt Damon.
Jacqueline Real is an actress and director. She has held leading roles on television and film, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival Short-Film Corner with Janine Salinas Schoenberg in Jenny & Lalo.
Giving a voice to discussions that must be heard, the partnership between Reine Media and The Real Sisters provides a powerful platform for female-driven projects that will ignite passions and motivate audiences to get involved.
National Outreach Director
Leo Bridgewater Sr. was an Army Specialist who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan under Lt. General David Patreaus and Admiral Mike Mullens. Leo has also worked for the Dept. of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. in communications and logistics.
After learning that multiple veteran friends took their own lives in suicide, Leo became an activist for PTSD treatment. Leo’s advocacy has led him to testify in state and federal Senate Committee hearings on the subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and he has successfully worked to pass legislation for additional recognition and coverage of medical treatment options.
Recognized in 2019 as a national Activist of the Year, and one of Yahoo’s 65 Outstanding Black and Hispanic Male Leaders, Leo works to bring organizations and individuals to the table for Reine Media social justice projects.
Political Strategy Director
Robert Garrison has vast experience in federal, state, county and municipal government, labor relations, public finance, workforce development, political campaigns and campaign finance. He specializes in government relations and issue and grassroots advocacy. Rob has served as a Representative of the National Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET), Director of the Bergen County Department of Planning and Economic Development and as the Executive Director of the Bergen County Improvement Authority.
Rob is a coalition builder who works to ensure that all of the issues Reine Media tackles are approachable and humanized. His efforts maximize the positive results our projects have in each of the communities we enter.
Dr. April Jackson-James
Dr. April Jackson-James is considered one of America’s leading experts in evidence-based treatment programs in the mental health field. A highly-skilled licensed psychologist, April has served as a Director of Mental Health and curriculum development adviser for a number of national and regional organizations.
April’s expertise is leveraged to ensure that campaign communications and issue-based discussion are both effective and sensitive to triggers and cultural differences.
April holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and completed her post-graduate work at the University of Miami, School of Medicine.
She has worked with a number of legendary organizations and celebrities including universities, national non-profits, and the National Football League. Her decorated background and calming, holistic approach to integrating mind, body, and spirit are what make the messaging and communication of Reine Media deeply impactful.
Michael DuPont was born in New Jersey, grew up in Virginia, and was educated in Chicago and Rome, Italy before returning to New Jersey to join his Red Bank law firm in 1986. He became a partner in 1997 and has a wide range of legal experience including civil litigation, worker’s compensation and real estate, both residential and commercial.
Michael represents many credit unions and successfully handles a wide range of matters including contract disputes, commercial land use issues and litigation, credit union law and compliance issues. As an attorney proficient in representing creditors in Bankruptcy, Michael has been appointed as a Mediator to the United States Bankruptcy Court. In June of 2005 Michael was appointed as Commissioner of a statewide Turnpike Authority.
Michael has served a four-year term on the District IX Ethics Committee where he was Vice Chair and Chair of the Committee. Michael has been appointed on several occasions to serve as Special Ethics Master in complex disciplinary actions brought by the Office of Attorney Ethics.