2019 Short Film Competition Judges

Film Fest logo. A blue handy man leaning forward holds a green video camera. Texas Central presents the 16th annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival & Short Film Competition.

October 18 - 19, 2019
Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin TX, 78757 (map)

Cindy Adams (Documentary)

Professional portrait of a smiling woman in business dress.Cindy is the Plan Product President, Complex Care Programs for Superior HealthPlan, Inc., an affiliate of Centene Corporation (www.centene.com). Ms. Adams is responsible for overall performance accountability for Complex Care Programs including STAR+PLUS (ABD/MLTSS), STAR Health (Foster
Care), STAR Kids (children with disabilities) and all Medicare products (MAPD, DSNP, MMP), Care/Case Management and STAR+PLUS Service Coordination.

Cindy's professional experience includes 36 years working with government-funded programs in both the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on long-term care delivery in a community-based setting. She earned her BS in Social Work from the University of North Texas. Recognized as an expert in Medicaid managed long-term services and supports, Ms. Adams has been an invited presenter at the Medicaid Managed Care Congress, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) annual conferences, AARP Caregivers Roundtable and the National
Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD).

A particular honor Ms. Adams has received is to serve as a judge for the annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival for last four years.

Susan Slattery (Non-Documentary)

Roger Soden (Non-Documentary)

Barbra Sonnen-Hernandez (Non-Documentary)

A woman in glasses smiles up at the camera, with a rocky waterfall in the background.Barbra Sonnen-Hernandez Directed and Produced a children's television show in Austin, Texas in the 1990's. The show aired on the NBC and Warner Bros. affiliates for 9 years. She owned KIDS IDEAS Productions, which consisted of the TV show and film classes for adults and children.

Barbra became ill with a rare disease back in 2008 and since then, she has devoted her time in helping those with rare diseases and disabilities providing research and resources to families. She organized rallies at the Austin State Capitol bringing awareness to Legislative leaders and pharmaceutical companies about rare diseases. Barbra does several speaking events sharing her story and has written several books.

She shares her love of filming teaching at Austin Community College working with the Interior Design Institute in the Display program teaching students about studio sets, filming and television marketing. She was on the Seton Hospital Advisory Council and City of Georgetown Texas Accessibility Advisory Board.

Cinema Touching Disability is thrilled to have Barbra return for her fifth year as a competition judge.

Cindy Weigand (Documentary)

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