Who We Are

Julie Sokolow –  Creator / Producer of Healthy Artists

Julie is a docuJulie Sokolowmentary filmmaker, writer, and musician.  In addition to producing Healthy Artists, she is currently directing her first feature-length documentary entitled Aspie Seeks Love.  She believes if enough people speak out for universal health care, we can make it happen.

Scott Tyson, MD – Executive Producer of Healthy Artists

Scott is a health care advocate and pediatrician.  He is the CEO of Pediatrics South, Pittsburgh’s largest independent pediatrics practice.  Additionally, he is the former president of Health Care 4 All PA’s Education Fund, a nonprofit devoted to educating the public about health care reform.

Tim Murray – Contributing Video Producer

Tim is a filmmaker and freelance videographer.  He is a graduate of Denison University’s Cinema program and has collaborated with numerous artists and organizations.  It is his goal to create compelling visual work that contributes to Pittsburgh’s community as well as society as a whole.

Garret Jones – Contributing Video Producer, Co-Director/Editor of Healthy Artists (the movie!)

Garret Jones

Garret is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker residing in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the director, cinematographer, editor, and co-founder of Studio Corrida and has a diverse portfolio of video work including live production, music video, documentary, promo, and short film. His photography work includes but is not limited to portraiture, editorial, and live performance.

Sarah Huth – Contributing Video Producer

Sarah is a filmmaker, artist, and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She enjoys painting, knitting, watching horror films, reading comics, collecting typewriters and Halloween decorations, and going on adventures.

Asher Marie Coffield – Contributing Video Producer

Asher is a filmmaker and photographer who believes in social justice and a quality standard of living for all people.  Currently, she works as the Visual Media Specialist for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.  She is a graduate of Point Park University’s Cinema and Digital Arts program and will be attending Emerson College in the fall to pursue an MFA in Media Art.  When she’s not working, she loves to experiment with analog photography, read travel guides, and watch John Carpenter movies.

Alexandria Carbone  –  Writer & Social Media Assistant

Alexandria is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Fiction Writing program. She finds inspiration in traveling, which has taken her from Paris to Istanbul and beyond.  Living life with type one diabetes has made her look critically at the current health care system and understand the need for universal health care.

Weenta Girmay – Contributing Writer & New Projects Developer

Weenta is a writer based in Pittsburgh, graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Creative Non-fiction program, and Hot Metal Bridge Graduate Fellow.  She enjoys writing about the arts, feminism, environmentalism, community development, and social justice. Her work has been featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, and the Original Magazine, among others.

Dan Koshute – Contributing Video Producer

Dan is a Pittsburgh native and the fiery frontman of the infamous glam-rock band, Dazzletine.  The band’s debut record, “Heart, Mind, Bodies” was released just last year.  His travels across the U.S as a “poor, starving artist” have taught him the value and urgency of universal healthcare for all.  Dan is currently pursuing a degree at Duquesne University in English and Philosophy and planning a nation-wide summer tour with Dazzletine.

Daniel Menges – Assistant on New Projects

daniel menges Daniel is an artist and producer working in Pittsburgh.  Having earned his BFA studying photography and sculpture at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY, he continues to maintain his own studio practice while also producing films, events, and other large-scale creative campaigns.  He is very excited to work with Healthy Artists to bring voices and visions of all kinds together in support of universal health care.

Lexi Miller-Golub – Contributing Writer & Social Media Assistant

Lexi is a Fiction Writing and Anthropology student at the University of Pittsburgh and a contributing writer to The Original Magazine.  She is planning a collaboration with photographer, Doug Scaggs, called “Overshadowed & Untold,” involving a cross-country adventure documenting 15 natural and under-explored locales. Aware that she won’t be protected by her parents’ health care plan forever, she feels affordable, universal health care is the way to go.

Rachel Nagelberg – Contributing Writer

rachel nagelbergRachel is a fiction writer living in the Bay Area, though originally from Philadelphia, PA. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco, and is currently working on a novel entitled The Fifth Wall. Rachel considers herself a wellness activist and believes that community, art, and healthcare can work together to help bring back the original values of how a community flourishes and functions.

Nate Smith – Contributing Video Producer & Student Outreach

nate 2Nate is currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  He has produced several commercials and acts as president of Pitt in Hollywood and PCTV.  He volunteers with several organizations, combining his passion for film and doing good.

Jude Vachon – New Projects Consultant

Jude is a librarian, educator, health care advocate, and artist.  She is the director of Be Well! Pittsburgh, which connects low-income, uninsured Pittsburghers with health care resources.