TEAM & LEADERS

CEO & CO-FOUNDER
WINDRIDER INSTITUTE

A successful entrepreneur and Peabody award winning film producer, John is a leader in the creation and expansion of entrepreneurial companies and development of private and non-profit enterprises. John is the executive producer of over 150 short films, including the award winning ABSTRACTION, the New Copernicans web series and along with his brother Ed, is an executive producer of award winning documentaries including Hilla Medalia’s Muhi-Generally Temporary, After The Storm, Medalia’s Peabody Award winning To Die in Jerusalem, Heather Rae’s Showtime feature, Family:The FirstCircle, Laura Waters-Hinson’s As We Forgive, Dog Day’s and Mama Rwanda, Doug Block’s critically acclaimed 51 Birch Street and Dani Menkin’s Academy short listed 39 Pounds of Love. Other films include Craig Detweiler and John Marks’ cult hit, Purple State of Mind and Michael Hoffman’s Out of the Blue. John lives in Boise, Idaho with Terri, his wife of 39 years, and the couple has four grown children. John has a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Brehm Center Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 and has a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

CHAIRMAN & CO-FOUNDER
WINDRIDER INSTITUTE

A successful entrepreneur and Peabody award winning film producer. Ed is a leader in the launching and development of entrepreneurial companies and has founded numerous private and non-profit enterprises. Along with his brother John, he was instrumental in launching the Windrider Forum at the Sundance Film Festival. He is an executive producer of award winning documentaries including Hilla Medalia’sAfter The Storm, Medalia’s Peabody Award winning To Die in Jerusalem, Heather Rae’s Showtime feature, Family: The First Circle, Laura Waters-Hinson’s As We Forgiveand Dog Days, Doug Block’s critically acclaimed 51 Birch Streetand Dani Menkin’s Academy short listed 39 Pounds of Love. Other films include Craig Detweiler and John Marks’ cult hit, Purple State of Mind and Michael Hoffman’s Out of the Blue. A lifelong entrepreneur, Ed has a degree in finance from the University of Colorado and resides in Boise, Idaho.

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
WINDRIDER FORUM

Will was one of the co-founders of the Windrider Film Forum (along with John and Ed Priddy and Dr. Craig Detweiler). In 2004, the four co-founders visited the Sundance Film Festival and launched the one-of-a-kind immersive educational experience that is offered in Park City, UT. Will now serves as the Executive Director of the Windrider Forum overseeing the experience each year at Sundance and collaborating on local film forums in the Bay Area, Colorado Springs, and other locations. Prior to Windrider, Will worked for almost 35 years as an entrepreneurial leader in graduate theological education. From 1995-2019, he served as the director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s regional campus in Colorado Springs. Prior to that he worked for the Young Life Training Department.

CO-FOUNDER
WINDRIDER FORUM

Filmmaker and author Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., is President of The Wedgwood Circle. He wrote the screenplays for The Duke, the comedic road trip, Extreme Daysand directed the award-winning documentary Remand, narrated by Angela Bassett. His award-winning books include iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives(2013) Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age(2018), and his latest, Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue, co-authored with Robert K. Johnston and Kutter Callaway. Craig’s cultural commentary has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Detweiler served as a professor at Fuller Seminary, Biola University, and Pepperdine University. Varietyhonored Detweiler as their 2016 Mentor of the Year.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
WINDRIDER FORUM

Peggy Rupple’s early work in television and digital media production has fueled her passion to invest in the next generation of filmmakers. She has pioneered a world-class film internship program resulting in student hires at every major studio in Hollywood. As a 9-year film school adjunct and co-director of a national media conference at CBS Studios for Biola University’s School of Cinema and Media Arts, to her current role as Associate Director of the Windrider Forum at the Sundance Film Festival, Peggy continues to produce experiential learning environments that help shape craft and character in the lives of media makers.In 2019, she spoke at 10+ university film programs across the country towards that goal. Peggy is an ordained minister, frequent speaker, and serves the mainstream entertainment community through her partnership with husband Dan, CEO of Mastermedia International.Married for 40+ years, Dan and Peggy’s love has grown to include three children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren.

OUTREACH COORDINATOR
WINDRIDER FORUM

With a passion for bringing people together around compelling stories, Mary brings her talent and energy to Windrider outreach programs and the development of new partnerships. She is a member of the International Focolare Movement. As a freelance writer, Mary writes regularly for the award winning international publication: Living City Magazine. She was co-director of Cinema/TV for NetOne, the International Communications Center of the Focolare Movement, whose headquarters is in Rome, Italy. Mary has collaborated for 12 years with Windrider, and Family Theatre Productions and has been active in bringing the winners of Angelus Film Festival (WISFF) for screenings of their films to Rome, Florence, Milan, and Prague. Mary is a graduate of Simmons College, Boston, Ma. in Social Sciences, with graduate studies accomplished in Florence, Italy in Sociology, Philosophy, and Theology.

DIRECTOR
WINDRIDER BAY AREA

Terri has been on the leadership team of Windrider Forum, Bay Area since its inception. She’s passionate about the arts as a powerful and creative vehicle to engage the community in exploring our common humanity through a lens of hope and resiliency. She’s served on the board of the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation and the Parents of Menlo School Alumni and presently serves on the Music@Menlo Board. Previously, she worked for twenty years in wholesale banking and finance for Wells Fargo Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank and The Savant Investment Group. She has a BA in English from the University of the Pacific, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is a Certified and Licensed Financial Planner.

VP OF PRODUCTION
WINDRIDER PRODUCTIONS

With over 8 years of experience in the non-profit and social enterprise space, Michael brings extensive organizational and operational management to the Windrider Institute. Alongside the Windrider Productions team, Michael has lead the completion of over 200 short films for various clients as a producer and director since 2015. Michael is passionate about working closely with clients in discovering their story and collaborating with production crews to bring those stories to life on screen. Michael graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010 with a degree in Managerial and Organizational Communications and currently resides in Boise, Idaho.

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Jon Cipiti

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
WINDRIDER PRODUCTIONS

Jonathan is a documentary director who believes story has the power to change the world. He has worked with Windrider for the past 7 years, in addition to working on several feature and short form documentaries, including The Dating Project, PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton, and Abstraction. Jonathan has traveled around the world sharing the stories of others in hopes to impact and inspire.

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Marina Dimmett

SENIOR PRODUCER
WINDRIDER PRODUCTIONS

Marina has been in the film industry since 2013. She began her career working in digital marketing and new media in Los Angeles, having the opportunity to work with clients such as Disney, Fandango, and Warner Home Video. Looking for a change of pace and a new creative challenge, Marina found Windrider. She has been with the organization four years now and is constantly amazed by the quality of work that is being produced at Windrider, counting herself lucky to be part of the team. Marina has worked in many capacities with Windrider, including as a producer, director, and editor. She graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with a degree in Communication and an emphasis in Cinema Arts.