Filmmakers

Alison Levine, Executive Producer

  • Team captain, American Women’s Everest Expedition
  • New York Times Best-selling Author, On the Edge: Lessons from Mt. Everest and other Extreme Environments

Alison Levine is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which fewer than forty people in the world have achieved. In January 2008, she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. Levine completed this arduous journey on skis while hauling 150 pounds of her gear and supplies in a sled harnessed to her waist. Her success in extreme environments is noteworthy given she has had three heart surgeries and suffers from Raynaud’s disease, which causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather—leaving her at extreme risk for frostbite.

In addition to having tackled some of the most challenging environments in the outdoors, Levine also spent time climbing the corporate ladder. She worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, earned an MBA from Duke University, and spent three years working for Goldman Sachs. She left Goldman in 2003 to serve as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become Governor of California.

In 2005, Levine founded the Climb High Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains so that they would have the skills to earn a sustainable living wage through climbing-related tourism. Her work in Uganda enabled the first group of local women to make history when they climbed Uganda’s highest peak—Mt Stanley, in the Rwenzori Mountains. Her work in Uganda is the subject of the PBS documentary Living Courageously.

Levine served as an adjunct instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and is a strategic advisor for the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point, an executive education a program that shares West Point leadership best practices with senior level-executives from the public and private sectors. She was a contributing author to the book Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and First Responders (Naval Institute Press). She also serves on the board of the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University.

A sought-after consultant and keynote speaker on the subject of leadership development, Levine has addressed audiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to professional sports teams to the prestigious World Economic Forum at Davos. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mt. Everest and other Extreme Environments. Having spent prolonged periods of time in some of the world’s most dangerous and inhospitable places, she tackles the topics of creating cohesive teams, taking responsible risks and developing no-nonsense leaders that can succeed in times of uncertainty.

Jan Katzoff, Executive Producer

Jan Katzoff is a long time veteran of the sports and entertainment industry. He was the founder and CEO of SportsMark Management Group, one of the largest Bay Area based sports and entertainment marketing agencies for 18 years. In 2008, SportsMark was acquired by New York based advertising  and media holding company, Omnicom. In 2012, the agency was merged with GMR Marketing, creating a sports and entertainment practice of almost 1,000 employees. From 2012-2016, Jan was the Head of Global Sports and Entertainment Consulting, advising fortune 500 companies such as Visa, P&G, Allianz, Chevron, The Hartford and SAP on their major investments in sponsorship and activation.

In 2018, he joined Bruin Sports Capital, a private equity firm based in New York as a Senior Consultant in their Global Sports and Media Group. The Glass Ceiling is his 4th major documentary film project and first as an Executive producer, coming on the heels of the successful film, Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story, where he served as an associate producer.

Jan also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, which supports a variety of initiatives related to education, recreation and healthcare for San Francisco Bay Area Youth.

Stephanie Robinson, Executive Producer

Stephanie spent the majority of her career in health care investment banking at Alex.Brown & Sons, Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank advising companies in the biotechnology and medical devices industries in the execution of merger and acquisitions, initial and follow-on equity offerings, private placements and debt financings. Prior to her investment banking career, Stephanie also served as a strategy management consultant to Fortune 500 companies with the Boston Consulting Group. In recent years, Stephanie has focused on service to her local community and currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the Ross School District and is a member of the Marin General Hospital Foundation Board. She currently lives in Marin County with her husband and three sons. A longtime independent film enthusiast and a member of the Sundance Institute, she is excited to help bring “The Glass Ceiling” to fruition.

Stephanie graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a BA in Economics and received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Michael and Jill Latham, Executive Producers

Mike and Jill Latham have joined our film team as Executive Producers of The Glass Ceiling. Both are natives of the San Francisco Bay Area and attended San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco respectively.

Mike has held several key senior management positions in the financial services industry in both London and the United States, including Barclay’s Global Investors, BlackRock, iShares and is currently a Trustee on the Goldman Sachs Exchange Traded Funds Board of Directors. Mike and Jill are both active in volunteer community work together at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Menlo Park.

Mike and Jill have a son, Andrew and daughter, Rebecca. They currently reside in Atherton, Ca. and Kona, Hawaii.

Michael Zelman, Executive Producer

Michael Zelman is a physician living in New York City. After graduating from The American University in Washington D.C. he moved to Italy to study medicine.

Michael received his Doctor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Rome in 1981 and returned to the United States to do two medical specialty residencies in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology. Michael then practiced at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital as a partner in Lenox Hill Anesthesiology LLC.

Over a 30-year career he held positions as Medical Director of the Operating Room and Chaired several hospital committees such as Quality Assurance Quality Improvement and the Ethics Committee.

With his wife, Jo Ann Ross, they are active in raising charitable donations for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Michael retired from his medical practice in the Spring of 2018 and has now joined The Glass Ceiling film team.

Robert Fischbach, Executive Producer

Robert Fischbach is the Head of BlackRock’s US Financial Institutions Cash Team, and Head of the San Francisco Office.

Robert received his BA in Political Science from San Diego State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, and the Board of Visitors of the School of Business at Wake Forest University.

Dave Elmore and Donna Tuttle, Executive Producers

Dave and Donna founded the Elmore-Tuttle Sports Group, a vehicle for sports entertainment. They are multi-talented entrepreneurs and leaders in the sports industry.

Eric and David Mendell, Associate Producers

Eric and David Mendell are the proprietors of Kerns Fine Jewelry in Burlingame, California. Both are leading experts in the watch and jewelry industry. While growing up in the Bay Area, their parents emersed them into the arts and ingrained a strong sense of community with a responsibility to help others.

Eric attended the University of Arizona and David the University of Southern California. They both attained graduate degrees in Gemology from the Gemological Institute of America. After attending the GIA in New York, David pursued his acting career where he participated in several shows including a lead roll in the Off-Broadway musical “A Stoop on Orchard Street”.

Philanthropy plays a huge part in the lives of the Mendell Brothers. The 49ers Foundation, Family Service Agency, PARCA, Mission Hospice, Mills Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Samaritan House, Bay Kids, Camp Hill, Hillbarn Theater, CASA, Junior League of San Francisco and Local Schools (private and public) are just a few organizations that the Mendells support.

Ryan Fischbach, Associate Producer

Ryan is a Senior at Wake Forest University double majoring in Mathematical Business and Computer Science. He is the Student Manager of the Wake Forest Women’s Tennis Team.
Post-graduation, Ryan will rejoin Amazon Web Services full-time in Virginia after an internship in the Summer of 2020.