Joedance Film Festival Board of Directors
Stuart Ruffin, Vice Chairman
Stuart Ruffin serves as Deputy Director of the North Carolina Military Foundation, a private economic development group established in 2006 by the NC Governor to grow the state’s $66 billion defense economy. In that capacity, he leverages a board of corporate executives and recently retired 3- & 4-star general officers to broker deals between industry, government, military, and academia that solve critical defense needs and create new long-term investment in NC.
Ruffin received his B.A. in political science, including minors in economics and Middle Eastern studies from North Carolina State University. He spent the summer of 2010 studying abroad in Egypt, and, in 2013, earned a Masters in International Studies from NC State University, writing his capstone on the efficacy of funding economic development efforts in Egypt through loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Ruffin currently resides in Charlotte, NC. In his spare time, he serves on the Steering Committee of NC4ME (North Carolina’s public-private partnership supporting military employment) and assists the Foreign Area Officer Association’s quarterly Journal of International Affairs in a variety of ways, including by contributing book reviews.
Matt Mildenberg, Treasurer
Matt and Joe both attended McCallie and the University of Pennsylvania and he has been a long time supporter of Joedance, including in his current role as Treasurer. He graduated from Penn in 2012 and Kenan–Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018. He works for Five Points Capital in Winston-Salem, NC.
Kelly Crum, Secretary
Building upon a background in admissions, marketing, and writing, Kelly Crum established KC Educational Consulting, an independent educational consulting practice, in 2017 to assist students and parents in the college admission process. In addition, she works for Charlotte Preparatory School, where she serves as Communications Manager, handling social media.
Previously, Kelly served as Director of Communication for Raycom Management Group, a division of Raycom Sports. Subsequently, she formed her own company, Full Court Management, specializing in public relations and marketing. Clients included the Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend, the 600 Festival, the Southern Police Institute, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and the Local Organizing Committee for the Final Four in Charlotte.
Her background also includes stints as Admissions Assistant at Charlotte Preparatory School and Strategic Marketing Manager at Viridian Marketing. She attended Ohio University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sports administration
She and her husband Mike have three sons–John, Owen and Ryan.