New Mile Media Arts is a not-for-profit organization



Our purpose is to educate and inspire through the art of filmmaking, presenting unique stories of  common people in uncommon situations.






Mission Statement

Board Members

Artistic Director Kevin Kelley has been a documentary filmmaker for over three decades.  His work has been honored with a regional EMMY Award, two CINE Golden Eagle Awards and Three New York Festivals World Medal.  His work has been screened nationally and international Film Festivals in Los Angeles,  New York, London, Spain, Germany and aired on HBO, PBS and qualified in 2001 for the Short Documentary Category for the Academy Awards.  Kelley has mentored other young filmmakers for over two decades who have gone on to work professionally for Oprah Winfrey, Warner Brothers, Lions Gate and Saturday Night Live.
President Richard Koontz Recently retiredwas the Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. Previously he was General Counsel for Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History where he worked in mediation with Native American tribes and artifacts. He also was a consultant on the Tyrannosaurus Rex "Sue" project, which is currently on display at the Field Museum.  Since 1997 he has been an adjunct professor at The University of Iowa College of Law where he teaches Nonprofit and Cultural Property Law courses.

Administrative Secretary Marie Wilkes earned an MFA degree at the University of Iowa. She was the artistic director of the Kahraman Near East Dance Ensemble, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, from 1994 to 2010. As artistic director of Kahraman, Wilkes has applied for and received many Iowa Arts Council and Humanities grants.  Wilkes has had film production experience working as a production assistant to the director of Jackson Pollock’ Mural documentary while filming interviews in Venice, Italy.  Her expertise in successfully completing grant works will be invaluable to the new organization.




Media Relations Joan Kjaer is the director of communications and relations for International Programs at the University of Iowa. Kjaer worked for more than three decades in public radio as an on-air personality, program director, general manager of the University of Iowa’s two public radio stations WSUI and KSUI, and as deputy director of the state network Iowa Public Radio. Kjaer was the creator, host, and producer of Know the Score, a live performance and interview program which aired for nine years on Iowa Public Radio. She currently hosts and produces the live television program WorldCanvass, which features discussions of international issues, the arts, music, and culture. ​​​​

Funding Manager Jen Knights is Assistant Director, Campus Philanthropy, University of Iowa Foundation and leads the foundation’s “We are Phil” annual faculty/staff campaign. She is the Marketing Director for Mission Creek Festival, a six-day annual festival dedicated to delivering a riveting artistic experience for community members that builds on the cultural geography and capital of downtown Iowa City. She is also a former member and vice president of the Board of Directors for New Pioneer

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Treasurer Carol Wick obtained a Master’s of Organizational Leadership degree from St. Ambrose University in 2009.  She retired from a 26 year career at Pearson where she was employed as a software project manager for over half of her career.  She has served on other not-for-profit boards in many capacities in addition to project managing.  Carol Wick will serve as the project director for this endeavor.  Her skills in budget and schedule management will provide guidance in keeping the project on schedule and within budget.  She will assist in all aspects of the project to ensure its success.




Consultant Donald Wick has earned a Ph.D. degree in Science Education from the University of Iowa, with emphasis in Higher Education and Radiation Biology.  After 17 years as a researcher on several projects in the College of Dentistry and College of Medicine, he assumed teaching responsibilities at Iowa Wesleyan College where he served as a tenured Biology professor and chaired the Science Division until his retirement in 2014.  He will participate in this project using his scientific expertise to describe the art conservation scientific approaches in laymen’s terminology to assist in increasing understanding among the general public.  As a Navy veteran, Wick is also a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America.

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