Meet the Crew

Connie Collins
Writer, Producer

Connie Collins is a producer, writer, award-winning director and photographer. Her debut film, A Trampoline, was shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2003. She holds a masters degree in journalism from Kent State University and is the director of Rivertell, the non-profit film company that owns Honorable Capitalism?. Her work can be seen at

Becca Yourko
Communications Collaborative

Rebecca Yourko is a senior at Malone University working on her degree in Communication Arts with consentrations in Public Relations and Theatre/Film/Media.

She was an intern at Shannon English Marketing the spring of 2015, working in event planing for several local shows and expos. The summer of 2015 she worked at the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department in Fairfax, VA. There she helped with their monthly Rock the Block event,  the Fouth of July Parade, and the World Police and Fire Games.

After graduating in May she is looking forward to this great opportunity to work with everyone on "Honorable Capitalism?"

Sam Tornow
Communications Collaborative

Sam Tornow is a student at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, studying Journalism and Strategic Communications with a minor in Philosophy.

He is the Editorial Director of Ohio University's All Campus Radio Network (ACRN), where he works with a staff of writers to develop the voice of the station, while also staying on the forefront of media coverage. After college he hopes to get involved in Media/Ethical research.

Sam believes media is a powerful force in our society and should be conducted in a more progressive and helpful manner in the future.

Oliva Niles
Communications Collaborative

Olivia Niles is a student at the University of Akron. She is attaining her English degree with minors in Creative Writing and Popular Literature & Film. After graduation, she hopes to publish a book of poetry and continue exploring the world of film and creative writing.

She is also heavily involved in social activism and currently serves as the Communications Chair for Liberation in Progress, a gender equity organization. She feels incredibly fortunate to be able to work on Honorable Capitalism? a documentary film that combines her passions of social justice and creative work.

Rich Arter

Richard Arter served as an executive of Sun Hydraulics Corporation in Sarasota, FL, from 1991 until 2014, working primarily in the areas of Investor Relations, Marketing and Business Development. Prior to joining Sun Hydraulics, he spent ten years with the Warner & Swasey Company, a machine tool manufacturer headquartered in Cleveland, OH, serving in various marketing capacities.

Mr. Arter holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently writing a book about work experiences in unusual cultures, covering more than 30 years in manufacturing environments.

Jack Ballard

Jack Ballard has composed and produced music in a variety of genres, from classical and film music to jazz and bluegrass. He worked with Gunther Schuller, Wendell Jones, Arthur Post, David Maddux, and Frank Wiley, and received B.A.Ed and M.M. degrees from Central Washington and Eastern Washington Universities. His half-dissertation on hyperextended tertian sonority is from Kent State University and its initial research received the Bruce Benward Student Music Theory Award in 2007. His ballet, The Castle for orchestra, received the Ipark Foundation’s Thanatopolis Prize for Memorial Composition for the movement, "Lament."


Of his symphonic poem , The Traveler’s Psalm, the Durango Herald wrote: "Enchanting, lyrical and polished to the point that it sounded as if it were the work of one of our time-honored masters." The best known representation of his diversity in styles and instrumentation is his song cycle The Psalms (REX Music, 1994), which includes such notables as Alex Acuña, David Friesen, Fletch Wiley, Tom Patitucci, and others, and members of the Oregon Symphony. "So unique and creative, it breaks new artistic ground" from National Religious Broadcaster. "A great collection:" Moody Monthly.


His pieces often incorporate classical and ethnic styles throughout the world, but especially New World and Old World styles that contributed  

He is currently working on a symphony.

Cory Sheldon
Design and Animation

Cory does film, design and animation work for clients around the country and teaches film and design courses at Cuyahoga Community College.

His film LaosFree is on permanent installation in Vientiane, Laos, at the COPE Visitor Centre. He has directed music videos for bands such as Eisley and Bethesda, as well as completing visual effects and animation work for multiple film and television productions. He has also directed and animated commercials for clients such as The Akron Art Museum. In 2014, Cory proudly worked with Akron Film+Pixel to launch Akron's own independent movie theater, The Nightlight.