Staff

Holly Million

Holly Million

Founder and Executive Director

Holly Million is an artist, filmmaker, nonprofit leader, teacher, speaker, and writer whose personal passion is empowering people to change their world. Holly has over two decades’ experience in nonprofit management, has been a consultant, director of development, executive director, and board member for scores of organizations, and has raised millions of dollars throughout her career.

Holly also has over two decades’ experience fundraising for films. In addition to securing funding for A Story of Healing, which won a 1997 Academy Award, she has raised money for documentary and dramatic films that have aired on PBS, HBO, and other broadcast outlets. A skilled producer, Holly can handle the business, fundraising, and logistical aspects of taking a film from concept through completion.

As a film director, Holly created Changing Room, a dramatic film that had its television debut on PBS in 2005. She is also the director of the feature-length documentaries A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam and Frackture, a film about parents in Western Pennsylvania fighting the installation of six fracking wells .5 miles from their children’s school. Holly is the producer of The Rugby Player, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of United Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham and his mother, Alice Hoagland. Holly also produced It Came From Kuchar, a documentary about underground filmmaker George Kuchar directed by Jennifer Kroot, and she was a fundraising consultant on Blind Spot: Murder by Women, a film by Oscar-winning filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf, Everyday Heroes, a film by Oscar-nominated director Rick Goldsmith, and numerous additional narrative and documentary films.

Holly has an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA in English from Harvard University.

Alexandria Wyllie

Alexandria Wyllie

Communications Manager

Alexandria Wyllie is a child of the Bay Area with her roots in Indonesia. Art, in all its forms, has always been a huge passion for Alexandria and she is looking forward to adding her skills and network to Artists United.

Alexandria has worked in a large national nonprofit as an outreach coordinator, been the director of communications for a small international nonprofit in Sumba, Indonesia. She has also produced and managed Art Studios at the Coachella Valley Art and Music Festival, and has a masters degree in International Public Policy and Management from USC. 

Elise Gargalikis

Elise Gargalikis

Development Coordinator

Born and raised in the bay area, Elise is a singer-songwriter, DIY artist, and advocate for all artists and musicians. She spent 10 years in healthcare, simultaneously pursuing music with her duo Slope114, and successfully crowdfunding multiple vinyl releases. She is now focused on helping to create a better future artists and her duo Slope114. She is excited to put her passion for art and grassroots skills to work for Artists United.

Tonya Jones

Tonya Jones

Board Member

Tonya Jones was born in Newark, New Jersey. She began her acting career in New York appearing in a number of off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. Tonya holds a BA from Howard University and MFA in Acting from Columbia University where she was awarded the Shubert Presidential Fellowship and worked with Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair) on a stage adaptation of James Baldwin’s “Another Country”. In her free time she likes to read, cook, travel and cycle.

Annie Smathers

Annie Smathers

Community Outreach Volunteer

Ann’s main hobbies are leather working, writing, singing/songwriting,  and arts and crafts in general (“Jackie of all trades and master of none”).  She made her own guitar straps.  In 2009, she won 2nd Place in Paranormal Underground Magazine’s Short Fiction Contest.  She also has a huge passion for history and got her BA in Dec. 2000 from the University of New Mexico.  

She used to work as an office manager/transcriptionist for a clinical neuropsychologist where she loved meeting all kinds of people,  had many opportunities to help them, and wants to continue serving others in whatever new ways she can.   She is a native of Albuquerque, NM and in her spare time, she loves cuddling her best friend’s dog, whom she calls her “fur niece”, a blue Bedlington terrier who smiles a lot.