Meet the team behind the film: A Team of Their Own



Frank Boring

              Frank Boring is an Affiliate Professor in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University.  He was born Taipei, Taiwan, the Republic of China and speaks Mandarin Chinese. He has extensive experience in filmmaking and other media. He has produced several historical documentaries, Documentary film producer/writer/researcher. Credits include National PBS, Discovery Wings and History Channel. Some of his current projects are A Lesson in Diplomacy, The GVSU Baseball Team plays Cuba which premiered on October 3 at GVSU. He is also the producer of A Team of Their Own, which premiered in several cities in the Fall of 2015

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James Smither

James Smither, Professor of History at Grand Valley State University, directs the GVSU Veterans History Project. He holds degrees in history from the University of Chicago (BA 1982) and Brown University (MA, 1983. PhD 1989) and teaches courses in European history and military history. He has been doing oral history work for the past ten years, and regularly conducts oral history interviews with area veterans for inclusion in a digital archive.  As director of the Veterans History Project, he gives public presentations featuring veterans and their stories, trains and supervises student research assistants and interns, works with community volunteers and partner organizations, and supervises the processing of the interviews for inclusion in the project's digital archive. His current projects include co-producing A Team of Their Own with Prof. Boring, supervising a student documentary project focusing on the experiences of Marine Corps veterans who served in Vietnam, a book based on his Vietnam interviews, a book based on interviews with World War II veterans who went on the same Honor Flight to Washington, DC, in May of 2015, and editing the memoirs of a soldier who served with the 1st Infantry Division, better known as The Big Red One, through World War II.

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Janet Coryell

Janet Coryell is a professor of history at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  She is a prize-winning author and editor of numerous publications about and teaches courses in US Women’s History, the antebellum and Civil War eras, and documentary editing.  She began writing plays in junior high school, produced her first play in college, and has enjoyed illustrating history lectures with pictures for nearly forty years.  She wrote the script for A Team of Their Own, conducted research for the project, narrated the film, and served as associate producer.  In addition to her work on the film, she is conducting oral history interviews for the Veterans History Project, editing the letters of 19th-century New England teachers in antebellum Virginia, editing transcripts of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the Veterans History Project, and presenting illustrated talks on Abraham Lincoln’s view of women’s suffrage.

Film and Video Team


Melissa Nickels

              Melissa Nickels is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University. Having obtained her B.A. in Film Production, she works as the Video Director and Editor for the GVSU Veterans History Project. She is currently working on a documentary about Marines in Vietnam with Dr. James Smither as the Supervisor. Being an avid baseball fan and growing up around sports, Melissa has enjoyed working on A Team of Their Own, conducting research, establishing contacts, obtaining B-Roll materials, and editing with her co-editor James.

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James Christie

             James Christie is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BA in film/video production. He is an editor for A Team of Their Own documentary and is also a freelance videographer for the Grand Rapids area.

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Noel Stojkov

                 Noel Stojkov is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University. Having obtained her B.A. in Film Production, she works as a production assistant and assistant producer at the local PBS affiliate WGVU. Noel has worked on various film productions while working on A Team of Their Own, conducting research, obtaining B-Roll materials, working on graphics, and editing with her co-editors James and Melissa.

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Advertising and Public Relations Team

Paige Anderson

Public Relations and Event Coordinator Supervisor

              Paige is responsible for planning and executing premiers in South Bend IN, Fort Wayne IN, Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN. Paige is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BA in Advertising and Public Relations. 

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Leah Rickelmann

                Leah is a GVSU graduate with a B.S. in Advertising in Public Relations. As one of the Event Coordinators and Public Relations Specialists for A Team of Their Own, she is responsible for generating media interest and coordinating the events in Springfield, Fort Wayne, and Racine/Kenosha.

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Andrea Lenneman

             Andrea is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor Of Sciences in Advertising and Public relations with a minor in Studio Art. She is on the Public Relations and event coordination team for the Veterans History Project. She had Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo.  

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Information Technology

Erin Harkness

               Erin Harkness is a Web Design Intern for the GVSU Veteran's History Project and is studying Information Systems with minors in History and Business. Her main role was to create a website that could be used to post release dates for the A Team of Their Own documentary as well as other essential information. Basically creating a  landing spot for the work that the other team members are doing. 

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