After a twenty-five year career in venture capital, Ted Dintersmith is now focused on issues at the intersection of innovation, education and film. He is actively involved with a number of initiatives that seek to deliver vastly-improved learning experiences to people around the globe. He is particularly interested in the role of film in effecting social change. His Executive Producer credits include Most Likely To Succeed and The Hunting Ground, both of which premiered at Sundance 2015.
In 2012, Ted served as part of the delegation representing the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on global education and entrepreneurship. Ted is a Partner Emeritus with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm. He has been an early, active investor in numerous successful start-ups. Ted has served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University, and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where he earned High Honors in Physics and English.
Donna’s career focused on the financial industry. She worked for North Carolina National Bank from 1985 through 1987, trading stocks for the Trust Division. In 1987, she relocated to New York City and worked for Oppenheimer and Company as a Convertible Bond Sales/Trader. As a Vice President at Oppenheimer, she worked with large institutional clients including investment management companies, mutual funds, insurance companies and banks.
Donna left Wall Street after the birth of her first child. A joint decision with her husband, Kevin, Donna began to focus full-time on family and philanthropic giving—both in terms of time and expertise, as well as financially. With their family foundation, Donna and Kevin strive to be leaders in implementing social change with particular focus on the environment, quality education for all children, and improving the plight of women and children worldwide.
Donna is actively involved with the Sundance Institute. She is currently Chair of Sundance’s Utah Advisory Board, and takes a leadership role in the planning and execution of the Sundance Film Festival’s opening night event and fundraiser for the Sundance Institute, An Artist at the Table. She also works locally with the UAB to promote the Sundance Institute’s Filmmaker Labs and create a broader base of financial supporters in the Park City area.
She is passionate about education and choice in education, and was Chairman in theprocess of combining two local independent schools, Park City Academy and TheColby School, into one successful, sustainable school—The Park City Day School.Donna is past Chairman of the Board at Park City Academy and a founding trustee of the Park City Day School Board. The bulk of her work on both boards centered on long-term sustainability, finance and governance. She is a past member of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) at The Waterford School in Salt Lake City and is a past board member of the Park City Institute (formerly known as the Park City Performing Arts Foundation).
Donna and her husband, Kevin, are members of Impact Partners which bringstogether philanthropists and filmmakers so that, together, they can create great films that entertain audiences, enrich lives, and ignite lasting social change. Through Impact Partners, Donna has been involved with films such as CHILDREN OF INVENTION, NO IMPACT MAN, SECRECY, MEET THE PATELS, THE HUNTING GROUND and the Oscar-winning films, THE COVE and FREEHELD. Donna and Kevin are also part of Gamechanger Films which aims to shift the gender disparity in the film marketplace by tapping into the enormous yet undervalued talent pool of women directors and providing the financing necessary to bring their work to audiences worldwide. Gamechanger, founded in 2013, enjoyed success with its initial film LAND HO!, which received acclaim at several film festivals (such as Sundance, Tribeca and LA) and won the John Cassavetes Award (aka best feature made under $500,000) at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.
After having a second home in Park City for over eight years, the Gruneichs moved to Park City from Connecticut permanently in 2005. They have three children—Allison, Alex and Anna—all of whom attend schools on the east coast.
Kevin Gruneich is an investor and philanthropist. Before retiring in 2004, he worked eight years as Senior Managing Director, Co-Head of the Global Media Research Team, and Senior Publishing/Information Analyst at The Bear Stearns Companies. Prior to that, he worked 14 years at CS First Boston as Managing Director and Senior Publishing/Information Analyst. During his career, Kevin was named to Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-America Research Team for 20 consecutive years, and in many of those years was ranked number one in his sector. Euromoney magazine named him among the top publishing analysts in the world. He has served as Chairman of the Media and Entertainment Analysts of New York and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He has extensive experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and private equity.
Kevin currently serves on the Board of Questar Assessment, an educational testing company based in suburban Minneapolis, and as Senior Advisor to Methuselah Advisors, a boutique media investment bank in New York. He serves on the Advisory Board of Salt Lake City-based Spy Hop Productions, one of the country’s leading youth arts organizations, focused on film, music, radio, and digital design. Along with his wife Donna, Kevin is one of the early members of Impact Partners, dedicated to funding social-impact documentaries, as well as Gamechanger Films, a slate financing organization supporting women directors.
Kevin is also a member of the Board of Directors of The University of Iowa Foundation (and its Investment Committee). He is very active at The University of Iowa, underwriting The Iowa Edge, an orientation program aimed at retention of minority and first- generation students, as well as leading the launch of a philanthropic education curriculum. Kevin graduated with an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and earned a BBA (double major: Finance and Industrial Relations) from The University of Iowa. He resides with his wife and three children in Park City.
In 1988, Mr. Ioannides founded what is now Emerald Data Solutions™, Inc., where he helped leading companies like BellSouth and Turner Broadcasting deploy and operate critical, enterprise-level computer systems.
Mr. Ioannides pioneered the hardware and software designs for the first “on demand” digital music-playing system used in professional sports, ultimately used by the Atlanta Braves, Falcons and Hawks, and during qualifying events at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Mr. Ioannides developed and launched the premiere board management system for public governing bodies. As the Chief Software Architect of BoardDocs, Mr. Ioannides has been able to enhance the governance process of more than 1,200 local governing bodies by leveraging the power of the Internet to publish and distribute information.
Christine Ioannides owned and operated Emerald Graphics, a successful print management business in Atlanta for over 16 years. Christine's team executed large scale, multi level promotional programs for many clients, including Coca-Cola and Kroger. In 2006, she sold her company and the family moved to Utah for a simpler life. Christine graduated from University of Florida magna cum laude.
Christine resides in Park City, Utah. She has two daughters, both who have exercised distinct, alternative paths for their education. A proponent of Sundance Film Festival and Institute for many years, Christine volunteers annually.