Meet the faces of our community, the movers and shakers, the hosts with the most!
Jasania DeShong is an American actress and musician.
Born into a culturally diverse military family of Korean, African and Caucasian influences, she has had the pleasure of exploring many different cultures her entire life. This lifelong experience has enabled her to be very skilled and adaptable within the entertainment industry and all the excitement that comes with it.
Along with her captivating acting abilities, Jasania is a talented violist, pianist, composer and vocalist, bringing to life every piece of music she touches. As an artist, she plans to be continuously involved in projects that empower women, encourage thought, laughter, healing and encouragement.
Jasania received her B.A. in music at Ithaca College in New York. She majored in viola performance with minor focuses on both dance and Italian.
Tim Huls is an actor, producer, instructor and community leader.
In 2017, Tim wrapped production as the lead in the independent feature film “Rough Edges.” His career began as a production coordinator for the SAG feature film, Being Us (2010). He has landed many principal roles in commercials for national brands including Charles Schwab and Soda Stream.
Also in early 2017, he produced, curated, and acted in a performance event dedicated to transformative conversations around rape culture, called Planets & Branches. As a stage actor, he has performed with NCTC, SF Playhouse, Marin Shakespeare, and Tabard Theatre.
At American Conservatory Theater he serves on the faculty for the Studio A.C.T. program, specializing in on-camera training. What he loves most about the C&C community is its commitment to creating a supportive and fun homebase for actors and filmmakers alike. He loves to read Rilke.
Tim is represented by NYLO Talent Agency. www.TimHuls.com
Teresa Navarro is an actor and writer.
Teresa is honored and humbled to be part of such an amazing community of artists in the Bay Area and looks forward to continuing to help with the ongoing growth and development of the Bay Area film community.
In addition to acting, Teresa is a project coordinator for a tech company and handles all sponsorships for the Health Technology Forum. Teresa looks forward to sharing her experiences with fellow artists and connecting the Coffee & Catchup community locally and beyond.
Cameron has been a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area entertainment community for the past 5 years, spending his time immersed as an actor, filmmaker, and community builder.
Perhaps most known for creating Coffee & Catchup in 2014 with co-founder Taylor Lambert, he is a creative maven with a range of experience and resources.
Equipped with a diverse background in psychology, marketing, film, and entertainment, Cameron applies these skills to help tell and share stories through videos and films.
Cameron leads Coffee & Catchup and works alongside clients and teams of all sizes throughout the entire process, from Fortune 500 companies to Indie filmmakers, to Presidential candidates and stealth startups
Chris Pieri is an actor, director, writer, and musician.
As a young up and coming member of the Bay Area entertainment community, he is an avid believer in San Francisco becoming the next hub for the true art form that film is intended to represent. He moved to the bay from San Diego when he attended college at the Academy of Art University and graduated with a BFA in Motion Pictures and Television and a minor in Screen Writing.
He is also a singer song writer and hopes that incorporating his creative visions will further progress Coffee & Catchups artistic ventures.
Originally from Sonoma, CA, Scott Ragle grew up in the Bay Area and is a graduate of the Meisner program at the Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. Long a fixture in the Bay Area actor community, he helped to launch Coffee & Catchup when it first started and is one of the co-founders of Kaleidoscope – a collective dedicated to addressing the issue of diversity in casting. He’s currently an assistant casting director alongside Tina D’Elia and Nina Henninger Casting.
With his passion for acting, Scott has worked with a variety of directors including Emmy winner John Jacobsen, Marc Lafia and Trevor Tillman. His most recent film Guitar Man had two sold-out screenings and won the Audience Award at the SF IndieFest. Catch him in the sci-fi short film, Beacon, coming soon. Scott is represented by Look Talent.
In his spare time, Scott engages his inner road-warrior and heads out to favorite places like Yosemite or Death Valley to work on his photography and writing. www.scottragle.com