Jill grew up on Long Island (East Meadow), NY. She has written 16 original scripts and 7 more as a writer-for-hire. Two of her screenplays were produced: Rigged, starring George Kennedy, was adapted from a murder mystery by James Hadley Chase. It was shot in Galveston, Texas by CineStar Productions. "Socrates" was produced as a PBS pilot for The Immortals series and stars Ed Asner. Jill also wrote additional dialogue for Crown Pictures, Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold.
She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Broadcasting and Film. Jill was the Public Access TV Coordinator for the largest cable company in Los Angeles where she produced and directed dozens of diverse programs.
Jill has lived and traveled extensively around the world and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian. She worked at Fox Studios for one year and was Assistant to the Vice-President of Creative Affairs at Paramount Studios where she covered scripts as a story analyst.
For 25 years, Jill worked as a Script Supervisor on award-winning feature, television and commercial productions on locations all over the world, with major actors and directors. Click here to visit her other website.
She has published a number of articles. Jill also wrote a PSA, brochures, and other business materials for companies. She won First Prize (a Writers Retreat at the Woodhull Institute near San Francisco) for an essay published by Sadie Magazine.
In 1996, Jill founded the nonprofit organization Create Now, which helps at-risk and high-risk youth find their voices through arts mentoring and education. For 20 years, Create Now has served around 40,000 of the most vulnerable kids in Southern California through programs in music, visual arts, writing, digital media, fashion, performing arts, culinary arts and cultural journeys.
Jill was one of eight Americans chosen to be included in the permanent exhibition "Everyday Heroes" at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. She was also one of the first four Americans selected by the British Council to go on a Global Xchange to South Africa and Northern Ireland with 25 other leaders from six countries.
Jill has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN's Anderson Cooper, 360°, KTLA's "Heroes at Home," KNBC-News and Fox11 News.
Jill has published three books: Mentor Youth Now: A Guidebook for Transforming Young Lives is based on her 20 years of experience working with at-risk youth, Adventures with the Ancient Crystal Skulls is the fascinating memoir of Joky van Dieten, and Dolphin Healing is a children's chapter book, illustrated by Valerie Woelk. These books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in e-book editions such as Kindle.