Jacqueline (Jackie) Heltz is a Vermont-born filmmaker proudly residing in Queens. She studied at McGill University before completing her graduate studies in Media Studies at The New School. Jackie is a video producer at EdLab where she works with a talented team to produce, film, and edit series surrounding inspirational educators and innovative approaches to learning. She is passionate about issue-driven docs and narratives; hoping her own work serves as a call to action and affects social and legislative change. Her directorial debut, "Lake Effect," explores the possible connection between neurotoxins in the water and the onset of sporadic cases of ALS. The short doc has aired on 5 PBS Stations and screened at 3 festivals as well as the VT State House. Jackie also serves as the media chair for the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter.