About Us

Combining backgrounds in documentary filmmaking, network 
news, research, corporate media (and centuries solving
 cryptograms and riddles!), Diva has all the pieces to solve your communication puzzles.

Debra Gonsher Vinik, Ph.D.
Debra Emmy

Producer-Director-Writer
debra@divacommunications.com
Dr. Debra Gonsher Vinik founded Diva Communications in 1985. She has produced and written nineteen documentaries of which eight have been nominated for Emmy awards and four have won the honors for Best Religious Programming: And The Gates Opened (2007), The Eternal Light (2008), Yearning To Belong (2009) and Divine Prescription: Stories of Faith, Health and Community (2013). Her films have been screened all around the country, with her most recent project Every Word Has Power:The Poerty of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (2015)  will be showing at the Washington Jewish Music Festival in May 2016, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award.
In addition, Dr. Gonsher Vinik is a Professor and Chairperson of the Communication Arts and Sciences Department at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. She began her career as a producer of Bravo Magazine and was head of production for both CBS/Fox Video and Scanline Video. Her book The Community College Guide was published by BenBella Press. In the last few years, Dr. Gonsher Vinik has concentrated on interfaith documentaries highlighting social justice issues. Debra is also the acting secretary/treasurer for the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission of New York City.
Her latest documentary Beauty of Their Dreams focuses on spiritual communities and individuals motivated by faith to help all girls have the chance to learn, while exploring why religious institutions so often neglect this pressing need. Filming for this topic has taken place in New York, Boston, and Haiti, and most recently Rwanda and Uganda.
Dr. Gonsher Vinik has also expanded into short form videos for the Internet and mobile apps. Her webseries Wisdom of the Holidays applies the lessons of the Jewish holidays in ways that are universal to all faiths. The sequel, Wisdom of the Prayers,  ensures that people of all faiths have a bank of prayers as a tool for their connection to a higher power. She also runs the website Mincha Moment, which is devoted to the daily practice of gratitude. The list of things Debra is grateful for is HUGE, but some of the inventory includes: cats, malted milk balls, painless dentists, fresh sheets, strong lungs, pedicures, running, begonias, old friends, and good health, to name a few.

David Vinik
David camera

David has over 25 years experience in television. He started his career as an apprentice film editor, eventually moving to directing/shooting and editing his company’s broadcast documentaries, editing news and public affairs programs, creating short films for non-profits and producing fundraising videos for universities.
Shooting in Mbale, Uganda, David and Debra took their cameras, to reveal the stories of The Abayudaya, in a remote hilltop village outside of Mbale, Uganda. Over a 10-day period, David followed 5 rabbis on their official trip to convert the community to Judaism.
Over the years, he has edited an endless range of programs, at first, with an online interformat editing system until today with his Avid Media Composers. With 17 broadcast documentaries, 4 Emmy awards, and 19 years editing the weekly PBS series Out Of Ireland under his belt, David also shoots and edits for the Voice of America, and edits for CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

Rebecca Anne Tello

Social Media and Operations Manager
rebecca@divacommunications.com
Rebecca has long had an interest in both entertainment and social activism. Having worked as Director of “The Help Network”, an emerging program for the New York disabled and elderly, to self producing her own video content, to assisting Lynda Obst with development projects at Lynda Obst Productions/ Sony Studios Rebecca has a broad range of skills that enable her with business development.  Rebecca attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a B.F.A. in Drama, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship for leaderships and academic excellence.  Rebecca is also a singer-songwriter; www.annetello.com

Barbara Weber-Floyd, MS

Barbara Weber-Floyd has over 25 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. A graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Ms. Weber-Floyd’s journalism career has included: magazine reporting; field producing at CBS News in New York; segment producing for the national PBS business program, Adam Smith’s Money World; outreach and website writing for the PBS documentary, The Mystery of Love. She has been the researcher/editor for many non-fiction authors, such as Dr. Robin Stern Project Rebirth and Michael Takiff A Complicated Man, as well as several novelists.