BELLINGHAM, WASH.CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival has elected two new members and treasurer to its Board of Directors. They are new board members Sati Mokherjee and Rochelle Robinson, and treasurer Shing Liau-Root.

Shing Liau-Root, CASCADIA’s new treasurer, joined the CASCADIA Board two years ago and has served on its Finance Committee. She moved to Boulder, CO from Taiwan in 1998 where she studied Dance Movement Therapy at Naropa University. After exploring how to help people maintain their emotional health, she refocused her direction to help both people and businesses achieve financial health. Shing currently is a CPA and working in a local company as an assistant controller. She and her husband, Manson Root, relocated to Bellingham in 2016. Both love movies and theater.


Rochelle Robinson is a screenwriter and co-owner of local female-led production company, Talking to Crows. Rochelle has been a resident of Bellingham for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Western Washington University (WWU), earning degrees in psychology and creative writing. Rochelle serves as founder and editor-at large for HamLit, a local literary magazine established in 2019 that features Pacific Northwest short fiction and poetry writers. By day, Rochelle is program coordinator with WWU’s Psychology Department.


Sati Mookherjee is the author of “Eye” and the award-winning “Ways of Being.” Her work appears in literary magazines and anthologies, and she is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of the Artist Trust / Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. Her collaborations with contemporary classical composers have been performed and recorded. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Sati founded, and for over a decade ran, Sendan Center, an interdisciplinary child adolescent mental & behavioral health clinic. She serves on the Whatcom Literacy Council board, and was formerly on the Corporate Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County, a founding board member of CommunityWise Bellingham, and former Board Chair of the Whatcom Community Foundation.

CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of women filmmakers, was formed in Bellingham, Washington, in 2015. The organization also works year-round to provide film production, exhibition, and distribution education. More information about CASCADIA may be found on their website at