Member Services

Making Your Life Easier

By becoming a member of IATSE you made a decision to work as a professional in the film & television industry, and as a professional you demand benefits to protect your family’s health and to provide for your retirement years. Local 479 recognizes the challenges that our busy members face throughout the year and have provided a dedicated staff and this web resource to ensure that you can find the information you need to help you make the right decisons for you and your family, at any time of the day or night.

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Member Services Team

Millicent Pedersen


Millicent is usually the person you'll reach first when you visit or call the office - she also handles all of Local 479’s daily data entry and is an integral part of the compliance team.

Lajuana Scott

Membership Administrator

Lajuana Scott is dedicated to overseeing your local’s membership records. She processes new members, transfer members, and assists people seeking withdrawals. Lajuana prides herself on her commitment to help members and potential members smoothly navigate the application process. She is available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Lauralynn Walsh

Benefits Coordinator

Lauralynn Walsh provides highly-customized assistance with managing benefits, tailored to your unique circumstances. She routinely helps members negotiate a wide variety of complex rules, regulations and legal requirements, including: qualified child support orders, divorce decree/settlement, 401K Rollovers, assistance with administering pensions and annuities, healthcare paperwork issues, and requirements by the National Benefits Office. Lauralynn is also a certified Notary Public.

Cari Watkins

Asst. Office Manager

As Assistant Office Manager, Cari handles a variety of duties and is capable of answering most of the questions or concerns you may have. Cari specifically deals with member reinstatements, audit billing, and processing the 3% work dues assessment checks that come from the payroll companies of shows in production.

Brittany Martin-Bryant

Accounts Receivable

Brittany joined the Local 479 staff in October of 2015, and has been instrumental in the process of simplifying and expediting payments, and the sending of membership cards and quarterly dues stamps. In addition to taking payments of new member fees and current member charges, Brittany assists the Local 479 office with collecting monies owed from non-members and members of other IA locals.

Member Dashboard



One of the most useful online tools available to our members is the Member Dashboard, a centralized, individually password-protected repository of information covering your work history as a member of Local 479, from specific production details, to your personal account status and payment history.

Upon logging in you will be able to find links to proprietary information about current shows in production, access to specific contracts, and benefit information, as well as Local 479’s E-Board and General Membership meeting minutes.

Clicking the “My Account” button will take you to your personal profile where you can access useful tax-related information, including:

  • dates and amounts of your 3% assessments and dues fees, with records dating back as far as 2008 for some members.
  • your contact information
  • your standing with Local 479
  • your account balance
  • your initiation date

Member Media Center

The Member Media Center provides members with computer workstations (Mac and PC) stocked with local & national industry trade magazines (like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter), and features large wall-mounted computer displays listing the latest television and feature film projects currently in production. All workstations are internet connected and can print to a high-quality laser printer. The Member Media Center is a great temporary workspace where you can update and print your resume, conduct online job research, and view videos from previous training classes. This workspace is also available at no charge to members needing access to wi-fi and/or computers and printers for personal use.

Use of Local 479 Facility

Certain rooms of Local 479’s building may be rented by members in good standing for private purposes, like weddings, receptions, parties, and meetings, as long as there is no conflict with existing events. The rental cost depends on the nature and scale of your event, and includes the use of the commercial kitchen. Contact the Local and ask to speak to the office manager for more information.

Member Fitness Center

Many of our members get their workouts by lifting equipment and pushing dollies 12 hours a day, but what happens when you’re between shows and feeling a little flabby? As an additional benefit to our members in good standing, the local has created a fitness center within our office building that is available 24 HOURS, 7 DAYS A WEEK for your use.

The Local 479 Fitness Center offers treadmills, ellipticals, and a StairMaster for a varied cardio workout, a fixed weight stack multi-use machine, as well as a dedicated area for stretching and yoga, which includes mats, balls and other equipment, two 24” televisions with cable access and DVD players, men’s and women’s restrooms/changing rooms with showers, a mini fridge, and filtered drinking water.

Substance Abuse Recovery Program


Do You Need Help?

If you have realized that you need help for issues that you cannot overcome on your own we want you to know that you are not the only person facing these problems, and that help is available!


There is Good News! There Is a Solution!

The contact information provided here can be your first step in addressing the issues that you have had no success in dealing with on your own. The people you will be talking to have “been there and done that.” – You will be in good hands.

If it is determined that you need in-house treatment, the IATSE health care does provide up to a 30 day hospital stay! You must have coverage through Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield for in-house treatment. If you have a different policy, please check with them to see if they will cover in-house treatment for substance abuse.

Please contact me directly if you need guidance as to the best facility for the issue you are dealing with.

I am here to help you! Your privacy is my first concern.

You will be protected.

Billy Deacon,

Director of Local 479 Substance Abuse Recovery Program – (678) 777-6204

Alcoholics Anonymous (

Central Office 24/7 (404) 525-3178

Narcotics Anonymous (

Midtown Atlanta (404) 795-0355

South Atlanta (404) 447-4957

East Atlanta (678) 405-0840

North Atlanta (678) 405-0825

Gamblers Anonymous (

Georgia Hotline (404) 237-7281

Marietta/Douglasville (404) 641-5327

Celebrate Recovery (

(Faith-based recovery)

Overeaters Anonymous (

The Robert Vazquez Scholarship

In 2014 the Executive Board of IATSE Local 479 announced The Robert Vazquez Scholarship, which may be awarded to a member, a member’s spouse, son, daughter, grandchild or any child for which the member is deemed the legal guardian. The scholarship is $1000.00 per year, for up to four consecutive years. The annual application period will be from January 1 through March 31.

Past recipients:

2015 – Essy Alberti, daughter of member Fabrice Alberti

2014 – Nicholas Olson, son of member Sara Olson