Hanelle M. Culpepper directed “Vaulting Ambition,” episode 12 of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season. A native of Alabama, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics and French from Lake Forest College in suburban Chicago. For graduate studies, she earned a Master’s degree at USC’s Annenberg School and, while at USC, worked behind the scenes on multiple student film projects in positions ranging from production assistant to producer. In addition to Discovery, Culpepper’s credits as a director include such series, features and telemovies as Deadly Sibling Rivalry, 90210, Criminal Minds, Revenge, Grimm, Castle, Mistresses, The Originals, The Flash and Gotham.