Board of Directors
CreaTV San Jose is led by a board of community volunteers. The board is made up of up to eighteen directors who are appointed by a majority of the board and seven directors designated by the following organizations:
- Higher Education Institution in San Jose
- City of San Jose
- League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara
- United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County
- Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits
- Silicon Valley Creates
If you are interested in learning more about our board of directors, please contact Vice Chair Demone Carter at demone.carter(at)creatvsj.org
CreaTV San Jose Board of Directors 2014/2015
Michael Elliott, Board Chair
Michael Elliott is the Associate Director of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, an organization that raises funds and public awareness in support of Silicon Valley’s largest and busiest hospital. In that role, he oversees all VMC Foundation programs, public relations and major events. He has worked in the nonprofit field for nearly 15 years, with stints at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley and Working Partnerships USA. Michael has served on the CreaTV Board of Directors since 2009, and chairs the Development Committee. A native of Santa Cruz, he lives in the Backesto Park neighborhood of San Jose with his wife Jessica and two daughters.
Demone Carter, Vice Chair
Hip Hop Emcee, Community Organizer, and Social Entrepreneur. These are some of the roles Demone Carter has played in Silicon Valley Arts and Education circles for the past 15 years. Performing under the name Dem One, he has released several albums. His latest musical endeavor “Audio Still Life” features collaborations with world-renowned Hip Hop artist Motion Man and cover art by acclaimed visual artist, Sam Rodriguez. Inspired by his love of Hip Hop culture and passion for working with youth, Demone co-founded Unity Care’s Hip Hop 360 after-school program. From 2004-2010, Hip Hop 360 provided more than 1000 youth with the opportunity to express themselves through the four elements of Hip Hop (djing,rapping, breakdance, urban art).Taking from his experiences with Hip Hop 360, Demone has started a new program called FutureArtsNow! The FutureArtsNow! Program seeks to fill the void left by vanishing school arts programming by giving local youth an outlet for expression. In addition to his work with FutureArtsNow!, Demone is consultant to the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza and a graduate of its Multi-Cultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI).
Kim Lawson, Secretary
Kim Lawson was part of the group that started the show “Outlook Video” in 1987. In 2001, he was elected its Executive Director. Over the years, the show has won numerous awards for excellence, from local, regional and national judging events. Recently, it won two awards from the WAVE judging for best “Community Event” and “Community News” categories. Kim was appointed to the San Jose Community Media Access Corporation (CreaTV) in 2007 and became the Board Secretary in 2008. His appointment was renewed in October 2008, and he continues to serve to this day.
Robert Binkley, Treasurer
Robert Binkley is the Director of Productivity Solutions for the Quality and New Products Group at Xilinx. A member of the Xilinx Corporate Community Engagement Committee, Robert is part of the team responsible for charitable contributions in the local community. Robert graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a minor in music. In 2012, he received a Masters degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University with a dual concentration in International Business and Leading Teams and Organizations. Along with his passion for family, technology, and a healthy environment, Robert brings to CreaTV a belief that better communication is the antidote to many problems faced by society today. Born in San Jose, Robert was raised in Saratoga and is now living in Almaden with his wife and 3 children.
Maribel brings years of industry and nonprofit experience to the CreaTV Board, acquired at Andonian Bauer and Holland Design Group, DNAX Research Institute (now Schering Plough Biopharma), and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Her strengths are in corporate and marketing communications, media relations, advertising, publication and website design, research and advocacy, having worked in the biotech industry as well as for Catholic Charities. A committed community volunteer, she has served in leadership positions on the Boards of several community nonprofits, including the California Institute of Medical Research and the Fremont Union High School District Foundation. She currently serves on the Boards of Bellarmine College Preparatory and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. She is a past member (and now an Emeritus member) of the Visiting Committee advisory council to the Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Michigan (1994-1998) and currently serves on the Board of its Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Maribel and her husband, Bob, reside in Cupertino, California. In her spare time she enjoys politics, international travel, literature, symphony and opera, photography, art history, bird watching, and scuba diving in the frigid waters of Monterey Bay.
Govind Balakrishnan is VP of Product Development at Adobe Systems, Inc., responsible for the Creative Cloud Ecosystem and Flash Platform. His current passion at Adobe is the “democratization of creativity,” and his focus, the enabling of creativity on mobile. Govind strongly believes in the numerous benefits that come from giving everyone an outlet for their creative energy and ideas.
With more than 20 years of experience in the software industry, Govind has had the opportunity to work on a variety of new and exciting initiatives with a broad range of people from various backgrounds and geographies.
He has built and led large cross-geo engineering organizations to successfully deliver complex software engineering projects and products with numerous internal and external dependencies and stakeholders. He enjoys mentoring, guiding and motivating people to help them realize and exceed their potential.
Prior to joining Adobe, Govind was an architect of Maya 3D, Autodesk’s Oscar award-winning 3D modeling and animation software. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and enjoys spending time with his family, running, reading, playing and watching sports and travel.
Ken Blackstone, APR
Ken Blackstone has served as the director of media and communications for the Santa Clara County Office of Education since November 2013. He has more than 20 years of experience in media, communications and public relations in the public education sector having worked for large school districts in South Carolina and in Northern Virginia, in the Washington D.C. area. Prior to that, he had five years of experience working in commercial TV news. Ken is member of the Class of 2015 of Leadership San Jose and also serves on the board of the California chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He holds a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University and earned additional credit hours at the University of South Carolina. He has held the professional certification Accredited in Public Relations (APR) since 2005. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Prince William, Va. (2008) and a 2011 graduate of Lead Virginia, a statewide leadership program. He served on the board of two other nonprofit agencies in South Carolina and Virginia and is a past president of the Chesapeake Chapter of NSPRA, representing Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and part of West Virginia. He has been a presenter at NSPRA’s national conference multiple times as well as at numerous other state and regional conferences and workshops.
Jen Coleman was appointed to the CreaTV San Jose Board of Directors in 2012. She has been an attorney for the past 12 years and currently practices in Hopkins & Carley’s San Jose office. She represents clients in complex and general intellectual property litigation cases, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret litigation. Jen also has extensive experience in banking and creditors’ rights, corporate transactions, and all phases of commercial and real estate finance and litigation. Prior to Hopkins & Carley, she was an attorney with Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell.
No stranger to community involvement, Jen is also a Board member of Alum Rock Counseling Center, which offers counseling, mentoring and life skills education to high-risk youth in Santa Clara County. Professionally, she is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Club. Jen served on the Social Events & Networking Committee from 2009-2011 and was Co-Chair of the Committee in 2011. During her tenure on the Committee, she co-founded The Crystal Ball, a charity event that benefitted the School-To-College mentoring program, which encourages Balboa High School students to attend college. The event also benefitted the San Francisco Law Academy, which is a program that encourages and inspires underprivileged high school students to explore a career in the legal profession.
Gerry De Young
Gerry De Young is one of the founding Board members and was the Board Chairperson during CreaTV’s formation and initial startup period. He is the president of Ruth and Going, a local Planning and Civil Engineering consulting firm. Gerry has lived in San Jose since 1973, but first came to the Valley of Hearts Delight in 1967 to attend University of Santa Clara. Over the years, he has served on over 15 Boards of local non-profit and community groups and has assumed the responsibility of the Board Chair/President on well over half of these organizations. He is currently a Board member of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, O’Conner Hospital Board, and the Lincoln High School Foundation Board. As a result of his involvement in many aspects of the community, he has come to appreciate the need for community organizations, cultural groups and social service providers to have the opportunity to extend their outreach efforts by having access to the resources that are provided by CreaTV San Jose.
Breanna Gilbert is a founding Board Member of CreaTV San Jose. She is Director of Marketing at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and a community activist and volunteer. Breanna was born and raised in San Jose and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She began her career in media, working for both Thomson and McGraw-Hill prior to joining Planned Parenthood. Breanna is a former co-host and interviewer for Outlook Video, which is produced in the CreaTV San Jose studios.
Stephen A. Goveia
A global leader with private equity and venture experience; twice been member of teams that developed business plans from concept to billion dollar enterprises; an expert at pre-acquisition due diligence and managing infrastructure transformation after mergers and acquisitions. Currently, Steve is the Global head of strategy for NCORD Healthcare LLC., an early stage medical records company.
Corporate officer and consultant on finance and human capital management to numerous Silicon Valley technology companies , and as Chief Executive Officer of Sybersay Communications, an early Bluetooth device and software company. Steve is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several start-ups including businesses in consulting, recycling, software and art services.
He currently is a Board Advisor to I-gate, an early stage incubator and The Buck Institute on Aging. Steve enjoys lecturing on leadership and entrepreneurship, and is an author of his own curriculum on entrepreneurship, The 86400 Program. His research interests include the study of the conative faculty of the mind – as a predictor of entrepreneurship skills. Steve is a former Captain in the Army and Reserves. Steve and his wife, Linda have been married twenty –eight years and have two daughters Laurel of Austin, Texas and Claire of Los Angles, California.
Steve earned an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He is California licensed CPA and a certified GPHR, a “global professional human resources”. He has conducted business in over seventy countries and has served on numerous technology company Boards including Panoptix, Sybersay Communications, EpicHR and Fruition Ventures.
Dr. Arthur L. Jue
Arthur Jue is an HR executive, author, professor, social entrepreneur, musician, and filmmaker. He has extensive senior leadership experience in companies such as Oracle, IBM, Hyperion, and Tectura. He has served on boards for Meriwest Credit Union, SJSU Business Alumni Network, Kiersey.com, BYU Management Society, International Leadership Association, Academy of Management MSR Group, CRANDL Productions, , Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Change at the Indian School of Business, Capella Business School, and the local council of the Boy Scouts of America among others. Arthur holds a doctor of management in organizational leadership, an MBA with emphasis in technology management, and a BS in marketing with a music minor. He has taught in graduate and doctoral programs for multiple universities and participated in executive programs at the London Business School, Harvard, and Oxford. A violinist, Arthur has performed for radio, TV, stage productions, and sound recordings, as well as with many symphonies, including as a soloist and concertmaster. He has been a missionary in New Zealand, is an Eagle Scout, enjoys art, collects rocks, and is a three-time CreaTV film awards finalist.
As the Director of Media Production and Delivery at San Jose State University, Chris Laxton oversees production projects, televised instruction facilities and cable and web delivery systems. In addition, he manages the installation and support of smart classroom technology for the University. Chris has over twenty years of video production and media management experience ranging from running a university TV studio to operating an independent production company. He has produced public relations, instructional, cultural and sports programming for a variety of clients and project managed numerous technology installations.
Brenda is the official representative for the League of Women Voters of San Jose-Santa Clara and has served as president of the League in past years among other offices. She helped to produce and moderate the League’s TV program “Left, Right & Center” which aired on cable access and KICU-TV several years ago. She is Ticket Manager for Symphony Silicon Valley and previously for the San Jose Symphony, for more than 30 years. Brenda believes strongly in the publics’ right to access information and that CreaTV San Jose is an important part of that effort.
Ross Braver, Ex-Officio
Viviana produces Latino Focus and Valley Politics for CreaTV's Silicon Valley Channel 30. Latino Focus airs Thursdays at 7:00pm and Valley Politics Wednesdays at 8:00pm.