Chad A. Johnston, CEO
Chad brings more than a decade of community media leadership experience to the CreaTV, most recently as the Executive Director of the St. Paul Neighborhood Network in St. Paul, Minnesota. A video producer himself, Chad has worked throughout the United States and internationally as an independent journalist and community media leader. As Executive Director of the People’s Channel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he doubled the organization’s staff and annual budget. As a board member of the Alliance for Community Media, he advocated for strong federal policies in support of access centers. And, as alumni of Antioch College, he was part of the effort to relaunch the historic school after financial difficulties had forced its parent organization to close its doors.
Justin Cowgill, Chief Technology Officer
Justin loves working in Television and enjoys sharing his passion of TV with others. Prior to his tenure at Petaluma Community Access as Production Director, he served as Newscast Director / Chief Photographer at TV50. Justin started his life in media while in high school as a sound technician at his hometown church. He decided to get a degree in radio and audio recording; but that all changed when he took a video production class. At the beginning of the next semester, he dropped all his audio classes and dove into video. He loves technology and equipment and loves to talk to people about it.
Mickey Beese, Productions & Operations Manager
Mickey has worked in TV and film production for more than 20 years. She graduated with honors from Bournemouth University with a BA in Media Production and went on to the BBC, where she was trained in camera, lighting and sound for both studio and outside broadcast. Mickey worked initially for Granada Television and then as a Technical Operator for SKY, where she was trained in AVID & SteadiCAM. She was the Studio Manager for Channel M, and has worked all over the world as a Camera Operator and Production Manager. Prior to moving to California in 2013, Mickey was the Studio Manager at Pinewood Studios in England, where she was privileged to work with some of the world’s finest TV & Film production companies. Mickey has lectured in television production at the University of Manchester, University of Salford and University of Brighton and was a guest speaker for the Young Film Makers Forum. In addition to her position as CreaTV’s Operations Manager, Mickey is a freelance media professional.
Luis Costa, Programming Manager
Luis has been involved with community television for twelve years. Before joining CreaTV as Programming Manager, he was the Program Director at TV30 in Pleasanton and Media Specialist at KMVT15 in Mountain View.
Pam Kelly, Director of Membership and Marketing
Pam has lived and worked in San Jose since 1971. She was the Director of Marketing for the Camera Cinemas in San Jose for 16 years, leaving in 2000 to work for PRx Communication Strategists, one of Silicon Valley’s leading agencies, where she held the positions of Account Manager and Vice President of Client Services. Pam joined CreaTV as the Membership and Marketing Director in 2009. She is a board member for the San Jose Dublin Sister City Program and is an adviser for the Catholic Charities marketing group. She has been known to frequent dive bars and loves karaoke.
Alejandra V. Moreno, Volunteer & Training Coordinator
Alejandra’s deep appreciation for the power of video production was sparked when she created programs for a Bay Area-based research firm to promote public health and civic engagement. She applies this experience to her role at CreaTV, where she coordinates educational programs and organizes the efforts of dedicated volunteers and interns.
Developing her experience working as a staff member and volunteer for a variety of community-based and non-profit organizations that aimed to educate and uplift the underserved. From her work with labor and social justice organizations in Los Angeles to her extensive experience developing public health and sex education programs for adolescents and adults, Alejandra has a lengthy history of being strongly involved in improving community.
Alejandra earned her bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending concerts and cultural events, and traveling.
Emery Hudson, Engineer II
Emery is dedicated to telling stories. Starting as a script runner at seventeen, that passion has taken him to shoots in Havana, Cuba, rural Guatemala and Hawaii. He attended San Francisco State University’s Cinema Studies program specializing in Latin American documentary and received a Certificate of Language and Culture from the University of Buenos Aires. His films have been screened across the country, including Los Angeles where his team took ‘Best Political Documentary’ at the AOF Film Festival. From working as a young video journalist for KMPH-TV in Fresno, Emery has enjoyed nearly a decade in community media with several Bay Area media centers. His last position was as production coordinator for South Santa Clara County’s CMAP-TV where he earned Hometown and WAVE Awards. He currently helps produce nationally televised programming for PAC-12 Network, Netflix and other entities.
Adam MacEwen, Programming Assistant
Adam attended San Francisco State University where he received his B.A. in Radio and Television. During his time there, Adam interned at Pacifica Community Television. Upon graduation, he worked as a Production Assistant with KSBW Action News 8 in the Monterey Bay area. Adam’s glad to be back working for community television.
Karla Hodgson, Executive Assistant
Karla Hodgson graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a double major in English and Political Science. She worked in the Financial Services industry as a manager, risk consultant and auditor in the Santa Barbara area for more than 15 years before moving to Seattle, where she worked for a General Contractor and Developer as the Executive Administrator, Warranty Service Manager and Office Manager for more than 10 years. Karla is credentialed to teach at the community college level and through UC Extension in finance. Karla joined CreaTV in 2011 as Executive Assistant to CreaTV’s ED, Suzanne St. John-Crane. She is married and has grown twin sons. Karla says “I have good luck with cats and horses as pets and bad luck with dogs. Cats are easier to leave at home while I enjoy travel. I still have 87 countries to visit.”
Jocelyn Bringas, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Jocelyn graduated from San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, Television, and Film. Before joining CreaTV, she worked as a Freelance Production Assistant for KGO-ABC 7’s talk show “The View From The Bay” and as a Technical Support Representative for the digital transfer service YesVideo. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys watching dramas on Hulu and Netflix, writing blogs and stories, traveling, and going to concerts, especially Backstreet Boys!
Jason Riles, Access Facilitator and Production Crew
Jason started working in theatre as tech crew for the San Jose Stage Company. He started at CreaTV as an intern doing studio and field shoots. After putting in over 900 intern hours, he officially joined the staff as Access Facilitator. He is currently working on his Stage Technology and Liberal Arts degree and will be starting on a degree in Digital Media in 2015. In his spare time he loves to edit videos and play with different camera lenses. He also loves a great joke!
Gopher Gold, Crew
Gopher Gold has more than 35 years of experience in the entertainment business. He started out as a sax/flute/vocalist in the early 70′s with rock and jazz bands and later became an audio engineer designing and operating various studios in the Bay Area. In the past 10 years, Gopher has added video production to his skill set.
Frank Mariscal, Crew
Frank Mariscal has been actively involved in video production since 2001. Before joining CreaTV in 2007, Frank ran his own production company, which produced cable access TV shows and concert videos of national recording artists. Frank loves combining his two passions — video and community — in the work that he does for CreaTV.
Francisco del Rosario, Crew
Flax Glor, Crew
Kaitlan Beck, Government Meeting Crew Supervisor
Kaitlan developed her passion for broadcasting in high school when she became a member of the Radio and Television staff. Wanting to continue in the industry after graduation, she moved to Northern Kentucky and attended The Ohio Center for Broadcasting where she graduated at the top of her class. While interning at a cable access station, TBNK, she went from running camera to directing a weekly live show. Before graduating, she was asked to join the TBNK family and worked there for three years. Wanting to move to a bigger market, she decided to give Silicon Valley her best shot. She is now the Meeting Crew Supervisor here at CreaTV.
GOVERNMENT MEETING CREW
Janice Edwards, Staff Producer
Janice Edwards is a published writer, talk show host, executive producer and media consultant. She is the host and executive producer of “Bay Area Vista” and “Signature Silicon Valley” and is the President and CEO of Edwards Unlimited.
Janice’s notable interviews include Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Maddow, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, Gloria Steinem, Robin Williams, Ang Lee, Danny Glover, Dr. Cornel West and John Cena. Janice has also worked as a special projects producer and writer at KPIX-TV and an update anchor/writer/producer and reporter/photographer/editor at KRON-TV. Janice is a published co-author of the book “Quality Angles” featuring interviews with Kevin Costner, Robert Townsend, veteran news anchor Evan White and Lloyd Richards.
Janice’s awards include the 2009 Western Regional Communications Award from the American Heart Association, the 2008 Woman of Excellence for Advocacy (Woman of the Year Award) by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Silicon Valley chapter, the Caring Through Communication award from the American Cancer Society and the Bronze award from Junior Achievement. Additionally, she has received recognition from NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners–Silicon Valley, Healthy Silicon Valley, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2006, Janice was recognized as one of 101 Women Making A Difference in Our Community. 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area and the Bay Area Black Media Coalition have also honored Janice for her work. Janice is a member of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and of Friends of Faith, founded by KTVU’s Faith Fancher. Janice emcees or moderates over 40 community events each year. Support of those organizations is a critical part of her commitment and vision for community empowerment.
Viviana Leija-Sysak, Staff Producer
Viviana Leija-Sysak is a TV producer and visual artist born in Mexico City and currently living in the Bay Area. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). Her artistic work has been exposed in many venues, mostly in Mexico and USA. She has worked on the TV industry directing, producing, hosting, editing and animating shows and spots for several TV stations and production companies. In 2006 she directed and hosted “Mejora Tu Vida” a KPMR show in Spanish to bring fresh information to the Latino population at the Central Coast. In 2007, she edited the award winner documentary “The Shaken Tree” at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Later in 2008 she produced, edited and hosted “Non-Profit Spotlight” a series show dedicated to broadcast the best non-profit organizations in the area of Santa Barbara, CA. She has also worked as graphic designer for several clients, including the Metropolitan Transit District in Santa Barbara. Viviana is also an active member of the Sunnyvale Art Club and mother of two beautiful girls.
Ana Zavala, Staff Producer
Ana has been actively involved in film and video production since 2001, when she first picked up a boom mic for an indie film titled “Pins and Needles.” Since then, she’s worked on both sides of the camera, in a variety of roles, on everything from indie shorts, and feature films to reality TV shows. Ana previously worked for NBC Bay Area as production assistant and floor director; she was also the marketing associate at San Jose Rep, producing promotional video content for the theatre’s social media outlets. She received her BS in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production from the Art Institute – Silicon Valley in 2012. Outside of her work as Access Facilitator here at CreaTV, Ana is a volunteer script reader for Cinequest’s screenwriting competition and a freelance film & video producer.
Jennifer Busa, Media Production Specialist
Steve Kern, Media Production Specialist
Janice produces Bay Area Vista for Community Channel 15, which airs Sundays at 6:00pm and Signature Silicon Valley for Silicon Valley Channel 30, which airs Tuesdays at 7:00pm.