CreaTV Staff

Suzanne St. John-Crane, CEO

Suzanne St. John-Crane

Suzanne has worked in community television for more than twenty years as a producer, manager and advocate. She earned her Masters in Non-Profit Arts Administration at San Francisco State, where she fell in love with storytelling through video. Suzanne began her career as Operations Manager at Pacifica Community Television, and moved on to be Assistant Director of Community Television of Santa Cruz County. After nearly seven years of running a four-channel community television station for Gilroy, Suzanne decided to move on to CreaTV San Jose in 2008, opening the long anticipated media center for San Jose. Suzanne is the recipient of over a dozen regional and national awards for programs she has produced, and was honored to be named one of Silicon Valley’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012 by the Business Journal. Suzanne has served on both the Regional and National Boards of the Alliance for Community Media. She was recently appointed to the Downtown San Jose Rotary Board. Suzanne lives with her husband and two daughters in San Jose, and regularly indulges her passion of singing in Pearl Alley, her blues band.


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.


Justin Cowgill, Chief Technology Officer

Justin CowgillJustin 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.


Luis Costa, Programming Manager

Luis CostaLuis 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 KellyPam 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.


Valéria Miranda, Development Coordinator

Valeria MirandaSince 1992, Valéria has worked with arts organizations in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area in the areas of strategic planning and sustainable practices, fundraising, professional coaching, group facilitation, management, marketing, audience development & cultural diversity, arts education curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as exhibition development and interpretation. She is passionate about the power of the arts and culture to change individuals, communities, and society.

Valéria was the Director of Education at the San Jose Museum of Art and at the Monterey Museum of Art. Her desire to see nonprofits perform at high, sustainable levels led her to pursue a Master in Business Administration, with a focus in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Valéria teaches graduate art and museum education and designs online courses at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Valéria is a dancer, an avid urban homesteader, and spends lots of time in art spaces in the Bay Area and in the beaches and woods of Santa Cruz County with her spunky son and many friends.


Ryan Kapowich, Engineer 1

Ryan started working in TV production at a young age. He worked his way up from Camera to Floor Director and then to Technical Director. Ryan was also CreaTV’s Access Facilitator, until his 2012 promotion to Volunteer and Training Coordinator. In April of 2014, Ryan joined CreaTV’s engineering department.



Mitch Hyare, Engineer 1

Mitch HyareMitch’s passion in life was always music. He has been in the music scene since the age of 16 and held a world title for percussion. Mitch traveled the world recording and performing with many artists. After watching engineers work their magic in the studio, he decided to earn a Bachelors of Applied Science in Sound Arts and continuing to work as a recording engineer meeting people from all different fields. Everything changed when Mitch came across the world of broadcasting. He served as a digital media operator at Technicolor, working directly with the leading Hollywood studios. Mitch’s passion for broadcasting and the technical insight to what happens in studios continues to grow as he pursues broadcasting audio and video engineering. He loves cartoons, traveling and good music. He continues to perform ethnic percussion around the world and engage in community work.


Adam MacEwen, Programming Assistant

Adam-MacEwenAdam 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 HodgsonKarla 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

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!


Ana Zavala, Access Facilitator

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.


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 MariscalFrank 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

Flax Glor






Kaitlan Beck, Government Meeting Crew Supervisor

Kaitlan BeckKaitlan 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.


Ben Collisson
Russell Cordell
Danielle Knuckey
Alexander Levy
Lisbet Perez
Jennifer Busa
Felisha White


Janice Edwards

Janice EdwardsJanice 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.


Mike Pierce

Mike PierceMike Pierce is a professional Producer, Director/Cameraman and Editor, with over 25 years of Bay Area production experience. He is an award winning news cameraman and teacher with a passion for visual story telling. His breadth of experience includes television, independent film, documentaries and corporate productions. As a cameraman, Pierce’s list of television credits includes “Monk”, “Nash Bridges”, “60 Minutes” and he has worked on the original episodes of “Cops” and “American Detective”. Mike is also an Emmy award-winning editor as well as NPPA Cameraman of the Year. As a Producer, Mike has worked on dozens of documentaries, promotional and corporate videos and educational films.


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.


Emery Hudson, Media Production Specialist

Emery HudsonEmery 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.

Winter Spring 2015 Class Schedule