Board of Directors
CreaTV San Jose is led by a board of community volunteers. The board is made up of up to seventeen directors who are appointed by a majority of the board and seven directors designated by the following organizations:
- Santa Clara County Office of Education
- 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 Breanna Gilbert at breanna.gilbert(at)creatvsj.org
CreaTV San Jose Board of Directors 2018
Kim Lawson, Board Chair
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.
Breanna Gilbert, Vice Chair
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.
Jen Coleman, Secretary
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.
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.
Tanuja Bahal is a seasoned non-profit leader with more than two decades of experience in non-profit leadership, strategy, program management and marketing in corporate and non-profit environments. Currently working on strategic projects for Silicon Valley Creates, she is passionate about community building through creative endeavors. In her past role as Executive Director of the India Community Center, she was instrumental in growing the organization and leading it on a path to sustainability. Tanuja also serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte as Treasurer, the India Community Center and the 1947 Partition Archives.
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.
Sunny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is certified in a wide range of management assessment and development tools including the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks, The Leadership Architect, Lominger/Korn Ferry Executive Development processes, MBTI, Strength Deployment Inventory and many others.
Sunny recently retired, as Corp. V.P. of Talent Management, after nearly 20 years with CBIZ, Inc. Her prior experience includes Partner-in Charge, Organizational Development with Shilling & Kenyon/SK Consulting; 11 years as a principal of Claggett Associates, an executive management and organizational development consulting firm. In addition, Sunny is the founding Director Community Leadership San Jose, a leadership development program of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. Prior to moving to California, she was Vice President of Sartain & CO, a business consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas. Sunny recently formed a sole practice consulting firm, California Leadership Strategies, wherein she provides leadership and executive development services to a limited clientele.
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.
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.
Ms. Jeannine Flores is the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Coordinator at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Jeannine has been in education for twenty years and is an alum of California State University, Long Beach and Concordia University, Irvine. Ms. Flores background is in music education and her outstanding experience brings great energy and support to schools. Her role as VAPA coordinator includes content support and advocacy for all the arts including dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts. Jeannine is also the A in the STEAM Team at SCCOE where her passion for arts integration across curriculums shines. Jeannine was named teacher of the year in 2005, has received grants from Disney, Mr. Holland Opus, and has performed professionally. In addition, she has worked for Disney, the Henry Mancini Institute, and CSU, Long Beach.
Jeannine recently move to Silicon Valley from Southern California where she was born and raised. She is enjoying the weather, people, and her work in Northern California. Ms. Flores has recently been named as a board member to the American Beethoven Society and a member of the leadership council for CREATE CA, the statewide arts education coalition.
Gloria Chun Hoo
Gloria Chun Hoo is a newly-elected member of the CreaTV San Jose Board. She is the past president and current member of the board of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of San Jose and Santa Clara, and also serves as First Vice President of the LWV California Board, and is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, she worked in PR and marketing in Boston, and produced/hosted a public affairs program on the local CBS affiliate, before moving in 1987 to San Jose. She was VP marketing for The Tech Museum of Innovation, museum director of the Campbell Historical Museum, and marketing director of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii. She has served on the National Board of the YWCA of the US as well as on the local San Jose YWCA board, and served as a planning commissioner with the City of San Jose, among other volunteer nonprofit activities. For the League of Women Voters, she is part of the team that produces “Insights and Perspectives” on CreaTV San Jose.
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.
Ross Braver, Ex-Officio
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