Chad A. Johnston, CEO
Chad Johnston has been working at the intersection of media and social justice since the late 90’s. He has led nonprofit Community Media Centers since 2004 in North Carolina and Minnesota, and in late 2016 moved to San Jose to take the CEO position at CreaTV. He has a passion for managing and shifting organizational cultures, and believes in challenging traditional nonprofit models. He has a double BA from Antioch College in Theater and Media Arts and a passion for community organizing. As a board member of the Alliance for Community Media and member of the Media Action Grassroots Network, he has advocated for policies in support of community media and media justice. An occasional 35mm photographer and lover of all things in the kitchen, he feels at home when surrounded by plants and radical left political art.
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, Director of Production
Mickey has worked in TV and film production for over 25 years. She graduated with honors from Bournemouth University and went on to the BBC, where she was trained in camera, lighting and sound. 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 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 at CreaTV Mickey has her own Production Company & is a freelance media professional.
Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw, CFRE, Director of Fund Development & Engagement
Donalda received a Bachelor of Science in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has worked for more than 20 years for nonprofits in Colorado, Nevada, and California in the sectors of higher education, health, parks and recreation, libraries and literacy, environment and science education, and public television. Donalda is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Her professional career experience includes work in almost every aspect of fundraising—from database and volunteer management to grant writing, major donors, fund development, corporate and community partnerships, direct mail, and planned giving. She’s a “people person” who deeply values the relationships that she builds through fundraising.
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.
Fernando Perez, Community Media Manager
Before applying to be the next community media manager Fernando was the Video Coordinator for Silicon Valley De-Bug, a storytelling, community organizing, and advocacy organization in San José, California. Fernando is a creative, passionate community organizer who believes that experience is the ultimate authority. He graduated from San José State University with a background in Television Radio Film and Theater production. He was a longtime public access television producer and local college radio disc jockey. He helped produce several shows that aired on Channel 15 and CreaTV: It’s On television, Whats Crackin TV, Union Rocker TV and Debug TV. He is also one of the cofounders of Sonido Clash established in 2009, a collective that produces events focused on the Latinx sound diaspora in San José.
James Harris, Community Media Specialist
James is a mentor and educator with a heart of gold! His passion is bringing different communities together to creatively tell stories. As a media maker and member of the LGBTQ+ community, he strongly believes that media is a powerful tool for sharing experiences and healing. James is also energized by creating opportunities for youth to use media to tell their own stories. He has experience developing and teaching all sorts of classes and programs, and is always thinking of new ways to engage everyone. In his spare time, James enjoys playing video games, trying new food, and watching horror movies!
Vanessa Palafox, Community Media Specialist
Vanessa, a San Jose native, discovered her passion for community media at a young age. She started operating camera equipment as a youth volunteer through RACO for Rohi Christian Church. She volunteered to fulfill recording and audio needs for church services and other community events. Vanessaserved as an intern with Breathe Life Radio, which focuses on emerging artists in the East Bay, and INDtv in Milpitas, which concentrates on News, Entertainment and Programing from South East Asia. In the last few years, she has worked with various churches, community organizations and nonprofits, in San Jose, as a freelance photojournalist. Today, she continues to volunteer in San Jose by organizing community events, and coaching and mentoring youth. As part of the CreaTV San Jose team, Vanessa utilizes her experience in civic engagement, community media, and storytelling.
Emily Parent, Community Media Specialist
Emily is a young and ambitious community media advocate, media educator, and film equipment expert. She’s been operating and caring for video and audio gear since her Junior year of college, when she was appointed to oversee the care, inventory, and circulation of Emory University’s film equipment library. Since then she’s been involved with community media access stations on both sides of the country, beginning at Cambridge Community Television in Massachusetts and then moving to San Jose to continue her work as an educator and equipment keeper with CreaTV. In her free time, Emily enjoys yoga, camping, and encouraging strangers to convert to a vegetarian diet.
Jocelyn Bringas, Content and Tech Strategist
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, Staff Producer
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. After several years learning the ropes as Production Crew in Studio and on location Jason now holds the position of Staff Producer delivering projects for clients such as PG&E and Norcal Public Media. Jason also produces CreaTV’s political show Valley Politics, and in his spare time, loves to edit videos, play around with different camera lenses, and fly his drone. Jason is a passionate advocate of community media & loves a good joke!
Miranda Moore, Marketing/Design Coordinator
Miranda graduated from San Jose State earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts with a Minor in Radio, Television, and Film. She worked as a Front Desk Admin Assistant at CreaTV for a little over a year. Having always been an artistic person she jumped at the opportunity to apply for the Marketing and Design Coordinator position. She has already learned so much and hopes to continue growing each day. In her spare time, Miranda likes to watch scary movies, do arts and crafts, and go to Disneyland!
Shawna Khorasani, Front Desk Administrative Assistant
Shawna graduated from both San Francisco State University and De Anza College with English Literature degrees, and shortly after discovered the world of film and arts. Over the course of her film career, she has created and produced her own independent LGBTQ+ literary webseries and directed a few short films. Having worked in both the retail industry and the film world, Shawna is very excited to be in a new environment such as CreaTV. She is already learning a lot about how nonprofits work and what it takes to run an organization. She loves indie films, Netflix shows, burritos, and new music (in no particular order).
Linda Franks, Accountant/Bookkeeper
Linda is a graduate of UCLA and a Certified Public Accountant. Over her career she has worked as an accountant with entities of all types and sizes, both for-profit and non-profit. Since volunteering with the American Red Cross as a teenager, she has served as a volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations, including Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and many others. A resident of San Jose for over 20 years, she is honored to be a member of CreaTV’s staff and to help in its mission to the greater San Jose community.
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.
Ana Zavala, Crew
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.
Frank Mariscal, Crew
Jordan Berns, Crew
Francisco del Rosario, Crew
Kaitlan Zizzo, 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
Jennifer Sitter, Media Production Specialist
Steve Kern, Media Production Specialist
Dan produces Phobophobia for Community Channel 15, which airs Saturdays at Midnight