Staff

  • Chad Johnston

    CEO

    Chad.Johnston@creatvsj.org

    Chad 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.

  • Breanna Gilbert

    Interim Chief Operating Officer

    Breanna.Gilbert@creatvsj.org

    Breanna Gilbert has extensive nonprofit experience, having served in leadership roles at organizations including Planned Parenthood and KQED. Prior to joining CreaTV as Interim Chief Operating Officer, she was a founding Board Member and served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Board of Directors during her tenure. She is a former co-host and interviewer for Outlook Video, an award-winning LGBTQ+ television show recorded at CreaTV, and has a BA from UC Berkeley in English and Mass Communications. In her spare time, she loves to garden, spend time with family, and pursue her artistic interests including painting and photography.

  • Justin Cowgill

    Chief Technology Officer

    Justin.Cowgill@creatvsj.org

    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.

  • Donalda Watson-Walkinshaw

    Director of Fund Development & Engagement

    Donalda@creatvsj.org

    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.

  • Jocelyn Bringas

    Content and Tech Strategist

    Jocelyn.Bringas@creatvsj.org

    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.Riles@creatvsj.org

    Jason started working in theater 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!

  • Malcolm Halcrombe

    Community Media Specialist

    Malcolm "Lee" Halcrombe began his career producing beats for friends in High School. Upon entering college at San Jose State, he was linked up with Silicon Valley Debug where he would begin learning the art of video and photojournalism. Since then, he has remained a staple in the community running local recording studios and developing and teaching curriculum for youth programs throughout the South Bay. In his spare time, Malcolm is also an African drummer, music producer & engineer, as well as a Capoeira Instructor.

  • Francesca Enzler

    Community Media Specialist

    Francesca was born in the Central Valley of California and graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Film and Digital Media. Their short films have been screened at underground film festivals in the US and Canada. In addition to their film work, they have been involved in various community organizations and mutual aid projects. They love plants, languages, food, star gazing, community gardens, public parks, and are passionate about all things related to community access. 

  • Miranda Moore

    Marketing and Design Coordinator

    Miranda.Moore@creatvsj.org

    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!

  • Linda Franks

    Controller

    Linda.Franks@creatvsj.org

    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

    Technical Director

    Gopher.Gold@creatvsj.org

    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.

  • Shawna Khorasani

    Front Desk Administrative Assistant

    Shawna.Khorasani@creatvsj.org

    Shawna is an award-winning independent filmmaker in the Bay Area who enjoys burritos, TV shows, and positive LGBTQ+ media representation (in no particular order). She graduated with two English Literature degrees and soon after fell in love with the film world. Shawna was also Volunteer Website Editor for Lesflicks, a global film database company for the LBTQ+ community. She is passionate about diversity and inclusive representation in her work, and is incredibly grateful to help make a difference in the community at CreaTV.

  • Kaitlan Zizzo

    Government Meeting Crew Supervisor

    Kaitlan.Zizzo@creatvsj.org

    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.

 

Francisco del Rosario - Crew
francisco.delrosario@creatvsj.org

Jennifer Sitter - Media Production Specialist
jennifer.sitter@creatvsj.org
 

Russell Cordell - Government Meeting Crew
Gary Dugas - Government Meeting Crew
Ryan Mulligan - Government Meeting Crew
Rigel Brooks - Government Meeting Crew