Staff

  • Chad Johnston

    Chief Executive Officer

    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

    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.

  • Marc Martinez

    Engineering Manager

    Marc.Martinez@creatvsj.org

    Marc Martinez started his broadcast/media career at a small UHF station in Southern California. There he learned how to switch manually on a Grass Valley production switcher, run master control, load tape machines,  then later a Sony BetaCart, when that station installed automation software. Marc also learned tape playback, studio and field camera, audio, video control, and ENG truck protocol. He took that skillset to KCAL, the CBS  owned independent in the duopoly, and developed those skills at a higher level. He eventually moved to Northern California, and has worked at all the network affiliates (KPIX, KGO, KRON, and for the bulk of his career, KTVU).

    During his tenure at KTVU, he also became the station liaison for the California Employee Training Program (ETP), that ran in conjunction with BAVC, where employees could learn new or develop further current skills in video and media production. Marc became a program services editor and producer, and that eventually led to him producing a full length documentary he completed in 2021. His film has been accepted in 7 film festivals, winning three, and being selected as a finalist in a fourth.

    Marc and his wife have two kids--Matthew, who attended Santa Barbara City College, and completed SBCC’s Film Capstone program, and Mallory, who is in high school, and has shown great talent as an illustrator. They reside in San Ramon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Francesca Enzler

    Education & Community Manager

    Francesca.Enzler@creatvsj.org

    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. 

  • Ato Walker

    Facility Engagement Manager

    Ato.Walker@creatvsj.org

    Ato has more than 30 years of experience working with non-profit organizations including City Year, Public Allies, Third Street Community Center, EAH housing, Silicon Valley DeBug, NATHA, and LifeMoves. He is also a humorist, producer, and content creator with San Jose Improv, The Caravan Lounge Comedy Show, & San Jose Foos. He loves art, talking to interesting people, making a positive impact in our community, and connecting everyone to amazing resources like Open San José and CreaTV.

  • Tom Cohen

    Creative Services Manager

    Tom.Cohen@creatvsj.org

    Tom is a multiple Emmy Award-winning Showrunner, Executive Producer, Series Developer, Writer, Producer and Director. He was the EP and Showrunner of the long-running series Cash Cab on Discovery Channel; he was nominated for 6 and won 3 Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on the series. After Cash Cab he went on to create and serve as Executive Producer of three seasons of the documentary series Bandit Patrol for Nat Geo Wild. In addition to his TV projects, Tom has produced and directed dozens of short films for non-profits, foundations, organizations, and brands over the past 10 years, including a wide range of animal welfare organizations, healthcare clients, advocacy groups, start-ups, tech companies, and more. Tom is a huge hockey fan, a published author, an amateur wildlife photographer, and he lives in Pacific Grove, CA with his wife, dog, cat, and son Quinn. 

  • Kaitlan Zizzo

    Gov. Meeting Crew Supervisor & Programming Coordinator

    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 Government Meeting Crew Supervisor and Programming Coordinator here at CreaTV.

  • Jocelyn Bringas

    Programming & Content Distribution Coordinator

    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!

  • 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.

  • Malcolm Halcrombe

    Community Media Specialist

    Malcolm.Halcrombe@creatvsj.org

    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.

  • Jennifer Sitter

    Media Production Specialist

    Jennifer.Sitter@creatvsj.org

    Jennifer received a BA in communications from Santa Clara University, specializing in video production. She has worked on all aspects of a variety of productions, including directing live MMA and boxing shows, San Francisco 49er games, and San Jose Sharks video board graphics. 

    Photography is her passion. She loves to capture people honestly and beautifully. Making people feel comfortable in front of the camera is one of her many skills. Over the last 10 years, Jennifer has turned her production company towards portrait photography, where she learned how to master lighting. She loves to teach and share the knowledge she's gained over the many years and productions she's worked on. Jennifer has an 8 year old son who is her world and keeps her on her toes. She learns new things every day!

  • Holly Garcia

    Production Crew

    Holly.Garcia@creatvsj.org

    Holly graduated San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-Television-Film. She found her love for film in a 9th grade media class and landed her first production job just after high school. She has been creating ever since and loves all art. When she’s not busy creating content for brands and her own social media channels, she dances with Spartan Spectrum at SJSU games and events. She’s a huge Friends fan (a self-proclaimed Chandler Bing) and loves her cat, Meister, more than anything. She takes him on walks to the park every evening, and every morning she drinks her coffee out of a mug that says “I work hard so my cat can have a better life”. 🐾

  • Francisco del Rosario

    Production Crew

    Francisco.delrosario@creatvsj.org

    With over 20 years in the television broadcast industry, Francisco has enjoyed the various events he has covered. His humble beginnings started at KICU in 1997 as a camera operator for the in-studio productions for the station. In 1999, Francisco started a new venture as a news photographer in San Luis Obispo. After attending an Oakland Raiders game, he decided to focus on sports production. In 2002, he started working with CBS and Fox Sports productions as a utility for NFL broadcasts in San Francisco and Oakland. His experiences have led to working Super Bowl 50, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks Stanley Cup Finals, Pebble Beach golf tournaments, Oakland Athletics games, and interviewing President Bill Clinton. His favorite time of work was in October 2010. Francisco worked the entire run of the San Francisco Giants playoffs leading to the World Series title.

    When away from the camera, Francisco loves exploring foreign lands, cooking, and collecting vinyl records.

  • Richard Daniels

    Meeting Crew

    Richard.Daniels@creatvsj.org

    Richard started his Public Access television career working with the City of Pinole. During that time, he was also going to Diablo Valley College to receive his AA in Music Industry Studies. After a brief stint with AVT and the Santa Clara County of Education, Richard was employed with CreaTV as well as The Town Of Windsor as an AV Technician. In his spare time, he works as a Music Producer and books live shows with an organization called Today's Future Sound, based out of Oakland, California. 

  • Rigel Brooks

    Meeting Crew

    Rigel.Brooks@creatvsj.org

  • Russell Cordell

    Meeting Crew

    Russell.Cordell@creatvsj.org

  • Gary Dugas

    Meeting Crew

    Gary.Dugas@creatvsj.org