Staff

  • Chad Johnston

    CEO

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Jason Riles

    Staff Producer

    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!

  • Miranda Moore

    Marketing and 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Linda Franks

    Controller

    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 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 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.

  • Scoob

    Hound Engineer

    The original Hound from the Pound, Scoob has been with CreaTV for 7 years. Following a successful career in Britain hosting dogs with jobs, on BBC 3, she crossed the pond looking for new opportunities and enjoys belly rubs and treats from the CreaTV community.

 

Francisco del Rosario - Crew
francisco.delrosario(at)creatvsj.org

Jennifer Sitter - Media Production Specialist
jennifer.sitter(at)creatvsj.org
 

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