Board of Directors
About the Board
The primary objective of the ACM Board of Directors is to guide and provide input to the strategic direction of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media (F/ACM), and to help grow ACM’s capacity to do its work through networking and participation in fundraising activities.
The ACM Board of Directors is made up of all comers who are Individual or Organization Members of the ACM. Board Members may not be a paid staff member of the ACM.
Board members are expected to participate actively in board and committee meetings, be faithful ambassadors and communicators of the organization’s positions, contribute meaningfully to helping the organization achieve its fund and leadership development goals, and exercise proper fiduciary care.
A 2017 Board Summary of Responsibilities document is available for more information about the work and expected commitment of the individuals who run the board.
Chair & Northwest Region Rep
|Jon Funfar is Communications Program Manager for the City of Pasco, Washington. He manages Pasco City Television, the City of Pasco website, City social media, and City print publications.
Jon graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. A native to Enumclaw, Washington, he became the city's Media Services Manager in 2000 where he was introduced to the ACM in 2001 by attending a regional conference in Salem, OR and heard Dirk Koning speak and has been active in the ACM since that time. He has as also served as President and Secretary of WATOA, the state chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).
Northeast Region Rep
|Keith Thibault has served as Director of Fall River (MA) Community Media (FRCMedia) since July of 2000. Keith has worked in the community media field since 1994, first serving as Director of the New Bedford (MA) Public Access Television Station. Keith earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Media from Fitchburg State University (MA) in 1987. Keith served on the board of Mass Access from 1997-2015 and was chair from 2000-2004. Keith has been a member of the board of the Northeast Region of the ACM since 2004, serving as chair from 2004-2008.|
Mary Van Sickle
|Mary Van Sickle has been the Executive Director of Dakota Media Access (DMA) since 2000. DMA is non-profit community media organization operating Community and Government Access Television channels, freetv.org, KDAK 102.5 FM radio, the Dakota Digital Film Festival, and the Community Media & Training Center in Bismarck, ND.
Mary has previous work experience in marketing, non-profit management, and economic development. She currently serves on the Advisory Committees for Mass Communications at Bismarck State College and the Art Marketing Department at United Tribes Technical College.
|Barbara has been involved in community media for over 25 years. She currently is the Executive Director of WACA TV.
She served on the original Board of Directors of WACA TV and held the position of Treasurer.
After several years, Barbara joined the staff of WACA TV as the Operations Manager, a position held for 10 years. During that time, she has overseen a number of major projects while increasing programming and community involvement and awareness. One of the most recent projects was overseeing the design and construction of a state of the art HD production facility.
Barbara is proud to be a member of the ACM because it is a wonderful support system for community media centers across the country large and small assisting stations both educationally and legislatively.
Chair of Regions & Western Region Rep
|Gary Martin is the Executive Director for Access Sacramento, the non-profit public access cable station in Sacramento, CA.
Access Sacramento is best known for providing low-cost training and equipment resources from its radio and TV studios and digital media lab over nearly 30 years. Martin served eight years on the Board of Directors for Access Sacramento before being named Executive Director in 2013.
Previously, Martin was a college professor in TV/Film for two decades at Sacramento’s Cosumnes River College where he also served on the national board for the Broadcast Education Association for four years. Martin is an Emmy® award winning TV news producer whose original roots began in radio.
Director & Central States Region Rep.
|Beth Romeo is the Programming Coordinator at Public Media Network in Kalamazoo, MI where she oversees all content submissions for telecast, and generates program schedules for PMN’s five channels along with helping producers with audio and video editing.
Beth Romeo started her media career in radio at the age of 16 at WKDS 89.9 FM in Kalamazoo, MI where she produced and hosted a weekly music program as part of a vocational program in high-school.
Aside from her career at PMN, she also holds vocational teaching authorization so she can substitute teach for the same high-school radio program she was once in years ago. Beth has a B.A. from Olivet College in Journalism and Mass Communication.
|Jim Horwood has been in private practice with Spiegel & McDiarmidover for over 40 years of practice specializing in energy and communications law.
Jim advises local governments on all aspects of telecommunications. This includes connections with cable franchise renewal, franchise enforcement, and municipal ownership and operation of infrastructure. He also provides advice to organizations that manage access centers and to others interested in promoting the use of public, educational and governmental access.
Jim has served on the ACM's Board as Special Appointee – Legal Affairs since 1990.
|Alan Bushong is the Executive Director for Capital Community Television (CCTV), a PEG access non-profit located in Salem, Oregon. He has served as ED for CCTV since its start-up in 1989. Prior to Salem, he worked 11 years at Austin Community Television.
Alan has served on ACM's Board for 18 years. While Board Chair, the Alliance overturned a federal law at the Supreme Court, only the 77th time in US history the court has taken such action. Alan received the Alliance Buske Leadership Award in 2000.
In Salem, he is President of Friends of Music, a group advocating for music and arts education in public schools. He also serves on the Salem-Kawagoe (Japan) and Salem-Gimhae (Korea) Sister City Boards.
|Lonni Moffet has been involved in the world of community media, public sector communications and local government regulation of cable television for over 30 years. She is currently a communications consultant with Moffet & Associates, assisting non-profit, government and campaign clients with strategic communications planning, technology upgrades and social media. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Community Media since 2011 and has served as the President of CAPATOA, the National Capital Regional Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors since 2000.|
|Tina LeGarde is the Community Television Operations Specialist at Burnsville Community Television where she creates a lasting public access facility and programming for Burnsville residents and non-profits.
Tina Wilson started her career at the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC) in 2004 and has been immersed in the world of public access television ever since. She has been a part of every area of access from master control to covering local events or helping in the studio to create eye catching, fun and interesting programs.
In her free time, Tina enjoys reading, walking her adorable dog Maddie, traveling and spending time with her seven nieces and nephews.
|Michelle Alimoradi is currently living in New York City and working as the Marketing Coordinator for Tightrope Media Systems, based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She is passionate about fortifying community media outlets, independent journalism, grassroots social movements, and creative new media projects. She has been an active participant in national media coalitions including the ACM and the Allied Media Project.
Previously Michelle worked as a freelance Radio/TV producer in Minneapolis/St. Paul for many years, working primarily with KFAI Radio in Minneapolis and St. Paul Neighborhood Network in St. Paul.