Board of Directors and Staff

2016-2017 OFFICERS

Jon Funfar
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).
Keith Thibault
Chair-Elect &
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.
Nancy Richard
Donna Liu
Donna Liu is currently Director, New Media Services at TelVue Corporation, a broadcast technology company that supports public, educational and government television access stations. She also has experience with hyperlocal news sites, educational video consortia, and a long career in news production at CNN.
Barbara Chisholm
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.
Gary Martin
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.

2016-2017 DIRECTORS

Mary Van Sickle
Midwest Region Representative
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,, 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.

Beth Romeo
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
Legal Council
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
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

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.
Donna Keating
Dan Coughlin
Tina Wilson
Tina Wilson 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
Diversity Seat
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.


Mike Wassenaar
Mike Wassenaar is President & CEO of the Alliance for Community Media, the organization which supports, promotes and defends Public, Educational and Government Access television in the United States. He regularly leads seminars and lectures on community-based media organizations throughout the United States, and has made presentations before Congress, the FCC and other national and regional media organizations.

Mike served 13 years as Executive Director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, a community media center in Saint Paul, MN. During that time, he worked as lead partner in the Community Technology Empowerment Project, an AmeriCorps program promoting digital literacy in the Twin Cities.

Mike has worked in community television and community and public radio for over thirty years in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He got his start in radio working in a youth media program as a high school student in Minneapolis. He produced news and public affairs and entertainment programs with community volunteers at KFAI Minneapolis and WORT Madison, and was a reporter and radio host with Wisconsin Public Radio.
Melissa Place
Chief Operating Officer
Katie Benson
Conference Manager
Angie Newgren
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Clair Steil
Membership Coordinator