Foundation Board and Staff


Nancy Richard

Mark Monk
Central States Region Representative

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson is the Executive Director of Northwest Community Television/CCX Media which began operations in the 1980’s. The system serves nine cities in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis with a combined population base of approximately 340,000 people. Mike reports to a 15 member board of directors and also serves as the Executive Director of the Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission made up of 18 commission members.

Mike served as a board member of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors and the Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators. Mike has previously served elective office as a city council member and school board member and has spoken numerous times about community media at local, regional and national conferences.

Volunteer commitments include traveling to Washington DC several times in the spring and fall each year to help out with the Honor Flight Organization which enables veterans from all over the country to visit memorials at no charge. Mike has assisted with water delivery teams and orphanage visits on site in the country of Haiti and volunteers for Feed my Starving Children, a non-profit organization which provides ready to eat meals to nearly 70 countries in need.

Barbara Chisholm
IEE Representative
Barbara Chisholm 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. 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.

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.


Ernesto Aquilar

Jo Ellen Kaiser

Sabrina Roach


         Mike Wassenaar          President & CEO

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