Tony Shawcross developed and launched the visionary model for community media that has evolved into the Open Media Foundation. Before founding Deproduction and Denver Open Media, Tony worked with Little Voice Productions, the Colorado State House of Representatives, the Pan African Arts Society and FreeSpeech TV, among others. Tony has presented over 100 media education courses with the Colorado Independent Media Center, Denver Community Television, the Alliance for Community Media and various local schools and universities. Tony graduated magna cum laude with a degree in marketing and business administration from the University of Colorado.
Denis Moynihan has over 15 years experience across all facets of the independent media sector, from creating and growing sustainable content production, developing novel distribution systems, and marketing. He co-founded the non-profit Democracy Now! Productions, Inc in 2002, collaborating in the development of that radio program (founded in 1996) into a high definition, globally broadcast cross-platform TV/radio news hour. He has extensive live television production experience, leading hundreds of broadcasts from across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Africa. In 2006, he was appointed to a 2-year term on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee, where he chaired the Media Ownership subcommittee.
Ronald Otsuka, the former Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, was with the Denver Art Museum from 1973 to 2014. He did his graduate studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and taught at Rutgers University, the University of Colorado/Denver, and the University of Denver. He was a board member of the Japan America Society of Colorado and an appointee to the Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council. In 2015, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold and Silver Rays for promoting goodwill between Japan and the United States.
Mark Walker is a 30+ veteran of media and education. Born in Wisconsin, his family moved to NorCal where he completed Junior High, High School and College (BA Journalism/Communication, Santa Clara University) then promptly moved to the Santa Cruz beach! A career in media moved him from Monterey, to Charlotte and eventually Denver where 18 years there make him an honorary native.
Mark’s business background spans engineering, operation, production, programming, marketing, sales and general management in radio, TV and Cable at the local, corporate and national network levels.
His love of life-long learning found him returning to school for a 21st-Century MBA (Arizona State University) and Mark has taught at the High School, Junior College and Non-profit Education levels for over ten years developing a passion for helping people find their inner spark, ignite that and push them forward to put their own inner passions to work in exciting careers.
After working for corporate television (MCA/Universal), radio (Viacom), and print (Belo), in 1994 Galatas joined the independent media movement. He founded theSeattle Independent Media Coalition, an alliance of 25 video, radio, web and print projects, and produced 48 episodes of Citizen Vagrom, a grassroots videoZine. Galatas came to Free Speech TV in 1998, and led the network's programming and production efforts for over 15 years. During Galatas' tenure, the network grew from delivering 4 hours of programming per week to 50 public access stations into a 24/7 satellite and cable operation reaching over 35 million U.S. households. He has executive produced over 100 hours of live broadcasts, including the first telecasts of Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. Galatas was also a co-founding organizer of the Seattle Independent Media Center during the “Battle of Seattle” World Trade Organization ministerial meetings. In spare time, Galatas writes and produces narrative work, including Fluffy, an award winning short film, and Drunk by Noon, honored by Denver’s Westword as the “Best Drinking Film of 2006.”
Since her Fundraising Internship with Deproduction/DOM in 2008, Cheryl has maintained her Unlimited Membership as a volunteer with the Development Department of the Open Media Foundation, DOM events, and studio productions. She continues to incorporate her professional and volunteer experience in Public Relations, Event Coordination, Fundraising, Theater, and Media Production.
Her interest in creating meaningful yet entertaining television and her belief in community involvement align with the organization’s mission “to put the power of the media and technology into the hands of the community.” Currently she is editing her first DOM broadcast. It will include some of the characters from her one-woman show, WE AIN’T MAD: WE GOT ISSUES!
This collection of monologues contains some work written at The Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and another for Literature & Writing in 1998. The compilation was her Capstone Project at the University of Denver in 2003 where she was awarded a Certificate in Creative Writing and her Master of Liberal Studies degree. In 2008, the entire piece was re-edited during her Jentel Arts - Writer’s Residency in the beautiful wide-open spaces of Wyoming.
Sam Fuqua's involvement with independent media goes back to 1990 when he was a community radio volunteer in Minneapolis. He moved to Colorado in 1991 to work as news director at KGNU. He created, produced and hosted a daily morning news program and started a multi-station cooperative to cover the Colorado legislature. He transitioned to KGNU Station Manager in 2007 and led successful efforts to triple the power of the station's FM signal and increase KGNU's visibility and service in metro Denver. He is now the Executive Director of Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-based literacy and arts nonprofit that uses comics-based lessons to help kids and young adults learn to enjoy reading and tap their inner creativity. Pop Culture Classroom produces the annual Denver Comic Con.
Sam is also an elected member of the Boulder Valley Board of Education, the governing body of a 30,000 student school district serving the southern half of Boulder County. His other interests include music and public libraries.
For more than 10 years, Angelia D. McGowan has worked in a variety of communications roles from community outreach coordinator for health awareness campaigns to publicist for arts organizations.
She has worked on traffic safety campaigns for the Colorado Department of Transportation, a drought-awareness campaign for Denver Water and a healthy-pregnancy campaign for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In April 2006, McGowan traveled to Durban, South Africa to present a poster on CDOT’s award-winning seatbelt program at the Safety 2006: International Prevention and Safety Promotion conference.
As a publicist, she has represented Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Denver Black Arts Festival and the Pan African Arts Society/Starz Denver Pan African Film Festival. She has also served as a freelance writer for community newspapers and as an editor and media relations director in higher education. In 2004, the Colorado Association of Black Journalists named her Public Relations Professional of the Year.
McGowan, who resides in Denver, is the publisher of Canady’s Corner, an online community news release service for nonprofit organizations.
A Denver native, Lisa Gedgaudas serves as the Program Administrator for Create Denver, a City initiated program under Denver Arts & Venues that seeks ways to strengthen the overall health and vitality of Denver’s creative sector. The Create Denver initiative showcases Denver’s talented and dynamic creative community, recognizes its role in making Denver vibrant and economically vital, catalyzes the sector to become a cohesive collective, and supports it by providing educational programming, inspirational dialogue and ideation.
Lisa’s current position with Create Denver helps to enhance Denver’s quality of life through cultural programming including the activation and programming of the newly renovated McNichols Civic Center Building, NxLevel for Creatives business development courses, the Create Denver Revolving Loan Fund for creative enterprises, art district development support, policy development, incubation, placemaking and advocacy. She serves on several committees including: MSCD’s Center for Innovation, Create Denver Advisory Committee (CDAC), Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Music Task Force, AIGA Colorado, Open Media Foundation and the Generation Schools Engagement Committee.
A Native Coloradan, Jared Petsche is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and minor studies in History, Religious Studies & Entrepreneurship. Since graduation he has worked in the film/media industry, state government and with the surrounding Denver communities’ many non-profits.
Most recently, after a two year stint in Colorado's legislature, Jared has been involved in many creative endeavors, beginning with launching of Colorado Creates, a bragging website of the Colorado Creative Industries, and helping the Santa Fe Arts District by highlighting local creative's and their positive cultural and economic impact in the Denver Metro Area.
Jared sits on two committees at Open Media Foundation, Public Relations and Grant Writing. Jared is also involved in many other media communities and serves on the Colorado Film & Video Association Board and their Communications Committee.