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 retired from the staff in 2013 and now works as an independent public media producer/consultant.
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.
Tanya is an award-winning, freelance journalist and editor, based in Federal Heights, Colorado. She is regularly published in various Denver metro area magazines, newspapers, newsletters and websites.
An aspiring screenwriter, Tanya's desire to produce films and documentaries led her to join Denver Open Media, where she has taken several classes and uses the editing equipment, studios and field equipment. She produced and edited a monthly TV show, In the Loop: Colorado Filmmaking for 13 episodes in one year. She continues to participate in film activities with Colorado Actors and Screenwriters Assembly, Colorado Film and Video Association and other local film groups.
She served on the Federal Heights City Council and the Denver Foundation Communications and Marketing Committee. She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Colorado Press Association. She has lived in Japan and enjoys traveling with her husband and son to visit native and traditional cultures.
Ronald Y. Otsuka, Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, has been with the Denver Art Museum since 1973. He studied Asian art as an undergraduate student at International Christian University, Tokyo, and University of California, Santa Barbara. He did his graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where he participated in a museum training program coordinated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to teaching Asian art at Rutgers University and the University of Colorado, he is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver. Otsuka has lectured at museums and universities, participated as a speaker and discussant at symposia, written exhibition catalogues, published articles and reviews for Asian art periodicals, and developed special issues on the Denver Art Museum for Orientations and Arts of Asia. Otsuka organized and administered more than sixty-five Asian art exhibitions for the Denver Art Museum, Colorado State University, and Japan Pavilion (Epcot Center). He is the recipient of research grants from the Asian Cultural Council, Bunkacho (Agency of Cultural Affairs, Japan), and National Endowment for the Arts. Otsuka has traveled throughout Asia and is a regular participant of the Workshop for Korean-Art Curators, sponsored by the Korea Foundation. He served as a trustee of the William and Alice Hosokawa Fellowship Program, a board member of the Japan America Society of Colorado, and an appointee on the Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council (Colorado). In July 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan awarded him a Foreign Minister's Commendation for his outstanding contributions to promoting mutual understanding and goodwill between Japan and the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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. As Secretary of the OMF Board of Directors and member of the Development Committee 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.
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.”
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.
Joe is a television producer with several television series including many shows at the MTV family of networks. Joe served as Vice President of Development with WALDEN MEDIA where he was the production executive on the feature The Chronicles of Narnia. Previously, Joe spent 8 years as Vice President of Development with DISNEY/ABC. There he supervised many movies including television adaptions of musicals South Pacific and the Music Man.
Joe started his own production shingle, JoeyD Productions and served as Executive Producer of THE ARRANGEMENT, and TRANSAMERICANLOVE STORY , in conjunction with World of Wonder Productions for MTV’s LOGO Network. Previously under his banner, OH REALLY PRODUCTIONS, along with Rosie O’Donnell, Joe was Executive Producer of THE BIG GAY SKETCH SHOW, a ½ hour sketch comedy also on the LOGO network for three seasons. His first project was “The Ride: 7 Days to End Aids,” in association with Stone and Company.
Joe started his career as an intern at ABC after completing his M.B.A. at the Harvard Business School. He also has a B.A. from Stanford University.
After almost 25 years in Los Angeles, Joe now currently resides in Denver where he grew up the ninth of 10 children.