Staff
Tony Shawcross
Executive Director

The purpose of my life is to use my joy for living, empathic spirit, and sharp, open mind

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Having unbridled, authentic conversations and connections

Making music

Traveling

Writing

Making movies that expand our perspective

To create a world in which people care for one another, ensuring all of us are free to focus on building the future we want, with the only limitation on our freedom being the requirement that we afford that same freedom to others. 

 

More info:  Tony developed and launched the visionary model for community media that has evolved into the Open Media Foundation.  Before founding the precursor to OMF called Deproduction, as well as OMF's project 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.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Brian Hiatt
Senior Developer/Analyst

The purpose of my life is to focus my energy on positive, measurable change

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Improving the systems around me

Giving my son as many opportunities as I can

To create a world in which it is easier for more people to lead productive, fulfilling lives.

 

More info:  Brian focuses on developing applications, websites and business metric systems for Open Media Foundation's nonprofit & government clients. He has been programming in multiple languages since 2000. After graduating from CU Boulder in 2006 Brian co-founded Civic Pixel, a web development firm dedicated to working with nonprofits and small businesses dedicated to positive change. In 2008, Civic Pixel merged with the Open Media Foundation, becoming the web development arm of the nonprofit organization. He loves his 3 year old son, wife and numbers.

Ann Theis
Station Director

The purpose of my life is to use my hard-working nature, dedication, preparedness, goofiness and adventurousness 

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Working for community-based organizations that improve our society

Making media

Trying new things and going new places

Staying active and engaged

To create a world in which people embrace and accept one another; where people don't starve while others throw away food; where every person is given equal opportunity and it doesn't matter where or to whom you are born; where people don't resort to violence to solve problems; where technology and resources are used to enhance all life: plant, animal and human; and where we strive for deeper understanding for each other and all things in the universe.

 

More Info:  Ann has been working with the Open Media Foundation's online user-driven tools since they were first created for Denver Open Media. She has been involved with organizing and presenting at numerous conferences on the subject of community media, technology and the Open Media Project. She started her community media career at Manhattan Neighborhood Network as a Production Assistant and became the Director of Production and Education, managing a staff of twelve and a million-dollar budget. Youth Media has been a passion of hers and she has mentored many youth both at MNN and at DOM over the last ten years. She graduated from Antioch College, with a degree in communications and cultural anthropology. Ann has also served on the ACM Western Region and National Boards.

Sharee Hiatt
Senior Designer

The purpose of my life is to use my creativity, kindness, passion, good parenting and motivation  

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Giving my whole creative self to every design project

Raising my son in a loving and happy home

Leaning in to my career

Traveling

To create a world in which everyone has equal rights and access to food, shelter, education, healthcare and safety.  It is a world where each person can choose the passions they want to pursue.
 

 

More Info:  Sharee manages all design needs for the Open Media Foundation as the Creative Lead for the Web & IT department.  Since 2006, she has designed over 100 websites for nonprofit clients.  Sharee has experience from working at design firms serving local, national and international clients designing logos, print, environmental and web materials.

Leo Kacenjar
Senior Developer

The purpose of my life is to use my thoughtfulness, perceptivity, nonjudgmental nature, creativity, pragmatism and empathy

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Taking a walk or bike ride

Challenging myself to learn or create something new

Making and drinking beer

Teaching or explaining something new, and

Playing board and video games with friends

To create a world in which all humans and nonhumans share absolute equity in a community that promotes happiness and well-being. 

 

More info:  Leo is a web developer who was introduced to the Open Media Foundation through running the University of Denver's Digital Media Outreach Center.  He spent a year learning all about Drupal and OMF, then was excited to stay on. Leo's interests lie in bridging digital media, art, and environment.  His current project is the Digital Garden on Leetsdale.

Brandon Stiller
Director of Community Productions

The purpose of my life is to use my loyalty, quietude, analytical cynicism, caring and passion 

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Gathering with friends and family

Playing the guitar

Creating video

Participating in theatre

Creating art with the people in my life

To create a world in which relationships take priority; where the only thing distracting us from that priority is our passions which provide for us, strengthen our bonds and further our understanding of ourselves and others.  This is a world where people succeed because they want to not because they have to. It's a world with less violence and economic strife.  It's a compassionate, culture-driven world.

 

More info:  With over seven years in the industry, Brandon's background in production has been focused primarily on inspirational and industrial segments in addition to live event coverage.  He looks forward each day to telling the stories of organizations that are truly making a difference.  Brandon is constantly humbled to be a part of an organization composed of great people who are collectively working towards real and lasting change.

John Aden
Media Education Coordinator
 
The purpose of my life is to use my easy-going nature, sense of humor, creativity, thoughtfulness and empathy
 
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Pausing before talking

Creating adventurous ways to play with my family

Laughing with others

Making entertaining films and music

Rediscovering the world with my son, using gentle guidance

 

To create a world in which people are working together for the common welfare of humans and the planet, separated from self-seeking and selfish motives that serve only an individual or specific group.

Ben Boone
Finance/HR Manager

The purpose of my life is to use my passionate spirit, sense of humor, loyalty, empathy, curiosity and business background

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Connecting with others on a personal level

Exploring new cultures, countries, and unmarked trails

Dedicating my time to foundations that bring about positive change

Stretching myself and others around me on a daily basis

Not sweating the small stuff

To create a world in which communities come together to bring about positive change for everybody by working cooperatively, listening to one another with an open mind and with respect to everyone’s opinion; a world that worries a little less about profits and a lot more about people.

 

More info:  After earning his degree in History with a minor in Business from Texas A&M University, Ben began working as a high school educator in the Greater Houston area.  During his fulfilling time as a teacher, he continued his personal education with a postgraduate degree in Accounting.  Over the last six years he has worked in several settings as an accountant, and was lucky enough to move to Colorado to pursue his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Denver.  Ben loves being part of a dedicated, passionate team and an organization that gives back to the community and spreads the word of positive change.

Ginger Harris
AmeriCorps VISTA

The purpose of my life is to use my analytical mind, empathy, curiosity and sense of humor

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Connecting with others

Communicating across mediums

Devoting my time to organizations that better my community

Trying new things

‚ÄčWriting

To create a world in which all voices are valued; everyone has access to equal opportunities; and people approach others with kindness, compassion, and empathy.

 

More Info:  Ginger Harris is a Minneapolis native and is thrilled to be on her journey as an Americorps Vista at OMF.  She is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied English Literature and Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering and Society.  She completed a thesis on the various ways modern, mass media consumption contributes to political polarization.  She is passionate about communications, media, and education and enjoys serving the Denver community!

Hayley Adams
AmeriCorps VISTA

The purpose of my life is to use my energy, creativity and perseverance

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Exercising

Getting involved in my community

Challenging my and other's ideologies

To create a world in which positive change can be made on all levels of the Social Ecological Model from the individual to the community, creating impactful policy changes.
 
 
More info:  Hayley has lived in several states thoughout the U.S. but has recently found a home in Denver with the Open Media Foundation.  She graduated with a degree in Public Health and Health Education from the University of South Florida.  She is excited to be on board as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and cannot wait to see what the next year has in store. 
Kaitlin Kunkler
OMP Account Executive

The purpose of my life is to use my creativity, friendly personality, open-mindedness and compassion

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Meeting new people

Making connections

Encouraging participation

Holding power accountable

To create a world in which government transparency is the norm; where governments take accountability and are open and honest with their constituents.  

 

More info:  Originally from Chicago, Kaitlin found her way out west when she attended Colorado College as an undergraduate, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Film Studies.  After graduating in 2010, she moved to Aspen to pursue her passion for government transparency while working for Grassroots TV broadcasting, live government meetings for Pitkin County, City of Aspen and Town of Snowmass Village.  After a few years in the mountains, she moved to Denver to complete her Master’s Degree in Media, Film & Journalism at the University of Denver.  She joined the OMF team after interning at the Colorado State Capitol during the 2015 legislative session.  She is excited about growing the reach and impact of the Open Media Project for Government, saving taxpayers’ money and improving the accessibility of government meetings to constituents.

 
Alex Silver
Executive/Administrative Assistant

The purpose of my life is to use my flexibility, sense of adventure and open mind 

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Immersing myself in new cultures 

Never taking things personally 

Living outside my comfort zone

To create a world in which societies lose their ethnocentrism and instead promote success for those who are hungry for opportunity, not just for those who can afford it. 

 

More Info:  Alex relocated to Denver after working on the winning campaign for the first female Governor of Rhode Island.  He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Business Administration and Spanish Literature.  His background is in community organizing and government.  He has a passion for adventure and cultural immersion, which has led him to countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.  His hobbies include studying language, juggling and climbing. 

Courtney Steele
Account Director

The purpose of my life is to use my compassion, authenticity, talent for making lists and laughter

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Serving others

Being in the moment

Helping organizations communicate better

Not taking myself too seriously 

To create a world in which everyone is empowered to be unapologetically themselves, where people are infected by an epidemic of kindness, and all feel a sense of support and community.

 

More info:  As a Colorado native, Courtney is thrilled to help her community by enabling organizations to effectively and efficiently develop their voice.  After graduating with a B.A. in Advertising from Southern Methodist University, Courtney gained experience at an advertising agency serving a national CPG brand.  She is always ready to foster lasting relationships, answer questions, provide great service and ensure everyone has a positive experience with OMF. 

Nicole Marquez
Project Manager of Community Services

The purpose of my life is to use my creativity, humor and compassion

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Investing myself in the projects to which I commit

Engaging with others

Being present

Telling stories

To create a world in which society values the representation of all voices and encourages dialogue between them.

 

More Info:  Nicole Marquez is a storyteller, producer and loves to laugh.  She developed a series of poems and short stories for her capstone project, “Because Yes: A Woman’s Right to Voice” while studying at the California State University Monterey Bay.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Humanities and Communication, with a concentration in Creative Writing and Social Action.  Since then she has earned her Master of Arts degree at The New School in New York City for Media Studies.  Nicole is enjoying her current adventure in Denver at OMF.

Shannon Altner
Office Manager

The purpose of my life is to use my playful spirit, determination, integrity, aesthetic eye and compassion

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Exploring nature and culture

Staying active and engaged

Performing art that creates empathy

Enjoying the now

Facilitating dance parties

To create a world in which sustainability and happiness are paramount; where people are empowered by their community to be who they are; and we are all given the resources and opportunities to live our passions.


 
More info:  Shannon moved to Colorado from New York City and is thrilled to be on the OMF team to better serve the community and get people's voices heard.  With a passion for media and theater, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Telecommunications Degree.  Since then she has kept herself busy working and performing in NYC.  In addition to staying socially conscious and active, Shannon enjoys making music with friends, meeting new people, traveling and surprising herself. 

Jiang Zhan
Junior Web Developer

The purpose of my life is to use my perseverance, deep sense of purpose and integrity

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Creating intelligent websites and applications to save other’s time

Improving my mom’s English

Eating food from different cultures

To create a world in which people have the right to be taught the truth in regards to history.

Kelsey Mischke
AmeriCorps VISTA

The purpose of my life is to use my perseverance, dedication, contemplative nature, sociological imagination and compassion

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Demanding social justice

Challenging social systems

Running for miles

Creating knowledge

Honoring every individual’s story

To create a world that is truly created by all, for all and representative of all.  I envision a world where all identities and cultures are honored; where humans continuously strive to respect, support, uplift, and empower one another; and a world that works together in harmony rather than in conflict.


More Info:  A new member of the Denver community, Kelsey Mischke is eager to serve the people and organizations of Denver as an AmeriCorps VISTA at OMF.  She is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU), graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Sociology and a certificate in Nonprofit Management.  During her four years at MNSU, Kelsey found her passion for critical sociology, gender studies, feminism, and research, and published three scholarly research articles including “A Critical Analysis of Media Images Depicting the New Athletic Body Ideal and One Woman's Experience with Them,” “The Muscular Female Athlete:  Negotiating Conflicting Identities and Bodies," and “Race and Punishment: Demographic Disparities and Patterns in the Blue Earth County Court System.”  Following her year of service, Kelsey plans on continuing her degree in sociology, focusing on race, class, and gender inequality.  In the meantime, she is enjoying all of the running, hiking, art, music, stories, and adventure Colorado has to offer!

Patrick Gilmore
Chief Editor
 
The purpose of my life is to use my heart, creativity, inspiration, motivation and impact
 
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Evoking the emotion in the stories I tell
 
Thinking outside of the box

Being receptive to the world around me

Putting my all into every project

Revealing hidden truths

To create a world in which we think differently about the multitude of issues that we face and understand the connections we all share.  I want to craft stories that inspire others to come together, shaping a brighter future for our planet.

More Info:  After completing his degree in film television from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Patrick began working as a videographer and editor with Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic.  This position took him on travels around the world from the Galápagos Islands to Antarctica.  After three years with the company, Patrick shifted his focus to creating powerful, mission videos for local nonprofits in his hometown of Portland, OR.  He also produced several news segments for National Geographic during this time.  Here at OMF, Patrick is excited to be a member of a passionate, inspired team of filmmakers with whom he can create powerful stories that foster positive change in the world.