Tony Shawcross
Executive Director

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


  • having unbridled, authentic conversations and connections
  • making music
  • traveling
  • writing, and
  • making movies that expand our perspective

To bring about 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 to do as we wish being the requirement that we afford that same freedom to others. 


More infoTony 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.

Brian Hiatt
Senior Developer/Analyst

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


  • improving the systems around me
  • giving my son as many opportunities as I can

To bring about 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. Brian 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. Brian 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 


  • working for community-based organizations improving our society,
  • making media
  • trying new things and going new places and,
  • staying active and engaged
To bring about 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  


  • Giving my whole creative self to every design project
  • Raising my son in a loving and happy home
  • "Leaning in" to my career, and
  • Travelling
To bring about 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 chose what 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 non-profit 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, perceptiveness, non-judgementalness, creativity, pragmatism and empathy


  • 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 bring about a world in which: all humans and non-humans share absolute equity in a community that promotes happiness and well being. 


More infoLeo 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 


  • gathering with friends and family
  • playing the guitar
  • creating video
  • participating in theatre, and
  • creating art with the people in my life

To bring about 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 infoWith over 7 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


  • pausing before talking
  • creating adventurous ways to play with my family
  • laughing with others
  • making entertaining films and music, and
  • rediscovering the world with my son, using gentle guidance


To bring about 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 an individual or specific groups.

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


  • 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 bring about a world in which: communities come together with the purpose to work together, listen to others with an open mind, and respect everyone’s opinions in order to bring about positive change for everybody. A world which worries a little less about profits and a lot more about people.

More info: After receiving 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 post-graduate degree in accounting. Over the last six years, Ben has worked in several different settings as an accountant, and he was lucky enough to move to Denver three years ago to pursue his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Denver.

Ben is eager to join a dedicated team and Foundation that are both passionate about giving back to the community and spreading 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


  • Connecting with others
  • Communicating across mediums
  • Devoting my time to organizations that better my community
  • Trying new things
  • ‚ÄčWriting

To bring about 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, a Minneapolis native, is thrilled to begin 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, completing a thesis on the various ways modern mass media consumption contributes to political polarization. She is passionate about communications, media, and education, and is looking forward to serving the Denver community!

Hayley Adams
AmeriCorps VISTA

The purpose of my life is to:

Use my energy, creativity, and perseverance
Involving myself in my community
Challenging my ideologies and others
To bring about a world in which:
Positive change can be impacted on all levels of the Social Ecological Model from the individual through to the community level to create impacting policy level changes.
More info: Hayley has lived in several states though out the U.S. but recently found a home-base with the Open Media Foundation in Denver, CO. Hayley graduated with a degree in Public Health and Health Education from the University of South Florida. She is excited to come 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, friendliness, open-mindedness and compassion


  • meeting new people
  • making connections
  • encouraging participation
  • holding power accountable

To bring about a world in which government transparency is the norm where openness, accountability and honesty is commonplace between governments and their constituents.

More info: Originally from Chicago, Kaitlin found her way out West when she attended Colorado College as an undergrad, receiving 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 receive her Master’s degree in Media, Film & Journalism at the University of Denver. She is excited to join the OMF team after interning at the Colorado State Capitol during the 2015 legislative session. She hopes to grow the reach and impact of the Open Media Project for Government, saving taxpayers’ money and improving the accessibility of government meetings to constituents.

Courtney Steele
Account Director

The purpose of my life is to use my compassion, authenticity, list-making, and laughter


  • serving others
  • being present in the moment
  • helping organizations communicate better
  • not taking myself too seriously 

To bring about a world: in which everyone is empowered to unapologetically be themselves, where people are infected by a kindness epidemic, and a sense of support and community is felt by all. 

More info: As a Colorado native, Courtney is thrilled to help her community by enabling organizations to effectively and efficiently further 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
AmeriCorps VISTA

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


investing myself in the projects I commit to
engaging with others
being present

To bring about a world in which: 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, “Because Yes: A Woman’s Right to Voice” while studying at California State University Monterey Bay and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Humanities and Communication with a concentration in Creative Writing and Social Action.  Since then, she has obtained her Master of Arts degree at The New School in New York City for Media Studies. Nicole is currently enjoying a new adventure in Denver, Colorado at the Open Media Foundation as their AmeriCorps VISTA.


Shannon Altner
Office Manager

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


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 recently moved to Colorado and is thrilled to join the OMF team to help better serve the community and get peoples voices heard. WIth a passion in media and theater she graduated from the University of Florida with a Telecommunication Degree and has kept herself busy working and performing in New York since then. As well as 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, purposefulness, integrity


  • Creating intelligent websites/applications to save other’s time
  • Improving my mom’s English
  • Eating food from different cultures

To bring a world in which people have the right to be taught the truth in regard of the history.


Kelsey Mischke
AmeriCorps VISTA

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


  • demanding social justice
  • challenging social systems
  • running for miles
  • creating knowledge, and
  • honoring every individual’s story

To bring about 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.  Kelsey 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 will enjoy 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
  • adding emotion to the stories I tell
  • trying to think outside of the box
  • being receptive to the world around me
  • putting my all into every project I take on
  • revealing hidden truths
To bring about a world in which we think differently about the multitude of issues that we face and understand the connections that we all share. I want to craft stories that inspire others to come together and help shape a brighter future for our planet.

More Info: After receiving 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 for which he traveled 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 non-profits in his hometown of Portland, OR and also produced several news segments for National Geographic. Patrick is excited to be a member of a passionate, inspired team of filmmakers with whom he feels he can piece together powerful stories that foster positive change. 

Susannah McLeod
Nonprofit Video Production Manager

The purpose of my life is to use my creativity, lovingness, sense of adventure, open-mindedness, and loyalty


  • searching for new experiences
  • traveling
  • singing
  • sending packages and letters to people "just because," and
  • having open and honest conversations

To bring about a world in which: everyone is given equal opportunities, where creating art and traveling are encouraged and taking care of one another is required. A world in which love trumps all.


More infoSusannah is thrilled to be a member of the Video Production team after starting as an intern with OMF in 2012. Originally from Augusta, GA, Susannah holds a musical theatre degree from the University of Miami. After years of traveling and performing in plays and musicals around the country, she and her wife, Chloe, created a travel webseries called Sus & Chlo on the Go and filmed it in cities across America, eventually deciding on Denver as a home base. Susannah was drawn to OMF as a way to expand her video production experience while also giving back to the community. When not working or traveling, “Sus” can often be found running, biking, or hiking with Chloe & their adorable spaniel mix, Zaxby.