Executive Committee

Tanya Ishikawa*, President




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.

Cheryl Zeeb*, Vice President




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.

Rebecca Askew, Secretary




Rebecca A. Askew is CEO/Managing Member of Circuit Media, LLC, a print and web-based media company focusing on the legal and governmental industries. Ms. Askew’s primary responsibilities include day-to-day management of the company, business development, and corporate strategy.  Ms. Askew also serves as publisher of Circuit Media’s weekly legal publication, Law Week Colorado.  Before founding Circuit Media, Ms. Askew was General Counsel of RealLegal, a legal software and technology company.

Ms. Askew’s legal career spans over 25 years, with expertise in technology and corporate law. She has been an instructor in both law school and post-graduate paralegal programs with specialties in Ethics, Legal Research and Writing, and Legal Technology.  Ms. Askew has authored numerous white papers and articles on topics such as electronic signature technology, technology in the courtroom and Internet privacy and security.  She earned a BA from the University of Iowa and a JD from the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law.

Angelia D. McGowan, 




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.




Members at Large

Joey Del Hierro


    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.

Michael Hancock


Michael Hancock is a business executive and entrepreneur with a passion for creating results. At his core, he is a creative. With over 25 years of being a business visionary and building high performing teams, Michael's background includes being an accomplished musician, computer scientist, and a core marketing and business management specialist. Michael served in leadership and management roles across research and development and business management teams in key business units at AT&T, Lucent, Avaya, and Glenayre Technologies.

Since retiring in 2001, Michael continues to consult and volunteer on a limited basis in the areas of technology, general business, and arts and entertainment with a variety of US based companies and non-profits.

Jared Petsche

Jared Petsche  

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


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.

Andrew Unthank


Andrew Unthank is a litigation attorney with the local firm of Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP, and focuses his national practice on complex consumer and commercial issues. Beyond his professional pursuits, Andrew is an active member in the legal and non-profit community, having helped the firm win the annual Legal Aid Foundation associates' fundraising campaign in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and by mentoring first-year law students through the Lawyering Process program at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law.

Andrew joined the OMF Board in 2012 with the goal of applying his fundraising skills to further the OMF's mission of making media available to all.


* DOM Member Representatives

In 2006, the Open Media Foundation Board of Directors made a commitment to include at least two Denver Open Media member representatives at all times. While other Board Members may be members of DOM as well, two will always be designated as member representatives, and are available to other DOM members to help ensure that their needs are addressed by the Board. We are currently seeking one more producer to fill one of these seats.


Share your skills with the Board

The board meets quarterly in January, April, July and October, and meetings are open to the public. Each board member also meets monthly with one board committee: Development, Finance, Inclusiveness, and P.R. & Marketing. For information on attending meetings or joining the board, please contact Tanya Ishikawa at 303-284-6762 or 


Board Meeting Dates and Locations:

Notice of regular, special and annual meetings will be sent to Board Members and posted at at least 7 days prior to the day such a meeting is to be held.

 2014 OMF Board Meetings will be held in the Conference Room upstairs at 700 Kalamath St from 6-8 p.m. on the following dates:

-Monday, February 24
-Monday, April 21
-Monday, July 21
-Monday, October 20
Special Meetings in 2014: Visioning, Jan. 2 & 3; Inclusiveness Training, Jan. 10; Strategic Planning, Jan. 20.