The CMAC Board of Directors is composed of a diverse group of local leaders representing a cross-section of community interests. The board is made up of 6 directors who are elected by the membership, 3 directors who are appointed, and 6 directors who are designated by the following organizations: Fresno County Office of Education, Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, Fresno Building Healthy Communities, City of Fresno, City of Clovis, and ValleyPBS.
• Gary W. Johnson, Chair
• Missy Mckai Cartier, Vice Chair
• Matt Hackney, Secretary
• Parvin Malek, Treasurer
• Stephanie Babb
• Jan M. Biggs
• Anita Fernandez
• Kevin Hamilton
• Andy Haussler
• Garry Kennedy
• Elizabeth Laval
• Michael Lawrence
• Mark Standriff
• Paul Starcevich
• Jes Therkelsen
Gary W. Johnson was born in Fresno and is a graduate of Fresno City College and Fresno State University. He retired as a Senior Analyst from Fresno County after 31 years. When possible he volunteers at CMAC several days each week. One of his greatest joys is working and collaborating with CMAC members and staff on various video projects and productions. Currently he is the Executive Producer of “Live from Fresno” a half-hour show that airs weekly. The show provides an opportunity for all CMAC members, who refer to themselves as the “Studio 3 Crew,” to practice and perfect their production and studio skills.
Missy Mckai Cartier is the Public Information Officer for San Joaquin College of Law. She also sits on the Editorial Board of the Bar Bulletin, the Fresno County Bar Association’s monthly publication, along with serving as Executive Producer of “Valley Views on the Law,” which airs monthly on KFCF. In addition, she produces “San Joaquin College of Law Today,” an hour-long CMAC show. Prior to her work at SJCL, she enjoyed a 30 year broadcast career, including Reporter/Anchor at KMJ, News Bureau Chief for Metro Networks, and Operations Director for KMGX. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University. She and her husband, Richard, have three adult children, who still make them crazy.
Matt Hackney was born and raised in Clovis and graduated from Buchanan High School in 2004. From an early age Matt has been fascinated with technology and communication. Matt has over 8 years of experience as a photojournalist. His resume includes time with local news entities such as KMPH26, CBS47, and currently ABC30. Along with his professional career, Matt has also enjoyed working with local businesses, advising and working with live venues, running light, sound, and video equipment for various audiences. Matt’s energy is driven by his passion for his craft, sharing it with others, and he is proud to bring his knowledge and experience to the members of CMAC.
Parvin Malek is a math and arts teacher at Bullard Talent Middle School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Masters in Theatre Arts. She is active in performing arts and has produced more than twenty professional plays. Parvin is the founder of the Iranian Culture and Art Club of Fresno, a nonprofit organization promoting secular understanding and awareness of Iranian culture, arts and customs.
Jan M. Biggs, J.D. is the Senior Administrator to the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. In this position Mr. Biggs supervises all of the Fresno County Office of Education’s facilities, supervises the Multi-Media Services department, facilitates the Fresno County Committee on School District Organization, serves as the lead negotiator with all bargaining units, and assists other school districts with labor negotiations and superintendent searches. Prior to joining the County Office of Education in 1998, Mr. Biggs practiced law for 23 years.
Kevin Hamilton is Deputy Chief of Programs for Clinica Sierra Vista, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Care clinic system with 50 sites spanning Fresno, Kern and Inyo counties. He has served as developer, coordinator, manager and director for multiple programs serving poor and underserved communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Kevin serves on numerous boards and committees associated with grassroots community capacity building to local, state and regional policy development. He holds an AS in Respiratory Care, BS in Geology and has completed extended course work in mathematics, business and management training.
Andy Haussler oversees the operation and development of affordable housing programs and projects as the Housing Project Manager for the City of Clovis. After graduating with honors from Fresno Pacific University, Andy started his career with the global electricity generation leader, AES Corporation, where he marketed and managed electricity contracts in Long Beach. Seeking a return to the Valley, he was hired as a budget analyst for Fresno County where he was exposed to the field of community development and began to apply his financial mind to affordable housing finance and neighborhood revitalization. Mr. Haussler enjoys spending time in the Sierra with his wife and three young children, when he isn’t in class as he is nearing completion of a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Garry Kennedy was born in Fresno, and raised in the communities of Riverdale and Clovis. He is a graduate of Clovis High School and Fresno City College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He served twenty-seven years in the Internal Revenue Service as an Auditor, Criminal Investigative Analyst, and an Appeals Officer. He is currently Retired. He is the Producer of “Christian Gifted” and co-founder/co-producer of “CMAC’n”. Garry is married to his wife Pamela and lives in Clovis. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Mark Standriff, as the City of Fresno’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, is responsible for providing information to Fresno citizens through a variety of outlets, including broadcast and social media, as well as developing public awareness campaigns for city programs and services. He works directly with the Office of the Mayor and Office of the City Manager to communicate city policy and facilitate communications between City departments. Mark brings a wide variety of talents and experience to his position. As a public information officer for the City of Toledo, Ohio, he was instrumental in helping the city earn All-America City status in 1998 and was charged with the marketing and public affairs programming for that prestigious award. His career in broadcasting spanned almost 30 years and he is a frequent guest host on a number of talk radio stations around California, including Newstalk 580/105.9FM in Fresno. Most recently, Mark was Communications Director for the California Republican Party and has become one of the most sought-after political voices in the nation, providing strategy and training for civic, government and political organizations. He is also a frequent guest on Fox Business Network, CNBC and the BBC. Mark has served as a board member of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association, the League of Sacramento Theatres, the Performing Arts Council of Toledo, and the Old Newsboys Goodfellows Association. He studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Toledo, is married, and has two teenage children.
Paul Starcevich grew up in Northern Minnesota and participated in the backstage support of his high school theater and music productions. While in Graduate School, he had the opportunity to work at the University of Minnesota television studios. Paul has lived in Fresno since 1975 and has reconnected with both television and music production after a gap of many years. At CMAC, Paul works with the producers of our shows by lending a hand in the studio during production shoots. He is also a board member of the Fresno Folklore Society. He would like CMAC to continue to reach out to local talent and provide artists an opportunity to show their work on television.
Jes Therkelsen is a documentary filmmaker, a photographer, a musician, an educator, a scientist, and an activist. His media projects have stretched across five continents and have confronted issues such as human rights, sustainable development, and environmental justice. His films have won a D.C. Peer Award, a CINE Golden Eagle, and have screened in festivals across the country. He has worked as a photographer/filmmaker with National Geographic Student Expeditions in the Galapagos Islands, the Australian Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, Tuscany, Iceland, London, and Paris. He served as the first Filmmaker-in-Residence at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and has held teaching appointments at the Arts Institute of Washington, Catholic University, and American University. Originally from Lawrenceville, NJ, Therkelsen currently teaches media production and storytelling at California State University, Fresno.