Board

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
Lisa Birrell
Anita Fernandez
Kevin Hamilton
Andy Haussler
Elizabeth Laval
Mark Standriff
Jes Therkelsen
Andrew Toschi

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.

Stephanie Babb is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Clovis Community College.

Lisa Birrell is the Communications and Public Relations Officer for the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. She has extensive experience in communications, marketing, and public relations. At FCSS, she also supervises the Graphics and Printing and Multimedia Services departments. Prior to joining FCSS in 2014, Lisa was with The Fresno Bee for 21 years in a variety of management roles, including community relations, special sections, and marketing. Lisa is a life-long Fresno resident and a graduate of Fresno State where she earned a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication. Lisa and her husband, Paul, have been married 22 years and have a teenage son.

Anita Fernandez is a California native born in Stockton, Ca. Her father was born in the Philippines (Ilocos Norte) and was in the Navy and was deployed for both WWII and the Korean War. Her mother was born in Mississippi, and was of Irish, French and Dutch decent. She has a younger sister. Her father taught her to draw, and by the time she reached high school (Manteca), she had developed a passion for Fine Arts, which she pursued at San Joaquin Delta College. Printmaking became very attractive to her and she began to develop a love for Intalio, etching, and lithography. She participated in group shows at the Haggin Museum in Stockton and The Crocker Museum in Sacramento. She got married, moved to San Francisco, then Santa Cruz, back to San Francisco, then back to Stockton, where she was employed by KOVR TV as a film editor which is when editing became her new passion. Movies had always been her most favored pastime, so this was a good fit. The station was sold, however, and after 7 years, her employment came to an end. Her and 35 others lost their jobs and were forced to move on. Her husband got transferred to Fresno and here they stayed. She’s then worked at various jobs, including editing jobs at KMPH, CH 26 and KJEO, CH 47 (now KGPE), and Aetna. Eventually, she retired and attended film school at The Art Institute, Sacramento, but the commute became too much. When she found CMAC and attended the very first Orientation workshop, she believed this would be the chance of a lifetime – she could continue her education and then use that education in film production. She was right, her hunch paid off.

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 a wide variety of operations, programs and projects to reach the City’s goals as the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Clovis. Andy heads up the City’s economic development efforts including business attraction, affordable housing programs, community improvement grants and major capital improvement projects. 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 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, neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Andy rounded out his educational experience with an MBA focused on international business, as part of the program he travelled and studied in China and New York City. Mr. Haussler enjoys spending time in the Sierra with his wife and three young children and coaching his son’s little league baseball team.

Elizabeth Laval is the Senior Vice President of Content & Development at ValleyPBS.

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.

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.

Andrew Toschi is a broadcast engineer, Central Valley native and Downtown supporter. His 13 years of production experience brings vast technical knowledge. While employed at CMAC he launched the Mobile Production Vehicle, kickstarted CMAC Sports, and worked with local students and volunteers to broadcast events. Andrew currently works for NEP Broadcasting, delivering live sports and event broadcasts across the country but maintains his strong ties to the community as a Tower District resident. He believes in CMAC’s ability to use technology to allow it’s members to create content and help the community tell it’s stories.

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• Tues – Wed, Nov 13 & 14 – 6pm-9pm

Video Storytelling for Non-Profits
• Thurs, Nov 15 – 6pm-9pm

Post Production: Final Cut Pro
• Mon, Nov 19 – 6pm-9pm

Post Production: Premiere Pro
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