Board of Directors

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, 4 directors who are appointed, and 5 directors who are designated by the following organizations: City of Clovis, City of Fresno, Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE), Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC), and Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC).

Gary W. Johnson, Chair (elected)
Missy Mckai Cartier, Vice Chair (appointed)
Matt Hackney, Secretary (elected)
Parvin Malek, Treasurer (appointed)

Stephanie Babb, Director (designated, CVHEC)
Lisa Birrell, Director (designated, FCOE)
Anita Fernandez, Director (elected)
Kevin Hamilton, Director (designated, BHC)
Chad McCollum, Director (designated, City of Clovis)
Mark Standriff, Director (designated, City of Fresno)
Jes Therkelsen, Director (appointed)
Andrew Toschi, Director (elected)

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 10 years of experience as a photojournalist. His resume includes time with local news entities such as FOX 26, CBS 47, and currently ABC 30. 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 retired math and arts teacher from 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. Her father taught her to draw and by the time she reached high school 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 worked at KOVR-TV in Stockton as a film editor which became her new passion. After 7 years her employment came to an end when the station was sold. Her husband got transferred to Fresno and here they stayed. She has since worked various jobs, including editing at KMPH FOX 26 and KJEO CBS 47. 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, she believed this would be the chance of a lifetime – she could continue her education and use that in film production. She was right, her hunch paid off.

Kevin Hamilton is the CEO of the Central California Asthma Collaborative. He is focused on reducing the burden of chronic respiratory disease and environmental health impacts valley-wide. He has served as developer, coordinator, administrator and director for multiple programs in both hospital and community based settings serving poor and underserved communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Kevin serves on numerous boards and committees associated with grassroots community capacity building and local, state and regional policy development. His education includes an AS in Respiratory Care, BS in Geology, extended course work in social work, mathematics, business and management training. He has worked extensively on different aspects of health care access and redesign around primary care, disease management, childhood and adult immunizations and behavioral health for over 35-years and is a well- known advocate for social and environmental justice.

Chad McCollum is the Public Affairs and Information Supervisor for the City of Clovis where he shares information and engages with residents about services and programs through traditional and social media. Prior to his time working for the City of Clovis, Chad spent more than 20 years working at local television news stations across the state, most recently as News Director at KSEE24 and CBS47. Chad serves as Chair of the Central Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and volunteers as an ROP/CTE Advisor at CART.

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. 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 its members to create content and help the community tell its stories.


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