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 Superintendent of Schools (FCSS), Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC), and Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC).

Missy Mckai Cartier, Chair
Angelica Hernandez, Vice Chair
Kevin Hamilton, Treasurer
Lisa Birrell, Secretary

Stephanie Babb
Natalie Berg
Anita Fernandez
Diane Flowers
Mohamed Osman
Justin McAleece
Chad McCollum
Alisia Sanchez
Mark Standriff
Jes Therkelsen

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.

Angelica Hernandez is a graduate from Fresno State University with a degree in Mass Communications focusing on multimedia production. As a student, her passion for creative storytelling led her to serve as a producer, writer, and director for numerous student media projects including podcasts, live broadcasts, as well as short films and documentaries. Angelica became a CMAC member in 2018 and by utilizing the resources CMAC offers, has been able to grow as an independent filmmaker in the Central Valley. With a strong belief in its mission and values, she is committed to strengthening the connections between CMAC and other independent filmmakers and aspires to a career that will utilize the power of media to eliminate barriers to access, lift up stories of historically marginalized groups, and highlight key social issues in our society.

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.

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.

Stephanie Babb is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Clovis Community College, part of the State Center Community College District, and has served as Director since 2015. She has nearly 25 years of experience in the marketing, communications, and government relations arenas. She earned an A.S. degree from Fresno City College and a B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism from Fresno State. She is excited to serve on the CMAC Board to help bring an awareness about the fabulous benefits, workshops, and technology CMAC has to offer the Central Valley. Previous positions held include serving as the Executive Director of the California Apartment Association of Greater Fresno, Executive Director of The Downtown Association, Government Relations Representative for PG&E in Merced, Field Representative for Governor Gray Davis, and Field Representative for Senator Jim Costa. Stephanie is a proud participant of the MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund), and has previously served as a board member of the Fresno County Hispanic Commission on Drug & Alcohol Abuse and Fresno County Mental Health Board.

Natalie Berg has lived in the Fresno area since 1997. The arts have always been a big influence in her life. She graduated from Fresno State in 2005 with a B.A. in Arts empasizing in Graphic Design and has been working in the design field since then. She became a CMAC member in July 2017 and has volunteered on various productions including the Munro Review, The Lowe Down LIVE, Swords and Lasers, along with a few shorts films and sweded films outside of CMAC. She hopes to use her expertise and creative approach to help CMAC with branding, marketing, and outreach in the Central Valley.

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.

Diane Flowers is a graduate from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Communications Studies. Diane also holds a certificate from Fresno City College in Electrical Systems Technology-Communication Technology. She worked as an editor for Pro Image Video in 2004 and in 2007 became the owner of the duplication portion of the business. She currently enjoys producing passion projects with CMAC.

Mohamed Osman moved to the US from Egypt in 2008 where he was the Board Secretary of Fares Care Organization. Since then, he’s been an active community member by joining local rotary clubs such as the Central Passport Rotary Club in 2015 serving as the Board of Directors Membership Chair and has also served on the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central California while helping coordinate fundraising events. Mohamed has been a CMAC member for almost four years and currently produces a monthly series called, “Adventures in Service” as well as a YouTube comedy show.

Justin McAleece is a socially conscious director and cinematographer of narrative and documentary projects both personal and commercial. He has been dedicated to filmmaking since 1999 and has won dozens of awards and directed hundreds of hours of content and lensed even more. He has conducted hundreds of interviews in a variety of spaces and is equally comfortable directing a team of 25 in a corporate setting or shooting solo on the Serengeti. With the birth of the BETTER series, Justin has redoubled his efforts into fostering transformative personal growth through storytelling and aims to couple science and emotion to change lives all over the world. Justin also wrote, produced, directed, and edited the feature comedy Brick MADNESS and often returns to his comedy roots.

Chad McCollum is the Public Affairs and Information Manager 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 previously served as Chair of the Central Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and volunteers as an ROP/CTE Advisor at CART.

Alisia Sanchez was born and raised in Bakersfield, Calif. She attended Bakersfield College and received her associate’s degree in journalism before attending California State University, Bakersfield. In 2018, Alisía received her bachelor’s in Communications and Studio Art. Alisía is a talented writer, photographer and multimedia journalist. She was selected for publication in the second Fall 2015 issue of Roughneck Review, a Bakersfield College biannual online journal that features work judged exceptional by faculty members and was featured in the Bakersfield Museum of Art’s Art After Dark March 2018 event, “Spring Break Forever,” a video program of CSUB student work. Alisía has covered a range of stories, from hard news to feature stories, including “Reading Rainbow” and “Star Trek” star, LeVar Burton, when he appeared at the Bakersfield Barnes & Noble in 2014 for a reading of his first children’s book, “The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm.” Alisía has experience working with nonprofit organizations and continues to volunteer her time and services to Save A Life Today, a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and awareness in Kern County. Currently, as the Marketing Manager at Valley Animal Center, Alisía oversees the organization’s digital media and communications efforts. She produces quality social media content, takes photographs, produces videos, engages with the community and local media outlets, and coordinates events and special projects. In her spare time, Alisía enjoys watching movies and playing with her dog, DW, and three cats, Max, Emmy and Bright Eyes.

Mark Standriff is the Director of the City of Fresno’s Beautify Fresno Program, an initiative to cooperate and collaborate with other public and private agencies to clean and beautify the City of Fresno through the elimination of trash, graffiti, and blight, and the creation of community-based beautification projects. Prior to this, Mark served as the City of Fresno’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs for two Mayors. He is active in the community, serving on the boards of Any Given Child, StageWorks Fresno, the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and CMAC. Mark studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the University of Toledo. 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.

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.

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