2017 Board Candidates

What does the Board of Directors do?
The board of directors is responsible for insuring the health and growth of PhillyCAM and keeping our work in line with our mission, vision and values.  These new board members will be elected for a 2-year term starting in April 2017.  As a board member they will be expected to attend meetings, serve on at least one board committee, participate in discussions and decision-making related to policies for organizational governance, represent PhillyCAM publicly, participate in long-range planning, approve the annual budget, and other responsibilities as needed.  
 
Who is eligible  to vote?
PhillyCAM members in good standing are eligible to cast a ballot to elect people to serve on the Board of Directors for a 2-year term. Individual members are entitled to vote on one (1) ballot. Organizational members have two (2) votes to be cast by their delegates. All voting will take place ONLINE via a unique online ballot that will be emailed to each member on Wednesday, March 22. 

Ballots may be cast at Annual Member Meeting on Thursday, March 30 by using a computer in the PhillyCAM media lab to cast your ballot. Voting is open until Thursday, March 30 at 8:00. Results will be announced that same evening at the conclusion of the Annual PhillyCAM Member Meeting.
 
You can learn more about the candidates by reading below
An Asterisk (*) indicates current board member.

Self-Nominated Individual Member

Alicia is a native Philadelphian who earned her BA from Temple University, and MEd from Arcadia University. She has been an avid community activist since childhood; she started working in Hakim's book store which afforded her the opportunity to read about many topics at the age of 10, and was folding flyers and sealing envelopes for the Labor Unions and making "get out to vote", phone calls by the age of 14.
 
With over 20 years of professional experience in all facets of broadcasting and audio engineering at Temple University Public Radio, Alicia has been able to assist with the launch of WPPM-LP and to teach the Basic Radio Production course that has resulted in applicants currently airing radio shows on the station. She is also the Producer of Sylver Alert, a weekly two-hour show, in its 13th week, and growing in listenership as a result of effective multimedia marketing strategies.
 
Her goal as a Board Member is to assist in executing a strategy to make PhillyCAM more of an effective presence in the Philadelphia community and its surrounding counties. There is associated power and impact in - The Voice and the Peoples's voices in a multimedia context. She is grateful for the opportunity to possibly
 expand her role in this regard at PhillyCAM.

Candidate statement on how they would contribute to the board’s diversity?

“I am 53, Gay, Black, A Woman, with a PhD in Educational Psychology. Less than 1% of people of color earn PhDs. The numbers are so small that they are barely calculable. As a result, my professional experience and life are grounded in perceptions that are unique and complex because of the notions of academia, race, gender, human sexuality and the stereotypes that persist in our society. I also grew up in a single parent family which makes my emergence into adulthood far from typical.”

Nominated by Non-Profit Organization

Charles B. Clarke nominated by PhilaPOSH: Charles has served as the Secretary of the Board of the Board of Directors for Rutgers Camden Women's Center. During his 3-year tenure, his organization has established a food pantry and gained use of two buildings that were used for emergency housing for battered women and their children. He was involved with Media Mobilizing Project first as a member of the Community Advisory Board and later as a member of the Leadership Council. These experiences have given him a strong understanding of the purpose, function and responsibility of a Board of Directors in a not for profit setting.

Candidate statement on how they would contribute to the board’s diversity.

Age diversity: So far I have lived a life of 71 years.

Cultural diversity: I have experienced rural, semi-rural and urban culture.

Racial diversity: I am an Afro-American male.”

Certified Producer

As a current co-chair, Charles believes he has garnered the necessary experience to keep supporting members through this Board position. He is happy to have the opportunity to run again.

Candidate statement on how they would contribute to the board’s diversity?

I am from one of the underprivileged communities that warrants access to express their voice. Our mission is community access for all, and I will continue to support it.”

Nominated by Non-Profit Organization

Donyale Reavis nominated by PCCY: Donyale is an attorney who advises high net-worth clients in entertainment and professional sports around financial literacy, philanthropic planning and foundation administration. A ‘99 JD/MPA graduate of UPenn, she has also worked with PhillyCAM’s Executive Director Gretjen previously, as a board member of PIFVA for several years. She has two decades of experience in media and communications law, as legal clerk to an FCC Chairman, responsible for digesting communications policy-related news/cases, including net neutrality, ownership, and “digital divide” matters. She welcomes the opportunity to leverage her combined relationship and expertise in financial management and law to enrich the PhillyCAM board.

Candidate statement on how they would contribute to the board’s diversity.

Summer Hip-Hop camps and IMAX children’s movies are not the typical work product of a practicing attorney, but they are mine. A child of an African-American art historian and jazz drummer, I bring the perspective of both my diverse youth and professional experiences to PhillyCAM, a powerful community change agent. kaPow! Hip-hop speaks and Spring Garden Pictures are charities I created to help bring to life youth voices often marginalized. I have advised or served boards in four states that focus on literacy and critical thinking, charities such as Blues Babe Foundation, CORE Scholars, and PCCY.”

Self-Nominated Individual Member

Presently, Lauren serve as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for PhillyCAM. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with knowledge of organization development, Human Resources, Marketing, and Strategic Planning and Implementation. Her experience as a present board member has given her the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working alongside other board members, working with financial information/data, and making critical decisions to ensure the organization carries out its mission. She is also a member and Certified Producer at PhillyCAM which allows her to understand what it is like to be a Board Member, PhillyCAM member, and Certified Producer and how to incorporate those experiences into the growth of the organization. She is 1000% dedicated to the organization and have its best interest at heart. She gives her time and commitment which makes her a strong board candidate.

Candidate statement on how they would contribute to the board’s diversity?
“I would contribute to PhillyCAM's goal of diversity not only by being a minority woman, but by bring my experiences as such to the board. I would ensure that the board's ideas and decisions benefit the diverse community of PhillyCAM members and the diverse community of Philadelphia as a whole.”

Nominated by Non-Profit Organization

Marangeli Mejia-Rabell nominated by The Village of Arts and Humanities: Marangeli is a Puerto Rico-born, Philadelphia-based creative and community development strategist whose work focuses on strategic alignment, cross sector partnership development and collective impact. Her professional philosophy is centered on her commitment to the community’s educational, professional and personal growth, cross sector collaborations and utilizing arts & culture as a tool for social change. She serves as the Director of Community Economic Development at the Village of Arts and Humanities, and her work explores the intersection of arts and culture and economic development through efforts and collaborations in areas of commercial corridor revitalization, workforce development, entrepreneurship and the creative economy. She is also a co-founder of AfroTaino Productions and the Festival Director for PHLAFF.

Candidate statement on how they would contribute to the board’s diversity.

My contributions will focus on board development, program design, organizing and cross sector collaboration. I feel that my combined experience provides the PhillyCAM with a focus at comprehensive strategies and how they impact different segments of the PhillyCAM community.”

Nominated by Non-Profit Organization

Susan Hauck nominated by Community College of Philadelphia: After graduating from Temple, Susan worked in television, at a cable news station and later at A&E. Realizing the potential of technology, she got her Masters at Drexel in Information Systems. She has had a progression of jobs in higher education, culminating in 2011 with her current position of Dean of Flexible Learning Options and Academic Technology at CCP. Her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership for the College’s PEG Channel, CCPTV. The station provides a channel of expression and resource for our students, faculty and staff. She hopes to continue the collaboration and further the opportunities between PhillyCAM and CCPTV.

Candidate statement on how they would contribute to the board’s diversity?

I’m a woman in technology, which is still unusual, unfortunately. I live in the Northwest part of the city. As a leader in a predominantly black institution, I have a demonstrated ability to respect and communicate with a diverse community. In my role at CCP, I appreciate the critical role that PEG channels play in providing a platform for different – and sometimes unpopular- points of view. I am also sensitive to the needs of differently abled people, and how technology can be both a powerful tool and a source of frustration at the same time.”