Board of Directors Candidates
2021 Board Candidates & New Appointees
Self-Nominated – 3 slots, 3 candidates
His media experience began as an intern at Echoes, a show on public radio. From 2006 to 2007 he was an intern at Prometheus Radio Project, a local non-profit advocating on behalf of community radio stations. In 2016, he helped to build the studio for PhillyCAM’s own radio station, WPPM. He has non-profit experience as a member of the board of The Hacktory, a local makerspace which existed from 2007 to 2018, where he focused on engineering and teaching. Currently, he leads the operations team at Connectify, Inc, a local company providing VPN service to customers. Previously he was a software developer at Azavea and before that, a system administrator at Penn Law. Though much of his background is in radio and technology, he knows board members are responsible for the greater organization and making sure PhillyCAM is oriented towards achieving its goals. If elected he would consider it a privilege to fulfill this role and be a part of making media production and distribution accessible to the diversity of voices in Philadelphia.
How Sharp Hall will contribute to Board Diversity
“I live in West Philadelphia, in the Cedar Park neighborhood. I’m associated with DIY music, artist, and hacker cultures. I am currently a member at Space 1026, an artist space now located in North Philadelphia. I am a leftist and a non-religious atheist. I frequently travel by bike and -- when COVID is not a concern -- by public transportation. The following qualities don’t traditionally add diversity to many groups, but for consideration, I am a white, straight, cisgender male in a comfortable economic situation.” – Sharp Hall
Charlene has a 40-year career in broadcast television, starting out as an intern at CBS3, she rose through the ranks and ultimately spent more than 25 years as the station’s video production supervisor. She is skilled in all aspects of television news/programming and video-audio production. She recently retired from CBS3 and rewired her passion for community empowerment. She has sat on several boards including Tap Team II Dance Company, Freedom Theatre and currently serves on the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists’ Executive Board as its Vice President of Broadcast. She is a graduate of the PA Council of the Arts board training, and has participated in several other board training sessions. She owns her own media company, Phoenix Rising Productions, and understands what’s needed to support video production and impactful visual storytelling. Her work has earned several honors including an Emmy and a Philadelphia Association of Black Journalist Impact Award. She has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcast Hall of Fame and the 2020 NATAS Silver Circle.
How Charlene Horne will contribute to Board Diversity
“My life and work are shaped by my vision of the critical need for diversity, equity and inclusion to be woven into everything we say, do and design. I bring this philosophy with me to the diverse communities in which I belong. I am Black. I am Buddhist. I am LGBTQ+. I was born and raised in Mt. Airy during a shift in the communityÕs demographics and race relations. And as the single parent of a Black son, I am sensitive to the impact of inequities on Black and Brown boys and young men. As PABJ's Vice President of Broadcast, I have been building and leading scholarship, internship and fellowship opportunities for the next generation of journalists. This work reflects the commitment to diversity I championed during many years as video production supervisor at CBS 3. Additionally, as the owner of Phoenix Rising Productions, LLC, a media company, I bring an understanding of entrepreneurial processes to the table. I am excited about the possibility of contributing to the work done by the PhillyCAM board.” – Charlene Horne
Anthony “Ant0” Mazza
Ant0 got involved with Radio Volta, a community-based, collectively operated, internet radio station in West Philly in 2000. This experience -that had forged a generous content sharing arrangement with historic non-commercial FM broadcaster, WPEB 88.1. Upon my volunteer orientation, a veteran programmer invited me to co-host her slot Wednesday evenings. For the next three years, participating in the struggles at that station sparked my love of radio. Relationships I built there led me to get involved in the national fight for community controlled media. He spent the next ten years with Prometheus Radio Project, a national organization also based in West Philly that lead the fight at the FCC and Congress to get WPPM and stations like it on the air. Initially he was involved in fundraising and development there. Later he moved to a strictly administrative role- dealing with insurance, payroll and all the other day-to-day aspects of running a non-profit. During his first term on the PhillyCAM Board of Directors, he was elected to serve as interim Treasurer, when the previous Treasurer resigned unexpectedly mid-term. He hopes to contribute his board service continue to contribute his in the Finance & Resource Development committees.
How Anthony Mazza will contribute to Board Diversity
“I am a Philadelphia native and a lifelong resident. I grew up in Mayfair and lived there until the mid-90’s when I moved to Fishtown, with the intention to shorten my commute to Temple University. After graduating from Temple, my experience with Radio Volta, a volunteer run radio station in West Philly, inspired me to become an activist and organizer for community media on a national level. As an activist, and in my ten years as a core member of the Prometheus Radio Project I've participated in a variety of campaigns and actions in support of more participatory media- from costumed protest actions here in Philly and D.C., to organizing and testifying at federal hearings on concentration of media ownership to over a half dozen radio station building events all over the US. I consider it a privilege to be a DJ/Programmer on WPPM since shortly after the station launch in the Fall of 2017. I hope to continue to bring my passion for community media and radical politics, as well as my professional experience in non-profit fundraising and administration in my service on the board at PhillyCAM. “ - Anthony “Ant0” Mazza
Nominated by Non-Profit Orgs – 5 slots, 5 candidates
Nominated by the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Elizabeth Estrada is a Cuban American multimedia producer dedicated to using the power of media to amplify local stories. She is currently the engagement editor at WHYY’s PlanPhilly where she collaborates with community contributors on the site’s opinion section and reports on the city’s diverse Latino communities. She has been captivated with storytelling through media since the 4th grade, when she was selected to co-host a public radio show for kids. That was the first time she realized the importance of raising your voice and telling your story. From supporting independent filmmakers at various film nonprofits like Firelight Media and New York Women in Film & Television to working with youth at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and interning at The Pulse podcast, her work is about empowering individuals to share their stories. With years of experience in television and radio production under her belt, in combination with her passion and leadership on the board, Elizabeth is distinctly positioned to continue to serve the talented PhillyCAM membership as a Board Member. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and The New School University. Originally from Queens, New York, she now lives in South Philadelphia with her fiancé and dog.
How Elizabeth Estrada will contribute to Board Diversity
“Philadelphia is a city shaped by diversity and that should be reflected across all of its institutions Ñ from government to its public access stations. Our board should represent the state of our membership and in turn, our beloved city. While I am not a native Philadelphian, I have chosen Philadelphia to be my home because it is a city shaped and defined by so many groups of people Ñ across nationalities and races, gender expressions, political affiliations and everything in between. This is what makes the city so special, gives it its history, character, and makes it a wonderful place to live. But appreciating diversity is not the same as advocating for it, disrupting the barriers to it and ensuring equity in spaces of power. As a Cuban American woman, who grew up translating and navigating two worlds, was able to go to college, and who holds a position of power in a local newsroom, I recognize my privilege and work on utilizing it to uphold the values of PhillyCAM, including, but not limited to diversity. While I can only speak to my lived experience, I commit to learning about and listening to the experiences of my colleagues, other members and Philadelphians whose voices are critical to our community.” – Elizabeth Estrada
Nominated by Community College of Philadelphia
Susan has served on the PhillyCAM board for the four years and has contributed to a strong and well-functioning board in many ways. She provided leadership by serving as the Chair of the facilities committee and currently serves on the finance committee. She is a graduate of Temple University and 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. Her current position is Dean of Flexible Learning Options and Academic Technology at Community College of Philadelphia, where her responsibilities include providing strategic leadership for the College’s PEG Channel, CCPTV.
How Susan Hauck will contribute to Board Diversity
“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. My goal is to contribute to the conversation and to ensure PhillyCAM continues to be a strong platform for the people of Philadelphia to tell their stories. I believe in the work PhillyCAM does, and back that up with my own contributions, and my time. I have rarely missed a board meeting and always come prepared, and contribute during the meetings. I hope to continue the collaboration and further the opportunities between PhillyCam and CCPTV.” – Susan Hauck
Nominated by Asians Arts Initiative
Diana is a city planner who likes to tell stories. She has spent more than ten years in the nonprofit, public, and media sectors working on economic development, placemaking, and resource redistribution. Currently, she manages the Germantown Info Hub, a community-centered journalism project that shares information for and by Germantown residents, and serves as the Community Engagement Editor for Root Quarterly, a Philadelphia-based print journal. Previously, she served as the Community Engagement Editor for WHYY’s PlanPhilly and as the Director of Partnerships and Outreach for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a public-private initiative focused on strengthening businesses through revenue generation and local job creation. She is passionate about building the local economy and connecting community members to resources (grants, free programs, classes, etc.) information, and each others. She is also obsessed with food—eating it, making it, and tracing the heritage of recipes! In her past lives, she has lived and relied on public transit in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Paris before becoming a proud SEPTA rider in 2009. She received her Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and B.A. in Urban Studies and French from Vassar College.
How Diana Lu will contribute to Board Diversity
“I believe I would bring insight from several industries and intersections of lived experiences. I stay involved with the communities I identify with by volunteering with organizations that focus on women and families, the LGBTQ community, immigrant culture and organizing, and local economic development. I serve on the Women’s Economic Security Initiative’s ‘Change the Narrative’ work group, where we work to shift foundation (and thus nonprofits and media) language on poverty from deficit to strength-based, while acknowleging the history of systemic discrimination and racial and gender disparities in philanthropy. I also serve on the board of the Independence Business Alliance (Philly’s LGBTQ chamber of commerce) as we transitioned from a working to advisory board, finance committee for Women’s Community Revitalization Project (a nonprofit developer that builds affordable housing for low-income women-led families and organizes tenants to push for development without displacement), and steering committee for hotpot! Philly (a group for Queer Asian, Pacific Islander and South Asian lesbian, bisexual women, trans, gender variant/queer/non-conforming identified folks). In 2018, I was honored by Governor Tom Wolf’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs for my work in economic development and community engagement in the AAPI community.” – Diana Lu
Nominated by SEAMAAC
Michelle is a passionate educator and community member that has a diverse range of experiences. She works at SEAMAAC where she organizes Civic Engagement work which includes managing and advising the Civic Engagement staff and volunteers, providing supervision and sub-grants to organizations to help administer their civic engagement plants, support SEAMAAC's initiatives with state and local governments, manage project data, and lead and facilitate program evaluations as well as funder meetings. She received her Masters of Education at Penn Graduate School of Education where I wrote her Masters Thesis on Safe and Brave Spaces for Project Based Learning and then taught as a Social Studies and English teacher in the Philadelphia School District for several years. At the National Liberty Museum, she managed over 5 youth programs as well as a team of talented, innovate educators and museum docents. She is a strong advocate for students and teachers with a focus on civic engagement and social justice and fights for the voices that are often unheard, particularly immigrant and refugee communities, with a civic engagement lens.
How Michelle Kim will contribute to Board Diversity
“I am an Asian American woman raised in a working class household by Korean-American immigrants. My work focuses on creating a more inclusive community with immigrants and refugees having a seat at the table. I have experience working with a diverse range of communities with a strong focus on marginalized communities. I live and work in South Philadelphia where I do civic engagement organizing to build power and leadership in AAPI communities. I believe my background would provide a unique lens into the work PhillyCAM does and the people they serve. I have strong ties to education and youth civic engagement which can inform my leadership at PhillyCAM.” – Michelle Kim
Nominated by Resolve Philly
Kristine leads Resolve Philly's initiative Equally Informed, which provides actionable news to communities in the city affected by the digital and information divide. Before Resolve, she was the audience engagement editor at the Center for Public Integrity, where she launched an investigative journalism project on the rise of anti-Asian hate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was cited in proposed legislation across the country and by Congress to address hate incidents. She also launched a national network of newsrooms, covering natural disasters and mental health and coordinated crowdsourcing efforts for community-led reporting. The project was named one of the top collaborative journalism projects of 2020 by the Center for Cooperative Media. She has also worked at POLITICO, Free Press News Voices New Jersey and Spaceship Media. She is a proud Rutgers-Newark alum and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism alumna and adjunct. She got her first taste of community engagement as a communications and outreach associate at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, covering unstable housing and diversity in New York City’s punk scene. She is passionate about empowering communities through creative storytelling and collaboration.
How Kristine Villanueva will contribute to Board Diversity
“Being a young journalist can trigger an identity crisis. Can I call myself American while also acknowledging my Philippine roots? Can I find comfort in Christianity while understanding the Church’s part in colonization? Can I report the truth while also acknowledging that systems further marginalize society's most disenfranchised people? My aunties told me no. My congregation shrugged me off. Editors questioned my integrity as an “objective” journalist (even though objectivity was rooted in white patriarchy.) After reflecting, reporting and listening, my mantra is now “you can be both.” Empowering communities through storytelling complicates narratives and plunges journalism into grey areas. But grey areas illuminate more about us than anything that can fit neatly into a box we label as an “identity.” As a member of PhillyCAM’s board, I can provide a “you can be both” perspective from my lived experience as a millennial and BIPOC as well as a journalist who has challenged bureaucracies in the industry that silence underrepresented people. I’m pretty new to South Philly, but I hope to lend my expertise in national coverage and to listen and learn from people who have called this city home.” -- Kristine Villanueva