Board of Directors

JesseJesse Moos, President
Jesse Moos is a City of Somerville representative to SCATV. He’s the Inspectional Coordinator for the City of Somerville Inspectional Service Department under the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development.

Jesse has worked for the City of Somerville for the past five years starting as a phone operator for the 311 Constituent Services Office before moving on to his current position in the Building Department for ISD. One of his greatest accomplishment was to help usher in the use of social media for the City of Somerville as the operator behind the 311 Facebook and twitter pages. He believes that this makes government more transparent and less intimidating for those seeking assistance Jesse and his wife live in East Somerville with their two dogs Ruby and Indiana. They are both proud members of the East Somerville Main Streets where they donate their time to help strengthen their community. He cares about community access television because he likes the mission of serving the community and providing a creative outlet for people.


2011-03-30_14-47-00_453Jessica Brayden, Vice President
Jessica Brayden is a Community Representative to SCATV. Ms. Brayden’s career has focused on program development and stabilization and she has distinguished herself through creative change management and strategic programmatic enhancement. Currently serving as Executive Director of RESPOND, New England’s first domestic violence agency, she oversees all aspects of programs and management to ensure efficiency, fiscal and service accountability, and the organization’s creative and innovative growth. Prior to RESPOND, she served as the Director of Programs and Operations for Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc. in Salem, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has held leadership positions at Family Continuity Program in Lawrence, Massachusetts, including Director of Administrative Operations, Director of Human Resources, and Program Director. Ms. Brayden holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Salem State College and a Master of Business Administration from Endicott College. She has been nominated and/or received many awards including Fox 25 Hometown Hero Award, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Leader of the Year, and the Women Who Live United Award.


 Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.56.31 PMJoseph Abrantes, Tufts University Representative
Joseph Abrantest is a Tufts University Representative to SCATV. Joseph is a long-time Somerville resident, graduating from Somerville High School before perusing a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. He is an avid soccer fan, a first-generation Portuguese-American, and the proud owner of a five-year-old lab, Hope.

Currently, Joseph serves as the Program Assistant at the Experimental College, an academic department at Tufts University that offers small, participation-based courses that engage undergraduates in ideas shaping the world today. Taught primarily by professionals in the Greater Boston area, these courses offer critical contexts for thinking about politics, popular culture, world religions, technology, law, communications, social issues, business, healthcare, ethics and more. His focus is on student engagement, marketing the visiting lecturer opportunity to potential applicants, coordinating their interview process, classroom support, and events/programming. Joseph also serves on the Experimental College Board


LisaBallYvette Wilks, SCATV Member Representative
Yvette Wilks is a Community board member representative of Somerville Community Access Television station . She currently is the Membership Chair. Ms. Wilks became a member of the access station in 2011 as a way to bond with her twins. One of her goals was to increase their ability to have open conversations by using the camera. Her primary goal was to give them a hands-on-lesson of looking at ones-self through the lens of the camera. She currently produces content for an average of 45 weeks out of the year for her 3 live shows. She is the Executive Director/Producer of two television shows at SCATV. Her shows are The Somerville Line and Cut The Bull$hit. The Somerville Line kicked off in July 2014 and most recently for Cut The Bull$hit. In April 2016, Ms. Wilks assisted the co-founders of Somerville Overcoming Addiction organization in production of their own weekly live show. Her mission at SCATV is to help others find and create platforms to share their work where ones imagination has no limit. She is the co-founder of the Evolution of Hip Hop Festival. The Festival began in 2015 to honor the hip-hop culture, its history and the love for this art within the Somerville community. The Festival created a platform for the lovers of this art to share their work. Ms. Wilks consistently works to build collaboration with grass root organizations to create content and she always looks for ways to educate the youth on the world of media.


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Joe Lynch, Treasurer
Joe Lynch is a  member representative of SCATV.  An active member of SCATV since 2008, Joe is the creator, producer and host of the talk show “Greater Somerville”.  The recipient of multiple awards and nominations for best Hot Set, informational, political and special episodes of Greater Somerville, Joe is a retired banker, a mayoral appointee to multiple civic advisory initiatives, the founder of the Magoun Square Neighborhood Association and was voted the “Best Somerville Celebrity” and “Somerville Person of the Week” by local print media.  Joe’s work with SCATV has received local and national recognition and was featured in a 2014 Boston Globe article highlighting the important work local community access television stations perform in the community.

In addition to Joe’s work on Greater Somerville, he has hosted the SCATV produced shows for the city sponsored ARTBeat, TEDx  event, Scout Somerville magazine’s “King of the Ville six hour live broadcast, Cambridge Community Access Television’s political debate shows, and the SCATV coverage of the Massacusetts Democratic 2014 Convention in Worcester.  Host of the Somerville Community Access Television and Boston Free Radio Annual Awards ceremony for several years, Joe is now one of the co-anchors of “Somerville Neighborhood News”.


GuillermoHGuillermo Samuel Hamlin, Clerk
Guillermo is an educator, consultant, media-maker, and is currently the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at MATV, Malden’s Media Center. Mr. Hamlin holds an A.L.B from Harvard University with a concentration in Philosophy with a secondary concentration in Anthropology. As an undergrad, he was everything from a camera operator to an end user security coordinator. As the Boston Chapter President of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, Guillermo facilitates alumni engagement with Latino student communities through mentoring, community building, and other volunteer activities in the Greater Boston Area.

He was previously the Program Assistant for Chelsea Community Schools under the city’s Health and Human Services. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Community Action Agency of Somerville which in addition to fighting the causes of chronic poverty, administers Head Start programs promoting school readiness for low-income children under 5 in Somerville and Cambridge.

His mission at Somerville Media Center is to encourage transmedia community organizing & educational online content. He is eager to collaborate with local media producers on podcasts, weird videos (the weirder the better), and potentially a video installation series. Guillermo lives in East Somerville with this mogwai and laptop.


headshotFallon Leigh O’Brien,  SMC Member Representative

Fallon Leigh O’Brien is a SCATV Member Representative, a videographer, journalist, visual artist, events organizer and community activist. She focuses on arts, culture and politics in her television show, Fallon’s Daily Toast, which has been airing via social media since mid-2014. With viewership that reaches thousands of viewers on a regular basis, her short-form, lively essays are known for their immediacy, fun and authenticity.

The show airs every Friday night at 7P live on Somerville’s Channel 3 and online at somervillemedia.org You can also find her work at FallonsDailyToast.com.

 


Sam Baltrusis, SMC Member Representative
Sam Baltrusis, producer and co-host of the monthly syndicated TV show “What’s New? Massachusetts” and host of the weekly BFR show called “13 Most Haunted” radio, is the former editor in chief of several regional publications, including Spare Change News, Scout Somerville and Scout Cambridge. Baltrusis is the author of seven historical-based ghost books including “Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City” and “13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts.” He has been featured as Boston’s paranormal expert on the Biography Channel’s “Haunted Encounters.” As a side gig, Baltrusis moonlights as a guide. He has launched the successful ghost tours Boston Haunts and Cambridge Haunts and spearheaded the Salem Cursed? Walking Tour and was the manager of the VIP Paranormal Experience on the USS Salem’s Ghost Ship Harbor. He is producing a large-scale paranormal conference in Cape Cod called the Provincetown ParaCon in May 2017. Baltrusis is also a sought-after lecturer who speaks at dozens of paranormal-related events scattered throughout New England, including an author discussion at the Massachusetts State House. In the past, he has worked for VH1, MTV.com, Newsweek, ABC Radio and as a regional stringer for the New York Times.

Mernaysa Rivera Bujosa, City of Somerville Representative

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and fluent in Spanish and French, Attorney Mernaysa Rivera Bujosa is licensed to practice in NH and MA. She attended the New England School of Law from 2002 – 2005, and was a Senior Literary Editor to the New England Journal of Civil and Criminal Confinement. Following law school, she continued to work from law clerk to Counsel at an established Somerville law firm (“Law Offices of Frank Dardeno) from February 2004 through end October 2010, where she won extensive experience as first and/or second chair to the firm’s litigation practice, and as real estate closing attorney and/or title insurer. Thereafter, she co-founded Rivera Waters Law, LLP from November 2010 to February 2014 until Mernaysa founded her own law firm, Rivera Bujosa Law PC in March 1, 2014. At present, Mernaysa’s primary areas of practice are real estate closings, contract law, real estate law, and civil litigation, including home closings, purchase & sales agreements, contracts, business formations, mortgages, real estate title, trusts, collections, fraud, construction, consumer protection, negligence and eviction representation. She is also a title insurance agent, representing clients in the leasing, sale, purchase, transfer, and financing of real estate residential or commercial. In May 2016, Mernaysa was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar. Attorney Rivera Bujosa has been published in 2015 WL 5104986 & in 20 Mass.L.Rptr. 628 (2006), 2006 WL 936688. She is a Co-Host of the City of Somerville, Chamber of Commerce’s, “Talking Business,” a City Cable television series, and the Clerk of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, Somerville Community Access Television (Somerville Media Center), and a Board of Director of Kiwanis Somerville. She is a graduate of Tufts University 2002 and New England School of Law 2005 with extensive experience in government and community involvements. In fact, Mernaysa was Massachusetts Youngest Delegate at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and interned with former MA Senator John F. Kerry in Congress, Spring 2001. 


Dan Burke, SMC Member Representative

Dan has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, and have been active with the Somerville Media Center since 2013, primarily with Boston Free Radio.  He has hosted the radio show “Words On Film” since 2014, and is in his fifth year of hosting Boston Free Radio’s perennial holiday music show, “All That Jingles”.  While Dan lives in Roslindale, he considers Somerville his home across the river from home.  When not involved with SMC, Dan works in online sales and email marketing.

 

 

 


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