STAFFThe Somerville Media Center Team!
Mexican Food Connoisseur, Retired Hula-Hoop Champion, and member of the Professional Organization of English Majors, Brian Zipp has many interests. After hanging up his hula-hoop for good at the ripe old age of 7 after placing 2nd place in the El Paso, Texas, city-wide event Zippy continued his quest for fulfillment. Decades later, he has found that in community media production. Zipp is a story-teller at heart and relishes the opportunity to work in a profession and in an environment devoted to encouraging and empowering people to share their voices–their stories, pursuits, passions, their messages and calls to action–with the larger community. Getting his start in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at Public Media Network, Zipp has been involved in community media for more than a decade. Activities have ranged from television and radio production in all facets, to organizing and hosting regional film festivals, to connecting and partnering with members of the community and area non-profits to promote and encourage the use of the community asset that is access television. Now at the old fire house in Union Square, Zipp continues to celebrate, remind and educate the public about the continued relevance of community media and importance of having a place where one can take advantage of the training, technology and transmission avenues available to them. Somerville is home to Massachusetts’ oldest access center, and Zipp fully intends to lead SMC into a successful navigation through and evolution of the rapidly changing media landscape and the media needs of the community SMC is committed to serve. You can reach him at [email protected].
Adam has been involved in Public Access TV since High School when a friend dragged him into Peabody TV. After interning at many different stations around the state and graduating in 2012 from Champlain College in Burlington VT, he went on to start up the PEG Access Stations at West Newbury and Middleton Massachusetts. After leaving West Newbury, he became the Operations Coordinator at Framingham Access TV. At Framingham, he was instrumental in Studio Operations, repairing equipment and teaching members about new tech that would be the future of creating video. As the Studio and Technical Manager for SMC he hopes to bring new ideas and implementations to help make members shooting and editing experiences easer and faster. He is also a member of the Boston chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, being on the forefront of new ideas and changes in the broadcast world. You can reach him at [email protected].
Jason is a Somerville native & Somerville High School alumni. He has been involved with SCATV for many years, being introduced via Next Generation Producers during his freshman year at Somerville High. Since then, Jason has developed a passion for all aspects of media. He has attended the University of Rhode Island for Film/Media & is an avid photographer. When Jason isn’t manning the front desk at SCATV, he’s running & maintaining his wedding photography business. Find him at the front desk or at [email protected].
Stuart Roelke | Front Desk Media Coordinator
Stuart Roelke’s interests stem from sixteen years of Maine living (unfortunately, you can’t get ‘de-ah from he-ah). Growing up between Scarborough woodlands and urbanized Portland, he developed an obsession with two extremes: simple living and emerging technology. Upon receiving a BFA from the Maine College of Art, he aspired to discover–and to become an integral part of–a more inclusive and socially progressive city. Luckily, he ended up at the heart of Somerville, and found a wellspring of enthusiastic storytelling and optimistic artistry within the walls of the Somerville Media Center.
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A native to Upstate NY, Erica has created a home here in the ‘Ville and has grown extremely enthusiastic with her work at SMC. Since beginning her career in 2009 with community media, she has developed a better understanding of grassroots, community media and its significant role in our technologically-driven society. She believes through the use of media and storytelling, social change can take place, which can offer a glimpse into the injustices and uniqueness of many communities. As the Director of Institutional Advancement, some primary responsibilities include fundraising and development, production services, marketing & communications, event coordination, partnership & community building, member engagement and support, intern supervision & mentorship, facilitating community media productions including Hello Neighbor, Duck Village Stage Sessions, Community Lens, The Jeff Santos Show, SCOUTV, Somerville: the Good Ole Days, Aging Well, Legacies: a Journey through the Interesting Lives of Elders and Maker Space as well as founding the Cinema Somerville Film Screening series, Rough Cut Media Series & Potluck & Lecture Series. Erica also enjoys collaborating on digital storytelling programs which increases awareness about issue-based topics impacting the Somerville community. Erica serves as the President on the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region board of directors. You can reach her at [email protected].
Dave Ortega has called Somerville home for 15 years. He believes that storytelling is intrinsic to being human and he loves that he works in a place that connects people and their stories with the means to tell them. He was previously involved with SMC as a show cast and crew member and at Boston Free Radio where he co-hosted a radio show combining skit comedy, music and comics. He comes to SCATV from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University where for 12 years he worked as a Project Associate in film distribution. He has also taught comics as Visiting Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2016, he created an interactive educational comics project in collaboration with the Art Lab at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston. Through the years, his award-winning comics have been featured at the Small Press Expo, Comic Arts Brooklyn, New York Art Book Fair, Latino Comics Expo, Grand Comics Expo, Brooklyn Zine Fest among other places. You can reach him at [email protected].
Heather McCormack is a 6 year resident of Somerville who is passionate about using the power of community media to engage all people, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented, in telling their stories in ways that are empowering, accessible, and active in promoting social change. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a BA in Communication and a Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and [email protected] studies. After graduation she began working at the Mystic Learning Center in Somerville, where she worked with youth age 5-21 in the Mystic Housing Development and developed a number of media and creative arts programs, including co-directing the Wild Tales youth theater program, collaborating with SCATV in creating a Film Production summer workshop series, and much more. In 2015 she received her M. Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Prevention Science and Practice program, winning the coveted Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute award. Additionally, she has been involved in radio since the age of 14, when she got her first radio show at WHAB in Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. More recently she co-hosted a local politics and activism talk show on UNRegular Radio, and is thrilled to be able to unite her multiple passions into her new role at SCATV as the Youth Media Coordinator and Boston Free Radio manager. You can reach her at [email protected].
A resident of Somerville, Tina has been involved with print media since college where she interned at The Boston Globe, and was instantly drawn to the excitement of working in a newsroom. Her first big assignment was an interview with Habitat for Humanity co-founder Millard Fuller. Her interview made it to the front page of the Globe’s Business section! A few years later, she took her writing and interviewing skills to co-create a weekly arts and entertainment column called Around Town in the Bay State Banner, Boston’s leading African-American community newspaper. Serving as a voice for the multi-cultural community, she has published hundreds of articles featuring events such as the Democratic National Convention where President Barak Obama spoke. A people person, Tina enjoyed utilizing her communication skills during her one-to-one column interviews with celebrities like film maker Spike Lee, Cesaria Evora’s producer, and actors Cedric The Entertainer and Edward James Olmos. A graduate of Suffolk University Business School, Tina also managed the communications department for the Urban College of Boston where she launched print, radio and television media campaigns to promote affordable higher education for students of diverse communities. In this role, she was responsible for the department’s budget, fundraising, and creating content for the College’s newsletters, media packets and advisories, press releases, and annual reports. Most recently, she expanded her writing skills into comedy and has performed some of her own skits on stage in Somerville. Tina is thrilled to join the SMC staff and hopes to use her passion for writing to promote Somerville’s thriving artist community!
Gabriela Romero Gonzalez is a senior at Tufts University double majoring in Child Study and Human Development, and Education, and is minoring in Film and Media Studies. Gaby is passionate about using media to express oneself and tell stories. She is excited to learn more about production and hopes to have a career in media that has a focus on representation of marginalized voices.
Jack Tarbox is a senior at Lesley University, majoring in Digital Filmmaking. If that didn’t get you excited about him, what will? Usually writing down silly ideas that only make sense to him, Jack Tarbox can also be found in many credits of college films, but who cares about the crew? Jack Tarbox does, and that’s why you can find him loving life helping any production around, in any way he can. Atta-boy, Jack!
Trina Sanyal is a junior at Tufts majoring in Architectural Studies with a focus on Urban Planning, and minoring in Film. She is excited to be working in production and writing at Somerville Media Center, and hopes to make impactful work that focuses on the stories/narratives of marginalized voices. Trina hopes to bring her perspective to every journalistic and creative project she does, and is so excited to learn from Somerville Media Center! Also she loves Mott’s Fruit snacks and biking with her friends.
Dylan is a second year Business Major student at Lesley University Threshold Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Threshold Program is a two-year academic program for young adults with learning disabilities. Threshold students live on campus, take classes and work at an internship. Dylan graduated from Masconomet Regional High School class of 2018. He is friendly, loves technology and photography. He is expected to graduate from the Lesley Threshold in May 2020.