As the first Executive Director of Arlington Community Media Inc., Norm brings a great deal of strength and diversity of experience from the corporate, academic and non-profit environments. He was the Executive Director for Community Television of the Southern Berkshires in Lee, Mass. where he successfully re-built that station and worked closely with five Western Massachusetts communities served by the station. He served as Media Director for Cazenovia College in Central New York and earlier was the Director of Radio and Television at Northeastern University in Boston. Norm also worked in television equipment sales as well as local audio-visual production houses in the Boston area. He received his Masters degree in Television and Radio Production from Syracuse University, after which he was a news director for the U.S. military. He began his community access career in a small cable station in Newburg, N.Y., and later was a producer for the New York State Educational Television Network.You can contact Norm at email@example.com.
A past volunteer in countless productions for his hometown Malden Access TV, Malden, MA, Jeff brings his unique experience to Arlington Community Media Inc.’s stated mission of “…providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas…” and “…providing access to, and training in, telecommunications technology…” With more than ten years’ experience in the cable access industry, Jeff has also worked in this field beyond community access television-both as independent production contractor for local, regional, and national networks such as CN8 and ABC Sports, and as contractor for cable television companies such as HBO. His five years of program development at the former Arlington Studio have served to establish strong and lasting relationships with the community. Jeff is thrilled now to be offering new digital equipment and training to ACMI volunteer producers, as well as fiber-optic cablecasting on all local cablesystems to Arlington residents.You can contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Access Production Coordinator
Lakis returns to Arlington following three years' service as the Access Coordinator for LexMedia public access television in Lexington, MA, where he managed its studio and served as its webmaster. He developed there a quarterly newsletter and worked hard to promote the studio's public face through its website and printed media. Lakis, a provider of television production instruction to studio members, is a multiple-format digital editor (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Avid). In the broadcast world he has worked for television production companies throughout New England, covering high school, college, and professional sporting events. He attended Framingham State College, Framingham, MA, and started his television career at Arlington Studio, first volunteering at the age of 12.You can contact Lakis at email@example.com.
Dan joins ACMi with a background in television studio production, independent filmmaking, and teaching. He started his professional media career at an infomercial studio in Beverly, MA as an Assistant Editor and Floor Manager. He has also worked for a screenwriting agency based in Los Angeles and New York, and has co-directed a full-length feature film that was recently broadcast on television to 2.5 million homes in New England. He was most recently a project coordinator for NORCAM Inc. in North Reading, Massachusetts. Dan loves to teach as much as he loves to learn, and looks forward to working with some of Arlington's enterprising youth in developing innovative programming for Arlington viewers and schools.You can contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Access Coordinator
Jessica Barnthouse is the ACMi Government Access Coordinator, replacing Sara Alfaro-Franco who became News Director for ACMi-based Arlington Public News (APN) in July 2012. Jess manages ACMi’s coverage of Selectmen and School Committee meetings, as well as other town government meetings including the annual Town Meeting. She joined the ACMi staff in the summer of 2012, bringing with her a strong background in digital media production and in community cable access television. A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ms. Barnthouse is a journalist, community organizer, public media supporter, and documentary digital filmmaker with a soft spot for stop-motion animation. Prior to coming to ACMi, she worked as Membership Coordinator for Somerville Cable Access Television (SCATV).You can contact Jessica at email@example.com.
Sara Alfaro-Franco became News Director for ACMi’s Arlington Public News (APN) in July 2012. For the previous two years she served as the ACMi Government Access Coordinator. Sara, an Arlington Studio and ACMi volunteer for a decade prior to her hiring, was involved in many productions during that time as producer, director, editor, camera operator, production assistant, crew member, and coffee fetcher. As an aspiring documentary filmmaker, she has a passion for videography, oral history, involvement in her community, and opportunities for learning and teaching. At the ACMi Awards in June 2010, Sara garnered the highest producer award, Best Overall Producer.You can contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean joins ACMi with a professional background in communications and design. He attended Stonehill College for Fine Arts where he started on his path toward digital imaging and audio production, and solidified his foundation in Media Arts during graduate School at Emerson College. Sean has worked as on-air talent and producer for radio, a print production specialist for a local media production foundation, and a journalist for an engineering magazine. Additionally, he works independently as a web and graphic designer and as a digital imaging teacher with the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Sean is also a lifelong resident of the Greater Boston Area.You can contact Sean at email@example.com.
Walter came to ACMI, when it was still called Arlington Studio, in November 2006 from a position at a local non-profit organization where he provided organizational support and project management. In the previous millennium he was involved in initiating, developing, and implementing corporate media project proposals and marketing presentations as a consultant and, before that, as sole proprietor of first an A/V and film production company and later a multilingual translation agency. He first entered the world of media production when producing and distributing his own non-fiction feature film. He subsequently co-produced and hosted a 26-week children’s television program for Warner Cable TV in Norwood, MA.You can contact Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before joining the ACMI staff as Administrative/Programming Assistant, Cheryl volunteered during more than a decade at Arlington's local access television studio. Her series production credits during that time included Golden Opportunities, The Front Page, Cable Cuisine and Cable Spotlight as well as several individual programs. She subsequently videotaped several meetings for the Arlington Historical Society . Cheryl was a producer and editor of the program series Inside Arlington and The Family Food Show. She was a member of the board of the Arlington Cable Access (ACA) group where she held the positions of Secretary and Clerk. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, mixed media arts and is an avid photographer. An Arlington resident for more than thirty years, Cheryl has come to appreciate the' unique charms of Arlington. Now that the studio at which she first volunteered has stepped so boldly into the technology of twenty-first century cablecasting, she looks forward to seeing more of her fellow Arlingtonians make use of the ACMi studio facility.You can contact Cheryl at email@example.com.