Board of Directors

Andrea Capere – Regional Chair

Andrea Capere began her career at SCAN TV in Seattle, WA as a Production Facilitator and Playback Operator. She now works at Thurston Community Media in Olympia, WA as the Director of Community Relations. She has been an Alliance member since 2010 and has served on the regional board since 2011. She has chaired the NW region since 2015. She has been honored twice with the Grassroots Scholarship and once with the Brian Wilson Scholarship – opportunities that helped shape her into the professional she is today.

Capere is also an independent filmmaker. Her work as a producer/director and production designer in horror and science fiction has screened internationally. She was the chief video editor for Beyond Burkas and Bombers (2013) which was nominated for a NATAS NW Emmy for Best Collegiate Long-Form Documentary and won a Mark of Excellence award in Collegiate Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.

She is an alumna of Pacific Lutheran University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Jon Funfar – Vice Chair, Representative to the National ACM Board

Jon is currently with the City of Pasco, Washington, as Communications Program Manager. Jon is “one man band”, operating PSC-TV, government access for the City, the City’s website, print publications, and cable franchising.  An Alliance member since 2000, he has been on the Regional Board since 2001.

VACANT – Secretary

Deborah Vinsel – Treasurer

For the past 31 years, Deborah Vinsel has managed nonprofit community media centers in Ohio, California and Washington state.  She has been the CEO at Thurston Community Media in Olympia WA since 1990.   Ms. Vinsel served on the Alliance National Board of directors for two terms, was the Secretary of the Central States region, the Chair of the Western Region and is a past-chair and currently the Treasurer of the Northwest Region.  Deborah also managed the ACM national Hometown Media awards for from 2003 – 2011.  In 1999, Deb was honored with the ACM Buske Leadership Award for her service to the organization.  In addition to her service to the Alliance, Deborah also serves on the board of directors for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts and is the president of the South Sound Partners for Philanthropy.

VACANT – Member At-Large

Sabrina Roach – Member At-Large

Sabrina worked in public media for eleven years before joining the Doer program at Brown Paper Tickets in early 2011. She worked at KUOW and KBCS in various capacities, including production, development, membership, marketing and community engagement. Sabrina was recruited to the Brown Paper Tickets Doer program to focus on public interest media organizations and independent projects in the US and Canada. She specializes in earned income, social giving, community engagement, and is leading Brown Paper Tickets’ multilingual national campaign in support of low power FM applicants. She serves on the boards of the Seattle Globalist and this ACMNWR Board, the steering committee for the first Washington State Digital Inclusion Summit, and is a crowdfund curator for Philanthrogeek.

Nicole Plastino – Member At-Large

Nicole Plastino is a dedicated inter-disciplinarian who currently works in the museum field. Her professional background includes some fascinating hands-on history, including working as a field assistant for multiple archaeology projects, as a conservation intern for historic preservation, and a videographer and support person for various causes. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Religion Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.

Chris Lawn – Member At-Large

Originally from Massachusetts, Chris Lawn has had the pleasure of working in community television for over 10 years at five different stations of varying sizes. He is currently the Media Services Technical Lead at Open Signal in Portland, OR. He recently had the immense pleasure of being one of the people who led his fellow staff and volunteers who helped make the 2017 Stories For Change Summit a success.

His background includes all aspects of operations within a community media center: pre-recorded and live studio production, field production, video/audio editing, scheduling, programming, equipment upkeep, training, supervising interns/volunteers, archiving, and systems maintenance.

Chris is an affable extrovert with a passion for social justice and has a natural talent for connecting with people from all walks of life, genuinely enjoying taking on new
challenges and collaborating with colleagues and peers.

Kirimi Flitter – Member At-Large

Kirimi Flitter is the Programming & Promotion Coordinator for Capital Community Television in Salem, Oregon. She was hired in 2011 as Office Coordinator and moved to her current role in 2014. While managing CCTV’s program schedule and working to develop new programs, she heavily promotes both CCTV’s work and the work of their community producers. She pioneered most of CCTV’s social media work. As Chair of CCTV staff’s Training, Outreach and Promotion group, she coordinates community outreach events and works with staff to keep services current and meet community needs. Her current projects include securing sponsorships for CCTV’s many music programs, increasing CCTV’s social media presence in the community, and launching a children’s talk show with the help of her ten year old daughter.



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