Board Members

Our current board consists of 21 members:

Marilyn Cohen, Executive Director, was one of AME’s founding members. Marilyn has been actively involved in curriculum development, training and research focused on media literacy education since the early 90s. She also currently serves as the Director of the Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, College of Education, University of Washington. Through her work with AME and the NW Center, she has taken a leadership role in organizing and implementing a number of media literacy-based initiatives designed to grow the media literacy movement, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Michael Danielson, AME’s Chairperson, has been a teacher at Seattle Prep for 22 years. He has been teaching Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship for decades, but most recently in a semester course for 9th graders. He is also the EdTech director helping to train teachers and students in the best use of technology. Michael has been a writer for the Center for Media Literacy and is the current chair of Action for Media Education.

Anne Aliverti is a 23-year teaching veteran for Seattle Public Schools, Anne currently serves as Teacher Librarian at Bryant Elementary. Her interest in media literacy began as a middle school teacher. Collaborating with Marilyn Cohen and others, Anne wrote teaching units on advertising and anti-violence. When she’s not critically reviewing, Anne enjoys walking through the UW campus with her family, gazing up at the gargoyles.

Barbara Burton has worked for 25 years as an applied cultural anthropologist in the private and public sectors and fascinated by the role of visual and social media in shaping contemporary communication.  She is now a Social Studies and Language Arts teacher at Roosevelt High School and immersed in the everyday challenges of planning meaningful curriculum in a media context which is constantly shifting.  She has joined AME to work collaboratively with other educators to improve conditions for the classroom and develop more effective curricula designed explicitly to marry efforts to instill critical thinking skills with digital literacy and citizenship. 

Sue D. Cook is an editor for ECG Management Consultants and has spent her career as a developmental / line editor, writer, and graphic designer. Sue was the developmental editor for the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL), a five-year grant from the Office of Head Start, and for iBESTT, an online coaching and collaboration tool for behavioral interventions. As a long-time literacy advocate and volunteer, she tutored elementary students, taught adult literacy, and shared computer skills with people of all ages in King County Library classes. She is a past board member of the Northwest Editors Guild. Sue is on the Action for Media Education communications committee and posts on social media for AME.

Ethan Delavan is the Director of Technology at The Bush School, a K-12 independent school. Trained as a drama teacher, Ethan began integrating media and technology into his classes and made the switch to teaching technology full time to middle school students. His latest passion is helping colleagues to bring technology into student experience to further creativity and collaboration. He has served on the boards of 911 Media Arts Center and the National Association for Media Literacy Education.

Jenny Gawronski is a doctoral student at the University of Washington in the College of Education. Her research explores the digital lives of student teachers and how they use technology in their learning to become teachers. Jenny also teaches the educational technology courses in the University of Washington’s elementary and secondary teacher education programs. In addition, she teaches media literacy professional development workshops for elementary and secondary educators. In her previous work, Jenny was a ceramic artist and Assistant Professor of Art and Art Education. Currently, Jenny lives in Seattle with her wife with their two daughters, and two dogs.

Elcin Gurbuz received her bachelor’s in Communications from Istanbul University in Turkey. She worked as a Project Marketing Specialist in various industries and international organizations. Additionally, she worked on the influence of media on children and adults. She created projects related to media literacy, media studies, and entrepreneurship for workshops and student clubs in Turkey. She moved to Seattle in 2017 and worked on digital marketing. She works as a Program Coordinator for university in Seattle.

Barbara Johnson the Treasurer and a founding member of Action for Media Education. Barbara has been working for the last 26 years as a program operations specialist at NW Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, College of Education UW. The center develops media literacy curriculum as a hook to address teen health issues.  As part of the center staff, she has traveled the state of Washington doing focus workgroups with parents, teachers, and students to develop effective curriculum that targets a wide range of health issues.  The project has trained teachers, community educators, and youth to be facilitators in media literacy curriculum in school and community programs as well as organized statewide media literacy workshops and conferences. 

Ms. Linda Kennedy is the principal in the media education and consulting firm of LK Media. LK Media specializes in teaching media literacy to parents, teachers, students, caregivers, childcare providers, and community organizations. Ms. Kennedy has more than 25 years of experience in the media. She started her career as a radio and television reporter in Omaha, Nebraska and after a short stint in Portland, Oregon moved to Seattle to become an a reporter, anchor, and producer at KING 5 Television in Seattle.
She was elected to the National Board of Board of Directors: Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television & Radio (AFTRA) in 1991 and served as an AFTRA board member until 2008. For several years afterward, she continued to serve as a Board alternate. After leaving KING, Ms. Kennedy directed internal and external communications for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Art Land is a journalist and educator. In television news since 1982, he worked at CNN headquarters as an assignment editor and show producer. He has extensive and current experience as a freelance field producer for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, Vice News, and Al Jazeera America, among many others. He began his career in local news in Georgia and South Carolina where he also made documentaries, sports programs, and commercials. Since 1994, Art has been teaching journalism and communication at colleges including Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, West Georgia State University, and currently at Lake Washington Technical Institute. His wife, Kristin Fraser, is a producer for Vice News Tonight on HBO.

Cora Mackoff graduated with a degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a Masters in Education and Curriculum. She has been a dedicated and inspirational educator for Seattle Public schools for almost four decades, teaching everything from World History, Public Speaking, AP Human Geography, APLA to Modern World Literature. Cora started the Women’s Literature/Studies program at Roosevelt high school in Seattle 18 years ago and it is still going strong. A fierce fan of Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship, she incorporates its lessons to all her students as often as possible. She has worked, along with Marilyn Cohen, Barbara Johnson, and Jennifer Slack, on some of AME’s most iconic curriculums including Creating Critical Viewers,Tobacco and Media, and her favorite, Violence and the Media. She has been a member of AME for over 20 years and continues to apply its mission in her work at Roosevelt high school.

Janine Magidman (BA Russian, MA Curriculum/Instruction) recently retired from teaching at Roosevelt High School in Seattle after 32 years teaching World History, AP Human Geography, English and Yearbook Journalism. Her travels with students and educators to Northern Ireland, Japan, Turkey, Serbia and Azerbaijan broadened her horizons and inspired her commitment to open and honest communication among all members of the global citizenry. She supports teachers and learners through the Hands for a Bridge program, building understanding across chasms of historical and current divisions, and continues to work with educators to instill responsible Digital Citizenship in the next generation of leaders.

Maliha Masood is a Pakistani born writer and educator. She is the author of two books, Zaatar Days, Henna Nights and Dizzy in Karachi, based on her travels in the Middle East and South Asia. Maliha has ten years of experience as a research analyst in the IT sector at Microsoft and tech startups. She studied Public Policy as a grad student at Harvard University and earned a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University in Boston. Maliha has taught World History at Ingraham High School and Political Science at Bellevue College and is currently a summer enrichment instructor at Open Window School where she teaches Debate and
Literature. Her work has been featured on PBS, NPR and the Wing Luke Museum.

Danni Minteer  gained experience working with the news media as a government major at Connecticut College, while immersed in local, state and national politics.  Before pursuing a teaching career in secondary education, she was awarded a fellowship to complete a Master’s Degree in Special Education and earned another bachelor’s degree in English.  During her years as a secondary teacher at Bainbridge High School and Klahowya Secondary School she introduced media literacy into her English, Social Studies and Special Ed classes as a result of attending a NAMLE conference. Now retired, Danni continues to be absorbed in trying to understand and evaluate the ethics of the digital world, social media and the neuroscience that draws us in.  She hopes to further AME’s goals among her former colleagues and the professional and community organizations  to which she is committed.

Janith Pewitt is an Evergreen State College grad who has been at Roosevelt High School since 2003. Her teaching has spanned from remedial reading development courses to Advanced Placement Language and Composition. She has served as department chair for English Language Development program since 2011. Believing that informed and critical consumers of information are a fundamental component of participatory democracy, and believing that public schools have the responsibility to foster such consumers, media literacy is a daily practice in her classroom. One premise of media literacy is that how we say things is inseparable from what we say. What’s more—from a social justice perspective—how we say things is often more compelling and almost always more revealing. And it’s that perspective that centers Janith and her work.

Shelby Reynolds has been a leader in Digital and Media literacy for over a decade in her role as the Assistant Director for Instructional Technology and Library Services for the Northshore School District.  In addition, Shelby is the 2019-2021 Washington State PTA Leadership Director, serving as a parent advocate on the AME.  As a parent of two daughters, Shelby’s passions include the development of critical thinking and information literacy skills to equip students to become active contributors to our global community.

Hina Shahid is a strategic designer, design educator, and a social impact designer. She is the founder of Project Pluralist, a non-profit that works to educate and equip the youth to become the next generation of pluralist citizens through social emotional learning. She is passionate about designing alternative solutions to, and imagining new realities. In her previous roles she helped businesses with design-led innovation, and now brings that expertise to social enterprise space.

Shawn Sheller is our Vice Chair. She is a national board-certified library-media specialist with 30+ years of teaching experience; she is employed in the Kent School District. Shawn has worked with educators to achieve their national board certification and professional certification. She testified before the legislature in support of media literacy legislation and led an AME/media literacy session at the 2018 Washington Library Association annual library conference. Shawn is an OSPI media literacy grant recipient two years in a row. AME’s efforts to codify the goals that all children become media literate is a worthy goal she is proud to be involved with.

Halinka Wodzicki is an educator dedicated to connecting art to life and ourselves to each other. In art and museum education since the early 1990s, she worked at the Tacoma Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery and has been Art & Education Curator for the Junior League of Seattle’s NW Art Collection since 2001. In 2015 she founded The ArtReach Project, where she works with teams on visual literacy. Her life’s work aims to build empathy and to foster creative and critical thinking patterns that directly transfer to professional, academic, and personal lives. 

Di Zhang is a librarian at Renton Technical College. Passionate about promoting digital citizenship and information literacy in all forms, Di has taught these skills to media organizations, educators and students, librarians, and the general public. He developed The Fake News Survival Guide, a curriculum on news literacy taught at The Seattle Public Library, which has been used and adapted by educators and librarians throughout Washington State. Di’s current interests include media use among today’s members of iGen/Gen Z and how social media platforms increase division and partisanship. Di lives in Federal Way with his wife, daughter, and son.