Our current board consists of 9 members:
Marilyn Cohen, AME’s Executive Director, was one of the founding members. Marilyn has been actively involved in 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 conferences and workshops designed to grow the media literacy movement particularly in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, in 2007 she assumed leadership in organizing the nation’s first Media Literacy Research Summit, sponsored by the organization now known as the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Marilyn has also written a number of media literacy-based curriculum materials that have been implemented widely by schools as well as by a broad range of groups and organizations serving young people across the nation.
Michael Danielson has been a teacher at Seattle Prep for 22 years. He has been teaching Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship for decades, but mostly 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.
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.
Lilia Cabello Drain has largely focused on working with youth to develop the tools, knowledge and power needed to influence media messages relying on her professional background in marketing and project management and her education in journalism and media studies. She currently serves as the vice chair for AME, the leader for the NYU Alumni Club in Seattle and works in employee communications for King County. Her previous work experience includes eminent national and northwest organizations such as UNICEF, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Washington State Hospital Association. Lilia has served on the boards for Action 4 Media Education and the NYU Alumni Association. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband.
Barbara Johnson, Barbara Johnson 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 work groups with parents, teachers and students to develop effective curriculum that target 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. She is a founding member and treasurer of Action for Media Education.
Linda Kennedy is the principal in the media education and consulting firm of LK Media, which specializes in teaching media literacy to parents, teachers, students, caregivers, childcare providers, and community organizations. She 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. Her news “beats” included consumer reporting, medicine, and the environment. After leaving KING, she directed internal and external communications for Public Health – Seattle & King County. Academically, she received a BA from Macalester College and additional training in media and Media Literacy. If you talk with her long enough, Linda will work Media Literacy into any conversation.
Nick Pernisco is an online instructor in the Media Studies department at Santa Monica College, teaching courses on media literacy, race and gender in journalism, and radio and television production. He has been a professional in the media industry since 1996, beginning his career as a freelance media producer, and later working in radio advertising, music production, voice and screen acting, and film production. In 2005, Nick founded Understand Media, a media literacy website containing original articles, podcasts, videos, lesson plans, and discussion forums. Also in 2005, he founded Carmelina Films, a film production company dedicated to producing socially-relevant video content. Nick lives in Redmond, WA with his wife and two cats.
Lynn Ziegler is a nationally recognized media critic and advocate for quality childrens television. She has previously worked as a television news writer and won two regional Emmys. Ziegler has written weekly print columns on childrens TV and family films for a number of Northwest newspapers and appeared on a number of national and regional radio and TV programs. Her memberships include ACME Action Coalition for Media Education, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Free Press and the National Academy of Television Arts and Science NATAS. She serves as media critic and founding Board Member for Action for Media Education, in Seattle.