All Board Members
The following is a list of the officers, board of governors, committee members and regional chairs for the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Member Bio
Steve Allwine

Steve Allwine has been involved with the Northwest Chapter of NATAS since 2004. Upon the advice of Mr. Sharify, Steve wrangled a way to attend the 2004 Regional EMMY® Awards by serving cocktails at the pre-show mixer. What a difference a couple years makes. After serving two terms as chapter Treasurer, Steve now serves on the chapter's board as Vice-President.

Steve currently works as the Director of Marketing & Technology for Johnson Braund, Inc. The allure of the family profession called to him after what felt like a lifetime in broadcast.

An '04 graduate of Central Washington University, and Green River Community College (go Gators!), Steve has been in and out of Seattle's Fisher Communications and Sandusky Broadcasting, working everything from overnight board op at Smooth Jazz at KWJZ, overnight announcer at KOMO 1000 AM, news writer at KOMO 4 TV, to executive news producer at KIMA TV 29 in Yakima.

Diane Bevins
Chapter Administrator
President of Association Services, Inc., providing event planning and support services to professional non-profit associations, including database management, desktop publishing and specialty mailings and more. Executive Director for the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Brian Callanan
Board of Governors
Brian's career in broadcast journalism started back in 1995 and has included stops in Roseburg, Oregon, Spokane, and Seattle. From 2000-2011, Brian was a reporter and fill-in anchor for Q13 FOX News. Over his career, Callanan has won an Emmy® Award and has earned several other awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographer's Association. He's the host of the Seattle Channel's award-winning public affairs programs: City Inside/Out, City Inside/Out: Council Edition and Ask the Mayor. He lives with his wife and two daughters in West Seattle, and enjoys playing music, competing in triathlons, and adventuring all over the Northwest.
Katie Campbell
Board of Governors

Katie Campbell is a seven-time regional Emmy® Award-winning producer/photographer at KCTS 9. She covers environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest as the EarthFix video managing editor. Katie has earned national awards for her role in the documentaries Undamming the Elwha, COAL and Wildlife Detectives, and is the 2015 winner of the Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her story Is Alaska Safe for Sea Stars?

Katie grew up on a flower farm in southern Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism at St. Catherine’s University, she worked as an enterprise reporter at daily newspapers in Minnesota and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining KCTS 9 and EarthFix, Katie was an instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

Joan Cartan-Hansen
Joan Cartan-Hansen has been a producer/reporter/writer for Idaho Public Television since 1988. Joan is the lead producer/host for "D4K and a producer/reporter/writer for "Outdoor Idaho." In addition, she writes and produces a number of documentaries and occasionally contributed pieces to "The PBS News Hour." Joan has won a number of awards including several regional Emmy® Awards, gold medals at the New York Festivals, Tellys, CINE Golden Eagles and Platinum prizes at Worldfest. The National Educational Association and the Council on State Governments have also honored Joan for her educational projects. Joan has a science news blog for kids (

Besides NATAS-NW, Joan is active in several professional organizations: The Idaho Press Club and Capitolbeat. Joan also sits on the Idaho Supreme Courts Media/Courts Committee and is member of the Idaho Supreme Court's "Fire Brigade." A native Idahoan, Joan is married with two children.

Chris Cashman
Emmy® Awards Show
Chris is a dynamic Host, producer, writer, editor and avatar. He's received numerous Emmy® Awards for "Best host" and many more for his work behind the scenes as producer & editor. Chris's unique brand of humor has earned him roles on television stations like KSTW, Seattle Channel & KING 5's Evening Magazine. He's worked with the Seahawks, Mariners and hosted many live parades and events. Chris has worked nationally as a host and featured actor with The Discovery Channel, CBS & Comedy Central. Chris is also currently a featured performer for the nationally syndicated kids show "Biz Kids." He is also a formidable host, writer & producer for many Microsoft programs & live events. As the host of XBOX LIVE's 1vs100, Chris reached over 20 million subscribers with an interactive social gaming experience that earned him a place in the Guinness book of world records. Currently you can see Chris as the host of MSN's entrepreneur magazine program "News On Main." Chris is also a popular event host & auctioneer. He wanted us to brag about his 2 gorgeous daughters but that would be too sappy for his bio.
Lindsay Cohen
Board of Governors

Lindsay is an Emmy® Award-winning reporter and anchor who has interviewed everyone from presidential candidates to pop stars in her 16 years in broadcast journalism. It was a story about a painting dog that helped her land her first on-air job at WNYT -TV in Albany, NY. From there, she spent three years at WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, FL, before moving to KOMO-TV in Seattle in July 2009. She has covered natural disasters, state politics, Super Bowls, and more.

Lindsay holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Northwestern (go 'Cats!) In between the occasional freelance writing job for ESPN the Magazine, you can find her running along the Seattle waterfront with her dog, Frank Sinatra. She has served on the NATAS board since 2014.

Melannie Denise Cunningham
Board of Governors
Melannie is President and CEO of the Cunningham Network, Lakewood, WA. Melannie is a television entrepreneur. She owns and operates her own network called the "Ubuntu Center" after Nelson Mandela's saying, "I am because we are." Melannie worked in television as a producer of documentaries and talk shows before taking the job of Director of Diversity Recruitment at Pacific Lutheran University. Last year, Melannie volunteered to sell ads in the Northwest Emmy® Awards program holds the title for the best sales person of all time for that program.
Denise Dowling
Missoula Regional Chair

Denise Dowling chairs the Radio-Television Department at the University of Montana where she's taught broadcast journalism since 2000. Dowling spent 20 years in television news in Montana, Colorado and Washington before heading to UM where she leads award-winning student news and documentary programs and spends her free time reporting and producing for MontanaPBS. Dowling was named the country's "Most Promising Professor" by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and won the Broadcast Education Association's "Best of Festival" honor for her radio reporting work. She recently earned a NATPE grant that will put her in Seattle's KING-5 newsroom for a month to study how digital platforms are impacting broadcast programming.

Ryan Flynn
Board of Governors

Ryan connects with audiences as Senior Writer and Producer with KCPQ, KZJO, and KRCW-TV. He began his career with KFBB in Great Falls, Montana and has served in a creative capacity for Tribune Broadcasting, Taft Broadcasting, Comcast Spotlight, and Max Media. Ryan is a proud graduate of Montana State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Theatre. He loves to spend his free time writing music and exploring the Pacific Northwest with Dakota, his black lab mix.

Sara Givens
Vice President

Sara Givens is a production manager and editor at Small World Productions. Over the last 15 years she has worked on more than 30 travel shows for public television, including Emmy® award-winning shows Smart Travels and Adventures With Purpose. Sara has also worked for UWTV , shot and edited many broadcast political campaign commercials for a Seattle-based consulting firm, and had her photos published in National Geographic Traveler A native of Seattle, Sara has a degree in Communications and Media from The Evergreen State College. Outside of work, Sara enjoys travel, soccer, wine and adventurous food.

Ile Gonzales
Board of Governors
Ileana began her television career in January 1998 as a part-time Master Control Operator at UPN affiliate, KASY and CBS affiliate KRQE in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She figured she had to start somewhere and if it was “switching breaks” then it would be a great way to get in the door. In February of 1999, WB affiliate KWBQ came to town and recruited her to be their prime time Master Control Operator. She made the switch and worked in Master Control until the infamous evening of Y2K. She then made the transition over to Promotions Editor, and over the next few years she worked her way through the ranks up to Senior Promotion Producer for the nation’s first duopoly KASY and KWBQ. In October of 2002, she transferred to a higher market in Salt Lake City, Utah as a Senior Promotions Producer for WB affiliate KUWB. After two and a half more years in the company she left Acme Communications and moved to Seattle to work with Tribune Television.

In 2005, she was once again recruited to jump market sizes moving to Seattle with stations KCPQ, KZJO (formerly known as KTZZ and KTWB) and KRCW. Fully comfortable with station start-ups, rebuilds and rebrands she felt right at home for years to come as a Promotion Producer for the three affiliates. In 2009, she was promoted to Promotion Manager for all three affiliates and was an integral part of the rebrand of KTWB as KZJO, JOEtv. In 2014 and after sixteen and a half years in the business she put the “Susan Lucci Curse” to rest and garnered an Emmy® Award as part of the “Use Your Seahawks Voice” team for KCPQ. She continues her creative pursuits in editing, writing and photography.

Jamie Hammond
Board of Governors

Jamie Hammond has produced a dozen edutainment series during her career. She has committed her career to making engaging and entertaining content that has a positive impact on the lives of others.

Jamie is one of the Executive Producers and Co-creators of Biz Kid$ the national public television which has completed production of 65 episodes to date. This series is the foundation of a full financial education initiative that has been adopted by the IRS, and Ernst & Young and accepted by many states as a recommended resource in financial literacy. It received the 2012 and 2013 Parent's Choice Gold Award and thirteen Emmy nominations with two wins to date.

She was the coordinating producer for "Bill Nye the Science Guy" delivering 100 episodes to syndication and PBS. Jamie was the Senior Producer for 15 interstitial segments titled 60 Seconds of Science for the Disney Channel. Since 1999 she has been a member of the creative team that developed and produces Second Opinion broadcast nationally which has delivered 12 seasons to PBS and is currently in production for season 13. Jamie has produced 11 other series for public television and many projects for commercial television over her extensive career.

Jamie has two national Emmy Awards with multiple nominations and has received many other national awards in recognition of her excellence in television production.

Janis Harper
Alaska Regional Chair

Janis Harper is the Assistant News Director at KTVA, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s been there since 2013.

Janis’ journalism career started the month after she graduated from high school when she landed a daily assignment reporter gig for her local newspaper. She was later named the Editor of a weekly newspaper owned by the same company.

After working in print for a few years Janis made the transition to broadcast.

In her 10+ year career with Raycom Media she served as an editor, producer, Executive Producer and Assistant News Director. While working in Louisville, KY, Janis served on the Board of Governors for the Ohio Valley Chapter.

She currently holds a seat on the Alaska Press Club Board of Directors.

Morgan Holm
Portland Regional Chair

Morgan Holm is Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. Morgan oversees all of OPB’s local production, including radio and digital news, three television programs and a local music service. He has been a reporter, assignment editor, producer, host and news director since joining OPB in 1990.

Morgan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland with a BA in Communication. He started his journalism career at Jefferson Public Radio in 1986, and worked for KOBI-TV (NBC) in Medford as a producer and assignment editor before coming to OPB. He managed the news team that won a George F. Peabody award in 2009 for reporting on the effects of the Great Recession in Oregon.

Eric Jensen
Board of Governors

Eric Jensen is a television photographer based in Seattle. His first job in TV was as photog for Squatch, the Sonic’s mascot.

He has been in television news for 14 years. He's worked in Boise, Milwaukee and now, Seattle. He's been with KOMO-TV since 2006.

He also shoots travel programs broadcast on American Public Television for Small World Productions. The shows, including Smart Travels, Adventures with Purpose, and Real Rail Adventures, are a great way to see the world and work on longer format shows.

Eric is a native of the northwest and a proud Evergreen grad.

Jamie Jensen
Board of Governors
After 15 years on the Board of the Northwest chapter, Jamie is coming around for her second round in the President's seat - serving as co-President with Dick Splitstone. She is also the Trustee for the Northwest NATAS Chapter, serving as the chapter representative to the Board of Trustees of the National Academy. Jamie just completed two terms as Secretary of the National Board of Trustees. Jamie spent nearly two decades as a producer in television news and programming. Starting her broadcasting career on the air in radio in Wickenburg, Arizona, she moved into the producer chair at KYMA-TV in Yuma, Arizona. She moved to Seattle in 1990 to write and produce for KIRO-TV. After serving time as a producer of special projects at KIRO, KOMO and promotions at KING, Jamie launched her own production company working with various corporations and non-profits on their video and marketing projects. She continued freelancing for NBC news and several Seattle TV stations, but turned her focus to fundraising and marketing for non-profits. Most recently Jamie served as Vice President of Development and Marketing at The Hope Heart Institute.

You can currently find Jamie selling real estate with John L. Scott Real Estate in the Seattle area, but keeping her fingers in writing and production projects as often as possible. Community service is at the heart of everything Jamie does. She served as Director of Entertainment for the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, in Bremerton, Washington, and has served on executive committees and as a board member for several Seattle non-profit organizations including: The Woodland Park Zoo Society - Wildkeepers and Rise n' Shine. Jamie joined the Board of the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1995 as Membership Committee Chair. She then served four years as Chair of the EMMY® Awards Committee, before serving two years as Vice President and four years as President of the Northwest Chapter. Jamie lives in Kingston, Washington with her husband, 4 dogs, 2 cats and 3 steer (yes, cows.)

Carolyn Kresser
Board of Governors

Carolyn is the Assignment Editor at Q13 FOX News. She was born and raised in Iowa and has a bachelor’s degree in both journalism and communications from the University of Iowa. She started her journalism career as a producer in Iowa, before moving to Las Vegas where she spent 8 years in "Sin City," working for both the local FOX affiliate and the NPR affiliate there. In October 2012 she traded the hot dry weather in southern Nevada for the cool damp weather of the Pacific Northwest to work at Q13 FOX News in Seattle. Carolyn is an avid hiker, biker and trail runner, and since moving to the northwest, has become a mountain-climber as well.

Maria Lamarca Anderson
Silver/Gold Circle Awards
Maria Lamarca Anderson joined KIRO 7 as community relations manager in May 2007. Her previous experience includes shopping center, social service, high-tech and arts marketing and corporate public relations, resulting in a diversity of experiences with a variety of media and awards for her campaigns. She is also a freelance writer and communications consultant. Throughout her career Maria has volunteered with an array of non-profit organizations, at present with Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Mary M. Gates Guild of Children's Hospital and Seattle Women's Chorus. She joined the board of the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as marketing chair in 2004. She is a past president of the Seattle Advertising Federation and served on its board for seven years.
Scott LaPlante
National Trustee
Independant producer, and former Director of News Technology KIRO-TV, Seattle. Scott started his career in Duluth Minnesota in 1972 as a Newsfilm photographer/editor. After working at several TV stations in the Midwest he moved to Seattle in 1980 as an editor for KING-TV. He became Chief Editor in 1981 and then Operations Manager at KING in 1984. He received two Emmy® Awards for his editing in the early 80's. As Operations Manager he also produced several News Specials and traveled to Russia, Hong Kong and China for the news department. He also produced the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea and the '94 Games in Atlanta, GA for KING-TV. For ten years 1988 to 1998 Scott was the Northwest producer for NBC News. He produced numberous stories for the Today Show and Nightly News including the Live remote broadcast of the 10 Year Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens Eruption with Tom Brokaw. In 1999 he moved to KIRO-TV as News Operations Manager just in time for the Millennium. At KIRO he managed the photography, editing and news engineering staff as well as the various newsroom computer systems. Scott is the current National Trustee of the NATAS Northwest Chapter, after serving two years as President and four years as Vice President and Awards Chair. He receied the NW Chapter's Silver Circle Honor on June 15, 2013.
Grendel Levy
Idaho Regional Chair

Grendel Levy has been with 6 On Your Side/Fox 9 since August 2011. She served as the Executive Producer for just more than 2 years before being promoted to News Director in November 2013.

Grendel comes to Idaho from her home state tof Louisiana, where she started as an intern and worked her way into a job as a news producer at WGNO, the Tribune ABC affiliate in New Orleans. She produced newscasts there for many years. She loved covering the news in the city where she was born and raised, even when the news hit a bit too close to home. She considers her coverage of Hurricane Katrina the biggest story of her career.

Grendel also worked for ABC affiliates in Biloxi, Mississippi and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has a total of 19 years of experience in the news business as has served in various capacities from Assignment Editor to Reporter to Producer and she even spent some time as a newscast video editor.

Grendel graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor's degree in Communications.

Grendel & her husband Israel have been married for 8 years. They have 5 children, a 23 year old son (who also works in radio for Journal's Boise Group), a 22 year old, 7 year old twin daughters and a 4 year old little girl.

As much as she loves her family, she has a true passion for news and couldn't imagine doing anything else!

Joanne Lisosky
Board of Governors
Joanne M. Lisosky is a professor of communication and journalism at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma where she teaches classes in communication law, international media and multimedia writing and production. She has served on the NATAS board since 1997. In a previous life she worked in television in Missoula, Montana; Reno, Nevada and Springfield, Missouri. She also dabbled in radio news and newspapers. She was awarded two Fulbright awards in 2003 and 2011 to teach journalism in Kampala, Uganda and Baku, Azerbaijan. Her book, "War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists?" was published in 2011.
Brian MacMillan
Oregon Regional Chair

Brian is a meteorologist and news reporter for KPTV-FOX 12 in Portland. He joined the FOX 12 team in 2009.

Brian grew up north of Seattle and has lived in the Northwest most of his life. Brian graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and the Honors College at Washington State University. Brian also graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and also holds a Broadcast Meteorology Certification.

Brian was honored with the Oregon Associated Press award for Best Weathercast and has several other awards for his work in news and weather.

Carla Miller
Oregon Regional Chair

Carla is the 11pm producer for KOIN 6 News in Portland, Oregon. She has been with KOIN for two years. Carla has been producing for stations across the Northwest since 2006, having worked in the Tri-Cities, Bend, and Spokane. A native Oregonian, she is delighted to be representing Portland and the Beaver State.

Tara Miller
Tara is a Digital Media Producer with 8-year portfolio of successfully constructing video content and digital content management, for leading providers of digital programming. Instrumental in filming and producing a mobile application program that earned an Emmy® Award nomination in the Advanced Media Category in 2007, and is currently the Social Media Chair for the Northwest chapter.
Peter O'Connell
Awards - Call for Entries

Executive Producer of Special Projects at KING-TV. Peter has been a television news producer and writer more than 30 years, working in San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles before coming to Seattle in 1997. His many projects include local coverage of the Olympic games, political conventions and elections, riots, earthquakes, the OJ Simpson trial, the opening of Safeco Field, and the implosion of the Kingdome. Several of these projects won Emmys. Peter has served as the NATAS Northwest Awards Chair for more than five years. He has also served on the board of the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.

Andrea Flatley
Awards - Event
Andrea Petrich is co-chair of the Emmy® Nomination Party, serves on the Social Media Committee and is a previous Regional Chair. She is currently the assistant director of development for the ASU Foundation, and is based in the Pacific Northwest. Before working for her alma mater she was the communications and social media manager at Northwest Harvest. Prior to moving to the nonprofit sector Andrea worked as a special projects, magazine and line producer and writer at KOMO, KPTV and KXLY. While producing at those stations she helped launch magazine style broadcasts, a mid-day newscast and field produced for a variety of special projects. Andrea received an Emmy® Award in 2008 for her work on a Special Assignment Report, AWOL In Canada and a Community Service nomination for her work with the KXLY Extreme Team Girl Scouts Build. She was also part of the KOMO 4 News Team awarded a 2012 Breaking News Emmy® Award for coverage of a house explosion. Andrea is a graduate of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism. She is the Seattle Club vice president for ASU's Alumni Association and a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. In her free time she writes for the wine, beer & spirit blog WestToast. She has served on the NATAS NW board since 2008.
Jerry Post
Spokane Regional Chair
Jerry has worked in television news for 10 years, at WXYZ in Detroit, WJRT in Flint, MI, and KXLY in Spokane, where he currently serves as assistant news director. He's also worked as assignment editor, producer, and writer, and has won Emmy® Awards for Best Newscast and Best Series, along with other regional awards.
Nicole Sanchez
Silver/Gold Circle Event

Award-winning journalist Nicole Sanchez has been a Host and Reporter for CityStream on The Seattle Channel since 2010. She also produces medical stories for national syndication for Ivanhoe Broadcast News. Nicole also enjoys producing, anchoring and reporting for London-based WebsEdge for their newscasts at conferences around the world. Nicole has also reported for KOMO 4 News, Q13 Fox News, Arise News, Pierce County News, and she was an Anchor/Reporter for KIMA-TV CBS. She has also worked for The Outdoor Channel as an Account Executive.

Through the years, Nicole has earned two EMMY® nominations, several NATOA and Communicator Awards, as well as a Hometown and Telly Award. Her work has also been recognized several times by the Society of Professional Journalists.

She is a proud graduate of Washington State University and continues to be very grateful for the many people and organizations who helped her get her start in journalism by investing in her education. She received a NATAS scholarship back in the late 90’s, along with scholarships from Fisher Broadcasting, Washington State Association of Broadcaster, the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence and WSU’s Katie Whitworth Scholarship.

Jeremiah Slovarp
Bozeman Regional Chair
Jeremiah began his career as a location sound engineer on various films and commercials. In 2002 he started Jereco Studios designing his first commercial recording facility, and in the spring of 2010, he founded a second recording facility, Peach Street Studios.

Today, Jeremiah is responsible for producing and engineering Post Production Sound, Live Sound, Music Recording, and Location Sound to many shows and events nationally and regionally including, Music on Main, Music in the Mountains, and Sweet Pea Festival. In addition, in 2010 Jeremiah was appointed the Audio Director of the 11th & Grant with Eric Funk television series on MontanaPBS. In June 2011, Jeremiah earned an Emmy® Award for Audio for his work on the 11th & Grant TV show.

As a graduate of Montana State University - Bozeman, Jeremiah continues supporting, working, and teaching within the university system. Jeremiah is Adjunct Faculy at the School of Music where he teaches Entertainment Business, Music Technology, and is the Technical Director for the school and Reynolds Recital Hall.
Dick Splitstone
Past President
Alternate Trustee
Dick is a 37-year veteran of the news business. As an Executive Producer, he was a launch team member of Belo's Local News on Cable, a 24-hour regional news channel in Norfolk, VA, and has worked as a news producer at KIRO-TV in Seattle, WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York and WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio. He also worked for a number of years as a radio reporter, anchor and News Director in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Cleveland, Ohio markets. He is currently Senior Executive Producer with NorthWest Cable News in Seattle.
Robin Wojtanik
Central WA Regional Chair

Robin Wojtanik has been News Director of KEPR and KIMA since 2006. She has spent 15 years in the news business, beginning in Palm Springs and including stops in Cleveland and Seattle before arriving in the Tri-Cities-Yakima market. Newscasts Robin has produced or supervised have been nominated for multiple Emmy® Awards. She has assisted with the regional board for two years.

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