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

Member Bio
Brett Birkinbine
Board of Governors

Brett is an Emmy Award-winning executive producer. Brett grew up in Iowa and started his career in 1999 while attending the University of Missouri-Columbia. He left Columbia to produce in Rochester, New York and then Houston, Texas. While in Houston, Brett earned a master’s degree in Victorian literature from the University of Houston. Brett moved to KIRO 7 in Seattle in 2013 to serve as morning executive producer. During his tenure in Seattle, Brett has won three Emmy Awards for morning news, spot news and interactivity. Most recently, he was the executive producer for an interview with President Obama at The White House. While not working, you can find Brett jogging around Green Lake, reading at Seattle’s best coffee shops and hanging out with his dog Mr. Buster. This is Brett’s first year on the NATAS board.

Brian Callanan
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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.
Lindsay Cohen
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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
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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.
Guy Farris
Board of Governors

Guy is an Emmy® award-winning journalist who's been working in the TV business for 20+ years. Prior to moving back home to Seattle last November, Guy was the host of the live weekday morning talk show, Sacramento & Company, a program he helped launch at the ABC affiliate KXTV in 2005. Before that, Guy was an entertainment anchor at KVWB in Las Vegas. His career has now come full circle, considering he got his start as a reporter/anchor at NorthWest Cable News where he worked for almost a decade. Currently, Guy is hosting and reporting for the Seattle Channel program CityStream and freelancing at KING5. He is also a former NATAS Northwest board member.

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.

Ile Gonzales
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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.

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.

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.

Joanne Lisosky
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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.
Charles Trillingham
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Charles supervises nightside crews, newscasts and programs at NWCN as Executive Producer after joining Belo, now Gannett, in July of 2011. Charles currently serves as co-chair for NATAS NW for the student awards committee. Charles career began at WLNE in Rhode Island as a photographer and producer. For nearly a decade, he has worked in Seattle, including at KOMO-TV, where he won his first Emmy® Award in 2007. Charles also has years of experience with KOMO Radio, and KCPQ. In addition to his normal duties, Charles produced the Cronkite Award winning and Emmy® nominated political coverage for NWCN during the 2012 election year. Charles is a proud graduate (2003) of the Edward R. Murrow College of Education at WSU, and holds a Masters of Arts in journalism (2005) from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

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