Meet Our Staff

We're teachers, media artists, social activists and dynamic nonprofit professionals. We're excited to deliver Open Signal's programs to the community. 

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Elisa Barrios Director of Equity ebarrios [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8649

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¡Yo hablo español!
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As the Director of Equity and Co-Chair of Open Signal's Equity Committee, I am responsible for coordinating activities and trainings focused on equity, diversity and digital inclusion for staff, as well as for Open Signal community members.

Through trauma informed and culturally responsive practices, I am dedicated to ensuring equitable access to resources for communities who have been marginalized and are disproportionately served in the mainstream media industry.

Ifanyi Bell Executive Producer, Open Signal Labs ibell [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288–1515 x751

I lead Open Signal Labs, a new content studio and social impact incubator that gathers professional creatives, Open Signal Producers and community members to tell stories of social and cultural relevance. 

I'm a passionate storyteller and artist. As a producer for various NPR and PBS stations, I helped craft Emmy-nominated stories on education, arts and science. I also served as the Director of Editorial Video Content for Narrative.ly, a nonfiction storytelling platform based in New York City. 

RaShaunda Brooks Project Coordinator, Open Signal Labs rashaunda [at] opensignalpdx.org

I joined Open Signal in September 2017 as a member of their inaugural artist training program, Future Forum. I became a Project Coordinator in May 2018 to help with the day-to-day implementation of Open Signal Labs, an incubator for emerging African American filmmakers.

I am also a filmmaker and creative who uses the medium to create modern-day narratives of Black and Brown people, as well as an organizer for Y.G.B. Portland.

Jim Bruce Director of Information Systems jim [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8662

I am responsible for all information systems utilized by Open Signal — if it involves a computer or a network, I probably work with it in some way. 

At my previous position, I was the IT department for a small high-end video production company. Because of advances in technology with video, audio and computers, and how they converge together, this experience makes my role at Open Signal an almost-perfect fit. My main focus from my mid-20’s to my mid-30’s was DJing and promoting live music shows. 

Rebecca Burrell Director of Strategy rebecca [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515 x201

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I joined the Open Signal team in 2016 to oversee strategic growth initiatives, including communications and fundraising, and I actively contribute to our long-range planning efforts. 

I've worked in the arts and communications fields for more than 15 years, most recently at The Right Brain Initiative, a public school program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. On a volunteer basis, I've been working since 2015 as a co-founder and core organizing member of Arts Workers for Equity, an anti-racist collective for the nonprofit arts sector.

Noah Dorsey Facilities and Equipment Manager ndorsey [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515 x621

I coordinate equipment purchases, repairs and sales for Open Signal, as well as being a a front desk Technical Specialist.

I also teach Stop-Motion Animation with Dragonframe and can assist with any of your animation questions.

In addition to working at Open Signal, I enjoy animation, professional cars and spending time with family.

Devin Febbroriello Originals Production Director devin [at] opensignalpdx.org

I lead Open Signal's Creative Services department, engaging professional content creators to amplify great storytelling for our clients and partners while supporting the emergence of new voices from our local production industry.

A graduate of Emerson College with a BA in Filmmaking & Media Arts, I have over 15 years experience working in film, television and commercial production in New York City & Portland, primarily as a writer, director and producer. I've worked with big brands and independent filmmakers alike.

Dreaming up and producing moving images that express powerful storytelling to impact and motivate audiences is my greatest passion—but I am also a painter and musician finding inspiration in all forms of expression.

KatMeow García Community Media Advocacy Manager katmeow [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 994-8863

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¡Yo hablo español!
我半流利!
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I teach a slough of media education courses and help create trainings and curriculums focused on technical skill-building and equitable education practices for instructors, volunteers, and partnerships. I have worked in media arts education for over a decade and can help you find the education path at Open Signal that best fits your goals.

I also currently serve on the board of directors at KBOO Community Radio, earned a BFA in Filmmaking and Social Justice at Evergreen State College and produce a music television show in the vein of Soul Train at Open Signal.

Justen Harn Chief Executive Officer justen [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 374-5598

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I work with Open Signal board, staff and stakeholders to establish and advance the organization's strategic priorities. I ensure that all Open Signal programs and services are responsive, well-utilized and of the highest possible quality.

For over a decade, I have worked as a nonprofit arts administrator, educator, programmer and cultural engineer. As the Hollywood Theatre’s Director of Programs and Community Engagement from 2007 to 2016, I helped transform a historic cinema on the brink of closing into one of the most celebrated arts and culture organizations in the Northwest. 

David Koesters Distribution & Media Services dkoesters [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515 x321

I provide technical assistance to producers, monitor and schedule the Open Signal channels, and ensure your shows air properly.

Ask for me when you need help uploading a show, have questions in the studio or about the equipment, or anything regarding distribution or media services. If I don't know the answer, I will do my best to connect you with someone that does.

My background includes broadcasting, the military and law. I also make cartoons; animation is my outlet and refuge.

Vo McBurney Educator/Facilitator vo [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515 x101

One of the first smiling faces that you will be greeted by when coming through the front doors, I can help you with everything from reserving your gear needs to answering (and solving) your HD studio questions.

I currently teach the Final Cut Pro X Editing, HD Studio and Mac Basics courses but am proficient in most of the gear that we have in our equipment library. I enjoy competing in as many film fests as possible and sing some mean karaoke.

Jenelle Neill Director of Production Services jneill [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515 x701

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I oversee the Open Signal's Production Services department, providing professional media services for organizations in the Portland Metropolitan area. I can connect you with film and broadcast professionals to help you deliver dynamic content at your event to your attendees, to internet platforms and for broadcast.

I've worked in live event production for over ten years and have produced, scripted, directed and distributed various productions. In my spare time, I use my production skills to help with community theater and stage performances.  

Taylor Neitzke Director of New Realities taylor [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8652

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I collaboratively design immersive experiences with community partners and artists interested in interactive, experimental and emerging tech. We have a unique opportunity at Open Signal to reimagine and shape the future to be inclusive of all voices; technology and art are powerful tools that can be used to connect us, solve problems and bridge divides.

Connect with me if you are interested in showing our community what’s possible with future-focused media by becoming a guest artist, mentor, educator or partner. If you have wild ideas, I want to hear them!

Jeff Oliver Programs Facilitator & Open Signal Labs Production Manager jeff [at] opensignalpdx.org

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I’m a writer, filmmaker and educator. I’ve been working at Open Signal since January 2018 as the lead instructor of Echo Productions (formerly Echo AiR). I develop and instruct culturally responsive, adaptive and innovative curricula. Working in both traditional and immersive media, I collaborate on projects with community partners and non-profits to create, share and highlight stories of traditionally marginalized communities. 

As of February 2020 I’m ecstatic to join Open Signal Labs, our Black Filmmaker Incubator, as the Production Manager.

Trish Pietrzyk Information Systems Specialist trish [at] opensignalpdx.org 503.288.1515 x821

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I joined the Open Signal team to support our Director of Information Systems in all daily operations relating to Information Systems infrastructure maintenance and deployment.

I’ve previously been a machinist, handyworker, health food vendor, fine artist and mechanic. If it moves, but shouldn’t — or vice versa — point me to it! I am also a video game enthusiast, motorcyclist, costumer and all-around nerd.

Gloria Pitkin Development & Executive Assistant gloria [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515 x195

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¡Yo hablo español!
Je parle français!

I joined Open Signal’s team to support with fundraising efforts and administrative duties. I also support Open Signal’s Board of Directors and work closely with staff to ensure we meet our fundraising and strategic goals.

I graduated from the Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Literature & Philosophy, and am passionate about the intersection of creative practice and social change. I also volunteer with Open Hearts Open Minds, an arts in prison program to promote the performing arts as a vehicle for social healing and understanding.

Jamie Plakos Community Media Director jamie [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 917-4908

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Yo hablo español!
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I oversee Open Signal's Media Services department, providing media education, media services and public events to the community. I come from a startup background with extensive experience in department development and process organization.

I am a huge appreciator of the creative mind.  In my spare time, I love to utilize my organizational strengths to support artists, personally helping people organize their thoughts and create websites with strategic business and marketing plans.

Emily Roland Media Distribution Manager eroland [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288–1515 x301

I manage Open Signal's broadcast and scheduling for cable and online distribution, curating videos and engaging with public volunteer producers about their video submissions.

Talk to me if you'd like to learn how to get your video or series on the channels, want to get broadcast schedules, report technical broadcast issues or learn about our service areas. Prior to Open Signal, I graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with two Associate’s degrees in Television Production.

Daniela Serna Volunteer Coordinator daniela [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288–1515 x931

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¡Yo hablo español!

I work at the front desk as part of our Media Services department and in our Media Education department, supporting our education program. I can help with equipment reservations and questions regarding our classes, volunteering, scholarship program and artist programs.

I am also facilitator and music programmer at S1, a nonprofit artist-run center for contemporary art, where I've led workshops, organized lectures and equipment shares, and curated events with an emphasis on underrepresented and emerging artists. 

Leslie Yan Director of Administration lyan [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8744

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我说普通话! 

I can help you with anything regarding to Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, as well as accounting and Human Resources. 

In both the nonprofit and for-profit realms, I have many years of Accounting/Human Resource experience.