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 & Community ebarrios [at]

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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]

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, a nonfiction storytelling platform based in New York City. 

Sidra Bing Senior Producer, Open Signal LABS sidra [at]

As Senior Producer at Open Signal LABS, I'm responsible for leading projects from conception to completion that surround the lives of Black and Brown people.

Originally from Maryland, I brings a wealth of experience gained from a 10-year career working on films, music videos, and documentaries both internationally and nationally collaborating and creating content with people from diverse backgrounds. 

My mission is to create content that explores, highlights, and acknowledges stories from my community.

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

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]

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]

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I joined the Open Signal team in 2016. I am currently responsible for communications, government relations and our board of directors.

I bring to Open Signal 20 years of experience in the arts and communications fields, including my most recent work for 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]

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.

KatMeow García Community Media Advocacy Manager katmeow [at]

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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.

Tracy Kernell Community Media Administrator tracy [at]

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As the Community Media Administrator, I am your go-to resource for any questions about what we do here at Open Signal. From becoming a member, scheduling a training, getting your show on one of our channels, coordinating facility reservations, or general questions you need answered, I am able to assist you! I  can assure that your experience here is a fluid and positive one.

I am also a filmmaker and photographer with a practice that centers around the intersection of the peculiarity and the mundanity of Black life. I believe in the creation of alternate economies and futures in hopes of establishing a more equitable landscape outside of the pre-established system.

David Koesters Distribution & Media Services dkoesters [at]

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]

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.

Jamie Plakos Director of Operations jamie [at]

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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.

Chris Rhoads Production Coordinator, Open Signal Production Services crhoads [at]

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I am the multi-tool of production here at Open Signal. I help to coordinate for the Production Services Department, manage the gear, engineer productions, build graphics, technical direct, run cameras, load in, load out, I’ve even painted a number of the walls here. 

I’ve been working with the On Call crews here since 2013. But I have been working in television since 2001. First as an editor for a news station in Rochester NY, to shooting the news here in Portland at KGW, and KPTV. I also can be seen running cameras, or switching the big screen for the Timbers and the Winterhawks.

Emily Roland Media Distribution Manager eroland [at]

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.

Melissa Salazar Community Media Cohort Facilitator msalazar [at]

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I provide direct support to producers, adjusting services and support based on unique needs. As part of the Community Media team, my primary role is to instruct equity-driven workshops to cohort students and work one-on-one to provide technical support.

I was born and raised in South Texas and have lived in Portland since 2012. After graduating from PNCA in 2015 I began working as a youth mentor. I'm excited to incorporate my skills to help others tell their stories. When not working I’m exploring in the forest, sitting next to water with a good book, drawing or watching baseball.

Daniela Serna Communications Manager daniela [at]

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I work in our Strategy & Development department, managing Open Signal's digital and print presence, and developing strategies to support the organization through clear and transparent public communications.

Outside of work, I am dedicated to resource sharing and skill-building in Portland's arts and music scene, organizing gatherings and workshops to hold space for and increase the visibility of BIPOC, women and and nonbinary artists. 

Sharon Thomas Production Services Client Manager sthomas [at]

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I joined Open Signal's staff in the summer of 2008 when it was still Portland Cable Access as the front desk receptionist. I transitioned to Production services in 2009 assisting with multiple productions around the city. 

Currently, I am the Client Relations Production Services Manager that specializes in building and maintaining our relationships with clients and coordinating staffing for our virtual and mobile productions.