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.

Bea Bedard Media Services Director bea [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8642

I direct the Media Services and Distribution departments, working with Open Signal staff to ensure our technology and policies support everyone's ability to create and share content.

For 28 years, I have worked in community media and local origination television. In my spare time I follow media and internet regulatory policy to ensure we're compliant in a constantly changing environment.

Chloe Alexandra Thompson Web Development and IT Manager chloe [at] opensignalpdx.org (503)288-1515

I work to create software systems for staff and members of Open Signal’s community.

Prior to joining Open Signal I worked with teams of developers to build custom software for clients. I also worked in the Film Industry for 5 years, and with various arts Non-Profits in Portland and Vancouver, BC. I apply my skillset to building custom software for spatialized sound as a part of my art practice.

Chris Fuzell Media Education Coordinator cfuzell [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8623

I teach the HD Studio and Field Production classes, providing a comfortable learning environment for all types of people. I can help you with learning how to produce a noteworthy program for public viewing.

For eight years, I've been working on media productions of various types. I enjoy capturing sports events on camera. If I were a movie genre, I would be a live music concert film, because I can't be without music around me.

Chris Lawn Media Services Technical Lead chrislawn [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 410-3446

I work at the Front Desk as the technical advisor for both producers and staff. I am also the point person for special equipment and space reservation requests, unique partnership and artist-in-residence needs, and hands-on production support for Open Signal events.

Originally from Massachusetts, I have worked in community media for over a decade at multiple television stations starting in 2007. My background includes studio and field production, editing, programming, teaching workshops, stop-motion animation, and filmmaking. I also serve as the Secretary on the Alliance For Community Media Northwest Region Board of Directors!

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

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At the front desk I am here to assist you in accessing resources to make your project a reality, as well as facilitating communication between our producers, volunteers and staff.

Over the past few years I've dedicated myself to making music production, DJing and arts programming more accessible to diverse populations. As a facilitator and music programmer at S1, a nonprofit artist-run center for contemporary art, I've led workshops, organized lectures and equipment shares, and curated events with an emphasis on underrepresented and emerging artists. 

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

I can help you reserve studio time and check out equipment. I also provide technical assistance to producers and ensure your shows air properly.

My background includes broadcasting experience at multiple radio and television stations; military and law experience; and I make cartoons. Animation is my outlet and refuge.

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

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I work directly with our Media Education team to train and develop our curriculum for Open Signal workshops and the Echo Air youth program. I have 10+ years of experience designing, leading and facilitating all varieties of curriculum to youth and adults. I strive to facilitate a learning environment that is creatively stimulating and inclusive for people from all walks of life. 

During my free time I enjoy shooting film photography and creating experimental multimedia projects.

Emily Roland Media Services Distribution Lead eroland [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8752

I am a playback operator who ensures that media and live productions are successfully broadcast over Open Signal’s cable channels. 

Need help submitting your content for broadcast? I'm here for you. 

I have two Associate’s degrees in Television Production. In my personal time, I enjoy recording Orcas and other cetaceans in the wild, using an underwater microphone and video camera.

Ifanyi Bell Executive Producer, Open Signal Labs ibell [at] opensignalpdx.org

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. 

Jamie Plakos Operations Manager jamie [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 917-4908

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I assist Finance Director Leslie Yan with our accounting.

Coming from a family of S.T.E.M. teachers, technology has long been an interest of mine. My sister and I have always dreamed of starting a nonprofit that helps provide learning-based technology, such as tablets and 3-D printers, to schools.

If I were a movie genre, I'd probably be a musical!

Jenelle Neill Director of Production Services jneill [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8697

I coordinate productions for Production Services, Open Signal’s in-house professional media production team. 

For ten years, I've worked in live event production. I have produced, scripted, directed and distributed various productions, helping as well with audio, camerawork, graphics and editing. In my spare time, I use my production skills to help with community theater and stage performances.  

Jim Bruce IT Administrator 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. 

Justen Harn Executive Director justen [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8704

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. 

KatMeow Garcia Media Education Manager katmeow [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 994-8863

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I teach media education classes for adults and youth: Animation, Documentary Filmmaking, Studio Production, Editing and Field Production. I can also help you with professional make-up, prop and set building/design.

At Evergreen State College, I received my BFA in Filmmaking and Social Justice. I produce a music television show in the vein of “Soul Train” at Open Signal, and am part of a documentary about resisting police violence in Portland called "Arresting Power.”

Leslie Yan Finance/HR Director 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.

Lindsay Kaplan Community Engagement Director lindsay [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8637

I am Open Signal’s Community Engagement Director. With your input, I'm working to shape Open Signal into an active space where media-makers and community members can connect with each other while experiencing something unexpected. 

After several years working in the photography world, I fell in love with producing artist and community-driven events at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. I am always looking for new ways to open our doors and support socially minded media ventures.

Liz Vaughan Technical Specialist/Media Trainer liz [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515

As a Technical Specialist in the Media Services Department, I am here to help troubleshoot any technical issues you may be having with your project, whether you're in the studio, out in the field, navigating software or uploading content for broadcast.

I also teach classes through the Media Education Department so you can be certified in the equipment you need to make amazing content. I hold a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and a Certificate in Video Production. 

Marie Biondolillo Grants Specialist marieb [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8669

I specialize in grant writing and grant research. I’m glad to work at Open Signal because I’m passionate about both the arts and social justice. 

A writer and director of plays and short films, I got my start in the nonprofit world by putting on all-ages shows, eventually co-founding and serving on the board of Whatcom All-Ages Arts & Music for three years.

Marina Martinez-Bateman Development Manager Marina [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 389-6737

I work with the Open Signal community to design and launch our individual giving program. Using available models and your feedback, I'm building a program that is compelling, sustainable and in-line with Open Signal’s equity objectives. Do you have ideas about membership, sponsorship or fundraising? Email me!

I’ve been marketing and fundraising for community organizations and nonprofits since 2001. I previously owned a small marketing agency that specialized in network building.

Natalie Sept Government and Public Affairs Specialist natalie [at] opensignalpdx.org

I provide a bridge from creative and daily operations at Open Signal to local, regional and federal government. I advocate for our budget within the City of Portland and find unique and valuable storytelling opportunities with mutually beneficial connections to the local and regional government.

Prior to Open Signal, I worked for Hillary Clinton for America, advocated for trade initiatives in the state of Oregon for the Obama White House and represented Congresswoman Bonamici as a district staffer leading her STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education agenda locally and nationwide.

Noah Dorsey Technical Specialist ndorsey [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 288-1515

I help our producers with technical issues and check out equipment to them. I have taught Computer Animation and can assist with any of your animation questions. 

My background is in traditional, hand-drawn animation, and my wife and I once made a stop-motion film entirely on Super-8 film. 

If I were a movie genre, I would be comedy because I like funny things.

Rebecca Burrell Director of Strategy & Development rebecca [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8709

I oversee Open Signal’s marketing and fundraising efforts. Know anyone who wants to give us money to empower the community through media? CALL ME.

I've worked in the arts and communications fields for 15 years, the last six of which were spent at The Right Brain Initiative, a public school program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. I currently serve on leadership councils for The Oregon Community Foundation and Americans for the Arts.

Sarah Turner Art & Social Impact Curator sarah [at] opensignalpdx.org (503) 673-8635

I created and manage our public programming, including exhibitions, installations, artist talks and artist events. I helped create and currently manage our artist residency programs, including Night Lights and our New Media Fellowship program.

Talk to me if you'd like help showcasing your media work at our space, bringing your long-term projects to life, getting your experimental content on our channels and connecting to other new media artists in town. 

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

As the Director of Programs, I manage Open Signal’s media education workshops, partnerships, events, installations and artist residencies.

An alumnus of PNCA, I hold a BFA with a focus in Intermedia. I have directed community-based media projects and artist residencies that have received international recognition, in publications such as Vice and the New York Times. 

Vo McBurney Front Desk/Technical Support Specialist vmcburney [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 our equipment to HD Studio technical support, and I teach FCPX Editing, Motion and HD Studio.

I currently work with a number of non­profits. I enjoy competing in as many film fests as possible (and won the Portland 2015 Guignol Horror Fest).

Yousef Hatlani Marketing Manager yousef@opensignalpdx.org (503) 536-7622

I manage Open Signal's marketing department, directing our communications and helping shape our brand. I come from a for-profit background, having worked with various marketing firms since graduating from Portland State University.

I have also been involved in Portland's music scene since 2008, working as a sound tech for KPSU and a promotions assistant for the dearly departed Backspace. I have served as the photo editor & co-founder of Faces on the Radio since 2012 and am a musician and DJ.