We are proud to have a Board of Directors representing a broad range of community organizations and professional expertise.
Doug Bertran has twenty-five years experience as an executive producing award-winning productions for National Geographic Television & Film, PBS NOVA, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, BBC and others. He is skilled in communications, finance and management. He also works with Vomodo, which makes video backpack systems that stream live, high-quality video from the field.
Patricia Cohen is a video producer and New York Times-bestselling author with a passion for programs that bring meaningful solutions to the challenges of our time. She has served on the board of directors of the Nevada County Jewish Community Center, Mariposa Waldorf School and New Frontiers of the Gold Country.
Chuck Coovert is a retired Marketing Director for Grass Valley Group. He is past president and board chair of CoRR (Community Resources Recovery) and also serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children. He is a current member of Toastmasters and an alumnus of Nevada County Community Leadership Institute.
Jay Kuca (presently on leave of absence while serving as Interim Chief Engineer) began his career in Dayton, Ohio as a staff engineer at WKEF-TV. As Chief Engineer of the Wright State University television center, he designed, built, and operated a broadcast television facility that was part of the Ohio Educational Television Network. In 1978 he joined the Grass Valley Group, where he architected and launched a number of GVG's most successful products. Until recently, he was Director of Product Management at NVISION. He is currently an independent consultant.
Karen Marinovich draws on more than 40 years of leadership and management in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Utilizing her education and experience as a telecommuni-cations engineer, Karen brings expertise in business systems analysis and development, strategic planning, board and fund development, stewardship, public relations, human resources and other key functions. She is a founding board member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL) in Nevada County.
Craig Porter (vice president) is the Information Systems Manager for Nevada County. Prior to that he served with PG&E for 35 years in manager and director positions. He has served on the boards of many nonprofits over the years including United Way of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Craig has lived in South County for 14 years.
Susan Rogers (secretary) has more than 30 years experience in marketing communications and public relations for non-profits, small businesses and major corporations including Home Savings of America and GTE California. As a long-time advocate for media literacy education, she publishes the educational resource website MediaLiteracy.com.
For eight years, Sharon Rose has produced and hosted “Tea for Two,” a local TV program on Nevada County women's history. She also co-hosts with her husband a monthly program for Lake Wildwood TV, where she serves on the board of directors. Sharon and her husband are partners and real estate consultants with Network Realty.
Steve Ross currently is the Director of Technology at Forest Charter School. Steve has worked in education for the last 6 years in various capacities. In 2011 he created the Forest Charter Digital Media Arts Academy, a high school program for students who wish to focus on technology and the digital arts.
Paul Shampay (treasurer) is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Financial Manager. He has spent over 20 years managing the accounting operations and external financial reporting for companies with publicly registered securities.