About POV

Our Staff

IONE BARROWS

IONE BARROWS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION ASSOCIATE, POV

As the Community Engagement and Education Associate at POV, Ione helps produce educational resources for viewers and develops partnerships with community organizations nationwide. Prior to joining POV in 2017, Ione worked as a researcher at a nonprofit that used technology to foster civic engagement and as a paralegal at a public interest law firm. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Chicago, where she studied political organizing in the U.S. South.


LUCAS CARLISLE

LUCAS CARLISLE

DESIGNER

Lucas Carlisle is a graphic and digital product designer specializing in mobile and interactive media. Joining POV in 2017, Lucas oversees the design and art direction of POV's web, print and brand media and is currently re-designing POV.org. He participated in the first POV Digital Lab (formerly POV Hackathon) and helped design the POV interactive short 89 Steps: A Chapter of Living Los Sures. Lucas has designed websites and apps at The Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post, co-founded the nonprofit startup JustFix.nyc and is an alumnus of the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.


BETTY CORDERO

BETTY CORDERO

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Betty was the operations manager at the Kingsbridge Women's Assessment Center in the Bronx for over five years. In 2000, she was hired as POV's office manager, and she has since expanded her role. As a member of the administrative team of AmDoc, Betty manages the organization's financial activities, administers employee benefits and oversees all aspects of AmDoc's operations. In addition, she coordinates POV's annual mailings and special events.


EMMA DESSAU

EMMA DESSAU

SENIOR PRODUCER, POV DIGITAL

Emma is the Senior Producer of POV Digital. Since joining POV in 2012, she has produced new media and interactive projects including Whiteness Project and the Emmy-nominated Empire. In addition to helping to launch new storytelling initiatives for the series, Emma leads digital production and online outreach for POV's documentaries on PBS. She helped grow the POV Digital Lab (formerly POV Hackathon), which is now a signature POV event. Prior to her work at POV, Emma helped develop an interactive city and community planning game platform 'Community Plan-It' with Emerson College's Engagement Game Lab. She has contributed to several alt-weeklies and online publications as a freelance videographer and writer, and co-produced two digital documentary projects, Folk to Folk and The Story Store.


NIKKI HEYMAN

NIKKI HEYMAN

COORDINATING PRODUCER, POV

Nikki is the Coordinating Producer for POV where she manages all film submissions, maintains relations with PBS station contacts, is responsible for collecting deliverables, and contributes to the curation of the series. Prior to joining the staff in early 2014, Nikki interned in POV's Programming and Production Department . Nikki was the documentarian for The Odyssey Initiative, a non-profit traveling education project. She worked as a mentor and teacher at the Apollo Outreach Initiative in Ohio, helping children of all ages become active creators of media to express themselves through film. Nikki has served as an Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Camera Operator on professional feature films, shorts, and student films, and has garnered award recognition for her own documentaries. Nikki holds a Bachelor's degree in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College, and belongs to the Phi Beta Kappa society.


ERIKA HOWARD

ERIKA HOWARD

DIRECTOR OF AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT AND SPECIAL PROJECTS, POV

Erika Howard is the Director of Audience Engagement and Special Projects at POV. Prior to joining the POV team, she was the Marketing Manager at Women Make Movies, and previously served as the Associate Director of the Gold Coast International Film Festival where she programmed films, developed new audiences, and established relationships with partners and sponsors. In addition to working on the marketing and outreach efforts for documentary and independent features, she also worked on production projects at The Documentary Group, Ambrica Productions and Moyers and Company. Inspired by the power of film to create social impact, she founded a film engagement series featuring women's issues. She has also participated in a range of non-profit international programs including projects in India, Kenya, and Ethiopia. She is a member of NYWIFT, and a former board member and film committee co-chair of the NY Chapter, US National Committee for UN Women.


YVONNE ASHLEY KOUADJO

YVONNE ASHLEY KOUADJO

DIGITAL PRODUCER & CONTENT COORDINATOR, POV DIGITAL

Yvonne Ashley is a digital producer and content coordinator developing social media strategies for POV's Emmy-winning films, expanding POV's online audiences, and identifying documentary news and resources. She edits the POV documentary blog and supports the production of interactive projects. Additionally, Yvonne is the Administrative Assistant at American Documentary, Inc. supporting human resources, event planning, and management of its in-house screening room and editorial suites. Prior to joining POV, Yvonne interned at political and media organizations; and she was a research assistant for the 2015 biography "Michelle Obama: A Life" by Peter Slevin. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's degree in journalism, concentrating on video and documentary.


ELIZA LICHT

ELIZA LICHT

VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT STRATEGY & ENGAGEMENT, POV

A longtime member of POV's senior management team Licht works closely with POV's executive producer and other senior staff to set priorities and direction for the series and with POV's programming team on series selection. Licht is an industry leader in developing and implementing community engagement strategies to maximize the impact and visibility of documentary films. She builds and oversees broad program strategies through engagement, communications, digital, station relations and fundraising. Licht has spearheaded engagement campaigns for over 200 films, including American Promise, Food, Inc. and Last Train Home. She works with public television stations, educators, and community organizations to present screenings of POV films and to develop and distribute accompanying educational resource materials to audiences nationwide. Through her work, she has built a national network of over 8,000 organizations committed to leveraging the power of documentary film as a tool for dialogue and engagement. Since joining POV in 2001, she has expanded POV's community activities by nearly 400% and increased POV's educational efforts by over 600%. Eliza frequently represents POV at conferences and festivals. She has appeared on panels at AFI Docs, IFP Film Week, Tribeca Film Institute, DocEdge Kolkata and DMZ Docs.


JOHN MacFARLANE

JOHN MacFARLANE

SPECIAL PROJECTS PRODUCER, POV DIGITAL

John MacFarlane, a film, interactive and television producer, joined POV Digital in January 2016. He has worked extensively on interactive and cross­-platform documentary projects for Australian broadcasters, including The Block: Stories From A Meeting Place, which won a Walkley, Australia's top journalism award, the SXSW Interactive winner Goa Hippy Tribe, and numerous others, working from concept to design to launch and beyond. He most recently worked as a supervising producer on SBS Australia's The Feed and as an episode producer on the flagship long­form current affairs program, Insight. He has a Masters degree in Media Studies from Concordia University and spent his early career as a journalist at the Montreal Gazette.


JUSTINE NAGAN

JUSTINE NAGAN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMDOC

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, POV & AMERICA REFRAMED

Justine Nagan is the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc., and an Executive Producer on its two signature series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel in partnership with WGBH). POV is the longest running independent documentary series on television. She is a strong believer in the important role of public media in a democracy; diversity and independent voices in popular culture and of documentary as a tool for civic dialogue, new thinking and social change.

Prior to coming to AmDoc, Justine led Kartemquin Films as Executive Director for seven years, as well as being an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer on all KTQ films including Life Itself and The Interrupters by Steve James and The Trials of Muhammad Ali by Bill Siegel. Justine successfully transitioned to the ED role in a historic founder-led organization, and under her leadership the organization significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers and saw unprecedented levels of production and financial growth. During her tenure over 20 projects had world premieres including the ambitious Dupont Award-winning six-hour series Hard Earned for Al Jazeera America. She left the organization with a robust production pipeline and a strong financial footing including $1M in support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Sage Foundations.

With Kartemquin, she also directed Typeface, an award-winning documentary on American typography and graphic design and the doc short Sacred Transformations.

Justine has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School, and a Masters from the University of Chicago in the Humanities/Cinema and Media Studies. She is active in the media community and was one of the founding board members of Good Pitch Chicago. Justine lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Matt and two young sons.


DAVID NANASI

DAVID NANASI

CONSULTANT, OPERATIONS

David has worked on the POV website, since its infancy, helping to develop and improve it as well as producing special features. David also oversees and administers POV's internal computer network, maintaining hardware and software for the POV staff. Prior to joining POV, David, served on the staff of CyberEd, an 18-wheeler Internet classroom that toured nationwide. Since 1997, David has worked independently as a computer consultant, specializing in systems, networks and Web design and construction.


THERESA NAVARRO

THERESA NAVARRO

PROGRAM & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Theresa is an Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer and community programmer who has worked with cultural and educational organizations around the country. In 2011, she was recognized as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders for her work in the media arts, and has been a featured speaker at AFI SilverDocs, Allied Media Conference, and the Humanity in Action conference. Theresa currently teaches Asian American Studies at Hunter College and her recent projects explore Asian American and immigrant stories: sci-f feature Advantageous (Sundance '15), sports doc 9-Man (DOCNYC '14), and forthcoming transmedia documentary With Wings & Roots. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied at the University of California in Riverside and completed her graduate work at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Follow her online at @theresaxtine.


ISAAC PARK

ISAAC PARK

COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT, POV

Isaac is the Communications and Community Engagement Associate at POV. Working with both the Communications and Community Engagement & Education teams, Isaac helps develop POV's pre- and post-broadcast film campaigns to broaden audience reach and strengthen engagement. He joined POV as a Community Engagement and Education intern in 2015 and built screening partnerships with community organizations and arts groups nationwide. Before returning to POV as a staff member, Isaac worked at the American Prospect magazine in Washington, D.C., as an editorial and digital engagement intern. There he contributed research on magazine features, reported on the 2016 elections, and helped lead the magazine's social media outreach. He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in history, concentrating on the modern Middle East.


SUNIL PATEL

SUNIL PATEL

FULL-STACK DEVELOPER, POV DIGITAL

Sunil has been POV's Full-Stack Developer since 2015. His work with POV has spanned app development, web design and content management infrastructure and he's also played a key role as a participant in POV's weekend media hackathon, POV Digital Lab. Sunil has earned an associate degree from New York City College of Technology and is currently completing a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Brooklyn College.


ALICE QUINLAN

ALICE QUINLAN

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION MANAGER, POV

Alice is the Community Engagement and Education Manager at POV. Prior to joining POV in 2014, she started the KRTS Youth Media Project in Marfa, TX, a part of PBS Student Reporting Labs, and managed the American Graduate campaign at Marfa Public Radio, a project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her reporting work has appeared on Monocle Radio, Marfa Public Radio, PRX: ReMix with Roman Mars, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk and in Wherever Magazine and The Big Bend Sentinel. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in Philosophy in 2011.


KEISHA SALMON

KEISHA SALMON

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, POV

Keisha Salmon is the Audience Development and Communications Director at POV. Keisha is responsible for developing the strategies and tactics necessary for audience growth by creating, planning and implementing initiatives and processes that enable POV to promote the value and vision of its programs. Before joining POV, Keisha was the Marketing and Communications Manager at The Play Company where she led the marketing and communication efforts of an award-winning off-Broadway production company. Keisha studied Marketing at Hofstra University. She is a board member with The Brooklyn Steppers, a non-profit organization committed to developing personal excellence in young people through education in the performance arts and through practical experience in anticipation of arts-related careers. Connect with Keisha on Twitter.


NATALIE RUIZ TOFANO

NATALIE RUIZ TOFANO

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, AMERICA REFRAMED

Natalie is a documentary filmmaker who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, with roots from Northern California. Natalie has directed multiple short documentaries, including: Giving Voice, a portrait of a young trans woman coming into her own and The Edges of Healthcare, following two nurse practitioners in New York City who bring radical approaches to healthcare for stigmatized populations. They have also worked as an Associate Producer on multiple documentary projects, most recently with Partisan Pictures. Prior to documentary film, they worked with youth development nonprofits and co-founded a music empowerment program for girls, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. Natalie has a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University, and a M.F.A. in Social Documentary Film from School of Visual Arts.


NICOLE TSIEN

NICOLE TSIEN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, POV

Nicole is the Associate Producer at POV and assists in managing film submissions, maintaining relations with PBS station contacts, collecting deliverables, and contributing to the curation of the series. She started in 2012 as an intern at POV's Community Engagement and Education Department, and afterwards worked as an administrative assistant, organizing special events, including the MoMA Selects: POV retrospective as part of Documentary Fortnight 2013. She has experience assisting New York-based documentary filmmakers in various stages of production and has participated on panels and juries worldwide, including Austin Film Festival, DocBarcelona, IDFA, and RiverRun International Film Festival. Nicole holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and International Relations from SUNY Geneseo.


CARMEN L. VICENCIO

CARMEN L. VICENCIO

SERIES PRODUCER, AMERICA REFRAMED

Carmen is in charge of American Documentary's new 26-episode program, America ReFramed. Apart from working closely with the executive producers in programming the year round series, she oversees licensing, production, post production and administration of the show. Discovering filmmaking in college, Carmen's built a career in Asia and New York as Assistant Director, Post Production Supervisor, Line Producer, Producer and Director of award-winning short and long-form content for film, TV and digital media. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, and Co-Chair of its Diversity Committee. You can find Carmen on Twitter and LinkedIn and follow America Reframed on Facebook.


CHRIS WHITE

CHRIS WHITE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, POV & AMERICA REFRAMED

As Executive Producer at American Documentary, Inc., Chris White is responsible for producing PBS's award-winning documentary series POV, as well as America Reframed in partnership with WGBH World. His responsibilities include curation, co-production and production for both series. Chris works directly with filmmakers providing a wide range of editorial support, focusing on structure, story and character development to produce the highest quality films for national broadcast. As a longtime senior staff member at American Documentary, Chris has selected, produced and presented over 200 films for national broadcast. During his 16-year tenure, POV films have won 22 Emmys, 12 George Foster Peabody Awards, six duPont-Columbia Awards, six Independent Spirit Awards, and have garnered 12 Academy Award nominations.

Notable projects and partnerships include POV's Diverse Voices Project, providing co-production support and mentorship to emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds; American Documentary's True Lives series (released through APT and NETA); and the Project VoiceScape Awards, honoring young documentarians, produced in partnership with Adobe Youth Voices. Chris was at the forefront of a long-term relationship with StoryCorps, bringing animated versions of their award-winning oral-history project to public television. He regularly represents POV at festivals and markets and serves on panels and juries throughout the U.S. and the world.

Chris worked as a freelance editor on a variety of projects including a series of films on contemporary architects such as Daniel Libeskind, Ray Kappe and Rick Joy for Checkerboard Films. Other industry experience includes a year as an Associate Producer on the Emmy-nominated documentary Blue Vinyl. Chris was a VP of Sales & Acquisitions at Angelika Films Int'l, and with BNN TV, he was an associate producer of pieces for The History Channel and the Smithsonian Museum. He was on the Advisory Board of Checkerboard Films Foundation from 2005-2013 and was on the Board of Directors of Global Action Project from 2003-2008.

He plays recreational hockey, was born and raised in New York and has a BA in Philosophy from Colgate University.