About POV

Our Staff

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.


CATHY FISHER

CATHY FISHER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS, POV

Cathy is responsible for publicizing POV’s programs and initiatives to media and consumers. She joined POV in 2003 after five years as manager of program press relations at PBS. Previously, she served as public relations director at Bravo and the Independent Film Channel; Group W Satellite Communications, where she managed PR for TNN: The Nashville Network; Westwood One Radio Networks; and D.L. Blackman, where she promoted classical music artists and IMAX movies. She was also the manager of press, advertising and promotion for NBC and ABC Radio.


AUBREY GALLEGOS

AUBREY GALLEGOS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION DIRECTOR, POV

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Aubrey developed an early love of art and the outdoors, and a drive to get involved in social and environmental issues. She graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric & Film Studies and her work at POV allows her to combine her passion for social issues with her belief in film’s unique ability to serve as a platform for education, dialogue, and action. Along with her team, Aubrey develops national engagement campaigns for POV documentaries, produces film-specific discussion guides and lesson plans, and facilitates 600+ free screenings and discussions across the country every year. Aubrey has also helped organize events on Capitol Hill and served as a juror and panelist at a number of film festivals, including the Brooklyn Film Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Prior to joining POV, Aubrey was an environmental educator aboard wooden sailing ships, including the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, co-founded by folk-singer and political activist, Pete Seeger. Aubrey has also worked as POV’s special events coordinator, as an event manager at UnionDocs in Brooklyn, and as a production assistant on a number of independent film and theater productions. She currently serves on the board of Sustain Music and Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting musicians and conservation efforts.


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.


YVONNE ASHLEY KOUADJO

YVONNE ASHLEY KOUADJO

DIGITAL & OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE, POV DIGITAL

Yvonne is a Digital & Operations Associate for POV Digital. Prior to joining the staff, she interned at political and media organizations. Yvonne also worked as a research assistant for Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 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.


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.


SIMON MENDES

SIMON MENDES

COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ASSISTANT, AMERICA REFRAMED

Prior to joining the staff in June of 2015, Simon spent time interning with America ReFramed, Catalyst Films and Film Sprout. After graduating from Boston University in 2013, Simon joined the national service program FoodCorps, an Americorps affiliate, where he served for a year as a school garden educator on the tiny island of Moloka’i in Hawai’i. Food Inc., along with other related documentaries, were inspirational in Simon choosing this path. While in Hawai’i, Simon was further taken with the power of documentary film, specifically how it can drive communities and individuals towards a greater good and understanding, using a short film he made to raise funds for the first sustainable bamboo housing on Moloka’i. Simon is thrilled to be a part of America ReFramed, where he can continue to engage with documentary films, and be deeply moved, educated and inspired along the way.


JUSTINE NAGAN

JUSTINE NAGAN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, POV

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

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, AMERICA REFRAMED

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

WEB DEVELOPER, POV DIGITAL

Sunil has been POV’s Digital 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 lab, POV Hackathon. 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 COORDINATOR, POV

Alice is the Community Engagement and Education Assistant 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.


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.


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.


ADNAAN WASEY

ADNAAN WASEY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, POV DIGITAL

Adnaan Wasey is the Executive Producer of POV Digital, the Webby Award-winning department that drives storytelling innovation for the acclaimed PBS documentary series POV. At POV, Adnaan oversees digital production, programming and licensing, the POV Hackathon lab, and POV’s social media, including POV’s Documentary Blog. Before joining POV, Adnaan was an editor, contributing to some the nation’s most prestigious news and information brands, including PBS NewsHour and WNYC New York Public Radio, and he was a founding editor at the local digital news organization DNAinfo. Connect with Adnaan on Twitter and LinkedIn.


CHRIS WHITE

CHRIS WHITE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, POV

As Executive Producer of American Documentary, Chris White is responsible for producing PBS’s award-winning documentary series POV, as well as the America Reframed series 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 almost 200 films for national broadcast. During his 14-year tenure, POV films have won 18 Emmys, nine George Foster Peabody Awards, five duPont-Columbia Awards, five 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 Project VoiceScape Awards, honoring young documentarians, produced in partnership with Adobe Youth Voices. Chris is at the forefront of an ongoing 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.