Board of Directors
VCAM's Board of Directors is made up of local volunteer citizens elected by the public.
The board meets monthly, typically on the third Monday at 6:00 PM in the Media Factory classroom. Meetings are open to the public and anyone can address the board at the start of each meeting.
The VCAM Executive Committee typically meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 12 PM.
Committees of the board—including Programming, Outreach and Fundraising, and the Executive Committee—oversee policies, practices, and visioning each year. Committees are open to the public. To request committee meeting dates, contact Seth Mobley, VCAM Executive Director.
If you are interested in serving on the VCAM Board of Directors and live or work within our service area, contact Seth Mobley for more information. To receive a ballot, become a VCAM member (free—just make sure you live or work in the VCAM service area). Board elections are held each April.
The next VCAM Board Meeting will be Monday, January 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM at the Media Factory.
The next VCAM Executive Committee Meeting will be on January 14, 2020 at 12:00pm the Media Factory.
Art Bell - Board Treasurer - Dreamlike Pictures
Art Bell founded Dreamlike Pictures in 2008, a video-based marketing agency which produces television commercials, music videos, digital signage, and branded content.
Prior, he was CTO of Oxygen Media Television, New York, co-founded with Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey, and The Walt Disney Company.
Before Oxygen, Bell was co-founder of Alias Research, Toronto, heading the development of Alias and Maya 3D, the world leader for 3D animation and special effects for motion pictures, television, and gaming.
He was most recently on the Boards of CCTV and the Vermont CURE.
Katherine Bielawa Stamper - Present Time
As a first generation American, a singular thread in Katherine's career has been advocacy. She attributes this to her working-class roots and gratitude to those who helped her find her way educationally and professionally. With a BA in History and an MPA, she's worked as a civil rights investigator, legislative liaison, consumer advocate, prison educator, college instructor, newspaper columnist and Development Director at Laraway Youth & Family Services. She hosts a radio show—Present Time—on WBTV LP, 99.3 FM in which she strives to bring the voices of those less represented in our culture to the airwaves.
Dan Cahill - Board Chair - Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront
Dan Cahill has been deeply integrated into the Burlington community through various professional and volunteer service positions since 2001. Currently he works for the City of Burlington as the Land Steward with the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront department. Previous to this work, Dan was a Recreation Coordinator for the City. Dan has also served on the board of directors of Dismas House and has done two years of service as an AmeriCorp VISTA member.
Vijay Desai - Desai Management Consulting
Vijay Desai is committed to changing the world, one person at a time. He is a global citizen of the US, Canada, and India; a successful entrepreneur with Desai Management Consulting (www.DesaiMgmt.com), serving North America and growing into Asia; a philanthropist, experienced at starting and guiding Technology for Tomorrow (www.tech4tomorrow.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit providing free technology education; a person whose professional experience promotes effective and efficient problem solving, with a focus on success from planning through implementation; an educator, providing college-level instruction in Project Management and Consulting Methods and grounded in a solid educational foundation, with BS, MS, and MBA, and certifications as a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional.
Janine Fleri - Community Health Centers of Burlington
Janine Fleri is a communications professional, conceptual artist, wannabe cartoonist, and all-around nerd that worked in independent film and corporate television for a decade before moving to the nonprofit sector. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Media Studies from the New School. After almost ten years in NYC, she returned to Vermont in 2012 and became a VCAM member as a music video producer and b-movie event host before joining the Board of Directors in 2017. She is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Community Health Centers of Burlington. Her full credentials are available at j9fleri.com. She neither owns nor knows how to operate a motorcycle.
Melo Grant - Board Vice Chair - Choice Strategies / WRUV / WBTV
Melo arrived in Vermont in the '80s to attend the University of Vermont, fell in love with the area, and has been here ever since. She owns a home in the Old North End of Burlington. As a student, she became involved with WRUV, the university's public radio station, and has been a programmer there for a number of years. Melo came to VCAM by the way of the new community radio station WBTV where she is a programmer, has assisted in training other programmers, and serves on the Outreach Committee.
Rik Palieri - The Songwriter's Notebook
Rik Palieri (pronounced Pal-air-re) is a singer, songwriter, video producer and storyteller, who lives the musical life to the fullest. Rik is the host and producer of TV program The Songwriter’s Notebook that has been on VCAM since 1999. In 2009, over 300 of his interviews and videos were archived in the American Folk Life Center, creating the “Rik Palieri Collection” in The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In that same year, he received the VCAM Director Award. When Rik is not on the road, he lives in Hinesburg with his wife Marianna Holzer and Polish sheepdog Dolina and helps out in the Marianna’s family book bindery.
A more detailed bio about Rik Palieri can be found at his web site www.banjo.net.
Annika Rundberg - Board Secretary - Burlington Generator
Annika is Generator's Communications Coordinator—managing the social media, marketing, and website—and a professional jeweler at Global Pathways Jewelry with her own line. She graduated with her BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry at New Mexico State University and studied at Arrowmont and Penland School of Crafts. She made jewelry as a studio member at Artisan's Asylum in Somerville and taught metalsmithing at Stonybrook Fine Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA. Her makerspace experience started as a retail manager, educator, and laser technician at Cambridge-Massachusetts–based Danger!Awesome; a laser-cutting and 3D-printing design studio.
Check out her work at annikarundbergjewelry.com.