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VCAM directors are elected by VCAM members—our access users, producers, viewers, and community supporters who have become members. The board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of VCAM and overseeing the organization. Learn more.

Each April, VCAM’s board of directors holds an election for open seats. We are asking that you vote online for the board candidates by midnight on Sunday April 14, 2019. The winners will be announced at our annual meeting the following day. 

All VCAM members active as of March 1, 2019 will receive a unique ballot ID number in the mail around April 9. Please use your official unique ballot ID number at the top of the letter when voting.

There are five candidates vying for the three open board positions. You can vote for no more than three candidates on the online ballot—any over-votes will be disqualified.

Missing your ballot ID number?

Make sure your address is up to date with us by April 11, 2019 by calling 802.651.9692.

You are invited to attend the election results at the VCAM annual meeting on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 PM at our studio at 208 Flynn Ave. Suite 2-G, Burlington, VT. The annual meeting is also a great time to meet VCAM board members, and learn about the organization’s goals for 2019. We hope to see you here on April 15!

We encourage you to let your voice be heard by taking the time to vote. We greatly value your participation as it ensures that our organization represents our diverse community. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Ballots must be submitted before midnight on April 14, 2019.

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Candidate Bio

Art Bell

Art Bell founded Dreamlike Pictures in 2008, a marketing agency uniquely focused on television commercials, music videos, digital signage, and branded video 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 & special effects for motion pictures, television and gaming.

For the last six years Bell was initially on the Board of CCTV (Ch. 17) and then for the last two on VCAM’s Board focusing mainly on Strategic Planning for PEG viability in Vermont and marketing of VCAM to our community. 

Dreamlike Pictures is an award-winning creative services company focused exclusively on video storytelling. They have recently created television campaigns for IBM, Vesta, Dartmouth Hitchcock, and Harley Davidson as well as brand films for Burton Snowboards, the University of Vermont, Hunger Vermont, Green Mountain Surgery Center, and music videos for Marion Bernardo, and the Cush, as well as numerous short films. 


Jim Carrier

The issues of cable access and PEG funds are very important to me—as a journalist, a filmmaker, and as a former board member of WYOU TV in Madison, Wisconsin, a station that was gutted when the legislature ended mandatory PEG fees under the infamous “ATT” bill. I witnessed the closing of the station with its studios, the laying off of all three staffers, the end of video instruction, the shrinking of the station to a DVD-playing equipment rack—and the dispersing of a creative community of story tellers.

I have written about cable television in Connecticut and researched the original promises Congress made to the American people in exchange for allowing cable into our homes. Since then I have watched the steady erosion of this commitment under the political pressure of cable companies. It is a thrill to see VCAM operate, and I promise to be a strong voice to protect and expand its mission.

I have been a journalist for 50 years. I have written 11 books, and written for the National Geographic and the New York Times. One of my films, The Librarian and the Banjo, streams on Amazon Prime.

The highlight of my professional life was 13 years as the “Rocky Mountain Ranger” for the Denver Post, which allowed me free range (in a Jeep with my name on the door!) of the entire West. I produced book-length series on Yellowstone, the atomic bomb and the Marlboro Man. The venture took me through 500,000 miles, 4,745 sunsets and 87 pairs of Levis.

In 1997, I bought a sailboat, named it Ranger, and set out to sail the Pacific. I diverted to Alabama because of a hate crime against a black man. Volunteering at the Southern Poverty Law Center, I wrote “Ten Ways to Fight Hate”, a community guide distributed to one million officials and human rights activists. I developed, which won two Webbys for activist Web sites, and produced the film Faces in the Water, which is seen annually by 40,000 visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial.

I have served on several nonprofit boards. In Madison, I created the nonprofit Wisconsin Film School, which produced this film, and this film. In Rapid City, S.D. I chaired the committee that brought public radio to western South Dakota. I served on the board and was a volunteer cook at the River Food Pantry. In Burlington, I am a community member of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Vermont Medical Center, the committee that approves all medical research. I am also a volunteer captain for Healing Winds, which takes cancer patients on Lake Champlain cruises.

Today my freelance work focuses on medical science, human rights, and sailing. I and my daughter, Amy, descend from Martha Carrier who was hanged as a witch in Salem. My wife, Trish O’Kane, is a lecturer in environmental studies at the University of Vermont. My full cv is at

Janine Fleri

Janine Fleri is a communications professional, conceptual artist, wannabe cartoonist, and all-around nerd that worked in independent film and corporate television for over a decade before shifting to the nonprofit sector. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College where she focused on creative writing and film studies, 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. She then joined their Development and Outreach Committee in 2016 and the Board of Directors in 2017. As a Board member, she serves on the Strategic Planning Committee as well as various ad hoc committees. If re-elected, she will continue contributing her voice and insight to the evolution of the Media Factory as a thoughtful and engaged Board member. Janine is currently the Communications Coordinator for the Community Health Centers of Burlington. Her full credentials are available at She neither owns nor knows how to operate a motorcycle.

David Metzger

David Metzger is a filmmaker, writer, producer, and co-host of the Media Factory’s public access program Vermont Film Essentials.

David has lived in Vermont since 2001 when he came here to attend the film program at Burlington College. He graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Film Production and Cinema Studies. Since 2009 he has written, produced, and directed two feature films and several shorts including his most recent feature film, The Silver Screen Roadshow. The film about two estranged sisters bonding over cinema as they travel around searching for a movie theatre with a working film projector is currently able to be viewed on

In 2017 David co-produced the program Vermont Film Essentials with co-host Lincoln L. Hayes. It is a weekly discussion of classic cinema that is still being produced and on its seventh season with new co-host Devon Ewalt. It airs not only on VCAM Channel 15 but also on WBTV 93.3.

David is currently living in Vergennes with his beautiful wife, Robin, and 4 year old puppy, Addie. He is continuing to produce shows and films to inspire the art of storytelling and filmmaking in Vermont.

Rik Palieri

Most folks know me through the musical part of my life, as a performer, author and TV host. But there is a lot more to my story then just my involvement in music. Over the years I have also been involved in many community grassroots events and organizations. Mentored by Pete and Toshi Seeger, they showed me that sometimes the impossible is possible!

Through them, I was able to become a festival organizer. I founded the Festival of Blueberries in Perth Amboy, NJ in the 1970s to help benefit the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, helping in its mission to clean up the river and take care of our environment.

In the 1990s, in between doing a nationwide performance program of school assembles, I developed an International Folks Arts Tour sponsored by Polish Lot Airlines that served to help struggling artists and small folk communities during the times of economic adjustments after the Berlin wall came down.

Here in Vermont, I worked as a touring artist through the Vermont Arts Council and also have served as a board member for the Champlain Valley Folk Festival and the The Vermont International Festival. I have organized a monthly free music jam at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg and recently I created the Great Vermont Barn Dance Facebook Live Stream Show to give musicians, storytellers and dancers a worldwide showcase to celebrate our unique Vermont folk and country traditions.

This year I have been able to serve on the VCAM board. It has been both challenging and exhilarating to work with   this group of creative minds who are looking towards the future, developing ways to continue to use community access in today’s rapidly developing world of social media. This year also marks twenty years of my connection with VCAM as a TV producer for my show The Song Writers Notebook and now as a radio host for my new show Folk Talk on WBTV-LP

Little did I know how these shows would change my life. Through VCAM I was able to learn the skills of TV production, interviewing and editing. With the radio show I am learning new technical skills as I build stronger roots to this region and share my love of music and storytelling both locally and internationally.

It is because of these kind of transformations in my own life, that I want to be able to continue working with VCAM and help others to always have the same kind of opportunities that I had. Through working on the board, I can feel the energy of a new beginning. While participating in the board meetings I have helped VCAM join forces with our local media partners and establish the Media Factory. It is exciting to be a part of this new collaborative effort to continue to bring the necessary tools and training available to meet the needs of our growing artistic community. I hope you will support and vote for me so that I can continue to make sure that Public Access and these educational opportunities remain available to all.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Rik Palieri