NAMLE announces new board members and inaugural Leadership Council

July 8, 2014 – The National Association for Media Literacy Education today announced the election of four new board members for two-year terms beginning August 1, 2014.

Kristi Avram brings more than a decade of entertainment publicity, event planning and marketing experience, having held executive positions at Samuel Goldman Films, Roadside Attractions, New Line Cinema, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

David W. Brown is the Managing Director of The Marketing Collaborative. He has helped guide the strategic marketing direction for non-profit and other mission-focused organizations throughout his 30+ year career.

David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly solutions for a quarter-century. He is currently Senior Vice President of Insights Programs and PlayVangelist for PlayCollective.

Kelly Leahy Whitney, Ed.D., is the Director of Curriculum and Content for PBS LearningMedia. Dr. Whitney has worked in children’s and educational media for nearly twenty years.

In addition to new board members, NAMLE is introducing the members of its inaugural Leadership Council. Past board members Emily Bonilla, David Cooper Moore, Cathy Leogrande, Ph.D.,, Tina Peterson, Ph.D., and Rebecca Reynolds, Ph.D., will be transitioning from serving on the board to adding their expertise to the council. New council members are:

Karl E. Carter teaches at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. He has been a college instructor for 17 years and a college administrator for 10 years. He is a member of the Teaching and Learning with Technology Group at his college as well as a web developer.

Emily Keating is the Director of Education at the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville, New York. She has overseen the development, implementation, and expansion of all of the education programs at the JBFC since its inception in September 2001.

Theresa Redmond, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Appalachian State University. Theresa specializes in media literacy education, instructional technology, and multimedia arts production.

Benjamin Thevenin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Brigham Young University. He teaches a variety of courses related to media literacy, media & culture, children’s media and non-fiction film.

The Leadership Council officially launched on July 1, 2014.

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