Our Team

We are a dedicated team of employees, volunteers, and funders who contribute time and resources to support NAMLE’s mission. 

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Executive Director

Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first-ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed many strategic partnerships, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. [full bio]

Donnell Probst

Donnell Probst

Associate Director

Donnell has been advocating for media literacy education in various roles at the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) since 2014. At NAMLE, she develops trainings, classroom guides, and presentations, is the staff lead for the national conference, and manages the organization’s operations and communications. [full bio]

Sumi Dey

Sumi Dey

Office Coordinator

Sumi joined NAMLE as the Office Coordinator in February 2021. An artist and designer by trade, she was introduced to NAMLE’s growing work in media literacy education when she was onboarded as the Lead Designer for the Mapping Impactful Media Literacy project in June 2020. [full bio]

Kyle Plantz

Kyle Plantz

Newsletter Editor

Kyle Plantz curates and writes NAMLE’s Monthly Update and Organizational Partner Bulletin newsletters. [full bio]

Jimmeka Anderson

Jimmeka Anderson

Project Manager

Jimmeka Anderson is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also the Project Manager of the Cyber Citizenship Initiative. [full bio]

Sherri Hope Culver

Sherri Hope Culver

Project Manager

Sherri serves as Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy (CMIL) at Temple University. She is also the Project Manager for NAMLE’s International Research Initiative. [full bio]

Board of Directors

NAMLE is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors that oversee the organization’s activities. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for developing the organization’s strategic plan as well as maintaining financial accountability.

Bylaws

The Board meets every year for a three-day board retreat and monthly by conference call. New members are elected by existing board members according to guidelines in NAMLE’s bylaws.

Policies

NAMLE’s policies are designed to ensure that the Board represents the members who elect it regarding all policy decisions. Read our NAMLE Policies below.

Responsibilities

Our dedicated Board members have extensive roles and responsibilities. They work collectively, as well as individually, and are NAMLE’s trusted representatives and overseers.

Our Funders

NAMLE believes that media literacy education is strengthened by the involvement of a broad coalition of people and groups. As a 501C3 nonprofit, NAMLE is able to receive funding from a variety of sources, including foundations, government agencies, individuals, and corporations.  Recognizing the need for both credibility and independence as an organization, NAMLE takes care to ensure that funders understand the separation between funding support and editorial input.

Funders may not require changes to NAMLE content, policies, professional development, media literacy activities, or any other NAMLE work in exchange for funding. Funders may provide input in an advisory capacity only. We hope that funders support the kind of work NAMLE does and that their funding is meant as a statement of that support. NAMLE seeks funding to support its strategic goals, not the goals of a particular corporate funder. To review NAMLE policies in full, please click here.

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