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Grand Rapids Community Media Center Announces New Board Members

New Members add expertise and energy to Community Media Center's Board of Directors
Community Members learn about producing and sharing their own media at CMC.

Community Members learn about producing and sharing their own media at CMC. /The Rapidian

Diversity and Inclusion at Community Media Center

Grand Rapids Community Media Center provides a multitude of media resources for the West Michigan community, all of which are available to area residents and organizations on a non-discriminatory and intentionally inclusive basis. We work to ensure that a diverse array of individuals and partner organizations use and participate in building community through all of GRCMC's media platforms, tools, education opportunities and resources.

GRCMC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for community members, volunteers and employees. GRCMC welcomes diversity in its many forms – including, but not limited to age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, cultural perspective and economic circumstances – with the goal of providing all area residents platforms to participate in free speech, strengthen civil society, and advance a strong democracy.

Students of all ages and abilities enroll in media classes at GRTV.

Students of all ages and abilities enroll in media classes at GRTV. /Carol Shirey

War and Treaty performing live at The WYCE 88.1 FM  Jammies Awards. 2019

War and Treaty performing live at The WYCE 88.1 FM Jammies Awards. 2019 /Sam Cooper

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center (GRCMC) recently announced the addition of two new members to its Fiscal Year 2020 Board of Directors. Newly appointed Board members are Regina Salmi and Jesse Holcomb. 

Salmi joins the board bringing experience in higher education, communications, and in the nonprofit sector. She is currently serving Network 180. Holcomb brings to the board an extensive background in journalism, media research and advocacy. He is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communications at Calvin College. 

CMC Executive Director, Linda Gellasch announced, “I am pleased to welcome our two newest members to our Board of Directors. They each have a unique background, with diverse experiences, which makes them wonderful assets to the CMC’s Board of Directors, to the organization, and to our community as a whole.”

The board of directors has also elected its officers for the 2019-2020 term: Jeannine Lemmon, co-owner of Patriot Realty, is board president; Juan Daniel Castro, Communications Specialist at Spectrum Health, is board treasurer; Simone Clark, Refugee and Immigrant Employment Services at Bethany Christian Services, is board secretary; and Jason Wheeler Public Relations Coordinator at Orion Construction, is new to the board executive team as board vice president. 

Continuing their service on the GRCMC Board of Directors are: Edye Evans Hyde, immediate past board president, executive director and founder of Ebony road Players, and local performing artist; Gabriella De La Vega, medical translator; Shirley Griffin, SBA Product Specialist at Fifth Third Bank; Jane Hofmeyer, attorney at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge; Sean Kenny, Ph.D psychologist; Ann Puckett, IT Manager at Grand Rapids Community Foundation; Mark Smith, attorney at Rhoades McKee; Michael Van Denend, executive director of World Affairs Council; Margie Zylstra, retired from property/casualty insurance industry.

Grand Rapids Community Media Center (CMC) is a multimedia assistance organization that has helped individuals and nonprofits in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area tell their stories for over 35 years. GRCMC  provides and supports a variety of community resources including WYCE-FM radio, Wealthy TheatreThe Rapidian, an IT department serving the area’s nonprofit community, and GRTV,  with broadcasts on Comcast channels 24/25, and media classes for students of all ages and abilities. GRCMC continually gathers new tools and knowledge to teach, problem-solve, and serve the media and technology needs of residents, organizations, neighborhoods and local collaborations. By introducing audiences to new voices and ideas on stage, screen and over the air, they enhance community engagement and create connections.  By helping students create positive media messages and by increasing the efficiency of social services delivery through the web, they empower and collaborate.

Membership at CMC provides access to film, performance and meeting venues, ticket discounts at Wealthy Theatre events, discounts for media classes leading to certification and ability to check out GRTV equipment and use GRTV producation facilities. Members may also apply to become WYCE programmers, vote in annual member elections and recieve club privileges (for ages 21+) at Wealthy Theatre concessions.

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