Jesse Moos, President
Jesse Moos is a City of Somerville representative to SCATV. He’s the Inspectional Coordinator for the City of Somerville Inspectional Service Department under the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development.
Jesse has worked for the City of Somerville for the past five years starting as a phone operator for the 311 Constituent Services Office before moving on to his current position in the Building Department for ISD. One of his greatest accomplishment was to help usher in the use of social media for the City of Somerville as the operator behind the 311 Facebook and twitter pages. He believes that this makes government more transparent and less intimidating for those seeking assistance Jesse and his wife live in East Somerville with their two dogs Ruby and Indiana. They are both proud members of the East Somerville Main Streets where they donate their time to help strengthen their community. He cares about community access television because he likes the mission of serving the community and providing a creative outlet for people.
Jessica Brayden, Vice President
Jessica Brayden is a Community Representative to SCATV. Ms. Brayden’s career has focused on program development and stabilization and she has distinguished herself through creative change management and strategic programmatic enhancement. Currently serving as Executive Director of RESPOND, New England’s first domestic violence agency, she oversees all aspects of programs and management to ensure efficiency, fiscal and service accountability, and the organization’s creative and innovative growth. Prior to RESPOND, she served as the Director of Programs and Operations for Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc. in Salem, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has held leadership positions at Family Continuity Program in Lawrence, Massachusetts, including Director of Administrative Operations, Director of Human Resources, and Program Director. Ms. Brayden holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Salem State College and a Master of Business Administration from Endicott College. She has been nominated and/or received many awards including Fox 25 Hometown Hero Award, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Leader of the Year, and the Women Who Live United Award.
Bob Nesson, Community Representative
Bob Nesson is Community Representative to SCATV. Bob Nesson works principally in documentary and is a professor at Emerson College, where he was awarded the Stanzler prize for his pioneering interdisciplinary courses: Filmmaking and the Environment, Urban Studies and Filmmaking, and Documentary for Social Action. At SCAT, Bob has produced episodes for the Talking About Somerville series, focusing on public transportation, street trees, Assembly Square development, and other topics.
Starting with his early work on the PBS science series Nova [Where Did The Colorado Go? and The Light Stuff], he focused on films that explore the history and ecology of cities [Building Boston] and the systems that enable them to function [Waterworks: A Look at Boston’s Liquid Assets]. His recently completed documentary, Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change, has screened extensively across North America.
Bob serves on the board of Mystic View Task Force and is a member of Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Mystic River Watershed Association, and he volunteers for Bikes Not Bombs. He served with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and is a graduate of Boston University’s film program.
Joseph Abrantes, Tufts University Representative
Joseph Abrantest is a Tufts University Representative to SCATV. Joseph is a long-time Somerville resident, graduating from Somerville High School before perusing a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. He is an avid soccer fan, a first-generation Portuguese-American, and the proud owner of a five-year-old lab, Hope.
Currently, Joseph serves as the Program Assistant at the Experimental College, an academic department at Tufts University that offers small, participation-based courses that engage undergraduates in ideas shaping the world today. Taught primarily by professionals in the Greater Boston area, these courses offer critical contexts for thinking about politics, popular culture, world religions, technology, law, communications, social issues, business, healthcare, ethics and more. His focus is on student engagement, marketing the visiting lecturer opportunity to potential applicants, coordinating their interview process, classroom support, and events/programming. Joseph also serves on the Experimental College Board
Yvette Wilks, SCATV Member Representative
Yvette Wilks is a Community board member representative of Somerville Community Access Television station . She currently is the Membership Chair. Ms. Wilks became a member of the access station in 2011 as a way to bond with her twins. One of her goals was to increase their ability to have open conversations by using the camera. Her primary goal was to give them a hands-on-lesson of looking at ones-self through the lens of the camera. She currently produces content for an average of 45 weeks out of the year for her 3 live shows. She is the Executive Director/Producer of two television shows at SCATV. Her shows are The Somerville Line and Cut The Bull$hit. The Somerville Line kicked off in July 2014 and most recently for Cut The Bull$hit. In April 2016, Ms. Wilks assisted the co-founders of Somerville Overcoming Addiction organization in production of their own weekly live show. Her mission at SCATV is to help others find and create platforms to share their work where ones imagination has no limit. She is the co-founder of the Evolution of Hip Hop Festival. The Festival began in 2015 to honor the hip-hop culture, its history and the love for this art within the Somerville community. The Festival created a platform for the lovers of this art to share their work. Ms. Wilks consistently works to build collaboration with grass root organizations to create content and she always looks for ways to educate the youth on the world of media.
Joe Lynch is a member representative of SCATV. An active member of SCATV since 2008, Joe is the creator, producer and host of the talk show “Greater Somerville”. The recipient of multiple awards and nominations for best Hot Set, informational, political and special episodes of Greater Somerville, Joe is a retired banker, a mayoral appointee to multiple civic advisory initiatives, the founder of the Magoun Square Neighborhood Association and was voted the “Best Somerville Celebrity” and “Somerville Person of the Week” by local print media. Joe’s work with SCATV has received local and national recognition and was featured in a 2014 Boston Globe article highlighting the important work local community access television stations perform in the community.
In addition to Joe’s work on Greater Somerville, he has hosted the SCATV produced shows for the city sponsored ARTBeat, TEDx event, Scout Somerville magazine’s “King of the Ville six hour live broadcast, Cambridge Community Access Television’s political debate shows, and the SCATV coverage of the Massacusetts Democratic 2014 Convention in Worcester. Host of the Somerville Community Access Television and Boston Free Radio Annual Awards ceremony for several years, Joe is now one of the co-anchors of “Somerville Neighborhood News”.
Guillermo Samuel Hamlin, Clerk
Guillermo is an educator, consultant, media-maker, and is currently the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at MATV, Malden’s Media Center. Mr. Hamlin holds an A.L.B from Harvard University with a concentration in Philosophy with a secondary concentration in Anthropology. As an undergrad, he was everything from a camera operator to an end user security coordinator. As the Boston Chapter President of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, Guillermo facilitates alumni engagement with Latino student communities through mentoring, community building, and other volunteer activities in the Greater Boston Area.
He was previously the Program Assistant for Chelsea Community Schools under the city’s Health and Human Services. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Community Action Agency of Somerville which in addition to fighting the causes of chronic poverty, administers Head Start programs promoting school readiness for low-income children under 5 in Somerville and Cambridge.
His mission at Somerville Media Center is to encourage transmedia community organizing & educational online content. He is eager to collaborate with local media producers on podcasts, weird videos (the weirder the better), and potentially a video installation series. Guillermo lives in East Somerville with this mogwai and laptop.
Fallon Leigh O’Brien is a SCATV Member Representative to SCATV and a videographer, journalist, visual artist, and community activist. She focuses on the areas of arts and culture in her vlog Fallon’s Daily Toast, which has been airing via social media since mid-2014. With viewership that reaches hundreds of viewers on a regular basis, her short-form, lively video essays are known for their immediacy, fun, and authenticity.
Fallon has recently joined Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing to co-host the Toast and bump it to a new level. The show has been picked up by Somerville Community Access TV, where better production values, a hot set, and the input of a professional community are reshaping the show. Currently airing weekly on Tuesdays at 10AM in SCATV’s Arts Block program, the goal is to build out the show into its own stand-alone evening half-hour series.
Previously, Fallon was co-creator, primary journalist and camera person for North Country Local News, the first web-based broadcasting company in Bethlehem NH. She was lead organizer for northern New Hampshire’s third TEDx conference in November 2015.
Additionally, she has devoted a great deal of her time and passion toward live-painting at a variety of festivals in the northeast. She has also served on the Conservation Committee of Easton, MA and spearheaded youth, ecology, and anti-drug initiatives, for which she has engaged local business, schools, and citizens.
Sam Baltrusis, producer and co-host of the monthly syndicated TV show “What’s New? Massachusetts” and host of the weekly BFR show called “13 Most Haunted” radio, is the former editor in chief of several regional publications, including Spare Change News, Scout Somerville and Scout Cambridge. Baltrusis is the author of seven historical-based ghost books including “Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City” and “13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts.” He has been featured as Boston’s paranormal expert on the Biography Channel’s “Haunted Encounters.” As a side gig, Baltrusis moonlights as a guide. He has launched the successful ghost tours Boston Haunts and Cambridge Haunts and spearheaded the Salem Cursed? Walking Tour and was the manager of the VIP Paranormal Experience on the USS Salem’s Ghost Ship Harbor. He is producing a large-scale paranormal conference in Cape Cod called the Provincetown ParaCon in May 2017. Baltrusis is also a sought-after lecturer who speaks at dozens of paranormal-related events scattered throughout New England, including an author discussion at the Massachusetts State House. In the past, he has worked for VH1, MTV.com, Newsweek, ABC Radio and as a regional stringer for the New York Times.
Daley Baker, SCATV Member Representative
Daley is a Somerville resident and local filmmaker. He has been a member of Somerville Media Center for two years and co-hosts The Public Access Boyz– a live sketch comedy show. Daley has experience working on a wide range of productions, including CBS’s Person of Interest, as well numerous independent films. Daley enjoys collaborating with other artists at SMC and telling stories that resonate with the community.
Jhenny Saint-Surin is a City of Somerville Representative to SCATV and is a community engagement specialist for the City of Somerville. She believes in digital inclusion and applauds SCATV efforts to foster a community where very one has access to different media. Community access television is a platform where people can enrich each other’s lives with their unique perspectives and unique stories. She feels fortunate to be a part of the SCATV board.
Other SCATV Board Members
Mernaysa Rivera, Board Member