Alliance for Community Media – Northeast Region

Senator Markey and Karen Hayden

ACM-NE Board – March 2014

Board Retreat


Alliance for Community Media – Northeast Region

ACM-NE is part of the national Alliance for Community Media.  We work with the state chapters of the ACM in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.  Join the ACM here, then find out more about your state chapter through our Links.

In order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, educated to think critically and free to express themselves. The mission of the Alliance for Community Media is to advance democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media. The Northeast Region encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Our goal is to further Alliance for Community Media priorities at the regional level. These priorities are:

  • Advocacy for the protection of Public, Educational and Government Access for all communities in our region and our nation
  • Lobbying legislative bodies and commissions to allow PEG channels to continue to exist and thrive under local/state authority
  • Partnering with other organizations concerned with media issues to increase our visibility and awareness
  • Education for the leaders of access organizations on managing and leveraging access resources for the benefit of their communities
  • Education of the public regarding their rights to access television and its use Since 1976, the Alliance represents over 1,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media centers throughout the country. It also represents the interests of millions of people who, through their local religious organizations, community groups, schools and charitable work, use PEG access to communicate with their memberships and the community as a whole. The Alliance for Community Media provides critical support services for these community media centers, their staffs and volunteers.

The Alliance’s activities include:

  • Providing technical assistance through publications, web resources, and other materials
  • Providing opportunities to attend workshops and conferences to broaden knowledge and professional networking
  • Promoting legislation and regulation which supports PEG access. To achieve this, the Alliance works with Congress, state legislatures, the Federal Communications Commission, state public utilities commissions, and coalition partners. The Alliance has brought suits when necessary in courts around the country.



The Alliance for Community Media advocates for community media and provides resources to community media centers though out the country and the world. Important work that needs to be supported.

Rob Chapman

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    Karen Hayden

    Karen Hayden is the current Chair of the ACM-NE Board of Directors. She is the Executive Director at Methuen Community Television in Methuen, MA
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    JP Fortier

    JP is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and is the Station Director of Mt. Blue Television in Farmington, ME.
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    Barbara Chisholm

    Barbara Chisholm is the Executive Director of WACA TV in Ashland, MA. Barbara has served on the ACM-NE Region Board since 2008. During that time, she has been the Region's Treasurer. Barbara has been involved in Community Media for over 25 years.
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    Rob Chapman

    Rob is the Secretary of the ACM-NE Board of Directors and works as the Executive Director of Onion River Community Access Media (ORCA Media) in Montpelier, Vermont
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    Camille Bartlett

    Camille is an At-Large Member of the Board of Directors and is the Executive Director of Peabody Access Telecommunicatons in Peaboady, MA. Camille also serves as the coordinator of the ACM-NE Video Festival.
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    Erica Jones

    Erica has created a home in Somerville, MA and has grown extremely enthusiastic with her work at SCAT-TV. Media is a passion of hers and she has developed a better understanding of community media and its role in our technologically-driven society. Through the use of media social change can take place
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    Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard is the former chair of the ACM-NE Board of Directors and currently works as the Executive Director at PACTV in Plymouth, MA.
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    Debra Rogers

    Debra is an At-Large member of the Board of Directors, elected by the membership and works as the Executive Director of Falmouth Community Television in Cape Cod. Debra is also on the National Board of Directors of the Alliance for Community Media.
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    P. Al Williams

    Al Williams - Director of Northampton Community Television and Paradise City Press, modeled as physical commons media spaces, legal multimedia graffiti walls, community storytelling and citizen journalism platforms, allowing and empowering voices and creativity at the intersection of technology and art.
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    Pua Ford

    Pua Ford started as a volunteer producer for her hometown of Bethany in 1996. She has been the coordinator for Woodbridge Government Access since 2003. She is secretary for the Connecticut chapter of ACM (CTacm) and media issues specialist for the state League of Women Voters Public Issue Team.
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    Jennifer Evans

    Jennifer is the Connecticut Chapter Representative and is the Executive Director of West Hartford Community Television in West Hartford, CT.
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    Keith Thibault

    Keith is the Massachusetts rep on the Board of Directors and works at Fall River Public Access TV at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA
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    New Hampshire Representative is currently open
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    MaryAnn Arrien

    Maryann Arrien represents the great state of New York of the Board of Directors and is the Community Media Coordinator for the town of Putnam Valley, NY
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    Sally Ann Hebert

    Sally Ann Hebert is the Maine Representative on the Board of Directors and works at WGLT TV 7 Greene Local Access Channel in Green, ME
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    Patrick Cody

    Patrick Cody is the Vermont Representative on the Board of Directors and is Executive Director of LPCTV in Ludlow, VT
What is the Northeast Region

The Alliance for Community Media is divided into regions. The northeast regions consists of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

What is the Alliance for Community Media?

The Alliance for Community Media is the national advocacy group for community media centers in the United States and other countries.