Meet the Staff
Ron joined Free Speech TV in 2012. He co-founded and served as editorial director and CEO of Alternative Media Inc. (AMI), a chain of four award-winning weekly newspapers which grew from its flagship operation Metro Times (Detroit). In 2000, he founded Dragonfly Media, a next generation independent media network of green/social justice/healthy living monthlies and web sites. He served as CEO and editorial director for the company, which operated publications in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver, BC. More recently Ron has served as President of both happyfrog, a hyper-local social media online community and 3rdWhale, a telecommunications software firm which provided mobile solutions for clients including GreenPeace USA, Greenpeace France, Brave New Films and 350.org. He has served as Board Chair of the Independent Media Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that developed and operates AlterNet.org, a leading progressive online community. Before joining Free Speech TV, he served as Board Chair of Public Communicators Inc., the network's nonprofit parent.
Chief of Staff
Jon joined Free Speech TV's predecessor, The 90's Channel, in November 1994 as its Program Director. His initial charge was to develop the next evolution of that project, which led to the launch of Free Speech TV in 1995. As Chief of Staff, Jon currently supports the strategic institutional development work of ED Ron Williams, oversees fiscal planning, and leads efforts to expand FSTV’s national TV distribution. His previous positions include Executive Director of Los Angeles Filmforum and Publicist for Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Jon was a Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation's Next Generation Leadership Program and a founding board member of Working Films. Jon has served on nominating/funding panels for the Independent Television Service, Annenberg Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowships, the American Film Institute, and United States Artists. In 2010, Jon and Free Speech TV were awarded the National Professional Freedom & Responsibility Award; past recipients include Bill Moyers, Molly Ivins, Noam Chomsky, and Studs Terkel.
Nina Henderson Moore
Nina Henderson Moore joined FSTV in February 2016 from Griot Productions, an independent film production and programming consulting company. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President for BET News, Public Affairs and Program Acquisitions where she was responsible for making BET News television’s #1 news source among African Americans 18-34. Moore also served asPresident and Chief Operating Officer of BET Pictures managing original film production, theatrical film acquisition and distribution. Before joining the BET Pictures’ team, she was Vice-President of BET Movies/Starz! (now Starz in Black) responsible for launching the very first all-Black movie channel in partnership with Starz. Moore currently serves on the Boards of the White Rose Foundation, Colorado Academy, and the University of Colorado Denver Business School Sports and Entertainment Advisory Committee; and resides in Denver with her husband Gregory, and her two daughters, Jasmine and Jaden.
Yolanda Williams came to Free Speech TV in 2013 after working for many years in corporate finance. As the network’s first full-time Controller, Yolanda is responsible for overseeing the business affairs of the organization, including its financial plans, policies, fiscal records and reports. She is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience, having graduated from Regis University with her MBA in Accounting, Finance, and International Business. Yolanda started and served as president of A.C.T.S (Asking Communities to Stand), a chapter of the Metro State University Alumni Association that works with community partners to assist young people in staying on track for college. Yolanda volunteered at Stedman Elementary School and worked as a paraprofessional working with grades K-5. She also volunteered with local organizations including The Stedman Dancers, Parkhill Blackhawks, and MLK Hawks.
Digital Managing Editor
Sunnivie joined Free Speech TV in November 2017 as the network's first Digital Managing Editor, responsible for developing and implementing a digital content strategy that fulfills FSTV's mission and incorporates the voices of movement builders and partner organizations. Her primary role involves supporting Devin, Marcus, and the whole team as we roll out this shiny new website you're browsing. A native Coloradan, Sunnivie is also an award-winning investigative journalist and former managing editor of The Advocate, most recently serving as a reporter for Religion Dispatches, Vox, and Bustle. She brings an intersectional lens to her advocacy and her daily work, and knows that none of us can get free until all of us are free.
Digital Content Producer
Devin joined Free Speech TV in 2011 and is responsible for maintaining the organization's website, social media, and digital platforms. He is passionate about racial, social, and economic justice and is proud to work for a media organization that advances dialogue on critical issues. He resides in Illinois with his spouse, son, and dogs. They live above his storefront record store and recording studio.
Digital Content Producer
Marcus Flowers has been a member of Free Speech TV since November 2016. He has a real passion for all things content and pushing new ways to help curate the culture of FSTV. Marcus is also a Denver native and a graduate of Claflin University.
Kristi Frahm Gallagher joined the network in October 2017 as Development Director, responsible for designing and implementing FSTV’s annual and multi-year fundraising plans that incorporate individual contributions, major gifts, and foundation funding. With 18 years in the development field, Kristi served from 2012-2017 as COO and Director of Development & Communications at The Marion Downs Center, a nonprofit organization that provides culturally sensitive services, resources, and education to support the needs of individuals who have communication challenges, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Previously, she served as the Director of Development at the Civic Center Conservancy and the Denver Walfdorf School. Kristi earned her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management at Regis University in Denver.
Leadership Giving Officer
Mary Jo Baker
Mary Jo Baker joined Free Speech TV in January 2018. As the Leadership Giving Officer, Mary Jo is tasked with executing and strengthening the support from philanthropic individuals. The mission of Free Speech TV is what pulled her to want to join this team. Mary Jo’s passion for current social issues, progressive change, and human rights has always been a driving force in her life. Previous professional experiences for Mary Jo include raising funds to support Sobriety House, an adult drug/alcohol rehab program; Centura Health at Home, serving families experiencing end-of-life issues through hospice; and the many social outreach programs for low-income, immigrant and migrating families with the Marycrest Franciscans; all in Denver, Colorado. She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Welcome Center, a start-up serving immigrant and refugee families coming to Colorado. Mary Jo earned her BA in Communications from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
As the Fundraising Manager at FSTV, Christine manages the ins and outs of each pledge drive as well as pursuing other revenue streams for the organization. She has a background in marketing, journalism, media, communications and decades of experience organizing large scale fundraising events, generating annual budgets of more than $4 million. Christine has a diverse history supporting organizations including Denver Kids, Inc., the Audubon Society, National Geographic and the International Society of Arboriculture. She believes strongly in empowering our community with bold truth and honest education. She joins Free Speech TV with enthusiasm for a more equitable world and is excited to be a part of a team that contributes to a better future for all.
Individual Giving Officer
Richie Sugar's passion for working in the philanthropic field started with his upbringing in a Jewish home which taught him the value of charity and Tikkun Olam, a concept centered around acts of kindness and dedication to repairing the world. He worked at the American Red Cross headquarters during hurricane Katrina in 2005, helping to give relief to thousands of the displaced. He coordinated the individual giving campaign that built the memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. After the memorial was dedicated by Barack Obama in 2011, Richie moved to Denver, CO and the home of Free Speech TV. He has since been fighting injustices in the war room of the fundraising department, assisting with development strategies, building engagement, and creating impactful messaging and analysis. Richie is an avid motorcyclist and bicyclist and enjoys spending his time in the outdoors.
Fundraising Administrative Assistant
Armando Garibay is a native of Colorado. While his background ranges from education, the optical field, the music industry, and the law field, a constant is his passion for people and social justice.
Than joined Free Speech TV in 2001, and is responsible for designing and managing the network's broadcast and Internet infrastructure. He serves as the network’s technical liaison to the engineering units at all of FSTV’s distribution platforms and at the head-end that originates our broadcast, IPTV and online feeds. He is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and regularly attends the National Association of Broadcasters convention. He has served as a board member of Denver Open Media. Than has worked closely with the relief organization started by his family, Friends of India, operated by The Shanthimalai Research and Development Trust. Than proudly serves as FSTV’s premiere “early adapter” of all things digital.
Broadcast Operations Coordinator
Allyce Farino is the Broadcast Operations Coordinator at Free Speech TV. She was born in Cook County Illinois, just south of Chicago, and moved to Colorado as a teen with her family. Allyce graduated from the Journalism School at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelors of Science in Broadcast Production and a Minor in Ethics. She has a passion for finding the truth, and plans to use her experience to push the Free Speech Operations even farther!
Director of Broadcast Media
Alexander has been working behind-the-scenes as the production coordinator for Free Speech TV since 2010. Having contributed to the technical infrastructure of FSTV’s production facility, he has played an instrumental part in creating FSTV’s original programming. Alexander has also been the leading force behind FSTV’s mobile studio (E-Studio) platform, coordinating large-scale conference productions coast-to-coast. From the special election coverage and Occupy the Media, to Netroots Nation, Take Back the American Dream, People’s Summit and Bioneers, Alexander is dedicated to bringing fresh, creative perspectives to the screen. His passion for grassroots organizing and independent media stems from Current TV, where Alexander worked on a variety of programming initiatives, including the network’s U.S. launch in 2005.
Emma Lubitsch is a Regis University graduate from Chicago, where she currently resides. She joined Free Speech TV in 2015 and has been working as the Acquisitions Coordinator since 2016. She is passionate about social justice issues and sees independent media as a key to creating a more activist and informed citizenry.
Teo is a health and wellness guru. When he is not at FSTV, he is bettering himself physically through bodybuilding and eating healthy foods.