Allison Butler; Massachusetts, United States; Co-President
Allison Butler is a lecturer-advisor and the director of the Media Literacy Certificate Program in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she teaches courses on cultural studies, critical media literacy, and representations of education in the media. Butler directs the grassroots organization Mass Media Literacy, where she develops legislation, teacher training, and curriculum for the inclusion of comprehensive media literacy in Massachusetts K-12 public schools. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University. She is the author of numerous articles and two books on media literacy, Media Education Goes to School (Peter Lang, 2010) and Majoring in Change (Peter Lang, 2012).
Julie Frechette; Massachusetts, United States; Co-President
Julie Frechette, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. Her book, Developing Media Literacy in Cyberspace (Praeger Press, 2002), was among the first to explore the “new multiple literacies” approach for the digital age. She is the author of numerous articles on media literacy and feminism, and is co-author of the book Media In Society (Bedford/ St. Martin, 2014). With Rob Williams, Julie is co-editor of Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge, 2015).
Ben Boyington; New Hampshire, United States; Vice-President
Veteran high school teacher and consultant Ben Boyington, M.Ed., founded his high-school media studies work on the idea that skepticism and activism are essential to citizenship. He believes that depth of understanding comes from integration, design, and teaching others, and that heutagogy is more important than pedagogy. His research into the 1:1 screen initiative (wherein each student in a school is supplied with an Internet-enabled screen) is published in Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge, 2015).
Lori Bindig Yousman; Connecticut, United States; Secretary
Lori Bindig, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of communication in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, the creator of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program, and the director of the academic Performing Arts program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She earned her doctorate in communication and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in feminist theory from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research, presented widely and published in a variety of journals and textbooks, focuses on critical cultural studies and media literacy, particularly the construction and commodification of young femininity. Dr. Bindig is the author of Dawson’s Creek: A Critical Understanding (Lexington Books, 2007) and coauthor of The O.C.: A Critical Understanding (Lexington Books, 2012).
Sara Voorhees; New Mexico, United States; Treasurer
A nationally syndicated film critic on television and in print for more than three decades, Sara Voorhees also serves on the board of directors of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association and is the author of The Lumiere Affair, a mystery set at the Cannes film festival, published in 2007 by Simon and Schuster.
John Boyer; Virginia, United States
John Boyer has worked for more than 30 years in public broadcasting, media education, media policy reform, and community outreach. He helped establish the Media Education Laboratory at Rutgers University-Newark and co-founded the Media Stewards Project to help strengthen American public service media and oneblue.org to foster religious pluralism, cross-cultural understanding, and conflict resolution. He lives in Annandale, Virginia.
Jacques Brodeur; Quebec, Canada
Jacques Brodeur lives in Quebec, Canada, the only North American jurisdiction where advertising to children is illegal. In 2003, he created the 10-Day Screen-Free Challenge, which was evaluated by parents, teachers, and students. The Challenge has been experienced in more than 100 schools in Canada and well over 200 schools in France. Brodeur helped found ACME in 2002, created Edupax in 2003, and created an ACME Quebec chapter in 2009. His publication history includes “Media Violence, Why It Is Used to Abuse Children, How to Oppose It and Win!” (Media Literacy: A Reader, Peter Lang, 2007) and “Promising Practices to Protect Children from the Increasing Power of Big Media” (Censored 2008: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006–07, Seven Stories Press). Brodeur has also organized media education conferences, including Impacts of Screen Overdose on Children’s Health (Montréal, 2011) and Les enfants face aux écrans (Children Facing Screens) (Paris, 2014).
Gordon Glover; Vermont, United States
Gordon Glover is a critical multi-mediator who has taught students at every level from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. Formally schooled as a fine artist in film and animation, he has gravitated to memetics and media studies. He has been an Open Society Institute Fellow, founding board member of Wide Angle Community Media, and Pioneer of Media Activism at Towson University, Champlain College, and Burlington College.
Susan Owusu; Massachusetts, United States
Susan Owusu has been the director of the Communications and Media Literacy undergraduate program at Wheelock College, Boston, since its launch in 2009. She also created and oversees the annual Wheelock film festival, which highlights innovative student work. Previous to joining Wheelock’s faculty, she was a community-based media educator in the same city. Susan brings to ACME extensive experience in race and media education, both in formal education and working with teens in community settings. She is also a renowned blogger with followers from across the globe.
Rob Williams; Vermont, United States
A professor of media, communications, and global studies at Champlain College and the University of Vermont, Rob Williams, Ph.D., served as ACME’s founding board president from 2002 to 2006 and rejoined ACME in January 2014. With Julie Frechette, Rob is co-editor of Media Education for a Digital Generation (Routledge, 2015).
Bill Yousman; Connecticut, United States
Bill Yousman, Ph.D., is the director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University and the former managing director of the Media Education Foundation. Yousman has published numerous journal articles and anthology chapters on media literacy and popular culture and is the author of Prime Time Prisons on U.S. Television: Representation of Incarceration (Peter Lang, 2009) and The Spike Lee Enigma: Challenge and Incorporation in Media Culture (Peter Lang, 2014). He earned his doctorate in media studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.