Our Team

Board of Directors

Lark Corbeil – Boulder, Colorado – Founder Media in the Public Interest, Public News Service and SoundBite Services. Media in the Public Interest Board Chair. Co-founder of first smart growth organization in Idaho; The Livable Community Group; former Reuters’ producer; 20+ years in news and communication.



Diane O’Brien – St. Paul, Minnesota (Retired 2010). Diane served as the Communications Director of  the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the MN Federation of Teachers and the Minnesota AIDS Project where she  spent five intense years influencing HIV/AIDS vocabulary and coverage.

Elena Rodriguez – Boise, Idaho – Multicultural Community Liaison, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children; Petra Foundation Fellow; Mujeres Unidas de Idaho; http://blip.tv/progressive-communicators-network-nw/every-child-matters-1410795

Camilla Rees, MBA – Boulder, CO & New York, NY. Founder, ElectromagneticHealth.org, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools and co-founder International EMF Alliance, Oslo, Norway. Health writer, radio host and marketing consultant to non-profits and early state companies. Advisor to Citizens for Health in Washington, D.C., a leading advocacy organization focused on the interests of the natural health consumer, Mercola.com, the #1 natural health newsletter, and National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy. Early career in healthcare investment banking and venture capital investing.

Jack O’Connell – Brooklyn, New York. Coordinator of the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Food Cooperative. Recent past Chairman, Empire Justice Center, NY; Trustee, North Shore LIJ Health System, Trustee NuHealth Foundation, retired CEO Health & Welfare Council of Long Island.

Michael Simon – Carmel, Indiana. Michael has 25+ years of experience leading business transformations in Fortune 200 Automotive and Industrial business-to-business and business to consumer companies. His background includes international business, manufacturing, multi brand growth, product development, engineering, strategy, sales, continuous improvement, and marketing. Former Vice President of Marketing at Cooper Tire and was previously responsible for several multi-billion dollar businesses at the companies of Remy International, Eaton Corporation and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.


Kimberly Lavender – Longmont, Colorado. Kimberly is a longtime advocate in the nonprofit sector specializing in communications, development, and advocacy for civil rights and liberties. She worked for groups such as NARAL, ACLU and others with missions that focus on reproductive, criminal, and immigrant justice. In this capacity she has also served on various committees for the Progressive Communicators Network and on the BoD for the American Friends Service Committee NM, and chaired the advocacy committee for the Colorado Coalition for Girls.  As a founding PNS member in New Mexico, she brings with her the experience of a news service participant.


Roye Anastasio-Bourke – New Haven, Connecticut. Former senior manager of strategic communications at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she developed and implemented messaging, media plans and partnerships that built public support for systems and policy change in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice and community development. She is past external affairs director for SATELLIFE, Inc., an international non-profit focused on connecting health workers in the developing world to critical research and medical information through technology. Her career also includes brand development and management, multi-media campaigns, and award-winning original music production.

Jeff Browne – Jeff Browne is the Executive Director of Quill and Scroll International Honor Society for High School Journalists. Quill and Scroll is a nonprofit organization, housed in the School of Journalism at the University of Iowa. Jeff has also served as executive director of two other nonprofits, the Colorado High School Press Association and the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. In addition, he developed CU News Corps, an investigative and explanatory news project at the University of Colorado Boulder, and in that role produced two documentary films, “Taking the Lede: Colorado Edition” and “¿Cómo Fue? A Cuban Journey.” He has also taught high school journalism and worked as a reporter at daily newspapers in Florida. He’s an Aquarius.




Essrea Cherin – Essrea, mother of a college student, is a Conflict Management professional. For two decades, she has worked with organizations, groups, couples and individuals to transform conflicts while imparting tools and techniques that lead to more effective communication for all involved. She has been on the faculty at Regis University in the Communications Department since 2001 teaching courses on Conflict Management, Intercultural Communication, Negotiation, to name a few. She is the co-founder and board chair of the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project and has long been a social justice advocate devoting herself to a more equitable and just world.