Board of Directors
Easthampton Media is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the communities we serve (Easthampton and Southampton).
We are currently seeking prospective members to join our Board of Directors to help guide the organization as it shifts with the new media landscape. Serving on our Board is a great way to get involved and connect with your local community.
Desired skills: We are seeking individuals with skills or knowledge in any of the following areas, or a strong willingness to learn: nonprofit board governance, finance, fundraising, development, legal knowledge, marketing and media strategies.
Individuals should have knowledge or interest in promoting media literacy, providing access to local information, civic engagement, amplifying under-served voices and promoting the exercise of free speech - these are all foundational to why we exist!
Duties: The Board of Directors works with our Executive Director to guide strategic and financial planning, build capacity and long-term stability.
Time Commitment: We are a volunteer Board, terms are 3 years. We hold monthly Board meetings with opportunities to serve on other committees.
How to apply: Send a letter of interest outlining how your background, skills, experience, and knowledge would be a good fit to President@easthamptonmedia.org
Erica Ann Flood - Board of Directors, President
Erica Ann Flood is a Documentary Style photographer, born and raised in the Pioneer Valley, who has been actively engaged in creating photographs for more than twenty-five years.
Ms. Flood has been on a personal mission to gain a deeper understanding of the human experience around the globe. Her explorations have taken her to the San Blas Archipelago in Panama and Buenos Aires-Argentina, Kino Bay-Mexico, Kenya, Berlin - Germany, Paris-France and most recently Tokyo - Japan. She attended Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Photography with an emphasis in Documentary Studies in December 2005 and in October 2013, she received her Post-graduate Certificate from the Oskreutzshchule Für Fotografie in Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Flood was the Program Manager of the esteemed International Limited-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Photography at the Hartford Art School – University of Hartford from 2010 – 2020. The ultimate goal of her personal photographic work is to utilize a visual vocabulary that communicates across regional and cultural barriers, in order to create a renewed curiosity about the human experience in her audience.
Erica Ann comes to the Easthampton Media Board of Directors with a strong desire to engage members of the surrounding communities, encourage civic engagement through citizen journalism & content creation and with hopes to continue to expand our facilitation of government transparency through expanded access to municipal meetings.
Jonathan Schmidt - Board of Directors, Vice President
Jonathan Schmidt currently serves as the School Committee liaison to the Easthampton Media Board of Directors, which he received as an appointment after his initial election in 2017. As a nearly-life-long resident of Easthampton, his first memories of our public access station involved classmates volunteering to help record city meetings, back when it was all still located at White Brook Middle School. Now, as one of the city's elected officials, his perspective on this critical service has evolved dramatically, and it has become clear to him that Easthampton Media is an integral partner in the successful operations of our government. In addition to the Easthampton Media Board, Jonathan also represents the School Committee on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Education Services.
Besides his role in local government, Jonathan further serves the community as a member of the staff at the Emily Williston Memorial Library, where he has focused primarily on services to children and teens since 2013. He believes that education is the cornerstone of humanity, and he continues to seek ways to impact our shared future through the support and enrichment of young people. In his free time, Jonathan is an avid fan of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, and he considers creative expression to be an important part of his daily life. This passion for creativity -- combined with his formal education in Communication as well as Library Science -- leads to a natural fit with the Easthampton Media organization.
Nilda Cohen - Board of Directors, Treasurer
After living in New York all my life, in 1983 I decided to leave New York and corporate life. I have worked for several major corporations, in the field of market research, advertising, new business development, tax and finance administration.
I moved to Southampton, Ma. My main goal was to volunteer. I wanted time to paint, do interior design and garden. I was also looking forward to having time to enjoy the many cultural and educational resources in Western Massachusetts. I wanted to explore and get to know my community.
Within six months of moving I found the world of “not for profit organizations”. I met and worked with wonderfully talented and unique individuals who were making a difference. I worked at Darby O’Brien Advertising, Career Development Inc., Children’s Aid & Family Service, Inc., Lander Grinspoon Academy, Inc. I have also served on numerous boards and committees: United Way Designation Committee, Human Service Forum, Zonta Club of Westfield, International Language School, Southampton Finance Committee, Southampton Select Board, the expansion/renovation of the William Norris Elementary School , Southampton Council on Aging, and Zoning Board of Appeals. I currently serve as Board Treasurer for Highland Valley Elder Services, Inc. There has never been a shortage of ways to give.
Being invited to join the Easthampton Media board, appointed October 2019 is a perfect fit. I have come full circle.