Tony Shawcross
Executive Director

The purpose of my life is to use my joy for living, empathic spirit, and sharp, open mind


  • Having unbridled, authentic conversations and connections
  • Making music
  • Traveling
  • Writing
  • Making movies that expand our perspective

To create a world in which people care for one another, ensuring all of us are free to focus on building the future we want, with the only limitation on our freedom being the requirement that we afford that same freedom to others. 

More info: Tony developed and launched the visionary model for community media that has evolved into the Open Media Foundation.  Before founding the precursor to OMF called Deproduction, as well as OMF's project Denver Open Media, Tony worked with Little Voice Productions, the Colorado State House of Representatives, the Pan African Arts Society and FreeSpeech TV, among others. Tony has presented over 100 media education courses with the Colorado Independent Media Center, Denver Community Television, the Alliance for Community Media and various local schools and universities.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Brandon Stiller
Creative Director

The purpose of my life is to use my loyalty, quietude, analytical cynicism, caring and passion 


  • Gathering with friends and family
  • Playing the guitar
  • Creating video
  • Participating in theatre
  • Creating art with the people in my life

To create a world in which relationships take priority; where the only thing distracting us from that priority is our passions which provide for us, strengthen our bonds and further our understanding of ourselves and others.  This is a world where people succeed because they want to not because they have to. It's a world with less violence and economic strife.  It's a compassionate, culture-driven world.

More info: With over seven years working with nonprofit and public sector clients, Brandon's background has been focused on digital storytelling, messaging strategy and video production. He looks forward each day to telling the stories of organizations that are truly making a difference.  Brandon is constantly humbled to be a part of an organization composed of great people who are collectively working towards real and lasting change.

Laura Trent
Impact Manager

The purpose of my life is to use my sincerity, open-heart, critical mind, and cheerful spirit


  • Exploring the world
  • Honoring the relationships in my life
  • Receiving the perspectives of those around me
  • Practicing yoga  

To create a world that provides space and patience for all humans to flourish and authentically participate in their community.

More info: Laura has been involved in strategy and evaluation work for over five years, working specifically to support the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors realize their desired impact. Laura received her Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law and studied philosophy and religion at Wofford College. Laura helps OMF and its clients identify and measure the change they want to create in the world.  

John Aden
Media Education Coordinator
The purpose of my life is to use my easy-going nature, sense of humor, creativity, thoughtfulness and empathy
  • Pausing before talking
  • Creating adventurous ways to play with my family
  • Laughing with others
  • Making entertaining films and music
  • Rediscovering the world with my son, using gentle guidance

To create a world in which people are working together for the common welfare of humans and the planet, separated from self-seeking and selfish motives that serve only an individual or specific group.

Ben Boone
Finance/HR Manager

The purpose of my life is to use my passionate spirit, sense of humor, loyalty, empathy, curiosity and business background


  • Connecting with others on a personal level
  • Exploring new cultures, countries, and unmarked trails
  • Dedicating my time to foundations that bring about positive change
  • Stretching myself and others around me on a daily basis
  • Not sweating the small stuff

To create a world in which communities come together to bring about positive change for everybody by working cooperatively, listening to one another with an open mind and with respect to everyone’s opinion; a world that worries a little less about profits and a lot more about people.

More info: After earning his degree in History with a minor in Business from Texas A&M University, Ben began working as a high school educator in the Greater Houston area.  During his fulfilling time as a teacher, he continued his personal education with a postgraduate degree in Accounting.  Over the last six years he has worked in several settings as an accountant, and was lucky enough to move to Colorado to pursue his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Denver.  Ben loves being part of a dedicated, passionate team and an organization that gives back to the community and spreads the word of positive change.

Giorgio Ausenda
Video Producer/Editor

The purpose of my life is to inspire, move, excite and empower by telling stories


  • Being unbiased
  • Using a never-ending curiosity
  • Never stop asking
  • Seeing what awaits around every corner

To create a world in which information elevates us all and unlocks our true potential by bringing us closer together

More info: 

Born in London, raised between New York City and Milan, Giorgio fell in love with Colorado at first sight. 

With a background in History, Giorgio has obtained a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

During the years, Giorgio has produced footage from the West Bank, South America, Europe, and Cuba, winning the first prize at the University of Colorado's Short Documentary Festival with his work on American citizens who moved to Havana.

His work is based on the production of videos, primarily in a journalistic and documentary form, for a web audience. Giorgio has experience working both behind and in front of the camera as well as editing and post-production. He has taught nonfictional video editing as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has thorough experience in documentary writing.

Jiang Zhan
Web Developer

The purpose of my life is to use my perseverance, deep sense of purpose and integrity


  • Creating intelligent websites and applications to save other’s time
  • Improving my mom’s English
  • Eating food from different cultures

To create a world in which people have the right to be taught the truth in regards to history.

Leslie Welch
DOM Member Support

The Purpose of My Life is to use my curiosity, drive, passion, and resilience


  • Getting to the heart of an issue

  • Analyzing systems

  • Taking the time to listen

  • Being open to new people, cultures, and experiences

To create a world in which people have the ability to better understand the world around them.  A place where people would be able to access knowledge and resources, regardless of societal barriers.

More Info: Leslie graduated with a BA in Arts & Humanities from the Residential College of Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, as well as a degree in public policy (Go Green!).  Leslie’s experience is at the intersection of civic engagement, social justice, public policy, and media/technology.  At OMF, she hopes to bring technology to the people, particularly to those who don’t normally have access.  She can usually be found with a coffee tumbler in hand.  

Jesse Lockwood
DOM Member Support

The purpose of my life is to expand my sense of joy and expression of unconditional love in all activities.


  • Showing compassion with patience and humility
  • Seeking opportunities to learn
  • Maintaining my personal well being
  • Accepting apparent reality without expectation

To create a world in which all people are free to have their own experience and expression while respecting the wellbeing of others.

More info: Jesse has had a very diverse set of career experiences, including being a Christian Minister, Construction Worker, Loan Officer, Big Rig Salesman and Cannabis Cultivator. All while developing an array of Artistic and Musical skills. After several years of homelessness and soul searching he turned his attention to learning filmmaking where he continues to focus to this day. Jesse is happy to be of service to an organization that is empowering the expression of the common person.

Jameson Courville
AmeriCorps VISTA

The Purpose of My Life is to use my adventureness, creativity, dedication, and empathy to empower those who lack the means to tell their stories


  • Creating Media
  • Laughing with Others
  • And Globetrotting

To Create a World in which everyone receives equitable opportunities to succeed; where open and compassionate minds resolve differences; and where our stories bind us to one another.

More info: Jameson graduated from Colorado Film School and Cornell College with degrees in Screenwriting and Creative Writing, and has experience in television and film production. He is an avid traveller, and has driven to Alaska from Colorado, toured the European continent, and personally visited Yellowstone National Park at least 27 times in the last ten years.

Joslyn Dorrelle
Media Job Readiness AmeriCorps VISTA

The purpose of my life is to gain a wealth of knowledge and use wisdom acquired overtime to empower and educate people around the globe.


  • Sharing stories through various media
  • Fostering meaningful relationships with communities outside my local and personal sphere
  • Enjoying every moment

To create a world where understanding is achieved, community is appreciated and accountability means something to everyone.

More info: Joslyn graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and is currently pursuing Masters in Nonprofit Management from Johnson & Wales University. Though Joslyn is a Denver native, she has produced content for Greeley Unexpected, WDIV News 4 Detroit, WCOV FOX 20 Montgomery, Alabama Public Television, among others. Joslyn hopes to help build capacity for the voiceless in low income and minority communities by equipping them with the essential tools needed to obtain journalism careers in large markets.