Staff

Executive Management

Nantz Rickard

President & CEO

President and CEO of DCTV since 1994, Nantz is also one of its founders, having worked for DCTV since 1987. She provides visionary and strategic leadership and management to DCTV in the realms of public policy, legislation, and cable franchises. Nantz ensures that DCTV’s mission is supported with excellent capacity at all levels. For Nantz, being at DCTV isn’t a job – it’s her calling and an opportunity to fulfill a long-held vision. She loves supporting a really unique mission that empowers people and communities, plus the opportunity to work with a talented and knowledgeable team.

Hafeez A. Kazim

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President 

Hafeez A. Kazim is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration with the Public Access Corporation of DC. He has over 40 years experience in both nonprofit and for profit arenas. His expertise encompasses full service accounting — from financial management and tax preparation to budgeting, auditing, administration and investment activities. Hafeez believes in DCTV’s mission especially with regard to youth training. In between crunching numbers, he loves to tell jokes, travel, play golf and fish.

Angela Harris, MBA

Vice President, Community Engagement
Programming and Communications

Angela is an experienced and accomplished marketing communications, media, and education professional who has held leadership roles at some of the most iconic global brands to include: Apple Inc., Black Entertainment Television, Discovery Communications Inc., XM Satellite Radio, and The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture where she was instrumental in creating the branding and communications strategy for its opening. She comes to us most recently from serving as a journalism and communications professor at some of the leading Universities in our region to include Howard University, The George Washington University and Trinity Washington University.

Administration

Robin Waley

Finance and Administration Manager

Robin is the Finance and Administration Manager for DCTV. In addition to her extensive background in financial management, particularly the nonprofit sector, she is also the former Executive Director of a homeless transitional program in the District of Columbia, as well as the founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an ex-officio officer to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.

Outreach, Communications and Membership

Julia Reardin

Manager of Community Engagement and Associate Producer

Julia Reardin, manager of Community Engagement and Associate Producer. As a photographer and digital media artist, her work encompasses portraits, landscape, environmental photography and video production. Julia is also an avid filmmaker and has worked on several film productions and digital art projects. Most recently, Julia packed up her life in Yosemite National Park, where she was teaching photography at The Ansel Adams Gallery, to persue her career in media production in the nation’s capital.

One of Julia's lifelong dreams has been to work for a non-profit organization. At DCTV, she desires to engage the community using media as a tool to share information, express ideas and learn in creative ways.

When away from the office you can catch her exploring new places and learning local history, especially if it involves camping, long hikes and the great outdoors.

 

 

 

Production and Training

Mark Leeke

Senior Multimedia Specialist

As a Senior Multimedia Specialist, Mark loves working with such a diverse group of members and their projects. Every day is different! With a broadcasting career that spans over 25 years, he has covered every aspect of broadcast production and has worked for companies that include CNN News, Reuters and Comcast. In his spare time, Mark enjoys tinkering with computers and is an avid fan of science fiction.

Carmen Stanley

Operations Assistant

Hailing from Dallas, TX, Carmen started out as a DCTV intern and now assists the Programming, Operations, Training and Production departments as a Media Operations Specialist. She enjoys working along side the team at here while furthering her knowledge in TV production. When not supporting our staff, she can be found on the couch binge watching her favorite TV series or in the studio volunteering on shoots.

Linda Lawson

Education Manager

Linda Lawson is DCTV’s Education Manager.  For more than 20 years, Linda has partnered with numerous nonprofit organizations, public health agencies, government programs, and small to medium-sized businesses as a digital media specialist, project manager, and trainer. Her personal and professional endeavors are ignited by her passion for protecting the environment, human rights, ending homelessness, promoting education, and expanding access to health care.

Programming

Karen Beasley

Manager Programming

Since 1998, Karen has served as the Programming Manager at DCTV. Her duties include developing monthly program schedules, assigning series and individual time slots, reviewing program submissions, and providing support to our producers. Karen loves meeting and collaborating with people to bring their visions, issues, and points-of-view to the airwaves.

Jacque Rearden

Master Control Coordinator

As Master Control Coordinator, Jacque monitors signals, troubleshoots signal failures, oversees community bulletins and maintains logs of playback activities.  She began as a DCTV volunteer playback technician in 1996.  As an attorney for over 20 years, she is the former Director of Legal Services for the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; and was the coordinator at  Hart & Chavers for the “Introduction to the Practice of Entertainment Law” CLE Course.  Jacque enjoys learning new techniques to enhance the quality of  telecasting.

The DCTV capacity building grant program offers eligible nonprofits an array of benefits that build organizational communications and storytelling capability and provides an ongoing presence on cable television. We designed these grants to offer training and expert guidance to the nonprofit community, which enables you to robustly expand your impact within the DC community.

“Grant Level” is the amount of money your organization contributes to receive the grant. The grant term is initially one year and requires a very small organizational match. DCTV will provide documentation so that you can appropriately record “in-kind” services in your financial records. Grants may be extended or renewed with DCTV approval.