Our vision is to become the premier leading media arts organization in Georgia that innovatively uses art to educate, empower and encourage youth to learn, think, dream, create and communicate.
Our mission is to use video production as a teaching tool to educate and empower today’s youth with media literacy, communication and critical thinking skills that will help them become independent thinkers and creators for tomorrow!
Our main goal is to help youth (especially underserved students) learn how to be analytical and conscientious critical viewers and thinkers through learning and applying media literacy concepts. Another goal is to teach and help the students in our video production workshops produce their own video projects.
Our objectives as the leading premier media arts organization are the following:
1. Innovatively teach youth media literacy.
2. Creatively train youth to produce video and digital media projects.
3. Proactively teach youth cyber safety.
4. Excitingly showcase to youth “living legends” though the projects our students produce.
5. Enthusiastically introduce and expose youth to careers in film, television and digital media.
Kids Video Connection Board of Directors
Dr. Amy Aidman is an expert in the area of children and media research. As a Senior Lecturer at Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies, she teaches classes on children and media and other media-related topics. She is the Director of the Media Studies degree programs.
Fran Burst-Terranella is an EMMY-winning independent film and television director and producer whose work spans four decades and totals more than 700 productions. Her documentaries have aired nationally on ABC, TBS and PBS and her work has garnered more than 100 honors including Tellys, CINE Golden Eagles and recognition at film festivals from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta to Australia, Scotland, Spain and Canada. A multi-faceted director with the ability to quickly build rapport with everyone who appears in front of her camera, her newest project is “The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle” – a darkly comic indie feature film.
Phebe Dowels is a writer, producer and young entrepreneurial. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Dallas; and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Journalism and Film/Video studies. At 15, she began her video production career as a student at Kids Video Connection. After taking several video production workshops at KVC, and acquiring experience as an intern with KVC, she became a teen producer at Comcast Studios. Due to her hard work and experience, she won video and writing contests while a teenager. She acquired numerous college scholarships because of her writing and editing skills. Currently, she resides in Dallas, and she writes and produces promotional videos for businesses.
Ravi Gandhi is a media educator with a background in media theory and experience in undergraduate instruction. With his expertise in media education, he brings perspective to KVC’s efforts helping youth explore meanings in the videos, films, and other media they encounter and create. He has a Master’s in media studies from Georgia State University.
Alesia Johnson is CEO and co-founder of Kids Video Connection. She is a media educator with over 15-years of experience writing, producing and coordinating educational programs and services for children and adults. Johnson started her career working as a production coordinator and producer for Fulton County Government Television Channel in Atlanta, GA. She worked for over 10 years at Georgia State’s Decatur Campus in the Instructional Technology Department and Learning and Tutoring Center. In 2008, she received DeKalb County Arts Visionary Award because of her innovative and creative way of teaching children through the Arts.
Elton Johnson is co-founder of Kids Video Connection. By profession, he is an electrical engineer for Siemens Industry, Inc. He has received five U.S. patents for designing circuit breakers and battery chargers for electrical cars. He has over 30-years of experience as an electrical and audio engineer. He attended Georgia Tech University, and he served as past board president of KVC board of directors.
Frank Mastrogiacomo is a media arts professional with close to 40-years of education and media production experience. As a media arts teacher at the DeKalb School of the Arts, ranked the second best high school in the state of Georgia, he has a passion to teach students media arts, the production process, and the effect of technology and social media on society. As a Creative Arts Therapist for 10 years in a special education setting, Frank incorporated music, dance and drama to teach and motivate youth to learn. Frank has worked with Kids Video Connection for over the past 10 years; he conducts workshops, provides photography and video for promotional programs for KVC. Frank is currently the president of the KVC Board of Directors.
Jennifer Rusz is an award-winning serial entrepreneur with over 20-years of experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial roles. Rusz began her career working for companies such as Websense Software Security Solutions, ARS Division of Current Analysis, Kyocera Wireless Corp., and Lucent Technologies. In 2014, Rusz started Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. an award winning full-service business consulting firm located in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Sterling Rose Consulting Corp provides business plan creation and review, strategic and tactical marketing plans, marketing implementation, management consulting, accounting, payroll, customer software design and implementation services, custom CRM solutions and strategic technology solutions. In 2017, Jennifer Rusz and her firm were recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Best Privately Held Companies in America” in the Entrepreneur360 list.
Phillip Saxton is the Founder of Small Business Samaritans. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge starting and operating small businesses. He was formerly Vice President and National Director of eBusiness for the Unisys Corporation. He has worked for IBM in various sales management and corporate management positions. In addition, he was Sales Director and Business Development Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to help KVC maintain growth and sustainability.
Ryan Wilson is a screenwriter and editor. He has a bachelor’s degree in film and video with a minor in marketing from Georgia State University. He brings his knowledge of film, video and marketing to help Kids Video Connection reach youth via social media. In his spare time, he likes to edit pictures and videos, along with write screenplays.
Nelson Young is a technology and design consultant with expertise in web development, online learning, programming, instructional technology and design. He has published over 40 articles, on matters regarding technology and society. His professional experiences include the federal government, over 20 years in higher education, and as Principle Developer for iSystems Concepts. His focus is with the design development, implementation and management of technology-based elearning and marketing solutions.
Frank Baker is a national renown K-12 media educator, having conducted hundreds of workshops with teachers and students. Baker created the website Media Literacy Clearinghouse in 1998 to help teachers find appropriate resources for teaching about media and media literacy. Since then, the site has been international recognized and continues to be a valuable resource for educators.
Franklin Kimble is an Outreach & Business Consultant, Coach and Author. A seasoned and dynamic business professional, Franklin has over 20 years in the life and health insurance industry, hospitality and hotel industry. He also spent over 20 years working with faith-based organization and small businesses.