Board of Directors
Alesia Crosby-Johnson is CEO and Co-Founder of Kids Video Connection. She is a media educator with over 15-years of experience writing and producing educational programs and services for children and adults. Johnson started her career working as a producer for Fulton County Government & Educational Station 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. She has a passion to help people learn especially through media. She received a Proclamation from DeKalb County Government and the DeKalb County Arts Visionary Award for starting KVC and for her innovative and creative way of teaching children through the Arts.
Dr Amy Aidman
Dr. Amy Aidman is an expert in the area of children and media research. Senior Lecturer, Emerita at Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies, she has developed and taught classes on children and media and other media-related topics and was the Director of the Media Studies degree programs. She currently serves as President of Kids Video Connection Board of Directors.
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. Elton was the first president of KVC and helped built a strong foundation which has empowered the organization to grow.
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.
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. He has worked with Kids Video Connection for over the past 10 years; he conducts workshops, provides photography and video for promotional programs for KVC. As former president of KVC, he was instrumental in refining KVC workshops.
Cody Powell is currently managing partner of Jenody Enterprises. He comes from a diverse background starting his career in 2010, working in various fields, including construction, freight, warehouse, and working his way up to management. The reason he became a KVC board member was to give back and have an open positive influence on the community’s well-being. He hopes with social media and technology, everyone gets a fair chance to learn and be successful in life. In his down time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, staying active and furthering his education at Ashworth College.
Phebe Dowels KVC
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. In addition, she is an admission counselor at Texas Tech.
Benton L. Aladin
Benton L. Aladin is the Founder & President of TAG Studios which is an award-winning web design, graphic design, and television broadcast production firm in Atlanta. Also, he is the director of media for House of Hope Atlanta. He is responsible for the development, expansion, and operations of the Media department and Broadcast ministry.
Jennifer Powell is an award-winning serial entrepreneur with over 20-years of experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial roles. Powell 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, Powell 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 Powell 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
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 and works there.
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.