Jeff McCarter is the Founder & Executive Director of Free Spirit Media, which he created in 2001 in order to share his experience as a media professional (Emmy Award-winning producer, cameraman, director, and editor) with young people from under-resourced communities.
Michele Berling recently relocated to the Chicagoland area from Los Angeles were she had a successful career as a post production producer, working mainly on movie advertising but also doing some feature film post.
Garnering over a decade of experience in the film, media and educational industries, Michael has always believed in creating an environment that fosters and inspires creativity and unconditional positive regard.
Keta Glenn is a recent University of Illinois at Chicago graduate with a Master’s Degree in Education, Youth Development. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Columbia College majoring in Fine Art Photography, with a strong interest in journalism and activism.
Directing efforts to design, plan, and execute K-12 research and evaluation activities at the federal, state, and local level, Glenance Green has spent the last five years working for the American Institutes for Research (AIR).
A decorated educator and artist whose willingness to commit to truth, transparency, and social justice has yielded transformative youth development programming within north, south, and west side communities of Chicago.
As Industry Pathways Manager for Free Spirit Media, Chakka leads Free Spirit Media's creative workforce development initiatives—providing underrepresented emerging media-makers ages 18-25 with professional development, production and skills training, mentorship and work-placed opportunities.
Growing up in Chicago, Sherice always pictured herself working in media due to the excitement of the city. The dream first started while she attended Prosser Career Academy High School located on the westside of Chicago.
I'm Briana J Shields, I grew up on the Westside of Chicago in Austin. Today I am proud to be a graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, where I received my BFA in illustration and visual communications.
Soni Sinha has been involved in the nonprofit sector for nearly a lifetime and brings more than 15 years of experience as a fundraiser, advisor, program director, community advocate and asset building practitioner to Free Spirit Media.
Tracee Stanford is excited to return to Free Spirit Media as Civic Media Manager. With over a decade of broadcast journalism and youth development experience, Tracee is eager to bring insight to program staff and serve as a resource to help young journalists position themselves for success.
Imani is a recent graduate and a fellow for Princeton University’s Project 55 Fellowship. A native from Chicago’s South Suburbs, she is thrilled about working at Free Spirit Media due to its mission of catering and empowering historically disadvantaged people, particularly youth.