Michele Ryan Berling
Founder & Executive Director
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.
Program Coordinator, The Real Chi
Lee Edwards comes to Free Spirit Media after several years covering a variety of beats in print, digital, and multimedia mediums across the Chicagoland region for the past six years as a multimedia/digital journalist.
Teen Media Manager
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).
Sports Broadcasting & Technology Manager
Joshua Jackson started off as a participant in FSM News South, then went to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale to study Radio-Television and Digital Media.
André Lodrée provides strategic direction for the ongoing financial, human resources, technology and operational sustainability at Free Spirit Media.
Production Coordinator, The Real Chi
Donell is a Chicago South side native who joined the Free Spirit Media Team as Production Coordinator for Real Chi Youth in the fall of 2014.
Program Coordinator, Free Spirit South
Sarah first started their introduction to Free Spirit Media as a Flash Forward Fellow. They graduated from Northwestern University majoring in Radio, Television + Film.
Production Coordinator, Free Spirit West
I'm from the south side of Chicago. I'm a recent graduate from SIUC, where I graduated with a degree degree in Film/ Cinematography and minor in Criminal Justice.
Rossana is passionate about nonprofit work and education and was drawn to Free Spirit Media’s mission for creating learning opportunities for the youth.
Director of Production, Free Spirit PRO
Chad Rispalje is the lead producer for Free Spirit PRO, the social enterprise production arm of youth development and media organization Free Spirit Media.
Danielshé Rodgers (Shé)
Program Coordinator, HoopsHIGH
Born and raised from the North Lawndale area until Junior High then my family and I moved to the Northwest suburbs. I'm a Chicago girl, with 16 years of broadcasting experience under my belt. At 9 years old, I watched a sitcom that changed my life.
Program Coordinator, Free Spirit West; Alum, Free Spirit Pro
Danielshé (Shé) Rodgers started her filmmaking journey during her digital media class in North Lawndale College Prep on the west side of Chicago in 2013.
Production Coordinator, HoopsHIGH
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.
Briana J Shields
Teaching Artist, Orr Academy
Luke Sequeira is a mixed multi-media artist, dj and producer with a focus on experimental electronic music production, music curation and digital design.
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.
Producer, Free Spirit PRO
Nevo led a variety of projects to empower communities through the use of media tools including videography, radio and storytelling.
Communications and Development Director
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.
Creative Workforce Manager
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.