Valerie Williams, Executive Director
Valerie Williams came on board as Executive Director of Center for Emerging Media in September 2010, after serving several years on the CEM Board of Directors. Valerie brought with her some 22 years’ experience in fund-raising and management of non-profit organizations. She served as Managing Producer on CEM’s 2006 series Shared Weight. She also functions as Project Manager for the Sound Bites series. In 2011 Valerie completed a graduate certificate program in Ecotherapy, with a focus on Sustainability. She loves gardening, reading, walking/running through country roads, and conversing with nature.
Mark Gunnery, Producer
Mark Gunnery is a producer for the Center for Emerging Media, where he produces the Marc Steiner Show and the weekly Sound Bites series. Mark is a folk and electronica musician, an herbalist, a sound engineer, and a writer. He recently graduated from Goddard College with a Masters of Health Arts and Sciences. He is the author of a forthcoming handbook on male sexual health for teenagers.
Stefanie Mavronis, Producer
Stefanie Mavronis is a producer at the Center for Emerging Media, where she produces the Marc Steiner Show and the Sound Bites series. Stefanie is a videographer, photographer, and graphic designer with an interest in community-based media production. She studied in Cochabamba and La Paz, Bolivia, where she made a documentary film, Reclamation and Resistance, about the ways art and media technology are being used to grapple with the country’s legacy of colonization. She is a recent graduate of UMBC, where she majored in Political Science and Media and Communication Studies.
Bobby Marvin Holmes, Producer
Since 2008, Bobby Marvin Holmes has worked as a media professional in the Baltimore metropolitan area. He has contributed to various media platforms including newsone.com, WYPR, the B Daily Paper, The Baltimore Times, and the historic Baltimore Afro American Newspaper. As publisher of the multimedia community blog, huevoicesdotcom, he has interviewed elected officials, future hall of fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis, and Grammy-nominated recording artists. Holmes is a graduate of Morgan State University and lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.
The organization also consists of:
Lester Spence, PhD, CEM Scholar in Residence
Lester Spence is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His specialties include black politics, racial politics, urban politics, public opinion, and American political thought. His work has appeared in a variety of academic journals (including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, the WEB Dubois Review, and the National Political Science Review) and mainstream media (Urbanite Magazine, Salon.com, Africana.
Lea Gilmore, CEM Cultural Director
Voted by Essence Magazine as one of the “25 Women Shaping the World”, Baltimore’s own Lea Gilmore is one of the world’s most respected and in-demand Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Inspirational singers. A “Keeping the Blues Alive” award winner for her work in Women and the Blues, Lea is still committed to telling the story. Recognized for her social activism and advocacy for the underserved around the world, the founder and director of “Umoja Musica” has toured across Europe, Africa and Siberia using music as a vehicle for non-violence, peace and tolerance. She was one of the first recipients of the James Baldwin Medal for Civil Rights for her music and social advocacy work in Maryland and around the world.
Anthony McCarthy, CEM Fellow
Bio coming soon