Brookline Interactive Group

We’re proud to have an incredibly talented team at BIG. Our skilled staff members have a diverse wealth of experience ranging from filmmaking, production, and editing, to graphic design and marketing, to teaching and curriculum design. Amidst the wide array of expertise, we are all passionate about community media and committed to empowering all community members to express themselves by telling their stories and creating their own content.

 

BIG's STAFF

Kathy Bisbee

Executive Director - Kathy@brooklineinteractive.org
A native of western Maine, Kathy works in solidarity with diverse communities to amplify their voices; managing programs and organizations rooted in participatory media and digital inclusion as a creative technologist, storyteller, and community organizer. As a research fellow at the MIT Open Doc Lab, Kathy’s fieldwork was featured in Ms. Magazine on equitable access to traditional and emerging media in the public interest. Kathy received the 2019 'Nextant Legacy Prize' from the Virtual World Society, is a policy advisor to the CyberXR Coalition, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Northeast board of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). For more info: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathybisbee.

Ann Theis

Deputy Director - Ann@brooklineinteractive.org
Community-based Media has been an intrinsic part of Ann’s life ever since she attended Antioch College to become a documentary filmmaker. Discovering the importance of community media under pioneers in the field, she learned that teaching people to express their own voice was more important than merely documenting them. Now at BIG, she is managing operations including staff and interns, educational programming for adults and youth, community outreach, grant-writing, and reporting. She is the 2019 recipient of the Dirk Koning - George Stoney Award for Humanistic Communication.
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Eric Sack

Director of Technical Operations - Eric@brooklineinteractive.org
Results-driven community leader with 17 years of experience developing innovative communication technology-enabled solutions that serve diverse community needs. Deeply committed to using media and communications to support free expression and community development. Proven ability to assess and plan complex, technological systems in team-oriented environment. Adept at building relationships with a shared sense of purpose. Translates ideas into action effortlessly. Possesses an Improvisational and entrepreneurial mindset able to seize opportunities for organizational advancement.

Alexia (Lex) Lalande

Community & Education Coordinator - Lex@brooklineinteractive.org
Lex helps coordinate BIG's educational programs and teaches all types of media classes. She also helps run community projects and create content for BIG. She has a Masters of Art in Teaching from Mass Art in Boston, and taught graphic design/media arts for a decade in the Hartford Public school system. In her spare time, Lex likes to work on art projects and find new things to cook in an InstantPot.

Adam Sayre

Operations & Media Productions - adam@brooklineinteractive.org
A native of eastern Maine, Adam was introduced to making films through skateboarding. After making numerous skate films and graduating from NESCOM in 2009, Adam spent years roughing it in the northern Maine woods, traveling to remote and urban parts of the country filming reality TV shows. He saw video's true value when he started working in community media. Helping people use media to improve their lives and share their stories is something he loves to do, and he hopes to improve and empower the lives of Brookliners one story at a time.

John Foley

Tech Equity Coordinator | AmeriCorps VISTA - john@brooklineinteractive.org
John Foley (they/them/theirs) is an Americorps VISTA member serving as BIG’s Tech Equity Coordinator for 2022-2023. Previously John has worked as a freelance writer, editor and academic researcher, as an organizer on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and as a research Analyst with Prosperity Catalyst. John is thrilled to be at BIG and in their free time enjoys watching HBO’s masterpiece tv show Industry.

Morgan Laing-Buckland

Production Assistant - Morgan@brooklineinteractive.org

BIG's INTERNS

Haya Aldabbagh

Production Intern
A rising senior at Boston University, Haya Aldabbagh plans to graduate with a psychology and film dual-degree. While fascinated by psychology, her true passion has to do with film-making, particularly production and screenwriting. She is eager to gain more hands-on experience at BIG, as well as build her own portfolio to submit to graduate schools in the near future! Outside of BIG, Haya acts as the digital media chair for the BU Arab Student Organization. She also enjoys photography, travel, and petting her cats.

Hugues Lamarre Jr.

Production Intern
A Boston, MA native and a Media Arts Production student at Emerson College. My goal is to work on video and film productions. I am looking to improve on my camera and editing skills, as I network and collaborate with a team that is looking to succeed in the same field as myself. I look forward to exploring what the internship has to offer.

Harrison Matali-Johnson

Arts2Work Intern | Brain Wave Team Member
Harrison Matali-Johnson (it/they/he) is a musician, audio engineer, and videographer from Brookline, MA. They are constantly working on many projects, which currently include Brain Wave Live and their band, Mata Hari. In their limited but precious free time, they enjoy playing guitar and bass and attending local live shows.

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