ACMA’s Staff Members facilitate all organization functions.
Cathlyn Choi (she/her/hers) is the founder and Executive Director of Asian Culture and Media Alliance. She is also the host and producer of Asian Voices featuring Asian culture, history, businesses, artists and events in Southern California. As an expansion program to Asian Voices TV, she recently launched Asian Voices Radio Podcast. Dubbed "Korean Food Ambassador" by the media, Cathlyn is a media personality and community activist. A multi award winning TV show host and producer, Cathlyn produced the first Korean TV cooking show in English on PBS called “Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen" from 2008-2012.
Eric Michelson (he/his/him) is the Creative Director and Take One Instructor at ACMA. He is also the co-producer, DP and editor of Asian Voices TV series. Eric is the owner of Carma Media Productions and has over 20 years of tv/film and video production experience including producing, directing, writing and editing. His experience includes corporate training programs, commercial spots, music videos, live fashion and music events to short films and documentaries. Eric provides direction both on-camera and behind the scenes for all ACMA projects.
Take One Coordinator
Leslie Lopez-Santiago (she/her/hers) is a Senior at UCSD and majoring in Visual Arts: Media. Born and raised in Venice in Los Angeles City, she has always been fascinated with filmmaking since she was little. Her favorite director is Tim Burton for his unique animation style and best storytelling skills in his films. She hopes to bring more Asian representation to the screen and normalize seeing Asian faces and hearing Asian stories in mainstream media. Leslie is a 2020 Fall Take One graduate and has assisted with the production of Asian Voices Season 4.
Digital Media & Production Assistant
Yigithan Bal (he/his/him) is a media arts creator who moved to the US from Ankara, Turkey in late 2017. Ever since he held a camera in his hands, he has been creating and sharing his creative vision with the world through digital media, as a photographer, video producer, and editor. He joined ACMA in early 2021 assisting with various media projects involving Asian Voices, Pacific Cultural Showcase and SanDISCA video projects including digital marketing efforts.
Goodwill Media Ambassador
Jane Lee-Perry (she/her/hers) has 17 years of experience in the broadcasting industry. Jane has also built her acting experience by playing Gini in ACMA’s short film "Butterfly". Jane holds a Master of Cultural Journalism from University of Westminster in London, UK. A content creator of YouTube channel Serene Teaching, Jane is a published author of OPIc Punch series focused on business interview skills in English. Previously, Jane was a TV & Radio reporter at Arirang TV in Korea where she also did voice acting for TV commercials.
In addition, Jane was a news commentator (World Biz Brief, Winglish.com), contestant of a reality show (Find the Best English Teacher in Korea, MBC every1) and a TV show script translator (Eyes on Korean Business, KBS World).
Production Assistant / Assistant Instructor
Ryan Stanly (he/his/him) is an emerging filmmaker and musician. He has been interested in storytelling and creating visual media content since he was 13. Since 2014, Ryan has written, produced and edited . He currently operates his own production business called Ryan Stanly Productions providing production and post production services. Ryan graduated from ACMA's Take One program in 2019, and has been assisting with production of Asian Voices TV including as assistant instructor for Take One program.
Digital Marketing Assistant
Wendy Reyes (she/her/they) is a Mexican-American graduate of Cal State University of Los Angeles majoring in Television, Film and Media studies. With 2 years + of editing and several PA work experience, they are always up and ready for new accelerating challenges within the media industry everyday. Her main goal is to visually bring the art of music and performance to life with her passion for the production and editing process. Someday she hopes to hold her own production company with its main focus being music videos and the performing arts.
Clara (she/her/hers) is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a deep appreciation for art of all mediums. She is always looking for an excuse to exercise her right brain, and does so mainly through music and photography. In her spare time, Clara enjoys reading, traveling and walking other people's dogs.
Digital Media Marketing Coordinator
A graduate of ACMA's Take One Program 2021, Merrienne (they/she) is a first-generation Filipino-American who works to expand and promote the mission of ACMA through digital media and community outreach. With a BA from UC San Diego in Literature and Media and dual minors in Ethnic and Film Studies, Merrienne is charged with providing platforms for BIPOC/AAPI and queer communities.
Nicole Tanaka (she/her/hers) is from Los Angeles, California. She has always had a passion for storytelling since she was a young girl. Currently attending Pasadena City College, she is majoring in Design Media Arts and hopes to do video and production work in the film and advertising industry. She also looks forward to sharing Asian American stories and building more diverse representation in media.