ACMA Staff Members

Asian Culture & Media Alliance Staff Members

ACMA’s Staff Members facilitate all organization functions.

Cathlyn Choi
Executive Director
Dubbed "Korean Food Ambassador" by the media, Cathlyn is a multi award winning TV show host and producer of the first Korean TV cooking show in English on PBS called “Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen" and Asian Voices, a cultural and educational television program featuring Asian and Pacific Islanders, community, art, culture and events in Southern California.
Eric Michelson
Producer/Program Instructor

With over 20 years of tv/film and video production experience including producing, directing, writing and editing, Eric Michelson‘s 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 ACMA Projects.

Nathan Tafao
Program Instructor

Nathan Tafao is an America Samoan Videographer based out of San Diego. His venture into film accidentally started at home recording his eldest son Kavi making home videos and somehow led into landing his first job as the Videographer/editor for the El Camino High School football team. Soon he would start his own business and create what is now known as Bigghead Productions.

Jasmine Nauta
Digital Marketing Assistant

Jasmine Nauta (she/her/hers) is Filipino-Chamorro American and has graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communication and Business in Spring 2020. After being involved with the Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance and The Lab, Dance Community at UCSD, Jasmine continues her work with empowering the artistic and social justice communities around her. As a second-generation Asian-Pacific American, she looks forward to sharing the unique stories and experiences that come with being an Asian and Pacific Islander American.

Megan Shimizu
Program Assistant/Production Assistant

Megan Shimizu (she/her/hers) recently graduated from UC San Diego with a major in Communication, and a minor in Writing. She is passionate about film making, with a special focus on screenwriting. As a half-Japanese woman who has experienced life around the United States, she has learned to love and appreciate a variety of communities and cultures. Megan hopes to work with other passionate filmmakers to bring the stories of those who are not conventionally given attention by the media a chance to be seen and appreciated on screen.