the AFA site
Meet our officers:
Director and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Alexander has been archiving
academic films and writing on their history since 1994. Earlier, he spent
eight years as an announcer and programmer in non-commercial radio at KTAO
in Los Gatos, CA, and KDNA in St. Louis. He taught for two years in
Special Education programs with the Santa Clara County Office of
Education. Geoff attended San Francisco State University and Berklee
College of Music, where he majored in flute and composition. His
avant-garde musical compositions and performances were noted in Keyboard Magazine’s
"Experimental Music" special issue in January, 1987. Geoff
crafted the first written history of jazz organ, now archived at Rutgers
University's Institute for Jazz Studies, an excerpt of which was
published in Keyboard Magazine (May, 1989).
He received his B.A. in Creative Arts, and Masters of
Education from San Jose State University. Geoff holds a life membership
in the Association of Moving Image Archivists, whose membership includes
the Library of Congress, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, and the American Film Institute. His monograph ‘An Academic
Perspective: The Life and Films of John Barnes’ was published in The
Moving Image, the journal of the
Association of Moving Image Archivists, in November, 2002.
Secretary Barinda Samra has been with ciné16/AFA since its founding in 1996. She served as program coordinator for
Cinequest (San Jose Film Festival) in 2000. As a marketing
consultant in high technology, she
has spent more than 10 years developing programs and processes, working with companies such as Cisco Systems, Seagate
Software, and Rational Software. Barinda holds a Bachelor of Science in
Biochemistry from San Jose State University.
Robert Emmett McGlynn, Public Relations Officer, has served
in the capacities of producer, program director, and fundraising
coordinator for radio station KFJC since 1980. His Saturday morning
"Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show" is a Bay Area
institution, dedicated to the history of film soundtracks; Rob also hosts
the semiannual "Psychotronic Film Festival" at Foothill College.
A St. Louis Missouri native, Rob has a B.A. in Communications from St.
Michael Selic, Chief Financial Officer, 1986 graduate of
California State University at San Jose, has had exciting careers as a
fruit picker, bartender, photographer and instructor in English as a
Second Language, among many others. He was President of the Board for four
years of WORKS/San Jose, a non-profit, volunteer-run visual and performing
arts venue. During that time, he assisted in securing several grants and
helped take the organization from near-bankruptcy to financial
Chief Information Officer, has been a Director of Software Development and Project Manager
at several Silicon Valley companies, and is an expert in communication
protocols and network management systems. Originally from Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, Dave has a B.S. in Oceanography from Humboldt State (CA)
University, with a minor in concert piano.
Iris Shimada, Public Relations and Corporate Liaison, graduated with
her Bachelor's degree in Interior and Architectural Design at Cal
State LA, and studied Visual Criticism at California College of the
Arts. She evaluated artifacts for the Asian Art department, Ethnic
Art department and public auction clinics for the Butterfield and
Butterfield auction house. She's served on the Board of Trustees of the U.C.
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive since 2001. With
her outstanding credentials, we still can't figure out why people want
to hear her tales of her boss at her first job out of high school, Jack LaLanne.
Margaret Newman is an Emmy-award-winning producer and writer
of documentaries for PBS (primarily through Chicago affiliate WTTW); she
also writes and produces videos and speeches for corporate clients
including Motorola, Avaya and many pharmaceutical companies. A St. Louis
native, Margie initiated AFA's St. Louis operation.
She holds a B.A. in communications from University of Missouri and an M.A.
in English from Southern Illinois University.
Cole, our Resource Development Advisor, also serves as the Director of
Development for Arts Council Silicon Valley, managing their fundraising and communications programs, and coordinating the Silicon Valley Arts & Business Awards. In addition, she was
recently selected to participate in Community Leadership SJ/SV, a Chamber of Commerce leadership development program for 32
emerging corporate and community leaders in the San Jose metropolitan area. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Lisa spent more than
ten years in corporate affairs and public relations within the biotech and high tech industries. A San Jose native, Lisa holds a
Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Fine Arts from Azusa Pacific University.