Protecting the Values of Community Media in Massachusetts

MassAccess Leadership

The leadership team at MassAccess is comprised of professionals working in community media. We’re just like you, focused on free speech and dedicated to the growth of our industry.

We’re your source for information gathering, resource sharing and networking opportunities. Our rallying cry is that we’re in this together. Our hope is that working together, we can keep moving our industry forward.

Our Structure

Our organization governs with a volunteer Board of Directors and support from volunteer committees. We’re a registered 501 (c) 6 nonprofit organization, and we work without employees. It’s a big job, but we’re happy to provide the service.

MassAccess Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors has the desire to lead our worthy pursuit into an uncertain future. Hundreds of non-profit media centers across the Commonwealth are counting on this grassroots effort. You can help us provide the support needed across the state. By joining our team, you can help us lead.

  • Melinda Garfield
    Melinda Garfield


    Melinda Garfield is the Executive Director of Westwood Media Center, as well as the President of MassAccess. Before coming to Westwood, she was the Director of Production Services for NewTV in Newton, MA, where she won numerous awards. Melinda has previously worked on freelance projects for Powderhouse Productions, Straight Ahead Pictures, Cutter Productions, NBC30, and mtvU, and was the Office Manager for iDeal Partners Film Fund.

  • David Gauthier
    David Gauthier


    A native of Salem, Massachusetts, David became interested in media as an intern and volunteer at Salem Access Television (SATV). He spent many years at SATV before leaving to become the Executive Director of Winchester Community Access & Media in 2011. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Salem State University and uses those skills communicating with MassAccess membership through written releases and messages. David currently holds the position of Vice President with MassAccess.

  • Dana Healy
    Dana Healy


    Dana holds a Master’s in Education from Endicott College, a certificate from the Institute of Non-profit Management and Leadership from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications from Franklin Pierce University. She has been involved in community media since 1999, and is currently the Executive Director for Danvers Community Access Television. Dana has been on the MassAccess Board since January 2016.

  • Stephen M. Kessinger
    Stephen M. Kessinger


    Stephen Kessinger has over ten years of experience working on diverse multimedia and communications oriented projects. His background includes building partnerships with government agencies at a local, county and state level. As Director of Government and Educational Media at NewTV, he oversees production of regional and statewide programs that have received national recognition. Stephen is the MassAccess Board of Directors Treasurer.

  • Eric Dresser
    Eric Dresser


    Eric Dresser is the Executive Director of Whitman Hanson Community Access and was previously the founding Executive Director of Hingham Community Access & Media (HCAM). Eric has served on the MassAccess Board of Directors since 2015 and also serves on the nominating committee for the national board of the Alliance for Community Media. Eric is drawn to these professional/trade organizations in order to learn and share best practices and advocate for the important services the industry provides.

  • Carol McGilvray
    Carol McGilvray

    Carol McGilvray has ten years of marketing, public relations and advertising experience in Boston with clients such as FedEx and AT&T. Carol has worked at Plymouth Area Community Television for 12 years and is currently the Integrated Marketing & Membership Manager. Carol joined the Mass Access Board of Directors in 2017.

  • Michael Lynch
    Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch has over 20 years’ experience working in public access television. He started as a volunteer on a family produced show, and is now the Executive Director for Milton Access Television. Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications for Quinnipiac University. Michael is also a member of Rotary International, and was elected to the Mass Access Board in December of 2017.

  • William Nay
    William Nay

    William Nay has been involved in Community Media for over 20 years – first as a staff member and manager of Shrewsbury Media Connection and recently as the General Manager of MashpeeTV on Cape Cod. He has been active in the Alliance for Community Media and MassAccess for many years, has served on the Board of MassAccess since 2007, and is the Immediate Past President of the organization.

  • Shaun Neville
    Shaun Neville

    Shaun Neville is Executive Director at Wilmington Community Television. Before joining the world of community media, Shaun spent more than a decade as a television news producer, with stops at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH and the Hearst Television Bureau in Washington, DC.  Shaun is happy to be back home in Massachusetts covering people and events at the community level. He lives in Reading with his wife and two boys. He joined the MassAccess Board of Directors in 2017.

  • Erich Archer
    Erich Archer

    Erich Archer is an Emmy-winning television producer with 14 years of professional experience in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. He has produced video content for major networks and corporations including MTV, ESPN and The Boston Red Sox. Erich is currently the Executive Director of Cape Ann Television and sits on the Board of Directors of Mass Access and the Northeast Region Alliance for Community Media.

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