Chris Conybeare - President
Chris is a television journalist and documentary producer with more than 30 years of production and broadcast experience. He is a 1970 graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Chris has practiced in Hawaii since 1979 with special focus on human and civil rights, as well as certain aspects of media law. He is on the faculty of the Center for Labor education and Research, University of Hawaii-West Oahu. He also works closely with international press freedom organizations and currently serves as Secretary General of the World Association of Press Councils (WPAC), headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.
Beth-Ann Kozlovich - Vice-President
As the Executive Producer of talk shows for Hawaii Public Radio (HPR), Beth-Ann Kozlovich develops, incubates and manages all of HPR's locally-produced talk programs. She created and co-hosts HPR2's weekday morning show, The Conversation, launched in 2011. In 1999, she created and began moderating Town Square, HPR's longest-running live call-in public affairs forum. She is the former Hawaii anchor of NPR's Morning Edition. She frequently moderates community discussions and candidate forums, and sometimes, is even a panelist. She was the recipient of the 2011 Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii Media Award, 2007 NAMI Hawaii Jean Butler Chapin SEA Award and 2007 Psychological Association Media Award. Her attraction to public radio began when it was the only car-accessible, parent-approved station... so all of this is really her mother's fault.
Teresita Bernales - Treasurer
Teresita's work with the U.S. Department of State International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) spans more than 30 years, working as a volunteer home hospitality host at the International Center of Syracuse, board member, then as Executive Director. In Hawaii, she's worked as an IVLP program consultant at the Pacific Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) and presently works as an interpreter/liaison.
In the community, Teresita has been active with the Friends of the East-West Center, Pan Pacific and Southeast Asian Women's Association, Pacific Arts Link, and St. John Vianney Church Ayala Foundation, is a contributing writer for the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and is an adviser for the Ohana Medical Missions.
She has received awards and recognition from the US Pacific Command for Outstanding IVLP Service, from the State of Hawaii House of Representatives, a National Council of International Visitors award, Who's Who Women in the World in 1972, Who's Who in US Education in 1970, and an Alpha Sigma Epsilon at the University of St. Tomas.
In her spare time, Teresita enjoys ballroom dancing, hula, sewing, flower arranging, and reading.
Marya Grambs - Secretary
Marya Grambs' activism began when she attended the Selma to Montgomery march at age 19. After obtaining a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, she became active in the women's movement. In San Francisco in 1976, spurred by her personal experience, she co-founded one of the first battered women's shelters in the country, La case de las Madres. She was co-founder of the first, and only, women-owned and operated community center, the Women's Building, also in San Francisco, which houses a variety of women's and girls' agencies and programs, as well as holding scores of events. Next she was the co-founder and co-director of The Women's Foundation, which in turn launched the feminist philanthropy movement. These efforts were built on soliciting support from women who had financial resources to fund programs empowering low-income women and girls. Soon, scores of new women's funds developed. She created the Girls After School Academy, an after-school enrichment program for girls in a primarily African-American public housing development. After moving to Hawaii, she helped launch the Women's Fund as it moved out of the Hawaii Community Foundation, and became its first director. Then, in 2006 she became Executive Director of Mental Health America of Hawaii, where she works to increase mental health services and reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Board Members at Large
Brenda serves as the Executive Director of the Screen Actors Build (SAG) and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) in Hawaii, representing over 1,000 members providing a unified and powerful voice on behalf of artists' rights.
Originally from Maui, she was raised in Honolulu. Brenda briefly lived and worked in the Bay Area before return to Hawaii. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College in Silver Springs, Maryland.
Brenda has been an active member in the labor movement since 1979. She currently serves on numerous boards including the Hawaii Film & Entertainment Board, Hawaii State AFL-CIO, and Live Music Awareness. Community events include the Hawaii State AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade and Labor Coordinator for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade.
She's also a Volunteer Driver for Hawaii Meals on Wheels.
During her leisure time, Brenda enjoys reading, writing, traveling to exotic places, and playing golf.
After graduating from Miami University, in Ohio, with a degree in Comparative Religion and Philosophy, Josh moved to Honolulu in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he became active in local politics, helping build the Progressive Democrats of Hawaii. In 2007, he and several others founded Equality Hawaii, which went on to become Hawaii's largest LGBT rights organization and led the way toward marriage equality. He has also been an active member of the Democratic Party of Hawaii since 2006, serving as a member of its governing body, the State Central Committee, since 2012, currently as the Secretary. Josh works presently as a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Governor.
Ikaika is an entrepreneur, journalist, and organizer.
He launched Maoliworld, a social network for the international native Hawaiian community, in 2006 and launched the Hawaii Independent, an award-winning civic affairs website, in 2008. In 2014, he debuted Summit, a global quarterly covering politics, business, arts, culture, and literature.
Ikaika has won professional awards for his coverage of houselessness and has interviewed leaders such as Alice Walker, Henk Rogers, and Desmond Tutu.
His writing has appeared in The Nation and Reuters, and he has been quoted in Democracy Now and Al Jazeera. Ikaika speaks widely on media, social justice, and Hawaiian issues, including the US Social Forum, the Block by Block journalism conference and the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
He is a volunteer board member on nonprofits dedicated to education, social justice, journalism, peaceful families, and the environment. Ikaika lives with his family in Honolulu and is a performing musician.
Gerald is an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Hawaii School of Communications. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a government reporter at KITV News and KGMB News. Kato was a staff writer for the Honolulu Advertiser and The San Bernardino Sun (California). He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Brien is a professional musician/composer/comedy writer. While in Los Angeles, he worked as a freelance studio and touring musician. He performed extended tours with Harry James, Tina Turner, and Tom Jones. He began writing comedy with Andy Bumatai while touring with Jones, and this led to a permanent move to Hawaii.
Since moving to Hawaii, Brien has led several jazz ensembles, worked with the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Honolulu Symphony Pops, and the touring versions of The Lion King during their performance runs in Honolulu. Since 2008, he has served as the President of the Musicians' Association of Hawaii, Local 677.
He retired in mid-2015 and has rekindled his love of writing and playing jazz.
Liam is the Director of Academic Success and the Evening Part Time Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law. He is the principal investigator for the Jon Van Dyke First Amendment Project which, with support from Hawaii Media Council, teaches middle and high school students about the First Amendment and the importance of the right of free expression. He also helps to support civic education in Hawaii as the faculty advisor of Students for Public Outreach and Civic Education and as a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association Civic Education Committee.
Liam has a life-long love of radio and worked at WBAI in New York City, WORT in Madison, Wisconsin, and KTUH in Honolulu. He was the 2012 Hawaii State Slam Poetry champion and was a member of the team representing Hawaii at the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Born and raised on Oahu, Lucy Hashizume Witeck grew up in Wahiawa, graduated from Leilehua High School and obtained a B.A. degree in Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After a year as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in southwest Virginia, she returned home and joined in peace actions against the war in Vietnam including supporting Hawaii (draft) Resistance. She also participated as a Kokua Hawaii member in early land and anti-eviction struggles such as Kalama Valley. Lucy has worked in fast food, supermarkets, restaurants, as a typesetter, and in advertising and sales at the Hawaii Newspaper Agency and Honolulu Advertiser. While at the newspapers, she was active in the Hawaii Newspaper Guild, serving in various roles including as President during the struggle to save the Star Bulletin, and as a member of the union's International Executive Committee before retiring in 2008. She is married to John, one of the initial members of the Honolulu Media Council after its founding. They have two children and three grandchildren. She believes strongly that a diverse and vibrant free press is critical to restoring and ensuring democracy and securing a better future for today's children.