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Our Team

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Jeff McCarter

Founder & Executive Director

Jeff McCarter is the Founder & Executive Director of Free Spirit Media, which he created in order to share his experience as a media professional (cameraman, editor, and Emmy Award-winning producer) with young people from under–resourced communities More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Rebecca Connie

Program Coordinator, FSM News West

Rebecca Connie joins the Free Spirit team as the Youth Voices Program Coordinator. She received her MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago and her BA in Media Studies and Anthropology from DePaul University. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Chelsea Corbin

Development & Communications Manager

As Development & Communications Manager, Chelsea oversees the organization’s individual and institutional giving portfolios and leads special events, communications, and distribution efforts. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Keta Glenn

Lead Instructor, NLCP-Christiana

Keta Glenn is a recent University of Illinois at Chicago graduate with a Master’s Degree in Education, Youth Development. Due to the increasing number of youth deaths and violence in Chicago, Keta has become very passionate about the youth voice, identity and community. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Laura Gomez-Mesquita

Program Manager, In-School Programming and Curriculum

Laura Gomez-Mesquita is FSM's Program Manager of In-School Programming and Curriculum. In her first two years at the organization, Laura was the Lead Teacher of Digital Media and Documentary Production at NLCP-Christiana. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Joshua Jackson

Technology Coordinator

Born and raised in Chicago, Joshua is Free Spirit Media's Technology Coordinator. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Deylon Jefferies

Program Coordinator, HoopsHIGH

Born and raised on Chicago's West Side, Deylon Jefferies grew up a two sport athlete and a die hard sports fan. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Rachel T. Jones

Program Coordinator, FSM News South

Rachel is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Radio/Television/Film and African American Studies. She is the Program Coordinator of FSM News South at the Gary Comer Youth Center. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

André Lodrée

Operations Manager

André serves as Free Spirit Media’s Operations Manager, bringing with him years of operations and management experience. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Donell McNairy

Production Coordinator, Real Chi Youth

Donell is a Chicago South side native who joined the Free Spirit Media Team as Production Coordinator for Real Chi Youth in the fall of 2014. He received his B.A in Video and Film at Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in Post–Production. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Max Foehringer Merchant

Lead Instructor, NLCP-Collins

Max has been working with Free Spirit Media for the past six years, he is currently in his fourth year in the position of Program Coordinator as an in-school instructor at the Collins Campus of North Lawndale College Prep. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Kim Le Mezo

Lead Instructor, NLCP-Collins

Kim joins Free Spirit Media as the News West Production Coordinator. In her role, she applies her production knowledge and provides technical support to help give youth hands-on skills learning real world production practices in order to create media and tell their own stories. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Dan Neumann

Program Coordinator, Real Chi Youth

Dan is a Colorado State University alum and once lived with Fulani herdsmen in The Gambia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Aisha Oxley

Program Assistant

Aisha Oxley joins the Free Spirit Media team via Princeton University’s Project 55 fellowship program. She recently earned a B.A. in History and Visual Arts from Princeton, where she was a leader in the spoken word and social justice communities. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Lucia Palmarini

Production and Pathways Manager

Lucia came to Free Spirit Media as our first ever Production and Pathways Manager; she was formerly with Chicago’s CIMMfest and Community TV Network. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Chad Rispalje

Free Spirit PRO Lead Producer

Chad started as FSM's Technology Coordinator at the Gary Comer Youth Center in December of 2008, instructing youth in the technical aspects of broadcast journalism and live-event production. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Bria Royal

Development & Communications Associate

Bria seeks use her independent artistic ventures, as well as her role as the Development and Communications Associate at Free Spirit Media, to curate opportunities for youth to explore diverse forms of arts expression. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Sherice Rushing

HoopsHIGH Production Coordinator

Sherice joins Free Spirit Media as the Hoops High Production Coordinator, where she is working with the youth to provide hands on experience operating in the broadcast industry. Her love for sports and youth makes this the perfect place to be. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Jessie Santiago

Technology Coordinator, NLCP

Jessie joins Free Spirit Media (FSM) as the Technology Coordinator for the North Lawndale campus. Originally born in Canada, he grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. More >

Jeff McCarter, Founder & Executive Director

Teresa White

Program Manager

Teresa earned a B.A. degree in news–editorial journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. After graduation, Teresa realized that there were times when her pen and notepad were not as powerful as a camera. More >