the AFA site
Meet our officers:
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, and has written two books on academic classroom films.
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
Sutherland, Review & Research Coordinator, is a filmmaker and apprentice
archivist. A recipient of a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film from San Jose
State University in 2010, he did work on over 20 short films and six
feature films in various capacities during his time there, including
production designer, actor, cinematographer, and writer/director. In
addition to having his first feature film “Cheap Fun” premiere at San
Jose's 2012 Cinequest Film Festival, he has also served as a board
member at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum since 2014.
Chief Information Officer, has been a Director of Software Development and Project Manager
at several SiliconValley companies, and is an expert in communication
protocols and network management systems. Originally from CapeCod,Massachusetts, Dave has a B.S. in Oceanography from Humboldt State (CA)
University, with a minor in concert piano.
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, served 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.