Sean Taketa McLaughlin

Executive Director

Digital ecologist Sean Taketa McLaughlin serves as executive director of Access Humboldt, where he advocates for public policies that support universal access to open media.

Sean is known for his tendency to live in proximity with spectacular natural environments, an affinity for diverse multi-cultural engagement, fearless innovation and a dry eclectic sense of humor. He is married with Lori Taketa of Hawai'i, Maui and O'ahu.

Educated at Dartmouth College, Sean taught "Politics of Media" at the University of Hawai'i - Manoa and served on the UH-Manoa Broadcast Communications Authority as vice chair.

He has fellowship experiences as a Weinberg Fellow in Honolulu, a Z Fellow with ZeroDivide in San Francisco, and a Knight Media Policy Fellow at New America Foundation in Washington, DC. He has published articles, provided expert testimony before legislative and regulatory agencies, and participated in international conferences around the world. (Click here to find out more)

Matt Knight

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Facility and Training Manager / Radio Station Manager

Matt joined the staff of Access Humboldt in November 2011 as a media production specialist. He has an extensive background in public media and policy - including 19 years as a DJ/programmer for KHSU and 3 years as a production assistant for KEET-TV.

In addition to managing Access Humboldt's Community Media Center, Matt teaches all of the certification classes offered by Access Humboldt, as well as managing Access Humboldt's radio station, KZZH-LP 96.7. He also produces (and sometimes directs) AH's Media Lab productions.

Matt attended Cal Poly Pomona, majoring in Communications. He has over 30 years experience as a recording engineer and sound designer.

Special Projects Wizard

John is an IT consultant, digital media archivist and Special Projects Wizard from Eureka, CA associated with Access Humboldt. 

He founded the Community Media Archive in 2009, in partnership with the Internet Archive and Access Humboldt, as a place where public access TV stations and Community Media Centers can archive and share their video programs. It has grown to encompass 700,000 videos from 760 access centers and government entities from around the country.

He has spoken at nine ACM National and numerous ACM Regional conferences about the Community Media Archive and helped many access centers in understanding how to work effectively with the Internet Archive.

He also plays with small single board computers such as the Raspberry Pi and Odroid and likes to build HiDefinition music players based on them...

Community Media Archive

Community Media Archive Wiki

Production Manager

Juan Carrillo joined the full-time staff at Access Humboldt in 2009 after interning as a media development specialist. In his current role as production manager, Juan coordinates live and pre-recorded video productions for a wide range of clients, including local government jurisdictions and non-profit organizations, as well as developing curriculum for workshops and classes.

Juan's recent projects include researching and installing a full equipment upgrade for our studio control room (including a new video switcher and high-end audio mixing board) and building a video streaming installation to cover city government meetings in Rio Dell.

Clay McGlaughlin

Information Systems Manager

Clay McGlaughlin joined the staff at Access Humboldt in June 2015 as a media production specialist, operating Tricaster equipment to cover local government meetings. He has an extensive background in digital communications and media development, with more than a decade of experience in computer tech support, journalism and digital publishing.

In his current role as information systems manager, Clay performs a wide range of tasks including website and software development (in Python and Java), data analysis, video editing and processing, tech support and training for members, and much more.

Previously, Clay worked for four years as a staff writer and photographer at the Times-Standard newspaper in Eureka, CA, after spending several years as a freelance photographer in the Midwest. He has a master's degree in social science from HSU, a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an associate's degree in computer information systems and business management.

In addition to his work at Access Humboldt, Clay teaches classes at College of the Redwoods in digital publishing and computer information systems, and freelances as a writer, editor, photographer and digital media consultant.

Digital Distribution Manager

Jerusha Wilhelmi was one of the first employees of Access Humboldt, joining the organization in 2007 after several years of technical work for the local NBC affiliate.

In her role as Digital Distribution Manager, Jerusha processes and schedules all the content received from community members, governmental entities and educational institutions. She also recruits and manages operators for our gavel-to-gavel meeting coverage, handles the televised bulletin boards, and functions as the central nervous system of our digital content delivery systems.

nate dawg


Front Desk & Facilities Coordinator

nate dawg joined the Access Humboldt staff in October of 2023 after 4 years in production at KMUD, 4 years in the office at Lost Coast Communications and volunteering for Access Humboldt/KZZH for 6 years. 

After transplanting from So Cal, nate acquired a degree and teaching credential from Humboldt State University while also working for Abruzzi Catering. 

nate has produced a handful of radio shows including Living With Your Dog, Getting To Know Your Local Non Profit, and The Civic Union. 

What makes nate dawg happy is good radio, bad movies, and helping others achieve their goals in content creation. Community media is very important to nate as he is dedicated to welcoming, encouraging, helping others share their insights, opinions, and voice with the community.

Monique Harper-Desir

Director of Admin & Development

Monique Harper-Desir has 8 plus years of coordination experience from a wide array of organizations and businesses. Her Associates degree is in Media Production and she held her first Media based job at Amherst Media, as a Youth Video/Photography program Coordinator, for 5 years. 

Monique is a freelance graphic/web designer and works creating visual arts. She has her BA in Arts Management and Leadership and has used all these skills to co-found local organization Black Humboldt.