Bottom Line of Disabilities: Session IV: The Role of Media and Disabilities: Telling the Story

VIDEO April 3, 2019

Speaker / Author

Jasen Lee

Journalist, Deseret News/KSL

Jasen is a veteran journalist and broadcaster who began his career in radio. He’s worked in Milwaukee, Springfield, IL and Salt Lake City covering news, politics and sports. He is the co-creator of the Voices of Reason podcast along with Amy Donaldson where they promote civil dialogue and understanding between people of differing views. He is also the co-founder and president of The Loudmouth Project — a digital media company that creates and produces podcast content that inspires change through story telling. A Chicago native, Jasen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ... Read More

Dallas Graham

Executive Director, The Red Fred Project (invited), “The Lasting Legacy of Storytelling”

Dallas Graham is a fortysomething, Salt Lake City creative interested in books, birds, stories, children, kindness, photography, letters, yoga, punctuation marks, giant eggs, compassion, making hummus, collaborations and hiking with others. He is learning that there are many ways to look at solving problems in this world—especially when you’re working with people who care about other people, whether they are friends or strangers. Dallas is a publisher and the executive director of the Red Fred Project and is currently creating life-legacies, in the form or children’s books, with kiddos dotting the United States. ... Read More

Kasandra VerBrugghen

Executive Director of Spy Hop Productions

Kasandra is the executive director of Spy Hop Productions, a nonprofit youth media arts organization located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded in 1999, Spy Hop is dedicated to mentoring young people in the digital media arts to help them find their voice, tell their stories, and be empowered to affect positive change in their lives, their communities, and the World. Spy Hop serves over 15,000 young people statewide each year through in-school and after-school programming in film, audio, music and design. Kasandra serves on several boards, including the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, the Utah Nonprofits Association, the ... Read More

Suzi Montgomery

Education Director, Utah Film Center  

Suzi Montgomery helped establish and now directs the Utah Film Center Education Department. The department introduces students and teachers to the power of film as a teaching resource and improve students’ media literacy through film screenings, discussions, workshops, and classroom lessons that increase student engagement, comprehension, and critical thinking while supporting core curriculum requirements.  ... Read More

Vanessa Williamsen

Executive Director, RootWorthy Films

Native-Utahan and middle-child of seven, Vanessa Williamsen grew up learning patience and observational humor in real-time, skills that proved to be useful while briefly teaching Special Education in an inclusive classroom post-college. During her time in Education, she specialized in creating adaptations from the general curriculum so students at various levels of academic functioning were able to work together in academic and social settings. Her notable achievement was directing the school’s annual Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) showcase. Her experience of incorporating the arts and media into special education inspired a journey into filmmaking, primarily focusing on stories ... Read More