Bill Overall

Bill Overall is Director of Education and New Media for Georgia Public Broadcasting. On the education side, his team focuses on creating educational materials that directly serve Georgia's children as well as provide professional development services for Georgia's educators, child care providers, and parents. On the new media side, his team focuses on projects and activities to move GPB forward into non-linear and interactive platforms such as the web and mobile phones. As a Georgia native, he is first-generation product of the GPB's children's television programs. He graduated from the Grady School of Journalism in 1991 with a speciality in newspapers. During his post-graduation unemployment he discovered that programming for the internet was the best chance for being able to eat. He's been working in the industry now for nearly 20 years, and feels like GPB is a natural way to reconnect his nerdiness to his original passion for media.

Dave Drabik

The owner of Fine Line Productions and an award winning writer, director, and producer with more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment business.  Prior to launching his own production company, Dave held staff writer positions on Late Show with David Letterman, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, and in Cartoon Network’s On-Air Department.  Since founding Fine Line Productions, Dave has created, written, and produced two live-action comedy series for Adult Swim.  Additional clients include the NHL Network—for whom he was Head Writer on the 2012 NHL Awards, and ESPN—with whom he’s consulted on the last 12 ESPY Awards.  Dave earned an Emmy nomination in 2009 in the category of Original Song for helping co-write Justin Timberlake’s ESPY performance of Why I Love Sports.

Karen Oberman

An entertainment industry expert with 20 years of broadcast production experience working with top cable networks including Discovery Channel, Turner Broadcasting, National Geographic Television, HGTV, and TLC. Karen’s experience includes work on the Emmy winning documentary series Lost Civilizations on NBC, as well as being the Supervising Production Manager on one of Discovery’s most successful programs, Mythbusters.  Prior to that, Karen was the Director of Unit Management at Discovery Studios.

Victoria Bostic

After graduating from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a B.F.A. in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production, Victoria jumped into the world of broadcast media, working with a number of networks including PBS, WE-tv, and Gem Shopping to name a few. She joined GPB in 2007, and has since worked as a Videographer, Web Content Editor, Associate Producer, and currently as Content Specialist for New Media and Education. Victoria is a lover of great content, new technology, and a believer that work should never feel like work. In her spare time, she routinely indulges her passion by producing her own web content and independent short films.

Brian Wray

Brian has been an independent digital media producer for more than eight years in the Atlanta metro area. In that time, he has worked for more than 25 local, national, and international clients on a regular basis. He travels frequently on production assignments for broadcast television. Brian has been shooting video for fourteen years and has also worked as a technical and media consultant for many different types of productions. His media experience and education started in Mass Media class in high school.

Parker Branch

Born and raised in the state of Georgia, Parker recently graduated from Samford University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. An aspiring writer, his jokes have been heard on Adult Swim, The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards and various live shows around the Atlanta area. He has also worked with CNN, HLN, WebMD and Crosscreek Television Productions. It’s Parker's dream that the Cheshire Cat forces him to grow a handlebar moustache and eat various powered desserts. It happens almost every night.

Sabrina Thomas

Sabrina began her career as an intern at GPB in July 2012, working on The Corky Kell High School Football Championships working as a Production Assistant and Score Bug Operator. More recently she served as Production Assistant and Talent Booker for the GPB news show, Prime Time Lawmakers. Sabrina coaches gymnastics at Paulding Gymnastics in Georgia and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University. She's a retired collegiate gymnast, a sports fanatic, and aspires to own the Washington Redskins.

Jessica Bockelman

Jessica is an Emmy Award winning graphic artist for Georgia Public Broadcasting, as well as various production companies around Atlanta.  With a background in screenwriting and illustration, and a B.A. in Film from Georgia State University, Jessica's passion is taking any creative project from conception to completion. Her work can be seen on Georgia Outdoors, Georgia Traveler, Today In Georgia History, and GPB Kids, as well as projects for Just Peachy Pictures and Homepark Productions.  When not in an edit suite, she is working for various live productions for GPB including Primetime Lawmakers, GPB Sports Central, and Friday Night Football.

 

Michael Tew

An award winning editor with a 20 year career full of many projects and quite a few awards.  He’s worked on shows for major networks, co-produced and edited feature length documentaries, helped make a few music videos for artists like Toni Braxton and TLC, cut commercials for national and regional television, and been successful in the corporate video field as well. When he’s not hunched over his editing desk, he likes to play music, watch movies, and enjoy the outdoors.

Jascenda Pasley

Jascenda has been with GPB for more than 10 years, most recently working as an Administrative Assistant with the New Media and Education Department. Between answering multiple phone lines, helping with expense reports, payroll, and coordinating travel logistics, Jascenda has become an indispensable part on the Fast Forward team. She is currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix, taking online classes to earn her Associates of Arts, Foundations of Business Degree. Jascenda is married with two children and spends her spare time watching her son play on his school basketball team and baking sweets with her daughter.

Pito Monteagudo

Pito’s 26 year career spans a wide range of broadcast, corporate, and documentary communication.  After short stints at WATL and TBS as a cameraman and editor, Pito formed Creativision and began writing, producing and directing for the corporate communications market. During that time he’s worked on projects for UPS, Verizon Wireless, Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, IBM and numerous Fortune 500 clients.  His production credits also include voice-over work for The Weather Channel, Cox Communications, Georgia Pacific and other regional and national companies.

 

Curt Bush

Owner of White Dog Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, Curt is a Recording Engineer / Sound Designer with over 25 years of in-depth experience editing, mixing and creating exciting sound design for commercial audio productions. Curt began his audio career by getting a degree in Communications from Ohio University in Athens. After graduation he landed a job at Doppler Studios in Atlanta, one of the largest commercial production studios in the southeast. Curt worked on thousands of sessions at Doppler, including media for major motion picture studios, the 1996 Olympics, record labels and advertising agencies. It was during this time that he developed a primary interest in sound design for radio and television. In 1997, Curt designed and built his own operation: White Dog Studios. Today Curt and White Dog Studios maintain a wide variety of projects for the film and entertainment industries around the world. This includes mixing and sound design for TV shows and independent films, ADR in the studio and on location, and commercial promo content for TV and radio.

Wes McCoy, Ph.D.

Dr. McCoy has been Science Department Chair and an award-winning Biology and Genetics teacher at North Cobb High School, Kennesaw, Georgia, for 30 years. He also taught for four years for NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center as an Education Specialist, and taught on a year-long Fulbright exchange to England. His B.S. in Biology is from Georgia State University, Master of Education is from The University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Science Education is from Georgia State.  Among his awards, Dr. McCoy has been named Georgia Science Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Biology Teacher for Georgia, and he has received the Presidential Award for Science and Mathematics Teaching from the White House. In 2002, he was recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award, given for his work to create quality science education in Georgia. He has been an advisor to many agencies, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Human Origins Project. Dr. McCoy is the winner of the National Evolution Education Award and the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship. He was selected Atlanta's Honor Teacher, Cobb County Teacher of the Year and STAR Teacher. He is very humbled by the fact that his students have dedicated their yearbook to him twice.

Joan McMullan

A retired teacher with thirty years of experience teaching high school chemistry and physics in Georgia schools.  Joan won many awards during her teaching career, including being named Gwinnett County High School Teacher-of-the Year in 1998.  She helped to develop Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Chemistry and Physics series which consists of one hundred instructional videos and over 1000 pages if ancillary teaching materials.  The series can be found on GPB’s education website and is widely used across the United States and abroad.  Joan continues to work for GPB, supporting teachers. 

This content was developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, this content does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.