SOME OF OUR VOICEWAVES TEAM
Alyson Bryant Is 23 years old raised in Long Beach and a Long Beach Poly High Graduate. While in high school Alyson has learned and seen a lot. She’s witnessed first-hand gang violence and seen the impacts and the effects it had on her friends and fellow classmates– from going to jail and being killed. As a result, she has a strong passion for at-risk youth and her community. She is a youth mentor for at the California Conference for Equality and Justice and focuses her work on Long Beach youth in schools and detention centers. Since high school, she has obtained a A.S. degree in criminal justice and is now working on her B.A. With the opportunity she has be given by Voicewaves, she is able to tell story about Long Beach and the issues it faces and speak for the communities whose voices are often marginalized.
Justine Calma, Youth Journalist
Justine is a journalist with a passion for social justice: her experience as an immigrant woman of color have led her to pursue issues in women’s empowerment, and be guided by the principal “think globally, act locally.” She graduated from UC Irvine in 2010 with degrees in International Studies and Literary Journalism. While in college she was involved with the Filipino student organization, Kababayan, and was part of the student movement for affordable education. After college she joined Public Allies LA, an Americorps program that provides individuals with personal and professional development to lead in the nonprofit sector. While at Public Allies Justine interned with Khmer Girls in Action, where she now works full-time as a media & program coordinator.
Adalhi Montes, Youth Journalist
As a teenager, Adalhi began volunteering at many programs helping our communities become healthier and safer to provide resources to people in need. He was involved with Weed and Seed in Central Long Beach and is a youth mentor for the California Conference for Equality and Justice. Adalhi is also in the process of completing the neighborhood leadership program at the Advanced Organizing Institute and is studying Radio and television broadcasting at LBCC. In the future, he looks forward to joining the Marine Corps and continuing his education.
Michelle Zenarosa is a media-maker committed to building alternative and vibrant community media platforms. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade at various media outlets that include local newspapers, news wires and industry trade magazines, as well as non-profits like the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and Population Connection in Washington, D.C. and groups like INCITE! DC Women of Color Against Violence and Off Our Backs Magazine. Growing up in the diverse Southern California area, she is dedicated to grassroots community-based journalism at the local and hyperlocal level, where she believes it has some of the most direct impact. She has been a facilitator for storytelling by youth in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Palestine.
Michelle received her bachelors in journalism and peace studies at Cal State Long Beach and masters in public affairs journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has also been featured in independent magazines like Left Turn, $pread, Make/Shift, MaximumRocknRoll and LOUDmouth.
Antonio Ruiz, Director of Community Engagement
Antonio Ruiz is Executive Producer of Really Big Boom Productions, a developer and producer of creative content for a spectrum of digital media platforms.
Ruiz earned his reputation as a seasoned executive producer specializing in live television events and large scale productions for over 16 years. As the former Executive Producer of Live Events for E! Networks, Antonio helped build a brand identity that has become a pop culture icon, the Red Carpet. He executive produced live coverage of award shows, including the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, Grammys, Primetime Emmys, as well as live movie premieres and the ultimate icon “Fashion Police.”
Under the banner The Creativity Network, Antonio Ruiz is an Arts and Culture Advocate. Active in community affairs, Ruiz is a former member of the Arts Council for Long Beach Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He’s also the past Chair of the Steering Committee of the Connected Corridor (a project of Leadership Long Beach and the Long Beach Community Foundation). He was named Arts Volunteer of the Year in 2009 by the Arts Council and has been profiled in a number of publications including Long Beach Magazine, Long Beach Business Journal and Gazette Newspapers.