To foster free speech and public dialog by making access to the electronic media available to all citizens through media training, access to media tools and transmission paths on a non-discriminatory basis.
To enable, support, and promote the production & distribution of electronic media programs by and for education, government, charitable, or other non-profit organizations, residents of, or members of a group which operates within the communities of Bismarck and Mandan.
To strengthen our community by building partnerships and networks to leverage emerging technology for non-profits, government, education and other organizations that would not otherwise have this capability.
To strengthen our community by using media to:
- facilitate the sharing of information and democratic involvement
- enhance community dialogue and freedom of speech
- encourage community involvement and civic pride
- create an awareness of local interests, views and cultures
- promote artistry and creative expression
Dakota Media Access (DMA) is a North Dakota non-profit, 501(C)(3) corporation with a volunteer board of directors drawn from the community.
Board of Directors
Jack McDonald (President) – Attorney, Wheeler Wolf Attorneys
Sue Balcom (Vice President) – Owner, Root Sellers Farm
Robin Thorstenson (Secretary) – Talent Acquisition Manager. ND Department of Human Services
Rick Collin – Southwest Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer
Dave Diebel – Owner, D&N Cinematics LLC
Constance Hofland – Attorney, Zuger Kirmis & Smith
Steve Koontz – Director of Community Relations, Bismarck Public Schools
Greg Wheeler – Audio Visual Supervisor, Basin Electric
Amber Larson – Liaison, Mandan City Commission
Mark Splonskowski – Liaison, Bismarck City Commission
Mary Van Sickle – Executive Director
Joan Backes – Accountant
Holly Schindler – Master Control / Program Director
Phil Miller – Technology Director
Brandon Welch – Technology Support Specialist
Ben Smith – Production Manager
Roger Marks – Production Specialist
Frances Taylor – Production Specialist
Charlie Koebele – Outreach & Marketing Specialist