Nina Mathews is a Supervising Rehabilitation Therapist at the California Department of State Hospitals-Metropolitan in Los Angeles. She’s also a trained yogi who has dedicated her Monday lunch hour for the past seven years to teaching yoga to her coworkers. This was the first episode of ‘Why I Work at DSH,’ a now 16-episode, employee-highlight video series I created, directed, filmed and edited in 2018, as DSH’s official videographer and social media manager.
I filmed and edited this video for the California Department of State Hospitals’ Police Academy. Class 028 began with 50 cadets, but only 42 of them made it to the finish line, earning their police badge at a graduation ceremony held at Camp San Luis Obispo on Friday, November 16, 2018. From surviving what cadets come to know as “Black Tuesday” to earning 17 units of college credit, the academy offers a challenging and unforgettable experience while preparing new officers for the rewarding work of serving the patients of DSH.
In this episode of Why I Work at DSH — an employee-focused video series I film, direct and edit — deaf Office Technician Hilda Velez of Napa State Hospital shares her unique experience as a DSH employee and standup comedian.#WIWatDSH #HelloHilda #NationalDeafAwarenessMonth
Sometimes man’s best friend is also a colleague. Meet DSH-Coalinga K-9 Officer & U.S. Air Force veteran Angelo Arredondo and his 2-year-old canine partner, Ozzy. The yellow Labrador Retriever was born in the Netherlands, trained to detect narcotic odors in Napa and loves licking camera lenses. #WIWatDSH
From 1979 to 1983, Shirley Sigmund worked as a psychiatric technician at Atascadero State Hospital. More than 30 years later, she returned to “ASH” to serve as its first and only full-time Licensed Speech Language Pathologist. In episode 16 of Why I Work at DSH — the series I film, direct and edit — she shares why she returned to DSH and how being the daughter of Chinese immigrants has inspired her unique career path. #WIWatDSH
In the early ‘90s, before Dr. Tricia Busby became the Supervising Senior Psychologist of Forensic Services at the California Department of State Hospitals-Coalinga, she was devouring books about serial killers and dreaming of a job with the FBI. I film, direct and edit the Why I Work at DSH video series – #WIWatDSH – for the Department of State Hospitals as its full-time Videographer.
For more than a decade, yoga has helped Cindy Maynard, a dietitian at the California Department of State Hospitals-Coalinga, get into the Zen zone. Now, her lunchtime yoga sessions are helping staff do the same. I film, direct and edit the Why I Work at DSH video series – #WIWatDSH – for the Department of State Hospitals as its full-time Videographer.
The Elders Learning Community was a 501(c)(3) non-profit that served elder residents of West Contra Costa County. It has since dissolved. In April 2015, I filmed their field trip to the Richmond Museum of History. Includes interviews with participants Carnell Rogers, Bob Ellison, Marni Temple, and the volunteers and staff of the ELC.
“Ephemeral Vessels” was a one-night exhibit presented jointly by CODAME + B4BEL4B. B4BEL4B is an experimental art gallery and interactive event space in Oakland, California’s Chinatown District. On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the two art collectives presented a multimedia group art show and tech mixer featuring live visual projections, interactive exhibitions, light sculptures, video art, holograms, 3D scanning booths, and live music. B4BEl4B Gallery owner and artistic director Tiare Ribeaux hired me to film the event and interview several of the participating artists.
Watch employees from the California Department of State Hospitals-Napa move to Kylie Minogue’s “Dancing” for the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s #NationalDanceDay2018! I filmed and directed this fun video over a two-day period. The Dizzy Feet Foundation called this video “one of the best [National Dance Day videos] from Napa State Hospital.”
For the second year in a row, I filmed the Latino Health Conference on behalf of the Latino Physicians of California, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Sacramento and Los Angeles. The second annual health conference was held at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Downtown Oakland, Calif., on October 30-31, 2015, and included a video address by Congressman Raul Ruiz, members of the Latino Physicians of California (my direct client) and a host of health-care professionals serving California’s growing Latino population.
In October 2015, I filmed a fundraising event for Asante Africa Foundation at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif. The foundation designs academic programs that empower Kenyan and Tanzanian youth to solve problems in their personal lives and in their communities. Anne Mueni Muli, 25, shares how she triumphed over challenges in her life and pulled her family up with her. Anne is also the foundation’s first university graduate.
Improv musician and filmmaker Nadia Shihab gave a rare public performance at Oakland’s B4BEL4B Gallery during the closing reception of photographer Hawa Arsala’s MAS#ALLAH exhibit in July 2014. Find out how Nadia’s Middle Eastern background influences her music.
Alliance in Mentorship (AIM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to develop and support innovative mentoring opportunities for aspiring and current health professionals via its online mentoring community, MiMentor.org. On October 4, 2014, they held their first MiMentor Health Careers Conference at East Los Angeles College, drawing more than 400 aspiring health professionals and more than 100 mentors. The daylong event featured inspiring keynote speeches, panel discussions, career workshops and opportunities for students to meet with potential mentors. And I was there to film it.
On Monday, March 12, 2018, I filmed the Latino Physicians of California’s evening panel discussion, “Advocacy in a Turbulent World: Solutions for Change,” at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The panel discussion featured: Xavier Becerra, California’s first Latino Attorney General Ricardo Lara, California State Senator (33rd District) Joaquin Arambula, M.D., California State Assemblymember (31st District) Sandra Hernandez, M.D., President & CEO, California Healthcare Foundation J. Mario Molina, M.D., President, Golden Shore Medical Group & Former CEO of Molina Healthcare Jose Arevalo, M.D., FAAFP, Board Chair, Latino Physicians of California
I filmed and edited around 25 short videos during the summer of 2015 for Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that empowers women leaders — from Nepal to the UK — to develop their own businesses and nonprofits. The women meet in Silicon Valley for a weeklong “residency,” then return to their home countries to continue working for another six months via Skype, email and phone with their US-based business coaches.
Reema Shrestha is the program manager for the Girls Education Program (Room to Read) in Nepal. In the summer of 2015, I filmed and edited more than 25 videos for Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that empowers women leaders like Reema to develop their own businesses and nonprofits. The women meet in Silicon Valley for a weeklong “residency,” then return to their home countries to continue working for another six months via Skype, email and phone with their US-based business coaches.
Jayeeta Bhowmick creates alternative paths of living for women who are trapped in lives of prostitution in the second largest red-light area of Kolkata, India. I filmed and edited more than 25 videos over the summer of 2015 for Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit that empowers women leaders like Jayeeta to develop their own businesses and nonprofits. The women meet in Silicon Valley for a weeklong “residency,” then return to their home countries to continue working for another six months via Skype, email and phone with their US-based business coaches.
Photographer/writer Hawa Arsala presented her multimedia exhibit, MAS#ALLAH, at Oakland’s B4BEL4B Gallery in July 2014. Here, the Afghan artist breaks down the motivation behind her work: to confront the commodification of Middle Eastern culture.