Board of Directors


Mike Gowing

Board President 

Term expires 2017

Retiring after 27 years from a test equipment rental company, Electro Rent Corporation, Mike began involving himself in volunteer opportunities within Acton.

He began volunteering at the Council on Aging senior center and was soon elected as a member of the COA board. In 2007, as he worked on the possibility of building a new senior center, someone recommended to him that he would make a good selectmen. So, in 2008, Mike successfully ran for Acton Board of Selectmen. One of his 1st assignments was to create a nonprofit organization to take the television cable access studio over from Comcast, as Comcast announced  they would no longer support community cable.

Within the next year, he had recruited 3 members (president, vice president and secretary) to be the officers of the new venture – ACAT (Acton Cable Access Television). The new officers applied for and were granted a 501© 3 nonprofit designation from the IRS. The following year Comcast fulfilled their promise and closed their studio. 

Thus was born ActonTV

Over the course of the next 3 years, Mike helped solidify ActonTV as the town’s choice to be their cable access provider. As capital and operating funds began to channel into ActonTV, they made great inroads in developing the studio into a first-class operation.

Coming full circle, after 6 years on the Board of Selectmen, Mike has now joined the ActonTV board of directors.


Dr. Thomas M. Jacoby, D.M.D.

Clerk

Term expires 2017

Tom Jacoby grew up in New York City where he attended The Stuyvesant High School. He was an undergrad at Tufts University, and went on to receive a degree in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. He served as a dentist in the Navy aboard the destroyer tender USS Everglades and at the South Atlantic Mine Force Headquarters. He continued as a member of the Navy Reserves, and retired after 30 years with the rank of Captain.

He and his wife, Rebecca, moved to Acton in 1974 and opened a dental practice. They have four sons and nine grandchildren.

Tom is very involved in community activities. He has served as president of Congregation Beth Elohim; he has coached Little League Baseball and Pop Warner Football; he is the chairman of the Acton Medical Reserve Corps; and he serves on the National Ski Patrol; among others.

Tom keeps busy now with his dental practice, family, skiing, golf, travel, supporting ActonTV and searching for old maps.

Tom can be reached at tom.jacoby@actontv.org


Keith Karkane

Treasurer

Term expires 2018

Keith Karkane is the manager of Middlesex Bank’s West Acton branch. He has been on the ActonTV Board of Directors serving as its Treasurer since 2010. He currently sits on the Finance Committee. He  is very active in the Acton Lion’s Club, where he is a Past President, was honored as Lion of the Year in 2007 and was the Melvin Jones recipient for 2008.

Keith was raised in Acton and graduated ABRHS in 1986. He and his wife Karen now make their home in Westminster, MA, with their two sons, Kevin & Kurt. Keith enjoys many outdoor activities: backpacking, camping and fishing; and he is a novice astronomer.  Keith is also an avid cook and closet gourmet who enjoys spending time in the kitchen.

Keith can be reached at keith.karkane@actontv.org


Hart Millett

Director

Term expires 2017

Originally from the southern Maine area, Hart and his wife, Nan, have been Acton residents since retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1981. He, often with his family, lived in a number of countries during his AF career. After retiring at Hanscom AFB, MA, Hart was employed by NATO as a Logistics Engineer on the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System program. He participated in design and performance requirements, engineering, contracting and acquisition of multi- million dollar systems. He coordinated activities with major U.S. and foreign defense contractors and 13 member NATO nations. 

Hart met Ron Zimmerman at an event at NARA Park in the fall of 2007. Business travel obligations precluded his taking the four day course then. But, the opportunity to learn video production and be actively involved with ACTv became possible after his retirement from full time employment in 2011. He is now active in producing programs for Acton TV and other non-profit organizations. 

Hart is very involved with local historical and land conservation organizations. He is on the Board of Directors and is the financial manager for the Acton Conservation Trust, Acton Historical Society, and the Iron Work Farm in Acton. He is also very active in his church and serves on several of its boards. Hart and Nan have two married adult sons, four grandchildren, and soon will have two great grandchildren. 

Hart can be reached at Hart.Millett@actontv.org


Scott D. Philbrick

Vice President 

Term expires 2017


Scott started a 30+ year career in Boston television production at WNAC-TV channel 7 on the Dave Garroway Show and moved on to become a director at WKGB-TV channel 56. From there, he ended up at WCVB-TV channel 5 for the next 25 years involved in all phases of production which included movies, documentaries, talk shows, July 4TH Boston Pops concerts, telethons and news.

In 2000 he retired from television and began a 15 year stint  manufacturing custom trumpets and trombones at the S.E. Shires Company helping to design a new line of trumpets with Doc Severinsen. Scott has been a fixture on the New England jazz scene for decades playing trumpet and guitar.

An avid "backyard mechanic", he and his son Jon are restoring a 1930 Model A Ford. Scott and his wife Sharyon have lived in Acton for 44 years.

Scott can be reached at Scott.Philbrick@actontv.org

 


Humsha Naidoo

Director

Term expires 2019

Humsha has a passion for cooking, education, health, and wellness. Currently, she is An active volunteer at Emerson hospital using her skills as a Reiki Master. She is also a domestic violence advocate for Saheli ; and a health coach with a certification in advanced nutrition with a focus on integrative nutrition.  Humsha has combined these interests on her cooking show , "Flavourful Eats," and  talk show ,"Be my Guest" on Acton TV.  She is also Producer for the ActonTV program "Math For All".

A Volunteer, I am a researcher in the field of child development, nutrition and inter-personal relationships. AKA, daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.

Humsha can be reached at flavourfuleats@gmail.com


Sumana Bhat

Director

Term Expires 2018

Sumana Bhat is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America in Boston, MA and manages teams that implement mission-critical applications for the bank.  Prior to Bank of America, Sumana worked at Akamai Technologies and Cambridge Technology Partners in Cambridge, MA.  Her educational background includes a BS and MS in Computer Science & Engineering. 

Sumana and her husband Satish have been residents of Acton for the past 16 years.  She is on the Parent Committee of Troop 284 Acton where her son Sanjit is a Life Scout.  Sumana enjoys working with and mentoring kids.    She was the team manager for her daughter Shilpa’s Siemens “We Can Change the World challenge” team in 2011 where the team won 3rd place at the National level for their project Phantom Slayers’ that focused on reducing electricity wasted by phantom load and vampire electronics in the Acton community.

Sumana volunteers in various capacities at events conducted by several non-profit organizations such as North South Foundation and Saheli.  She has also been a guest on several shows of “Flavorful Eats” produced at Acton TV.

Her passions include music, dance, cooking, and fitness.
Sumana can be reached at sumana.s.bhat@gmail.com.


Carla Stover

Director

Term Expires 2019

Carla has over 10 years of banking and financial experience. She recently joined Enterprise Bank as Vice President & Branch Relationship Manager for the Acton Branch. Carla has served on the board of Branecc- Brazil New England Chamber of Commerce from 2015 to 2016, where she created a Membership Committee that helped the Chamber organize, promote and attain sponsorships for events. Carla has also been active with and supports many local non-profit organizations such as the Nashoba valley Chamber of Commerce, Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce and the Acton Boxborough United Way. Carla moved to the US from her Native Brazil in 2001 and settled in Acton where she met her husband Tom. She has now been living in Clinton for the past 11 years with her husband and 8  year old daughter. In her free time, Carla enjoys performing arts, traveling and loves to spend time with her family and friends.   


Matt Selby

Director

Term Expires 2019

Selby is the Director of Land Use and Economic Development for the Town of Acton, a position he has held since January 2016. He manages the Land Use Department and also implements economic development initiatives for the Town. Selby came to Acton from the Town of Ashland where he worked for 10 years and held titles of Conservation Agent, Zoning Enforcement Officer, Economic Development Coordinator, and Director of Community Development and Health. Selby began his municipal career after working in public relations and freelance writing for more than a decade. He has an English degree from St. John’s University (MN), a MS in Resource Management & Conservation from Antioch University (NH), and a certificate in local government leadership from Suffolk University.

Selby lives in Ayer with his Labrador retriever and has a passion for outdoor sports including snowboarding, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, surfing and hunting.