Justin A. Petty, President
Justin A. Petty holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Science Degree in Broadcast Administration/Television Management from Boston University. Currently, he holds the record of being the youngest and first Tenured Professor of Broadcast Media Technology at Roxbury Community College, where he is the Department Chair of Technology. Mr. Petty resides in Roxbury, MA.
Sarah-Ann Shaw, Vice President
Sarah-Ann Shaw is a Roxbury native and former television reporter. She is a long-time community and civil-rights activist. Ms. Shaw has received numerous media and life-time achievement awards throughout her career. She is retired but generously continues to give back to her community by serving on several other boards in addition to BNN.
Susan O'Connor is the former Executive Director of the Timothy Smith Network (TSN), located in Dudley Square in Roxbury, MA. She has over 25 years of banking experience, including her work at the former BankBoston and at City-Corp in New York. She was also the owner of a consulting company called O'Connor & Crew. Ms. O'Connor and the Timothy Smith Network have generously supported BNN over the past 12 years through the purchase of computers and hardware for the BNN media lab. Ms. O'Connor resides in North Easton, MA.
Thato Mwosa, Clerk
Thato Mwosa is an award winning filmmaker and multifaceted artist. She currently teaches television production at Brookline High School and is the owner of Tuli Art. Ms. Mwosa joined the Board in 2012. She and her family currently reside in Milton, MA.
Reggie Lofton holds an Associate Degree in Video Services from Berklee College of Music. Mr. Lofton has devoted the last 35 years to making a positive impact on the Berklee College community moving up in the ranks at Berklee, where he is currently serving as the Director of Video Services. Mr. Lofton currently resides in Framingham, MA with his family. Mr. Lofton joined the board in 2017.
Dennisse Rorie is a Boston native with a passion for advocating for her community. Ms. Rorie is a UMass graduate with a Bachelors in Sociology and Women’s Studies and a Masters Certificate in Gender, Leadership and Public Policy. She currently serves as Special Assistant to the Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer. Ms. Rorie joined the board in 2016.
Anne Schwieger works for the City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology as a Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate. In this role she supports the City of Boston in advancing access to affordable broadband connectivity, up-to-date digital tools, and the digital skills that Bostonians need to engage in the educational, economic, and civic pursuits critical to a future of equity, innovation, and opportunity for themselves, their families, and communities. Anne also serves on the City of Cambridge Broadband Task Force and is the producer of Cambridge Broadband Matters on Cambridge Community Television. She holds a Master in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a BA in Biology and Society from Cornell University. Ms. Schwieger joined the board in 2016.
J. Curtis Warner, Jr.
As Associate Vice-President of the Office of Community and Government Relations at Berklee College of Music, Warner works to create opportunities for collaboration within the Boston community. A long-time Boston resident, Warner both taught and served as administrator in the Boston Public Schools in the 1970s and '80s. He was a force in the planning and creation of the Boston Arts Academy and still serves on the Board of Trustees. He was founder and executive director of the Berklee City Music program, which brings inner city middle and high school students from Boston and other affiliate organizations around the country to Berklee College for a collegiate experience through music mentoring.