With almost 700 members, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Pacific Southwest Chapter,  serves television professionals in San Diego, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria.


The San Diego Chapter was chartered by the National Television Academy in 1972 under the leadership of its founding president, Ralph Hodges. The Chapter began awarding Emmys for outstanding achievement in San Diego area television in 1974.

In 1990 the chapter began awarding Emmys in the Southwest region as the San Diego/Southwestern Area Emmy Awards. In 2001 the name was changed to Pacific Southwest.

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Board of Governors

NATAS Pacific Southwest Chapter
Officers and Board of Governors

The 2021-2022 Officers

President, Kristen Castillo, Owner, Kristen Castillo Media

Vice President, DJ Summitt, Owner/Director, Summitt Filmworks

Secretary & Legal Chair, Michael Parme, Esq., Partner, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP

Treasurer, Torakichi Jesùs Oba EA, CPA,  Owner, Torakichi Jesùs Oba EA, CPA

Awards Chair and National Trustee, MaryEllen Eagelston, Operations Technician, NBC 7 / Telemundo 20

National Trustee, Donn Johnson,  RetiredKPBS-TV

Alternative National Trustee, , Ray Azate,  Managing Partner, Storyville RD

The 2021-2022 Governors

Luis “Pollo” Aceves, Independent TV host & Producer , Las Vegas

Dennis Caldwell, Production Coordinator, R&R Partners

Johali Carmona,  Executive Producer,  Telemundo Las Vegas 

Christian Cázares,  Anchor/Reporter, 8NewsNow 

Leon Clark, Vice President-General Manager, KGTV

Doug Friedman, Media marketing consultant, Malibu Marketing

Kent Kay,  Creative Director/Promotion Manager, Gulf California Broadcast Company- KESQ, KPSP, KDFX, KCWQ, KUNAA

Tim Kiley, Assistant News Director, Gulf California Broadcast Company- KESQ, KPSP, KDFX, KCWQ, KUNA

Christine Maddela,  Managing Partner, Storyville RD

Andre Marcel, CEO & Founder,  AMB Publicity 

Toni Towe, Independent Producer, M2 Video Productions, Inc.

Michael Towe, Owner/Editor, M2 Video Productions, Inc.

Ena Newell, Chapter Administrator, NATAS PSW

NATAS PSW Foundation CEO, Toni Towe, Independent Producer, M2 Video Productions, Inc.