With almost 600 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 2020-2021 Officers

President, Kristen Castillo, Owner, Kristen Castillo Media

Vice President, DJ Summitt, Owner, 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, KPBS-TV

Alternative National Trustee, , Ray Azate, Promotions Producer,  KVVU

The 2020-2021 Governors

Luis “Pollo” Aceves, Independent Producer / Talent, Las Vegas

Paulina Castro, Producer,  Univision 17 KBNT

Leon Clark, General Manager, KGTV

Tim Kiley, Assistant News Director, KESQ

Christine Maddela, Anchor,  FOX5 KVVU

Melvin Parker, Creator and Executive Producer, The Block TV

Jeff Platt, Reporter, KBAK

Sergio Rodriguez, Director of Promotions and Commercial Productions, Fox5 KVVU

Mike Saucedo, News Photojournalist, KUSI News

Elsa Sevilla, Owner, Sevilla Productions

DJ Summitt, Owner, Summitt FilmWorks

Maya Trabulsi, Anchor, KPBS

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

Michael Towe, Owner, M2 Video Productions, Inc.

Ena Newell, Chapter Administrator, NATAS PSW

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

T. Jesus Oba

T. Jesus Oba


Jesus is an Enrolled Agent and Certified Public Accountant whose practice is in Shelter Island. He specializes in international tax matters.

Donn Johnson

Donn Johnson

Alternative National Trustee

Senior Television Director, KPBS

Christine Maddela

Christine Maddela


Christine Maddela is the evening news anchor on FOX5 News in Las Vegas at 5, 6, 10 and 11 every weeknight.

Elsa Sevilla

Elsa Sevilla


Elsa Sevilla is a Multi-Award Winning Journalist & Filmmaker for KGTV-10 and KPBS-TV since 1990.

Timothy Kiley

Timothy Kiley


Timothy Kiley is the Assistant News Director for News Channel 3 in Palm Springs.