ChangeStream Media’s mission is to use digital media to promote education, improve health, and advance social justice worldwide.
Denise Miller and Sean Koenig founded ChangeStream Media in 2010 to bring about positive social change through digital storytelling. In 2011, we traveled to Cambodia, partnering with local organizations to create four Khmer-language videos that have reached scores of educators in formal training sessions. This content has spurred changes in government policy, and inspired education leaders to implement improved teaching strategies in schools across the country.
Confident that small film crews using consumer electronics can create and distribute meaningful content, we incorporated as a nonprofit organization in Washington state in 2011. ChangeStream Media became an Associated Program of Shunpike, a 501(c)(3) non-profit art service organization, that same year.
Since then, our all-volunteer team has completed media projects in 13 countries, and taught digital storytelling workshops for nonprofits in Seattle.
ChangeStream Media’s guiding principles are:
- Serving and centering the communities we partner with to create content
- Sharing stories honestly and authentically to elevate change makers
- Sustainable storytelling that builds the capacity of organizations and empowers individuals
“Honduras Child Alliance is a volunteer-powered NGO providing educational enrichment projects to impoverished children in El Porvenir, Honduras. ChangeStream Media came to Honduras and created videos to assist with recruiting volunteers and project sponsors. In just a few short minutes they give a clear and upbeat depiction of our projects, and jumpstart the process of recruiting volunteers and sponsors. ChangeStream Media took the time to truly know our volunteers and the children who they work with, and their depiction of the genuine relationships shines through in both videos. We appreciate the work that was done and find that it positively impacts our projects on a daily basis.”
— Eve Horowitz, Executive Director & Founder of Honduras Child Alliance
“ChangeStream Media’s video work provides CCAF with a wider audience in the region, and connections to funding and technical support from around the world. The volunteers from IDEA Project, based in Hong Kong, viewed my fundraising video, and this has motivated them to work with children in rural areas in Cambodia. ChangeStream Media also made a video to help my staff improve their teaching. Because they provide information to donors about how we serve rural children, I believe we will receive more support through these documentaries.”
— Hing Channarith: CEO & Founder of Cambodian Children’s Advocacy Foundation
Denise Miller, Executive Director & Co-founder
Denise sees her work with ChangeStream Media as the perfect application of her experience in media, advocacy, and education. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s journalism school, Denise has written and taken photographs for publications in Arizona, Seattle, and Madrid, Spain; worked as a research assistant for the Los Angeles Times Magazine; and produced multimedia packages and award-winning articles as a staff reporter in Snoqualmie, Washington. She has led online advocacy campaigns in 13 countries and trained hundreds of activists in social media and video production. At YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, she mobilized the community to combat poverty, and built a StoryCorps oral history archive featuring people who have been affected by homelessness. Passionate about teaching and connecting with communities around the world, she has worked as an educator in Madrid and Seoul. Currently based in Seattle, Denise serves as a volunteer board member with Photographers Without Borders.
Sean Koenig, Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder
Sean has a long history of working at the intersection of media, finance and charitable projects. As business manager for a weekly newspaper at the University of Virginia, he eliminated a $10,000 debt through aggressive marketing of advertising space; designed advertising layouts; and published 12 feature articles. After earning an M.Sc. in biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, he discovered a passion for travel and volunteerism. As the canvass director of the Miami office of the Fund for Public Interest Research, Sean trained hundreds of employees, organized rallies, held press conferences, and lobbied members of congress. Having raised over $500,000 for groups like Greenpeace and Save the Children, he decided to assist communities worldwide directly, leading disaster response teams in Bangladesh, Haiti and Indonesia with All Hands Volunteers. Sean puts his diverse skill set to work for communities and grassroots organizations creating a better tomorrow.
Jonah Kozlowski, Vice President
Jonah brings a wealth of nonprofit filmmaking experience to ChangeStream Media. Having graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communication and anthropology, he has worked in media for over a decade. At Northwest Film Forum, he manages youth education programs and teaches youth and adult filmmaking workshops. He works to grow community partnerships and new programs that will benefit and inspire young filmmakers and help them connect to resources in the Seattle-area filmmaking community. As head of his own production company, Jonah has created multimedia projects internationally. His video work for the Juara Turtle Project in Malaysia was a key inspiration for the formation of ChangeStream Media. Jonah’s artistic oversight helps ChangeStream Media’s staff and volunteers grow as digital media storytellers.
Meri Wimberly, Director
Dr. Meri Wimberly has been teaching at the university level for a decade. She is passionate about helping students learn writing skills and apply them to their academic, professional and personal goals. She holds a PhD in English, a Master’s in international studies and a Master’s in public affairs from the University of Washington. Her research interests include world literature, African literature and arts, African-American literature and arts and rhetoric. Her dissertation focused on how Zimbabwean creative writers navigate the world literature market. She has published peer-reviewed works on Zimbabwean and Senegalese writers and African-American art exhibitions. She is passionate about organizations that foster cross-cultural connections and the sharing of best practices worldwide.
Oke Johnson, Director
Oke’s 20 years of experience in the business world ensures ChangeStream Media’s success both as a charitable project and a financially sound nonprofit corporation. As the Senior Vice President of Compliance Services and Senior Asset Manager for LEDIC Management Group, he oversees a portfolio of properties, cultivates new business and ensures compliance with all regulations related to government programs. His fluency in accounting statements, annual reports and tax auditing provide the financial insight essential to the long-term viability of the organization. Oke takes pride in helping low-income families find homes through careful administration of federal benefits, and views ChangeStream Media as a way to put his executive skill set to work for the global community.