"The idea for OMPT began in 1973 when I first experienced the power of creating audiovisual presentations. It was clear to me that this technology had enormous potential to be harnessed for the benefit of mankind. I find myself enthusiastically promoting a miracle that our culture has overlooked yet can bring about profound social change. I see a system of creating and sharing the audible voice or visual presentation of gifted teachers to underprivileged students around the world. After 25 years of helping people in developed countries entertain themselves with audiovisual technologies, I feel the need to spend my next 25 years helping people in the least developed countries lift themselves out of poverty through education and the use of those same technologies." - Matt York, Founder.
Matt graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Communications (TV and Film) and English in 1978. In 1986, he founded Videomaker Inc., a leading publisher on video production. With a magazine readership of over 64,000 and 400,000 monthly visitors to its website, it is Videomaker Inc.’s mission is to empower individuals to make video through its monthly magazine, website, DVDs, books and hands-on workshops and conferences.
Branching out of Videomaker Inc. in 2008, Matt founded OMPT because of his genuine passion to make a difference in the developing world by bringing change through video. Since then, Matt has been able to harness over two decades of expertise in the video consumer electronics industry to grow OMPT from an idea to a thriving nonprofit organization.
Through the development of his own patent for a consumer electronics device as well as his travels to research and development labs in Japan, he is experienced in the details of electronics equipment development. Matt's inside knowledge about consumer electronics gear, his tracking of up and coming technologies and his seasoned relationships with many top decision makers from major consumer electronics manufacturing firms contribute to his ability to fulfill the mission of OMPT. His professional contacts will vouch for his honesty and integrity as he is a well-respected colleague in both the publishing and consumer electronics industry.
Julia works with our project partners to develop and design custom programs in new locations, facilitate Video Education Workshops and support organizations using OMPT’s training and technology. Originally from Australia, Julia holds a degree from the University of Canberra in Applied Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Administration in Community and International Development from Andrews University. Julia has worked in several community organizations in both Australia and the US where she worked with homeless families, youth in out-of-home care and child protection. She has also spent several years abroad working with humanitarian NGOs in Pakistan, Thailand, Lebanon, Iraq and Ecuador occupying various roles, including management. Julia has had experience in most sectors but has a special focus on education, gender empowerment, child protection and working with refugees both pre- and post-resettlement.
When she’s not travelling to work with our partner organizations, Julia loves singing, baking and reading and volunteers for the Butte County Humane Society.