"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.
With a background in peace and conflict studies, Kristin Henderson has worked as a Program Manager for OMPT for over two years and assists with program development and implementation. She 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.
Kristin graduated from Chico State University with a Master’s Degree in International Relations, and her final thesis focused on the rehabilitation of child soldiers in West Africa. She has worked in Washington, D.C. in the sectors of child soldier rehabilitation and refugee resettlement, and currently contributes to the Peace Science Digest, an initiative of the War Prevention Initiative.
In her spare time, Kristin seeks out ways to connect with others on peacebuilding and conflict resolution. You’ll often find her travelling to new countries and exploring her city with long runs. She likes to paint alongside Bob Ross and pet all the dogs.
Program & COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
Laurie’s background in communication, training and education make her uniquely suited for her role as Programs & Communications Associate. She works with project partners and other OMPT staff to assist in implementing new programs, executing Video Education Workshops and procuring the most updated equipment in the industry.
She graduated from National University and Pepperdine University with an MFA and BA in Creative Writing, respectively. Her past experiences include remote education, online technology, hospitality and blogging/editing. In her free time, you can find her listening to audiobooks and podcasts on weird history facts, adopting cats, and trying to learn Turkish.
Carli Parisi graduated from Chico State University in 2018 with two Bachelor’s Degrees in International Relations and Spanish. She works alongside other OMPT staff members in project preparation, equipment management and leads OMPT’s Central and South American communications. Pursuing a future career in international education and development, she hopes to someday open a school for underprivileged children in Latin America. She enjoys tropical climates and holding sloths.
Lilah is in her third year at Chico State studying Business Marketing. Shes enrolled in the Sales Program and has extensive background in sales and marketing. She plans to graduate with her B.A. in May of 2020, but is eager to get into the workforce and prepare herself for her life after college. Her role at OMPT includes anything from marketing content, preparation of projects, and internal networking/marketing research. She is very active in her community, being involved with the Chico Peace & Justice Center and various different organizations at her school. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and playing her favorite sport, basketball.