Jonathon Czarny, Government Access Coordinator
Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Jonathon is a lifelong adventurer, which has nurtured his affinity for story-telling. From Jamaica to Africa, skiing, skydiving, zip-lining to spelunking, attending sports events or concerts, he has spent a lot of time seeking new experiences, meeting new people and learning new cultures. Naturally, such adventurers find their way to the mountains, where he found Asheville, NC while searching out universities to attend. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at UNC- Asheville and has worked in community television in Asheville, Knoxville and now Avon, CO at High Five Access Media. A lover of stories in all forms, Jonathon likes to search out new and interesting ways stories are told and culture is shared, whether its radio, television, film, oral history or literature.
Barry Eckhaus, Media Education and Access Assistant
Barry has had a long and varied career in media since graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Photography. Barry has worked as a production manager for a surgical training institution, a television producer, an art director for two magazines, a digital marketer and a professional photographer. He has lived in the Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado for 10 plus years. When not at work, he enjoys skiing, golf, mountain biking and hiking with his dog Boone.
J.K. Perry, Executive Director
J.K. began working at High Five Access Media in 2007. He moved to the valley in 2005 after attending the University of Iowa, where he studied journalism and photography, while working at The Daily Iowan. He interned at the Cedar Rapids Gazette covering public safety and wrote for the Vail Daily after moving to Colorado. This Chicago native is a hardcore Windy City sports fan, enjoys deep dish pizza, pulling on rock, fly fishing, and reading. He and his partner Erin, and son Roland live in Edwards with their two cats, Adonis and Ryu.
Austin Richardson, Production Assistant
Austin moved to the Vail Valley the weekend of the Two Elk Fires in 1998. He is a veteran of several newspapers, including the Vail Valley Times, Vail Valley Business Today, Vail Daily, Eagle Valley Enterprise and the Leadville Chronicle. Currently he is the Operations Manager with KNS Broadcasting, featuring KZYR, KKVM and The Outlaw. He loves to read, play golf and watch old Star Trek episodes.
Casey Russell, Media Education and Access Coordinator
Casey loves to learn almost as much as she loves to create. She graduated from Syracuse University with a magazine journalism degree in 2019 and moved to Vail two weeks later. Her bylines, photography and illustrations have appeared in the acclaimed independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, The Syracuse Post Standard, Boston magazine, The Denver Post, and the Vail Daily, where she served as the A&E editor for two years. Her creative pursuits, many of which are self-taught, have informed her career choices and professional development. Institutions she's worked for have included the Whitney Museum of American Art, SXSW, and Alpine Arts Center here in the Vail Valley. Casey comes to High Five with experience teaching all ages in subjects including newswriting, digital storytelling, media ethics, leadership, painting, drawing, ceramics and more. Aside from artsy stuff, Casey enjoys outdoor activities, yoga, vegetarian cooking, reading, video games, Harry Potter and hanging with partner Cody and their rescue dog Major.