Alysha Mae (Schlundt-Bodien) Albrecht is a born and raised Michigander. As an advocate for Community Media and communications she found her passion in high school, thanks to Rougeview Community Television (now Beyond The Rock Production) in Rockford, Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University (CMU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Public Relations studying communication, journalism, broadcast, and multimedia.
Currently the Communications Specialist for SEMCA’s Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) and formerly a Communications Specialist at Van Buren Township in Wayne County, MI. Her work has been published in Mlive, WXYZ Channel 7, WDIV Channel 4, The Belleville Beat & The Belleville Independent. Previously, a Training and Facility Coordinator at the Community Television Network in Ann Arbor. She is an active member of Michigan National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) & the Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media (ACM) She is also CTE Certified with the State of Michigan to teach Radio & TV Broadcast from Ferris State University. Through Alysha’s work at CTN, and in the community, her media literacy workshops have been published in a scholarly journal; Art as a Way of Talking for Emergent Bilingual Youth (Section III) by Routledge in August of 2018 and her programs helped secure grants for the Ann Arbor YMCA Visual Voices & video production programs at the Neural Zone (a non-profit teen center in Ann Arbor).
As a volunteer, she’s the Director of the Raptor Center of Southeast Michigan (formerly know as the, River Raisin Raptor Center out of Manchester, MI), a 501c3 dedicated to bird of prey rehabilitation and is sub-permitted under Dody Wyman. She spend over 10 years as a Raptor Volunteer at Leslie Science & Nature Center, a non-profit in Ann Arbor Michigan, where she handled and feed 19 non-releasable birds of prey, weekly. In her free time, she enjoys photography, traveling and spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Quotes from people who have worked with Alysha:
“In working with the CTN Summer Camp and Alysha, we were so pleased to find a camp that was well-organized, balanced creativity and direction, and had the campers so invested in the overall goal of the program. Alysha was a total gem in helping us to know what she needed for the campers, providing additional adult assistance to provide direction, and in coaching the campers to put together a video that feels well above the amateur level. We are so pleased with the outcome of this project, as we were not only able to educate about our mission and operations but receive such a high-quality return on that investment of time and effort. We are greatly looking forward to future opportunities to work with Alysha and the CTN Summer Camp program.” – Chris Simmons, Business Services Program Manager/ getDowntown Program Director, TheRide Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
“I hope you know the tremendous impact you have had on the video program. Without your leadership and the support of CTN, I am not sure we would have a video program today. I still remember when you came to visit me and share the possibility of the video program. Every challenge I gave to you about why we should NOT have a program, you came up with a solution of how CTN could help support our launch. And even more, you were true to your word and came in to the Zone to make it happen. Because of you we have been able to engage so many CTN employees and have an amazing impact on our youth. You initiate and lead, you are an exceptional person.” – Lori Roddy, Executive Director at Neutral Zone.
Alysha and CTN set the standard for quality youth programming in Ann Arbor. We are proud to partner with them for hugely popular camps and classes. – Chris Clough, Youth Programs Supervisor, Ann Arbor Public Schools – Rec & Ed
“Our Home School group loved the hands on, and the exposure to real life jobs. They also all loved that Alysha treated them as real film makers and not little kids.” – Parent of a home school workshop
“You truly made TEDx an incredible experience and make everyone in the organization feel welcome and loved. We are so lucky to work with CTN. Thank you for all that you do.” – TEDxYouth@AnnArbor Student Curator, Mishaal Yazdani
“Alysha is a natural teacher- her enthusiasm is infectious.” – Student in a Podcast Workshop
“Alysha’s just joyful and makes learning a pleasure! She is accessible and does NOT assume you know everything.”– Deborah Eva Rose Pohrt
A note of eternal thanks for your help with all of the parts of making the video, “Peacemaking: in the Courts and Community.” Not only was your expertise invaluable but your always positive and generous attitude really helped me not feel I was imposing on you when I needed help.
As you know, this was the first video I produced in 20 years. While much was the same, so much more was different and challenging. You made the experience less daunting and more fun. Thank you! You are a valuable resource in our creative community!! – Kathy Friedrichs