ASB Staff

Dave Davis, Director, ASB Workshop

Dave Davis, Director, ASB Workshop

Dave Davis - Director, ASB Workshop

Dave Davis started a Broadcast Journalism class at Hillcrest High School in the fall of 1989. Since then, the school's student-produced show, "HTV Magazine," has become one of the nation's most-honored high school broadcasts.

In an effort to provide valuable, useful, hands-on instruction to broadcast teachers from across the nation, Davis founded ASB Workshop in the summer of 2000. Since then, the week-long workshop has provided training for hundreds of high school and middle school teachers from 47 states, plus Mexico, England, South Korea, and Japan.

In the spring of 2009 he was named the Springfield (MO) Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He lives in Springfield with wife Martha, and has two daughters who live and work in the area.

Brandon Goodwin, ASB Senior Staff

Brandon Goodwin, ASB Senior Staff

Brandon Goodwin - Director of Resources

Based in Springfield, Missouri, his video production work has taken him to four continents, a dozen countries and well over half the United States. Brandon has a decade's experience collaborating on projects of all shapes and sizes with a variety of clients, including record labels, non-profits, and advertising agencies. Recently Brandon worked as DP & Editor for the documentary, "Linotype: The Film".

He has been on the ASB staff for seven years, and provides training in shooting, editing, writing, and interviewing. He is also the voice of the "Video Coach" series of training discs.

He lives in Springfield with his wife Morgan and dog, Peter.


Karrie Smythia - Director, ASB Student Camp

Karrie Smythia has taught broadcast journalism for 12 years.  During her six years at Lee’s Summit High School her students captured many state and national awards including the first ever Excellence Award through the Student Television Network.

In 2004 she started the broadcasting program at Lee’s Summit West High School and has spent the past six years there.  In 2007 she had a third student named student of the year.  Her students have won many local, state and national awards through organizations such as JEA, STN, MODOT, MIPA, NSPA and the All-State Foundation to name a few.

Smythia spent three years as the treasurer for the annual STN Convention.  She was on staff for four years before taking over as the director of the ASB Student Camp in 2009.

Mehleena Edmonds, ASB Senior Staff

Mehleena Edmonds, ASB Senior Staff

Mehleena Edmonds - Senior Staff, ASB Workshop

Currently a student at Evangel University in Springfield, MO, Mehleena is a member of the HTV Hall of Fame, honored for her accomplishments as a high school broadcaster.

She won a regional student Emmy for writing, and led the staff of "HTV Magazine" to its fifth consecutive "STN Excellence Award" her senior year when she was the HTV News Director, the top staff position. She was an anchor, reporter, photographer and all-around journalist, and now she provides expertise in all of those areas for the workshops.

She is majoring in social work, and has produced promotional videos for her university. Mehleena first became familiar with ASB when she attended the student camp as a freshman in high school. She has been on staff since 2009

Steven Cortez, Final Cut Pro Guru

Steven Cortez, Final Cut Pro Guru

Steven Cortez - FCP Resident Expert

Steven Cortez is a 20 year veteran of teaching with 11 in broadcasting. He has been a certified trainer in Final Cut Pro since version 3. He uses humor and fun teaching practices to bring editing techniques to teachers to help teach their students in the art of editing. Steven is also a freelance videographer and wedding editor, as well as producing community service videos for church and baseball youth leagues.


Elaine McDonald - Senior Staff, ASB Student Camp

Elaine McDonald is starting her sixth year as the Broadcast Adviser for Lee’s Summit High School’s Tiger Broadcast. After attending several STN Broadcast Camps and Conferences over the years, she has grown the Tiger Broadcast program from ten students to over eighty students, teaching students camera basics, editing and most importantly how to tell a story.

Elaine begins her 3rd year of teaching at ASB Student Camp and loves every minute of getting to know the students, teaching them how to work as a team and how to write a script. 

Elaine has two undergraduate degrees- one from Missouri State University in Media Production; one from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Secondary Education-emphasis in English. She also has her Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Central Missouri.


Dr. Wes Leggett, ASB Staff

Dr. Wes Leggett, ASB Staff

Wes Leggett - ASB Workshop Staff

Dr. Wes "Doc" Leggett established the media program for gifted middle school students in Springfield (MO) Public Schools the fall of 1989. The student productions and daily live television broadcasts garnered numerous local, state, and regional awards, honors, and recognition. In 1994, he was honored as a finalist for the Springfield Schools Teacher of the Year. In 1996, Dr. Leggett moved to Colorado to obtain his Ph.D. As an online graduate professor for Drury University, he teaches courses that in conjunction with ASB workshops provide a master's degree or certification in instructional technology/media. 

Dr. Leggett has been a long-time senior instructor for ASB and has also served as a national contest coordinator and judge for the Student Television Network. He lives in Windsor, CO, with his wife Dea and their three adult children who remain in the area.

Brian Campbell - ASB Workshop Instructor

Brian Campbell is in his sixth year as the Broadcasting, Speech, and Theatre Adviser for Summit Lakes Middle School in Lee’s Summit.  This is Brian’s fifteenth year of teaching and sixth year as lead teacher for the Broadcasting and Theatre Department. This year makes Brian’s third year as a teacher at Camp ASB and he’s excited to meet a new group ready for an intense learning experience.

Brian has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from William Jewell College, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education, and holds certification in the areas of Social Studies, Speech, and Theatre.  Brian is a life long resident of Kansas City.


Brian Shipman, ASB Staff

Brian Shipman, ASB Staff

Brian Shipman - ASB Workshop Instructor

Brian has 21 years of professional media experience as a broadcast journalist, photographer, producer and editor. While working at local NBC affiliate KYTV he won 2 Mid-America Emmy Awards for feature and spot news. The Associated Press twice awarded Brian first place for investigative reporting during his years as a reporter at KFSM TV in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

He now teaches Principles of Videography 1 & 2, Interviewing and Anchoring, Studio Production, Advanced Television Production and Documentary and Media Activities at Drury University. For the past 5 years, Brian has owned and operated his own video production company specializing in corporate marketing for various clients across the midwest.


Mike Teuber, ASB Workshop Staff

Mike Teuber, ASB Workshop Staff

Mike Teuber - ASB Workshop Staff

Mike Teuber is a long-time member of the ASB Workshop staff with a strong background in design work for the web as well as for a variety of print publications. He was responsible for the overall design for the first five Student Television Network national conventions.  Mike also has expertise in lighting and editing on Final Cut Pro and a background in animation. He often instructs in advanced Photoshop techniques at the workshops, and helps teachers learn how to incorporate Photoshop in their video projects. His background in set design also helps Mike bring yet another valuable area of expertise to ASB Workshops.