Focus Springfield Staff

  • John

    John Abbott

    Executive Director
    413-241-7500 ext. 101

    John Abbott has been with Focus Springfield since its founding in 2012. A Boston native, John came to Springfield in 1986 to work at MassMutual as VP for State and Local Government Relations. John left MassMutual in 2006 to start a public affairs consulting practice. When then-Mayor Charlie Ryan asked him to serve as President of Springfield Media and Telecommunications Group later that year, “I jumped at the chance to serve the city.” In 2012 Comcast ceased operating the PEG station. Mayor Domenic Sarno asked him to create Focus Springfield, to “put the Focus” on the Positive Aspects of living, working and learning in Springfield. John is a graduate of Northeastern University and Suffolk University Law School.

  • Steve

    Stephen Cary

    Station Manager, Executive Producer
    413-241-7500 ext. 103

    A proud life-long resident of Springfield, Steve graduated from Cathedral High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He began his production career as an intern at the city’s 1st Public Access TV station. Steve’s production experience includes broadcast, corporate and commercial work. He especially enjoyed his work on children’s educational shows such as Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, shooting locker room interviews at Fenway, safety and surgical videos, etc… He came off the road and started teaching a video production program at Holyoke High School in 2007. Steve actively helped design Focus Springfield’s new downtown station and feels like he’s come “full circle” in Public Access TV.

  • Brendon

    Brendon White Holland

    Production & Technology Specialist — Apple Certified Professional
    413-241-7500 ext. 104

    After attending high school in Springfield, Brendon headed out to Brigham Young University where he began studying Chemical Engineering and worked as an Audio Engineer/Technician. He soon learned that A/V Production is way more fun than Chemistry, and decided to dedicate his studies to live and recorded audio and live video production. Brendon has worked with platinum-selling musical artists, world-renowned comedy and dance groups, and nationally broadcasted collegiate sports. Brendon has been with Focus since early 2014. Outside of the studio, Brendon likes to climb, follow Phish, sail, and hike with his dog.

  • Profile

    Josué A. Vázquez

    Staff Producer, Production Coordinator
    413-241-7500 ext. 102

    Josue has an Associates degree from the Digital Media Production program in Springfield Technical Community College. He has interned with Focus Springfield between Fall 2014 to Spring 2015. Throughout his time at the station he’s helped local producers shoot and edit their shows, shoot sporting events, and broadcasting city council & school committee meetings. He has mastered the art of PTZ camera systems, camera operation, and Directing/Technical Directing, all in live productions.

  • Yesenia

    Yesenia Almonte

    Staff Producer, Production Coordinator
    413-241-7500 ext. 105

    Yesenia is a graduate from the Digital Media Production program from Springfield Technical Community College. She interned with Focus Springfield in the Spring of 2015, which led to her graduating shortly after. Her goals with Focus is to improve and increase programming, mastering her skills in production, and helping other local producers make their shows.