The Team

Scott Hays – Executive Producer, Founder

Scott Hays has Masters’ Degrees in English Literature and Communication, and he teaches part-time at southern California colleges. Scott co-produced the PBS SoCal public affairs program Inside OC with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Reiff. He also produced-hosted the radio-cable show OC Caravan for KX 93.5 FM and Cox Channel 3-TV. Over the course of his career, Scott has published roughly a dozen, mostly non-fiction books for major publishing companies such as Warner Books, Gotham, and Rodale Press, and he worked as an editor/writer for a number of publishing companies. He also served as executive producer of short documentaries for several non-profit organizations.

Manuel N. Gómez – Producer, Founder

Manuel N. Gómez, Ph.D., served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at University of California, Irvine from 1995 to 2010. He began his work as a counselor in the Educational Opportunity Program, was a program officer with the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in Washington D.C., and he served as Interim Vice President for Educational Partnerships in the University of California Office of the President. He also served as a member of the Children First, Paul Merage Foundation, on the Board of Trustees for the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Board of Governors for the Orange County Community Foundation. Currently he is an Advisory Committee member of the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Higher

Meg Waters –

Meg Waters is a local public relations, marketing communications and public policy expert, having consulted on many of Orange County’s most controversial issues. She has worked with nearly every city, county government, and public agency throughout her career. Her clients also included many of the county’s most prominent corporations and non-profits. Most recently, she developed successful strategies to monetize and market in the non-profit news sector. She is among the few development professionals with significant experience in this emerging philanthropic sector. At OC World, she will assist the team with marketing and revenue-generating programs to help OC World grow within the rapidly changing local media market.

Ty Woodson – Cinematographer

Ty Woodson is an award-winning television producer, director, writer, and editor with over two decades of experience in the industry. Notably, he has produced hundreds of hours of content for PBS, including the regional broadcast “Sustaining US” in the Los Angeles DMA. He is currently in pre-production for the seventh season of “Everybody with Angela Williamson.” Ty’s extensive portfolio encompasses five-hour specials, a documentary on visionary Henry Segerstrom, and various online content, including webisodes and PBS SoCal Extras. As the Director/Producer at KLCS, he oversees all station productions and post-productions, collaborating with internal and external teams to shape the strategic vision for content production across multiple platforms. Beyond his role at PBS, Ty is a dedicated documentarian, capturing the impactful work of US doctors transforming the lives of children in developing nations.

Dan McKechnie – Cinematographer

Dan McKechnie is an Emmy-nominated editor and award-winning cinematographer. Dan began his professional career as a 6th grade school teacher in Irvine, California, where he was honored with the Climate Creator of the Year award and nominated for the National Teacher of the Year award. He has created award-winning videos since 1981 and teaches many young video and film professionals throughout the country on editing and cinematography techniques, when not producing videos for OC World.

Anthony Clegg – Videographer and Video Editor

Anthony Clegg is an Emmy Award-winning videographer and video editor who has produced countless programs for local public broadcasting. Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Anthony has spent his career passionately learning and expanding his skillset in the field of video production. He has traveled around the country in the production of various documentary projects centering on the excellence of educators and the work they perform in the lives of the Nation’s next generation.

Tony Perez – Videographer and Video Editor

Tony Perez is a recipient of the Telly and Golden Mike Awards and brings over 18 years of extensive experience as a videographer, editor, and director of photography in public broadcasting. Tony has served as a digital librarian, programming assistant, camera operator, technical director, and editor. He believes everyone possesses a distinctive narrative and aims to disseminate these stories to a broader audience.

Veronica Marquez – Website Developer and Graphic Designer

Veronica Marquez is an accomplished Website Developer and Graphic Designer, who navigates between web and print design. Whether crafting polished websites, captivating posters, immersive social media campaigns, shaping unique brand identities, Veronica showcases creative finesse and versatility. Her commitment to innovation and creativity has earned her multiple prestigious awards, showcasing her dedication to pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional results. Beyond her professional success, Veronica actively engages with nonprofits, leveraging her skills to contribute to meaningful causes and creating impactful digital solutions for organizations making a positive impact in the community. She is currently a committed board member for the nonprofit organization High Hopes Counseling Services, advocating for the necessity of providing low-cost therapy services.