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Moustapha Abdul
Moustapha Abdul is director, station analysis in the media strategy department at CPB. He has an MBA and a B.A. in finance, both from the University of Arkansas. He was also awarded the Wall Street Journal award for outstanding achievement in 2008. Before joining CPB, Moustapha worked as a financial analyst at Corporate Financial Outsourcing, LLC in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he effectively served as the CFO for a number of small companies and nonprofits.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—1:30 pm–2:45 pm
CPB: State of the System—Public Media Financial and Operational Results


Katherine Arno
Kate Arno joined CPB in 2013 as director of TV Community Service Grants—Policy and Review. Previously, she was a senior policy associate at the University of Southern Maine, where she directed a national project to collect and analyze data on the activities of almost 5,000 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant recipients. The analyses were used by DOJ to develop national policy, produce its report to Congress, and answer Congressional inquiries. Before that, Kate was vice president of television and education at Maine Public Broadcasting Network, now called Maine Public. She is an Emmy award-winning television producer and has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public policy and management.

Sessions:
Tuesday, May 29—8:00 am–12:15 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Completing CPB’s Annual Financial Report

Thursday, May 31—8:45 am–10:00 am
Reporting Indirect Administrative Support as NFFS


Andrea Cole
Andrea Cole is known for her passion for coaching and helping individuals reach their goals and realize their full potential. Her motto is “Dream, Believe, Achieve.” Andrea coaches individuals to be successful and thrive in their careers. From career transitions, job changes, professional development coaching, and retirement transition, Andrea is there to support and provide accountability.

Andrea has an extensive background in technology, adult learning, and higher education. She served as program manager for management development for Goodwill Industries International and was the internal training manager at Deltek, an enterprise software and information solutions provider. She designed and facilitated onboarding and technical training courses, reenergizing the training at all levels. Her love of training and teaching has led her to mentor college students and recent college graduates who are just embarking on
their career paths.

Andrea holds an M.A. in human and organizational learning from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a B.S. in business administration/accounting from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also earned the Brain-Based Coaching Certification from the Neuroleadership Institute and a coaching certificate from the Association for Talent Development ,and she is a senior action learning coach via the World Institute for Action Learning.

Sessions:
Wednesday, May 30—11:00 am–12:15 pm
Own Your Own Professional Development

Friday, June 1—8:45 am–10:00 am
Succession Planning for the Lean Organization


Biniam Debebe, CPA
Biniam Debebe, CPA, joined CPB in May 2015 as a senior financial review specialist and is primarily responsible for conducting technical and financial reviews of the annual financial reports of 575 Community Service Grant recipients. Previously, Biniam worked for more than 20 years in public practice and with not-for-profits providing audit, tax, accounting, compliance, internal audit, and consulting services as an audit supervisor. He is a CPA and has an MBA in finance.

Session:
Tuesday, May 29—8:00 am–12:15 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Completing CPB’s Annual Financial Report


Damon Frazier
Damon Frazier is a senior consultant with the Business Intelligence Solutions Group (BI Solutions) and has 19 years of experience in performance and cost management consulting services. Prior to joining BI Solutions, he worked in a similar capacity with PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services and IBM Business Consulting Services. He has supported the public media industry and served as the primary point of contact for the SAS/SABS initiatives during 12 of the cycles. Damon has a B.A. from Ohio University and is a member of the Institute for Management Accountants.

Session:
Tuesday, May 29—1:15 pm–5:30 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Completing the SAS and SABS


Kevin Goldberg
Kevin Goldberg is a member at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. He focuses on First Amendment, Freedom of Information Act, and intellectual property issues, particularly copyright and trademark matters encountered by content creators and users, with a particular eye toward threats affecting publication on the internet and social media. Kevin received his J.D. with high honors from The George Washington University and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from James Madison University.

Session:
Friday, June 1—8:45 am–10:00 am
Avoiding Copyright Infringement Liability in Productions, on Websites, and Via Social Media


Ken Goulet
Ken Goulet joined CPB in May 2015 as a senior financial review specialist and is primarily responsible for conducting technical and financial reviews of the annual financial reports of 575 Community Service Grant recipients. Previously, he worked for 22 years at Grant Thornton LLP, a large independent audit, tax, and advisory firm, as a supervising senior in the Audit Assurance Department and manager in the Global Public Sector division. He has a bachelor of science degree in accounting.

Session:
Tuesday, May 29—8:00 am–12:15 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Completing CPB’s Annual Financial Report


Debra Jacobson
Debra Jacobson has been with CPB/OIG for over five years and was the lead auditor in OIG’s recent IAS audits. Prior to joining OIG, Debra was a finance official in a number of public and private organizations. She holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Dayton and a certificate in forensic accounting from Georgetown University and is a member of the AICPA and the ACFE.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—8:45 am–10:00 am
Reporting Indirect Administrative Support as NFFS


Mike Jacobson
Mike Jacobson joined PBS from TED, where he was head of talent and human resources for the nonprofit known for sharing “ideas worth spreading” through short talks. During his tenure, he created TED’s talent management and people operations function, which included creating innovative development programs aligned to the organization’s unique culture; streamlining HR operations and improving performance management, compensation, and benefits systems; and overseeing talent acquisition.

Prior to TED, Mike spent six years at Advent Software, leading organization development and people supply strategy as senior director of talent, culture, and communication. Earlier, he spent nearly seven years as vice president of talent management for Visa International and held rising HR roles at Wells Fargo Bank, ultimately holding the position of vice president.

Mike began his career as an educator, teaching high school mathematics and computer science. During his HR career, he spent nearly 15 years as an adjunct instructor at the University of San Francisco, where he taught graduate-level courses in organization development and educational technology. He holds an Ed.D. in organization and leadership and an M.A. in educational technology from the University of San Francisco as well as a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Davis.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—8:45 am–10:00 am
Creating PBS’s Values


Ted Krichels
Ted is senior vice president of system development and media strategy at the CPB. In this role since November 2013, he manages CPB’s support of nearly 1,500 public media stations through Community Service Grants and other technical and system support. Ted works closely with stations and has led CPB’s work in identifying and promoting successful operating and service models to support stations’ capacity to provide content and services for their communities. Ted has over 30 years of public broadcasting experience, including roles as associate vice president and general manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting and as president and CEO of KBDI in Denver, Colorado. In 2014, Ted directed the Public Media Models of the Future project for PBS, which explored sustainable public media service models and how they might be leveraged and replicated by others.

He has continued to support stations’ strategic planning through CPB’s Business Strategies Leadership project. Ted also coordinates efforts to assess current and future system technology needs and inform stations about the broadcast spectrum auction and repack, ATSC 3, and other industrywide issues affecting public media. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in history and has a master’s degree in psychology from Naropa Institute.

Sessions:
Wednesday, May 30—3:45 pm–5:00 pm
CPB Town Hall

Thursday, May 31—1:30 pm–2:45 pm
CPB: State of the System—Public Media Financial and Operational Results


Jackie J. Livesay
Jackie Livesay is assistant general counsel and vice president of compliance at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She works closely with CPB’s television and radio departments, advising on and drafting Community Service Grant program agreements and assisting with the development of guidelines, CSG certifications, and legal agreements. Jackie also oversees all procurement matters, providing counsel on the preparation and review of competitive solicitations. Previously, Jackie worked in CPB’s Office of Business Affairs, where she drafted and negotiated a wide range of contracts. Prior to joining CPB in 2002, she worked for the law firm of McGuire Woods in Northern Virginia, where she focused on technology and oil and gas issues. A resident of Washington, D.C., Jackie is a graduate of the John Marshall School of Law and Purdue University. She has been admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the state of Illinois.

Session:
Wednesday, May 30—11:00 am–12:15 pm
Compliance Requirements: Statutory and CSG


Deanna Mackey
Deanna Mackey is president of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), an organization of 40 PBS member stations in the largest U.S. television markets. Deanna took the helm in August 2015 as the group’s first full-time leader. In this role, she focuses her time on project and communications management on behalf of the stations and national leadership activities. The PTMMG is part of the larger Affinity Group Coalition (AGC), which serves as a forum for addressing systemwide issues of interest to public television stations.

Prior to joining the PTMMG, Deanna worked for 25 years at KPBS, the public media station in San Diego, serving as station manager/COO in her final six years at the station. During her career at KPBS, Mackey worked in management roles in editorial, communications, fundraising, and digital departments. She is credited with spearheading KPBS.org as a third content platform; creating and implementing the converged newsroom for KPBS, a model for the system; developing the industry’s first One Book program run by a public media station; and establishing the station’s strategic planning process.

Deanna is on the PBS Digital Media Advisory Committee and formerly chaired the Integrated Media Association, the industry’s first organization focused on digital media. In 2015, she co-founded the Public Media Women in Leadership Group. The group provides mentorship and training for women as well as addressing issues of gender inequality in the executive ranks of public television and radio.

Deanna serves as a Girl Scout troop leader for 22 middle school girls and spent 10 years in governance for Girl Scouts San Diego as a board member and committee chair. She is a former board member of the San Diego Autism Society, where she served on the online technology and grant writing committees. In 2014 Deanna was named a YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry honoree for her work mentoring women at KPBS and via the Girl Scouts. She was named Outstanding Alumnus from SDSU’s Daily Aztec newspaper in the same year and in 2010, was named one of five “Women Who Move the City” by San Diego Magazine.

Prior to working at KPBS, Deanna was a writer and editor for several San Diego-based publications. She spent her early years in journalism as a radio news writer. She earned her B.A. from San Diego State University with a double major in journalism and political science. She lives in San Diego with her three children.

Session:
Wednesday, May 30—11:00 am–12:15 pm
Cut Once, Measure Twice: Why Careful Planning Is Key to a Successful Database Conversion


Dr. Amy Mainzer
Dr. Amy Mainzer, of the PBS Kids series Ready, Jet Go!, is an American astronomer, specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and infrared astronomy. She is the deputy project scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and the principal investigator for the NEOWISE project to study minor planets and the proposed Near Earth Object Camera space telescope mission.

Dr. Mainzer received a B.Sc. in physics from Stanford University with honors (1996), an M.Sc. in astronomy from California Institute of Technology (2000), and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles (2003). Her research interests include asteroids, brown dwarfs, planetary atmospheres, debris disks, star formation, and the design and construction of new ground- and space-based instrumentation.

She appears in several episodes of the History Channel series The Universe. She also appears in the documentary featurette "Stellar Cartography: On Earth," included on the Star Trek Generations home video release (March 2010). Dr. Mainzer is also in the 2016 documentary For the Love of Spock, about the life of Leonard Nimoy and the effect of Spock on popular culture and directed by Leonard Nimoy's son Adam Nimoy.

Session:
Friday, June 1—10:15 am–11:30 am
Closing Keynote Presentation


Lashaundra McCarty
Seven cities and six countries pepper Lashaundra McCarty’s adult memories as she sought to live life fearlessly. Best described as a “Citizen of the World,” whether home or abroad, she aims to positively impact the lives of those she encounters. In response to fruitless job-hunting during the height of the recession, Lashaundra stopped asking for a job and created her own. Through 3C: Creative Communications she entered the world of speaking, training, and coaching.

Since 2009, she has worked with ministries, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and companies. Lifting their “light bulb” moments is the best part of the experience. Watching leaders learn how to cultivate healthy relationships with their team, or witnessing the intersection between business vision and lived reality, are moments in which Lashaundra revels.

Her educational background includes a master of divinity from Columbia Biblical Seminary, an M.A. in digital media production from Emerson College, and a B.A. in radio and television production from the University of Central Florida. Her supplemental certifications include John Maxwell Team Speaker, coach and trainer, and social media marketing from Hootsuite. She is also an authorized partner of 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and Everything DiSC. Lashaundra lives in Biloxi, Mississippi, and travels as needed, while intentionally supporting the dreams of her husband John McCarty III and bonus children Caleb and Kylar.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—10:30 am–11:45 am
One or One Hundred…How Does Your Team Stand?


Mary Mitchelson
Mary Mitchelson has been the CPB inspector general for almost five years. Prior to joining CPB, she held a number of legal and accountability executive positions in the federal government. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Kansas.

Session:
Wednesday, May 30—2:00 pm–3:15 pm
OIG Update


Tim Olsen
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Wednesday, May 30—9:00 am–10:30 am
Opening General Session & Keynote


Howard Pearl
Howard Pearl is an accomplished business leader. He serves as CEO of CARS, which accelerates fundraising for more than 3,500 nonprofits in the United States and Canada, and COO of Tagrem—providers of enterprise-level ecommerce solutions. Howard has more than 30 years of C-level experience and has advised companies on mergers and acquisitions in both North America and China. His global corporate experience includes working in business intelligence, advertising, aviation, manufacturing, and communication systems. He also led the consolidation of seven manufacturing plants in China for production of off-road vehicles. Howard brings unique experience, having established successful ISO programs in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Recently, Howard has been transforming the CARS culture and driving employee engagement, which resulted in a 300% increase in revenue in just two short years. His focus to drive systemic change revolves around communication, process, gratitude, and margin. Howard is a Harvard Business School graduate and currently volunteers with the Honor Foundation and nationally through other nonprofit organizations.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—10:30 am–11:45 am
Strengthening Organizational Culture: Putting the Donor First


Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson joined CPB as deputy inspector general in July 2004. He has a wide range of experience auditing grants to state/local governments as well as working with contracts, financial statements, and organizational performance. He supervises all audits/evaluations of public broadcasting entities and internal CPB reviews. Bill has a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in organizational development. He is a certified Government Financial Manager, Certified IG, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, and Certified Facilitator.

Session:
Wednesday, May 30—2:00 pm–3:15 pm
OIG Update


Ernest Sanchez
Ernest (Ernie) Sanchez has been practicing communications and entertainment law in Washington, D.C., for 40 years, with particular emphasis on the Federal Communications Commission and on media and information distribution technologies. Ernie represents a wide range of clients, including public broadcasters, international news gathering organizations, and media content producers and distributors. Before starting his own firm, Ernie chaired the communications law group of Baker & McKenzie, the world's largest law firm, with more than 5,000 attorneys in 47 countries.

From 1974 to 1981, Ernie was corporate secretary and founding general counsel of National Public Radio. Previously, he was an attorney for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he was involved in a broad range of legal and funding contractual matters for such programs as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Hollywood Television Theatre, Woman Alive, Nova, Dance In America, and Wall Street Week.

Ernie received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—8:45 am–10:00 am
Breaking Up Is (Not So) Hard to Do: Public Stations and Their Licensees Splitting


Carol Sorber
Carol Sorber has spent most of the last two decades designing and delivering dynamic and engaging professional development opportunities that help participants improve on-the-job performance. A skilled group leader and facilitator, she uses collaborative activities to enhance the learning experience for participants. She joined PBS as the director of professional development in 2010. Prior to that, she managed professional development technologies for a global law firm. She is a co-author of, The Art and Science of Strategic Talent Management in Law Firms, published by Thomson Reuters (2010). She holds an M.A. in human resource development and a B.A. in liberal arts from The George Washington University. She is also MBTI® accredited.

Session:
Wednesday, May 30—11:00 am–12:15 pm
Own Your Own Professional Development

Friday, June 1—8:45 am–10:00 am
Succession Planning for the Lean Organization


Consuela Steward
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—1:30 pm–2:45 pm
Addressing and Mitigating Implicit Bias


David Stipech
David Stipech has served as general manager of Reno Public Radio since 2006. In addition to his radio background spanning two decades, David continues to feed his longtime passions as a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. David is uniquely qualified for this presentation as both a public radio general manager and a certified Emergenetics associate. With a strong professional development and training background, David has led Emergenetics workshops and numerous business training sessions on topics including leadership, time management, customer service, communication, creativity, and many others.

Session:
Wednesday, May 31—2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Harnessing the Power of People With Brain Science


Kevin Thompson
Kevin Thompson is a co-founder and partner of BI Solutions and has over 20 years of experience in performance and cost management consulting services. He has designed and implemented performance and cost management solutions for dozens of clients and has worked within a number of different industries. Kevin has supported the public media industry, the SABS and SAS surveys, and the Station Performance Reporting initiatives during 12 of the cycles. Prior to forming BI Solutions, he spent six years working in a similar capacity with Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services, most recently as a senior manager.  He has an MBA from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and a B.S. from Rutgers University. 

Session:
Tuesday, May 29—1:15 pm–5:30 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Completing the SAS and SABS