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Moustapha Abdul
Moustapha Abdul is director of station analysis in the Media Strategy Department at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Before joining CPB, Mr. Abdul 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. He has an MBA and a B.A. in finance, both from the University of Arkansas, and was awarded the Wall Street Journal award for outstanding achievement in 2008.

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


Katherine Arno
Katherine Arno joined the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (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, Ms. Arno 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


Connie Campbell

Sessions:
Thursday, May 31—8:45 am–10:00 am
Master Control Panel Discussion


Biniam Debebe, CPA
Biniam Debebe joined the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in May 2015 as a senior financial review specialist and is primarily responsible for conducting technical and financial reviews of 575 Community Service Grant recipients’ annual financial reports to CPB. Previously, he 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. Mr. Debebe is a Certified Public Accountant (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


Stacey Decker
As chief technology officer, Stacey Decker oversees WGBH’s technology and production groups, including media and information technology, engineering, digital distribution, studio facilities production and post-production, and infrastructure services. Mr. Decker’s vision for using technology to achieve strategic goals has led to new partnerships, including a collaboration between WGBH and Sony to create Public Media Management (PMM), the first cloud-based content management system for public media.

Before joining WGBH in 2013, Mr. Decker served as assistant general manager for technology at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, overseeing a statewide network of TV and radio transmitters and managing information technology, software and web development, network operations and distribution, and production support. Prior to that, Mr. Decker spent seven years at South Dakota Public Broadcasting as chief engineer. He began his career in technology as an electronics technician with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mr. Decker serves on the PBS Engineering Technical Advisory Committee, providing input on systemwide technology planning and policy.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—8:45 am–10:00 am
Leveraging the Collective Buying Power of Public Media to Drive Down Station Costs

Thursday, May 31—10:30 am–11:45 am
Master Control Panel Discussion


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. Mr. Frazier 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


Peter Fretwell

Session:
Thursday, May 31—3:15 pm–4:30 pm
Special General Session—Sexual Harassment and Protecting Your Staff


Kevin M. Goldberg
Kevin M. 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. Mr. Goldberg 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 the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in May 2015 as a senior financial review specialist and is primarily responsible for conducting technical and financial reviews of 575 Community Service Grant recipients’ annual financial reports to CPB. 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 B.S. in accounting.

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


Patricia Harrison
The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison is the president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She has strengthened public service media through the strategic focus of CPB in three important areas: Digital: CPB investments in innovation and technology; Diversity: CPB investments in and commitment to diversity of content, talent and service; and Dialogue: CPB investments in local community engagement, partnerships and service.

Under Ms. Harrison’s leadership in 2011, CPB launched American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help young people succeed in school and life. For her work and commitment to helping young people, Ms. Harrison was honored in 2016 with a Promise of America Award from the America’s Promise Alliance.

Ms. Harrison is also chair of the Leadership Council of Women and Girls Lead, an innovative public media initiative designed to focus, educate, and connect women, girls, and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century. In 2012, she was included on the Forbes list of “Women Changing the World in Media” for establishing Women and Girls Lead and her continued leadership on the project.

Prior to joining CPB in 2005, Ms. Harrison served as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs and acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. A former entrepreneur, Ms. Harrison is a frequent speaker and writer on the subjects of leadership, communication strategy, and constituency building. She is the recipient of many awards and honors and sits on the boards of several organizations.

Ms. Harrison received her B.A. from American University and honorary doctorates from the American University of Rome in 2002 and the School of Public Affairs, American University, in 2017. She is the author of two books: A Seat At The Table: An Insider’s Guide for America’s New Women Leaders and America’s New Women Entrepreneurs.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—Noon–1:15 pm
Public Media: Imagining the Future


Stephen Holmes
Stephen Holmes joined Public Media Company (PMC) in 2017. He is responsible for the overall management of PMC’s Next Generation TV initiatives and is focused on how this new standard can be used by stations to expand their business and mission-based services. Mr. Holmes has spent more than a decade helping public media organizations and their leaders become more successful by identifying new opportunities, fostering partnerships, and leading high-level initiatives that achieve meaningful impact.

Prior to joining PMC, Mr. Holmes worked for 12 years at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He has in-depth knowledge of successful service models across public media. Most recently, as senior director of Strategy & Insight at PBS, Mr. Holmes developed knowledge management practices and tools, provided critical insight to public media leaders, and led initiatives such as StationManagementCenter.org, which helps connect station managers to valuable local and national information. Mr. Holmes’ prior role at PBS involved managing all aspects of the PBS strategic planning and performance management process, including board retreats; environmental analysis; staff communication; and the design, development, and implementation of strategic plans and corporate performance metrics.

Prior to working in public media, Mr. Holmes helped launch and grow new products, services, and businesses around the world as part of Royal Mail’s International Services team. He holds an MBA from Duke University.

Session:
Thursday, May 31—8:45 am–10:00 am
Leveraging the Collective Buying Power of Public Media to Drive Down Station Costs


Kristen Hurley

Session:
Thursday, May 31—10:30 am–11:45 am
Master Control Panel Discussion


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, Ms. Jacobson 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, Mr. Jacobson 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.

Mr. Jacobson 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. Mr. Jacobson holds an Ed.D. in organization and leadership and an M.A. in educational technology from the University of San Francisco. His B.A. in economics is from the University of California, Davis

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

Thursday, May 31—3:15 pm–4:30 pm
Special General Session—Sexual Harassment and Protecting Your Staff


Ted Krichels
Ted Krichels is senior vice president, System Development and Media Strategy at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In this role, he manages CPB’s support of nearly 1,500 public media stations through Community Service Grants and provides other technical and system support. Mr. Krichels works closely with stations and has led CPB’s work identifying and promoting successful operating and service models to support stations’ capacity to provide content and services for their communities. Mr. Krichels 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, Mr. Krichels 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. Mr. Krichels has a degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and 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 for 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 (CSG) program agreements and assisting with the development of guidelines, CSG certifications, and legal agreements. Ms. Livesay also oversees all procurement matters, providing counsel on the preparation and review of competitive solicitations. Previously, she 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. Ms. Livesay 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 Martin Mackey is the president of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), an organization of 40 PBS member stations in the largest U.S. television markets. Ms. Mackey took the helm in August 2015 as the group’s first full-time leader. In this role, Mackey 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, Ms. Mackey worked for 25 years at KPBS, the public media station in San Diego, serving as station manager/chief operating officer in her final six years at the station. During her career at KPBS, Ms. Mackey worked in management roles in editorial, communications, fundraising, and digital departments.

Ms. Mackey serves 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, which provides mentorship and training for women as well as addressing issues of gender inequality in the executive ranks of public television and radio.

In 2014, Ms. Mackey was named a YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) honoree for her work mentoring women at KPBS and via the Girl Scouts. She was named Outstanding Alumnus from San Diego State University’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.

Ms. Mackey 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). Dr. Mainzer’s 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—Science: A Life-Long Love Story


David Maoz

Session:
Thursday, May 31—3:15 pm–4:30 pm
Special General Session—Sexual Harassment and Protecting Your Staff


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, Ms. McCarty 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, Watching leaders learn how to cultivate healthy relationships with their team or witnessing the intersection between business vision and lived reality are moments Ms. McCarty 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 are John Maxwell Team Speaker, Coach & Trainer and Social Media Marketing from Hootsuite. She is also an authorized partner of 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and Everything DiSC.

She now 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?


Kim McCormick, CPA
Partner, Audit Services, Grant Thornton
Kim McCormick brings 31 years of experience working with all types of public sector organizations, including higher education, public broadcasting, cultural arts and museums, international relief organizations, environmental advocacy organizations, private foundations, cities, transit districts, employee benefit plans, school districts, and other FASB and GASB-reporting entities, many of which require an annual audit under Uniform Guidance. Ms. McCormick’s attention is fully dedicated to serving the public sector, and she leads the Greater Bay Area office’s public sector and not-for-profit industry group. Ms. McCormick has experience working both as a member of her firm’s National Professional Standards Group and as a line audit partner, giving her both a technical/quality focus along with significant, practical in-the-trenches experience conducting audits.

Session:
Friday, June 1—8:45 am–10:00 am
Accounting Update


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 Olson
Tim Olson manages the digital group for KQED, overseeing its web, mobile, and interactive applications. He is responsible for all company web properties, including KQED.org, one of the highest traffic public media station sites in the nation. Mr. Olson works closely with Matter, a Silicon Valley accelerator co-founded by KQED and the John S. and James L Knight Foundation. He consults for a number of projects and organizations in and outside public broadcasting, including the current Digital Infrastructure Group initiative, which includes CPB, PBS, NPR, and other stations. Mr. Olson has been a pioneer in public media’s use of various internet technologies, including locative media, publishing with blog tools, audio and video podcasting, and online original content. Prior to joining KQED, he was interactive director at KCTS Seattle, and prior to that, he oversaw all online operations at WTTW Chicago.

Session:
Wednesday, May 30—9:00 am–10:30 am
Opening Keynote—Public Media in the Digital Age


Howard Pearl
Howard Pearl is an accomplished business leader. He serves as CEO of Charitable Adult Rides and Services Inc. (CARS), which accelerates fundraising for more than 3,500 nonprofits in the United States and Canada, and COO of Tagrem—providers of enterprise level e-commerce solutions. Mr. Pearl has more than 30 years of C-level experience and has advised companies on M&A 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 offroad vehicles. Mr. Pearl brings unique experience, having established successful ISO programs in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Recently, he 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. Mr. Pearl 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, contracts, financial statements, and organizational performance. He supervises all audits/evaluations of public broadcasting entities and internal CPB reviews. Mr. Richardson 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


Carol Sorber

Carol Sorber has spent most of the last two decades designing, developing, 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
Consuela Steward is the executive assistant at KPBS in San Diego and chair of its internal Diversity Council. In her role, she oversees administrative duties for the general manager; is a liaison to HR for the station’s part-time student staff from San Diego State University (SDSU); and assists with special projects relating to staff engagement, internal communication, and diversity and inclusion. Ms. Steward has her bachelor’s degree in journalism from SDSU and an HR certificate from SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. She’s passionate about creating strategic solutions that promote an inclusive and productive work culture. Ms. Steward is also a founding advisory council member of the Public Media Women in Leadership, committed to mentoring women in the public media system to attain C-Suite positions.

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. Along with his radio background spanning two decades, Mr. Stipech continues endulging in his longtime passions as a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. He 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, Mr. Stipech has led Emergenetics workshops and numerous business training sessions on topics such as leadership, time management, customer service, communication, and creativity, among others.

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