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2019 Board Election Bios

The following nominations are listed in alphabetical order. Each station recieves one vote. If you did not recieve an email with the voting link, and you feel that you should have recieved this information, please contact us at info@pmbaonline.org.

The voting window will close on Monday, April 15. Results will be given to candidates and then the membership on April 16.

Dave Duke
WGCU Public Media

Nominee Bio
I have over 15 years’ experience in public broadcasting and 25 years financial experience with multiple positions in accounting, budgeting, reporting and management. I currently work as Director of Finance at WGCU in Fort Myers, Florida (a medium-size university joint licensee) and formerly worked at ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio (a large community joint licensee). Prior to joining public broadcasting, I held accounting jobs with other non-profits, including a community action agency and a public housing authority. My experience and diverse background gives me a unique perspective of where public broadcasting has been but also knowing the heights we can achieve.

Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board:
I have over 15 years’ experience in public broadcasting. I would love to share the lessons learned from that experience and being a PMBA Board member would give me that unique opportunity.

Past Volunteer Experience
I currently serve on the PMBA Finance Committee (for about 2 years) and previously was on the PMBA Content Advisory Committee. I have also formerly served on the board of a youth soccer organization.

Rita Echeverria – Running for Re-Election to Second Term
WUCF

Nominee Bio
Rita Echeverria joined the station in August 2013 as Director of Finance and Administration. She is responsible for the station’s budget, financial statements, audit, compliance, HR and grants. Echeverria served as Interim Executive Director for the station from December

2015 through May 2016. Echeverria worked for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine-Regional Extension Center for two years as Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting before joining the station.

Prior to working at UCF, Echeverria worked as a Controller for a real estate developer, Financial Reporting Manager for various real estate management companies and an Auditor for medium - and large - size CPA firms.

Echeverria received her bachelor’s degree in Commerce, major in Accounting from Assumption College, Philippines. She is currently working on getting her Executive MBA at the University of Central Florida.

Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board:

I deeply care for PMBA. I am currently serving as a PMBA board member and I hope to be given another chance to continue serving the public media constituents. To educate, inform and be part of an association that serves as a convener for people in business and human resources who share the same passion for public broadcasting.

Past Volunteer Experience

I am currently serving a two-year term as PMBA board member. I am also a volunteer member of the HR Peer Network spearheaded by Mike Jacobson from PBS.

Michal Heiplik
Contributor Development Partnership (CDP)

Nominee Bio
Michal Heiplik is the Executive Director for the Contributor Development Partnership, or CDP (www.cdpcommunity.org). As a 19-year public broadcasting veteran, Michal has extensive experience in database management, membership development, and in identifying fundraising practices that drive positive results. His analytic approach to fundraising and operational problems has given rise to innovation and positive results in his past endeavors. Through identification, sharing and execution of sound fundraising practices, Michal is working to generate new ways stations can collaboratively add prospects and increase net revenues.

Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board:
Serving public media for nearly 20 years now, I have always focused on building scale and efficiency for stations. Through CDP, I have worked to deliver over $130 million in new net revenue to stations utilizing innovative services like canvassing and data modeling. Building large scale collaborations has been my long term focus. Through its MSB service, CDP helps 20+ stations in running membership fundraising -- raising nearly $90 million per year. We have been quite successful in improving net revenue for those stations. PMBA's focus and mission are aligned with my expertise and passion. I would aim to help PMBA deliver on its mission.

Past volunteer experience
Past member of several working committees within public media (Team Approach Station Committee, PROSPER working group, Passport task force, Passport SuperUsers group.
I also volunteer during several telethons and other fundraising events in my community.

Maureen Hughes – Running for Re-Election to Second Term
St. Louis Public Radio/KWMU

Nominee Bio
Raised in South Bend IN, I am second oldest of eight siblings. I graduated from Saint Mary's College with a BBA and BA in Spanish and moved to St Louis for an early career with PWC as a health care industry specialist in both audit and consulting. Following that I worked in the corporate finance area of a large health care system, then as CFO of several firms in different industries. As a fan of St. Louis Public Radio, I was delighted to join the station more than five years ago as CFO. Oh, and I am the mother of three adult children, Kieran, Caitlin and Brendan.

Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board:
Public media is an invaluable unbiased news and educational resource for American citizens. PMBA serves a vital role as a forum for industry business professionals to address shared issues and to obtain education both throughout the year and at the annual conference. I am honored to have been a Board member of PMBA the past two years and would like to continue work on the Membership Committee and Finance Committee for a second term.

Past volunteer experience
My volunteerism in recent years has included working with an organization for St. Louis urban at-risk youth ages 16-21 and singing in my church choir.

Faith Noble
ideastream

Nominee Bio
I am a life-long listener and viewer of public radio and television, and a sustaining member of my local stations. My favorite NPR program is Marketplace, with It's Been a Minute coming in a close second. I am a career nonprofit and public finance professional with experience at organizations across the nonprofit spectrum. Prior to ideastream, I worked as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Towards Employment, Inc., a leading workforce development organization in Cleveland. I previously held the position of Controller at The Cleveland Orchestra. I have been an active, licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2001.

Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board:
I am new to my position as ideastream's CFO and new to public media. I bring experience working as a CPA and CFO for major performing arts organizations and social service nonprofits. Best practices from across the spectrum of nonprofit organizations can inform how we do business in public media. We will grow membership and revenue by maintaining an unrelenting focus on the community and service to our mission. I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the PMBA board and learn from others who have been in the business a long time. I'm especially interested in identifying shared financial and operational KPIs which can guide decision-making in our industry and at individual stations.

Past Volunteer Experience
I volunteer as a founding board member and the Treasurer of St. Paul’s Community Outreach, an organization serving families in need on Cleveland’s near-west side. I was recently appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee by the City of Lakewood after serving two terms on the Community Relations Committee.

Michael Scher
WAMU 88.5

Nominee Bio
Michael Scher is the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at WAMU 88.5 American University Radio, where he is responsible for station financial planning, forecasting, and modeling; budget management, financial statement preparation and financial policies and procedures. Michael was formerly the Assistant Director of Business Operations at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he was responsible for procurement activities, campus auxiliaries, internal financial reporting, and grants management. Michael is a barred Attorney (MD), having received his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2013. He is currently completing his Master’s in Accounting at American University and expects to graduate in May 2019. Michael’s interest and passion for public media comes from his undergraduate studies, where he studied journalism at American University’s School of Communication and graduated with a bachelors in print journalism in 2008. Michael lives with husband, Max, in Washington D.C.

Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board:
I’m passionate about improving how public media operates. I believe my background in law, accounting, and non-profit operations and my experiences driving business improvement in complex organizational settings would make me a valuable contributor to the PMBA board and help PMBA fulfill its mission of being the go-to trade association serving the business needs of public media.

Past Volunteer Experience
Most recently, Michael served on the American University Washington College of Law Donor Scholarship Committee from 2013 to 2016, where he worked with committee members to award donor funded scholarships to deserving law students. During his law studies, Michael served as a student attorney in the American University Washington College of Law Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, where he counseled local non-profit organizations on tax exempt law, local regulatory obligations and cooperative agreements. During his undergraduate studies, Michael was a volunteer writer covering national and local news topics for United Press International, The Times Beacon Record and the American University student newspaper, the Eagle.

Mike Waruszewski
WQED Multimedia

Nominee Bio
Mike Waruszewski is the Chief Financial Officer and member of the executive staff for WQED Multimedia. At WQED, he is responsible for compiling the annual company operating and capital budget, overseeing the annual audit process, cash flow, and compliance with FCC and CPB financial regulations, as well as, facilities, information technology and human resources. He is staff liaison with the WQED Board of Directors on all financial matters and reports to the Finance, Business and Operations Committee and Audit Committee on WQED’s financial structure. He serves on WQED’s Capital Needs Committee to plan and fund updates to WQED’s technical and broadcast capabilities and improvements to the WQED building and campus.

Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board:
I have over 15 years of progressive experience at a joint license Public Media station that has had its ups and down. From having several major rounds of layoffs due to financial conditions to winning in the Spectrum Auction, I have quite the background to draw from. I have also worked on projects both local and national. Recently I have participated in a comprehensive HR audit that resulted in setting up new salary grade guidelines and updating the employee handbook.

Past Volunteer Experience
Over the years I have volunteered at many of our stations events. I have also been very active in my church, from being the President of the Parish Council to being on the Finance Council. More recently I have been involved in helping to coach my kids sports teams.

 

 

 


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