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2019 Annual Conference Speakers

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Katherine Arno
Katherine (Kate) Arno joined CPB in 2013 as director of TV Community Service Grant 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. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) grant recipients. The analyses were used by DOJ to develop national policy, produce a biennial report to Congress, and answer congressional inquiries. Kate previously worked for nine years at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, now called Maine Public, where she was vice president of Television and Education. 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 14 • 8:00 am–11:45 am
Pre-Conference Workshop: Completing CPB’s Annual Financial Report

Wednesday, May 15 • 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Track I: Community Service Grant Review


Matt Beiler
Matt Beiler is currently a show producer for Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida. He was responsible for achieving, implementing, and maintaining the creative vision throughout the project life cycle for the Satu’li Canteen, Windtraders, and the entire area development of Pandora – the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Matt began his career with the Walt Disney Company in 2008 as an associate show design and production manager working in Florida. His portfolio of projects includes Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure, the Disney Dream, Aulani a Disney Resort and Spa, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, and A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas.

Prior to joining the Walt Disney Company, Matt was a children’s media coordinator at the University of Florida’s Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Matt is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center with a master’s degree in entertainment technology and received the Randy Pausch Award, given to the student who best epitomizes leadership through artistic, technical, and interpersonal growth and excellence. Matt now resides in Orlando, Florida, with his wife and two children.

Session:
Tuesday, May 14 • 9:00 am–10:30 am
Opening General Session and Keynote


Andrew Charnik
Andrew Charnik is the director of Radio CSG Policy and Administration at CPB, where he oversees policy and administration for more than 400 radio stations. He joined CPB in 2011 and has held positions in station grants administration, radio, and the office of the COO. Prior to CPB, Andrew was an independent consultant for early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs. He also worked domestically and internationally in asset management and private banking with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and with the Walt Disney Company. Andrew earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Track I: Community Service Grant Review


Jennifer Cook
While majoring in journalism at Michigan State University, Jennifer Cook worked as a weekend news producer at WSYM-TV, FOX 47 in Lansing. During the week, Jennifer worked at WKAR-TV, directing and producing television programing for the local PBS station. She was a Capitol reporter in Lansing, Michigan, before moving to Orlando in 1998 to work at Walt Disney World Media Relations.

At Disney World, Jennifer worked with local and national media covering celebrity visits, writing press releases, interviewing executives, and performing other tasks. Jennifer also worked with Disney Cruise Line, working to get media coverage for the launch of a new cruise ship, the Disney Wonder.

In 2000, Jennifer joined Central Florida News 13 as a television news producer and worked in various roles throughout the organization. In March 2014, she joined WUCF, Central Florida PBS as

communications manager. A year later, she was promoted to director of communication and education, overseeing the station’s communications, social media, and digital content as well as education and engagement activities and initiatives. In 2018, Jennifer became WUCF’s senior director of content & engagement, leading WUCF TV and FM’s efforts to produce highly relevant content on-air, online, and in the community that supports WUCF’s mission to engage viewers and users and expand audiences.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 4:30 pm–5:45 pm
Keeping Your Station Safe


Katie Davis
Katie Davis has a passion for helping organizations improve their operations and grow their bottom line by redirecting their resources to the things that matter most. Katie is a CPA and partner at James Moore with 15 years of experience, and she dedicates most of her time to higher education and nonprofit industries. As the leader of the firm’s Advisory Services practice and a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt, Katie helps organizations become truly lean enterprises by creating efficient, thorough, and sustainable systems. In addition to writing and speaking on the subject, she works directly with members of an organization to evaluate existing operations and identify solutions that work for them.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 1:30 pm–2:45 pm
Track II: Breaking Down Silos With Team-Oriented Problem Solving


Biniam Debebe
Biniam Debebe joined CPB in May 2015 as a senior financial review specialist and is primarily responsible for conducting technical and financial reviews for nearly 600 CSG recipients’ AFRs 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. He is a certified public accountant and has an MBA in finance.

Session:
Tuesday, May 14 • 8:00 am–11:45 am
Pre-Conference Workshop #1
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 14 • 1:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop #2   
Completing the SAS and SABS


Kevin M. 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 George Washington University and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from James Madison University.

Session:
Friday, May 17 • 8:45 am–10:00 am
Track I: Better Decisions in Branding: Prioritizing and Protecting Your Trademarks


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 for nearly 600 CSG recipients’ AFRs 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 as a manager in the Global Public Sector Division. He has a bachelor of science degree in accounting.

Session:
Tuesday, May 14 • 8:00 am–11:45 am
Pre-Conference Workshop #1
Completing CPB’s Annual Financial Report


Brooks Heckner
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Track II: CDP–TBA


Michael Heipilk
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Track II: CDP–TBA


Dr. Phil Hoffman
Dr. Phil Hoffman holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership from The University of Akron. He also holds master's and bachelor’s degrees in mass communication. His professional experience includes working in broadcasting for more than 35 years, in positions ranging from entry level to general manager. He is currently serving as the executive director of WUCF-PBS and WUCF-FM in Central Florida.

Dr. Hoffman’s resume includes positions at WLSR-AM, WKDD-FM, WCUE-AM, WTIG-AM, WAKR-AM, WONE-FM, WAPS-FM, WOAC-TV, WAKC-TV, KMOS-TV, and WNEO/WEAO-TV.

For 15 years, he served as a faculty member and led the students of Z-TV at The University of Akron, where the students have earned more than 30 Emmy nominations and won multiple Emmy Awards. Those students got jobs with CBS, NBC, Fox, and many other media outlets. He has also worked as an independent producer/editor for ABC, ESPN, Britain’s ITV, and a host of Fortune 500 corporations.

A multiple Emmy Award winning producer and director, Dr. Hoffman has produced documentaries for PBS affiliates across the United States. Since 2002, he has been nominated for more than 25 Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In 2017 he served as executive producer of “The Groveland Four,” a feature length film about racial injustice in the United States. He also serves as the host of “Central Florida Roadtrip” on WUCF.

Dr. Hoffman is a respected authority on early punk music, having produced two documentaries about the Ohio punk music scene. He is also a recognized authority on local TV horror movie hosts of the 1960s and 1970s.

A native of Akron, Ohio; Dr. Hoffman is married to award-winning artist Joan Fagan-Hoffman, whose work has been featured in the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. His daughter Mina was a King Family Fellow at Point Park University Cinema School and is now a film director, and his daughter Marissa is currently a third-year law student at The University of Denver.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 4:30 pm–5:45 pm
Keeping Your Station Safe


Stephen Holmes
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 1:30 pm–2:45 pm
Track III: Driving Down Station Costs


Jeff Huffman
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 4:30 pm–5:45 pm
Keeping Your Station Safe


Mike Jacobson
Mike Jacobson is vice president of human resources at PBS, where he is responsible for leadership and management of all HR functions within the organization. Prior to PBS, he served in a variety of HR leadership positions at TED, Visa, Wells Fargo, and Advent Software.

Mike began his career as an educator, teaching high school mathematics and computer science. During his HR career, he spent nearly 10 years as an adjunct instructor at the University of San Francisco, where he taught graduate-level courses in organization development and educational technology.

Mike 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:
Wednesday, May 15 • 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Track II: Experimental Management Development and Hiring Practices


Burhan Khan
Burhan Khan is a financial analyst in the System Development and Media Strategy Department, supporting CPB’s data collection and analyses. Previously, he was a corporate analyst at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, where he managed client portfolios, analyzed contracts, evaluated changes in financial statements, and produced risk management reports. He has an undergraduate degree in finance from George Mason University and is currently working on his M.S. from American University.

Sessions:
Tuesday, May 14 • 1:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop #2   
Completing the SAS and SABS


Wednesday, May 15 • 3:45 pm–5:00 pm
State of the System—Public Media Financial and Operational Results


Ted Krichels
Ted Krichels is senior vice president of System Development and Media Strategy at CPB. In this role since November 2013, he manages CPB’s support of nearly 1,500 public media stations through CSGs 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 15 • 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Track I: Community Service Grant Review

Wednesday, May 15 • 3:45 pm–5:00 pm
State of the System—Public Media Financial and Operational Results

Thursday, May 16 • 3:05 pm–4:20 pm
CPB Town Hall


Jane Lastinger
Jane Lastinger has over seven years of experience providing accounting and auditing services for public broadcasting entities, universities, foundations, governmental entities, and other organizations. As a director with James Moore, she monitors auditing and accounting projects and client engagements and is responsible for all phases of assignments including fieldwork supervision, risk assessment evaluation, and engagement approach development. Her specialization, however, is in serving public broadcasting entities.
 
Jane earned her master of accounting and bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Florida and is a member of the AICPA, the FICPA, and the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.

Session:
Friday, May 17 • 8:45 am–10:00 am
Track II: Accounting and Auditing Update, Industry Tips and Best Practices


Joyce L'Heureux
Joyce L’Heureux earned her MA in communication (rhetoric) from the University of Rhode Island. She has attended several trainings on MBSR and has a daily mindfulness practice. Joyce is the finance/human resource director at Rhode Island Public Radio, dba, The Public’s Radio, located in Providence, Rhode Island, and an adjunct instructor in the Communication Department at URI, teaching basic communication, group and team communication and skills, persuasion, and public presentations.  

Joyce has developed, prepared, and presented workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills, anti-bullying, developing team communication in a noisy world, listening with your heart, building teams into groups, daily gratitude, and mindfulness.

When she is not working, Joyce enjoys sharing time with her family, especially her grandsons. She is an avid yogi and enjoys quilting, writing, gardening, and preserving the fruits and vegetables of summer.

Sessions:
Thursday, May 16 • 8:30 am–9:45 am
Track II: Mindfulness Workshop: Reduce Stress, Focus Staff, and Have Happier Staff—Part 1

Thursday, May 16 • 10:00 am–11:15 am
Track II: Mindfulness Workshop: Reduce Stress, Focus Staff, and Have Happier Staff—Part 2


Jackie Livesay
Jackie Livesay is assistant general counsel and vice president of compliance at CPB. She works closely with CPB’s Television and Radio Departments, advising on and drafting CSG program agreements, 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:
Thursday, May 16 • 1:30 pm–2:45 pm
Track I: Compliance Requirements and CABs


Kathy Merritt
As senior vice president for Journalism and Radio, Kathy Merritt leads CPB's efforts to advance the public radio system and public media's broader collaborative journalism efforts locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Previously, she was vice president for content strategy and development at Public Radio International. She was CPB’s former senior director for program investments in radio, where she was one of the architects of numerous ground-breaking public media projects, including seven local journalism collaborations, which laid a foundation for other public media journalism collaborations. Kathy was the interim general manager at KBPS in Portland, Oregon; station manager and news director at WAMU in Washington, D.C.; and news director at WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has worked in production, editing, hosting, and reporting for public and commercial radio and filed stories for many news programs, including NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” Kathy is a past president of the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for her B.A. in English and the University of Maryland for a Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Journalism.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Track I: Community Service Grant Review

Thursday, May 16 • 3:05 pm–4:20 pm
CPB Town Hall


Meg Miller
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 8:30 am–9:45 am
Track III: FCC Repack Session


Mary Mitchelson
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Track I: CPB/OIG Audits, Findings, and Fraud Alert


Nancy Myers
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Track III: How to Handle Harassment Claims: Practical Tactics


Erika Pulley-Hayes
As vice president, Radio at CPB, Erika Pulley-Hayes articulates and implements a compelling public service vision for public radio and oversees CPB's radio grant programs and station relations. Erika joined CPB in 2005 and has held multiple positions, most recently as business performance director of the Radio Department. During this time, she managed the department’s business operations, worked on strategic plans, and directed grant-making activities to meet annual objectives. Erika helped launch some of public radio’s most recent initiatives, including the local journalism collaborations and special StoryCorps projects. Erika began her career as a paralegal at Warner-Lambert Company, a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, and later managed legal operations of a national clinical research organization overseeing risk management, corporate housekeeping, and commercial transactions.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 3:05 pm–4:20 pm
CPB Town Hall


Bill Richardson
Bio coming soon.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Track I: CPB/OIG Audits, Findings, and Fraud Alert


Michael Scher
Michael Scher is the director of financial planning and analysis at WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. He was formerly the assistant director of business operations at American University’s Law School, where he was responsible for procurement activities, campus auxiliaries, internal financial reporting, and grants management. Michael is a barred attorney (MD), having received his J.D., cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2013. He is currently completing his master’s degree in accounting (May 2019) and intends to sit for the CPA exam. Michael’s interest in public media comes from his undergraduate studies, where he studied journalism at American University’s School of Communication.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 10:00 am–11:15 am
Track III: Optimize Customer Payments for Profitability


Greg Schnirring
As vice president, CSG and Station Initiatives, Greg Schnirring oversees policy implementation for the CSG program. He also collaborates with other management, staff, and the system on policy development for the CSG program. In addition, his portfolio includes implementing initiatives to help stations provide strong public service to their communities and encouraging greater efficiencies, effectiveness, and collaboration. Previously, Greg served as the CPB vice president for Radio, and he held senior positions at Wisconsin Public Radio and South Dakota Public Radio.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 3:05 pm–4:20 pm
CPB Town Hall


Barbara E. Thompson
Barbara Thompson is the associate director in the University of Central Florida’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. For the past 29 years, she has designed, facilitated, and debriefed learning experiences on more than 75 topics related to diversity and inclusion. She has worked at UCF for 12 years and is dedicated to the university’s strategic goal “to become more inclusive and diverse.” Barbara is a passionate and committed educator and believes in being an ally, advocate, and accomplice in the furtherance of social justice. She frequently serves as a consultant on diversity-related issues in organizations.

Barbara earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and has several conference presentations and publications related to human memory and concept development. She is a certified public accountant and practiced as a tax professional for eight years. She acknowledges the value of both her psychology and business backgrounds in her work today.

Session:
Friday, May 17 • 8:45 am–10:00 am
Track III: ABCs of Diversity


Kevin Thompson
Kevin Thompson is a co-founder and partner of the Business Intelligence Solutions Group (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. He 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 14 • 1:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop #2   
Completing the SAS and SABS