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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 #1: 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:
Wednesday, May 15 • 9:00 am–10:30 am
Opening 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 • 1:15 pm–2:30 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


Michal Heipilk
Michal Heiplik is the executive director for the Contributor Development Partnership (CDP) (www.cdpcommunity.org). As a 17-year public broadcasting veteran, Mr. Heiplik has extensive experience in database management, membership development, and 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 the identification, sharing, and execution of sound fundraising practices, Mr. Heiplik and the CDP are working to generate new ways that stations can collaboratively grow memberships and increase net revenues.

Session:
Wednesday, May 15 • 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Track II: CDP: What's Ahead for Fundraising and Audience Engagement—A Data-Driven Approach


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.

Sessions:
Thursday, May 16 • 1:15 pm–2:30 pm
Track III: Doing More for Less—Examples From Public Media


Stephen Holmes
Stephen Holmes has been with Public Media Company since 2017. Steve works in partnership with stations to provide insights and develop strategies that enable stations to increase their sustainability and local impact. He is also leading the launch of the Station Sourcing Group, a procurement service for stations that is a joint venture between Public Media Company and CDP. Steve helps organizations become more successful by using rigorous data analytics to identify new opportunities and lead high-level initiatives that make a meaningful difference for stations and their communities.

Prior to joining Public Media Company, Steve worked for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for 12 years as senior director for Strategy & Insight. Steve developed in-depth knowledge of successful service models across public media, provided critical insight to public media leaders, and created knowledge management practices and tools, such as the Station Management Center (now the “Hub”) to better connect station managers to valuable local/national metrics and best practices. Steve also managed 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, Steve 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 16 • 1:15 pm–2:30 pm
Track III: Doing More for Less—Examples From Public Media


Jeff Huffman

Jeff Huffman is the director of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network and South Carolina Emergency Network, both of which are housed at the studios of WUFT and serve all public media stations in both states with life-saving weather information.

He is also the chief meteorologist of UF Weather, which serves all North Florida properties from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

Jeff hails from the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he spent eight years as the morning meteorologist for the ABC and FOX affiliates of mid-Missouri. Upon arriving to UF in 2011, he worked with news managers of the Innovation News Center to build WRUF-TV, a 24-hour news, weather, and sports channel serving Alachua and Marion counties.

Students who aspire to become broadcast meteorologists get real-world training in the UF Weather Center, working under the direction of Jeff and the very accomplished journalism and telecommunication faculty of the college.

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


Debra Jacobson
Debra Jacobson joined CPB in January 2013 and was the lead auditor in OIG’s recent indirect administrative support 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 16 • 8:30 am–9:45 am
Track I: Improving CPB Financial Reporting and Grant Compliance


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


Evran Kavlak
Evran Kavlak joined Public Media Company in 2005. As director of consulting and research, Evran oversees client engagements and the creation of complex financial models, business plans, and station valuations for clients. Evran works directly with a broad range of organizations, ranging from startups to the largest public broadcasters, presenting performance dashboards, peer group analyses, business plans, and overall industry trends (radio/TV/new media) to senior management as well as key decision-makers at the board level. Prior to joining Public Media Company, Evran served as an accounting assistant at KPBS Public Broadcasting in San Diego. He began his career in Istanbul, Turkey, at an investment trust firm, evaluating the financial condition of publicly traded stocks in a variety of industries. Evran earned a master’s degree in finance from California State University–San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.

Sessions:
Thursday, May 16 • 1:15 pm–2:30 pm
Track III: Doing More for Less—Examples From Public Media


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 more than 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 • 3:00 pm–4:15 pm
CPB Town Hall


Joyce L'Heureux
Joyce L’Heureux earned her M.A. 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 • 10:15 am–11:30 am
Track II: Mindfulness Workshop: Reduce Stress, Focus Staff, and Have Happier Staff—Part 2


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


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 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, 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 • 1:15 pm–2:30 pm
Track I: Compliance Requirements and CABs


Peter McGrath
Peter McGrath is global sales and marketing director for the Space Exploration business in Space and Launch, part of Boeing Defense, Space, and Security. He is responsible for leading a business development team in shaping, extending, and capturing business in support of human space exploration missions.

Prior to assuming his current role in July 2010, Mr. McGrath was program manager for the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) program and led the capture and program startup of the fixed-price production contract for BCTM. He returned to this position in October 2009 after originally functioning as the program manager for the initial LRIP proposal efforts in 2007-2008 and serving under the production organization supporting the Non Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) Special Interest Program proposal and core development program restructure activities.

Before working on the BCTM program, Mr. McGrath was senior manager of business development for the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programs. His responsibilities encompassed supporting the program manager and the U.S. Air Force in restructuring the program, implementing program best practices, supporting user community and Capitol Hill briefings, and creating solutions to expand the capabilities of the existing program to support mission area requirements.

Mr. McGrath’s background covers more than 29 years in related Department of Defense, NASA, and commercial businesses. Previous assignments included senior manager of business development marketing operations for Air Force Space Systems, senior manager of business development marketing operations for Launch and Satellite Systems, customer engineer for Boeing Launch Services (Delta and Sea Launch Programs), liaison engineer for Delta IV Upper Stage, and project engineer in the Phantom Works Composite Structures Research and Development group. McGrath started his career as a structural analyst on the International Space Station program, working in increasing levels of responsibility from program startup through early production and system qualification testing. 

Mr. McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California and two master’s degrees—one in aerospace structures/composites from California State University, Long Beach, and another in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California.

Session:
Friday, May 17 • 10:15 am–11:30 am
Closing Keynote


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 • 3:00 pm–4:15 pm
CPB Town Hall


Meg Miller
Margaret (Meg) Miller is a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Gray Miller Persh LLP, where she represents public broadcasters, educators, and other entities engaged in educational telecommunications. For over 28 years, Meg has worked with hundreds of public broadcasting stations as well as many of the country’s major universities and university systems and numerous community colleges. Meg participates frequently on panels and seminars relating to public telecommunications. She has been recognized in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Communications Law.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 8:30 am–9:45 am
Track III: Who’s Holding the Bag? FM and TV Reimbursements for Repack-Related Expenses


John W. Mina
Sheriff John W. Mina has dedicated his life to public safety. He spent nearly 28 years with the Orlando Police Department, where he rose through the ranks and was appointed chief of police in 2014. For more than four years, he commanded 1,000 sworn and civilian OPD personnel and 100 volunteers.

In November 2018, Orange County voters chose Mina as the 29th elected sheriff. He has lived in Orange County for nearly 30 years and cares deeply about this community.

Sheriff Mina’s law enforcement career has been built on strong leadership by example and the ability to effect positive change. As sheriff, his priorities are to make Orange County an ever better and safer place to live, work, and visit; build greater connections and trust throughout the community; and ensure that deputies have the best training and equipment available so that they can be safe while protecting others.

Community engagement, trust, and transparency have been the hallmarks of Sheriff Mina’s leadership style. He is a trusted face of law enforcement in Central Florida, where, during his tenure as chief of the Orlando Police Department, crime decreased dramatically, use of force was down significantly, and officer accountability was the standard.

Sheriff Mina is a member of the Major County Sheriff’s Association, the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association, the Florida Police Chief’s Association, the Florida SWAT Association, the FBI National Academy Associates, and the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.

Sheriff Mina also serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Heart of Florida United Way, the Central Florida Crimeline, the United Negro College Fund, the Camaraderie Foundation, and the YMCA of Central Florida.

Prior to entering law enforcement, Sheriff Mina proudly served his country as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army as a military police officer. Sheriff Mina and his wife, Tracie, have two adult sons, Chase and Nicholas.

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


Helen Mollick
Helen Mollick joined CPB as counsel and assistant inspector general for investigations in November 2012. In her position, she is responsible for appropriately addressing incoming complaints, conducting or supervising any investigation initiated by the OIG, administering selected reviews and evaluations, and providing general legal advice for the OIG.

Helen has over 30 years of experience as an attorney in the federal inspector general community, with wide-ranging experience in criminal, civil, and administrative investigations; employment and disclosure law; ethics; and legal advice to auditors, evaluators, criminal investigators, and program managers. Prior to her IG work, Helen was a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. She earned her J.D. at Temple University and her B.A. from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

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


Nancy Myers
Nancy Fitzpatrick Myers is the director of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Office of Institutional Equity, where she is responsible for the UCF’s compliance with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. In addition to managing and conducting investigations into allegations of this nature, Nancy oversees campuswide trainings for diversity and sexual harassment prevention. Before joining UCF in 2017, she served in a similar role at the University of Connecticut for five years.

Prior to her shift to higher education, Nancy was a partner with the law firm Lynch, Traub, Keefe and Errante, P.C. in New Haven, Connecticut, where she practiced for approximately 10 years and litigated various complex civil and criminal matters, including civil rights cases involving claims of sex discrimination, race discrimination, sexual harassment, and violations of Title IX. She practiced in state and federal courts throughout Connecticut, including the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Nancy was selected by Super Lawyers as one of Connecticut’s Rising Stars in 2012. During her law tenure, she also served as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the New Haven County Bar Association.

Nancy earned her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, she was selected to be a member of the prestigious Order of Coif, an honorary scholastic society for lawyers, judges, and teachers who have attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments. She earned her bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude in political science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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 • 3:00 pm–4:15 pm
CPB Town Hall


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 and evaluations of public broadcasting stations, contractors, and internal CPB reviews.

Bill spent 10 years with FDIC as director of corporate evaluations and deputy assistant inspector general for quality assurance. His prior experience includes 19 years with the U.S. Department of Labor as director of performance audits and as the New York regional inspector general for audit. Bill has a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in public policy. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Inspector General, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, and Certified Facilitator.

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

Thursday, May 16 • 8:30 am–9:45 am
Track I: Improving CPB Financial Reporting and Grant Compliance


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 • 10:15 am–11:30 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, Radio, and he held senior positions at Wisconsin Public Radio and South Dakota Public Radio.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 3:00 pm–4:15 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, Kevin 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


Robert Winteringham
Robert Winteringham is of counsel at the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth in Washington, D.C., and a founder of the Public Media Consulting Group. He was CPB’s deputy general counsel from 2005–2013 and served as an attorney in CPB’s Office of General Counsel starting in 1997. Robert also served as a vice president and chair of the Legal Committee for the North American Broadcasters Association. Prior to CPB, Robert was senior associate at the communications law firm of McFadden, Evans & Sill. Robert also worked as an intern at the advertising agency Young & Rubicam. Robert is a cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School of Law–Bloomington, where he served on the editorial board of the Federal Communications Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree with high honors from the University of Michigan.

Session:
Thursday, May 16 • 10:15 pm–11:30 am
AFR Reporting: A Station Panel Discussion About Developing, Justifying, and Documenting Approaches

 

 


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