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2021–2022 Board Nominations

The following individuals have been nominated for the four board seats that expire this year. Per the PMBA Bylaws, board members may run for a second term. Two of the four director positions are currently running for second terms. Two board positions are vacant due to a director completing a second term and another rolling off. To be appointed for a second term, board members must win re-election with the PMBA membership. While there are only four nominations for four open positions, a vote is still required by the membership. 

Below are the bios for each candidate running for board director along with the answers to questions that were provided during the nomination process. To cast your vote, please follow this link. This will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Only one person from each member station may vote in the election. You will be asked to provide your name and station, however this is for verification purposes only and your vote selections will not be tied in any way to your information.

 
Running for Re-Election
(Listed alphabetically)



Kenneth Brown
Public Broadcasting Atlanta (ATL PBA-TV & WABE 90.1 FM)
 
Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board.
PMBA is an organization that has continued to set high standards in it's continued efforts to service Public Media. I would be honored to continue to serve and provide my passion of building a better, more connected and engaged public media community. We do this by making sure our industry colleagues and leaders have the educational resources, best practices information and tools needed to successfully thrive in servicing community.
 
Volunteer Experience
Answer not provided.
 
Bio
Kenneth Brown has been in public broadcasting for more than 18 years, with experience in HR and overseeing technical areas of IT and engineering. He also serves as a strategic senior operational leader at PBA.


Megan Davey
WGVU Public Media
 
Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board.
In my three years on the PMBA Board I have worked closely with the conference planning committee. For the past two years, as co-chair of the conference planning committee, we have worked hard to provide our members and conference attendees with an engaging virtual experience that continues to provide the relevant and necessary content that our members rely on. I plan to continue this work and look forward to being an asset to the board as we transition back to in person events while applying the lessons we have learned about the importance of virtual events in assisting to extend its reach to PMBA members new and old.
 
Volunteer Experience
Prior to moving to Michigan, I was Associate Board President and a board member for Chicago based rescue, One Tail at a Time. I was an integral part of the event fundraising arm of the organization. Since moving to Michigan, I have continued my animal advocacy work, first with Kent County Animal Shelter as a volunteer and most recently with Michele's Rescue as a foster home for puppies. I am also a member of the Career Pathways professional development committee through NETA.
 
Bio
Megan Davey is currently the Business & Information Manager at WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids. Prior to working for WGVU, she served as the Vice President of Finance at Pitchfork , specializing in budgeting, payroll administration, human resource management, and account management. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Accounting from DePaul University.

Running as a New Board Member

(Listed alphabetically)

Carlin Beckman
WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc.
 
Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board.
Public media is a vital community resource, providing many essential services, quality educational programming, as well as reliable news and information to local citizens in all communities we serve.  I have many years of financial management, budgeting, human resource and project management experience, including more than 19 years with WNIN. Using the knowledge and skills gained I will be an active, contributing member of the PMBA Board, and will bring new ideas to help continue the great work of PMBA in partnership with our member stations to move forward during these challenging times.
 
Volunteer Experience
I was very involved with scouting for many years with my children, who are now in college.  I served as a Cub Scout Den leader for 5 years, and was also Treasurer for my 2 sons Boy Scout Troop for 9 years.   In addition I actively volunteered to assist with fundraisers, including our week-long parking lot for the Fall Festival and Christmas Tree sales; drove on  many campouts, and actively served on the Troop committee.  Both of my sons earned their Eagle Scout rank.  I led a Sunday morning Children's Liturgy of the Word at my church for many years while my children were growing up, and also volunteered at their schools in various capacities.  Now that my children are older, I am looking for new opportunities to volunteer and serve.
 
Bio
I have been with WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc. for over 19 years, serving as V. P. of Finance and Administration since 2005.  For my first 3 years with WNIN I served as Director of Finance and Administration, and was promoted to Vice President in 2005.  Prior to joining WNIN I worked as Business Manager for a vehicle rental business, and as an Accountant with a local CPA firm.  I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Merchandising from Louisiana State University (my home state), and later earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from the University of Southern Indiana.  Before starting my accounting and finance career, I was an Account Manager for NCR Corporation for 6+ years selling custom business forms and labels; and worked as an Assistant Buyer and Store Manager for several women's apparel stores.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to work with, lead and learn from many talented, wonderful individuals throughout my employment.


Michal Heiplik
Contributor Development Partnership (CDP)
 
Briefly describe why you feel you would be a valuable addition to the PMBA Board.
As a President of Contributor Development Partnership, Michal brings insight from the largest collection of fundraising data within Public Media – 90% of TV and over 50% of Radio data is now represented in the National Reference File maintained by CDP. Along with 20 years of experience within public media, Michal is a graduate from the #1 ranked entrepreneurship program in the U.S. –Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Houston. His entrepreneurial spirit guides his approach to problem solving as he applies his skill to his passion – getting Public Media stations to succeed. His years of experience working at Houston Public Media, WGBH, and now CDP have sharpened his skillset and expertise within the public media realm.  He brings focused determination and drive to his work while contributing to the growth of fundraising programs across the country. His years of experience, involvement in fundraising, insight derived from CDP’s fundraising data and ardor for public media, make him the perfect candidate to serve on the PMBA Board.
 
Volunteer Experience
Michal is a frequent speaker at national fundraising conferences. He continues to lead and participate in many strategic working groups focused on various issues around fundraising. He has a proven track record in building collaboration among various stakeholders and leading large-scale national marketing implementations. He is recognized for creating data-driven solutions that enable more effective execution of fundraising projects.
 
Bio
Michal Heiplik is the President and co-founder of the Contributor Development Partnership (CDP). As a 20-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 in which stations can collaboratively add prospects and increase net revenues.
 
His previous role as Executive Director for Local Development at WGBH amplified his expertise in all aspects of membership. In this role, he oversaw all levels of membership at the Boston station – the largest membership fundraising program in New England. His department focused on individual giving, direct mail solicitation, online giving, door-to-door, digital and on-air fundraising. As a result of his efforts, WGBH improved its fundraising program by raising 25% more net revenue on an annual basis. 
 
Prior to WGBH, Michal worked in many different roles at Houston Public Media. He constructed the station’s fundraising database and later moved the entire organization onto a state-of-the-art fundraising platform. This platform enabled dramatic improvement in fundraising results. He later left his position as Membership Director to lead the national data collaboration that led to the creation of CDP.