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Board of Directors

Kenneth Brown

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.

Nicole Banman

Nicole Banman has served as the director of finance and administration at Kansas Public Radio (KPR) and the Audio-Reader Network in Lawrence, Kansas, for nearly 10 years. Nicole was born and raised in Kansas, earning her B.S. in accounting from Kansas State University in 2006 and her M.S. in accounting from the University of Kansas in 2011. Her entire career consists of work in the nonprofit accounting sector. Prior to working at KPR, she served as the finance director for an academic research department at KU Medical Center.

Rita Echeverria

Rita Echeverria joined the PMBA board of directors in June 2017. She has been at WUCF-TV since August 2013 and currently serves as the 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.

Joseph Schifano

Joe Schifano is the director of business and fiscal affairs for NPR’s Distribution Division, which manages the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS). In this position, Joe leads the team responsible for divisional financial reporting, budgeting, billing, collections, contracts, and marketing support. He also represents NPR and NPR Distribution at key industry conferences, such as the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.

Andrew Leitch

Andrew Leitch is the director of marketing and member station relations at Greater Public. He is responsible for bringing together the company’s marketing, membership, and data strategies to strengthen the value of Greater Public membership and foster deeper engagement with its services. He is the co-creator of YPpubmedia, a volunteer-led group focused on connecting young professionals in public media to supportive national networks. Andrew believes that a strong support system for emerging professionals is critical to the health of the public media system.

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