Board of Directors

KCTS Television, a nonprofit corporation, holds the station’s Federal Communications Commission license and is responsible for the financial and broadcasting activities of the station.

Officers


Directors

  • Joe Barer
  • Judi Beck
  • Matt Chan
  • Michael Hughes
  • Michael Humphries
  • Linda Killinger

    Linda Killinger is currently President of Olympic Consulting Partners.

    Before moving to Seattle from Iowa, Killinger was Executive VP of a 24-hospital network. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of Consulting Services for Deloitte and Touche. She was the Director of Administration for the Iowa Department of Human Services, which included the prison/corrections and mental health systems, Medicaid, AFDC, and all social services. She was also Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Federal Home Loan Bank, a $75 billion asset.

    Elected to the KCTS Television Board of Directors in 2009, Killinger’s other board service has included the Seattle Art Museum, the University of Washington Foundation, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and Iowa State University Board of Governors. In Iowa, she also served as the Chair of the YWCA, Vice Chair of the Des Moines International Airport, Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Housing, and on numerous other boards.

    Killinger is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), a Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a certified design professional (IIDA). She has a B.A. from Iowa State, M.B.A. from Drake and has completed post graduate work at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

  • Steve B. Loeb — Treasurer
  • Sharon Nelson
  • Geoff Plant
  • John Schoettler
  • Mary Snapp — Vice Chair
  • Bonnie Towne
  • Stephen Welch — Chair

    Stephen Welch is the founder of Cotton & Cockleburs providing business advice to private companies. Mr. Welch was the CEO of Todd Shipyards Corp., a New York Stock Exchange listed company, as well as a member of the Board and its Executive Committee until its sale in 2011 to Vigor Industrial LLC.

    Welch joined Todd in 1994 as COO of TSI Management, a wholly owned investment company of Todd. He was twice appointed Acting CFO prior to his appointment as CEO in 1997. His prior experience also includes President of San Francisco Radio, Inc. and Portland Radio, Inc. and CFO of King Broadcasting Company, Inc., a diversified media company headquartered in Seattle.

    Welch serves on the board of Vigor, chairing the Audit Committee, as well as the boards of Lease Crutcher Lewis, Kvichak Marine Industries, and Columbia Machine, Inc. Elected to the KCTS Television Board of Directors in 2006, his other service has included chairing the Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the board of Shipbuilders Council of America, as well as the boards and executive committees of the Foundation for Health Care Quality, the Health Care Purchasers Association and the Washington chapter of Financial Executives Institute.

    Welch earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

  • Blair Westlake
  • L. Michelle Wilson — Secretary

*Non-director positions

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings of the KCTS Television Board of Directors and its Committees are open to the general public except as noted below. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are held at KCTS 9 Television. The meeting schedule below is subject to change – please contact us at 206.443.6733 to confirm meeting dates and times or for further information.

Board of Directors

The KCTS/KYVE Board of Directors is the governing board which provides oversight and management of the affairs, property and interest of the entities, providing guidance to management in the business matters of the enterprise. The board is comprised of between 12 and 21 Directors who serve for a term of three (3) years each.

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
  • Monday, February 8, 2016
  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016

The meetings will begin at 1:00 pm. The February 8th meeting is a joint meeting with the Advisory Board - time and location to be announced.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is authorized to exercise the powers of the KCTS Board in emergencies or, when the Board Chair deems it neither practical nor feasible to call a special meeting of the Board. The Committee may also handle matters that are highly sensitive or require a high degree of confidentiality. Actions taken by the Executive Committee must be reported to the Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

Members:

  • Stephen G. Welch, Chair
  • Mary Snapp
  • Judi Beck
  • Stephen B. Loeb

Meeting Dates: Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:00-11:00 am

Development Committee

The Development Committee will assist the Board and staff by providing oversight and guidance on the development of sustainable long-term financial resources and by assisting in fundraising efforts. They will also review periodic reports of management regarding the revenues and costs associated with fundraising efforts, including events, pledge activities, and sponsorships.

Members:

  • Judi Beck, Chair
  • Geoff Plant
  • Bonnie Towne
  • Mike Humphries
  • Linda Killinger

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 17,2015
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016

The meetings will be held from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

Finance & Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee will assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities to provide oversight of management regarding the integrity of the financial statements, and the engagement, independence and performance of the independent auditors, financial analysts and investment advisors. It will also respond to certain matters raised pursuant to the KCTS Television Whistleblower Policy.

Members:

  • Steve Loeb, Chair
  • Mike Hughes
  • Linda Killinger
  • Matt Chan
  • Joe Barer

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
  • Friday, February 5, 2016
  • Thursday, April 21 2016
  • Thursday, June 10 2016

The Thursday, June 10th meeting will be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. All other meetings will be held from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Strategy and Technology Committee

The Strategy & Technology Committee assists the Board and staff by providing oversight and guidance on the strategic direction of the organization intended to create long-term sustainability. The Committee reviews and evaluates industry resources, looking for trends and issues that may impact the performance of the organization, and make recommendations to the board and management intended to address these factors.

Members:

  • Blair Westlake, Chair
  • Joe Barer
  • Matt Chan
  • Sharon Nelson
  • John Schoettler

Meeting Dates:

  • Friday, September 18, 2015 from 10:30 am–12:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 10:00–11:30 am
  • Thursday, June 10, 2016 from 10:00–11:30 am

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee is a joint committee, including members from the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board, to monitor and oversee government-related matters involving the station and to advise both the Board and the Advisory Board of legislative and regulatory activity impacting the television station operations.

Members:

  • Sharon Nelson, Chair
  • Kathy Cummings
  • Stephen Tan
  • Blair Westlake

Meeting Dates: TBD

Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee helps the organization to attract, retain and motivate highly qualified management and staff. The Committee will assist the Board in establishing the overall HR and compensation strategy, reviewing and recommending terms of KCTS’s employee benefits plans, and facilitating the Board’s annual review of the performance of the President/CEO. Management retains the initiative to bring to the Committee issues relating to people, culture and human resources matters.

Members:

  • Mike Humphries, Chair
  • Mike Hughes
  • Michelle Wilson
  • Steve Loeb

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 9:00am - 10:30am
  • Friday, October 23, 2015 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Nominating Committee

The Nominating and Governance Committee will assist the Board by selecting candidates to be nominated to serve on the Board, and presenting their recommended slate of nominees to the Board for approval. The Committee shall also be responsible for reviewing overall governance of the Board.

Members:

  • Mary Snapp, Chair
  • Judi Beck, Vice Chair
  • Michelle Wilson
  • Sharon Nelson
  • Geoff Plant

Meeting Dates:

  • Friday, October 23, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Friday, February 5, 2016 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 10, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee reviews matters relating to our facilities and makes recommendations to the Board.

Members:

  • John Schoettler, Chair
  • Joe Barer
  • Mike Hughes
  • Steve Welch, Ex-officio

Meeting Dates:Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Note

Meetings or portions of meetings at which matters relating to individual employees, proprietary information, or litigation, or certain other matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services whenever the premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of KCTS are closed to the public pursuant to 47 U.S.C. sec 396(k)(4).

Meetings of the Executive Committee, Finance & Audit, Human Resources, Facilities, and Strategy & Technology Committees are closed to the public pursuant to this statute as the agenda for those meetings is dedicated to the matters noted above.