KCTS 9 Management
Robert 'Rob' Dunlop, President & CEO
As President & CEO of KCTS 9, Rob leads the strategic, operational and business activities of one of the premier public media entities in the Pacific Northwest, serving communities throughout western and central Washington, and British Columbia, Canada. Since joining KCTS 9 in late 2013, Rob has been focused on redefining the organization’s mission, strategy, resources and community impact in the areas of education, social and civic engagement, and arts and culture.
Prior to joining KCTS 9, Rob served as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for publicly traded Fisher Communications; serving as a principle figure in the organizations financial turnaround and successful sale in 2013. In his various roles at Fisher, Rob guided all operational aspects of the organization, driving excellence through thoughtful strategic planning and execution, capturing and analyzing measurement data from key performance drivers, and with a dedication to team member engagement and development. In addition to exceptional financial performance, television audience rankings grew in every market, online audience increased approximately 20% per year and his stations garnered over 90 Emmy Awards and 25 Edward R. Murrow Awards for journalistic excellence.
Before joining Fisher Communications, Rob was Research Associate with The Research Group (TRG), a specialized broadcast-industry research and consulting firm. At TRG, Rob developed strategic planning initiatives designed to drive audience and revenue market share for its clients. In addition, he was a News Anchor, Reporter, Talk Show Host and Producer for radio and television stations in the Midwest.
Rob earned a Master of Business Administration from the Foster School at University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Active in industry and community leadership, Rob currently serves as Executive Director of Pacific Coast Public Television in Vancouver, BC and has served on the CBS Affiliate Association Board of Directors, chairing Network Marketing & Promotion; the Washington State Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors; and as President of the Seattle Area Radio Association. He has been a frequent conference speaker and panelist on industry matters such as retransmission consent, business continuity and emerging technologies in broadcasting. Rob has also served in leadership roles at the Better Business Bureau of Western Washington, Oregon and Alaska; the North Seattle Community College Education Fund; and was a founding member and adjunct professor for the College’s Communication, Business and Media curriculum. In 2009/2010, he served as Chairman of the Washington Athletic Club, one of the leading city athletic club’s in the country.
April M. Collier, Vice President of Development
April M. Collier has spent the last 30 years in the fundraising field, primarily working in higher and secondary education institutions. She joined KCTS 9 in November 2013 as Vice President of Development.
Prior to her appointment, April held the position of Vice President for Development at Seattle Preparatory School. She has also held leadership positions at Seattle University, College of Notre Dame, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and Eastside Catholic School, among others. April has developed and implemented numerous capital campaigns totaling more than $80 million raised and has worked extensively with community leaders in each of her previous roles.
April is a native of Seattle and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University.
Tom Cohen, Vice President of Content
After receiving a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, Tom served for 16 years in various operational and management production and programming positions for KOMO-TV. He retired from Microsoft in 2007 after 14 years in management of Corporate Media Services; various business development, marketing and project management roles in the Microsoft TV product unit; and content development, acquisition and placement as a Senior Channel Manager for MSN.com. Since, Tom has provided media, media technology and marketing consulting services for various local companies including Microsoft. Tom served on the foundation board of Lake Washington Technical College. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and co-chairs the Development Committee.
He is married to Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance (www.wghalliance.org). They have two adult children: Elizabeth, who crafts policy communications for global health non-profit PATH in Washington, D.C.; and Ben, serving his ninth year in the United States Marine Corps. Tom is an avid snow skier, hiker, private pilot and TV watcher.
Carlos Espinoza, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Carlos joined KCTS 9 in March of 2014. He brings more than 15 years of expertise in digital marketing, television content development and communications.
Carlos has served as Chief Marketing Officer for SwordStone Digital Agency in Los Angeles, a full-service marketing agency engaged in brand-building strategies for national broadcast and entertainment clients. He has led global brand marketing programs for various feature film productions (Aloe Entertainment, Lionsgate) and cable network program launches.
Prior to his role as CMO, he served for five years as the head of Marketing and Advertising for Cox Media Group in Seattle (KIRO-TV) where he oversaw brand strategy, digital marketing, creative services, post-production, design and agency media planning and buying. In 2010, KIRO TV won the Northwest Regional Emmy Award for Community Service. Prior to KIRO, Carlos served in a similar capacity at Fisher Communications (KOMO-TV), earning an additional six Emmy awards for news and image brand marketing.
His career accomplishments also include travel throughout the world and shooting, producing, editing and directing award-winning stories for television news and special programming. In his spare time, Carlos enjoys hiking, video photography, musical theatre and Xbox gaming.
Michell Pihl, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Michell Pihl has been active in the Seattle business community since 1980. She joined KCTS 9 in November, 2014 as Vice President of Finance and Administration. From 2009 – 2014, she served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Her prior not-for-profit experience also includes serving as Chief Financial Officer of The Church Council of Greater Seattle and consultant for Book-It Repertory Theater. Michell began her career with the national accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand where she obtained her CPA certificate. She joined Seattle First National Bank in 1983 and held various positions, culminating in serving as Vice President of Bank Properties.
Michell currently serves as Treasurer of the board of directors of the Queen Anne Helpline and is a member of the Executive, Nominating and Strategic Planning Committees.
Michell is a native of Denver, Colorado and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Jabran Soubeih, Executive Director of Engineering & Technical Planning
As the Executive Director of Engineering & Technical Planning, Jabran helped lead KCTS 9 and KYVE 47 to a successful digital transition in June, 2009.
Prior to joining KCTS 9, Jabran worked for UWTV, the University of Washington's proprietary television and Web streaming services, as a Video Network Engineer. At the UW, Jabran focused on integrated solutions between on-air and online services. For example, he designed, developed and implemented a software solution for closed captions that would enable the service to be accessed across television and Web platforms—taking advantage of the revolution unfolding in the broadcast industry to provide better services to more viewers at lower costs.
Jabran also worked as a Broadcast Engineer for KOMO TV for eight years. There, he implemented automation for master control and the newsroom, designed and created documentation for new systems and trained operational and engineering staff on new and existing systems. Each project focused on utilizing new technologies to streamline processes and improve efficiency in putting programs on the air.
Jabran earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology with emphasis on communications, RF, digital telephony and fiber optics.
In his spare time, Jabran enjoys digital and film photography, with a focus on his family and their dog, Kelbi.
KCTS 9 is Located in Seattle
401 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109