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KCTS 9 Leadership

Rob Dunlop
President & CEO

Rebecca Farwell
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Michell Pihl
Vice President of Finance and Administration, Assistant Secretary & Assistant Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Jabran Soubeih
Vice President, Engineering & Technology

Board of Directors

In January 2016, KCTS Television became Cascade Public Media (“CPM”), a multi-platform public media organization that includes KCTS 9, Crosscut and Spark Public. CPM Board of Directors are responsible for the financial and broadcasting activities of the station. We remain a non-profit, community licensed, publicly supported organization committed to supporting social and civic engagement.

Mike Humphries
Chair of the Board
Committees: Executive - Chair, Finance & Audit - Ex Officio, Nominating & Governance - Ex Officio, Human Resources – Ex Officio

Lynne K. Varner
Vice Chair
Committees: Executive, Nominating & Governance - Chair

Sharon L. Nelson
Committees: Executive, Nominating & Governance

Mike Hughes
Committees: Executive, Finance & Audit - Chair

Barbara Bennett
Committees: Finance & Audit, Human Resources - Chair

Glenn Wong
Committees: Human Resources

John Schoettler
Committees: Nomination & Governance

Michael Schutzler
Committees: Development - Chair, Nominating & Governance

Rick Linneweh
Committees: Finance & Audit

Sacha McLean
Committees: Finance & Audit

Sara Nelson
Committees: Finance & Audit, Human Resources

The Cascade Public Media 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 of KCTS/KYVE. The board is comprised of between 9 and 21 Directors who serve for a term of three (3) years each.

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019

The meetings will begin at 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held at KCTS 9 unless otherwise specified.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is authorized to exercise the powers of the 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.

Meeting Dates:

No meeting have been scheduled

Development Committee

The Development Committee is a committee of the Board as a whole and assists 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.

Meeting Dates:

The committe as a whole will discuss Development during regularly scheduled Board meetings.

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 9 Television Whistleblower Policy.

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019

All meetings will be held at KCTS 9 at 10:30 a.m unless otherwise noted.

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 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.

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, April 4, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.

Nominating & Governance 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.

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, January 24, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.

Human Resources and Nominating & Governance Committee meetings will be held at KCTS at the times noted above unless otherwise noted.


Note on Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Directors and Board Committees or portions of those 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 Cascade Public Media may be closed to the public pursuant to 47 U.S.C. sec 396(k)(4).

If such meetings or portions of those meetings are closed, the specific reason for closing a meeting or portion of a meeting will be made available on this website, within 10 days of the closed meeting or closed portion thereof.

Community Advisory Board Members

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) mission is to inform CPM management and staff about community issues and stories appropriate for content development and engagement to support the communities we serve. The CAB is comprised of up to 20 members who reside throughout Central and Western Washington, and Canada. The Board is advisory only and has no authority over the management or operations of the station.

British Columbia, Canada
Anne-Marie Dekker, Vancouver, BC
Candice Gibson, Vancouver, BC
Kevin Lim, Vancouver, BC
Ben Lu, Vancouver, BC
Sonny Wong, Vancouver, BC - Chair

Western Washington
Kathy Buell Cummings, Sammamish, WA
Sue McNab, Seattle, WA
Carolina Selby, Blaine, WA

Central Washington
Helen Marieskind, Tieton, WA
Linda Schactler, Ellensburg, WA - Vice Chair
Kimberly Bellamy-Thompson, Yakima, WA
Rose Longoria, Toppenish, WA
Charlie Robin, Yakima, WA

Meeting Dates:

CAB Meetings are held twice per fiscal year at the KCTS 9 Television facility from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted and are open to the public.

Monday, June 11, 2018 (this will be a teleconference meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon)

Friday, September 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The CAB also meets three times during the year in the community, holding “Community Conversations” and these events are open to the public, the dates, times and locations TBA.


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