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KCTS 9 Leadership

Rob Dunlop
President & CEO

Rebecca Farwell
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Kerry O'Keefe
Vice President of Philanthropy

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

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. Further, the board assists staff by providing oversight and guidance on the development of sustainable long-term financial resources and in fundraising efforts. The board is comprised of between 9 and 21 Directors who serve for a term of three (3) years each.

Lynne K. Varner
Chair of the Board
Committees: Development (Ex Officio), Executive (Chair), Finance & Audit (Ex Officio), Nominating & Governance (Ex Officio), Human Resources (Ex Officio)

Michael Schutzler
Vice Chair
Committees: Development (Chair), Executive

Barbara Bennett
Secretary
Committees: Development, Executive, Nominating & Governance (Chair), Human Resources

Mike Hughes
Treasurer
Committees: Development, Executive, Finance & Audit (Chair)

Mike Humphries
Immediate Past Chair
Committees: Development, Human Resources, Nominating and Governance, Executive

Karli Barokas
Committees: Development, Nominating and Governance

Glenn Wong
Committees: Development, Human Resources

John Schoettler
Committees: Development, Nominating and Governance

Rick Linneweh
Committees: Development, Finance & Audit, Human Resources (Chair), Executive

Sacha McLean
Committees: Development, Finance & Audit

Sara Nelson
Committees: Development, Finance & Audit, Human Resources

Sharon Nelson
Committees: Development, Nominating and Governance

Rob McKenna
Committees: Development, Nominating and Governance

Robert Moser
Committees: Development, Finance and Audit

Anita Ramasastry
Committees: Development, Finance and Audit

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019*
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020

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

*Portions of this meeting will be closed pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Sec 396(k)(4) to discuss matters relating to individual employee(s), to review certain matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, to review of commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services with the premature exposure of such purchase compromising the business interests of Cascade Public Media.


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:

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 3pm - 4pm*
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10am - 11am** (conference call)
  • Friday, September 27, 2019, 10am - 11am** (conference call)

*The August 14, 2019 Executive Committee meeting will be closed pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Sec 396(k)(4) to discuss matters relating to individual  employee(s).  The meeting will be closed pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Sec 396(k)(4) to discuss matters relating to individual employee(s). 

**This meeting will be closed pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Sec 396(k)(4) to review certain matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, review of commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services with the premature exposure of such purchase compromising the business interests of Cascade Public Media.


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 19, 2019*
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020

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

*Portions of this meeting will be closed pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Sec 396(k)(4) to discuss matters relating to individual employee(s), to review certain matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, to review of commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services with the premature exposure of such purchase compromising the business interests of Cascade Public Media.


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:

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 12:30pm - 2pm*
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Friday April 3, 2020

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

*The August 13, 2019 Human Resources Committee meeting will be closed pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Sec 396(k)(4) to discuss matters relating to individual  employee(s).


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:

  • October 24, 2019
  • January 16, 2020
  • June 11, 2020

All meetings will be held at KCTS 9 at 10:30 a.m 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
Ben Lu, Vancouver, BC
Candice Gibson, Port Coquitlam, BC
Robert Chorner, Port Moody, BC
Krista Edwardson, Vancouver, BC
Scott Fraser, vancouver, BC

Central Washington
Charlie Robin, Yakima, WA
Kimberly Bellamy-Thompson, Yakima, WA - Chair
Rose Longoria, Yakima, WA

Western Washington
Tom Conlon, Redmond, WA
Son Michael Pham, Sammamish, WA
Jennifer Keene, Bothell, WA
Fritz Kessler, Seattle, WA - Vice Chair
Cynthia Rekdal, Seattle, WA

Meeting Dates:

CAB Meetings are held twice per fiscal year at the KCTS 9 Television facility from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted and are open to the public.

The next CAB meeting will be in March of 2020 with an exact date yet to be determined.

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