Speaker Bios

Nicholas (Nick) Agresti
Director of Scheduling Implementation
Phone: (703) 739.5458
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

To most people Nick is the satellite allocation guy. However, as Director of the Scheduling Implementation group at PBS, Nick is responsible for choreographing the larger relationship between programming, operations and satellite distribution regarding traffic information for station use. He has worked in public television over 20 years and came to PBS from member station WXEL in West Palm Beach, FL.  System wide projects that Nick has been involved with include Orion and BroadView both at PBS and with national and station distributors, service restoration following the 1997 loss of Telstar 4 and Traffic conferences since their inception, Most recently he’s participated in the Equinox reorganization project at PBS which moved his scheduling area from Operations into Programming. Nick also serves as the PBS representative for the Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC).  He holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University, and completed British Media coursework at the University of Manchester, England, UK.



Michael Atkin
President & CEO
BroadView Software, Inc.
Phone: (416) 778-0623 x223
Postal Address:
207 Adelaide Street East
Suite 201
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1M8

Michael Atkin has been developing solutions for television broadcasters for over two decades. His company, BroadView Software, is currently a leading provider of integrated programming, traffic, programming, underwriting and financial software for PBS member stations and other television operators throughout the Americas.




Mike Babbitt
Customer Support Manager
Dolby Laboratories
Phone: (415) 645-5108
Postal Address:
100 Potrero Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94103

As the Customer Support Manager at Dolby Laboratories, Mike Babbitt helps local stations to implement and understand the use of Dolby technologies based upon their specific requirements as well as those dictated by the signals being received.  Mike has participated in many broadcast events like the Grammy Awards, Major League Baseball and NFL broadcasts.  Mike has been in the audio industry for more than 20-years, and with Dolby Laboratories for eight.



Lee Banville
Online NewsHour
Phone: (703)998-2168
Postal Address:
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions - Main Office
2700 Quincy St., Suite 250
Arlington, Virginia 22206

Lee Banville joined the Online NewsHour, the multiple award-winning companion Web site to the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, as one of the three original editors in October 1995. Since then, Lee has served as the creator and manager of special projects including: the Iraq war and its aftermath; the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th; six national political conventions; Debating Our Destiny, a look at 40 years of presidential debates; The Impeachment of President Clinton; and @the Capitol, the Online NewsHour’s analysis of the 105th and the 107th Congresses. In August 1997, Lee was named the Managing Editor of the Online NewsHour and took over complete operations in October of 1998. As editor of the NewsHour's Web presence, Lee has also served on numerous commissions and working groups throughout public broadcasting, including the redesign of PBS.org and the PBS Innovation Working Group, as well as overseen the NewsHour's digital business and content strategies. Before joining the NewsHour, Lee worked at the public relations firm of Fleishman-Hillard and as a reporter for the Norfolk, VA-based Virginian-Pilot. Lee is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and lives in Washington, D.C.  



Fred Baumgartner
Director Broadcast Engineering
Phone: (858) 658-2145
Cell: (858) 945-2653
Postal Address:
Office E-148D
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121-1714

Fred Joined Qualcomm as Director of Broadcast Engineering in 2005, for their MediaFLO project. Previously, Fred served as Director of Systems Engineering for Leitch, Inc., a division of Harris. Through the 90’s he served as Director of Engineering for the Comcast Media Center in Denver, as Director of New Product Development and as Director of Broadcast Satellite Operations during its TCI ownership era, overseeing the growth of the enterprise into the then world’s largest earth station. Fred came to satellite and cable origination from broadcasting where he served as Engineering Manager at Fox Owned and Operated KDVR-TV and KFCT-TV, Denver; WTTV-TV, WTTK-TV, Indianapolis; KHOW AM & FM, Denver; WIBA AM & FM, Madison, Wisconsin; Operations Manager at KWGN-TV, Denver; and others, beginning with the overnight shift at WBIZ AM & FM, Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1972.


Frederick M. Baumgartner PBE
Director of Broadcast Engineering
Qualcomm MediaFLO
SBE Education Committee, Ennes Foundation
Office: 858-658-2145
Cell: 858-945-2653
Postal Address:
29555 County Road 9
Elizabeth, Colorado 80107

Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, is a fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and a trustee of the Ennes Foundation. Fred is Director of Broadcast Engineering for Qualcomm’s MediaFLO project. Previously, he directed Leitch’s (now Harris) Systems Engineering group. Up to that time, he served as Director of Engineering for the Comcast Media Center in Denver, its Director of New Product Development through the center’s AT&T ownership and Director of Broadcast Satellite Operations during its TCI ownership era. Before joining the satellite and cable origination world, he held the position of Engineering Manager at KDVR-TV and KFCT-TV, Denver, WTTV-TV, WTTK-TV, Indianapolis, KHOW AM & FM, Denver; WIBA AM & FM, Madison, Wisconsin, and Operations Manager at KWGN-TV, Denver; and others beginning with the overnight gig and a newly minted FCC 1st Class license at WBIZ AM & FM, Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1972. Fred was also heavily involved with the development of EAS, and has authored several hundred articles on Radio and TV engineering.



Mimi Belger
Broadcast Operations Manager
Phone: (619) 594-8173
Postal Address:
200 Campanile
San Diego, CA 92182

Mimi has a long association with PBS.  She watched Misterogers in the 1960s as a local show out of Pittsburgh predating the national PBS system.  She combined television with academics at WWVU-TV in Morgantown, WV, and KLRU in Austin, TX.  In 1981 she moved to California with a MA in Broadcast Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and became one of the rare females with an FCC First Class license.  She credits the “cookie technique” for her success in studying broadcast engineering: every time she finished a chapter in engineering studies, she awarded herself two cookies.  She went to work at KPBS, San Diego, in late 1981 and holds the position of Broadcast Operations Manager.  She’s taught television production at the college level and worked as a consultant in curriculum design.  She scores equestrian eventing competitions in her spare time.



Lili Bell
Senior Traffic Coordinator
KUAT Communications Group
Phone: (520) 621-1335
Postal Address:

University of Arizona
1423 East University Blvd.
Modern Languages Building, Room 223
Tuscan, AZ 85721


Stéphane Billat
Product Manager
Evertz Microsystems, LTD.
Phone: (905) 335-3700 x466
Postal Address:
5288 John Lucas Drive
Burlington, ON L7L 5Z9 CANADA

Stéphane Billat is a product manager specialized in the compression techniques and the delivery of compressed media for Evertz Microsystems Ltd. He received his master degree from the Institute of Polytechnic of Grenoble in France. He is involved in working in committees at SMPTE and ATSC. His main work interest at Evertz is in the implementation and the testing of digital television systems involving compression technologies such as MPEG-2 and H.264, as well as digital distribution networks such as IP delivery networks.




John Boland
Chief Content Officer
Phone: (703) 739-5301
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

John Boland joined PBS in fall of 2006 as the organization’s first Chief Content Officer. In this role, Mr. Boland is responsible for television programming, new media, education and promotion. He oversees the delivery of PBS' distinctive content to multiple platforms, including television, Internet, and video on-demand.

Prior to PBS, Mr. Boland served as Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer at KQED Public Broadcasting, the San Francisco-based organization that operates the PBS and NPR stations in Northern California. There, he led a multimedia organization of more than 150 television and radio personnel. Under his leadership, KQED’s content organization was successful in using new technologies and cross-platform initiatives to deliver quality programming.  In addition to being a digital media advocate, he also managed to increase the level of traditional content created, most notably the launch of seven new local and regional television series, as well as such national programs as the Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures series, Frontline World documentaries and Sweeny Todd in Concert.  

Mr. Boland began his career as a daily newspaper reporter and editor in his native New Jersey.  Following that he held a number of senior management positions in media and communications before joining KQED in 1995.



Tim Borer
Principal R & D Engineer
BBC Research
Phone: +44 (0) 1737 839702
Postal Address:

Dr. Tim Borer, a Principal R&D Engineer at BBC Research & Development, is theteam leader for the Dirac project. He has worked in the broadcast industry for morethan 20 years – for the BBC, Snell & Wilcox and Leitch. He gained a Ph.D. in videoprocessing in 1992 and has worked on video processing, motion compensatedprocessing, video standards conversion and compression,both in hardware and in software. He is the author of morethan a dozen patents.



Claire Bowes
Online Communications and Systems Analyst
Phone: (703) 739-5192
Postal Address:
6453 Stephenson Way
Alexandria, VA 22312



Dawn Breining
Operations Assistant
Iowa Public Television
Phone: (515) 242-3125
Postal Address:
PO Box 6450
Johnson, IA 50131

Dawn Breining has over twenty years of experience in television. The first nine she worked in commercial cable, first in master control and then in production and engineering. She has been working at Iowa Public Television in Traffic and Operations for over ten years now with her primary duties managing and re-organizing the tape library and media. Iowa Public Television is in the middle of converting to digital and has worked with several databases, including Broadview and now with Protrack.



Jack Brighton
Assistant Director of Broadcasting for Internet Development
Postal Address:
Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication
300 N. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801-2316

Jack is Assistant Director of Broadcasting for Internet Development at WILL AM-FM-TV at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he manages website technology and content.  He is a guest lecturer in online journalism at the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois, and presents workshops on Internet media, online journalism, media preservation, and web development at academic and media industry conferences.  He serves on the News, Documentary, and Television Interest Group of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. He is a member of the University of Illinois Cultural Engagement Council, and serves on its Preservation committee.  Since 2002 he has chaired the University of Illinois Webmasters Coordinating Group, organizing training activities for the hundreds of web managers, designers, and programmers across the Illinois campus.  In 2003 he co-founded the Educational Media Group at the University of Illinois to foster collaboration on best practices in Internet media for higher education.




Matt Burrough
Technical Researcher
NPR Labs
Postal Address:
635 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Matt is a senior honors student at the Rochester Institute of Technology studying Computer Networking, Security, and System Administration.  For the past few months, he has focused on his capstone research: securing networked radio broadcasting equipment.  Matt is also a technical researcher for National Public Radio’s Labs.  Additionally, Matt has worked on the engineering staff and co-hosted a technology talk show on 89.7 WITR.



Jerry Butler
Sr. Director, Interconnection Projects
Phone: (703) 739-3997
Postal Address:
6453 Stephenson Way
Alexandria, VA 22312



Kip Campbell
Director of New Technologies
Phone: (919) 549-7262
Postal Address:
10 T. W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709




Tim Carroll 
Founder and President
Linear Acoustic
Phone: (717)-735-3611
Postal Address:
354 North Prince Street  
Suite 110 
Lancaster, PA 17603

Tim Carroll is President of Linear Acoustic Inc., a company he founded to offer innovative, customer-centric solutions for managing multichannel surround sound audio and loudness issues in digital broadcast- a goal that has been supported by the development of several acclaimed products including the StreamStacker-HD system, AutoNorm, upMAX 2251, OCTiMAX 5.1, and AEROMAX-TV. 
Previously, he was the Product Manager for the Professional Audio Division of Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco where he helped define and develop Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby E, metadata, and Dolby Surround products for  Digital  Television, DVD, Digital Radio, and Digital Cinema applications in the U.S. and abroad. He was later  recognized  by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy® for his work on the Dolby E system.  He is also an inventor of several patent-applied-for audio technologies.
Mr. Carroll remains actively involved in the creation of digital broadcast standards and practices. He is a member of IEEE, AES, SBE, SMPTE, and BKSTS and is an active participant in the work of the ATSC.  He was also a member of the NRSC DAB Subcommittee and the Evaluation Working Group that formulated NRSC-5, the FM IBOC digital radio standard. 



Craig Carter
Technical Support Representative
Myers Information Systems, Inc.
Postal Address:

19R Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060



Gordon S. Carter CPBE, CBNT
Chief Engineer
Phone:  773-279-2071
Cell:  630-670-2553
Postal Address:
5400 North St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Gordon Carter joined WFMT as a staff engineer in January, 1969.  Prior to that he worked for WTTM, Trenton, New Jersey, as an engineer.  At WFMT he has progress to Studio Supervisor, Facilities Manager, and was named Chief Engineer in 1995.  During his career he has moved the station three times, the most recent including complete design of the facility.  He is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, has served for several years as Certification Chairman for Chapter 26 (Chicago), and has served for four years on the planning committee for the Madison (WI) Broadcasters Clinic.



Nancy Carter
Director, Marketing and Customer Relations
Myers Information Systems, Inc.
Phone: (413) 585-9820 x118
Postal Address:

19R Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060



Tracy Carter
Myers Information Systems, Inc.
Phone: (413) 585-9820
Postal Address:

19R Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060



Roger Charlesworth
Technology Consultant
Charlesworth Media
Postal Address:
PO Box 600
Kittery, Maine 03904
Phone: 207-641-7622

Roger Charlesworth is an independent consultant on media technology and an industry expert on multi-channel audio production for television. Roger’s primary focus concerns the integration of mainstream information technology in electronic media applications and the challenges of change management in re-engineering production workflow to exploit new technology.

A former recording engineer, Roger’s extensive audio background includes serving as Executive Vice President of Solid State Logic Inc. before moving on to advise major facilities providers such as the Hit Factory Group on technology issues.  Roger’s writings for audio industry publications include a technology column for Pro Sound News and a role as a founding editor of Surround Professional.  His interest in live music production for entertainment television has led to work with both the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows as well as consult on numerous musical specials with artists including the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, and Sting.

Roger enjoys a long association with Saturday Night Live where he recently managed the production’s transition to HD and 5.1 audio and coordinated with NBC on the massive re-build of historic Studio 8H and the build-out of surrounding HD infrastructure.  Roger was extensively involved in SNL’s transition to a tapeless, file-based workflow.  This project involved the creation of a 30-year archive of SNL shows stored online, at full resolution along with a disk-based networking and distribution system for SNL’s multi-camera HD video and audio production.




Steve Church
Telos Systems and Axia Audio
Phone: (216) 241-7225
Postal Address:
2101 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH  44114

Steve spent the first part of his career as a Chief Engineer at such stations as WFBQ/Indianapolis and WMMS/Cleveland. Then he developed the first digital audio product for the radio broadcasting industry, the Telos-10 on-air phone interface and founded Telos Systems to manufacture and market it. Twenty years later he remains head of the company, which has grown to include Zephyr ISDN/IP codecs, Omnia processing, and Axia IP-based studio equipment. He was the first to use MP3 in a product. He is a co-inventor of Livewire, an Ethernet/IP technology for the transport and routing of professional studio-grade audio.



Glenn Clatworthy
Director Program Data & Analysis
Phone: (703) 739.5248
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202



Charles Cole
Manager, Broadcast Operations and Traffic
ThinkTV Network
Phone: (973) 220-1726
Postal Address:

110 South Jefferson Street
Dayton, OH 45402-2415

Charles joined ThinkTV as their Manager of Broadcast Operations and Traffic in October 1991. Since then, he has overseen a traffic department that increased its hours of programming from 38 hours per day (on two analog stations) to 226 hours per day with the capabilities of Digital TV and Multicasting.

Charles helped ThinkTV with its Digital Master Control and Automation build out, and has also helped engineering and IT with other projects.

Charles is currently serving on the Traffic Advisory Committee, serving his second term on that group. In his first term, he was a two year Chair of the Committee.

Charles came to ThinkTV after spending 12 years at KCTS/Seattle as a Master Control Operator and then Videotape Librarian/Archivist.



William (Bill) Cooperman
Phone: (202) 482-5802
Postal Address:
1401 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Room 4096
Washington, DC 20230



Thomas Crockett
Senior Director of Member Affairs
Phone: (703) 739-5434
Postal Address:
6453 Stephenson Way
Alexandria, VA 22312

As Sr. Director of Member Affairs for PBS, Thomas serves as the primary liaison between the internal PBS Connect working group, the PBS Connect Task Force (now PBS Connect Advisory Group) and the Station Services Committee of the PBS Board. Thomas has been in station relations at PBS since October 2001. Before coming to PBS, Thomas worked in station relations at America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) in Washington, DC.




Birney Dayton
Chairman and CTO
Phone: (530) 265-1000
Postal Address:
125 Crown Point Court
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Since 1968, Dayton has been active in the broadcast industry. He spent 4 years in television production and equipment maintenance, while completing his BSEE at the University of Nevada, Reno.

In 1973, he joined Grass Valley Group, Inc. and for the next 16 he designed and managed the design of many products. From 1983 to 1989 he was VP of Engineering.

In 1989 Dayton with two others, founded NVISION, Inc. with the goal of building products for the impending HDTV studio. In the early years NVISION focused on the non-video layers, with emphasis on digital audio.  In 1998, NVISION delivered the first large HDTV routing switchers in the industry and now remains in an industry leading position.

Over the last 20 years, Dayton has spent considerable time working on industry committees helping to advance the state of the art. He was involved in the development of SMPTE analog and digital component video standards, and was co-chairman of the SMPTE High Definition Electronic Production working group. He also chaired the Systems Analysis working party of the Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service.

Dayton is a Fellow and of the SMPTE, and currently is the holder of 16 patents.



Matthew DelNero
Covington & Burling LLP
Phone: (202) 662-5543
Postal Address:
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Matthew DelNero is a Communications attorney based in the Washington, DC office of Covington & Burling.  In his communications practice, Matt represents television and radio broadcasters, satellite providers, common carriers, trade associations and other clients in rulemaking, adjudicatory, advisory and transactional settings.  Issues on which he has advised local broadcasters include the transition to digital television, DTV channel election and repacking process, interference disputes, auctions, children's television programming, local marketing agreements, and merger transactions.

A native of Rhode Island, Matt received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard LawSchool and a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Tufts University.  He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law. 



Judy Diaz
Sr. Director, Primetime & Corporate Brand Managment & Promotion
Phone: (703) 739-5081
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202



Tené Harris-Duckworth
Director, On-Air Promotions & Broadcast Operations, KCET
Phone: (323) 953-5226
Postal Address:
4401 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027



Thomas Edwards
Senior Manager, Interconnection Engineering
Phone: (703) 739-5270
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Thomas Edwards is the Senior Manager, Interconnection Engineering for the PBS Interconnection Replacement Office.  He is currently responsible for the engineering management of the PBS Next Generation Interconnection System (NGIS).  Before joining PBS in 2002, he was the streaming media product manager at Cidera, where he developed a broadband desktop video channel for technical employees delivered using IP-over-satellite.  He has had significant experience with streaming media production and delivery at the Internet service provider DIGEX as well as his own streaming media company, The Sync.  Edwards holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, is a member of IEEE and SMPTE, and has an Erdös number of seven.



Drew Engelson
Director, Content Applications & Technologies
Phone: (703) 739-5146
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Drew Engelson is Director, Content Applications & Technologies, for PBS Interactive. He is responsible for the web applications and systems that support the award-winning PBS.org website as well as the 1800+ series, episode, and web-only sites that reside under that domain. Drew joined PBS in 2004 as lead technologist for the PBS TeacherLine educational service, and has since brought his ten years experience in the web arena to lead a team of web programmers at PBS Interactive.

Before PBS, Drew started up the Washington, D.C. branch of Objectware, Inc., an Atlanta-based internet consulting firm where he led the development of web-based solutions for companies across the commercial and educational industries.



Mark Erstling
Senior Vice President and COO
Phone: (202) 654-4201
Postal Address:
666 Eleventh Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20001

Mark Erstling, APTS Chief Operating Officer, has been with the organization since 1999.

Prior to joining APTS, Erstling was the general manager of WPSX-TV and WPSU-FM, operated by Penn State University, serving 29 counties in central Pennsylvania, and New York. Erstling also served as director of educational communications for the University, managing services in support of the institution's Outreach and Cooperative Extension mission. He successfully established strategic partnerships with the community and business and expanded the service area for public radio in central Pennsylvania.

Erstling has held numerous broadcast management positions including station manager at WGBY-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts, and executive producer at WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida.

Erstling has chaired the Network Operations Committee of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network and served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. Erstling served as chair of the Higher Education Telecommunications Consortium and served on the Future Fund Advisory Group of the CPB. Erstling also has served on numerous CPB Community Service Grant Reviews. Erstling also served on the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and is APTS’s representative to the Affinity Group Coalition. Erstling is the project leader with the Department of Homeland Security in the deployment and development of the National Digital Emergency Alert System. Erstling is a graduate of the University of Florida.




Cynthia Fenneman
President and CEO
American Public Television
Phone: (617) 338-4455
Postal Address:
55 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110

Cynthia A. Fenneman was appointed American Public Television’s fourth president and CEO, effective January 2001, by the company’s Board of Trustees. Formerly president of Fenneman Productions, Inc., she is a broadcasting and production executive with 28 years of experience in commercial, public and network cable television.  Fenneman has been awarded more than 30 international, national and regional awards, including 12 regional Emmys, a Peabody, and a CableAce.

Prior to APT, she was president of Fenneman Productions, a television production and consulting company for six years.  She was executive producer forA&E Biography, PBS’s Ciao Italia and several American Public Television fundraising specials. From 1999 to 2001, Fenneman was part of the launch team for the Discovery Health Channel as its major projects executive.  For five years prior, she was the special projects director for PBS’s national/local initiative and The Democracy Project. 

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Fenneman worked in production and programming with the Westinghouse Broadcasting company for ten years: at KYW-TV in Philadelphia as executive producer of programming, senior producer for Evening/PM Magazine, London executive producer for Group W’s Live-Aid special, and producer of award-winning news, public affairs, documentary, live talk, and entertainment programs; at KPIX-TV San Francisco as a producer for the #1 morning show, and WJZ-TV Baltimore in nightly news. In 1986, Fenneman relocated to northern New England and worked at New Hampshire Public Television for eight years, first as executive producer of local and national productions then as director of broadcasting.   At NHPTV, she led a staff that doubled the station’s viewership, productivity and award-winning programs within three years.

Fenneman is a member of the Latino Public Broadcasting Board of Directors and ATAS.  She has been a panelist for the duPont – Columbia Awards and the National Endowment for the Arts. Fenneman has been a member of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Promotion Committee, the New Hampshire Humanities Council Media Committee, the New Hampshire Film and TV Commission, the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters executive board, and past Chair of the Children’s Museum of Portsmouth.   Fenneman began her career as an assistant account executive for ad agency VanSant Dugdale and as a writer for the Baltimore News American.  She has a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland’s Journalism School.



Mark Ficco
Senior Engineer for Encoder Projects
Nielsen Research Group
Postal Address:
501 Brooker Creek Blvd.
Oldsmar, FL 34677



Karl Fontenot  
Chief Engineer
KRVS-FM 88.7
Phone: (337) 482-5892
Postal Address:
P.O Box 42171
Lafayette, LA 70504



Joe French
Senior Vice President of Sales
Masstech Group
Phone: (321) 255-3653
Postal Address:

Mr. French joined Masstech Group in 2002 with three decades of achievements in management and new development for the broadcast communications market. He served in key management roles at Encoda Systems and Dynatech Video Group. He was involved in building some of the earliest all-digital, fully automated, multi-channel broadcast systems. Mr. French earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and completed his Master’s degree coursework in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Scott Gebhardt
Manager of Enterprise Networking
Phone: (703) 739.8453
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Scott Gebhardt is the Manager of Enterprise Networking for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). His current responsibilities include design, configuration and maintenance of the networks which support PBS’s Corporate Headquarters (CCHQ) located in Crystal City, Virginia and PBS’s Satellite Operations Center (SOC) in Alexandria, Virginia. He is also responsible for providing secure, redundant and high bandwidth internet connections used by PBS’s national web presence of http://www.pbs.org and http://pbskids.org.

Over the past year Scott’s main focus has been to build out the new network infrastructure at CCHQ and the SOC while maintaining network connectivity back to PBS’s former headquarters. This move required that three sites be interconnected seamlessly with no interruption to end users.



Alicia Glasgow
Manager, Schedule Operations
thirteen/WLIW 21
Phone: (212) 560-8016
Postal Address:

450 West 33rd Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Alicia has worked for thirteen for almost 7 years. During her time at thirteen, she has been responsible for the day to day operations within the department. Major accomplishments include the launch of 5 digital channels and merger of WLIW21 with a joint master control.



Matthew Goldman
Vice President of Technology & Compression Systems
TANDBERG Television, Inc.
Phone: (603) 472-9270
Postal Address:

Matthew Goldman is Vice President of Technology, Compression Systems, for TANDBERG Television, a world leader in live, on-demand, and interactive digital television (DTV) compression and delivery solutions. Mr. Goldman has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He was a prominent participant in the Moving Picture Experts Group where he helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, the baseline transport technology used in digital cable television, direct broadcast satellite, terrestrial broadcasting, and DVD-video. He served as project editor for the MPEG-2 DSM-CC standard, the control signaling used in video-on-demand systems and for DTV data downloads and carousels. Mr. Goldman continues to be influential in other industry organizations including the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and the Consumer Electronics Association. Recent stints have included the standardization of MPEG-4 AVC and SMPTE VC-1 video codecs. Mr. Goldman received bachelor (high honors) and master of sciences degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents related to digital video transport. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.



Rocky Graham
Director, Broadcast Products
Dolby Laboratories
Postal Address:
100 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103



Frank Graybill
Chief Engineer
Phone: (212) 560-3506
Postal Address:
450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001



Ginny Hamilton
Senior Operations Associate
American Public Television
Phone: (617) 338-4455 x140
Postal Address:
55 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110



Terry Harvey
Chief Engineer
Postal Address:
Arizona State University
Stauffer Hall, 10th Street and Myrtle
Tempe, AZ 85287-1405



Tina Hauser
Digital Project Manager
Wisconsin Public Television
Phone: (608) 262-6756
Postal Address:
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Tina Hauser is the Digital Project Manager in the Digital Innovations Unit at Wisconsin Public Television. She develops and manages projects combining emerging video production and video delivery technologies with educational and public safety content and as well as WPT broadcast programs. Tina’s projects have involved collaborations with partners such as the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin K-12 schools, the University of Washington Research Channel, various Wisconsin government agencies, local police, fire and EMTs, other PBS stations and various technology vendors. Recent projects involved the use of datacasting to deliver educational content to University of Wisconsin students, and the use of WiMax and datacasting to deliver live video to mobile emergency vehicles. Tina has been with Wisconsin Public Television for over 16 years.



Michael Hunt
VP, Enterprise Applications
Phone: (703) 739-5052
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Michael has over twenty years of experience in telecommunications, information technology, and business management.  He also has more than sixteen years of experience in the public broadcasting community.   He has been serving as VP, Enterprise Applications with PBS since March 2001 and previously served as the Senior Director, Enterprise Systems with PBS Information Technology.  Michael oversaw the introduction and ongoing operations of most all mission-critical applications associated with supporting programming, broadcast operations, and various other business units within PBS.  He also served as one of the primary liaisons between PBS and its member stations with regard to data services PBS provides. 

In his current role, Michael is actively involved in setting technological strategic directions and managing the design, development, and deployment of the systems supporting PBS business operations.  Prior to joining PBS in 1990, Michael’s previous professional experiences include the design of systems for the telecommunications industry and various US government agencies.



Steve Hutchinson
Project Manager
Masstech Group
Phone: (905) 707-2612
Postal Address:

2 East Beaver Creek, Building 3
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4B 2N3

Involved in the rich media asset management industry for the last ten years, Steven has brought his expertise into the broadcasting environment.

Steven studied computer sciences at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and quickly moved into media at Toronto based startup The Bulldog Group, now EMC. Changes in ownership saw Steve move to another asset management software firm, North Plains Systems, four years later.

What he found was that Rich Media Asset Management companies were lacking in true broadcast management, and were not serving a market desperately in need of solutions.

His love of video took him to Masstech and he found a home of like minded people wanting to serve the asset management needs of  broadcast video organizations. Since 2003, Steven has worked with Masstech Group Inc. designing and implementing archive and workflow solutions for broadcasters around the world. Steve has held various positions within Project Management at Masstech, and currently he is the Product Manager for Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Loss Mitigation and Digital Video Asset protection.



Bruce Jacobs
Chief Technologist
Twin Cities Public Television
Postal Address:

172 East 4th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Bruce Jacobs is Chief Technologist with Twin Cities Public Television where he directs Engineering and Information Technology.

Bruce is a member of the PBS Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee and served on the Digital Steering Committee to develop the financial model for public television's digital conversion. He led the first national simultaneous demonstration of the four DTV image formats.

Bruce holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and earned the Senior Television Certification from the Society of Broadcast Engineers. In 2003, he was awarded the PBS Engineering Achievement Award for "Outstanding Service to Public Television". He has also produced award-winning television musical specials and has designed notable audio systems and acoustic spaces. Bruce is an avid amateur musician and whitewater canoeist.

Suzanne Kembel
Manager, Content Distribution
KNME-TV/Westlink Satellite Services
Phone: (505) 277-4426
Postal Address:

1130 University Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Suzanne has over 25 years of experience working in commercial and Public Television.  For the past 18 years she has been at KNME and has been responsible for Westlink Satellite Distribution which provides satellite uplink and Vyvx fiber service to a wide range of Public Television and commercial customers  both foreign and domestic.     Recently promoted to  Manager of Content Distribution,  Suzanne now oversees all aspects of KNME’s Broadcast Operations, Traffic and Satellite facilities.

Paula Kerger
President & CEO
Phone: (703) 739-5015
Postal Address:

2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Paula Kerger joined the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) as its sixth president and chief executive officer in March 2006. Ms. Kerger directs the operations of the nation's largest noncommercial broadcasting service, comprising 354 member stations reaching more than 99 percent of U.S. television households. Ms. Kerger came to PBS from the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), the parent company of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW New York—two of the nation's largest public television stations; where since 2004 she was the executive vice president and chief operating officer and a member of the office of the president, a position carrying both internal and external responsibilities.

Ms. Kerger joined EBC in 1993 as vice president and director of development and government affairs for Thirteen/WNET. Under her stewardship, the station's Campaign for Thirteen—completed in 1997—raised $79 million, the largest endowment campaign ever undertaken by a public television station.

In 2002, Ms. Kerger was promoted to vice president and station manager of Thirteen/WNET. In this role, Ms. Kerger oversaw local program acquisition, broadcast scheduling, communications, on- air promotion, and pledge production. In addition, she supervised individual giving, as well as Thirteen's volunteer program, viewer and member services, and government affairs. Ms. Kerger also directed the launch of four digital channels: ThirteenHD, Kids Thirteen, World and Create. The latter, launched in January 2006 through a partnership with WGBH/Boston and American Public Television, is public television's first 24-hour lifestyle channel.

Before joining EBC, Ms. Kerger was the director of principal gifts for the Metropolitan Opera. She also served as director of development and alumni affairs for International House in New York, and as program development officer for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.

Prior to joining PBS, Ms. Kerger was vice chairman of American Public Television and vice chairman of the Association of Public Broadcasting Stations of New York. She is a founding trustee of the PBS Foundation and former chairman of the PBS Development Advisory Committee. In 1997 she received the Outstanding Grassroots Advocate Award from the Association of American Public Televisions Stations (APTS). In 2000, she received the Frances P. Schuman Award from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting and in 2001 was named PBS Development Professional of the Year. In 2005, Ms. Kerger was named to the Women's Forum, an organization of 300 leading women in the professions, arts and business life of New York.



Al Kovalick
Strategist and Fellow
Avid Technology
Phone: (650) 930-3065
Postal Address:

550 Madison Avenue
New York, NY  10022

Al Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid AV/IT systems for the past 13 years. Previously, he was a digital systems designer and technical strategist for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he was a principal researcher and architect for a new product-class of signal synthesizer. Additionally, he was the principal architect of HP’s first VOD server. Following HP, from 1999 to 2004, he was the CTO of the Broadcast Products Division at Pinnacle Systems. Currently, he is with Avid
Technology and serves as a Strategist and Fellow.

As a founding member of the ProMPEG Forum, Al contributed to the MXF professional file format. Additionally, he is a founding member of DAVIC, a 400 member strong body tasked with standardizing VOD protocols and reference architectures. At DAVIC, Al was the Vice Chair of the Management Committee.

Al is an active speaker, educator, author and participant with industry bodies including SMPTE. He holds 18 US and foreign  patents. Al has a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a life member of Tau Beta Pi.




Jay Kuca
Director of Product Management
Phone: (530) 265-1000
Postal Address:
125 Crown Point Court
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Jay Kuca began his career in television in 1969 as a staff engineer at WKEF-TV in Dayton, Ohio. From 1974 until 1978, he was chief engineer of the Wright State University television center. He moved west in 1978 to join the Grass Valley Group, where he held a number of key marketing and product management positions. He served as director of marketing at Graham-Patten Systems from 1997 to 2000. He is currently director of product management at NVISION.



Jim Kutzner
Sr. Director Enterprise Engineering
Phone: (703) 739-5779
Postal Address:
PBS South
6453 Stephenson Way
Alexandria, VA  22312



Steve Lampen
Technology Specialist
Beldon Cable
Phone: (415) 440-8393
Cell: (415) 531-4668
Postal Address:
2310 Broderick Street
San Francisco, Ca  94115

Steve Lampen has worked for Belden for fifteen years and currently is Multimedia Technology Manager.  Prior to Belden, Steve had an extensive career in radio broadcast engineering and installation, film production, and electronic distribution. Steve holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and is an SBE Certified Radio Broadcast Engineer.  On the data side he is a BICSI Registered Communication Distribution Designer. His latest book, "The Audio-Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide" is published by McGraw-Hill. His column "Wired for Sound" appears in Radio World Magazine.



Christopher J. Lane
Director of Production
Phone: (703) 998-2600
Postal Address:
2775 South Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206

Christopher Lane has 23 years of experience working in the television production industry in the Washington, DC area.  For the last 10 years, he has been working for WETA Public TV Channel 26; first hired in the role of Engineering Manager and currently serving in the position of Director of Production.  He is currently the lead Project Manager for the NewsHour’s transition to High Definition television.   Chris has served as Engineer in Charge for a number of In Performance at the White House events, Washington Week and NewsHour remote convention and election coverage.
Prior to working at WETA, Chris served as Manger of Operations and Technical Services for Potomac Television Communications.  Covering a number of Political Conventions for a variety of clients including, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, MSNBC, CNBC, and BET.  Chris also helped establish and manage the technical personnel and facilities for CNN NewSource’s Washington, DC bureau.


Kevin Latek
Attorney at Law
Dow Lohnes PLLC
Phone: (202) 776-2594
Postal Address:
1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-6802

Mr. Latek is a Member in the Communications practice group at Dow Lohnes.  He regularly represents broadcast station licensees, cable system operators, program suppliers, and financial institutions in regulatory and transactional matters. His practice includes representing television and radio stations before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in formal rulemaking, investigations, license transfer, and station licensing proceedings. Mr. Latek regularly counsels clients on compliance with regulatory requirements affecting ownership attribution, programming content, political advertising, and station operations, including issues concerning the transition to digital broadcasting. Mr. Latek has significant experience assisting clients with the business and legal issues surrounding the carriage and distribution of television signals by cable and satellite systems.


Chris Lennon
Director, Integration & Standards
Harris Corporation
Phone: (719) 533-2880
Postal Address:

8415 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Mr. Lennon has worked in the broadcasting industry for over 20 years.  He has managed a wide array of products, and led several large scale projects at broadcast facilities around the world.  He has also led the development of well over 100 interfacing/integration projects between broadcast systems. 

He is currently works at Harris Corporation as Director of Integration and Standards in the Software Systems group.  He is Chair of SMPTE's S22-10 Working Group, whose task is to standardize communications between Traffic, Automation, and Content Delivery Systems.'

He is also an active participant in the ATSC, where he was one of the early instigators of the effort that became PMCP, enabling PSIP-related data to flow between broadcast systems.   

His formal education took place at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  He currently resides in Colorado, as a dual citizen of both the US and Canada.



Don Lockett
Sr. Director, Media Technologies
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Postal Address:
401 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Don is a broadcasting veteran with many years of experience in public radio and television.

He has held various positions in technical operations and engineering at National Public Radio, WHUT-TV, WHUR-FM, WJZ-TV, WCNY-TV-FM, Comcast Communications and C-Span to name a few. 

Don has also served as a station manager, university professor and technical writer. He is author of The Road to Digital Radio Broadcasting in the United States and his most recent technical paper, HDTV, Digital Cinema and 21st Century Filmmaking, was presented in January 2006.
Don is a member of The Society of Motion Picture and Televisions Engineers and a SBE Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer.



Jean Macher
Director of Marketing, Video Network Systems
Grass Valley - a THOMSON Brand
Phone: (202) 518-0347
Postal Address:
1801 1/2 Kenyon Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010



Christine "Cricket" Masson
Director of Traffic Services
Phone: (410) 581-4376
Postal Address:
11767 Owings Mill Boulevard
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Christine "Cricket" Masson has been employed with Maryland Public Television for 6 years and has been in the television industry for 20 years. She is married with three children and enjoys exercise, house repairs, reading, and volunteering.


John McCoskey
Chief Technology Officer
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

As PBS’s Chief Technology Officer, John McCoskey is responsible for providing leadership, management and technical guidance for broadcast technology and IT systems for PBS, overseeing a team of 130 employees and focusing on the Next Generation Interconnection System (NGIS); broadcast distribution systems development; implementation of a new rights management system; as well as corporate business continuity and disaster recovery.

Prior to PBS, Mr. McCoskey served as Vice President, Product Development for Comcast Media Center. Other professional experience includes serving as the Chief Technology Officer of Brief Original Broadcasts (BOB); Senior Vice President, Technology and CTO at Discovery Communications; as well as positions at GTE Spacenet and Communications Satellite Corporation.

Mr. McCoskey holds two M.S. degrees from Johns Hopkins, one in Management and one in Computer Science. He also earned a Bachelor of Science from Bucknell University in Electrical Engineering. He is an inventor with 40 issued/published utility patents related to technology and media.



Michael McKenna
Traffic Director
Phone: (773) 838-7891
Postal Address:
7500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60652-1299

Michael McKenna was granted an Evans scholarship to attend Marquette University in 1983. Because he caddied at a particular private golf club in Chicago and had excellent grades in High School and because he was in financial need to attend college, he was awarded an Evans Scholarship to attend Marquette. At Marquette Mr. McKenna studied Broadcast Communications and graduated in May of 1987.

He went to work immediately for a brokered radio station out of Cicero, IL, where he has worked part time ever since. On the radio he is an announcer and a technician. In June of 2001, he joined WYCC in Chicago.

Mr. McKenna served four years on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 1220 for Radio and Television operators from 2002 to 2006. He produces WYCC’s station IDs each Spring and Fall utilizing the services of the Chicago White Sox baseball team and Chicago Bulls basketball team members. He also maintains a video library of 10,000 videotapes.


Paul Mears
SVP Engineering and Technology
Nielsen Research Group
Phone: (813) 366-5005
Postal Address:
501 Brooker Creek Blvd.
Oldsmar, FL 34677

Paul Mears is senior vice president of Engineering and Technology.  He reports to Bob Luff, chief technology officer, and is based in Oldsmar, Florida. 

Paul joined Nielsen Media Research in November of 2000 as the Vice President of Technology R&D.  In August of 2001, Paul was promoted to Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Nielsen Media Research. 
Prior to Paul joining Nielsen, he was founder of a company called Vela Research, which specialized in video compression products for the broadcast and cable industries.  Paul served in various capacities in his 8 year tenure at Vela including the VP of Engineering, VP of Operations, and VP Sales for Asia and the Pacific Rim.  Paul has also worked in the areas of satellite based network management systems with a company called Skydata, now called Gilat.  Paul's responsibilities included management of a software development team producing systems for monitor and control of remote satellite earth stations.  Prior to Skydata, Paul worked at Harris Semiconductor for 9 years in various capacities from ASIC design to software development and management.

Paul is a native Floridian, and a graduate of Rollins College, with a degree in computer science and math.



Leon Messenie
Director of Engineering & Information Technology
Phone: (619) 594-8146
Postal Address:

5200 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182

Leon started his broadcasting career working for the commercial broadcasting industry in Grand Junction, Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to San Diego. Leon has worked in the Engineering department at KPBS for 26 years and has served as the Director of Engineering & IT for the last six years. Leon has also worked as a freelance engineer for several networks in the area of sports audio engineering. Leon has been a member of the PBS Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee since 2003 and is currently serving as Chairman of the PBS ETAC.



Andy Myers
Myers Information Systems, Inc.
Postal Address:

19R Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060


Crist Myers
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Myers Information Systems, Inc.
Postal Address:

19R Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060


Michelle Nesmith
KRMA Traffic Technician
Rocky Mountain PBS
Phone: (303) 620-5619
Postal Address:

1089 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204-9972

Michelle has worked in both Commercial and Public broadcasting during her 17 year career.  She joined the Public Broadcasting family at KTSC in Pueblo and ran a one person Traffic department from 1993-1997.  In 1997 she joined the traffic department at KRMA. Since that time she has helped the department to grow to serve the broadcast needs of the entire state, as KRMA grew to become Rocky Mountain PBS.  She has been in a leadership role in the development of the stations automation and traffic systems. Additionally she served as an integral member of the committee for the conversion of the station facility to include a joint master control with the secondary PBS station in Denver.  She is currently the Chair of the PBS Traffic Advisory Committee.


Mark O'Brien
Chief Technologist
Phone: (703) 802-2975
Postal Address:
15120 Enterprise Court
Chantilly, VA 20151

Mark O’Brien is SpectraRep’s CTO and is responsible for operations.  He has designed and deployed datacasting systems all over the country at both commercial and public television stations as well as satellite networks.  Mr. O’Brien has worked in broadcasting for 30 years and brings experience in IT systems, IP networking, software design and broadcast engineering.



Lloyd Ortman
Myers Information Systems, Inc.
Postal Address:

19R Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060



Karl Paulsen
Chief Technology Officer
AZCAR Technologies
Phone: (800) 873-0800
Postal Address:
121 Hillpointe Drive
Suite 700
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Karl Paulsen is AZCAR’s Chief Technology Officer and principle architect of numerous new technology systems for fixed, mobile, IPTV and conventional SD & HD broadcast facilities. Karl, an SMPTE Fellow, is the author of “Video and Media Servers-Technology and Applications (published by Focal Press) and a feature columnist for TV Technology magazine focusing on media server technologies.


Unni Pillai
New York University Digital Library
Postal Address:

Prior to joining NYU Digital library, Unni Pillai spent 15 years as a real time embedded systems software engineer in the console game industry. He worked on developing physics based simula- tions, real time video servers on the PLAYSTATION 2, motion capture tools, and various frameworks for application develop- ment. He studied Electrical Engineering at SUNY Stony Brook, graduating in 1991. He is presently working on the NDIIPP Pre- serving Digital Public Television project and is working on the technical design and implementation of the Preservation reposi- tory at NYU Digital Library. His current work areas include meta- data interoperability, distributed computing, grid based storage systems, and automation of work-flows.



Allan Pizzato
Executive Director
Alabama Public Television
Phone: (800) 239-5233 Ext.133
Postal Address:
2112 11th Ave South, Suite 400
Birmingham, AL 35205

Allan Pizzato is Executive Director of Alabama Public Television (APT) since August 2000.  APT is a public educational television facility headquartered in Birmingham, AL with nine television stations across the state as well as a public FM radio facility in Huntsville, AL.  Pizzato serves as liaison to the Alabama Legislature and Executive Branch of state government for the Alabama Educational Television Commission.  His career spans 33 years.

Prior to August 2000, Pizzato served in general manager roles at WSRE-TV in Florida and WSIU-TV in Illinois.

He has served on the Board of Trustees of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS).  Pizzato serves on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Digital Task Force Committee, has served as chair of the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE), as well as the Executive Committee of Public Broadcast Service’s (PBS) Affinity Group Coalition.  Allan has also served on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of NETA.

Pizzato received his B.A. degree in broadcasting and M.A. degree in instructional media from Indiana State University. He is married to the former Sharon Denu and they have two children, Michael and Ann.


Alan Popkin
Director of Engineering
Postal Address:
1061 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA   90012

Since 2002, Alan Popkin has been Director of Technical Operations and Engineering for KLCS-TV in Los Angeles.  He has redesigned the entire PBS station to implement state-of-the art broadcasting to the entire Southern California DMA, and datacast to over one million students and teachers, delivering digital content services to an educational audience.

Prior to KLCS, Alan was Director of Production for Time Warner Communications, where he managed technical systems, financial, and general operations of an 18,000 sq. ft. HDTV and SDTV production and post-production facility. 

Alan has performed as a studio musician, and holds a BA in Physics from CUNY.  He has won several and been nominated for many awards, including Emmys, ACE and Tellys.     




John Poray
Executive Director
Society of Broadcast Engineers
Phone: 317-846-9000
Postal Address:
9102 N Meridian St
Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN  46260



David Price
Vice President, Product Marketing and Marketing Communications
Harmonic, Inc.
Phone: (408) 542-2718
Postal Address:

549 Baltic Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

David Price is Vice President, Product Marketing and Business Development at Harmonic Inc., where he is responsible for pioneering Harmonic’s leading position in digital video broadcast, distribution and IP-based delivery technologies.

An experienced speaker, he has presented at many conferences throughout the world.  He has over 24 years experience in the telecommunications industry and is currently Vice President of the MPEG Industry Forum. Mr. Price was selected in 2003 and 2004 as one of the "Euro 50" by Cable & Satellite Europe.

Originally, an electronics engineer on the design team of the world’s first CAT scan system, he graduated from CIT with a Fellowship MBA and has an Honors Bachelors degree in Cybernetics, Instrument Physics and Mathematics.



Michel Proulx
Chief Technology Officer
Miranda Technologies
Postal Address:

3499 Douglas-B.-Floréani
Montreal, Quebec H4S 2C6

Chief Technology Officer Michel Proulx joined Miranda in 1998 as Product Development Director, was promoted to the position of Vice-President, Product Development in 1999 and to Chief Technology Officer in 2005. Prior to Miranda, Mr. Proulx was Vice-President Marketing of Pixtream Video Networks. Before Pixtream he worked at Leitch Technology Corporation from 1987 to 1997, most recently as Director of Engineering and Product Management Routing and Distribution Products. Mr. Proulx received a first class honours degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1987.



Nicole Quirk
KOCE Broadcast Traffic/Spectrum Manager
Phone: ( 714) 895-5623
Postal Address:
15751 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-0476

Nicole Quirk is a native of Southern California and has been a viewer of PBS all her life. Growing up in the land of entertainment, she was exposed to probably more than her fair share of radio waves beaming from atop Mt. Wilson. In her formative years, she was always questioning “why” and “how”… why can’t the people in the TV set see me?  How do I hear those people on the radio? Always wanting to “be more”…informed, involved, knowledgeable! Maybe it was this, rather than her exposure to radio waves, that created her passion for broadcasting and ultimately led her path to PBS. Nicole has over 14 years of experience in the broadcast industry. She started in commercial radio in 1992. From there she went on to work up and down the radio dial in the LA market, ultimately creating a niche for herself in the traffic/continuity/operations end of the business.  In 2001 Nicole joined KOCE as part of their Broadcast Department. Over the years, Nicole has developed and implemented policies and procedures related to the broadcast operations at KOCE.  Nicole oversees the interface between the broadcast automation and traffic software. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the PBS Traffic Advisory Committee.

Kevin Ruppenthal
Assistant Director, Scheduling Implementation
Phone: (703) 739-5479
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Since November 1999, the role of Traffic for PBS’ NPS, Plus, and Fundraising Programming services has been the domain of Kevin Ruppenthal.  He came to PBS with abilities suited to Traffic with prior work experience in the “no pressure” realm of closed captioning for live network television.  Kevin is part of PBS Programming’s Scheduling Implementation group under Nick Agresti.  They were reorganized into Programming from Operations towards the end of 2006.

In addition to the daily posting of the various traffic logs, Kevin’s responsibilities include being point of contact for Traffic folks throughout the PTV system.  Recently he’s taken on the task of updating the Traffic section of PBS Connect.  He is the co-moderator of the Advisories-Refeeds conference.  Kevin is the compiler of the Frequently Asked Questions document, available 24/7 on a Connect website near you.  His motto “killing trees to make logs” is one anyone who has printed a log out can empathize with. 


Laura Sampson
Chair, Station’s Archived Memories (SAM)
Rocky Mountain PBS
Phone: (303) 620-5734
Postal Address:
1089 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204

Laura Sampson has been a dedicated volunteer for Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver since 1973.  During her volunteer career, she served six years as a member of the Governing Board of Directors as well as a member of the Community Advisory Board.  She has held numerous chairmanships including Volunteer Board President, Auction Chairperson, Newsletter Editor, Super School News Chairman, and is currently the Chair of the Station’s Archived Memories Committee.  In 1993, Laura was the recipient of the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB) “Elizabeth Campbell Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award.”  She was honored by Rocky Mountain PBS with the 1998 “Diane Papedo Distinguished Achievement Award.”  Laura served on the Board of Directors for NFPB from 1996-2000. Laura is currently a member of the Rocky Mountain PBS Cornerstone Society serving as a member of the Cornerstone Cabinet. In 2000, Laura created the Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) Committee that she has chaired for seven years.  The committee works daily to provide and maintain an audio and visual history of Rocky Mountain PBS.  At the 2004 PBS Development Conference, Station’s Archived Memories received the NFPB “Jan Mitchell Community Development Award” for raising community awareness and appreciation of their local public television station.



Bill Sanford
General Manager, Director of Engineering
Lakeland Public Television
Phone: (218) 333-3015
Postal Address:
1500 Birchmont Drive NE #9
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
Bill held several jobs in commercial radio and television including being the chief engineer for the first low power television station in the US prior to joining Lakeland Public Television as Director of Engineering back in 1985.  Bill was appointed as General Manager and Director of Engineering of Lakeland Public TV in 2000.  Bill has also served two terms on the PBS Engineering Committee and has been very active in Mac based software development.  He has written automation and VDCP control software, as well as QuickTime based radio and television media file recording, playback and transcoding software.  Bill holds a BSIT degree from Bemidji State University, a general class FCC license and a general class amateur radio license.  His favorite hobbies include camping, boating, and RC airplanes and helicopters.

Mark Schubin
Technological Consultant
Postal Address:


Mark Schubin has been capturing and distributing TV shows with stereo sound since 1976 and currently deals with multiple types of surround sound capture, upmixing, recording, and distribution.  He has served as engineer-in-charge of many PBS shows, ranging from American Playhouse to The News Hour to Sesame Street and continues to work on Great Performances.  He is a Fellow of SMPTE and has won multiple Emmy awards.


Jason Seiken
Senior Vice President Interactive
(703) 739-5145
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Mr. Seiken oversees PBS’ award-winning new media content and services, including pbs.org, pbskids.org, pbskidsgo.org, pbsparents.org, as well as emerging broadband and mobile delivery platforms. He is responsible for implementation of both short and long-range strategies for new and existing digital media platforms in collaboration with member stations and a wide range of outside producers and contributors.  Prior to PBS, he was based in London, where he led content development for AOL’s businesses in the UK, France, and Germany as Vice President, Content and Programming for AOL Europe. In addition, Mr. Seiken was the founding Executive Editor of washingtonpost.com, responsible for leading the creation of one of the premier newspaper Web sites in the world.



Gary Sgrignoli
Principal Engineer & Founder
Sgrignoli Consulting
Phone: 847-259-3352
Postal Address:
1139 Juniper Lane
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Gary Sgrignoli received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Upon graduation, he joined Zenith Electronics Corporation, where he worked as a design engineer in the Research and Development department for 27 years. In March 2004, Gary set up Sgrignoli Consulting, a DTV-transmission consulting firm, and in April 2005 he merged his practice with those of Bill Meintel (Techware, Inc.) and Dennis Wallace (Wallace and Associates) to create Meintel, Sgrignoli, and Wallace (MSW). Further information can be found at www.MSWdtv.com.

He has worked in the R&D design area on television “ghost” canceling, cable TV scrambling, and cable TV two-way data systems before turning to digital television transmission systems. Since 1991, Gary has been extensively involved in the VSB transmission system design, its prototype implementation, the ATTC lab tests in Alexandria, VA, and both ACATS field tests in Charlotte, NC. He holds 35 U.S. patents.

Gary was involved with the DTV Station Project in Washington DC, helping to develop DTV RF test plans. He has also been involved with numerous television broadcast stations around the country, training them for DTV field testing and data analysis, and participated in numerous DTV over-the-air demonstrations with the Grand Alliance and the ATSC, both in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to publishing technical papers and giving presentations at various conferences, he has held numerous digital VSB transmission system seminars around the country since 1998, and was named the 2005 SBE Educator of the year.



Winter Shanck
Archival Media Librarian
Postal Address:

450 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

Winter has worked in the library field since 1995.  Her first job was as a Page in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of the New York Public Library.  She briefly worked at the William and Anita Newman Library at Baruch College while completing her BBA in Marketing.  In 2000, she began working in the Reference Library/Tape Archive at Thirteen/WNET as the Library Assistant.  She learned research and archival techniques while working in that capacity.  In 2003, she was promoted to Assistant Librarian and began her studies at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College.  In 2006, she graduated from Queens College and was promoted to Archival Media Librarian.  Recently, she was promoted to the Archivist position at Thirteen.



Erika Shernoff
Assistant Director, Brand Management & Promotion
Phone: (703) 739-5102
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202



Tom Silliman
Electronics Research, Inc.
Phone:  (812) 925-6000 x203
Postal Address:
7777 Gardner Road
Chandler, IN  47610
Mr. Silliman is currently the President and CEO of Electronics Research, Inc.  He joined the company in 1969 as a project engineer.  He maintains a close interaction with all aspects of the business, including product design, manufacturing, test, and  installation.  In the past, Mr. Silliman designed the ERI antenna test range and antenna matching routine for calculating slug matching used on all ERI products.  Mr. Silliman designed and patented the ERI Rototiller FM antenna in 1975, and this side mount FM antenna is still considered one of the best FM side mount antennas available on the market.
Academic Background
° Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University 1969 (five year degree)
° Master of Engineering (Electrical), Cornell University 1970
Professional Licenses
° Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Indiana, Minnesota, and Maryland
Professional Affiliations
° Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE), Full Member and past President
° Senior Member of the IEEE
° IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, member and Secretary of the Administrative Committee
° Volunteer on the Board of Directors of WNIN-TV/FM, the local public radio (NPR) and local public television (PBS) station licensed to Evansville, Indiana.



Paul Stackhouse
Director of Web & Multimedia Services
Kentucky Educational Television - KET
Phone: (859) 258-7135
Postal Address:

600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502

Paul Stackhouse is a 19 year veteran of public broadcasting technology at KET; beginning his career as the lead programmer for the KET/SERC Distance Learning keypad project.  He leads the technology team that has created ket.org, the award–winning companion web site for the network. 
KET began video streaming Kentucky’s state house and senate chambers the first week of January, 2000; immediately following the Y2K transition.  In 2003 KET took-over the management of LiteracyLink a PBS developed on-line literacy and ESL product suite.  Mr. Stackhouse is the technology manager for these products.  Recently, Paul has served as technology lead for KET’s digital archive project, digitizing 6,700 hours of finished television production from the first thirty years of KET’s existence into a 26TB video archive.  He currently leads KETs DVD-on-demand project and various forays into podcasting, video podcasting, RSS, OMN and Google Video.

Areas of Interest:

  • Archive and Media Asset Management
  • Automation Systems
  • IT and broadcast: convergent technologies
  • Leveraging Information Technology in the Broadcast environment
  • Multipurpose content: leveraging content for use in Broadcast, and the Internet
  • Networking and Distribution of Digital Media
  • Remote Systems Control
  • Rights Management
  • Storage and Networking

KET has created an end-to-end solution for made-to-order custom DVDs by integrating broadcast servers, traffic systems and DVD robotic equipment with web interfaces and back-end merchant software.

Video files can originate from a number of sources: the broadcast (near-line) server, a live digital video capture system, from our broadcast digital archive library or manually from analog or digital tape.  Once ingested, video assets are identified by NOLA codes cross referenced across a number of systems.

Series level graphics and text are stored in a system ready for merging with text extracted from KET’s traffic system.
Requests for multiple episodes from a single series can be aggregated onto a single DVD with menus on the disc, the label and the wrapper.   These menus are created through an open-source automated authoring application. 

DVDs are created on a four-drive robotic duplication system.  Jobs are submitted over the LAN into the robots queue.  The duplicator includes an ink-jet printer to print disc faces. 

A laser printer prints the wrapper insert using metadata extracted from our traffic software.  The consumer’s address is printed directly onto the outside back of the wrapper; the receipt is printed on the reverse of the wrapper.  Postal regulations permit the mailing of a secured DVD case without an envelope.  The mail room staff piece together the wrapper, case, and disc and places them in the outgoing US mail.


Joe Strobel
Senior Project Manager and Engineering Process Analyst
Communications Engineering, Inc.
Postal Address:

Joe Strobel has more than 20 years of experience in broadcast/television engineering. His responsibilities at CEI include project management, system design and execution, vendor relations, and new technology investigation and implementation. He has served as project manager for several WETA projects and is currently the project coordinator for WETA’s Production Center upgrade to HD.

Strobel's technical background, managerial skills, and project expertise involves extensive broadcast television and radio design solutions tailored for commercial and government clients. His recent experience includes project management for Discovery Communications’ post-production facilities, the National Cable Telecommunications Association headquarters, and the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Landover, MD.

Strobel’s broadcast engineering project experience involves design and integration efforts with: WHRO, Norfolk, VA; Qwest Digital Media, Washington, DC; Fox SportsNet, Houston; C-SPAN, Washington, DC; and Federal Judicial Center Media Production Facility, Washington, DC.

Before joining CEI, Strobel was vice president at Contract Video Specialists, Inc., a Washington, DC-area Broadcast and A/V integration firm.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland
Fiber Optics Training, VDV Works LLC (formerly Fiber U/Cable U)
Leadership Skills and Team Development for IT and Technical Professionals,
American Management Association International

Professional Associations

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
Autodesk User Group International (AUGI)



Steve Thum
TV Programming Assistant
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Postal Address:

555 N. Dakota Street
PO Box 5000
Vermillion, SD 57069

Steve Thum graduated from Black Hills State in 1988.  He started working for SDPB in 1991 as an MCO, then spent 1 year as TV Continuity director in 1994 and became TV Traffic Manager in 1995.  In addition to his regular traffic duties, Steve has been a play-by-play sports announcer, phone producer for live shows, TV pledge talent, camera operator for pledge and live sports.


Greg Tillou
Director, Operations
Phone: (803) 799-5517 x114
Postal Address:

939 South Stadium Road
Columbia, SC  29201

Mr. Tillou joined SECA/NETA in 1974 as a tape librarian and traffic assistant. He has been the director of operations for the last 23 years.


Paul Turner
Vice President of Product Marketing
Omneon Video Networks
Phone: (408) 585-5113
Postal Address:
965 Stewart Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94085-3913

For the last 4 years, Paul Turner has been Vice President of Product Marketing for Omneon Video Networks, managing the Product Marketing and Product Management functions, along with being responsible for overall product strategy at the company. Mr. Turner brings with him over 30 years of experience in the broadcasting industry in Europe and the USA, starting his career as an engineer at the BBC in 1980. Since then he has held Engineering and Senior Management positions both in the USA and the U.K at the Grass Valley Group, where he was responsible for the design, development, definition and marketing of many of Grass Valley’s product innovations in the broadcast video processing space, including the Video Mixers, Digital Effects systems (DVEs), special effects keying technologies and graphics devices. After leaving GVG, Mr Turner worked in Product Management and Product Marketing roles at several other broadcast manufacturers, including Abekas Video Systems, Scitex Digital Video, Sony Electronics and Pinnacle Systems, where he held the position of Director of Product Marketing for their Storage, Switcher, DVE and Character Generator product lines. Mr Turner holds an Honors degree in Electronic Engineering from Liverpool University in the U.K.


Lynn Veltrie
Operation Coordinator
Phone: (509) 354-7687
Postal Address:

3911 South Regal Street
Spokane, WA 99223

After working 2 years in commercial radio I came to KSPS-TV Public Television in Spokane in the Fall of 1979.  While earning my BA degree in Broadcast Communications from Gonzaga University I worked part time in Master Control.  I became a full time MC Operator in 1981 and worked in that capacity up until 1985 when I became the Operations Coordinator. Over the past 20 years, while  supervising operations I have also had the opportunity to perform much of the station’s voice work, produce 2 half hour documentaries as well as a variety of segments for one of Public Television’s longest running magazine programs Northwest Profiles. In 2006 I became supervisor of the newly merged and highly motivated Ops/Traffic Department that is responsible for delivering a quality on-air product for KSPS, KTNW, KWSU, 4 Educational Cable Channels, 1 Public Access Channel and 6 digital services.


Dennis Wallace, C.B.T.E.
Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace
Phone: (202) 251-7589
Postal Address:
1282 Smallwood Drive West
Suite # 372
Waldorf, Maryland 20603

Dennis Wallace has an extensive background in Digital Television Systems. Dennis managed all the Laboratory RF Testing of the Grand Alliance ATSC HDTV System, having served as the RF Systems Engineer at the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He managed test plans, configurations, and operations for Grand Alliance Testing and several Datacasting Systems. Prior to joining ATTC, Dennis held positions in Field Operations Engineering, Applications Engineering, and was Product Manager for two Television transmitter manufacturers.

In July 1997, Dennis founded Wallace & Associates a broadcast engineering and consulting firm specializing in Digital Television, RF Propagation Measurements, Spectrum Policy issues, and Technical Consulting. His clients include major broadcast groups, The DTV Station Project, ATTC, Trade Associations, and both Professional and Consumer Electronics Manufacturers. 

He has worked on the Broadcast side, as well, holding Chief Engineer and Operations Manager positions with both radio and television stations.

Dennis has authored several papers on the topics of Digital Television transmission and results of testing of the DTV systems, which have been published in the IEEE Transactions and other publications. Dennis has been a presenter at the IEEE Broadcast Technology Symposium, NAB, and several SBE Conferences, as well as providing DTV presentations for SCTE and IEEE Chapters.

In 1999, Mr. Wallace was awarded the prestigious Matti S. Siukola award by the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.

Mr. Wallace is a Certified Broadcast Television Engineer by the Society of Broadcast Engineers.  He is also a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, SMPTE, an Associate member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and is active on several industry standards committees and the ATSC.
Meintel, Sgrignoli, & Wallace

Ken Walters
Senior Director, Enterprise Platforms
Phone: (703) 739.5061
Postal Address:
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

As Sr. Director Enterprise Platforms, Ken is responsible for Data Center strategy and operations at PBS’s Alexandria Virginia headquarters. During his 15 years at PBS Ken has held numerous technical and managerial positions related to system, database, storage, and data center administration focusing on high availability, storage, virtualization, consolidation, performance tuning, and disaster recovery.

Ken’s group at PBS recently completed the build out of two new data centers and seamless migration from the former PBS headquarters to these new facilities.
Ken received a B.S. in The Technology of Management from The American University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the SNIA End User Council, StorageNetowrking.org, and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals.



Bill Weber
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (215) 351-1200
Fax: (215) 351-0398
Postal Address:
Independence Mall West
150 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Kay Welch
Program Coordinator, Digital Services
Phone: (415) 553-3326
Postal Address:
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Kay began her Traffic experience managing a single analog channel at RIPBS five years ago. As a Program Coordinator, Digital SErvices at KQED, Kay manages and generates the record sheets and all server attachments for automation, tapes, live feeds and preview copies while monitoring PBS Connect for advisory/re-feeds, flags, offers etc... She also reviews, addresses and resolves the Daily Discrepancies between Operations and Traffic.

The recent merge with KTEH/KCAH stations extended her role beyond completing the daily logs and the record sheets for the total of 8 program services now offered at NCPB. During the transition, she worked very closely with the Programming and Operations areas by overseeing and updating both KQED and KTEH traffic associates of all modifications made to the application on Protrack servers, data migration, automation and ingest work orders of many interstitials from KTEH onto the KQED servers.



Peter Wilson
Managing Director
High Definition & Digital Cineam Ltd.
Phone: + 44 (0) 2392 370513
Postal Address:
30 Park Lane
Cosham, Hampshire

Peter Wilson has an Electrical Engineering background. Trained in Pragmatic Engineering in the British Apprenticeship system, Peter moved into the Educational Sector then back into the manufacturing sector.

Peter already has 20 years experience in High Definition Television at the highest level with experience of large screen Projection in several technologies. It was only natural for Peter to take an interest in Digital Cinema around five years ago.
Peter moved on from Snell and Wilcox six months ago and set up a Consultancy and Training business which is High Definition and Digital Cinema Ltd.

Peter is Currently Vice Chair of the European Digital Cinema Forum and Chairman of the technical module. Peter also sits on committees and working groups for the UK Department of Trade and Industry and Digital Terrestrial Group.




Mandy Yates
Traffic Director
WTIU - Television from Indiana
Postal Address:

1229 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-5501




Lewis Zager
PBS DTV Strategic Services Group
Phone:(703) 739-3988
Fax: (703) 739-5770
Postal Address:
2775 S. Quincy Street
Arlington, VA  22206

Lewis Zager is Director of the DTV Strategic Services Group (DSSG) at PBS.  The DSSG administers a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant program which assists public television stations with the acquisition of equipment needed for the transition to digital broadcasting.  The DSSG also provides assistance and support to PBS stations as they convert their facilities from analog to digital.  Prior to joining PBS, Lew was Vice President, Technology at WETA in Washington, D.C.  He has over 25 years experience in public television production and engineering including responsibilities for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, In Performance at the White House and Washington Week in Review.  Lew has been active in industry committees involved in the development of digital television.  He is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, The Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.


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