Staff and Management Team
Overall management responsibility for the WOSU Public Media is held by the General Manager, who reports to the reports to the Vice President, University Communications. Day-to-day operations are supervised by a variety of directors.
|WOSU Leadership Team|
|General Manager||Tom Rieland|
|Chief Operating Officer||Karen Olstad|
|Senior Director Operations||Mary Alice Akins|
|Director of Planning and Initiatives||David Carwile|
|Senior Director Content||Brent Davis|
|Music Director||Beverley Ervine|
|Executive Producer – Arts||Cindy Gaillard|
|Director of Marketing and Communications||Meredith Hart|
|Director of Educational Services||Marcelita Haskins|
|TV Program Director||Stacia Hentz|
|Digital Media Director||Nick Houser|
|Chief Engineer – Radio||Mike Meadows|
|Director of Advancement||Amy Milbourne|
|Radio Operations Director||Kevin Petrilla|
|Manager of TV Production||John Prosek|
|Manager of Underwriting||Christine Sadic|
|News and Public Affairs Director||Michael Thompson|
|Manager of Membership||Rob Walker|
|The Ohio State University|
|President||Michael V. Drake|
|Vice President of University Communications||Melinda Church|
General Manager – Tom Rieland
Tom joined WOSU as General Manager in November 2002 after 13 years as Director of the Center for Public Television & Radio at the University of Alabama. Tom’s career started in his hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he went to College and worked as a DJ at local radio stations including WCOW, where his listening audience was indeed primarily cows. He went on to become a reporter, anchor, and bureau chief at ABC network stations in Pensacola and Memphis before he chose to seek his graduate degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. It was at Ole Miss where he started producing documentaries, a broadcast instructor and administrator.
At WOSU, he has served as president of the Ohio Educational Television Stations and on a variety of national advisory committees for public broadcasting. He has provided community service through board membership with the Columbus Metropolitan Club, Jefferson Center and the Jazz Arts Group and serves on a number of Ohio State advisory councils and boards.
Tom and his wife, Carol, who is a social worker, have two daughters, two cats and a Sheltie.
Chief Operating Officer – Karen Olstad
Karen came to WOSU in 2009 from Alaska Public Telecommunications in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer. In addition to her position at Alaska Public Telecommunications, Olstad also worked 20 years for Washington State Universityâ€™s joint NPR/PBS licensee, rising to the position of Associate General Manager and Chief Financial Officer, also serving two years as Acting General Manager.
Over the years, she has served on numerous public media committees and as chair of the Public Broadcasting Management Association (PBMA). Karen has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University.
In addition to her work at WOSU, Karen is active in various professional and community organizations. She serves on the boards of Public Radio in Mid America, Ohio Public Radio, Local Matters, the Upper Arlington Public Library and the Washington State University Alumni Association.
She and her husband, Will Kuhlman, have two grown daughters. Karen attributes her passion about public media to her parents who started her watching PBS and listening to NPR in her youth while growing up in Seattle.
Senior Director of Operations – Mary Alice Akins
Mary Alice – who is as Irish as you can get (“full-blooded and I have the temper to prove it!”) – was born in Xenia, OH, and survived the tornado of 1974. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Mary Alice has been married for over 20 years to her husband, Kevin, who currently works for The Scotts Company. Something interesting about Mary Alice: she can crochet a baby blanket and could put in your hardwood floors if needed. Mary Alice comments, “I really do enjoy working at WOSU and I love the people I work with. It’s never the same boring thing every day; you never know what is going to happen on any given day and that’s what makes it interesting.”
Director of Planning and Initiatives – David B. Carwile
A 30-year broadcasting veteran, David Carwile is Director of Planning and Initiatives and serves as an Associate Director of WOSU Public Media. After a turn as a Statehouse reporter in commercial broadcasting in the early 1980s, Dave joined WOSU in 1986 working as Director of Radio Programming and Radio Station Manager for WOSU-AM-FM. He also serves as the administrator for Ohio Education Television Stations, Inc. representing all Ohio PTV stations at the state level. Dave holds Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Education from OSU. Away from the workplace, he is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Columbus, and serves as the primary voice for The Ohio State University Marching Band at concerts and football games. Dave lives in Worthington with his wife Kathleen.
Senior Director of Content and Executive Producer – Brent Davis
Brent Davis is the senior content director for WOSU Public Media. He works with other staff members to create radio and TV programs and web material about Columbus and Central Ohio. He believes that it is vital that WOSU is recognized as a primary source for authentic, engaging, and informative content about this area. He joined WOSU in 2005 after 18 years at the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio. He grew up in Missour-uh, as he pronounces it, and graduated from the University of Georgia. His first job out of school was reporting and then producing at a television station in Savannah. His wife, Susan, is from Rhode Island, another great place to visit. She works as an educator on the pulmonary floor at Children’s Hospital and spends a lot of her time playing with kids. She says it’s a great job. Zack, their son, is a Paraguayan by birth and a skateboarder by choice. They adopted him when he was six months old.
Music Director – Beverley Ervine
Beverley fully expected to be teaching somewhere her whole life. Having been the daughter of an elementary school teacher, Beverley thought she’d follow her mother’s footsteps. For a while she did, teaching elementary classroom music and elementary band, high school band, and an undergraduate music appreciation course as a graduate teaching associate. However, Beverley filled the newly created, full-time position of Music Librarian for the classical radio station. Now, as Music Director, Beverley spends the bulk of her work hours programming the music you hear Boyce, John and Jennifer play and talk about on the air. She met and married her husband, Boyce Lancaster, at the radio station, out on the back patio next to their offices.
Director of Educational Services – Marcelita G. Haskins
Marcelita G. Haskins has over 25 years of experience developing and delivering services in education and outreach through public broadcasting. As the Director of Educational Services for WOSU Public Media, she oversees early childhood education services including workshops for center-based and home child care providers focusing on strategies to promote school readiness; the development of multimedia projects for integration into in K-12 curricula; and outreach projects that advance WOSU Public Media’s educational mission. Marcelita was born and raised in the Philippines. She holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in communication from The Ohio State University.
TV Program Director – Stacia Hentz
Stacia was hired in June 2002 as TV Master Control Supervisor, and has served asÂ Manager On-air Support services, and nowÂ TV Program Manager.Â She spent 16Â years with CNNÂ traveling the world, from Emperor Hirohito’s funeral in Tokyo, toÂ the Romanian uprising in Bucharest, to the Gulf War in Israel.Â Born in Cincinnati, she grewÂ up in Middletown, Ohio, Amherst, NH, Chicago and Atlanta. “My Dad was on the move for work. I lived in Atlanta for 23 years and consider it my hometown. I moved to Columbus 9 years ago and have fallen in love with the city!”Â She graduated from the Univ. of Missouri with a BA in Communications and a minor in American History.
Manager of Underwriting – Christine Sadic
Christine came to WOSU in January 2006, as Corporate Support and Foundation Giving Manager and has also served Chefs in the City Event Chairperson from 2007-2010. Christine worked in sales and marketing positions for various media formats including print, radio, and commercial TV since 1993. She started her public broadcasting career in 2000 and went back to school to receive a Master’s degree in public broadcasting management in 2004 from Ohio University before being hired at WOSU. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Christine has also spent time living in Athens, Ohio and Boulder, Colorado. She received both her Bachelors (in Organizational Communications) and Masters (in Public Broadcasting Management) degrees from Ohio University. She enjoys spending time outside of work traveling to visit with family and seeing new parts of the world. She’s a movie buff and a music head and loves being outside, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
News and Public Affairs Director – Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and earned a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from The Syracuse University and a Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Mike has worked in public and commercial radio and television in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio. During his career he has won numerous awards for investigative, enterprising, and feature reporting. Mike is married to Mary Cavanaugh Thompson. She is a teacher. The Thompson’s have twins William and Madeleine.