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Advisory Board Names New Leadership, Adds Members

COLUMBUS, OHIO, AUGUST 3, 2020 – WOSU Public Media announces new leadership to the Friends of WOSU Board:

  • President: Kyle Anderson, director of marketing & communication, State Auto Insurance Companies
    Kyle has led the development of web sites, the creation and growth of teams and the execution of marketing and communication plans to drive employee and customer engagement.

  • Vice President: Mac Joseph, senior vice president of marketing, Paul Werth
    Mac is an expert at pinpointing exactly where PR should fit into a broader marketing framework and a knack for designing collaborative action plans that balance traditional and emerging digital communications channels.

  • Secretary/Treasurer: Betsy Pandora, executive director, Short North Alliance
    Betsy has nearly 20 years of experience working in the creative sector and has held education, marketing, outreach, and strategic planning positions with many of Columbus’ leading arts and cultural nonprofits.

Additionally, WOSU has recruited new Friends of WOSU Board members who bring important community experiences and perspective to the organization:

  • Courtnee Carrigan, CEO and executive trainer, Raising the Bar Performance Group
    Courtnee combines innovative strategy with effective communication to influence positive change and build organizational capacity as a nonprofit leader, executive trainer, and strategic facilitator of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

  • Erin Davis Shedd, Esq., system vice president & associate general counsel, OhioHealth Corporation
    Erin leads a team of attorneys responsible for providing legal advice to the organization’s hospitals laboratory, pharmacy, home care, hospice, medical education, quality and marketing teams.

  • Erik Farley, dean of student leadership and community engagement, Denison University
    Erik is responsible for leading efforts to imagine, build and sustain a strong, healthy and dynamic community on Denison’s campus. He contributes to and guides strategic and operational decision-making as a member of student development’s leadership team.

  • Julie Keckstein, vice president and senior banking advisor, PNC Wealth Management
    Julie has been honored numerous times for superior production and client service. For her work with women-owned business owners, she was named a finalist for the PNC Performance Award.

  • Bill Schiffman, principal, W3 Wealth Management, LLC
    Bill is a veteran CPA and financial advisor. He has served several stints on the Friends of WOSU Board and returns this year. Bill has hosted WOSU’s In the Know high school student quiz show since 1982.

The volunteer Friends of WOSU Board plays a critical advisory role for WOSU Public Media. The board, established in 1973, reviews WOSU’s strategic plan and programming, advises on major initiatives, serves as advocates to government officials and leaders at Ohio State, and provides an all-important community lens. Over the past year, the board has assisted with the capital campaign for the new WOSU headquarters currently under construction in the new 15+HIGH District on the campus of The Ohio State University.

WOSU Public Media’s mission is to engage, inform and inspire our diverse community. WOSU’s vision is Curiosity ignited. Community connected.

About the Friends of WOSU Board
The 1970s provided the most challenging financial time in WOSU’s history. For instance, deep university cuts forced WOSU radio and TV to go off the air early evenings and weekends to save on utility and personnel costs. The Friends of WOSU Board, chartered in 1973, quickly joined with staff to solicit support from the general public. A “Friends-a-Thon” raised $24,000 in two days. Everyone was surprised and grateful for the community’s outpouring of support for public broadcasting. One contributor described their “utter frenzy” at the thought of losing WOSU programming.

Current Friends of WOSU Board Members:

Kyle Anderson* Trip Lazarus
William Ballenger Kurt Lykins
Jason Beehler Kathy McGinnis
Courtnee Carrigan Melissa McHenry
Ann DiMarco Christine Mortine
Erik Farley Betsy Pandora*
Jeri Grier Stacy Rastauskas
Jon Hsu Tom Rieland*
Mac Joseph* Bill Schiffman
Julie Keckstein Erin Davis Shedd
Ray LaVoie *Denotes executive board

About WOSU Public Media
The mission of WOSU Public Media is to engage, inform and inspire our diverse community. An NPR and PBS affiliate, WOSU is a noncommercial multimedia organization serving over two million citizens in Central Ohio through broadcast, digital, programming, events and education experiences. A licensee of The Ohio State University, member-supported WOSU Public Media moves its headquarters and studios to the new 15+HIGH District on campus in 2021. Learn more at wosu.org.