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THE 2014 NATIONAL ADVOCACY AWARDS

The 2014 National Advocacy Awards

The 2014 National Advocacy Awards recognize two exceptional individuals who exemplify effective advocacy on behalf of public television. This year's awards were given to Gail Sande, Member of the Board of Trustees, KNPB Public Broadcasting, and Dorothy Pacella, Executive Director, Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc.

Gail Sande, Member of the Board of Trustees, KNPB Public Broadcasting

Gail Sande is a Member of the Board of Trustees for KNPB Public Broadcasting in Reno, NV, and serves as Chair of the Resource and Governance Committee. She is also the immediate past Chairman of the Board and stepped down after serving in that position for three years. She is a Trustee of the National Association of Public Television Stations. Ms Sande currently serves on the Nevada State Board for the Humanities, and is a board member for the First Tee of Northern Nevada and the American Heart Association.

Ms. Sande has been actively involved in the Reno community for the past 37 years, dedicated to making Reno not only the “Biggest Little City in America,” but the “Best Little City” to live in. Some of her activities have included serving as Vice President and Development Chairman for the Lear Theater, a member of the Reno Tahoe Young Professional Network Advisory Board, Treasurer of Young Audiences, President of the Roy Gomm Parent Facility Association, Treasurer of the Sons of Norway, President of Law Wives and Director of Community Relations for the Assistance League of Reno/Sparks 

Ms. Sande graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno with a B.A. in 1971, and was an Operations Officer at First National Bank of Nevada until 1977, when she retired from the business world to be a stay-at-home mom and community activist.

To find out more, read the press release.

Dorothy Pacella, Executive Director, Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc.

Dorothy Pacella is Executive Director of the Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc., an independent nonprofit organization serving as a link between WNET New York Public Media and its tri-state constituency (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut).

The Friends organization has been supporting THIRTEEN for over 40 years, and Mrs. Pacella has been Executive Director since 1989. She is responsible for expanding the reach and effectiveness of the Friends organization. Working with a volunteer board of directors, and volunteers across the tri-state area, she is responsible for designing and implementing projects that will carry out the mission of THIRTEEN/WNET.

Mrs. Pacella is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB) since 1996 and Chair of the NFPB 2003 Volunteer Leadership Summit that took place at the PBS Development Conference. In October 2005, Mrs. Pacella was elected Chair of NFPB. In 2008, Mrs. Pacella was elected as a Lay Trustee on the APTS Board of Directors and APTS Action, Inc. and re-elected for a second term in 2011.

To find out more, read the press release.

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