Association of Public Television Stations Elects Board Leaders, Members

WASHINGTON — February 21, 2016 — The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) today announced the election of its leaders and members of its Board of Trustees.

Eric Hyyppa, Director and General Manager of MontanaPBS, has been re-elected Chairman. Ronnie Agnew, Executive Director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, has been re-elected as the Professional Vice Chair, and Jo Ellen Chatham, Lay Trustee of PBS SoCaL, has been re-elected as Lay Vice Chair.

The following trustees were re-elected to the APTS board: Ronnie Agnew, Executive Director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting; Eric Hyyppa, Director and General Manager of MontanaPBS; Edward Kaplan, Chair of Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission; Becky Magura, President & CEO of WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS, Cookeville, Tennessee; Pat Moody, Lay Trustee of WNIT Television, South Bend, Indiana; Russell Peotter, General Manager of WGBY, Springfield, Massachusetts; Allan Pizzato, President & General Manager of WYES, New Orleans, Louisiana; and Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii.

Newly elected as a Lay Director to the APTS board is Carol Kellermann, Lay Trustee of Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York.

The following is background on newly-elected board member Carol Kellermann:

Carol Kellermann is President of the Citizens Budget Commission. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in nonprofit, philanthropic and government settings.

Ms. Kellermann has served as Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and PENCIL, Inc., and as a consultant to City University of New York (CUNY), where she initiated a pilot program to improve graduation rates and job outcomes at CUNY’s six community colleges. As Executive Director and CEO of the September 11 Fund, Ms. Kellermann oversaw the $500+ million charitable fund, which provided grants and assistance for the short and long term needs of victims of the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Learning Leaders, the oldest and largest volunteer program in the New York City public schools.

Ms. Kellermann has been Chief of Staff to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer and held various executive positions in New York City government, including Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance.

Ms. Kellermann holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

All bios of the APTS Board of Trustees can be found here.

About APTS
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research, communications and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans. Its affiliate APTS Action, Inc. promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy and through grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner bipartisan congressional support. For more information, visit