WGTE Public Media Appoints Four New Directors

Toledo, Ohio – The governing board of WGTE Public Media named four new directors effective July 1, 2018.  Ursula Barrera-Richards, J.D. Chief Human Resource Officer for the Zepf Center, Charlene Gilbert, M.F.A., Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at The University of Toledo, Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems at Tiffin University, and Barbara Petee, Chief Advocacy and Government Relations Officer at ProMedica have all been appointed for three-year terms.

Each will serve terms from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.
 
Ursula Barrera-Richards brings 17 years of public sector labor relations experience and a passion for strategic change to the organization.
 
Charlene Gilbert has 20 years experience as an independent documentary filmmaker, teacher and scholar. As a national award-winning producer for public television, Gilbert will bring invaluable experience to the Board.
 
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki is a certified facilitator for the Global Mindset Inventory and is currently focusing her research interests in performance improvement practices and the study of the ethical improvement of productivity and competence in organizations.
 
Barbara Petee focuses on community relations and redevelopment at ProMedica where she is responsible for connecting organizations and agencies in collaborative work to ensure health and well-being for all citizens.
 
In addition, officers for the 2019 fiscal year were selected. Bill Heywood will serve as Chairperson, Ann Sanford will serve as Vice Chairperson, Jennifer Coy will serve as Treasurer, and Ben Brown will serve as Secretary. WGTE staff member Dan Niedzwiecki will continue as Assistant Treasurer and staff member Ray Miller will continue as Assistant Secretary.
 
Marlon Kiser, President and CEO of WGTE Public Media will continue in his role as President of the Board.
 
Clarence Smith, Chairperson of the Board for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 is retiring. Smith has served on the board since 2005. Yolanda Gwinn, Chairperson of the Marketing Committee in Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 is retiring. Gwinn has served on the board since 2009.
 
WGTE Public Media (The Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio) is a non-profit organization and a center of learning and education for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Founded as an educational institute in 1953, education remains at the heart of what we do every day. From our entertaining, informative and educational programs that air on WGTE TV, FM 91, and www.Knowledgestream.org to our professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and preschool day care providers, WGTE helps to make northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan a better place to live.