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DPTV Board Members 2019DPTV Board of Trustees gather for the Annual Board of Trustees Pledge Challenge Night. View more photos >

Detroit Public Television is governed by a Board of Trustees led by Board Chair, Hannan Lis, Principal and Chief Operating Officer at The WW Group, Inc. which operates Weight Watchers in Michigan and Ontario.  The board is composed of representatives from the local, business, civic, and cultural communities. The station is operated by a professional staff headed by President and CEO Rich Homberg.

DPTV’s Community Advisory Panel reviews the station’s content (programming, productions) and community engagement and connects the station to ideas and interests of other organizations in Southeast Michigan. Learn more about the Community Advisory Panel >

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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees


Hannan Lis, Chair

Rich Homberg, President & CEO

Donna Murray-Brown, Vice Chair 

Sandra Ennis, Secretary

Timothy Nicholson, Chair Elect

Christine Sing, Treasurer

Ollette Boyd, Assistant Treasurer

Laura Brandt, Assistant Secretary



Addell Austin Anderson

Melody Arabo

Geaneen Arends

Loren Baidas

Jennifer Belveal

Mark J. Bernstein

Mark Bohen

Terrence Burke

Ken Clarkson

Jennifer Fiore

Michelle Greene

Arthur Horwitz

Jacqueline Howard

Joyce Jenereaux

Frank Jonna

Steven Kalczynski

Carol Klein

Tonya Matthews

Charles Metzger

Charlie Moret

Donna Murray-Brown

Byron Pitts

Reuben Rashty

Melissa Roy

Howard Sherman

Paula Silver

Brad Simmons

David Sturtz

Pam Theisen

Manny Torgow

Deborah G. Tyner

Michael Watson

Simon Whitelocke

Alexis Wiley

Shaun Wilson

Todd Wyett


Emeritus Board

Bob Allison

Elaine Baker

John Beran

Charles Ciuni

Melonie Colaianne

Susan Cooper

Tarik Daoud (In Memoriam)

Patrick Fehring

Marianne Fey

Ronald Goldsberry

Barbara Kratchman

Vaughn Koshkarian

Leonard Kruszewski

Bud Liebler

Dana Locniskar

James Nicholson

Michael Porter

Richard Rassel

George Riley (In Memoriam)

Lois Shaevsky

Thomas Shafer

Stephen Strome

Ken Whipple


Community Advisory Panel

Learn more about the Community Advisory Panel > 


Senior Staff

Rich Homberg, President and CEO
Ollette Boyd, CFO
Laura Brandt, VP, Operations
Dave Devereaux, SVP, Broadcasting & Station Manager, WRCJ 90.9 FM
Georgeann Herbert, SVP, Strategy
Fred Nahhat, SVP, Production
Ryan Laurie, VP, Individual Giving
Tracy Duda, AVP, Human Resources
Ed Moore, AVP, Content
Cheryl Spitale Jones, AVP, Marketing & Digital
Letitia Eppes, Executive Assistant to Rich Homberg and Ollette Boyd


For DPTV and WRCJ, a strong and committed board is vital to the institution’s success. 

We are pleased to welcome our newest Board of Trustees:

Brad Simmons

Detroit Public Television’s Board of Trustees elected Brad Simmons, Director, Community Outreach Ford Motor Company, as the latest member of the board.

Upon completing his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy 1979, Brad Simmons embarked on a career with Ford Motor Company that has stretched over 40 years.  In that time, he has held positions in finance, governmental affairs, and community relations, and was instrumental in producing the company’s first corporate citizenship report.

He later served for more than a decade as Director of the Office of the Executive Chairman, and today is involved in supporting a variety of civic, philanthropic and special projects.

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