Board of Trustees | Emeritus Board | Advisory Board | Senior Staff 


Detroit Public Television is governed by a Board of Trustees led by Board Chair, Thomas C. Shafer President at Talmer Bank & Trust and Chief Operating Officer at Talmer Bancorp, Inc. 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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Detroit Public TV Trustees on why they support DPTV:

Board of Trustees

Thomas C. Shafer, Chair
Arthur Horwitz, Chair-Elect
Rich Homberg, President & CEO
Sandra Ennis, Secretary
Daniel Alpert, Asst. Secretary
Pat Fehring, Treasurer
Ken Banach, Asst. Treasurer
Donna Murray-Brown, Vice Chair
Charles Ciuni, Vice Chair
Barbara Kratchman, Vice Chair
Bud Liebler, Vice Chair
Hannan Lis, Vice Chair
James Mitchell, Vice Chair

Michael Acheson
Melody Arabo
Geaneen Arends
Jennifer Belveal
Terrence Burke
Tony Cervone
Ray Day
Jennifer Fiore
Rainy Hamilton Jr.
Jacqueline Howard
Joyce Jenereaux
Frank Jonna
Carol Klein
Leonard A. Kruszewski
Daniel E. Little
Tonya Matthews
Timothy Nicholson
Juliette Okotie-Eboh
Byron Pitts
Melissa Roy
Howard Sherman
Christine Sing
David Sturtz
Deborah G. Tyner
Michael Watson
Simon Whitelocke
Shaun Wilson
Todd Wyett


Emeritus Board

Bob Allison
Elaine Baker
John Beran
Melonie Colaianne
Susan Cooper
Tarik Daoud
Marianne Fey
Ronald Goldsberry
Vaughn Koshkarian
Dana Locniskar
James Nicholson
Michael Porter
Richard Rassel
George Riley
Lois Shaevsky
Stephen Strome
Ken Whipple


Community Advisory Panel

Learn more about the Community Advisory Panel > 


Senior Staff

Rich Homberg, President and CEO, rhomberg@dptv.org
Ken Banach, EVP and CFO, kbanach@dptv.org
Dave Devereaux, TV, Radio & Digital Communications, devereaux@dptv.org
Dan Alpert, Philanthropy and Major Donors, alpert@dptv.org
Fred Nahhat, Production, fnahhat@dptv.org
Georgeann Herbert, Content and Community Engagement, gherbert@dptv.org
Jamie Westrick, Business Development, jwestrick@dptv.org
Ryan Laurie, Individual Giving, rlaurie@dptv.org
Robalee Monroe, Executive Assistant to Rich Homberg and Ken Banach, rmonroe@dptv.org


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

We are pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Trustees: Geaneen Arends, is a Shareholder and Attorney practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. She concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate law. Ms. Arends assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues and general business contracts.

Jacqueline Howard, is Director of Corporate Citizenship at Ally Financial. She brings a wide range of knowledge to her position with experience in digital communications, grassroots community relations outreach and corporate public relations. In her position, she is responsible for the creation and execution of strategic programs for the organization’s financial literacy program, corporate giving initiatives and employee giving/volunteerism programs.

Shaun Wilsonis a longtime public relations veteranand senior vice president ofthe Detroit office of Lansing-based public relations and nonpartisan political consulting firm Truscott Rossman LLC.  He serves a growing client list including DTE Energy, the Detroit Medical Center and the City of Detroit.

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From Melody Saroki Arabo:

"I'm thrilled to share that I've been selected as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education! I will continue to be a full time teacher at Keith Elementary next year, but will also work for the Department to provide teacher voice to our nation's leaders in Washington D.C. I look forward to contributing to initiatives like teacher leadership, bully prevention, and special education reform, among many others, and to learning more about policy and the factors that shape our education system. Thank you Angela Colasanti, Brian Calley, Rich Homberg, Phil Pittman, and Ken Gutman for your help and support with this opportunity!"

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