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
Addell Austin-Anderson
Geaneen Arends
Jennifer Belveal
Terrence Burke
Tony Cervone
Jeffrey G. Collins
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
Irene Tasi
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 (In Memorium)
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 Williams, 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: As the Director of the Detroit office of the University of Michigan, Addell Austin Anderson oversees operations and is responsible for partnerships with the Detroit Center. In this role, she seeks to facilitate ways the Center may serve as a gateway for University and Detroit communities to collaborate and take advantage of each other's assets and capabilities to affect change for the mutual benefit of our region.  She has a long history working with non-profit organizations, academic institutions and in community service capacities. She maintains an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of the Humanities for Wayne County Community College District. Prior to these positions, she served as AmeriCorps Director at U-M’s Ginsberg Center and Executive Director of the Woodward Heritage Organization, Wayne.

As a former Judge, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Wayne County Deputy Chief Executive Officer and motivational speaker, Jeffrey G. Collins has returned to private practice and added the title of author with the release of his first book “Do The Right Thing: Make Ethics Your Brand."  Throughout his career, Collins has been at the center of turbulent situations and life altering experiences that influenced and helped change the course of legal and government circumstances at federal and local levels. From the tragic events of 911 to guiding a county government through federal investigations and at the same time instituting a culture of values and integrity, these experiences and others inspired Collins to share what his family reinforced at an early age, the importance of ethics in defining who we are and how we conduct ourselves without compromise – ethics is our personal brand.

Irene Tasi has worked her entire career with the Masco Corporation and is currently the Director Investor Relations in Cabinetry.   Masco Corporation is a manufacturer of products for the home improvement and new home construction markets.  Irene has an M.B.A from Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. from the University of Windsor in International Relations and she is a Canadian citizen.



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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