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Board of Trustees at a Challenge Night during a membership drive
DPTV Board of Trustees gather for the Annual Board of Trustees Pledge Challenge Night. View more photos by clicking on the photo.

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


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 Photo

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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