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Peer Learning Communities

The NETA Peer Learning Communities (PLC) help members' staff increase skills, collegiality, and long-term commitment to public media's education mission. PLCs connect members and provide a space for sharing best practices, developing professional support networks, and identifying high-impact projects that members could jointly pursue. 

"PLCs give station staff the opportunity to bounce ideas off of other likeminded station staff and work together to build ideas for the greater good of the public media system. I appreciate being able to collaborate outside of my (station) bubble!" -Patricia Moynihan, director of digital, WFSU Public Media

"The NETA MarComm PLC is a great connector to others in the system. I’ve gained great friendships and learned so much from my time on this PLC." -Sandy Gillette McBride, director of communications, Idaho Public Television

Join your community!

Each NETA PLC has a member-elected executive committee consisting of a chair, vice-chair, members-at-large and a NETA staff liaison. NETA members are welcome to join a PLC that best fits their role in public media. Contact the NETA Liason for the PLC you choose in order to join.


Chair • Cari Kozicki, Chief of Staff to the COO, Business Operations & Strategy, Lehigh Valley Public Media
Vice-Chair • Amy Labenski, Senior Director of National Impact and Engagement, WETA
Past Chair • Denita Malvern, Director of Community Engagement, KERA
Member at Large • Caryline Clark, Engagement Manager, Iowa PBS
Member at Large • Emmalee Hackshaw, Vice President for Community Engagement, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Member at Large • Darren LaShelle, President & CEO, NorCal Public Media
Member at Large • Andrea Quijada, Outreach & Engagement Specialist, New Mexico PBS
NETA Liaison • Tim Eernisse

Join the Community Engagement PLC on Public Media Learns


Chair • Brenda Bowyer, Senior Producer, WNIT
Vice Chair • Suzanne Smith, Director of Production, WFSU Public Media
Past Chair • Heather Mazzoni, Chief Content Officer, WHRO
Member at Large • Karen Bell, Director of Programming, KET
Member at Large • Fujio Watanabe, Manager of Media Production, Houston Public Media
Member at Large • Emily Compton, Executive Producer, WTCI
Member at Large • Tabitha Safdi, Chief Content Officer, SCETV
NETA Liaison • Bob Petts

Join the Content PLC on Public Media Learns


Chair • Laura Evans, Director of Education, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Vice Chair • Cathy Cook, Director of Education, WQED
Past Chair • Nikki Vradenburg, Director of Education, Montana PBS
Member at Large • Marion French, VP Education, WXXI
Member at Large • Arionna Ralleigh, Curriculum Design Manager, Nine PBS
Member at Large • Carolyn Jacobs, Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement, GBH
Member at Large • Beth Guance, Senior Director of Education, KET
NETA Liaison • Lindsey Foat

Join the Education PLC on Public Media Learns


Chair • Patricia Moynihan, Director of Digital, WFSU Public Media
Vice Chair • Erik Ernst, Communications Associate Director, PBS Wisconsin
Past Chair • Cameron Risher, Director of Communications, Nebraska Public Media
Member at Large • Evy Todd, Publicists/Station Relations, New Mexico PBS
Member at Large • Leandra Parks, Digital Marketing Strategist, VPM
Member at Large • Sarah Lewis, Communications Manager, Iowa PBS
Member at Large • Barbara Shipley, Chief Development/Marketing Officer, East Tennessee PBS
NETA Liaison • Tonya Weber

Join the MarCom PLC on Public Media Learns