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PBS KANSAS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Meeting date/time/location are subject to change. Please contact Tiffany Hartman at 316-838-3090 or by email (thartman@kpts.org), to confirm this information.

The business and affairs of the Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Inc. (KPTS) is managed under the direction of a Board of Trustees. The Board consists of no fewer than 9 members. The Board elects a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. Trustees serve two, three-year terms and are divided into three classes. If you are interested in serving as a Trustee, please contact Victor A. Hogstrom.

All PBS KANSAS Board of Trustees and Trustee Committee meetings are open to the public. All meetings are held in the PBS KANSAS8710 E. 32nd Street North, Wichita, KS 67226.

Board of Trustee meetings are held the 4th Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm during the months listed below. Please contact Tiffany Hartman for date/time/location of the annual meeting.

Visitors will be permitted to attend and observe regular meetings of the PBS KANSAS Board of Trustees. Any visitor will be introduced to the Board and will be permitted to address the Board only upon written request to the Chair two weeks prior to the meeting.

Board of Trustees (Jessica Kilpatric – Chair) 4th Tuesday of the following months - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; PBS Kansas Boardroom

Meeting Dates FY '24

March 26

May 28

June 25 (Annual)

Jessica Kilpatric (Chair) has held many positions at Fidelity Bank, and currently serves as SVP, Director of Human Resources. Kilpatric has earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Friends University and a Certificate of Executive Leadership from the Wisconsin School of Business Professional and Executive Development.

Russ Hoffman (Treasurer)is a portfolio manager associate with Commerce Trust Company. Prior to joining Commerce Trust in 2014, he was a credit specialist for Commerce Bank. Russ earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University.

Kyle Blasdel (Chair-Elect) is a regional real estate developer with a background in both engineering and construction.  As a multidisciplinary developer Kyle's team does not focus on a single industry or property type but rather finds a multitude of ways to positively impact communities.  Shortly after graduating from Kansas State University Kyle obtained his Professional Engineering License in architectural engineering and continues to carry an active design license.  Having been born and raised in Wichita, the community continues to hold a special place in Kyle's life.  He and his wife have decided to make Wichita their home and raise the five children here.

Sabah Dweh-Chenneh is Chief Executive Officer at Fusion Senior Care. From 2008 to 2018 he served as Chairman of the Board at Second Chance Convention Inc. And, from 1999 to 2010 he was Founding and Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Ministry. Sabah holds a Bachelor of Theology from United Methodist University, and is working on a Master’s in Social Work from Newman University.

Rayvon Moore (Secretary) is a conductor, music educator and baritone, who has been lauded for his energetic, yet sensitive conducting. He serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Friends University.

Adam Poell is a Manager of Product Development for AgVantis. He has over 12 years of experience in developing and managing Information Technology solutions.

Trent Santer is a compliance risk officer at Citibank where he is responsible for establishing internal policies, procedures, and strategies designed to prevent violations of applicable banking laws and regulations. Trent received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.

Tom Zwemke  is a native of Omaha, Nebraska who’s made his home in Wichita for over 50 years.  Tom is a Cessna executive, whose career spanned 30 years, retiring as Director of Marketing Communications. Since retiring from Cessna in 2008, Tom has produced over six major programs for PBS Kansas thru TZ Productions LLC his production company and continues to produce content on a National basis. 

Jon Callen is a native of Wichita.  He received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MS in Geology from Wichita State University.  He is the president of Edmiston Oil Company, Inc., a small family-owned business in the oil and gas business.  He served two terms on the board and two years as chair during a capital campaign for the new tower in Valley Center. (Emeritus Board Member)

Jeremy Koehler is a litigation attorney at Foulston Siefkin LLP. Jeremy is a native of Wichita and a graduate of Wichita High School East. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg and his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka.

Sierra Scott was a Television News Anchor for more than 35 years. Sierra now hosts “Positively Kansas!” a positive news show on PBS Kansas. It focuses on people, places, companies and organizations that make the world a better place to live. Before coming to Wichita, this Emmy, Telly and AP Award winning anchor worked in 5 different cities across the United States including Tampa, Florida and Waco, Texas.  

Jay Prater is a Managing Meteorologist at KAKE. He’s an avid “Kansas Explorer” who has visited over 50 of the 64 counties of KAKEland. Jay was designated as the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist™ by the American Meteorological Society® in Kansas, and the fourth worldwide. Today, he also maintains both Television and Radio Seals of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Other PBS KANSAS Committee Meetings

Finance Committee
(4th Tuesday of the following months except June 
which is the 3rd Tuesday)
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; PBS KANSAS Board Room

February 27, 2024

April 23, 2024

June 18, 2024 
(in preparation for the Annual Meeting)

Executive/Governance Committee 
(4th Tuesday of the following months except June 
which is the 3rd Tuesday)
Noon – 12:30 p.m.; PBS KANSAS Board Room

February 27, 2024

April 23, 2024

June 18, 2024 
(in preparation for the Annual Meeting)

Fundraising & Development
(4th Tuesday of the following months except June
which is the 3rd Tuesday)
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; PBS KANSAS Board Room

February 27, 2024

April 23, 2024

June 18, 2024 
(in preparation for the Annual Meeting)

Digital Transformation Committee
(4th Thursday of every other month)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; PBS KANSAS Board Room

April 25, 2024

June 20, 2024 
(Third Thursday in preparation for the Annual Meeting)