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Community Engagement PLC



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The NETA Peer Learning Communities (PLC) connect NETA members and provide a space to share best practices, develop professional support networks and identify high-impact projects that members could jointly pursue. NETA’s PLCs focus on Community Engagement, Content, Education and Marketing and Communications.


Target Audience: Members of the Community Engagement PLC

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PLC Facilitators

Carolyn Donaldson

Michael Harryman

Chair Community Engagement PLC, Director of Communication and Community Collaboration - PBS Wisconsin

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Michael Harryman joined WPT in 2011 and serves as the Director of Communication and Community Collaboration for PBS Wisconsin, overseeing promotions and the broad community relations and engagement work of this PBS station statewide. Harryman has spent most of his career in nonprofit leadership, including a decade as the chief marketing officer for Alverno College in Milwaukee. A true communitarian, Harryman has led the marketing and community relations efforts for educational and arts organizations for over 25 years in Madison, Milwaukee, Portland and Minneapolis, and has done extensive community engagement work with dozens of organizations and highly diverse communities. He began his career as a performing arts presenter, concert promoter and festival producer.

A Wisconsin native, Michael earned his BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also marched in the highly acclaimed UW Marching Band and served on the Wisconsin Union Directorate. He also holds an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Marian University.

Michael and his wife Colleen have a daughter, Nora, and a dog, and are extremely active in their community. In all his free time, Michael is a home chef and food preservationist, an avid cross country skier and kayaker, and a lover of live music.

Denita Powell Malvern

Denita Powell Malvern

Vice Chair Community Engagement PLC, Director of Community Engagement, KERA

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Denita Powell Malvern develops KERA’s community engagement initiatives, maintains KERA’s community partnerships and helps enhance the station’s role across North Texas. She identifies target audiences, recruits subjects for events and news initiatives, and builds awareness, understanding and interaction with the community.

Denita has twenty years of museum, education and public media experience. She’s worked for Cedar Hill ISD, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, The College of Adult Learning at Cincinnati Christian University, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati Public Schools.

She has a B.A. in history from Wittenberg University and an M.Ed. in Education Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She is a past member of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Education Center Board and received the NETA Ottinger Scholarship Award in 2015.

Her interests include education, philanthropy, public policy, social issues, community engagement, history and the arts.

Timothy Eernisse

Timothy Eernisse

NETA Liaison, Community Engagement PLC

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As Vice President, Education for NETA, Timothy leads NETA’s team to strengthen and amplify Public Media’s education mission. His team supports Professional Development, Education Services, NETA Peer Learning Communities, NETA Awards, and the NETA Conference. Prior to NETA, he was the Director of Development and Marketing with WGVU Public Media where he led the Development & Business Development team as well as Marketing, Outreach, Art, and Education areas.

He was with WGVU for twelve years, two as an Underwriting Sales Representative and the past ten years as Director of Development and Marketing.

Timothy is a proud Air Force Veteran, having served from 1990 – 1998 working with the 439th Military Airlift Wing and the 127th Air Wing as a PERSCO Team Member and the 110th Fighter Group as a Weapons Loader on A-10 Aircraft and has been deployed domestically and overseas in support of several Air Force operations.

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