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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


Cari Kozicki

Chair Community Engagement PLC, Chief of Staff to the COO, Business Operations & Strategy at Lehigh Valley Public Media

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Over the last 24 months, Cari has led the project management efforts for Pennsylvania PBS, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), on the GEER-funded “Connecting to Learning Initiative” that supports the Continuity of Education in Pennsylvania during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and builds capacity to equalize access to distance learning. A component of the initiative is datacasting, which is a tool to bring high-quality, digital content to learners that lack access to, or are under-connected to, broadband internet. Cari is also part of the leadership team in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), that has facilitated a national Community of Practice: Innovations in Distance Education to discuss datacasting and share solutions across states. This group has collated its collaborative learnings into a research paper.

Concurrently, Cari leads the strategic planning efforts at Lehigh Valley Public Media around becoming a data-driven organization.

Prior to moving to Pennsylvania from Massachusetts in 2015, Cari volunteered with WGBH in Boston, helping in the membership and marketing teams. Before her entry into public media, she was the Sales Manager, North America for an international SIM Card and communications provider, in charge of $8mm in revenue with partners in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. During her tenure there, she closed the largest upfront deal in the company’s history to that point, and negotiated and signed the company’s first local distribution opportunity in Brazil.

Having experienced first-hand the benefits of mentorship and education, Cari is looking to pay her skills forward within NETA and the public media ecosystem, and continue to learn from her peers. Cari describes herself as a people-person who has a thirst for knowledge and a knack for helping cultivate the culture of an organization. Outside of work, she loves hiking (most recently extended trips along the Appalachian Trail), biking, game nights, and traveling. She has lived in 3 US states, one international country, and has visited 26 countries and counting!


Amy Labenski

Vice Chair Community Engagement PLC

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Denita Powell Malvern

Denita Powell Malvern

Past 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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