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Community Engagement PLC

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

Course provided by NETA

PLC Facilitators


Amy Labenski

Chair Community Engagement PLC

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Emmalee Hackshaw

ViceChair Community Engagement PLC

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As Vice President for Development & Engagement at Georgia Public Broadcasting, Emmalee Hackshaw oversees the strategy and execution of GPB's fundraising operation raising more than $10 million annually from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Under her leadership, GPB’s community engagement efforts are designed strategically to cultivate and reach across a broad segment of Georgia's diverse and evolving population. These engagement initiatives provide life-long learning opportunities including public events, discussions and workshops for both adults and children across all age groups. Emmalee has extensive experience in the arts, education and international development and leverages her contacts and relationships throughout Georgia's nonprofit network to build a robust portfolio of initiatives that continually serve and educate the people of Georgia.

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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