Everything was handled professionally and the knowledge and expertise of the staff were evident and extremely helpful. The interviews of the board and senior staff beforehand helped to instill confidence in Tom and really set the tone for the entire process.
- Tracy McFerrin Foster
- Board Chair, Kansas City Public Television
- Vice President, Hall Family Foundation
A consistent comment from our search committee members was the high quality of the semi-finalists...and the outstanding research and preparation provided by your professional team.
- Geoffrey Simon
- Search Chair
- WEDU-TV, Tampa, FL
Tom Livingston, President and CEO
Tom Livingston is a public media pioneer, leader and consultant with 35 years of success at the local and national level. His company, Livingston Associates, has provided executive search and consulting services to more than 150 public media clients including National Public Radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and local stations, with services including executive search, strategy, facilitation and professional coaching. Livingston served two terms as Vice Chairman of the National Public Radio Board of Directors, and over the course of 21 years managed three different public radio organizations including WETA in Washington, DC. He also served as Executive Director for Eastern Public Radio, and Vice President, Executive Search for Transformations Consulting Group.
Livingston is a certified Myers-Briggs trainer (Otto Kroeger Associates) and a certified coach (Professional Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation). He is a board member of the Public Broadcasters Management Association (PBMA).
Cheryl Head, Associate
Cheryl Head has spent more than 25 years in public media management and production. At the Corporation for Public Broadcasting she was V.P. of Public Media Engagement, V.P. of Educational Programming and held senior management positions in the TV Programming division where she directed CPB’s diversity, outreach and community engagement investments.
At WETA TV/FM in Washington, DC Head served as Deputy Director of programming and Sr. Vice President of Corporate and Administrative Services. Head was also Vice President of Production and Community Development at WTVS/TV in Detroit. Head has a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film Communications from Wayne State University and an M.A. in Public Telecommunications Management from Ohio University.
Sallie Bodie, Associate
Sallie Bodie has conducted interviews for Livingston Associates since 2005. She lives in Seattle, WA where she is managing Director for BirdNote, a public radio program with 1.2 million daily listeners. She started her career in public service media in 1990 as manager of NPR's outreach department.
Since moving to the West Coast, she has consulted for clients that have included Sound Partners for Community Health, McNeil/Lehrer's By the People Initiative, and the PBS Health Initiative. In her free time, she enjoys producing short radio features on topics such as tango dancing, the art of making croissants, and Great Blue Herons. Prior to NPR, Bodie held positions with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Office of Folklife Programs. She has a BFA in Fine Arts and a Masters in Human Relations. Visit her web site at bodieandkovitz.com
Mark Handley, Associate
Mark began his career in public broadcasting in 1967 producing educational television programs in American Samoa. A few years later, while building a cabin in the mountains of Idaho he fell in love with public radio. It was 1984 before he landed a job that gave him the opportunity to build a new public radio station, WSCL in Salisbury, Maryland. In the interim he worked for the Agency for Instructional Telecommunications, built homes and raced sled dogs in Minnesota, and did a stint at PBS. Mark took the helm at WEVO in Concord, New Hampshire in 1990 and built a state-wide network: NHPR. Mark and Judy, his wife and partner for almost 40 years, recently completed a six year circumnavigation of the world aboard their 42 foot sailboat.
Among Mark’s many achievements are: receiving the Dunfey Award for Execllence in Management, being selected as New Hampshire’s Leader of the Year in 2005, serving n many Boards, culminating with a term as Chair of the NPR Board of Directors.
Mark and Judy continue to live aboard their sailboat, migrating between grandchildren on Cape Cod and warm weather further south as seasons dictate.
Roger Johnson, Associate
Roger Johnson spent nearly 35 years in public radio. After graduating from Bemidji (Minnesota) State University and working briefly at a small commercial radio station in Wisconsin, Roger joined the public radio community when he was hired to be News and Public Affairs Director at KUFM (now Montana Public Radio) in Missoula. Positions that followed were Station Manager at KCCK in Cedar Rapids, IA, Director of Administration and Programming at KPLU in Tacoma, WA, and Station Manager at Northwest Public Radio in Pullman, WA. Roger was also active in Public Radio Program Directors (PRPD), serving on the board twice, including a two-year term as Board Chair.
After retiring from Northwest Public Radio in 2009, Roger and his wife Stephanie moved to Tacoma to be near their family. They enjoy traveling, especially on cruise ships, and spending time with their granddaughter. In addition to recruiting candidates for public radio jobs, Roger volunteers for the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau and for the Northwest Tacoma FISH Food Bank.
Cari Ness Nesje, Associate
Cari Ness Nesje holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public media working for such respected organizations as Wisconsin Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media.Â She is also an avid music fan that sits on the board of directors of the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.Â
Currently, Cari lives in St. Paul, MN with a house full of joy that includes an amazing husband, two kids, two cats and a number of gadgets routinely tuned to public media programming.
Deborah Onslow, Associate
Since retiring as the president and general manager of WMHT Educational Telecommunications, Ms. Onslow has been engaged in a number of enterprises; she started the consulting firm, Onslow and Associates, which specializes in helping non-profit organizations succeed, where she has worked with a number of non-profit organizations including the Political Action Committee of the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, State University of New York's New York Network and several non-profit cultural organizations.
While at WMHT she helped WMHT put its financial house in order, acquire a second radio station, dramatically increase local fund raising results, and increase community presence. She also led a successful capital campaign that resulted in the construction of a $20 million state-of-the-art digital broadcasting facility. She joined WMHT after a five-year stint as Vice President and General Manager of WGBY, Springfield, Massachusetts, a licensee of WGBH, Boston. Prior to WGBY, Ms. Onslow served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WXXI in Rochester, New York from 1981 to 1996.
Ms. Onslow was elected to the national PBS Board of Directors in 2001. She was elected to a second term on September 1, 2004. In addition, she was on the Executive Committee of PBS as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She was co-chair of the PBS Diversity Task Force. She also served on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Digital Rights Working Group and their Public Awareness Initiative Advisory Board. She was formerly on the Governing Council of the National Educational Telecommunications Association having served as Chair from July 2003 to July, 2004. She was also the founding Chair of the Public Television Affinity Group Coalition serving from 2003 to 2005.
Locally, Ms. Onslow serves on the Board of Directors of the Albany Symphony, the Community Foundation of the Capital Region, The Arts Center of the Capital Region and the Sage Colleges. She became chair of the Community Foundation Board in June, 2012. She has also served as the chair of the 50 Group, an organization of top executives of the Capital Region.
Julie M. Anderson, Financial Manager and Executive Assistant