MontanaPBS Staff

The statewide network MontanaPBS is made up of two University Licensee stations; KUSM-TV in Bozeman and KUFM-TV in Missoula. Staff members and their respective departments are listed below. If you are looking for more-detailed contact information, visit the Contact Us page.

MontanaPBS Management


Aaron Pruitt

Aaron Pruitt

Director and General Manager (interim), KUSM-TV (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-5021
aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org

With more than 23 years of service to MontanaPBS, Aaron has provided leadership in programming, production and management, most recently as the Assoc. General Manager for KUSM-TV and Director of Content for MontanaPBS. He has served as Executive Producer for many award-winning MontanaPBS productions including 11th and Grant with Eric Funk, Class C: The Only Game in Town, Fort Peck Dam and C.M. Russell and the American West. Pruitt collaborates with independent filmmakers distributing programs to national PBS, such as Wolves in Paradise (PBS PLUS), Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier Through Native Eyes (PBS NPS), Fort Peck Dam (PBS PLUS) and two PBS INDEPENDENT LENS documentaries, Butte America and Indian Relay. In addition to serving on the Montanans for 4-H board, Aaron is a governor-appointed member, and vice-chair, of Humanities Montana. He serves on the Friends of MontanaPBS board of directors and is an ex-officio member of the Montana Broadcasters Association.


Ray Ekness

Ray Ekness

Director, Broadcast Media Center, University of Montana – Missoula
ray.ekness@mso.umt.edu

 


MontanaPBS Business Management & Accounting


Carol Farris

Carol Farris

Director of Finance (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 177
406-994-6212
carol@montanapbs.org

Carol is the current Director of Finance for Montana PBS in Bozeman. She is a Montana native and has lived in the Gallatin Valley for over 25 years. She holds a BS in Business Marketing, a Masters in Accountancy both from MSU-Bozeman and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has over 20 years of business and accounting experience practicing in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She serves on the Board of the YMCA, is active in the Monforton School and has served on numerous Boards and Committees over the years. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband Bill, son David and her Mom, camping, boating, hunting and traveling as much as she can with them.


Michelle Schultz

Michelle Schultz

Accounting Technician (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-7347
michelle_schultz@montanapbs.org


McKenna Mehl

McKenna Mehl

Executive Administrative Manager (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-6132
mckenna@montanapbs.org

McKenna serves as the Executive Administrative Manager for MontanaPBS in Bozeman. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Montana State University, and has been a Bozeman resident for four years. When she isn’t working, you can find her baking desserts, playing guitar, and hiking in Glacier National Park.

MontanaPBS Membership and Development


Crystal Leach

Crystal Beaty, CFRE

Senior Director of Development (MSU-Bozeman)
Mailing Address: PO Box 173345 Bozeman, MT 59717
Physical address: 901 Technology Blvd, Suite B Bozeman, MT 59718
406-994-6221
crystal@montanapbs.org

Crystal serves as Senior Director of Development for MontanaPBS in Bozeman. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She has been in Development for over 10 years fundraising for the environment, education, healthcare, and now public television. She passed a rigorous exam in 2011 earning a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. Crystal loves playing basketball, swimming, camping, hiking, mountain biking, watching movies and sports, and spending time with her family and friends.


Linda Talbott

Linda Talbott

Development Director (Montana Public Radio, (UM-Missoula)
linda.talbott@mso.umt.edu


Erika Matsuda

Erika Matsuda

Membership and Events Manager (MSU-Bozeman)
Mailing address: PO Box 173345 Bozeman, MT 59717
Physical address: 901 Technology Blvd, Suite B Bozeman, MT 59718
406-994-4443
erika@montanapbs.org


Norma Ardesson

Norma Ardesson

Development Assistant (MSU-Bozeman)
Mailing address: PO Box 173345 Bozeman, MT 59717
Physical address: 901 Technology Blvd, Suite B Bozeman, MT 59718
406-994-6979
norma_ardesson@montanapbs.org

Norma is a 3rd generation Bozeman native and has worked at KUSM for 22 years. First as a receptionist, then in Production and is now in Membership. She has three cats and loves working on genealogy and belongs to the Bozeman Genealogy Society and volunteers with them a lot.


NDanielle Goranson

Danielle Goranson

Office and Customer Service Coordinator (MSU-Bozeman)
Mailing Address: PO Box 173345 Bozeman, MT 59717
Physical address: 901 Technology Blvd, Suite B Bozeman, MT 59718
406-994-7630
dani@montanapbs.org

Danielle serves as the Office and Customer Service Coordinator for MontanaPBS in Bozeman. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Danielle’s background includes over 10 years of customer service and administrative support in the fields of finance, entrepreneurship, local government, and education. Danielle loves to spend time with family and friends, as well as explore everything Montana has to offer, from outdoor adventures to local theater, art, and dance.


Sue Ginn

Program Assistant (UM-Missoula)
243-4207

MontanaPBS Engineering & Technology


Dean Lawver

Dean Lawver

Director of Technology (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-3439
dean_lawver@montanapbs.org


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Saxon Holbrook

Technical Director (UM-Missoula)


Jeff Croonenberghs

Engineer (UM-Missoula)


Mike Lease

Michael Lease

Engineer (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 167
406-994-6669
mike_lease@montanapbs.org


Tim Martin

Engineer (UM-Missoula)


Pat Lokken

Pat Lokken

Engineer (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 167
406-994-6245
pat_lokken@montanapbs.org

Patrick is a Network/Systems Analyst at Montana PBS, where he works with the rest of the engineering team to monitor, maintain, and expand Montana PBS's statewide distribution network. His duties also include documenting the systems that are in place and repairing broken production equipment. Patrick received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 2008 and his master's in 2011, both from Montana State University. 


Cyrus Smith

Engineer (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 167
406-994-4988
csmith@montanapbs.org


Josh Winterrowd

Josh Winterrowd

Information Technology Manager (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 176
406-994-6684
josh_winterrowd@montanapbs.org


Ivy Wells

Systems Administrator (UM-Missoula)

MontanaPBS Outreach & Education


Nikki Vradenburg

Nikki Vradenburg

Teacher Ambassador (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-6588
nikki@montanapbs.org

Nikki Vradenburg has lived in Bozeman her entire life and is a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Nikki joined the Montana PBS team in 2017 as a Teacher Ambassador working on a grant project studying how technology is changing classroom instruction. She works as a Technology Coach in rural schools helping teachers integrate PBS resources and other technology in their classrooms. She is a National Board Certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She is a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator and was a finalist for Montana Teacher of the Year in 2017. Nikki and her husband are proud to be raising their two children in Montana where they enjoy spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and skiing.


Chris Seifert

Director of Educational Services (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 185
406-994-6217
chris_seifert@montanapbs.org

Chris is the Director of Educational Services at MontanaPBS - that means early childhood through adulthood. For students and teachers, she focuses on MontanaPBS LearningMedia and the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs as well as providing workshops around early childhood education topics. If it is educational, she wants to be in on it!

MontanaPBS Production


MontanaPBS Broadcast Production

Scott Sterling

Scott Sterling

Director of Production (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 168
406-994-6202
scott_sterling@montanapbs.org


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Gus Chambers

Producer (UM-Missoula)


Bruce Leckband

Bruce Leckband

Promotions Producer (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 166
406-994-1979
bruce_leckband@montanapbs.org


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Anna Rau

Producer (UM-Missoula)


Beth Saboe

Beth Saboe

News and Public Affairs Producer (MSU-Bozeman)
406-994-6606
beth@montanapbs.org


K'Lynn Sloan-Harris

TVMT Production Manager (Helena)
406-444-4828
klynn@montanapbs.org

K’Lynn proudly serves as the Production Manager for Television Montana (TVMT.) She grew up in Havre, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Montana. K’Lynn previously served as the AV Coordinator for the Montana Legislature, an election reporter for MTV’s Choose or Lose Street Team, News Director at 89.9 FM KBGA , worked in the United States Senate and completed a White House Internship. She is thrilled to continue her work at TVMT to enhance Montana citizens’ access to state government and civic education.


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John Twiggs

Producer (UM-Missoula)


MontanaPBS Contract Production


Ben Skudlarek

Ben Skudlarek

Contracts Producer (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 149
406-994-4652
ben_skudlarek@montanapbs.org

Broadcast Operations


Paul Heitt-Rennie

Paul Heitt-Rennie

Interim Director of Content & Chief Operator (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-6250
paul_heitt-rennie@montanapbs.org



Keith Jacoby

Keith Jacoby

Interim Broadcast Operations Manager (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-6131
keith_jacoby@montanapbs.org

Keith spent four years in Master Control and now works in the future – the Traffic Department! He gets to quadruple-check the daily broadcast log, request promos and insert them into future logs. When not working in the future, he enjoys hiking, camping, and cribbage.


Heather Carter

Broadcast Operations Specialist (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-3431
heather@montanapbs.org


Megan Shaw

Megan Shaw

Broadcast Operations Specialist (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 167
406-994-6247
megan_shaw@montanapbs.org

Megan fell in love with PBS when she was still in diapers and was introduced to Mister Rogers and she still fondly remembers her many friends from Sesame Street. Non-profits have always been Megan's concern; from summers as a camp counselor at Camp Huff-N-Puff to working for Head Start and Sacks of Bozeman. While studying sociology at MSU, Megan also learned about broadcasting from her many years as a DJ at the student radio station, KGLT. In 1998, Megan moved to the Montana PBS neighborhood where she has found a great mix of both purpose and function.


Shawn Smith

Broadcast Operations Specialist (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 167
406-994-6247
shawn_smith@montanapbs.org


Addison Maierhauser

Broadcast Operations Specialist (MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-6247
addison@montanapbs.org


Digital Content


Laura Dick

Laura Dick

Digital Content & Marketing Manager(MSU-Bozeman)
VCB 183
406-994-6010
laura@montanapbs.org

Laura serves as the Digital Content & Marketing Manager for MontanaPBS. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s in Public Communication (May 2018), both from Colorado State University. Laura has the honor of working with multiple departments as she creates digital strategy and nurtures engagement among audiences across all platforms. In her down time you’ll most likely find her nose-deep in an art project, binge watching Sherlock with her husband and their dog, or conducting culinary research on the best ice cream spots in town.

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