Friends of MontanaPBS
The Board of the Friends of MontanaPBS is currently a 23-member board with representatives from Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Butte, Billings, Whitefish, Miles City, Huntley, Big Sky, Clancy and Galata. These board members work to raise funds for MontanaPBS, provide advice, and give a voice to the 10,000 plus member households across Montana.
Board Chair - NANCY C. CORNWELL, Ph.D. – Bozeman
Dr. Cornwell has published books and articles on freedom of expression, freedom of the press, academic freedom, hate speech and racial profiling. She has a professional background in media production, broadcast journalism and media programming including serving as the nightly news director and public affairs producer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network in the Republic of Panama. Prior to working in Panama, she served as Assistant Director of Programming for Cablevision Industries, where she helped establish local origination studios, mobile production facilities and oversaw the programming of approximately 150 cable franchise throughout upstate New York suburban Boston and central Florida. While in Michigan and Oregon, she worked with nonprofits to develop internal capacity in video production for fundraising and training efforts.
As Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, Dr. Cornwell oversees the School of Music, the School of Architecture, the School of Art, the School of Film and Photography, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and the President's Fine Art Series.
Vice-Chair – Dax Schieffer – Big Sky
Other experiences include graduating from Leadership Montana in 2009, serving on the PPL Community Fund Board 201-11, serving two terms with the Greater Gallatin United Way Board of Directors. In addition I was a founding member of the Big Sky rotary Club and served many years on the Big Brothers Big sisters Celebrity Golf Tournament at Big Sky, including the inaugural fundraising event 10 years ago. As a graduate of MSU, I served as an Orientation Leader, Advocate, and ASMSU Finance Board Member and as the News Editor of the Exponent. Most recently I was appointed to the newly formed Publication Board for the ASMSU Exponent.
Personally, I live in Bozeman with my wife and young son, I graduated from Montana State University in 1997. I grew up in Sidney, Montana in the eastern part of the state. I have served in the Big Sky Fire Department since 2003 and am currently a National Registered EMT.
Secretary - Michele Robinson – Butte
Operations Treasurer – Nancy Morrison - Huntley