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2019 NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter
BOARD OF GOVERNORS ELECTIONS


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Elections for the 2019 NATAS-LGL Board of Governors is now open.

Each year the chapter asks members to select the professionals who will not only organize the EMMY® Awards Gala but, also represent our chapter.

Below you will find a list of seventeen qualified candidates. The candidates are broken into two sections: one for the incumbents and the other for non-incumbents.

Please vote for the EIGHT (8) candidates you feel best represent the chapter. (You can vote for less than eight but, no more than eight.)

Vote YES to accept the candidate, NO to not accept the candidate, or Abstain if you choose not to cast a vote for a particular candidate.

Once you've made a selection for each candidate, click the Cast Ballot button at the bottom of the form.

All candidates are being elected to a two-year term ending June 15th, 2021.

Only current active Professional and Lifetime members of the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter are eligible to vote.


DEADLINE FOR VOTING: MAY 17, 2019 at 8:00PM

New & Incumbent Candidates:  (17)
Two-year term ending June 15, 2021

Amy Cummings
Joe Koskovics
Susanne Schwibs
Jonathan Walsh
Vickie Binkley
Michael Bratton
Kelly Brightmore
Allen Carter
Mitch Davis
Andrew DiPaolo
Matt Eck
Peggy Gallek
Kelly Heidbreder
Peggy McClelland
Pat Nowacki
Jonathan Shelley
Megan Simpson
Current Governors Seeking Re-Election
to a Second Term
Amy Cummings
(two-year term)
Managing Producer of Programs & Specials, WVIZ ideastream, Cleveland, OH
Amy Cummings began her broadcast TV career in New York City as a production assistant at the Fox Network. She worked as a Senior Field Producer for NBC’s Today Show for over a decade, and covered stories including the Oklahoma City Bombing, Princess Diana funeral, the 9/11 attacks, Al Gore’s presidential campaign and numerous political conventions, Presidential inaugurations, natural disasters and hundreds of feature stories. She also worked for NBC Sports, producing athlete profiles for both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games, and as a field producer with Bob Costas.

Amy formed her own production company in 2005 and produced videos for clients including Kraft Foods, Ritz Carlton, Jeep-Chrysler, Kahlua, The American Heart Association, The United States Olympic Committee, Cleveland Clinic and General Electric. She has produced extensively for many Food Network and HGTV productions including Unwrapped, ReZoned, If Walls Could Talk, and Food Network Competitions.

Currently Amy works at ideastream, Cleveland’s dual-licensee PBS and NPR company as Managing Producer of Programs and Specials, where she oversees the team that produces the daily The Sound of Ideas on 90.3 WCPN and weekly newsmagazine Ideas on WVIZ/PBS.

Amy won a National News Emmy for her breaking news coverage of the 9/11 attacks and a National News Emmy nomination for a story about World War II aircraft recovered in Papua New Guinea. She also has a National Sports Emmy for her Live Event Coverage at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta; and a National Headliner Award for her coverage of the Susan Smith trial. Amy won a Regional News Emmy in 2015 for the special Violins of Hope Ideas show.
Joe Koskovics
(two-year term)
Manager of Media Engineering for CCC, Cleveland, OH
Joseph P. Koskovics is a television & media professional from Northern Ohio with over 40 years of experience. Beginning his professional work as a freelance camera and audio technician, his projects ranged from concerts and sports venues to documentary and short form productions for a variety of clients. In 1981 his career moved to Cuyahoga Community College Media for over 35 years. In 1990 his assignments would include Lead Technician for the Cleveland operations of the Community College Satellite Network. In 1999, he would be promoted to Cable Operations Manager for CCC, and take the facility to 24-hour operations.

In 2000, Joseph produced and hosted the local technology program TECH, which garnered him three Emmy® nominations in the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS, in addition to three Telly Awards, and two Paragon Awards. In 2004, Joseph was moved to Special Technologies and Productions as well as returning to freelance production as a writer, producer, and editor in the Northern Ohio region. In 2013 he would be promoted to Manager of Media Engineering at CCC. Joseph has served the Lower Great Lakes Regional Chapter of NATAS since 2003 as a Governor, Emmy® Awards Chair, First Regional Vice-President, Advisor to the Chapter President, Alternate Trustee, and is concluding his second term as Trustee. Joseph also serves as the Rules Committee Chair to the NATAS national organization.
Susanne Schwibs
(two-year term)
Filmmaker & Educator, Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Susanne Schwibs is an award-winning filmmaker whose favorite subjects are the arts, music, history and the American landscape. Her programs that can be seen through PBS, APT and Netflix and include Beautiful By Design, Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution, Harp Dreams, Wilderness Plots: Songs and Stories of the Prairie, American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh, and many more.

Schwibs is the recipient of numerous honors, among them multiple Regional Emmys and nominations, CINE Golden Eagles, as well as prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists. She has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Center for New Television, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches film and media production for the Media School at Indiana University where she is a senior lecturer.
Jonathan Walsh
(two-year term)
Reporter, WEWS, Cleveland, OH
Jonathan been a professional journalist since the age of 16 when he was hired by the local newspaper to write about what was happening in his high school with events, guest speakers, etc. Knowing he wanted to put video to his words, he headed to Ohio University and majored in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating as Outstanding Graduating Senior in Broadcast Journalism, he travelled the country to various stations doing every job imaginable from producing to reporting to anchoring, editing, managing, even doing weather a couple of times.

In the past 20+ years of television journalism, Jonathan’s covered huge stories like Hurricane Katrina and produced investigations that have changed public policy on a number of issues. He’s been recognized with 3 Emmys, 3 Edward R. Morrow Awards, 18 Associated Press Awards, 1 Eric Sevareid Award, and 3 Crystal Awards. He views his role as being to hold government services accountable, save people money, keep people safe, all while being interesting in his presentation. He does stories that directly affect people at home, in their neighborhoods, and with their money.
Non-Incumbent Nominees for Governor
Vickie Binkley
(two-year term)
Nightside Executive Producer, FOX59 & CBS4, Indianapolis, IN
Vickie Binkley is the Nightside Executive Producer for FOX59 and CBS4 in Indianapolis. She joined WXIN/WTTV in December 2015 as the Executive Producer for CBS4 This Morning, which won an Emmy in 2016 for its coverage of tornado damage. Vickie started her career at KOMU-TV, while attending the University of Missouri. After graduation, she moved to Toledo, Ohio, to work as a producer for WTVG. From there, it was a long, cold journey up north to KSTP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vickie was promoted to Executive Producer in 2012. Vickie grew up in the Indianapolis area, and is a proud Midwesterner. She lives just north of Indy now, with her husband, son, and dog. In her spare time, she likes watching the Colts, Pacers, and the news.
Michael Bratton
(two-year term)
General Assignment Reporter, WTVG-TV 13abc, Toledo, OH
Michael Bratton is a General Assignment Reporter at WTVG-TV 13abc with previous experience as an assignment editor and digital producer. He has worked on Emmy-winning newscasts and holds awards from The Associated Press and The Press Club of Cleveland. Prior to television news, Bratton served as a multimedia producer at 89.7 WKSU-FM, Akron-Canton’s NPR affiliate. An Ohio native, Bratton is a two-time graduate of Kent State University (B.S. Broadcast Journalism, ‘14, and M.A. JMC: Public Relations, ‘18.). In his free time, Bratton enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is also proud to serve in the Ohio Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force.
Kelly Brightmore
(two-year term)
Executive Producer, WTVG-TV, Toledo, OH
Kelly Brightmore currently serves as the Executive Producer at WTVG-TV in Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism and a bachelors degree in communication. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she has always had a passion for storytelling. Over the years, she’s worked with several news outlets on multiple different platforms. During her years at UK, Kelly was a reporter for The Kentucky Kernel. She also worked for Newstalk 590 WVLK radio in Lexington, KY. Kelly is proud to call Toledo home and is driven by serving the people in her community.
Allen Carter
(two-year term)
Multi-Media Journalist, WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, IN
Allen Carter is a Multi-Media Journalist with WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.

Allen joined the Eyewitness News team in 2018 after working at WKRG in Mobile Alabama. While there his storytelling was honored with an Emmy for reporting on the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights marches and protests in Selma Alabama. Prior to Mobile Allen reported at WFXL in Albany, Georgia. Allen and his wife Stephany have two children, Joesph & Jackson, and two dogs, Charlie & Lucy.
Mitch Davis
(two-year term)
News Director, WKBN 27, WYFX & 33 WYTV, Youngstown, OH
Mitch Davis is news director for WKBN 27, WYFX and 33 WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Mitch joined the stations in 2013. He has worked as a photographer, producer, reporter, anchor and manager in a more than 25 year career stretching from the Carolina coast to the Great Lakes.

Mitch has been recognized with two regional Emmy awards, is currently nominated for two more, and WKBN was just awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow award. He’s a past recipient of awards from the Associated Press and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.

Outside the newsroom, Mitch and his senior English Pointer, Stella, spend weekends exploring the remnants of Ohio’s canal systems.
Andrew DiPaolo
(two-year term)
Meteorologist/Journalist, WFMJ, Youngstown, OH
Andrew DiPaolo is an AMS certified meteorologist and multi-media journalist with WFMJ in Youngstown, OH. Andrew started his career with WFMJ in 2014. He received the Ohio AP award for best weathercast in 2016 and his AMS certification in 2018. He received his meteorology degree from Ohio University and was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. Andrew is involved with multiple organizations in the Youngstown area and volunteers his time to speak about meteorology for different groups and schools in the area.
Matt Eck
(two-year term)
Senior Director Video Production & Exec. Producer, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland, OH
Matt is currently the Senior Director Video Production & Executive Producer for the Cavaliers organization and oversees production of creative for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters and Rocket Mortgage Field House, which includes main video board content, fascia boards, marketing, and other story-telling creative for the organizations. Matt has also been a member of the Air National Guard’s, 180th Fighter Wing since 1999 and has served as the base’s Chief Public Affairs Officer since 2014.
Peggy Gallek
(two-year term)
Reporter, Fox 8, Cleveland, OH
Peggy Gallek has been with Fox 8 since 2012, working as a member of the I-Team. Since that time she’s been nominated for an Emmy four times. Previously she worked at WYTV and WKBN in Youngstown from 2005-2012 . During that time she received several state and regional awards, including 2 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards. She has also worked at the Vindicator in Youngstown as a news reporter from 1990-2005, receiving several awards , including an Associated Press First Place award.

Peggy is married to fellow I-Team reporter Ed Gallek, with four (grown) children and two cats.
Kelly Heidbreder
(two-year term)
Morning Weekend Meteorologist, Anchor, Reporter, WTOL, Toledo, OH
Kelly Heidbreder is a 20 year veteran journalist in both print and broadcast. She is currently the morning weekend Meteorologist and host of the longest running television weight loss program in our market. Kelly spends her weekdays as a broadcast teacher and production studio manager at the Lenawee Intermediate School District. For several years, she produced and anchored (and occasionally did weather for) a two and a half hour morning show at the NBC affiliate in Toledo, where she developed the television weight loss program similar to Biggest Loser. She then spent 5 years at the top rated ABC station in Toledo as their morning reporter and weekend morning meteorologist, bringing the successful and profitable weight loss program along with her.

Kelly previously spent over seven years on the air as a reporter and anchor in at WPTA in Fort Wayne two in at WVII in Bangor, Maine. She began her career in print, operating a 120 year old weekly with her former spouse. At the age of 21& 22, they were the youngest award winning newspaper publishers in the state of Michigan. She later wrote a syndicated home and garden column that landed in the Toledo Blade for almost 20 years. Today she lives a blessed life on a lake in Manitou Beach, Michigan, with her two kids, Gabriel and Hannah, and an Airedale Terrier named Millie.
Peggy McClelland
(two-year term)
Exec. Producer for Sponsorship Development, WISH-TV, Indianapolis, IN
Peggy McClelland is currently the Executive Producer for Sponsorship Development at WISH-TV, in Indianapolis where she creates local programming and works with sales to develop and produce sponsor opportunities. She originally joined WISH in 2010 to help develop and launch their new daily lifestyle program, Indy Style as the Executive Producer.

Peggy started her career in the early 1970s doing voice work and radio while a student at Ball State University. In 1976 she joined WTTV as a Production Technician and worked her way up through the ranks to become Production Manager in 1987. Then in 1989 she had an opportunity to move her family to Hawaii and become Production Manager for KFVE-TV in Honolulu. In 1993, she started her own video production and marketing agency in Mililani, Hawaii. There she and her partner developed a wide range of local clients. In addition, they were the state's only distributor of Videssence lighting products.

She moved back to Indiana in 1995, did some freelance production and public relation work, joined WNDY as their Executive Producer and then returned to WTTV once again to become their Production/Promotions Manager when they combined the two departments.

In 2003 Peggy opening an independent production company in Indianapolis specializing in local program productions such as the Hoosier Million game show, MDA Telethon, and various professional, college and high school sports productions.

For close to 45 years, Peggy has continuously worked in one capacity or another in some form of broadcasting or related media and cannot seem to find anything else she would rather be doing.
Pat Nowacki
(two-year term)
Producer, WTOL, Toledo, OH
Pat currently lives and works in his hometown of Toledo (again), after spending time at WTVO in Rockford, Illinois as a photog, then in WTVG Toledo as a news producer on every shift imaginable, then WXYZ in Detroit as a producer, and now he’s back in Toledo as the 11pm producer at WTOL.
Jonathan Shelley
(two-year term)
News Director, WPTA-TV, Fort Wayne, IN
Jonathan Shelley is the News Director at Quincy Media’s WPTA TV in Fort Wayne, where he supervises the news operations for ABC21 and Fort Wayne’s NBC. His arrival in August 2016 coincided with the expansion of staff, facilities and news broadcasts on the two channels. As News Director, Jonathan has crafted distinct identities and content for the two channels. Areas of focus have included the development of an investigative unit and of original long-form news programming.

Since 2017, ABC21 and Fort Wayne’s NBC have been presented each of the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters awards in the categories of Outstanding News Operation and Best Newscast; the two most recent Society of Professional Journalists “Best in Indiana” newscast awards; four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards; and 16 Lower Great Lakes Emmy nominations, including two for News Excellence and two for Overall Excellence.

Prior to his time in northeast Indiana, Jonathan spent nine years as News Director at WDSU TV in New Orleans, with previous management roles in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas. Past honors include a Peabody Award (for Hearst-Argyle Television’s “Commitment 2008” project), Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, Sigma Delta Chi Award and the Suncoast Region Emmy Award for News Excellence. Jonathan is a 1991 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Stacie, and two boys, Aaron and Zachary.
Megan Simpson
(two-year term)
Producer, WTHR, Indianapolis, IN
Megan is currently the 6 p.m. producer at WTHR in Indianapolis. Prior to this role, she stepped away from news for a time to be the PR director for the Indiana State Museum, and also spent several years as the executive producer for the FOX59 Morning News. Megan has been a part of the NATAS board for several years, most recently serving as the regional Vice President. She was part of the team that designed and produced the 2018 Emmys Gala in Indianapolis.

 

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