To contact any member of the Nine PBS executive team, please call (314) 512-9000 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Shaw, President and CEO
Amy Shaw became the President and CEO of Nine PBS in February 2020. She is the first woman to lead Nine in its 65 year history. Shaw is recognized as a national leader and innovator in community engagement and public media. She leads a talented team in groundbreaking work that leverages on-air, online and community engagement for measurable impact around important and complex issues facing communities.
Shaw has led numerous national content initiatives that have created durable change in local communities, including Facing the Mortgage Crisis, public media’s response to the national financial crisis and the local/national American Graduate initiative to rally communities to improve outcomes for youth. Shaw also oversaw the creation of a Community Engagement Guidebook designed to help public media organizations deepen their commitment as relevant and essential community institutions.
Shaw was an inaugural 2015 Eisenhower Zhi-Xing Fellow, spending a month in China to advance bilateral dialogue and understanding between the China and the United States. Shaw was a member of the 2012-13 class of Leadership St. Louis, and she has served on numerous local and national boards. She is currently the vice chair of the FOCUS St. Louis board, the chairperson of the Webster University School of Communications Advisory Board, and serves on the Grand Center, Inc. board. She is deeply committed to the power of public media and the strengthening of communities across the country.
Dick Skalski, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Dick Skalski is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Operations Officer. As CFO, Dick is responsible for fiscal and administrative affairs, including preparing annual operating budgets, financial statements and forecasts, and human resource management. As COO, he manages the day-to-day operations of the station. Prior to joining Nine, Dick spent 20 years with PerkinElmer Optoelectronics in various management positions, most recently as controller and part of senior management. He is a licensed CPA and a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA). He has a MBA in finance from Suffolk University in Boston and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Angela Carr, Vice President and Chief Impact Officer
Angela Carr is Vice President and Chief Impact Officer. Carr oversees the fundraising activities and execution for on-the-ground community engagement initiatives, including early education, American Graduate: Getting to Work, and special projects in health, arts, economy, and education. She is also responsible for strategy and execution of grant and foundation accounts, cultivating funder relationships, and managing long-term fundraising plans. Before joining Nine in 2015, Carr was the Director of Special Events at the Peabody Opera House (Stifel Theatre). There, she hosted high-profile events featuring national celebrities, including Michelle Obama, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She holds a master’s degree in hospitality management from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and communications from Webster University.
Russ Hitzemann, Vice President and Chief Individual Giving Officer
Russ Hitzemann is Vice President and Chief Individual Giving Officer. Hitzemann is responsible for shaping short- and long-term fundraising strategies. Formally with Nine from 1991–1997, he rejoined the station in 2015. During the break, he worked with direct marketing agencies and spent 10 years at the St. Louis Science Center, responsible for membership marketing. Hitzemann serves on the Contributor Development Partnership (CDP) Advisory Council, the TRAC Media Services Development Conference steering committee, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Russ holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Matt Huelskamp, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
As Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Matt leads all of the Nine PBS marketing and communications efforts, using internal and external resources to advance Nine’s brand identity, visibility, support, and impact locally and nationally. He’s responsible for the strategy and execution of the branding and marketing of Nine’s programming, initiatives, and events. He is the station’s primary contact for all media relations. Highlights of his career at Nine include lead roles in the transitional branding of KETC/Channel 9 to the Nine Network of Public Media in 2010, conceptualizing and executing the grand opening of the Public Media Commons and Nine’s first-ever gala, and the launch of a new national food series, tasteMAKERS, in partnership with American Public Television (APT). He has served as chair of the Communications Council of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), authored webinars for public television, and initiated Nine’s green business efforts. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in design from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale.
Chrys Marlow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Chrys Marlow oversees all technology at Nine PBS, including the engineering, production, operations, traffic and IT departments. Since joining Nine in 1985, Chrys has held a number of positions, including maintenance engineer and senior editor. His background includes nearly 30 years in television, beginning in high school when he was employed by KDNL in St. Louis. Chrys attended Jefferson College and graduated with an associate's degree in electronic technology.
Kate Midgett, Senior Director of Organizational Excellence
Kate Midgett is Senior Director of Organizational Excellence. She leads the organizational development and change-management efforts to build an engaged, inclusive, high-performance culture at Nine. Her work also focuses on the continuous quality improvement of programs and activities through survey data and action. Midgett came to Nine in 2019 from the Gateway Region YMCA where she served as the Association Director of Quality and Impact for nearly five years. She worked as a consultant to nonprofits for 12 years, including Vice President of a consulting firm for six years. Midgett has a master’s degree in organizational development from Webster University and a master’s degree in sociology, with an emphasis in qualitative research, race and ethnic relations, and inequality from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.