John (Jack) Galmiche III, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jack Galmiche is president and chief executive officer of the Nine Network of Public Media. Jack is a native St. Louisan and returned to his hometown in November, 2006, from Portland, Oregon.
Nine is among the most watched public television stations in the PBS system with one of the most highly rated audiences for full day viewing. Jack has focused the station’s efforts around new forms of community engagement and expanded the reach of the station’s programming and content through four local channels in the St. Louis market as well as new capabilities of digital distribution through the internet.
The Nine Network’s groundbreaking approach to community engagement has become a national model for public media and is being implemented in numerous community service initiatives, including American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative being led locally and nationally by the Nine Network. Additional Nine Network initiatives, such as Youth at Risk and Our Region’s Health, address interrelated issues impacting the health and welfare of our young people and the community as a whole. Under Jack’s leadership, the Nine Network has also made a significant commitment to advance understanding and participation in the arts and has launched a new three-hour weekly series called Sunday Arts. These and other initiatives related to sustainability, science and technology, energy and the environment are based in ongoing partnerships established by the Nine Network with local organizations. In addition, a new weekly public affairs program produced by the Nine Network provides a platform for community discussion of these important topics.
A new 5,500-square-foot digital media center known as the Nine Center for Public Engagement is producing new forms of digital media and online content. The center also is home to the daily online news service, the St. Louis Beacon.
Prior to joining the Nine Network, Jack was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) where he managed the operations of a statewide network of public television and radio stations. Under Jack’s leadership, OPB’s National Television Production unit posted substantial gains, increasing national productions for public television from 30 hours to more than 200 hours, including the popular PBS series History Detectives.
Jack has served on several public broadcasting and industry boards of directors. He currently serves on the national board of directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Jack is also a participating member of the PBS Communications Advisory Committee and Contributor Development Partnership. He is board chair of American Public Television (APT), chair of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), chair of the Affinity Group Coalition (AGC), and chair of the Public Television Association of Missouri (PTAM). He is also on the board of directors of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and serves on the NETA Executive Committee as board treasurer. Jack is a former board treasurer of the Integrated Media Association (IMA) and past board chair of the Northwest News Network.
Jack holds a B.S. in Finance and Business Management from Saint Louis University.
Dick Skalski, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Dick Skalski is senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the Nine Network of Public Media. 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 M.B.A. in finance from Suffolk University in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Amy Shaw, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement
Amy Shaw is the Senior Vice President of Community Engagement at the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis, MO. Shaw oversees Nine’s content creation, and digital and community engagement priorities. She is recognized as a national leader in community engagement and public media. Shaw leads the station in groundbreaking projects that leverage on-air, online and community engagement for measurable impact around important and complicated issues facing communities.
Shaw serves as the executive producer of Stay Tuned, a new journalistic enterprise in partnership with the University of Missouri, Columbia. Stay Tuned seeks to create sustained community dialogue around the issues most important to the St. Louis region while creating new ways to create public affairs content through a weekly live broadcast. Shaw is also leading the Nine Network in the management and implementation of American Graduate, a national initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for public media to address the nation’s high school dropout. Shaw led Homeland, a multi-platform initiative exploring the complicated issues of immigration and the groundbreaking Facing the Mortgage Crisis initiative in the St. Louis region and in 32 impacted markets across the country.
Shaw serves on numerous local and national boards and is deeply committed to the power of public media and the strengthening of communities across the country. Shaw came to Nine from WSIU in Carbondale, Illinois, after directing the station’s education and community efforts for five years. Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and a master’s degree in television and radio from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Patricia Kistler, Vice President of Programming
As vice president of programming at Nine, Patricia Kistler has more than 20 years of television industry experience. She is responsible for creating and distributing Nine’s broadcast schedule, overseeing programming for suitability and compliance with FCC regulations, and planning membership drives. Since joining Nine, Patricia has held several positions, including traffic manager, program operations manager and program director, and has received the Golden Grid Award for innovation and achievement in programming. She is a member of the Public Television Programmers Association (PTPA) and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Patricia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. Louis University.
Chrys Marlow, Vice President of Engineering and Operations
In serving as vice president of engineering and operations for Nine, Chrys Marlow oversees all technology at the Nine Network, 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.
Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Production
In serving as vice president of production for Nine, Patrick Murphy is responsible for the development, content and presentation of programs produced by the station. Patrick produced and directed the Telly Award-winning documentary AmericanTower, which profiles the history of the Continental Life Building in St. Louis. Patrick also produced the soccer documentary A Time for Champions, which aired on public television stations throughout the country. He is executive producer and co-creator of the multi-award-winning Nine series Living St. Louis.
Patrick is an adjunct faculty member at Webster University. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor of arts degree and did post-graduate work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Dan Shasserre, Vice President of Development
As vice president of development, Dan Shasserre directs the efforts of multiple development offices, including corporate support, foundation support, major and planned giving, and membership.
Shasserre came to the Nine Network in November 2009 from Catholic Charities of St. Louis, where in his eight-year tenure he led an effort that increased major giving 800 percent. He is president-elect of the St. Louis Planned Giving Council, serves on the Development Advisory Board for Our Little Haven and serves as a development advisor to the board of Catholic Charities USA.
Previously, Shasserre was director of marketing for the St. Louis Blues professional hockey team and was vice president of an advertising company with clients including Anheuser-Busch, John Deere, Ralston Purina and Lennox Industries.
Shasserre and his family live in the Compton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri.
Michael Hardgrove, President Emeritus
Michael Hardgrove is president emeritus of Nine after retiring from his position of president and chief executive officer. Michael joined Nine in 1978 as president and general manager. He currently serves as chairman of the National Membership and Expansion Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and as treasurer and founding president of the Public Telecommunications Association of Missouri. His numerous awards for television broadcasting include five Emmy awards from the Washington chapter of NATAS and two Governor’s Awards from the St. Louis chapter.
Prior to joining Nine, Michael worked at WTOP (CBS affiliate) and WETA (PBS) in Washington and KVIE (PBS) in Sacramento, California. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a bachelor’s degree in speech, he served two years in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps.