Jon McTaggart, president and chief executive officer
Jon McTaggart is chief executive officer of American Public Media Group, the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media and The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles, Classical South Florida in Miami, and the Greenspring Company in Minneapolis.
McTaggart has been deeply involved in the growth of APMG since 1983, beginning as an MPR station manager in Bemidji and serving in multiple capacities since then including general manager, vice president of business development, senior vice president for new media, senior vice president of content and media, and chief operating officer.
In addition to his tenure at APMG, McTaggart has led strategic planning, communications, fundraising and business development as executive director of a hospital foundation in Reading, Pennsylvania, and advancement and external relations as vice president of a liberal arts university in Riverside, California.
McTaggart holds a bachelor's in communications and journalism from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, and a Masters in Public Administration from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He serves on several organizational boards, including Second Harvest Heartland, Bemidji State University Foundation and National Public Radio. He and his wife Debra live in Maplewood, Minnesota, and have two daughters and a granddaughter.
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Tom Kigin, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel
Tom Kigin serves as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel. He is the secretary or assistant secretary to each of the boards of the American Public Media companies and is a trustee of the Fitzgerald Theater Company. Kigin works closely with the president and other members of the executive management group in setting the strategic direction for the organization. He is responsible for the APM Group's overall legal strategy, including transactions, compliance, intellectual property and ethics. He is responsible for the organization's public policy initiatives and contacts with elected officials and community influencers.
After graduating from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts, Kigin served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law in Minneapolis, and joined the APM Group in 1977.
Kigin's community involvement includes service on the boards of trustees of Children's HeartLink, an international medical charity based in Minneapolis, and of Face to Face Academy, a charter school focused on at-risk youth based in Saint Paul.
David Kansas, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, American Public Media
Dave Kansas is senior vice president and chief operating officer for American Public Media (APM), overseeing the operations of APM's station network, national programming, music and news operations.
Prior to joining APM, Kansas worked at The Wall Street Journal serving as chief markets commentator in New York, having previously served as the European markets editor based in London.
Kansas held several roles at The Wall Street Journal, including editor of the Money & Investing Group (2003-2007). In that role, he oversaw coverage of Wall Street, banking, finance, investing, hedge funds, financial markets and insurance. Kansas also served as the deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online (2001-2003) and as a reporter covering Wall Street, investing and finance.
Kansas is the author of four investing books, the most recent being The Wall Street Journal Guide to the New Rules of Personal Finance. His book, The Wall Street Journal Guide to the End of Wall Street as We Know It was published in early 2009 and translated into German, Japanese, Korean and Norwegian.
Kansas has also appeared on television and radio programs around the world, including the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Sky News, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.
Prior to taking his position in The Wall Street Journal's London bureau in 2009, Kansas was president and editor-at-large of FiLife, a personal finance startup web site owned by Dow Jones and IAC. In addition, Kansas helped start TheStreet.com in 1996, eventually becoming executive vice president, chief strategic officer and editor-in-chief of the company. He also served on the company's board of directors.
Kansas began his career at NBC Radio Network News before becoming a sports writer at Newsday.
Born in St. Paul, Minn., Kansas attended Macalester College in St. Paul and received his bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University. He and his family live in St. Paul.
Mark Alfuth, senior vice president and chief financial officer
Mark Alfuth, chief financial officer and senior vice-president, Finance, joined American Public Media in 2001. Alfuth has responsibility for financial operations for all entities within the family of companies that makeup American Public Media. He leads all finance areas including management reporting and regulatory external reporting, budgeting and forecasting, all daily accounting functions and financing/investing activities. He serves as a member of the executive leadership team. Alfuth supports American Public Media's board committees on finance, audit, investment and planning.
For the prior 15 years, he provided financial support to American Express through positions with increasing responsibility. Mark holds an undergraduate degree in comprehensive business education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Department of Business. Mark has served his community as a board member of the Animal Humane Society and volunteers with community cultural and performing arts organizations.
Judy McAlpine, senior vice president, American Public Media National Content Division
Judy McAlpine heads American Public Media's national programming and distribution. In her capacity, McAlpine has responsibility for the creative development of content for the portfolio of shows including news and information as well as classical music. Prominent within the portfolio she manages are Marketplace, Marketplace Money and Marketplace Morning Report, A Splendid Table, Being, American RadioWorks, Performance Today and SymphonyCast. In addition, she oversees the division's underwriting, development and program distribution.
McAlpine joined American Public Media in 2008 from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio, where she was director of International/Business Development. Her award-winning career at the CBC spanned local, national and international program production and management. McAlpine was executive producer of CBC's flagship national daily current affairs show "This Morning" and also created the celebrated documentary program "Outfront." She later managed all CBC Radio national current affairs programs and led redevelopment of the morning radio schedule. As well, she developed new strategies for CBC Radio expansion on emerging platforms, resulting in podcast, satellite and mobile launches.
McAlpine holds a master of arts in Journalism and a bachelor of arts, with honors, in English Literature, both from University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Mary Nease, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Shared Services
Mary Nease, senior vice-president, Human Resources, joined American Public Media in 2006. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources including talent recruitment and performance management, compensation and benefits, employee relations and diversity, training and leadership development and human resources administration. She also serves on the executive leadership team.
Prior to joining American Public Media, Mary was vice president of corporate human resources for Travelers (formerly St. Paul Companies) in St. Paul, Minn. and US Bancorp Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. Mary holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on the board of directors for Women Venture in Minneapolis, Minn.
Randi Yoder, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Randi Yoder is the senior vice president and chief development officer for American Public Media (APM) and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). In her role, Yoder oversees all institutional and donor relations, development's role in the creation of MPR's new Customer Relationship Management system, as well as the ambitious Connecting Minnesota plan that will double the station's membership. Yoder joined APM in March 2011, coming from the Greater Twin Cities United Way where she served as the senior vice president of Donor Relations.
Previously, Yoder was president of Yoder Henley Development Resources, vice president of Institutional Advancement at St. Catherine University, and associate dean for External Affairs at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
After completing her undergraduate work, Yoder also served as a National Coordinator for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where she secured a grant to create a national rural youth foundation.
In recognition of her work, Yoder was the recipient of the 1995 Woman of Distinction award sponsored by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Journal as well as the 2011 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Yoder graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in English and received a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in international business and marketing from the American Graduate School of International Management.
She serves as board member of the Association Montessori Internationale, the community advisory board of the Minneapolis Junior League, the board of trustees of EARTH University in Costa Rica, and chairs the advisory board of Women Venture.
A native of Goshen, Indiana, Yoder and her family live in South Minneapolis.
Tim Roesler, senior vice president and general manager, Minnesota Public Radio
Tim Roesler, senior vice president and general manager, Minnesota Public Radio, joined American Public Media | Minnesota Public Radio in 2001. Tim is responsible for the full operation and content of the three services of Minnesota Public Radio: News, Classical and The Current. Tim leads the MPR management team including program/content directors, revenue and marketing leaders for the three regional program services to develop programs, funding, manage expenses, and to insure ongoing quality service to listeners and online users. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, Sales, Marketing and Underwriting for American Public Media.
Prior to joining the organization, Tim worked in commercial broadcasting management for media outlets in Omaha, Monterey, San Francisco and Minneapolis. In addition, he was director of regional sales at Internet Broadcasting, St. Paul. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a master's degree in telecommunication from Michigan State University, East Lansing; he also served as an adjunct professor in journalism at Creighton University, Omaha. He is a past participant in Leadership Twin Cities and is a member of the church council at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior and volunteers with Kids Against Hunger, West Metro.
Bill Davis, president and CEO, Southern California Public Radio
Bill Davis is president of Southern California Public Radio, a Pasadena-based public media organization that manages multiple stations and Web sites in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area and is a subsidiary of American Public Media. Davis directs all aspects of the organization, including working with the Board of Trustees to determine SCPR's strategic direction and to advance the organization's mission, vision and values; acting as SCPR's primary advocate to major stakeholders, including American Public Media, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio and Public Radio International; and supervising SCPR's senior executives in fundraising and resource development, programming and operations, administration and engineering and IT.
Previously, Davis served as senior vice president for programming at NPR in Washington, D.C. and as general manager of public radio stations in Chapel Hill, N.C., Buffalo, N.Y. and Berkeley, Calif. During his tenure, WUNC in Chapel Hill moved to the top ranks of NPR's affiliated stations. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a master's degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkley and a master's degree in business administration from Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Davis has served on the boards of directors for several non-profit organizations, including NPR, The Development Exchange and Youth News. He is also active in several youth sports programs.
Néstor Rodriguez, President & General Manager, Classical South Florida
Néstor Rodriguez is president and general manager of Classical South Florida 89.7 FM Miami-Fort Lauderdale and 90.7 FM and 101.9 FM in the Palm Beaches, which reach more than 350,000 listeners each week from the Palm Beaches to the Florida Keys.
Prior to joining CSF, Rodriquez served as director of development for Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami where he successfully launched a five-year capital campaign that has already achieved 80 percent of its goals in just two years, launched the school's first-ever cultural series, created the school's first-ever communications department and led a staff responsible for communications, development, the annual fund and events planning. Rodriguez was also president and chief executive officer for the Zoological Society of Florida, the chief executive officer of the Voices for Children Foundation and held leadership positions with Miami City Ballet, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chopin Foundation and Festival Miami. He has a B.A. in Music Performance (Piano) and Music Industry Studies from the University of Miami.