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KBTC Management

KBTC Board of Directors

KBTC Public Television is a member-supported service of Bates Technical College located in Tacoma Washington. The Bates Technical College Board of Trustees hold the license and serves at the Board of Directors of KBTC. The Board of Directors are:


Christina Blocker, Chair

Tom George, Vice Chair

Heather Moss, Trustee

Florence Chang, Trustee

Layne Bladow, Trustee

Lin Zhou, President Bates Technical College


Visit the Bates Technical College website to learn about the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees holds regular meetings which are open to the public. Find the meeting dates and times here, along with past meeting minutes here. A PDF of the Board Handbook can be found here.


Purposes and Rules of Executive Session / Closed Meeting 
The Board may go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing items provided for in Washington State Law – RCW 42.30.110(1):
a)   (not applicable to education)
b)   to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase…;
c)   to consider the minimum process at which real estate will be offered for sale or lease…;
d)   to review negotiations on the performance of publicly bid contracts…’
e)   (not applicable to education)
f)   to receive and evaluate complaints or charges brought against a public officer or employee;
g)   to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or   to review the performance of a public employee;
h)   to evaluate the qualifications of a candidate for appointment to elective office;
i)   to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency matters relating to agency enforcement actions, …. or litigation or potential litigation ….
No action is taken during Executive (Closed) Session.


CPB Community Service Grant (CSG) Compliance
As a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Community Service Grant (CSG) recipient, Bates Technical College and KBTC present this information and documentation to ensure transparency in business matters to the general public.


KBTC Association Board

Dave Turk, Interim President

Phillip Ornstil, Secretary

Dan Wirth, Treasurer 

Teresa Bergeson, Director

Savannah O'Malley, Director

Carla Santorno, Director

Diane Tilstra, Director

Jesus Villegas, Director

Todd Yelish, Director

DeAnne Hamilton, KBTC Executive Director & General Manager, Ex Officio Director

Lin Zhou, President Bates Technical College, Ex Officio Director


Learn more about the KBTC Association Board including information about the members, meeting dates, locations and times here


Community Advisory Board

KBTC Public Television is owned and operated by a state technical college and therefore is not required to have a Community Advisory Board. 


KBTC Management Team

DeAnne Hamilton, General Manager - 

Vicki Valdez, Director Of Financial Services - 

Phil Kane, Director of Programming & Creative Services - 

Steve Newsom, Director of Engineering & Technology - 

Tom Layson, Managing Editor & Host of Northwest Now -

Sherri Stanton, Director of Development - 

Brianne Knudson, Associate Director of Development - 

Adrienne Loska, Associate Director of Marketing And Digital Assets  - 

Isabela Reed, Education And Engagement Manager - 

Jim Belsvig, Chief Engineer -

Non-Discrimination Policy 

Bates Technical College reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in its programs and activities in accordance with college policy, and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. Bates publications are available in alternate formats upon request by contacting the Disability Support Services Office at 253.680.7010. Inquiries regarding Bates’ non-discriminatory policies, including Title IX and ADA, should be directed to: For student and employee matters, Human Resources Generalist, Downtown Campus A326, 253.680.7180. More information can be found on the Bates Technical College website.