Residents to Fill a Number of Board Positions
Evanston Community Television (ECTV) recently announced the following election results for its Board of Directors:
Gary Brooks – President
Cindy Cort - Vice President/Chair, Development Committee
Dr. Lilo Schuster – Secretary/Chair, Operations Committee
Dennis King – Treasurer
Michael Petroshus – Chair, Board Development Committee
Tricia Edwards – Member-at-Large
The Board also includes representatives from the City of Evanston, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, ETHS District 202 and Comcast Cable Xfinity. Board members bring a wealth of experience to the growth and development of ECTV in the areas of finance, TV & film production, contract/vendor negotiations, fund raising, grant writing, special events and much more.
GARY M. BROOKS, president, has been a member of ECTV for 6 ½ years. A retired UPS employee, Brooks is serving his second term as president and has served as Programming and Operations Chair. He successfully led the negotiations for the current PEG service agreement with the City of Evanston and ended costly vendor contracts. He is a member of the Evanston Police Advisory Board and president, Brummel Park Neighborhood Watch Program. Brooks produces several shows on ECTV -- “Labor Beat,” “The Reporters” and “Weekends with Whitney.”
CINDY CORT, a paralegal, has been a member for 28 years. Previous board experience includes vice president/co-chair, Marketing, Fund Raising/Grant Committee. She has expertise in board governance and public broadcasting rules and regulations, as well as an historical accounting of ECTV. Cindy has been a video producer at ECTV since 1992. She produced Evanston Idol for four years, a music video for the San Francisco band Zero, several video
travelogues, and a memorial tribute. Cindy is a member of Northwestern University Alumni Association.
TRICIA EDWARDS, an 18-year member, is CEO and founder of T.E. & Company, Inc., started in
1981 as a year around non-profit Children’s Theatre, Performing arts, and Television organization designed to keep children off the streets and out of gangs and drugs. This is her first time serving on the Board. Tricia was named ECTV Volunteer of the Year during the 1998 EVVY Awards. She is a prolific producer, and currently has more than 15 shows airing on ECTV Channel 6. She has experience in stage craft, purchasing, budgeting, fashion and set design, writing and directing plays, computer software, education advocacy training, mental health and social work.
DENNIS C. KING, re-elected treasurer, has been a member for seven years. He is a principal web developer and content strategist at Web Presence Shop and brings 20 plus years of experience in information technology, finance, management and marketing. He is a member of Kiwanis, Faces of Evanston and is secretary at The Mankind Project. A former president of Forest Electric Co., he held positions at Path to Spirit and at Lucrative Careers, Inc. He works on ECTV productions for “The Reporters,” July 4th Parade and “The Whitney Reynolds Show.”
MICHAEL PETROSHUS has been a member of ECTV for two years and chairs the Board Development Committee. He spearheaded two successful events for elected officials and ECTV members. He has produced informational programs, wrote and produced a six-episode scripted sitcom, created and produced three episodes for a half-hour sitcom, and produced a live, long-form improv episodic show. He holds a B.A. in TV producing/writing from Columbia College.
DR. LILO SCHUSTER, a licensed chiropractic physician and owner of Schuster Chiropractic, was re-elected secretary of the Board. She has been a member of ECTV since 2006 and produces and hosts her own TV show “What’s Your Story?” For 24 years, she has been in business running an Holistic Family Practice working with pregnant women, children, teens and adults. Dr. Schuster formed her own holistic health practice upon graduating from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL with a B.S. and a D.C.
Self-sustainability and collaborative alliances with art, business, faith-based and community leaders are a priority for ECTV, as it continues to grow its membership and production services. The Board is committed to First Amendment rights supporting free speech for all Evanston residents. “I want to complete the plan to make ECTV a vital part of the community and financially solvent,” Said Brooks. He noted that since its move and open house last December, they have more than doubled membership, trained 72 youth in Summer Video Camp, provided more than 5,760 hours of training and production services, offered hands-on experience and internships for 6 college and high school students, launched two new programs, “dotORG” and “The Reporters” and added a new Audio Basic Engineering class.ECTV is one of the few fully-functioning, local access cable stations in the country that is providing professional, industry-standard equipment and services to the public. This includes a new television studio and control room, editing suites, a sound/recording room, tapeless video cameras, classes, and production services for Evanston/Skokie School District 65, the City of Evanston and for the public. For information about Board committees or to take classes, email email@example.com or call ECTV at 847-869-2510.