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Amanda Mountain
President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Amanda Mountain grew up a military brat and has called Colorado home off-and-on since 1992. She is a first-generation college graduate and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Denver in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Change Management. She is the first female CEO in Rocky Mountain Public Media history and is one of the youngest CEOs of a major market public media station in the country. She has over 20 years of experience in the media business, most notably with Freedom Communications, where she was named one of the top 20 Newspaper executives in the country by Presstime Magazine, and Viacom, where she helped pioneer cross-platform marketing strategies under the Viacom Plus arm, created by Mel Karmazin. She joined Rocky Mountain PBS in 2010 as general manager of the Southern Colorado station and stepped into the role of President and CEO in 2017 where she successfully launched THE DROP, one of the only public media urban alternative radio stations in the country and completed a $35 million campaign to build the Buell Public Media Center to increase innovation, engagement and collaboration across nonprofit media. Amanda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Television Major Market Group. You can reach Amanda at amandamountain@rmpbs.org.

 

Karla Hanlon
Chief Operating Officer, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Karla Hanlon has been a financial and operational leader with nonprofit organizations in Colorado for over a decade, after gaining experience from the public accounting and for-profit sectors. She currently serves as the COO for Rocky Mountain Public Media (home of RMPBS, KUVO Jazz, and THE DROP), where she focuses on driving financial sustainability and efficient, adaptive operations. Karla’s approach to financial and operational strategies is grounded in values-based decision making and a dedication to serving communities. Previously, Karla served as the CFO/COO and Interim CEO for Jewish Community Centers of Denver and the VP of Finance and Operations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy from Norther Illinois University and received her CPA certification from the State of Illinois.

 

Carlos Lando
President & General Manager, KUVO

Carlos has more than 40 years experience in radio. While still in high school, his first night on the air was January 13, 1968 on the Armed Forces Caribbean Network in Puerto Rico. In 1970, Carlos was the week night host on WOUR in Utica, NY, one of the first FM “underground rock” stations in the country.

Carlos moved back to Puerto Rico in the late ’70s where he produced and hosted a new show on WZAR called Jazz Where It’s Been and Where It’s At. During this time, he met and interviewed many jazz greats, including Count Basie, Betty Carter and Dexter Gordon.

Carlos returned to Denver in 1980 where he spent five years as Music and Program Director and mid-day host at the nationally recognized soul station KDKO. After working a year for KBCO in Boulder, Carlos joined KUVO in 1987. As Program Director, he helped establish KUVO as one of the most respected community-based jazz stations in the country. Carlos remains committed to airing culturally diverse programs with significant appeal to people in the Latino and African American communities.

 

Linda Kotsaftis
Chief Content Officer, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Linda has called Colorado home since she arrived to attend college here 40 years ago. She started her journalism career while still a student at the University of Denver, working at KWGN-TV. Her second broadcast television home was at 9NEWS where she worked for 20 years helping launch the digital and social products and produced award winning newscasts and breaking news coverage. Linda was named TEGNA broadcasting Innovator of the Year for her co-creation of the show Next with Kyle Clark. She also started a producer training program for young journalists and continues to mentor students from the program and works with several Colorado colleges.  In 2019 Linda joined Rocky Mountain Public Media as the digital director and is now Chief Content Officer. In her role as CCO, she has grown digital audiences and when COVID-19 hit, she created Colorado Voices, a series of stories based on the often unheard voices of our state. She believes in the power of journalism and the impact we can have on the community and the voices we can share with our work. She loves to recruit and works with several organizations to continue to diversify local media.

Linda has won multiple regional and national awards and is a member of the Heartland NATAS Board of Governors.

If you have a story idea to share or want to discuss our content, email lindakotsaftis@rmpbs.org. @lindaknews 

 

Kim Salvaggio
Chief DEI Officer, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Thanks to her parent’s love of PBS NewsHour, Kim wanted to be part of the media world at a very young age. Studying Mass Media and Communications with at Penn State University, education laid a foundation for a 20+ year career in media organizations. Kim has held positions in Human Resources and Operations with a focus on DEI at BBH/Publicis WorldWide, Public News Service and Rocky Mountain Public Media, where she is Chief DEI Officer. The strategy and development of DEI at RMPM is based on a Co-Leadership model, co-lead with Dr. Tara Jae, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Seen, a nonprofit organization focused on the mental health of our QTBIPOC communities. Kim is a certified mediator, a skill she uses on a daily basis that brings understanding and equity for all. Kim and her wife, Alex, have a very active home life with four kids and five pets, otherwise known as slightly controlled chaos. Kim is an active community member and advocate for the LGTBQIA+ Community with a focus on Trans Youth.

To reach our DEI Department contact kimsalvaggio@rmpbs.org and share your passion.

 

Kelly Flink
Vice President of Creative Services, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Kelly Flink was born and raised in Colorado where creating TV has always been one of her passions.  She even took an internship at KCNC (CBS 4) in Denver when she was only 15 and couldn’t even drive herself to work.   With almost 20 professional years the Broadcast Industry, she’s worked on local and national shows based in the Denver area as an editor, videographer, graphics artist, commercial/promotions producer and served as a corporate lean-six-sigma process manager.  She joined Rocky Mountain Public Media in 2018 as an Investigative Video Journalist and stepped in to help develop the Creative Services Department when the organization was in need of a new approach to marketing and communications.  Kelly is currently the VP of Creative services and focuses on the marketing, communications, promotion, brand, image, and underwriting production of all Rocky Mountain Public Media brands. For more information about Rocky Mountain Public Media marketing and communications, contact Kelly at kellyflink@rmpbs.org.


Dan Diamond
Vice President of Public Media Partnerships, Rocky Mountain Public Media (Pronouns: he|him|his)

Dan Diamond, Rocky Mountain Public Media’s VP of Public Media Partnerships is a tech-savvy executive with over 45 years of executive experience and success in the network broadcast, cable, film, music, and entertainment industries. Dan oversees all RMPM’s statewide revenue teams including Corporate Partnerships, Philanthropy, Foundation/Grants and RMPM’s Regional Innovation Centers.

Prior to his coming to the organization, his highly unique set of diverse skills across multiple business disciplines led to the creation and development of consumer entertainment at National CineMedia (NCM) under the brand Fathom Events. A proven leader, Diamond’s strategic vision and leadership were critical success factors in his role as senior vice president of business development, entertainment programming and marketing. Diamond was a driving force in the creation of an entirely new entertainment category leading to the transformation of movie theatres into “local community event centers.” His visionary leadership and ability to leverage and integrate numerous strategic partnerships while creating win-win scenarios, all led to the acquisition and execution of hundreds of successful “in-theater” entertainment events and being named the “World’s Leader in Alternative Cinema Content” (“Event Cinema”) by Screen Digest.

Prior to creating Fathom Events, Diamond served as a director of creative services in both the NBC/CBS station groups where he led on air product, production, creative services, sales, promotional and marketing efforts. In addition, he was named Boy’s and Girl’s Club’s “Volunteer of the Year” and worked closely in the nonprofit sector with The Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange and Special Olympics Colorado.

For information about how your business or organization can partner with Rocky Mountain Public Media contact Dan at dandiamond@rmpbs.org.

 

Kate McDonnell
Vice President of Philanthropy, Rocky Mountain Public Media

Kate McDonnell is a seasoned fundraiser with extensive experience working for arts, cultural, and healthcare organizations. In 2018, Kate joined Rocky Mountain Public Media, where she oversees the mid-level, major and planned gift programs, and helped successfully complete the $35 million fundraising effort for the Buell Public Media Center. Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Public Media, Kate worked in healthcare philanthropy at National Jewish Health in Colorado, and at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California. Kate also held fundraising roles at arts and cultural organizations, namely the Los Angeles Opera, and the Smithsonian Institution and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Kate has a Master’s in Art History from American University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Colgate University. You can reach Kate at katemcdonnell@rmpbs.org.

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