KNPB Welcomes New Officers to Board of Trustees

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KNPB Welcomes New Officers to Board of Trustees


Reno, Nev.— KNPB’s Board of Trustees has new officers for 2019 along with two new members.

Jacey Prupas will serve as the newly elected Chair working closely with Mark Herron, Vice Chair; M. Donald Kowitz, Treasurer; Tom Taelour, Secretary; and John Owens, Past Chair.

Long-time Nevada broadcaster, Lori Gilbert, and Reno-based wealth advisor, Michael Rooker are also joining the KNPB Board of Trustees.

“It's always an exciting time when we can bring in fresh perspectives and ideas to our board,” said KNPB President and CEO Kurt Mische. “I am incredibly proud to welcome this year’s new officers and members and look forward to seeing what we can all accomplish together.”

The 22-member board of trustees is the licensee for Channel 5 Public Broadcasting Inc., which owns and operates KNPB. Board terms are for the 2019 calendar year.

Jacey Prupas is a commercial and business litigation partner for Snell & Wilmer Law. She is on the Nevada Board of Examiners, a member of the American Bar Association and has been a member of the Northern Nevada Women’s Lawyer’s Association since 2005. Prupas has always been driven to make a difference in many ways including being the founder and contributor of the Prupas Medical Student Scholarship Endowment.

Mark Herron is the President and CEO of The Davidson Group, a company committed to supporting gifted students in their education journey. Herron received his BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to his success at The Davidson Group, Herron was the Vice President and CFO of New Media Express LLC and worked 12 years at The Parsons Corporation.

M. Donald Kowitz is a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and health insurance industries. He is the principal of M. Donald Kowitz & Associates LLC, a Reno-based consulting firm and President of Western Markets, for Friday Health Plans, a startup health plan based in Colorado. He was the CEO of Saint Mary’s Health Plans before his retirement in 2014.

Tom Taelour worked as the CFO for the Regional Transportation Commission for more than three decades. Specializing in financial planning, financial reporting and analysis, financial operations and agency management, Taelour contributes a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. Taelour graduated from Reno High School and attended Santa Clara University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce and accounting. From there, Taelour’s career began as a staff accountant for Gordon Douglass in Reno. Shortly following, he became the CFO for the Regional Transpiration Commission where he worked for 31 years.

John Owens, now retired, was the director of gas business for NV Energy, where he has worked for 27 years. He first joined NV Energy as a student engineer in 1981, was named Vice President of the Gas Delivery Business in December 2013.



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