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WGVU has a long tradition of reaching out to audiences and a mission to serve the public both on-air and off. WGVU Engage works with our Outreach and Community Engagement programs to connect to the community. From Preview Screenings and Events to stimulating public discussion, WGVU Engage is there.

The Mission of the Engage Committee is to extend the outreach of WGVU through local events and programs in an effort to better serve the community.

WGVU Staff Spotlight
Mark Epstein

MARK EPSTEIN

Mark Epstein is relatively new to WGVU but not to public media. While living in LA Mark and his wife Ricki became very dependent on KCRW to keep them informed of daily events following the January 17, 1994 earthquake centered within just 10 miles from their apartment.  A nice welcome to LA for these two New York born and bred people. Mark from upstate and Ricki from the White Plains area. They live in Laketown Township walking distance to Lake Michigan just outside Holland. And, they now know what a pole barn is.

This is Mark’s first foray into the non-profit sector following in Ricki’s footsteps. She is the Development Director for St. Cecilia Music Center. Prior to coming to WGVU, Mark’s background included the printing industry, a long career in information management, retailing, and even a little head hunting (as a recruiter for law firms in NYC).
Mark and Ricki are the proud guardians for two rescues; Kramer their cat and good friend of 19 years and Joaquin the more recent addition to the household, a 4 year old Jack Russell, Pug and Chihuahua mix that went blind two years ago.  “We have a passion for adopting “lost boys and sometimes girls” from the street and we would love to save them all.”

Yes, Mark is a NY Giants’ fan and very happy this year, a Yankees fan, but also appreciates the Lions’ recent come back. Mark aspires to be a professional golfer or at least someone who could break 90 consistently. He enjoys cooking, music of all genres, theater and relaxing in the yard watching Ricki plant and sow. Mark is a Business Development Coordinator responsible for contracting organizations to become sponsors of WGVU programming and events.

Other staff spotlights

DAVID MADISON BARB PLUMB RICK BIERLING JANET MILLS JIM RADEMAKER HARVEY MCKNIGHT KIM BRUMMEL BRADLEY GORDON AMANDA READER DAVID OLIVER JACKIE SIRIANNI STEVE CHAPPELL MICHAEL KLUCYZK KEN KOLBE CHELSEA DUBEY STEVE SAVASKY BILL BAILEY CAROLINE MACGREGOR KELSEY ROSS JIM VANDER MAAS NICHOLAS DEVRIES BARBARA CHRISTL

Thank you to the following sponsors of WGVU Engage

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Inclusion sponsored by
GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs PNC Bank
 
Health sponsored by
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital  
 
Arts sponsored by
Centennial Securities  
 
Veterans sponsored by
On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina Michigan National Guard
 
Education sponsored by
PNC Bank On the Border Mexican Grille and Cantina
 
 
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