Community Advisory Board

Austin PBS, KLRU-TV is a community-licensed station managed by a Board of Directors. Further community input comes to the station through our Community Advisory Board.

Interested in serving on the Austin PBS Community Advisory Board? Submit your Application for Nomination.

Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) every 3 months. Meetings for the foreseeable future will be hosted virtually via Zoom and start at 5:00 p.m.

If you would like information about the meeting, please contact Sandra Grimaldo at

  • November 17, 2021 
  • February 16, 2022
  • May 18, 2022
  • August 17, 2022
  • November 16, 2022 

2021 - 2022 CAB Meeting Schedule (pdf)

Austin PBS Community Advisory Board Members

Martin Kareithi, Capital Metro, Chair

Erin Waelder, Austin Theatre Alliance - Paramount & Stateside Theatres, Vice Chair

Beverly Hamilton, Interim CEO, 3 Day Startup, Secretary

Sarah Anwar, Special Education Teacher / Harmony Public Schools

Shannon Bieberdorf, Volunteer

Pei-San Brown, Education Director

Stephanie Cerda, Assistant Principal, Austin ISD

Gabriel Estrada, Assistant Executive Director/ Austin Voices for Education and Youth

Hani Farid, Finance

Jenny Hawkins, Seton Healthcare

Adam Hootnick, Film Director & Producer

Jolie Jennings, Liberty Hill ISD

Amy Jordan, Editor, Murpho's Publishing

Stacey Kaleh, Director of Communications and Reporting for the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Laura Legett, Community volunteer

Tandera Louie, Educator

Alonso J. Lujan, Filmmaker

Marisol McDaniel, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

Joanna McDonald, Digital Engineering Intern at HEB, St. Edward's University Student and OIT Help Desk Student Ambassador

Joe Morin, Morin Associates

Melissa Ortiz, Capital Metro

Amanda Quraishi, Texas Association of School Boards

Emily Ricci, Learning & Development at Apple

Maria Rivera, Facebook

Niranjan K Sharma, Counselor (retired)

Pooja Sethi, Immigration Attorney/ Activist

Jim Susman, Architect

Kathleen Vale Castillo, Public Information Manager, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Katherine Watson, The Settlement Home for Children

Cletus W. Wilkins Jr. Ph.D, Motorola (retired)

About the CAB

The Austin PBS Community Advisory Board is composed of up to 30 individuals who reflect the diverse interests, concerns, organizations, issues and populations of the Central Texas community. The CAB helps guide Austin PBS in a variety of ways. Membership in the CAB is open to anyone who lives in the designated market area for Austin PBS and who has demonstrated an interest in Austin PBS. Members are selected by the existing CAB after being nominated by the staff, or the CAB, or they may nominate themselves. The role of the CAB is to provide a link between the community-at-large and the staff of Austin PBS. Members elected to the CAB commit to serve a two-year term.

The duties of the CAB are:

  • Act as a liaison between Austin PBS and the community.
  • Raise community awareness about Austin PBS, its programming and its services.
  • Advise Austin PBS on issues of importance in the community where Austin PBS may have an impact.
  • Encourage community involvement in Austin PBS projects, activities.
  • Ensure that the content of the programming reflects the community.