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.

Meetings are held quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Meetings are held virtually and in-person when possible and start at 5:00 p.m.

If you would like information about the meeting, please contact Priscilla G. Cortez at

  • November 16, 2022
  • February 15, 2023
  • May 24, 2023
  • August 16, 2023

Community Advisory Board Members

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

Marisol McDaniel, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Vice Chair

Emily Ricci, Community Volunteer, Secretary

Talib Abdullahi, Tito's Handmade Vodka

Emafely Amador, Univision

Sarah Anwar, Harmony Public Schools

Shannon Bieberdorf, Community Volunteer

Pei-San Brown, Ballet Austin

Stephanie Cerda, Austin ISD

Gabriel Estrada, Austin Voices for Education and Youth

Hani Farid, Community Volunteer

Beverly Hamilton, 3 Day Startup

Adam Hootnick, Film Director & Producer

Jolie Jennings, Liberty Hill ISD

Amy Jordan, Murpho's Publishing

Stacey Kaleh, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Laura Legett, Community Volunteer

Alonso J. Lujan, Filmmaker

Joanna McDonald, St. Edward's University

Regine Malibiran, Six Square

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie, Psychologist and Psychoanalyst

Melissa Ortiz, Capital Metro

Rick Perkins, Texas actor, writer, director, producer and singer- songwriter

Amanda Quraishi, Texas Association of School Boards

Judith Rhedin, UT Austin Texas Performing Arts (retired)

Maria Rivera, Facebook

Artemio San Martin, Dell

Pooja Sethi, Immigration Attorney/ Activist

Jim Susman, STG Design

Katherine Watson, The Settlement Home for Children

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 role of the CAB is to provide a link between the community-at-large and the staff and leadership of Austin PBS.

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 individuals may nominate themselves. Members elected to the CAB commit to serve a two-year term.

The duties of the CAB are to:

  • 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.