PCN’s Board of Directors
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lockman was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Cable Network in February 1999. He joined PCN as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in November 1994 after more than fifteen years with C-SPAN. One of C-SPAN’s original four employees, he served more than ten years as that network’s Vice President of Operations.
At the time he joined PCN it was a struggling instructional network which he quickly developed it into the nation’s pre-eminent state cable network built on the C-SPAN model.
During his tenure at C-SPAN, Mr. Lockman produced and directed the first live television coverage of the Iowa presidential precinct caucuses, directed C-SPAN’s first live coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and produced C-SPAN’s coverage of the aftermath of the 1991 military coup in the Soviet Union.
In addition, he served three years as Chairman of the U.S. Capitol Media Fiber Project, a consortium of all radio and television news organizations in Washington, and served one year as Chairman of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association, the organization comprised of the Capitol Hill radio and television press corps.
Mr. Lockman is a founding board member of the Pennsylvania Press Club and served for three years as its first president. He is also a founding board member of NAPAN, the National Association of Public Affairs Networks, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Bar/Press Committee, and a trustee of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.
Since 1996 he has been on-air host of the weekly interview series “PA Books”, and is a frequent host of the “PCN Call-in” program. He is author of four books, PCN Tours released in 2003, World War II: In Their Own Words and Pioneers of Cable Television both released in 2005, and World War II Reflections released in 2009.
Mr. Lockman is a native of Norwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. He plays banjo and fiddle with the Buc Hill Aces, a band that specializes in Old-Time Southern Appalachian music. He has been married for 39 years to Nancy Karvois Lockman, and they have two daughters.
Debra Kohr Sheppard,
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Debra Kohr Sheppard’s responsibilities as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer include oversight of PCN’s Operations and Engineering departments, and executive oversight of the technical operations of the Programming Department. She is currently leading the effort to convert PCN to high definition, scheduled to begin in August 2011. Previously, she oversaw the design, construction, and implementation of PCN’s new digital technical facility which opened in 2004.
Debra has been with PCN since 1993 and is a Kutztown University graduate. She is an active member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution serving as Regent of the Cumberland County Chapter. On the state level she is Pennsylvania’s Chairman of DAR Project Patriot, the committee which supports America’s active duty military personnel.
Vice President & Controller
As Vice President & Controller for Pennsylvania Cable Network, Melissa’s responsibilities include financial reporting and preparation of the annual budget. In addition, she oversees the Human Resource function for PCN. In May 2007, Melissa was appointed to the PCN Board of Directors as Treasurer.
A 1991 graduate of Messiah College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and a past President of its Harrisburg Chapter. Additionally she is a member of SHRM, Society of Human Resource Management. Melissa joined PCN in February 2007.
Vice President, Marketing and Brand Development
As Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development at PCN, Joel oversees the marketing and brand development of all services including new product development and management as well as community outreach. While charged with running all aspects of the network’s marketing department, he also oversees all network on-line marketing and sale efforts which includes PCN web-based subscriptions and the PCN store.
A graduate of Elizabethtown College, Joel has 26 years experience in the broadcasting industry. For 20 years, he worked at WITF-TV holding various posts including the title of director of learning technologies before his departure to WHVL-TV in State College. A minority owner of WHVL-TV, Joel held the position vice president and general manager for the television station. Before coming to PCN, he operated a media consulting business.
Director of Corporate Communications
As Director of Corporate Communications, Michelle is responsible for all public relations aspects of the network including media materials and press releases; affiliate, media, and community relations; special projects and network promotion as well as affiliate acquisition.
In her affiliate relations role at the network, Michelle oversees the needs of participating cable operators as well as develops network community outreach programs for those affiliates. She is also involved in the negotiation and handling of carriage agreements.
Prior to her employment with PCN, Michelle was an advertising and marketing consultant for large and small businesses. She was also a News Director, Anchor, and General Assignment Reporter at a cable news station in Virginia and a General Assignment Reporter with WGAL-TV. Michelle holds a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film: Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science from Temple University.
Director of Programming
Francine Schertzer is Director of Programming at PCN. She oversees production of PCN’s flagship public affairs show, the PCN Call-In Program, where viewers can speak directly with elected officials and newsmakers, and is a regular weekly host. Francine oversees PCN’s coverage of State House and Senate floor proceedings and is intimately involved with producing various legislative and political events, including coverage of the state budget process and state-wide elections. Additionally, she produces the weekly “PA Books” program and a variety of specialty programming.
Francine joined PCN in 1997. She is a 1997 graduate of Susquehanna University, holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications and Writing. As a student, she worked at NBC’s London Bureau and completed an adult summer program at Oxford University.
Philadelphia Bureau Chief
Corey Clarke has been the PCN Philadelphia Bureau Chief since it opened in January 2002. He is responsible for the daily operations of the bureau including covering Philadelphia-related events and provides coverage and technical support for PCN programming originating in the area. Corey has also been an on-air host for a number of PCN Profiles.
A graduate of Kutztown University with a degree in Electronic Media, Mr. Clarke first began his career with PCN in September 1998.
Pittsburgh Bureau Chief
Producer and Host
Larry Kaspar is a Producer at PCN, and can be seen on air during PCN’s live Call-In program, “On The Issues,” as well as “PCN Profiles.”
Larry produces “On The Issues,” a 30-minute interview program with the people who influence and make public policy. He also produces coverage of the state courts, the related series “In Session,” and the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. Another of Larry’s on-going projects is “PA Film Flashbacks,” a series of short documentaries, news reels, and dramatizations from the silent era through the 1970′s.
A graduate of Penn State University, Larry came to PCN in 1993 from a background in broadcast news at WHP-TV Harrisburg. A life-long Pennsylvania resident, he was raised just down the street from PCN studios in Camp Hill.
Director of Programming Operations
Matthew Hall serves as PCN’s Director of Programming Operations. In addition to that role, Matt hosts the Call-In program and other shows on the network. He also co-produces the PCN Tours program, and oversees PCN’s sports productions.
A graduate of Marywood University with degrees in Broadcast and Corporate Communications, Matt has been with PCN since 2010.