Vermont Public Television Senior Staff
President and Chief Executive Officer
President and CEO, Public Television Association of Quebec, VPT's Canadian charitable organization
John was appointed to his current position in 1998. He joined VPT in 1987 as chief financial officer, was promoted to vice president for finance and administration in 1990 and to senior vice president and chief operating officer in 1995. Besides his role at VPT, he serves public media nationally with work on behalf of the National Educational Television Association, the Public Broadcasting Management Association, the Association of Public Television Stations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives. He has served on several PBS committees and task forces, and is in his second term as a member of the PBS Board of Directors.
Locally, King chairs the Mount Mansfield Collocation Corporation. He is a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Assembly of Overseers and the Vermont Business Roundtable. He is also on the Board of the McGill University International Executive Management Institute.
He holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University, a bachelor's degree in business administration from Johnson State College and an associate degree in business administration from Champlain College.
In 2011, John was inducted into the Vermont Assn. of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, in part for his work helping to form a strong bond between public and private broadcasters in Vermont.
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Chief Development Officer
George leads the department responsible for raising funds from individual and corporate contributors, who are the source of most of VPT's operating revenue. Before coming to VPT in 2010, he had 28 years' experience raising funds for public broadcasting stations, most recently at WILL/Illinois Public Media. In 2009, he and his staff received two PBS Development Awards, including the PBS Overall Excellence in Development Award, the highest development award given by PBS. For two decades before joining WILL, he held development positions at WGBH Boston.
Since joining VPT, George has guided the network through fundraising campaigns, partnerships with local banks to help Vermont Foodbank and local disaster relief agencies. Development presents special events throughout the region, including British comedy events, Family Days and the first Murder Mystery Weekend. He is a graduate of Boston College.
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Chief Communications and Public Relations Officer
A respected voice in the field of strategic communications, Elizabeth has worked in dozens of countries worldwide to teach nonprofits, governments and universities how to leverage communications tools to shape and share messages that inspire change. She is a regular speaker on the science of messaging and the use of social media for community engagement. Elizabeth has worked with a number of U.S. Embassies, the U.S. State Department, PH International, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and universities around the globe. A Virginia native, Elizabeth moved to Vermont in 2006, where she stays busy raising her young daughter, enjoying the vibrant performing arts scene and taking advantage of Vermont's local food movement. Contact Elizabeth Metraux