WGCU welcomes new members to Public Media Advisory Board

Five new members joined the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board at its meeting Oct. 14. The new members are Michael Hirsh, Linda Penniman, Zulaika Quintero, Richard Solum and Steve Vesce.

Hirsh has spent 40 years in journalism through staff production and management positions in public television and commercial radio as well as independent production, writing and directing, public television documentaries and radio series. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Terri: The Truth,” with Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael Schiavo, and six other books. A recipient of the Peabody Award, a DuPont-Columbia Citation, a Writers Guild Award, several Ohio State Awards, as well as numerous CPB and PBS awards, Hirsh lives in Punta Gorda. 

Penniman is a member or former member of the Naples City Council, Moorings Property Owners’ Association, Planning Advisory Board of the City of Naples, the Coastal Advisory Committee of Collier County and the board of the League of Women Voters. She served as vice mayor of Naples for two years and has been active in other civic and environmental causes. Penniman lives in Naples.

Quintero was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and raised in Immokalee as the daughter of agricultural workers. A graduate of the University of Florida, Quintero is principal of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association’s Immokalee Community School, where she leads Collier County’s first dual-language education program. She was featured on the national PBS program filmed here,  “Family Pictures USA.” Quintero lives in Immokalee.

Solum has 48 years of legal experience as a trial lawyer specializing in financial and commercial business litigation and as a Minnesota District Court judge. During his time in private practice, he represented banks and other financial institutions as well as plaintiffs and defendants in security cases, class actions, accounting malpractice cases and derivative shareholder cases. He taught at University of Minnesota Law School and William Mitchell College of Law. He is a resident of Bonita Springs. 

Vesce served as the president and CEO of three pioneering staffing and recruiting companies. He is currently an executive partner of the New York private equity firm Post Capital Partners. Vesce has served as a consultant for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Exxon, IBM, Young & Rubicam, Prentice Hall and Merrill Lynch, as well as for nonprofit organizations including Goodwill Industries. Vesce is a graduate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He resides in Estero.

Members with continuing terms on the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board are Judy M. Bricker, chair; Jim Hale, vice chair; Lydia Black; Mimi Chapin Gregory; Howard Cohen; Rick Johnson, WGCU general manager and ex-officio member; Iqbal Mamdani; Steve O’Brien; Maria Palacio; Kevin Price, ex-officio member; and Charisse Thomas. Muriel Olsen is the board secretary.

The Public Media Advisory Board serves as a reflection of the wider community to guide the management and staff of WGCU-FM and WGCU-TV. Board members live within the broadcast area of WGCU. They serve two-year terms and can serve up to four consecutive terms. A board member who is termed off is eligible to serve again after one year.