Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan is the Executive Director of WILL-TV, AM and FM, the PBS and NPR stations based at the University of Illinois. His experience includes working in the cable TV business; for newspapers in the Boston area; and as a press aide for the mayor of Boston--his hometown. He also served as an officer in the Naval Reserve. Moss has dedicated his career to public service media, having served as CEO at other PBS stations, including KCTS in Seattle, South Carolina ETV, and WVPT in Virginia. He earned his BS and MS from Boston University.
Director of Development
Danda Beard is Development Director at Illinois Public Media. She leads the annual and planned giving, corporate support and marketing staff, who are responsible for raising more than $2.4 million annually. Beard has spent most of her career at Illinois Public Media, having previously worked for WCBU, Peoria, Illinois, in corporate support. She is a member of the College of Media Executive Committee and has achieved CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) status.
Director of Broadcast Operations
Lillie began her career at Illinois Public Media in July of 2004 as the TV Traffic Manager. In her 13 years at WILL, her role has evolved into the Assistant Director of Content & Continuity and now the Interim Director of Station Operations, overseeing TV and Radio Traffic, Broadcast Operations, Engineering, and ensures station workflow amongst the internal departments. Lillie currently serves on the PBS Traffic Advisory Committee, PBS Operations Advisory Committee and the PBS Interconnection Working Group. She is also on the board of the Digital Convergence Alliance. Lillie got her start in Public Broadcasting as a student at WTIU in Bloomington, Indiana.
Director of Community Content and Engagement
Kimberlie Kranich has worked at Illinois Public Media in various roles since 1998. As Director of Community Content & Engagement, she oversees the Education and Illinois Radio Reader Departments and directs station-wide projects that combine storytelling and engagement with community partners to highlight and address needs. She has a long history serving youth with media projects. Kimberlie has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and previously worked at WPSU in State College, PA, and WTAJ-TV in Altoona, PA.
News & Public Affairs Director, Illinois Newsroom
Reginald is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.
Business & Finance Coordinator
Alice joined WILL-Illinois Public Media in June, 2019, and has been at the University for five years. Alice oversees the business and finance operations of IPM. She is responsible for day-to-day operations and management of the business office.
Elizabeth works with many WILL departments and has a broad knowledge base of the stations’ activities, including events, facility uses, management and much more. If she doesn’t know the answer, she knows where to find it. She has been with WILL since 1999.