CONSULTANTS AND ANALYSTS
Todd Thayer's work on behalf of The Buske Group draws from his strong executive management background (including 11 years as Executive Director of Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura) and specific expertise in startup, upgrade and relocation of media operations, broadcast/cablecast, studio production, post-production and other media technologies. Thayer has over 30 years of experience with all facets of technical facility and staff development, including facility design & build-out, systems design, integration, installation & training. He has strong project management & problem-solving skills with heavy emphasis on partnership development, customer service and ongoing support.
Rika Welsh works with The Buske Group on community needs assessment activities and focus group sessions. Ms. Welsh brings over 35 years of experience and leadership in the Public, Educational and Government Access field. She has been involved in the design, implementation and management of many PEG Access centers. She served as the Executive Director of Malden Access TV for 12 years. Under her leadership, that non-profit organization evolved into a Community Media Center, providing access to computers and multi media facilities as well as video production.
Sam Behrend works on projects with The Buske Group regarding cable franchise renewal and in the evaluation of PEG Access facilities and operations. Mr. Behrend has been a recognized leader in the community media field for over 40 years. He has served on cable television and telecommunications advisory boards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Tucson, Arizona. He was a founding staff member of Access Tucson in 1984 and served as its Executive Director for over 20 years. Mr. Behrend has been a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Arizona and Pima Community College in Tucson. He has served in a variety of leadership positions with the Alliance for Community Media and the Alliance for Communications Democracy.