Helena’s Best Platform for Storytelling for 20 Years WHO WE ARE
Helena Civic Television (HCTV) is non-profit community-based public access station serving the Helena and greater Montana
communities. Structured and funded as a “PEG” (Public, Educational, and Governmental) station, we place special emphasis on
civic programming, which includes unedited coverage of local government proceedings, shows made in our studio, and a variety
of cultural and educational programs. Our mission is to foster creativity, personal expression, civic engagement, and community
dialogues through resources that enable anyone in the Helena community to be digital media content creators.
Since first opening its doors, HCTV has been governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, operated by a modest staff, and
supported by a growing number of individual and organizational members. Over the years, we have become a vibrant
community center where people from all sectors of Helena can come together to express their opinions, share their knowledge,
explore their cultures, reveal their talents, and encourage citizen participation.
HCTV believes in freedom of speech, empowerment, diversity, and encouraging
public discourse that, in turn, strengthens democracy and builds community
through the use of non-commercial media.
In a time of greater and greater consolidation of media outlets, HCTV remains committed to public service. We are a critical
resource – a vibrant hub for everyone in the community. And as technology and tools change, HCTV keeps up with the times. As
we look to the future, we aspire to broaden our impact growth, community participation, and vitality. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HCTV’s Board of Directors may have up to 11 total members, who serve three-year terms as specified in our by-laws. Board
elections are held at the annual meeting, to which all HCTV members are invited and may cast votes. The board members
themselves elect officers (who serve one-year terms) at the first meeting following the annual meeting. A nominating
committee assists in recruiting new board members and makes recommendations for filling slots vacated prior to the end of a
normal, three-year term.
Current Board Members
- Dennis M. Taylor – Chair
- Sandy Oitzinger – Vice Chair
- Bob Person – Treasurer and Secretary
- Sharon Haugen
- Shannon Lewis
- Amy Berry Strainer
- Kirsten Faubion – Executive Director
- Jeanie McLean-Warden – Senior Videographer/Editor
- Dave Clarke – Technical Operations Specialist