For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTS FOUR NEW MEMBERS

January 26, 2005 (Rochester, NY) – WXXI Public Broadcasting Council’s Board of Trustees recently elected Jane Argenta, Brad Rye, John T. Smith and Beth Ela Wilkens as new members.

Jane Argenta is a public relations supervisor at Dixon Schwabl Advertising. Argenta has more than 15 years of experience in all facets of corporate internal and external communications and public relations marketing strategies. Her agency, corporate and freelance background includes experience in such industries as banking, legal, healthcare and business-to-business. She is responsible for overseeing the daily communications needs of her clients and currently works with a diverse range of clients. Argenta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications/Public Relations from SUNY Geneseo and a New York State Certificate in Public Relations from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, a previous board member for the Mental Health Association and a past guest speaker at SUNY Geneseo. Argenta resides in Pittsford.

Brad Rye is the Director of Public Relations Services for Eric Mower and Associates (EMA). At EMA, Rye supervises the development, strategic planning and execution of agency work for a variety of business-to-business and consumer accounts. He has obtained national media coverage for his clients in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN Radio, the Associated Press, and the New York Times. Rye received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northwood University in Midland, MI. In addition to his many business achievements, Rye is a board member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a 40 under 40 Award Recipient from the Rochester Business Journal in 2001, a Trustee of Third Presbyterian Church and a member of the Marketing Committee of the Boy Scouts of America (Otetiana Council). Rye resides in Webster.

John T. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Brite Computers, oversees all business aspects of the company on a day-to-day basis. Prior to Brite Computers, Smith founded JTS Computer Services, a multi-million dollar company that he sold to Ajilon Corporation after 17 years. He was also the founder of Linden Associates, a commercial real estate development company; JTS ChecqueOut Solutions, developing frequent shopper loyalty programs; Bellott Smith and Associates (1992), a management consulting company; and founding partner of Images/Images, a business utilizing a Photo CD Imaging process. He is also a partner in Croop LaFrance, a contract programming and consulting company. Smith is a graduate of Monroe Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. His community involvement includes the Hillside Children’s Center Board of Directors and Board of Trustees and the MCC Foundation Board. Over the years Smith has been involved with the United Way and RPO Campaigns, Rochester Rotary, MCC Alumni Board, Red Cross Blood Services and Ronald McDonald House of Rochester and Pittsford Little League. Smith resides in Pittsford.

Beth Ela Wilkens is an attorney and a partner at Harris Beach LLP. She is the Chair of the Financial Institutions Practice Group, and her areas of concentration are in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance. Wilkens received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, CA where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School where she graduated with distinction. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Caldwell Manufacturing Company and ViaHealth and the Board of Trustees for the Asbury First United Methodist Church. She previously served as President of the Monroe County Bar Association, Chair of the Board of the YMCA of Great Rochester, and a Director of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. She has received the Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award (2001) and the Nathaniel Award (2004). Wilkens resides in Pittsford.

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