A Message from the General Manager

WVPT Announces Management Changes

Harrisonburg, VAThe Board of Directors for Shenandoah Valley Educational Television Corporation (WVPT Public Media) has announced changes with senior management positions effective September 16.  Tony Mancari, currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will succeed David Mullins as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mullins has accepted the Director and General Manager position of WFSU Public Media in Tallahassee, Florida.   

Mancari has provided leadership in Technology and Operations at WVPT for the past 17 years.  He is a Roanoke native and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics and has been honored for his extensive work by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, the Public Broadcasting System Enterprise Technology Committee and the National Society of Broadcast Engineers.  Mr. Mancari was Project Manager at Virginia Tech Video Broadcast Services and Engineering Manager at Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta before coming to WVPT in July of 1998.  He and his wife, Laura, reside in Bridgewater.

Additionally, the Board announced that Melissa Leecy, currently Major Gifts Officer, will move to a new position as Vice President of Development.  In this role she will focus on WVPT’s increasing level of community engagement activity as well as communications and development advancement.  Leecy, a native of Penn Laird, VA and graduate of Mary Baldwin College and James Madison University, has over 15 years of experience in working within programming, supervision and fundraising leadership in nonprofits and higher education.  Leecy currently serves as National Philanthropy Day Chair for the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and resides in Staunton, VA.

Neal Menefee, Chairman of the WVPT Board commented, “The Board very much appreciates the contributions of David Mullins over the past 8 years.  We are very pleased to have capable individuals like Tony Mancari and Melissa Leecy within the organization who are well qualified to provide the leadership necessary for the station to continue to have a very positive impact across the region in the future.  They will receive support from the diverse and dedicated staff of WVPT, which encompasses over 177 years of total media-related service.’

Since 1968, WVPT has been the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia's public television station. WVPT's over-the-air broadcast coverage area consists of 40 counties.  The station is also carried on numerous cable channels, including Charlottesville, Lexington, Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Winchester.