Vermont Public Radio has named Kari Anderson as its new Director of Programming, and RaMona Sheppard as its new Director of Human and Financial Resources.
Anderson will supervise the programming on VPR News and VPR Classical, ensuring the listener’s experience is consistent, high-quality and seamless. Anderson also will lead on-air promotional campaigns and play a key role in planning and executing membership drives.
“After a national search, we’re pleased to find the new director of programming right here,” said John Van Hoesen, senior vice president and chief content officer. "With her enthusiasm and experience, Kari will provide VPR listeners with the essential and compelling content Vermonters need and want in changing times.”
A native Vermonter, Anderson grew up with VPR playing in the background. After completing degrees from McGill University and working in New York and Beijing, Kari returned home in 2012 and became a weekend announcer at VPR. Since then, she has served as VPR Classical’s morning host, managing producer and music director.
"VPR is part of the fabric of Vermont,” Anderson said. “It’s an incredible honor to be part of the future of this service that provides so much to Vermonters from all walks of life."
Anderson begins in her new role immediately. VPR Choral Hour Host Linda Radtke is hosting weekday mornings on VPR Classical from 7-10 a.m. on an interim basis through the end of the year.
RaMona Sheppard previously served as Finance Director and HR Manager for the Town of Underhill, Vermont since 2010. There, she managed all human resources, budgeting, accounting, audit/compliance and insurance reporting. Previously, she worked in finance and human resources for iHeartMedia.
Sheppard will serve on VPR’s Leadership Team and will be responsible for supporting and ensuring the development, communication and execution of VPR’s human resources, financial and administrative goals. Sheppard will oversee compensation and performance management processes, payroll, accounting, annual budgets, investment management, and long-term resource planning and allocation.
"VPR has a well-earned reputation as a respected, ethical organization both as it engages externally with the public and internally as a Vermont employer of choice," Sheppard said. "I am impressed with the diversity, experience, professionalism, and dedication to mission of the staff and am excited to join the team in serving the community."
“RaMona impressed us with her broad experience in human resources, finance, government and media,” said Scott Finn, VPR president & CEO. “She’s exactly what VPR needs at this time.”
Sheppard will assume the duties of Interim CFO Nancy Brock, who is leaving VPR to pursue other interests. Finn thanked Brock for helping get VPR through a transition in leadership.
“Nancy stayed much longer than we expected when she took this position 18 months ago,” Finn said. “In the interim, she improved every financial and human resource system at VPR, and leaves RaMona in a great position for success.”
Sheppard begins on October 29.