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The Station Products & Innovation Team collaborates with stations in the development of products and services that enable stations to better engage with their audience.

One of the main station groups PBS Digital works with to develop ways to help stations is the Station Digital Advisory Council. This group is made up of a representative group of station leaders in digital. Visit the Council page to learn about these representatives.

If you have any suggestions for improving our services, please feel free to contact us. The quickest way to reach us for general questions is by emailing pbsi_spi@pbs.org, or Tweeting us at @SPI_PBS.

Meet the Station Representatives within PBS Digital.
Max Duke, Senior Director 

Contact Max:
 703.739.5409
 maduke@pbs.org
 


José Fernández, Sr. Manager
Contact José:
 703.739.5121
 jmfernandez@pbs.org
 

José Fernández joined the Station Products & Innovation team as Product Deployment Manager in February 2013. José is responsible for the implementation and roll out of PBS Digital products across multiple technology platforms, including online, mobile and OTT boxes. In addition, he designs and refines internal processes and workflow to respond to SPI’s growing product line and customer needs.
He comes to us from GuideStar, where he was Product Manager for the nonprofit database the GuideStar Exchange. Prior to GuideStar, José worked as a Program Manager at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where he helped develop and market two niche social networks. José graduated from The George Washington University School of Business Executive MBA program. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Jessie, and son, Matías.

Katie Wilson, Senior Manager

Contact Katie:
 703.739.5105
 kmwilson@pbs.org
  



Katie Wilson joined the Station Products and Innovation team in October 2015.  While new to PBS, Katie comes over from the Interactive Media and Engagement department of WETA. Over the years Katie worked with stations on National Projects including: The National Parks, The Address, Latino Americans, The Roosevelts and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.  Before starting at WETA Katie worked for the Production Department of Sony Playstation. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area Katie grew up watching KQED and tries to get back to the West Coast at least once a year.  She lives in Virginia with her family. 

Amy Lust, Assistant Director

Contact Amy:
 703.739.5108
 allust@pbs.org
  


Amy Lust joined the Station Products and Innovation (SPI) team in January 2015. Amy returns to PBS after managing a local art gallery for two years. She previously worked as an intern with the Station Services department, and most recently worked on the myPBS team leading trainings and customer support for the platform. Amy received her Master’s degree from George Mason University in Arts Management. Amy resides in northern Virginia, but escapes to her family’s farm in Kansas as often as possible. You can find Amy sipping coffee from her growing collection of PBS station mugs.


Contact Leif:
 703.739.5016







Kate Alany, Sr. Manager, Digital Analytics

Contact Kate:
 703.739.5081
 kralany@pbs.org
  

Kate Alany joined PBS in May 2013 as Sr. Manager of Digital Analytics. Kate heads up development of new analytic services, while also working closely with member stations. Kate joins PBS from Gannett, where she worked for eight years. Most recently, she served as Manager of Brand Research and Strategy, leading research support functions for Gannett's cross-platform sales team. A graduate of Baltimore's Loyola College, Kate holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Business. Kate loves to travel, and once won a trip to South Africa through a radio station contest. Kate lives in Springfield with husband, Tony, and their dog. They like to spend their free time exploring towns, neighborhoods and restaurants in D.C. and surrounding areas.

Chas Offutt, Director of Development Services, Digital

Contact Chas:
 703.739.5253
 ceoffutt@pbs.org
  

Chas joined the Development Services team in August 2014 as Director of Development Services, Digital. He serves as the primary liaison with local stations and national partners that provide development tools and services to member stations, for all aspects of individual giving activities that include digital and emerging technologies. Chas came from Blackbaud (by way of Convio) where he was a Senior Strategy Consultant to more than 75 organizations across all verticals to develop and implement acquisition campaigns, fundraising strategies, and integrated marketing programs. He lives in Washington, DC, and when he is not chasing his 18-month old son or wrangling his puppy-for-life Portuguese Water Dog, he enjoys racing his bike (which happens a lot less these days).