Mark Contreras, President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Public, has led several media businesses through digital transformation. Contreras served as CEO of Calkins Media, a privately-held media company, which developed innovative strategies to maximize audience reach, engagement and revenue by embracing streaming media platforms such as Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV. The strategy also included providing journalists with new digital video tools and creating more locally focused content.
In addition, he served in top volunteer leadership roles of news media organizations including the News Media Association and the American Press Institute. He is a Fellow of the Millennium Class of Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of GFR Media in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Woodward Communications, Inc in Dubuque, Iowa.
The son of an Irish-American school teacher and a Mexican immigrant, Mark grew up in the Midwest—first in Minneapolis and later Chicago. Mark has an A.B. in History from the University of Chicago and a MBA from the Harvard Business School.
He is especially passionate about the role of public media in serving diverse communities. Most recently, as Dean at Quinnipiac, he secured a $500,000 grant to increase the number of underrepresented students at the School of Communications.
He and his wife, Marybeth Sughrue, have one adult son, Michael.
Phone: (860) 275-7220
Meg Sakellarides, Chief Financial Officer
Meg Sakellarides, Chief Financial Officer of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc, the parent company of Connecticut Public Television and Connecticut Public Radio, has over three decades of financial management and business experience, with for-profit financial services organizations and non-profit educational institutions. A 1986 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. degree in Accounting, Ms. Sakellarides is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Connecticut and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Sakellarides spent seven years with Deloitte, in audit services for corporate, banking, and not-for-profit clients. Clients included TD Bank and the City of Hartford. She then spent five years at CIGNA Corporation, responsible for human resource development and training for the Financial Executive Development Program, one of the country’s most prestigious financial and executive leadership programs. She also led and managed the customer service and financial operations of the Reinsurance Division.
Sakellarides has been with Connecticut Public for over two decades. As Chief Financial Officer she is responsible for all financial, administrative, legal and compliance matters. Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is a $18 million operation with three television stations, five radio stations, and a wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary. She is a Board member of several non-profit organizations, including the Connecticut Women’s Council and the Learning Corridor, Inc. She is also active in the local arts community, recreational sports, and religious ministry. Sakellarides resides in East Haddam, Connecticut with her husband, Scott Mokoski.
Phone: (860) 275-7350