Employee Spotlight: Kim Vogel

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For this installment of our Employee Spotlight series, we sat down with Kim Vogel, Finance, to learn about her role at PBS39 and her involvement in the community.

Let’s start from the beginning: How and when did you come to PBS39?
I started at PBS39 in 2004. I came in as assistant to the CEO. I found out that was not my niche; I had come from a finance background, so I moved into customer service. I worked in customer service for seven years and, when the Finance position became open, I moved over to finance.

What do you enjoy most about working at PBS39?
I love the mission. I love that it helps kids. Kids are the world; they’re little sponges, and I just love kids. That’s my main thing.

Why do you think it is important to support the mission of public media?
Our children need this. I think our children need a safe place where they’re not seeing violence, and where their little minds can just be free and they don’t have to worry about the day-to-day things we see on the news.

Describe your day-to-day role at PBS39 and why it’s important to the station.
It all comes down to dollars and cents. I take care of all receivables and payables, and without either, we’re not going any further. I try to watch that we are spending our donor dollars appropriately and not frivolously.

In addition to your role at PBS39, you’re also involved in the community. You and your husband, Van, recently were named Volunteers of the Year at the State Theatre in Easton. Tell us about the honor and what it means to you.
We’re recognized by our peers for doing something that we love. One of my main reasons for getting involved at the State Theatre was so I could say to the volunteers I had coming in here that I do the exact same thing. I volunteer somewhere else and give of myself and my time to the community.

As a volunteer, what do you do at the State Theatre?
Everything and anything you can think of, from taking tickets at the door, to selling raffle tickets during a show, to seating patrons and handling things that pop up as they do.

How long have you been volunteering at the State Theatre, and how did you get involved?
This is our seventh season, and we had really good friends that were also volunteers there. They volunteered for me here, and they talked me into volunteering there.

As a public media employee, why do you think it’s important to be involved in the community?
There are many other things I’d like to volunteer for, but can’t while working a 40-hour week. My thing is just giving back to people. You get what you give. That’s the way Van and I look at it. If you can make somebody smile and be happy for an hour, that’s a plus.

Check out our previous monthly Employee Spotlights!
June: Lori Warsing, Senior Development Producer
May: Jessie Heimann, Marketing Director

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