Buske Leadership Award

The Buske Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the Alliance for Community Media, leadership within the organization within the last three years, a high degree of involvement in the organization nationally, regionally and at the chapter level, and continuing service to the ACM.

The nominee must be an ACM member to qualify for this award.


2018 Winner: Shelley Wolfe, PSTV

Shelley is a highly recognized collaborative practioner who is all about shifting the media landscape with her extensive background in the nonprofit sector, entertainment industry, and being an educator. She spends her time working to bridge industries through partnerships, technology, multimedia and digital literacy.

Shelley is known in the community for her outreach, mentoring, leadership connecting individuals and businesses with media opportunities and fostering of student voices. She has received numerous awards for Mentorship, Volunteerism, Leadership and Video Production. Shelley has spent the last three decades also working in the music industry on global campaigns featuring national and international talent, ranging from artist management event & conference planning, fund development, sales & marketing. She has also built a production studio in Ireland.

Shelley owns her own company Toolbox Entertainment & Strategic Consulting. Over the years Shelley has served on numerous arts, media, education and civic boards. Today she continues to mentor young students and foster their dreams in the entertainment industry.


List of Winners by Year

2018 – Shelley Wolfe, PSTV
2017 – Ross Rowe, Village of Elk Grove
2016 – Rob Brading, Metro East Media
2015 – John Hauser, Access Humboldt
2014 – Antoine Haywood, Philadelphia Community Access Media (PhillyCAM)
2013 – Matt Schuster, TV Santa Barbara
2012 – Michael Wassenaar
2011 – Keri Stokstad, The Santa Barbara Channels
2010 – Colin Rhinesmith
2009 – Nancy Richard
2008 – Tom Bishop
2007 – Debra Rogers
2006 – Sean McLaughlin
2005 – Brian Wilson
2004 – Harry “Hap” Haasch
2003 – Ron Cooper, Access Sacramento
2002 – Eric Mollberg
2001 – John Donovan
2000 – Alan Bushong
1999 – Deb Vinsel
1998 – Steve Fortriede
1997 – Carl Kucharski
1996 – Hubert Jessup
1995 – Rika Welsh
1994 – Andrew Blau
1993 – Lynn Carillo-Cruse
1992 – Sharon Ingraham
1991 – Gerry Field
1990 – Chuck Sherwood
1989 – Dirk Koning
1988 – Jan Lesher Ireland
1987 – Sue Miller Buske