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.

Nominees must be an ACM member to qualify for this award.

2020 Winner: Mary Van Sickle, Dakota Media Access 

Mary Van Sickle is the Executive Director of Dakota Media Access (DMA) in Bismarck, ND. Since 2000, she has served at the PEG community media center, launching the Dakota Film Festival in 2011 and LPFM Radio Access in 2016. 

Prior to DMA, Mary worked in a variety of marketing, economic development, and non-profit management positions. She has served in various leadership roles and on numerous committees locally and nationally. She is the past chair of the national Board of Directors for the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the Midwest Region Board of the ACM. 



List of Winners by Year

2020 - Mary Van Sickle
2019 - Anthony Riddle, BRIC
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