Board Of Directors

The Cheshire TV Board of Directors meets the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30PM at the Cheshire TV studio, in the basement level of the Keene Public Library.

Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings.

Thomas Cook, Board Chair

Born in Indianapolis, Tom Cook attended Purdue University as an undergrad majoring in English and Film Criticism. It was here he became a die-hard Cubs fan, to everyone’s great chagrin. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Kelly, in 1985, Tom moved to the Wrigleyville area of Chicago working for a gaming subsidiary of DC Comics for six years prior to moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s graduate film school, majoring in production and cinematography. A certified Steadicam® operator, during his tenure in Hollywood, Tom taught at USC and worked for Panavision, Fox-TV, CBS-TV, and produced corporate videos for many companies, including Bank of America and the FBI. Tom moved to Keene in 1994 to teach film production at Keene State College, where he is presently a tenured Full Professor. A Cinemaniac weekly for radio station WKBK and on Cheshire TV, Tom has two sons, Benjamin and Walter, and enjoys reading, watching movies and TV, scuba diving, drinking Jolt cola, and recreating with his family. Annoy him with e-mails at

Joe Bendzinski

Former City Counselor – 12 years. Retired federal employee – Social Security Admin, Retired Colonel Air Force, Retired Manager United Artists Theaters.  Current member Keene Airport Advisory Commission. Education:  MA Accounting, Psychology & History Masters – National Defense University USAF.

Ian Freeman

Ian Freeman has served on the board of directors of Cheshire TV as far back as 2006.  He supports CTV’s mission of providing an outlet to the public for free speech and has acted as a producer and guest of multiple local shows over the years.  He also is a talk radio show host and blogger.

Robert Milliken

Robert Milliken is the Keene School District appointee to the board.

Ken Colby

Ken Colby is the Town of Swanzey appointee to the Cheshire TV board.

Patricia Rainey

I  am Patricia Rainey. I am a resident of Keene, NH. My history is that of being an educator, counselor, and minister. I have three college degrees
(BA, M.ED, and C.A.G.S.)  I have taught in public schools, (Junior High
and high school, then I went on to become a college professor of
Psychology in Tennessee (Cleveland State College). Upon returning back to NE, I became a music teacher at a fine arts center, and finished writing my book “Illusions: A Journey Into Perception.” (published by Hamden Publishing Co. in Connecticut) I also had a private counseling practice (Green Pastures Counseling Associates, in Dover NH and I also worked with two other counseling organizations, (Renew Counseling Service and Good News Ministries). I  am an ordained minister with the Assembly of God and continue to be active in ministry.  I am also a producer at Cheshire TV and have been for the last nine years.

Thomas Travers

I have been involved with Cheshire TV for over 5 years.  I responded to a posting that the station was looking for volunteers.   When I met with station manager Lee Perkins and asked how I can help, he handed me a video camera and said “ film what you are doing”.

That day started my adventure in filming.  Since then I have been, writing, filming, directing, editing and producing videos .  I am thankful for the knowledge, encouragement and the opportunities that the staff at Cheshire TV, Lee, Mark, Dave, Ernie and Rick provided as film maker and producer.  To date over 100 TV programs have been produced and broadcast at Cheshire TV, Pegmedia and youtube. In the course of distributing and In promoting my programs I had the opportunity to visit other New Hampshire and Vermont  PEG stations ( Claremont, Newport, Bellows Falls, White River Junction and Windsor) and witnessed their operations. In addition, I was interviewed by members of the Cape Ann and Stoughton, MA PEG stations.

I have heard it mentioned that Cheshire TV may one of Keene’s best keep secrets.  I would like for Cheshire TV shed the “secret” status and to be utilized as creative, instructional and technical resource for those engaging in multimedia expressions.

Nancy Wilkinson

Nancy Wilkinson is the City of Keene appointee to the Cheshire TV board.

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