Question Five: Would you be interested in serving on the Pacifica National Board, and why?
KPFA Listener-Sponsor candidates
Carl Bryant -
Steven Conley - I would be interested in serving on the PNB because I have the board experience, background, vision and skills to make a difference and I would bring a positive spirit.
Bob English - Not until after I have spent some time on the LSB.
Dianne Enriquez - Not at this moment. I would very much like to focus all my energy on KPFA, gain some experience and learn from my highly esteemed peers before venturing to work for the Pacifica National Board.
Sherry Gendelman - While my full time legal practice absorbs a good deal of my life, the lives of my clients, the low income, working people of our country, would be improved as Pacifica’s airwaves gain prominance. For this reason I am now willing to serve on the Pacifica National Board.
Mathew Hallinan –
Chandra Hauptman – Yes, to continue on PNB and work with new ED
To continue work with National Personnel Com. to ensure that universal personnel policies and guidelines are in place and fully implemented.
To help ensure that disability access plans are implemented at all Pacifica Stations.
To ensure that PNB and ED implement plans to make WBAI financially solvent.
David Heller – I am hopeful that the addition of Nicole Sawaya as the new executive director is going to ring a new, more powerful tone for the board. She was hired by a unanimous vote, which is a great sign. I would like to serve some time on the LSB before I decide whether or not to serve on the PNB.
Warren Mar – I listen to Pacifica and support their work but I am running for the KPFA board and should take on one job at a time. I am also less familiar with the challenges the other stations face in the Pacifica orbit and feel more knowledgeable about Northern California. If elected to the KPFA board, ask me this question again next year.
Susan McDonough - No, if elected I believe it will take some time to become proficient in local station board issues.
Antonia Medrano - I have a lot of experience serving on national boards (during the 1980s, on the local and national board of the U.S. Peace Council).
Attila Nagy - At this time I prefer to concentrate my efforts on the Local Station Board and the committees I serve on.
Richard Phelps – Yes. I believe my legal knowledge and my experience from being on other non-profit boards would help keep Pacifica out of legal trouble. I could assist in developing better policies for personnel and due process. Both of which are desperately needed.
Mara Rivera - Yes I would – the PNB is there to support the local stations and the mission.
There are issues with undemocratic factions on the PNB and illegitimate power throughout the network. The PNB is responsible for the healthy functioning of the entire network but as a group doesn’t always properly assume this responsibility. I would.
Paul Robins - Not until I had served at least 1 and perhaps 2 years on the local board. But once I had I would be interested. There has been conflict in the past between the National board and the local stations. We are missing a great opportunity to use the strength of a national network in our work.
CC Campbell Rock – Yes. I would like to serve to promote the idea of having a Pacifica station in New Orleans (the Deep South) and to expand access to the voiceless in the Bay area.
Tracy Rosenberg – Possibly, although the time commitment is extreme. If I did, than I would primarily be interested in doing so to facilitate better national communication within an environment of local autonomy. I’m very interested in more program syndication and wider audiences for some of the excellent locally-generated programs in all five signal areas.
Gerald Sanders - I am not interested in running for the PNB at this time.
Sureya Sayadi - I would like to help build a national community network of programmers at Pacifica. Most programmers at Pacifica have no connection with other programmers outside their local station and I think this needs to change so we are more of a network. We need to have a vision that will increase programming and link up programmers who do similar programming throughout the network for national and international days of programming. I also believe that the National Board has failed to have transparency in it’s operations. It needs to have minutes of it’s meetings posted on the website in a timely matter for the members to be informed if they want to see what actions are being taken.
John Van Eyck - Please! It’s our first date! It’s too soon to ask such a question!
Joe Wanzala - While I am open to idea of serving on the national board I do not have a particular interest in doing so as I am more focused on local priorities.
Jim Weber - Serving on the PNB is a challenge that I could appreciate. Having attended several PNB meetings, I have become acquainted with some PNB members and know the issues that they mush resolve to benefit both their local stations and the entire network.
Stan Woods - Perhaps. Over the last years I attended several PNB meetings and followed closely the debates over our network’s direction. But there is at least one member who has far more intimate knowledge of the network who I would prefer replacing the dedicated La Varn Williams, who unfortunately will be leaving the board at the end of this year .
Steve Zeltzer - I would like to help build a national community network of programmers at Pacifica. Most programmers at Pacifica have no connection with other programmers outside their local station and I think this needs to change so we are more of a network. We need to have a vision that will increase programming and link up programmers who do similar programming throughout the network for national and international days of programming. I also believe that the National Board has failed to have transparency in it’s operations. It needs to have minutes of it’s meetings posted on the website in a timely matter for the members to be informed if they want to see what actions are being taken.
KPFA Staff candidates
Shahram Aghmir - I will serve only if it is really needed.
Mary Berg - Yes, very much. Some reasons: I have seen since the adoption of the new bylaws that there is a fairly long "learning curve" for new PNB members to develop an informed understanding of what work is to be done, what has been done so far (what the previous boards have achieved and where they have failed, and some idea of why), so that they can reach their peak of effectiveness. Otherwise a great deal of time and energy is spent "inventing the wheel" - which can be both exhausting and frustrating for all concerned. In my own case, having served in various capacities on the board, especially as Secretary this past year, I believe I will be able to put what I have have learned to maximum use and accomplish a great deal more with my time and energy on the PNB. Also – as I said in Question #1 re the LSB – I've worked so intensely and wanted so deeply to bring Nicole Sawaya back to us at Pacifica, and now I want equally intensely to support her in her work here, and make it as successful as I possibly can.
Chris Brown - No not at this time, my interest lie with KPFA.
Brian Edwards-Tiekert - Probably not. I work on the 6:PM Evening News, and the PNB does most of its business on conference calls that begin at 5. However, if anything could convince me to do it, it's the fact that Nicole Sawaya will be serving as Pacifica's Executive Director. Now that there's finally going to be real leadership at the national level, I would consider running for the PNB to support Nicole's work if like-minded staff reps weren't willing.
Jeannine Etter - I would like to serve on the Local Station Board first before making that choice.
Mary Tilson – No.