Leadership

NFCB Board of Directors

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Nathan Moore Board President

Nathan Moore is the General Manager at WTJU at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Nathan has worked in college and community radio for more than half his life, including Free Speech Radio News and WORT (Madison, WI). He launched UVA’s student-run station WXTJ, WTJU’s low power sister station where he serves as staff adviser, and TEEJ, a Charlottesville/UVA-based podcast network.

Darrah Blackwater Board Vice President

Darrah Blackwater is from Farmington, New Mexico and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She has completed internships in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C., and under the Inspector General of the Department of Interior. She is today focusing her energy on the fight for spectrum sovereignty. Blackwater will graduate with her J.D. from the University of Arizona in May of 2020.

Kerry Semrad Board Treasurer

Kerry Semrad joined the staff at KZUM in Lincoln NE as General Manager in 2016 after working in the financial sector for 11 years. She hosts a weekly jazz program on KZUM and is an accomplished musician. Kerry is passionate about engaging with her community through the radio station, developing programming and working with KZUM’s numerous volunteers.

Colin Andrews Board Secretary

Colin Andrews joined the NFCB board in May of 2016 and is also an attorney who has represented non-commercial radio and television before the FCC. He has experience on advising broadcasters on compliance with regulatory requirements, including working on pleadings for administrative proceedings, responding to Letters of Inquiry, responding to EEO audits, and drafting comments on proposed rulemakings.

Ngoc-Tran Vu Board Member

Ngoc-Tran Vu is a Vietnamese-American interdisciplinary artist and organizer whose socially engaged work draws from her experience as a community organizer, educator, and healer. She is currently the Deputy Director of AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) where she advocates and supports for independent producers in public media and mission-driven work.

Carl A’see Board Member

Carl A’see is the General Manager of Statement Media (WSSB, WOBS, and WPJK) at South Carolina State University. He also heads the training program at WSSB for students interested in radio broadcasting. Carl has broadcast experience in public and commercial radio, higher education and the non-profit sector.

Amanda Eichstaedt Board Member

Station Manager/Executive Director of KWMR, West Marin Community Radio in Point Reyes Station since 2010. Amanda holds a bachelor in University Studies from the University of New Mexico and a master in Human Resources Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.

Sharon Maeda Board Member

Maeda has been involved in community radio and media advocacy for 40 years. She was station manager of KRAB-FM in Seattle, a former executive director of Pacifica Radio, a member of the early NFCB Steering Committee and the Public Radio Satellite Interconnection System Charitable Trust, where she continues to serve today. In 2017, Sharon came out of retirement to help get the LPFM in her neighborhood on the air.

Serah Mead Board Member

Serah Mead is the General Manager of KZMU. She is a certified Change Leader through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and has completed the Emerging Leaders Institute presented by the Foundation for the Alliance in Community Media. She serves on the boards of directors for the Moab Arts Council, and the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition.

NFCB Staff

Sally Kane Chief Executive Officer

Sally Kane is a successful nonprofit executive with twenty years of experience in the field of community radio. She is a trained facilitator, accomplished fundraiser, and impassioned public speaker. As NFCB’s CEO Ms. Kane led the organization through a comprehensive restructure and built a team that moved the organization into a new chapter that includes impactful national advocacy, industry thought leadership, customized station services, and innovative initiatives that transform community media organizations.

Gretchen Aston-Puckett Chief Operating Officer

Gretchen Aston-Puckett joined NFCB’s staff in 2016, after serving as Development and Membership Director at community radio station KVNF in Paonia, Colorado. Previously, she served for nearly a decade as Development Director at High Country News, a non-profit media organization that reports on the American West’s natural and human communities.

Ernesto Aguilar Executive Director

Before joining NFCB, Aguilar served Houston community radio station KPFT as program director for more than 11 years. He previously served as co-director of its news department, launching a daily newscast. A Maynard Institute fellow, Aguilar has worked with many initiatives, including Public Media for All. As a journalist, author, podcaster, public speaker, radio host and facilitator, Aguilar’s work has focused on democracy, inclusion and engagement.