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NFCB Leadership

Our Board of Directors and Staff

 NFCB Board of Directors

Kerry Semrad
Board President

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.

Carl A’see
Board Vice President

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.

Nathan Moore
Board Treasurer

Nathan Moore is the General Manager at WTJU 91.1 FM at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Nathan has worked in college and community radio for more than two decades. He launched and serves as staff advisor for UVA’s student-run station WXTJ 100.1 FM. He has also launched the community podcast network Virginia Audio Collective and the Virginia College Radio Alliance.

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.

Sharon Maeda
Board Member

Sharon 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.

Victor Palomino
Board Member

Victor Palomino is a radio producer and visual artist born in Bogotá, Colombia where he attended film school. Palomino moved to the United States in 1999 and established residency in North Carolina in 2001. Palomino has been involved in community radio since 2003 helping radio stations to introduce Spanish language programming and multiculturalism. He has worked in radio stations in North Carolina, Kentucky and California serving various roles including News Director, Station Manager, Program Director, Staff Reporter, and Volunteer Coordinator. He currently lives in Bonville, CA where he works as the Public Affairs Director and Bilingual Reporter for KZYX and Z, Mendocino County Public Broadcasting. Palomino hosts a weekly Spanish language news show and produces the arts and culture show Art Waves. Over the years, Palomino has worked with different mediums including video, photography, music and his artwork can be seen in galleries in NC, KY and CA.

JC Polk, II
Board Member

JC (he/him) is a native of Durham, North Carolina. He is a Public Media Diversity Fellow from the Riley Institute at Furman University. Along with being a founding coalition member of Public Media for All,  he serves as a fundraising production consultant with Trac Media where he works with PBS and NPR stations in non-traditional development strategies. In 2021, he took his more than 15 years of public and commercial media experience to co-found OLAS Media in San Diego, CA – a binational, podcast marketing agency focused on helping content creators “Amplify their Brand”. He’s most passionate about assisting media leaders, the true stewards of information, in reaching audiences often overlooked. JC is a proud alum of Elizabeth City State University, an HBCU in the University of North Carolina System.

 NFCB Staff

A. Rima Dael
Chief Executive Officer

A. Rima Dael has over 30 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in Public Media, Arts, Education & the Human Service sectors.
She came to NFCB after serving as General Manager of WSHU Public Radio and as a board member of National Public Radio (NPR). Before that, Rima worked at New England Public Media (NEPM).  Rima is passionate about the essential role of public media in our communities and the transformational power of the arts. Rima was a founding faculty member in the Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy master’s degree program at Bay Path University and a past Executive Director of Country Dance & Song Society (CDSS). She is also a sought-after presenter and speaker at conferences, workshops and retreats for nonprofit organizations.
Originally from the Philippines, Rima spent her early years in Connecticut, and in several Southeast Asian countries. Rima received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Theatre Arts from Mt. Holyoke College. Her master’s degree is in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of Management & Urban Policy at the New School University where she was a Community Development Finance Fellow.
Rima lives in CT with her husband, teen son, their dog, two guinea pigs and a gecko.

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. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations and collaborating with her colleagues at NFCB, she enjoys spending time outside with a camera in hand and going on adventures with her family and friends.

Serah Mead
Director of Member Engagement

Serah Mead brings more than 20 years of non-profit experience to the hard working team at NFCB. Serah earned her BFA in Graphic Design from California College of the Art where she honed her passion for design thinking, creative expression, radical inclusivity, and the power of mass communication. She’s a Certified Change Leader through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Institute through the Foundation of the Alliance for Community Media, and has served on several boards for arts and media organizations. Most recently, Serah led as Executive Director and General Manager for KZMU Moab Community Radio. Serah lives in Moab, Utah with her kid Verdell and Cutes the hamster.