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Prometheus Radio Project Board of Directors and Staff, May 2014
Station Support Director
For over a decade, Allan Gomez has been active in generating media/radio access as an act of solidarity for communities struggling for social justice particularly throughout Latin America, including his country of origin, Ecuador. He was a founding member of Chicago-based volunteer group Radios Populares (RaPo), which travelled throughout North and South America to help build community radio stations, present workshops, and provide tech and organizational support to women's health groups, indigenous schools, farmers' movements and teacher's unions among others. His work brought him very close to the Prometheus Radio Project and he ended up taking part in six radio barnraisings throughout the US. Prior to his arrival in Philadelphia, he spent two years in a conflict zone in rural Colombia providing logistical support to health training initiatives, facilitating community organizing, as well as coordinating appropriate technology installations in the region. He enjoys sharing food, experiences, excitement, rage, blame and credit where its due.
At Prometheus, Sanjay is the lead advocate on behalf of community radio stations on issues like FCC regulations, media ownership, and copyright royalties. Sanjay got his start in community radio with the Mujb'ab'l Yol Association in Guatemala, where indigenous communities depend on radio as the only source of news and information in their languages. The movement there for legal recognition of community radio faces many of the same obstacles we see in the US, and Sanjay gained important insight into the intersection of the media, democracy, and human rights. In his native Michigan, Sanjay was active in immigrants' rights advocacy with the Coalition for Tuition Equality (CTE) and the ACLU of Michigan. Sanjay is a graduate of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is proficient in Spanish, is functional in Hindi, and knows a little Q'iche.
Will started working in community radio at WOBC-FM in Oberlin, Ohio while studying electronic music and Comparative American Studies at Oberlin College. At WOBC, Will served as General Manager, Engineer and DJ and worked to bring accessibility and more community involvement to the student-run station.
Since joining Prometheus in October 2012, Will has helped social justice groups across the US apply for and start their own LPFM stations. He has written several technical manuals and submitted dozens of LPFM applications and technical amendments with the FCC.
Paul (pablito) Bame
Paul got hooked on Grassroots Radio by listening to Boulder's KGNU in the mid 90's. That also led him into activism for global economic dignity in the "Seattle-era" street movement. Along the way he also stood against police brutality, for an end of racism toward Native Americans and others, an end of media bias including that at NPR, of discrimination and dehumanization aimed at women, LGBT, and undocumented immigrants. When he co-founded Grassroots Radio station KRFC between 1997 and 2003 it is no surprise he also co-founded its news collective.
After chatting with Prometheus at Grassroots Radio Coalition conferences for a decade or so and leaving his Fortune 100 R&D job, Paul volunteered at Prometheus in 2010 and is currently our nerdiest engineer. His electrical engineering degree and ham radio experience comes in handy for application engineering -- especially LPFM second-adjacent waivers of which he has filed more than he cares to count. Paul also created and maintains the RFree software to make that job easier and freely available to others.
Paul sometimes gets pulled into into technical FCC policy analysis and commentary, where his activist legal experience helps in deciphering federal legalese and his interest in data analysis and presentation has provided supporting arguments.
As the LPFM MX contests subside during the next year or so, he is excited to do somewhat less application engineering and help raise some stations!
Cheryl Leanza, Treasurer
Cheryl is the President of her consulting firm, A Learned Hand, LLC, www.alearnedhand.com. In this capacity she serves as policy advisor to the United Church of Christ’s historic media advocacy arm and as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights Media & Telecommunications Task Force. Her clients have included National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Future of Music Coalition, Public Knowledge, and Native Public Media, among others. Cheryl also teaches communications policy and First Amendment at Georgetown University.
Kai is in the 3rd year of her first term on the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board. She serves on the Finance Committee.
Affiliations: Current: Member of the Butler Media Diversity Research Institute (Treasurer); Former: Member - Association of Black Journalists, Bay Area Chapter (Treasurer); Member - Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Chapter (Treasurer); Advisory Board Member - Materials for the Arts, City of Atlanta, Bureau of Cultural Affairs; Board Member - Georgia Shares, Inc.; Board Member - Heritage Remembered, Inc.; Board Member, President - Little 5 Points Community Center
Professional: Kai is the Operations Manager for the Spiritual Empowerment Center. She ensures organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization's operational, administrative and financial functions. She is a member of the Leadership Team and contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices.
Shauna M. Duffy, CPA, MBA, Board Chair
Shauna is in the 1st year of her second term on the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board. She is on the Finance Committee and chairs the Recruitment & Governance Committee.
Affiliations: Everett, Providence, RI – Board of Directors, President; AS220, Providence, RI – Board of Directors, Treasurer; Brown Student & Community Radio (BSR), Providence, RI – Advisor (former DJ, GM and PD); American Institute of CPAs; RI Society of CPAs
Professional: Shauna is an Audit Supervisor in the Not-for-Profit Division at Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd., a public accounting firm. She provides audit, tax and consulting services to nonprofit clients.
Jenny Weissbourd, BA
Jenny is in the 3rd year of her first term on the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board. She Chairs the Development Committee and serves on the Board Recruitment and Governance Committee.
Affiliations: Brown Student and Community Radio – former General Manager, Volunteer Director, and DJ; Member of the Intergenerational Working Group – Research Committee; Member of the Philadelphia chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy – Giving Circle Initiative Committee.
Professional: Jenny is the Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving at The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit working to increase access to affordable, healthy food and nutrition education in underserved communities. Previously, she worked as a nonprofit consultant at Fairmount Ventures – a boutique Philadelphia firm specializing in resource development, strategic planning, and organizational development – where she supported more than 30 nonprofits to build capacity and resources. She finds it especially exciting to help grassroots organizations develop creative strategies to grow and diversify their revenue mix.
Michael B. Lee, Esquire
Mike is in the 1st year of his first term on the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board. He serves on the Finance Committee.
Affiliations: Mike the current Chair of the National Lawyers Guild’s Committee for Democratic Communications, (CDC).
Professional: Mike is a practicing human rights attorney in Philadelphia, PA. Shortly after graduation, Mike started his own law firm, The Law Office of Michael Lee, which utilizes a community lawyering model to address Philadelphians’ legal needs. The Law Office of Michael Lee primarily handles criminal law matters. Simultaneously, Mike co-founded Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, a PA not-for-profit legal aid organization, and its keystone project, the Criminal Record Expungement Project, (C-REP). As managing attorney for C-REP, Mr. Lee has successfully argued thousands of expungement and redaction petitions in Philadelphia County over the last two years. In addition to providing direct legal aid, Mike advocates for progressive criminal record reform.
Corinne Warnshuis, Secretary
Corinne is in the 1st year of her first term on the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board. She serves on the Development Committee.
Affiliations: Corinne is a regular contributor to Rad Girls and co-curates Ignite Philly.
Professional: Corinne is the Executive Director of Girl Develop It an international non-profit, certified by the Board of Education, which exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. After graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and Film & Digital Media, she moved to Philadelphia. Prior to becoming the first ED of Girl Develop It, she was the co-leader of the Philly chapter for two years. She also previously worked for the Technical.ly news network, an online publication that covers technology issues and organizes regular events in Philly, Baltimore and Brooklyn. She has also worked in community relations at WHYY.org and written freelance for various online publications.
Before teaming up with Prometheus in 2009, Ian spent a year at the School District of Philadelphia teaching Spanish in grades K-6. As Program Director, Ian supported hundreds of community groups as they prepared and filed applications for low power FM stations. You can find him online at twitter.com/withanothername.