General Manager – Robert Ambrose – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Engineer – Bill Putney – email@example.com
Director of Programming – Larry Stein – firstname.lastname@example.org
Underwriting Accounts – Cris Wilson – email@example.com
News Director – Steve Evans – firstname.lastname@example.org
Station Manager – Kate Ingram – email@example.com
General Inquiries / Listener Comments – firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Calendar – email@example.com
Public Service Announcements – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – email@example.com
Colin Foden – firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Shapiro – email@example.com
Larry Dennison – firstname.lastname@example.org
Don White – email@example.com
Robert Ambrose – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nate Malmgren – email@example.com
Dominic Svornich – firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Claflin – email@example.com
Board of Directors
Robert Ambrose (President, joined the Board in April 2015)
Robert Ambrose moved to Port Townsend in 2014, after 23 years living in rural Alaska and working in various non-profit capacities. One criterion he used to decide where to immigrate was a small town with a community radio station. Robert has been a community radio enthusiast for three decades, introduced to its vibrancy via KPFA while living in the Bay Area. He moved to Talkeetna AK in 1993, just as KTNA signed on the air, and quickly became involved as a novice DJ. It was a golden opportunity to share his passion for music from the African diaspora and his rapidly growing collection garnered via his role as African music columnist for The Beat Magazine. Eventually, following years of volunteer activities as music director and board member for KTNA, Robert became General Manager, and thus became intimately familiar with both the challenges facing small community stations, as well as the profound benefits provided to their communities. After integrating into KPTZ’s schedule with Rhythm Connection, Robert thought his experience in community radio might be an asset for its Board, and apparently the Board agreed.
Colin Foden, Past President
Colin grew up in England on BBC radio and has never separated from the radio. He hopes that his experience with non-profit leadership, business management and technology will help build a station where we can hear friends and neighbors, listen to commentary on our area and feast on the eclectic sounds of this wonderful corner of Washington.
Steve Shapiro (joined the Board in May 2013)
Steve grew up in Florida, went to Pharmacy School in Georgia and moved to Port Townsend in 2008. He started volunteering at KPTZ at its launch party in 2011. For Steve, the appeal of volunteering at KPTZ is doing something for the community and helping out in a field different from his everyday work. He really enjoys working with the other volunteers and meeting KPTZ listeners, and looks forward to being part of the development for KPTZ’s future.
Larry Dennison (joined the Board in May 2014)
You may know Larry most recently from his bygone but well-loved Dos Okies BBQ, which he co-owned with DJ Ron McElroy. Since moving to Port Townsend in 1974 Larry has been a vital and active member of this community. He has served on boards including the Jefferson Land Trust, Port Townsend Merchants Association, Port Townsend Planning Commission, and the Peninsula Development Council–to name a few. Professionally, Larry was elected Jefferson County Commissioner from 1984-1992, and has had a major hand in the following local businesses: the Town Tavern, Puffin Shoe Repair, Port Townsend Baking Co., Coyote Found Candles, and of course Dos Okies Barbeque. In his spare time Larry enjoys fly fishing, gardening, cooking, reading, writing, and story-telling.
Nate Malmgren (joined the Board in October 2015)
Local web developer, DJ, volunteer, and community organizer in Port Townsend since 2011. Nate is passionate about music, community, collaboration, and making it all work together organically. His focus and motivations are intentional improvement, positive growth, and progress for all. He has many years of experience as a computer consultant and DJ in Austin and Berlin, Germany. In his limited free time, Nate enjoys the outdoors, traveling, music, film, and art with his wife Annalisa. He is involved with a number of local non-profit organizations and is very proud to be a contributing component to the KPTZ community.
Dominic Svornich (joined the Board in October 2016)
A life-long Pacific Northwest native, Dominic Svornich has been a Jefferson County resident since 2002. Music has been at the center of Dominic’s life as long as he can remember. A musician since age seven, he has been playing, recording, mixing or listening to all styles of music his entire life; and since the first time he heard Seattle independent radio station KEXP (formerly KCMU), community radio has provided much of the fuel for that fire. Dominic is excited to bring that passion, as well as his experience in finance and with numerous area non-profit organizations, to his position on the KPTZ board. Dominic works a mortgage loan officer with New American Funding and co-owns popular cocktail bar and music venue Cellar Door with his wife Stephanie, handling music booking and working as a bartender and sound engineer.
Megan Claflin (joined the Board in January 2017)
A Pacific Northwest native, Megan Claflin moved to Port Townsend in 2012 to join the news team at the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader reporting on arts, business and city government. She graduated from Western Washington University and is an award-winning journalist and photographer. Megan first volunteered for KPTZ as a sound engineer, recording the Community Calendar and PSAs, before joining the Board in 2017. She is passionate about community engagement and public discourse. Megan works as a grant writer and public relations specialist for the Fort Worden PDA and is a collaborator with Thunderbull Productions. In her free time, Megan hosts trivia night at the Uptown Pub, plays coed softball with the Pourhouse Bottles, races with PT Kinetics, and dances like her life depends on it.
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