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 Coordinator – 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
Entertainment Calendar – firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Service Announcements – email@example.com
Website – firstname.lastname@example.org
KPTZ Board Members:
Robert Ambrose – email@example.com
Megan Claflin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Dennison – email@example.com
Colin Foden – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nate Malmgren – email@example.com
Monica MickHager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Shapiro – email@example.com
Dominic Svornich – firstname.lastname@example.org
Don White – email@example.com
KPTZ Board of Directors
Robert Ambrose (President)
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. Robert joined the Board in April 2015.
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. Megan joined the Board in January 2017.
Larry Dennison (Secretary)
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. Larry joined the Board in May 2014.
Colin Foden (Past President and Founder)
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. Colin served on the Board from 2011 to June 2016.
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. Nate joined the Board in October 2014.
In 1984, Monica choose Port Townsend as her new home to raise her young family. She has been a part of our PT community as a business owner of a landscaping company (Budding Earth Gardening), has raised 4 kids and has been an active volunteer in our schools, in causes she cares about, and on city community boards. She was Operations Manager for the PTFF for 12 years, she is currently on the Port Townsend Planning Commission. She started volunteering for KPTZ by helping to build our current radio station studio in 2011 and has participated in helping to coordinate our bi-annual fund drives. Monica is looking forward to continuing to build KPTZ. A top priority in her life is spending as much time as possible hiking this amazing peninsula we all live on and sailing the Salish Sea in the summer months with her partner Taylor. Monica joined the Board in January 2018.
Steve Shapiro (Past Treasurer)
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. In September, 2017 Steve and his wife Kris relocated to Tucson AZ where and he continues his longtime support of KPTZ from afar. Steve served on the Board from May 2013 to August 2017.
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. Dominic joined the Board in October 2016.
Don White retired from a 35 year career as a lawyer in Los Angeles, which also included a two-and-a-half-year assignment as an Assistant Director of the Peace Corps in Ghana and Tanzania, and moved to Port Townsend in 1995. He took up sailing his 32-foot sloop and was cast in many Key City Theatre productions. He became a member and then chair of the Port Townsend Arts Commission and founded the annual One Act Play Festival, the monthly Port Townsend Shorts reading program, and the Angel of the Arts awards. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the Port Townsend Economic Development Council, The Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and as President of Port Townsend Friends of the Arts. He became involved with KPTZ when he began reading stories on Phil Andrus’ Tossed Salad, and then invented his present twice-weekly program Broadway Showtime, which has been a fixture on the station for over five years.