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Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
Statement
At 57 years young, I feel I am at the perfect stage in life to serve on the WBAI board.
As a young activist, I participated in no nukes rallies, divest from apartheid protests, peace in the Middle East and Central America, Ecology is Economy parade, local shelter and food aid volunteer, fundraiser for building schools in Haiti, etc.
20 years ago I served on our local hospital's design team to create and staff a complementary medicine department.
I served on the Junior League of Bergen County's board for three years. I am a good networker and love doing research. I am comfortable with public speaking and respectful debate. I love being a team player and enjoy working collaboratively.
I was a political science major at Mount Holyoke College for undergraduate, and in clinical nutrition for my masters from NYU. I have always had a wide variety of interests which fits perfectly with WBAI's diversity of shows and topics.
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  Working for the American Arbitration Association of San Francisco and Atlanta, I learned to stay neutral and work equally without bias for the successful resolution of the parties' conflict. One has to be a good listener as a community mediator for the Better Business Bureau. I worked with judges and janitors and am comfortable with most groups of people from all walks of life. I am compassionate and an optimist.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I love the variety of shows. Everyone works hard to make it seem effortless. People speak kindly and support their coworkers on the air. People pitch in and have a can-do attitude. Listeners participating in shows through the comments line is one of my favorite characteristics of WBAI.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I'm not sure. Maybe better fundraising? I don't have an agenda, however raising money is an issue for every organization. I want to give back to WBAI because I have benefited incredibly from this station for over 20 years. I am sure there are things that must get done that the average listener has no idea.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Improve fundraising. Improve volunteerism. Canvas the staff and board members for what they think could be better.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  I have excellent fundraisers in my family so I would consult with them after assessing what was happening at WBAI. Something along the line of encouraging more listener participation on the air might cause people to feel more connected and responsible for the health of the station.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I have lots of energy and enthusiasm for WBAI as it is, but there are always ways to improve and I want to be there to do it.
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