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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
Greetings. As a member/donor of KPFT for many years, I have a deep respect for this station and it's mission. I recently sold my healthcare business and am now retired. I find, however, that I desire opportunities to focus my energies supporting causes/organizations that I find important and "give back" to my community. As such, I would consider it an honor to serve on the board and help KPFT overcome current challenges and move forward. My qualifications include the following:

-As a successful prior business owner I have experience budgeting, managing money, recruiting, marketing, managing personnel and working with diverse groups.

-As a member of the Houston Show Choir, I have served on their board as treasurer during a period of intense growth and rebranding.

-Experience with fundraising activities for multiple nonprofits including KPFT.

-I have a masters degree in business administration

-I hold a professional license as an occupational therapist and a certified aging in place specialist and have spent most of my career servicing the elderly, and the emotionally challenged

-I have extensive experiences working with groups

-I am a clear communicator and I try to understand all sides of issues before I pass judgement or make decisions.

-I am a moderate liberal. I support progressive programming, diversity and enabling people to have a voice.

-I seek common ground, negotiation and compromise.

-I am a big picture thinker and solution/outcome focused

-As a US Army veteran, I appreciate policy and chain of command

-As a member of the Houston Show Choir, the Houston Blues Society and the Sunshiners Band, I have an appreciation for the healing power of music.

-I am also a member of Preserve Houston, Galveston Historical Foundation and Bike Houston
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?
  See above statement
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate what this station represents, and its ability and desire to persevere during these challenging times. Public radio is a powerful force for showcasing diversity and establishing common ground. This resource cannot be lost.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Clearly recruitment of new members, fundraising and board effectiveness must be a focus. Additionally, as the world progresses away from radio, other options for broadcasting (podcasts, social media) must be developed.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  -Fundraising and new membership
-Support management in their daily operations/decisions making
-Moving the station forward with improved presence on social media, program delivery
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?
  Programming that attracts listeners in formats that are accessible is key. Establishing new resources and maintaining old resources/donors is important. Exploring other sources of funding would be a good idea.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  i feel that I possess the time, interest and skills to serve. Please consider me for a position on the KPFT board.
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