Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors and Staff

blah blah blah. They survive pizza,  wine, hors d’oeuvres, pledge drives and more, so you can keep listening to KFCF.  Board members serve a three year term, with no pardons or parole available.  Staff keep all the stuff together.

*****BOARD OF DIRECTORS*****

Mike Beevers, President

Michael Beevers

Mike has been a long time KFCF listener, and programmer. He has been honored to serve as board President for the last 6 years. He is now retired but as a PhD Biologist. He ran his own business for 30 years. He has never been sued, and has never sued anyone. He has served on several other boards with experience as executive director.

He wants you to contribute to this storied jewel…KFCF…, the most remarkable station in the world…. think about it….. wait for it….yes…contribute….yes contribute…you know you should. KFCF forever…. Contact: president@kfcf.org

Scott Jones, Vice President

Scott Jones (R) and Teresa Petty-Jones enjoy dinner and wine in Orvieto, Italy.

A native of Fresno, Mr. Jones attended Fresno State University and San Joaquin College of Law.  He practices law for the State of California advocating for wage earners who are victims of wage theft.
An active supporter of progressive causes, both locally and nationally, Scott is a card-carrying member of the ACLU.He is a strong supporter of equal rights, equal pay, and equal justice and First Amendment freedoms.
Scott and his wife Teresa enjoy traveling—both abroad and within the United States, eating good food, drinking great wine, and hanging out in Downtown Fresno.
 Contact: Scott@kfcf.org

Sue Kern, Secretary

Sue Kern helps operate the Kern Family Farm in North Fork, CA along with her husband, Hansel and adult children, Rebecca and Aaron. She helps daughter Rebecca run the family’s natural food market, the Gnarly Carrot. She’s also the Family Law Information Center Attorney at Fresno Superior Court’s Self-Help Center. Before moving to North Fork in 1989, she spent thirteen years organizing farm workers and home care workers in New York and California, and is on the board of directors of Centro La Familia Advocacy in Fresno, Madera Coalition for Community Justice in Madera, and the Ecological Farming Association. She’s been on the Fresno Free College Association Board since 2001.  Contact: Sue@kfcf.org

Gerry Bill, Treasurer

Gerry Bill

Gerry Bill is Professor Emeritus of Sociology & American Studies at Fresno City College.  He is a board member and Treasurer of the Fresno Free College Foundation, and is also on the boards of the Eco Village Project of Fresno, Peace Fresno, the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, and the Central California Criminal Justice Committee.  Being actively involved in five nonprofits keeps him busier in retirement than he was in pre-retirement days. Contact: Gerry@kfcf.org

Gigi Pavlovich, Board Member

Gigi Pavlovich

Gigi has been a longtime listener to KFCF and currently serves on the board as Fundraising/Outreach and Social Media chair. She regularly twists the arms of friends and acquaintances to listen, attend events, and donate to KFCF.

She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Business and Dance and was a Public Information Officer, started her own cabaret revue company, and has been in local musical productions with Fresno Community Theatre and Good Company Players.  She was a member of the Fresno Jr. League has served on the boards of StageWorks Fresno, Children’s Musical Theaterworks, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, and The Fresno Grand Juror’s Association. She says her work with KFCF and fellow board members has been the most interesting and gratifying volunteer gig. Her best buddy is Josh-cat. Contact: pr@kfcf.org

Rick Flores, Board Member

On The Road with The Wasteland of The Free

Born in a  Kentucky log cabin in 1809 . . . Sorry . . . wait a minute. Wrong bio.

It all started on Fresno’s Channel 30 for little Ricky. Fresno icon Al Radka took the boy, from west of Easton, under his wing at the tender age of 9, wisely advising Rick on his Channel 30 Funtime debut, a Popeye cartoon playing, “Whatever it is you do kid, just don’t be boring.”

Rick took that to heart, and Al, in turn,  took a liking to the kid and said to Rick:  “I want you back for a full week, and tell your more talented friends sitting over there to come back and they can be on the show too.”

There is something about reaching the pinnacle of your celebrity success at such a tender age that can jade a youngster for the rest of his life. Such is the sad case of Rick Flores, whom to this day still struggles with his mentor’s credo. That being said, he has muddled along, and on reflection, incredible as it sounds, for 20 years and counting, is still on the public airwaves Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on 88.1 with his show “The Wasteland of the Free.” Contact: Wasteland@kfcf.org

Missy Mckai Cartier, Board Member

Missy McKai Cartier

Missy is the Public Information Officer for San Joaquin College of Law. She also sits on the Editorial Board of the Bar Bulletin, the Fresno County Bar Association’s monthly publication, along with serving as Vice Chair of the Board for the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). In the past, she was Executive Producer of “Valley Views on the Law,” which aired monthly on KFCF for five years.

She has been honored to serve on the Board of KFCF since June of 2013. While she doesn’t agree with every opinion expressed on KFCF, she does agree with the ACLU’s stance that such speech should be protected, and KFCF is one of the very few local platforms for such speech.

Prior to her work at SJCL, she enjoyed a 30 year broadcast career, including Reporter/Anchor at KMJ, News Bureau Chief for Metro Networks, and Operations Director for KMGX. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University. She and her husband have three adult children, who still make them crazy. Contact: Missy@kfcf.org

John Reed, Board Member

John Reed

When I moved from the coast to Madera in 1980 to accept a job, I was isolated from all things dear.  I didn’t know anyone.  I couldn’t find the diverse cultural, political and intellectual sources I needed for sanity.  Then I found “Across the Great Divide” hosted by Robbie Osman on Sunday mornings on KFCF, 88.1.  With his blend of folk music and social commentary, I knew I had found a home.  My listening expanded to the news on “Democracy Now!” and history on “Letters and Politics.”  I was hooked.  I’ve been a listener ever since.  I found my people and my place.  I joined the Board of KFCF.  You need to support KFCF, too.

Contact: john@kfcf.org

Gabriel Suarez, Board Member

Vic Bedoian, Board Member

Vic Bedoian (L) interviews Bill McKibben, climate activist.

Vic was born and raised on a vineyard in the Kings River watershed of the San Joaquin Valley, where I graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1961.  He attended Fresno City College and Fresno State before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley in 1964 and graduating in 1966.

His career in radio began with KPFA in Berkeley working as an assistant to Erik Bauersfeld in the Drama and Literature Department before turning his attention to news and current events production.  He was a documentary producer along with news reporting and anchoring an evening news magazine from the middle 1970’s to 1990.

Moving back to the Central Valley, working his family raisin vineyard was the primary occupation through the 1990’s.  During that time, he was active in the Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter as Chair of the Conservation Committee.

From 1996 to 2008 Vic was Executive Director of the Fresno Free College Foundation and General Manager of its public radio station KFCF 88.1 FM in Fresno.

Currently Vic is the Central Valley Reporter for Pacifica Radio News covering environmental and natural resources issues, as well as general assignment reporting. 

. Contact: news@kfcf.org

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*****STAFF*****

Rych Withers, Executive Director

Rych Withers has been around KFCF so long he has five inventory tags on him. A bubble bath does not remove them.

Rychard Withers has been the Executive Director of the Fresno Free College Foundation and KFCF from June 2008 to now. He is also the station Chief Engineer and is responsible for all aspects of keeping the station on the air including finances, technical infrastructure – installing and maintaining all equipment, all on-air programming, and the physical maintenance of the station and studio facilities. Rych was the station’s first volunteer when it first went on the air in 1975 and while he worked full-time in commercial radio as a broadcast engineer for CBS Radio, he stayed a KFCF volunteer the entire time. Truth was, his heart was always in free speech programs as a way to create better communities through creative and co-operative programming that would result in in-depth news and commentary, and inspiring arts and cultural programs – programming not typically found in commercial broadcasting. Rych is cat-daddy to Pigathia Lee and The Dude. Contact: rwithers@kfcf.org

Dennis Thompson, Operations Manager

Dennis “Bozo” Thompson with some Old Tube Radios. Psst. wanna buy a 12AX7?

Dennis Thompson is the Operations Manager at KFCF, a part-time position he has held since 2013. He is the coordinator of live, in-house productions, creates station promotional material, maintains the on-air and website Community Calendar. He also provides additional technical and engineering support as needed for live events, equipment installations and repairs and has done every technical job from climbing radio towers for repairs to installing cable. Dennis is also a skilled on-air personality, interviewer, and music programmer. His shows are often seasoned with his wit and humor. He collects cats and clown noses. Contact: Dennis@kfcf.org

Tim Pozar, IT Services

Tim Pozar ponders….

Tim, a Fresno native,  helped with KFCF engineering in the early days, and later moved to the Bay Area where he has been a broadcast engineer, ISP operator, and now specializes in IT projects. Tim helps with IT at KFCF and provides streaming services. Tim works on building infrastructure that enables democratic discourse. He works on SF’s Community Broadband Network that  provides Internet to low-income folks. Recent work includes a HA network at Burning Man for the BLM