Reconnecting Communities: KBOO’s Annual Membership Event & Board Elections


Published date: 
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 1:54pm


KBOO Election and Annual Membership Meeting, Sunday, September 26th, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm


Where? Streaming virtually from the Clinton Street Theater!

Direct Link to YouTube Stream



Hey KBOO Community Members! As we’ve navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our radio station has been a consistent resource for our communities, giving a platform to marginalized voices, playing music you won’t hear on any other station, and providing a dependable source for news about events affecting us. When all else felt uncertain, KBOO remained on the air, and the programming we have known and loved for many years has continued to bring community voices to the air.

Let’s come together on September 26 to celebrate our activism, commitments to justice and democracy, and another year of great KBOO programming despite the challenges of Covid-19. Because we’re still in a pandemic, to stay safe KBOO will stream the meeting virtually from the Clinton Street Theater. Mark your calendars and join us! Members will hear updates about the station, meet candidates running for four open board seats, and participate in a lively discussion about KBOO's future after surviving 2021.

Portland’s own Shaydo, of the famous “Happy Hour Show,” will be hosting our live entertainment broadcast from Clinton Street Theater. Performers include Portland-based pop-soul singer-songwriter Laryssa Birdseye and the Almroth Family Band, featuring one of our KBOO board members!

You don’t want to miss them! 

Calling all KBOO members! Election Time is Here!! 

2021 KBOO Election Information & Voters’ Guide

It's time once again to vote and make your voice heard! There are three candidates for the Board of Directors (four open board seats, terms ending in 2024) and four new proposed bylaws. KBOO depends on its members to guide and govern the station, so please participate and vote!

Please learn more about the candidates and view their statements below, along with the proposed bylaw revisions. 

You’ll be able to hear more from the candidates and about the bylaw changes in an On-Air Forum on KBOO in mid-September (check back here for information and links). Members can vote by mail or electronically. Ballots will be sent to members soon and must be returned in the envelope provided, and must be received at the station by Friday, September 24th. You may vote electronically up until one week before the election, or during the meeting. Because of COVID-19, the station will not be open for drop-off ballots during the meeting— they must be mailed or cast electronically during the annual meeting. Don't miss this chance to help shape our beloved station!


●        Last year our members voted for an option to vote online, and electronic voting is available now, up until Sept 19, and also during the meeting. Members can vote online at

●        Paper ballots must be received in the mail by Sept 24.

●        Late ballots will not be counted.

●        Replacement ballots may be requested.

●        If you do not receive a ballot for each person who is a member, please contact the KBOO Membership Department immediately (

●        Election results will be announced after the annual meeting.


VOTE! Your radio station depends on it!!






I have had the experience of advocating for myself and others my entire life. I was born three months pre-mature and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. My  parents were staunch advocates and I became an effective advocate myself. I  was one of the first people with a disability mainstreamed in California public  schools. I went on to earn a B.S. in finance and an M.B.A. I wanted to use my  business skills to benefit others as well as society as a whole. 

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I have had experience with two media entities which empowered  underrepresented populations. In the mid nineties, I co-founded On A Roll- a  radio talk show on disability issues. The organization and broadcast originated in  Phoenix and expanded to 46 cities around the country within five years. The  primary thing I learned from that experience was that when you collaborate with  subject area experts and you mobilize communities you can solve any problem. 


In 2010, I founded the nonprofit United By Media.(a.k.a Mainstreamed Media)  This organization empowered people with developmental disabilities with a  media voice and a platform for community involvement. People with  developmental disabilities acquired press passes to attend educational and  cultural events that they were interested in. Then they would go backstage and  interview the celebrities. Our reporters interviewed Ken Griffey Jr. Lewis Black  and many more. What I learned from this process was that when you give a  disadvantaged population opportunities that they have never had before, they will  often rise to the occasion and achieve things you never thought possible. 


I have been a Portland resident for 20 years. I left Phoenix to come here because  I was concerned by the attitudes in Phoenix about 9/11. Portland seemed to  have a non-violent, thoughtful approach about 9/11 that I didn't see from other  places in the U.S.  


I am a member of a number of community organizations including Toastmasters  and City Club. I know how to bring people together and make society better by  being inclusive. I love that Portland strives to be an inclusive place for people  and ideas. I believe that KBOO does an outstanding job of including  underrepresented people in the media with the hope of affecting change. I look  forward to joining the KBOO board and furthering this ideal.




For a long time I have been trying to challenge racist, sexist, and classist institutions from within, whether  by discussing issues with my University’s Dean and staff, or working in publicly traded housing while arguing for lower rent, or in publicly traded healthcare to make sure nurses were treated fairly.  In high school, I even started a petition to stop a teacher from getting fired. We had just learned about The Communist Manifesto and student protests in her class, what I learned in her class is what sparked my activism. I have been going to protests since my freshman year of college, speaking to CEOs of companies I was working at about how to change things, and none of this was working. During the summer of 2020, I finally reached the understanding that I couldn’t change these systems from within. However, I am confident working in both corporate and academic environments, and my superiors gave me the skills to practice advocacy and communication with executives even if we shared different goals (theirs being money, mine being justice). 


In professional settings, my greatest strength is my ability to take on an observer role for a while, collecting the information I need to come up with ideas to bring to the table after analyzing the issues and taking note of the dynamics. Thinking of many possibilities with different approaches, and calculating different ways to execute the task at hand before making assumptions or getting upset has helped me to manage my frustrations with the system while in it. 

I moved to Portland because of the large number of people working to progress our world. I’ve been to protests and to conferences with many activists, and I’ve noticed that the communities I have been a part of in the past, most of them in academia, have not gotten much done. I appreciate the activist community Portland has and the results the city gets (free daycare, saving the Red House on Mississippi, providing free fridges, and much more)., which are far more than even the activists from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and other UC graduates I have followed have accomplished. Those results--oftentimes not progressive enough--are exactly what I protested when we attended conferences together. Those who thought of themselves as leaders were too focused on their egos to ever listen to the ideas of their more marginalized peers. I would listen to the ideas the less popular people had and I witnessed their communities ignore them. Fast forward ten years and the popular activists in academia still have not rendered many results in change. 

It is time marginalized people have equitable representation. I would like a seat at this table.




Activist Experience

My activist experience has been through media on TV and radio.  I have interviewed politicians and other activists who have similar mission views of KBOO Radio. My methods on the airwaves have been on a large diversity of platforms.  Cable TV interviews were showcased on public access including KBOO FM. TV broadcasts were hosted through TV Toastmasters, where I presided as President and head of its board. 

-President of TV Toastmasters: As the President over TV Toastmasters and the board, I governed over four locations: OpenSignal, TVCTV, MetroEast and Willamette Falls Media Center under the Toastmaster programming. The viewership was more than 500,000 out of about 2.4 million people in the Portland metropolitan area. I understand the FCC regulations and 501(C)3 nonprofit tax status. Toastmasters International is a global non-profit organization that trains in the discipline of leadership and public speaking on multicultural and diversity issues.  TV Toastmasters is a local chapter and club of Toastmasters where I conducted interviews on Public Access Cable TV and led all weekly meetings with senior board members.

-Superintendent of Sharon: Currently I am the Superintendent of Sharon, a non-profit organization serving over 400 members. I also host Zoom meetings as a board member, facilitating weekly meetings and presentations.  Acquainted with Robert's Rules of Order to conduct the order of business.

-International Speaker/Trainer: I have been training throughout the U.S., presenting 6-hour accredited classes on Human Resources (HR), Civil Rights, Conflict Management, Self-Development, and Diversity.  The HR classes are centered around handling employees and volunteers from a legal and employer’s point of view. The Civil Rights courses focus on privacy, human relations, legal strategies, and how to protect an organization. Conflict Management content is designed to help others deal with difficult people or peers in a business setting. In Self-Development, I teach leadership, communications, emotional intelligence, how to manage emotion under pressure, goal-setting, and time management skills. In Diversity, I teach the importance of awareness in age, race, gender, physical and mental limitations.  I also educate attendees on Workers Compensation attached to the legal system in state and federal insurance.  My contracts with seminar and consulting groups help my students obtain Continued Education (CE) credit units for 6-hour courses.  


Proposed Bylaw Revisions 2021


The KBOO Board of Directors asks KBOO Foundation members to approve the following bylaw revisions that will add clarity to our processes, and reconcile our bylaws with CPB/FCC requirements.



This revision will:

  • separate the Community Advisory Board (which is required by CPB and may not include KBOO staff, board, or members) from the Program Advisory Board (which may only include KBOO staff, board, and members);

  • rename the Program Committee to be the Program Advisory Committee, as is common usage; and

  • rename the Personnel Committee to be the Governance and Policy Committee, to better reflect the charge and activities of that committee.



[New text is underlined and in italics. Text to be removed is crossed out.]

Section 4. Standing Other Committees. Standing other committees shall include but need not be limited to the following:

(a) Program Advisory Committee. The Program Advisory Committee shall conduct ongoing evaluations of programming and programmers; evaluate program proposals; make recommendations concerning programming changes to the Program Director; and advise the Board of Directors regarding programming goals and issues. The Program Advisory Committee shall recruit and/or appoint members to the Community Advisory Board, ensuring that the Community Advisory Board reasonably represents the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by the station.  The Program Committee shall also serve as the corporation's Community Advisory Board. In that capacity, it shall review the programming goals established by the corporation, the service provided by the corporation, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the corporation; advise the Board of Directors with respect to whether the programming and other policies of the corporation are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the corporation; and make such recommendations as it considers appropriate to meet such needs.


(c) Personnel Governance and Policy Committee. The Personnel Governance and Policy Committee shall advise the Board of Directors regarding the corporation’s personnel committees, policies and practices.


NEW SECTION (text that used to appear in the “Program Committee” section):

Section 11. Community Advisory Board. The Community Advisory Board shall review the programming goals established by the corporation, the service provided by the corporation, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the corporation; advise the Board of Directors with respect to whether the programming and other policies of the corporation are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the corporation; and make such recommendations as it considers appropriate to meet such needs. The Community Advisory Board shall meet at regular intervals, and its members shall regularly attend the meetings and may not include KBOO members, except one staff member who acts as liaison to staff and the Board of Directors. 



This revision will provide new board members with more information about KBOO.



[new text is underlined and in italics]

Section 4. Qualifications. All Board members shall be members of the corporation, and shall attend volunteer orientation, within three months of being seated.



This revision will update language to more accurately reflect the powers of the President of the Board of Directors.



[New text is underlined and in italics. Text to be removed is crossed out.] 


Section 6. President. The President shall be the principal executive officer of the corporation representative of the KBOO Foundation and shall in general supervise and control oversee all of the business and affairs of the corporation. [The rest of the bylaw remains unchanged.]



This revision will update language to reflect modern methods of communication.



[New text is underlined and in italics. Text to be removed is crossed out.] 

Section 4. Notice of Meetings. The corporation shall notify members of the place, date, and time of each annual and special meeting in person, or by telephone, by mail or publication in the Program Guide. or individual digital/electronic communications. Notice shall also be posted on the home page of the KBOO webpage. Notification shall be no fewer than fourteen days, or if notice is mailed by other than first class or registered mail, no fewer than thirty nor more than sixty days before the meeting. Written notice is effective when mailed postpaid addressed to the member's address shown in the corporation's records of members. Notice of an annual meeting shall include a description of any matter or matters which must be approved by the members under Chapter 65 of Oregon Revised Statutes. Notice of a special meeting shall include a description of the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called.