Back row (left to right): Mike Fisher, Martin Springhetti, John Bachman, Steve Harris, Kurt Knuth. Front row (left to right): Midge Maroni, Tasa Faronii-Butler, Barbara Demarest, Patricia Pomeroy. Sonja Hedlund (with sod). Also pictured: Glenn Wooddell. Not pictured: Kevin Gref, Joel Sanchez
Born and raised in Indiana, John moved to Sullivan County in 1995 to pursue his interest in vegetable farming. Around 2001 he began producing "Country Crossroads" on WJFF which led to part-time then full-time work at the radio station. In 12 years working at WJFF he had an opportunity to become familiar with nearly every aspect of the station. John has returned to farming, working full-time at Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Abrahamsville, PA and is looking forward to exciting days ahead for WJFF.
Barbara Demarest is a native of Boonton, NJ. She graduated from Colgate University in 1974 with the first co-educated class. She went on to obtain a master’s degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from New York University. Barbara pursued a career in Software Development and Project and Process Management and worked primarily in the financial services industry. She held the title of Vice President with Merrill Lynch and Prudential. Since leaving the workforce, Barbara has been an active volunteer and board member within several organizations. A part-time resident of Equinunk, PA since 1991, Barbara is a long-time member of WJFF. She began to volunteer as a board-shift operator and PSA writer in 2012.
Tasa Faronii-Butler is a Native New Yorker from Brooklyn. Her education was completed in the New York City pubic school system. She graduated from the High School of Music and Art with an academic diploma and music diploma with a concentration in viola and piano. An undergraduate degree was earned at the CUNY City College where she majored in communication with a minor in education. She currently performs with the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra. She also volunteers as a tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of American and as a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center. She has a Masters degree in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College in VT and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Change from Fielding Graduate University in CA. Tasa is returning to Radio Catskill having once been an active volunteer, including serving on the JFF programming committee.
Mike Fisher is a Professor and Chair of the Division of Professional Studies at SUNY Sullivan, with a background in local radio, educational radio, cable television and 40 years as a college educator. He assisted with some of the early efforts to establish WJFF and served several years on the Program Committee. He lives in Kenoza Lake with his wife Karen and two mini-Australian Shepherds.
For the past decade Kevin worked as an independent contractor in the construction trade and is currently developing a light manufacturing business producing steam bent wood sculptures. Additionally, he is a radio producer on WJFF, Radio Catskill and was a volunteer since 1988 helping to construct the studio building. Kevin owns, with his wife Barbara, Jeffersonville Hydroelectric Company that provides electricity that powers the studios and offices of WJFF.
Steve Harris has been a board shift volunteer with WJFF since the opening of the Honesdale Studio and was elected to one of the volunteer trustee positions. He has been working in the technology field for over 2 decades and has degrees in Computer Science and Computer and Information Science from Rutgers and Syracuse University.
Sonja's work life focused on public health, directing the NYS Health Department's heart disease prevention program for 27 years. She farms full time at Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center in Callicoon Center, raising sheep, goats, chickens, horses and welcoming guests for educational programs and farm stays. She is one of the founders of the Sullivan County Farm Network, and works hard to promote sustainable agriculture in the Catskill region. A volunteer for WJFF for more than 15 years, she hosts "Ballads and Banjos," and contributes to "Farm and Country."
Hailing from Milwaukee Wisconsin, Kurt Knuth has resided in Sullivan County since 1996 where he has worked as a carpenter, small farmer, musician, and watershed cartographer. He has been active with WJFF beginning in 1998, working as Assistant Station Manager / Volunteer Coordinator from 2002-2006, producing the program Terrascope for 4 years, and was one of the organizers of the Grassroots Radio Coalition national conference hosted by WJFF in 2002. His 2007 radio documentary focusing on communities displaced by the Neversink and Rondout Reservoirs won various honors from New York State historical associations. He also produced segments for Pacifica Radio and Free Speech Radio News from both the Catskills and Ecuador. "WJFF's best years may still be ahead of us.. let's get to work and have some fun!"
Midge Maroni was born in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Prior to retiring from 20 years of teaching high school English, and adjunct instruction in theatre, speech and English, she freelanced in the editorial division of various NYC publishers. She also worked ten years, part time, for The New York Times advertising department.
Ms. Maroni holds a BA in Drama (minor, journalism) from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terre Haute, IN; MA in Theatre (playwriting) from Penn State University, 1974; MA in English (composition and linguistics) from City College of New York, 1997. She is an award-winning playwright whose play Moon Cries is listed in Best Plays of 1979.
She first volunteered for WJFF in 1997-99, and has recently returned to volunteering at the station. In February 2013, she was elected to GALA Catskills (Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills), a 501c(3) philanthropic and educational organization. Currently, she serves as GALA’s vice president.
Patricia Pomeroy has been a resident of Roscoe since 1966. She is currently the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Regional Council in Newburgh, and served four terms as the Supervisor of the Town of Rockland. A long time small business owner and community activist, Pat brings several
strengths to the board - she champions the importance of our Main Streets and local businesses and she is a proven grant writer and administrator.
Joel is a clinical social worker for Sullivan County BOCES, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with children and adolescents in the Intensive Therapy Academic Program for the Special Education Department. In his private practice, Joel is a bilingual Spanish licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of children, adults and families struggling with a variety of issues affecting their daily lives. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School of Social Work and has worked in outpatient mental health settings in New York City since 2006. Joel also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Columbia University, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Theatre from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Martin was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and studied civil engineering at SD School of Mines and Technology. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Black Hills State College, Spearfish SD, a Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts in painting from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Martin moved to New York City in 1975 and from there to Galilee, PA in 2006.