WRFI Board of Directors

WRFI is community owned and operated. 
Get to know the Ithaca Community Radio Board of Directors. 


Stephen Cope

Board Member, Acting President

Stephen Cope is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where his teaching and research focuses on Global Modernism. He is the founder and long time host of “Conference of the Birds,” a radio program and podcast of classical, folk, and experimental musics from around the globe. The program first aired in the early 90s on KZSC radio in Santa Cruz California, where Cope spent two years as music and program director, and has since aired on radio stations in San Diego and now Ithaca.

With Eula Biss and Catherine Taylor, Cope founded Essay Press in 2008, a non-profit imprint devoted to the publication in book-form of innovative non-fiction writing. As a writer, Cope is widely published, and his poems, essays, reviews (of literature and of music), and articles have appeared internationally in venues ranging from academic journals to popular print magazine and periodicals to online zines.

The WRFI Volunteer Sensation John Young!

John Young


John caught the radio bug as a student, when he became a regular DJ and served as Assistant Engineer and board member at KRLX-Northfield (Minnesota), the voice of Carleton College.

As a professional musician, he has performed or been featured on national programs such as NPR’s Weekend Edition and World Café, as well as on many local stations across America. As a writer and researcher on the global environment and related issues, he has made hundreds of appearances on radio networks around the world, including NPR, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, and the BBC. When he’s not on the radio, he’s probably listening to it.

Pamela Tan photo

Pamela Tan


Pamela joined WRFI as a news team member and as the host of 8 Song Memoir in 2019.  Despite having no previous radio background whatsoever, she credits the welcoming and inclusive WRFI community for making it fun and easy to learn the ropes.

When she's not in the Studio A, Pamela is the Deputy Director of Admissions at Cornell University. Her higher education experience focuses on access to college for under-served and under-represented students and includes serving as: the Director of Admissions of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; a member on the Committee for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa with the Council of International Schools; a senior director at The College Board; and co-chair of the Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools.


Carlos Gutierrez

Board Member

Carlos was born in Chile. He received a BA in Sociology from Colorado State University and MPS from Alfred University, NY. After working for NYS – Office of Children and Family Services. He worked for the Tompkins County Workers’ Center as an Occupational Safety and Health Trainer and Immigrant Advocate. Carlos has participated in several community organizations’ boards such as Cornell Cooperative Extension, The Leadership Team at the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, The Latino Civic Association and the Mid-State Council for Occupational Safety and Health. Carlos has developed strong roots in the Ithaca community. For the last five years Carlos has hosted Alcance Latino a radio program in Spanish at WRFI.

Chantal Thomas, WRFI Board Member

Chantal Thomas

Board Member

Chantal’s experience in radio began in Montreal, Quebec, at the Canadian station CKUT, a nonprofit, campus-community radio station affiliated with McGill University where Chantal studied political science as an undergraduate.

Upon moving to Ithaca, Chantal returned to radio broadcasting as WRFI volunteer and co-host of WRFI’s “Human Rights and Social Justice” program. She has made media appearances with other local and national outlets, such as WVBR, NY1 News, C-SPAN, and PBS Newshour. Her daytime gig involves teaching at Cornell Law School, where she is Professor of Law and also directs the Clarke Initiate for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Previously, Chantal chaired the Law Department of the American University in Cairo, and has consulted internationally for USAID and the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law.


Godfrey Simmons

Board Member

Godfrey is an actor and director working with Civic Ensemble (see full bio there). On WRFI, he is the host of The Griot Hour. More coming soon.
Twitter: @anangrynegro

Joe Romano

Board Member

Joe Romano was the Marketing Manager at GreenStar Natural Foods Market for over a decade. Before his tenure at GreenStar, Joe played out in five bands in NYC and worked in film and television in NYC for 20 years. Before that, he taught English Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York. He has a wife, a daughter and two cats, (in that order), and currently resides in Ithaca, NY.

Check out The Joe Show on Facebook

Joseph Haefeli

Joseph Haefeli

Board Member

Joseph Haefeli was formerly the Director of Technology (including radio) for the College of Performing and Visual Arts of the University of Northern Colorado. Since his arrival as a volunteer in 2014, he has been a dynamo around the station. He has played a key role in the design and renovation of WRFI’s Studio B, the overhaul and reorganization of our signal chain, the installation of a new IP telephone system, as well as numerous other improvements.

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