Corinne Shanahan (she/her)
John Young (he/him)
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.
Peter Bakija (he/him)
Mike Cook (he/him)
Biography coming soon!
Joe Romano (he/him)
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.
Amie Herman (she/her)
Amie Herman has spent most of her 30-year career in marketing, organizational development, and non-profit management, serving in several senior leadership roles. Most recently Amie acted as the Senior Director of Marketing, Development and Organizational Advancement for a large regional YMCA in New Jersey where she was responsible for the direction and implementation of the Y’s development strategy and for the execution of a significant multi-year capital expansion campaign.
Amie founded an independent consulting practice in 2012 and has worked with a wide variety of corporate and non-profit organizations on key strategic efforts which have included crafting mission-forward impact messaging and branding, designing development plans, and acting as an expert facilitator to help align leadership teams to support organizational change. She received her bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia.
Amie and her husband Tom have made Ithaca their hometown after living in their self-designed and self-built campervan for 13 months. They spent an “adult gap year” exploring the US -- hiking, biking and kayaking, and seeking out great food, drink, and live music. (blog: https://amie.substack.com) Of the many places they explored, Ithaca had the perfect combination of things they loved most, including thriving independent radio.
Joseph Haefeli (he/him)
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.
Carlos Gutierrez (he/him)
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.
Robin Elliot (she/they)
Talaya Centeno (she/her)
Talaya Centeno’s roots in radio began locally at WICB, where she was a local DJ and Programming Director while receiving her degree from Ithaca College in Photojournalism. A native of Manhattan, Ithaca has always been a second home where she spent summers as a child with family.
Talaya began her career as a Fashion Photographer in NYC, joining Conde Nast where she spent over ten years developing a rich portfolio of work.
Always having a passion for medicine, Talaya decided to pursue a medical career and returned to school to become a Physician Assistant. She joined the Mount Sinai Cardiothoracic unit and worked tirelessly, taking care of patients in a COVID ICU, at the height of the pandemic.
Talaya resides in Ithaca with her partner and three children, and is always happy to hear the local freight train rumble by her house.
Fred Balfour (he/him)
Recent Board Meeting Minutes
WRFI Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday December 12th, 2023 In Attendance: -Peter Bakija -Amie Herman -Corinne Shanahan -Carlos Gutierrez -Joseph Haefeli -Robin Elliott -Talaya Centeno -Joe Romano -John Young -Theresa Lyons -Felix Teitelbaum Not in attendance: -Chantal Thomas -Fred Balfour Call to Order at 6:02 pm. Agenda Items: Consent Agenda: Vote to…
WRFI Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday November 14TH, 2023 In Attendance: -Peter Bakija -Amie Herman -Corinne Shanahan -Talaya Centeno -Joseph Haefeli -Carlos Gutierrez -Theresa Lyons -John Young -Felix Teitelbaum Not in attendance: -Chantal Thomas -Fred Balfour -Robin Elliott -Joe Romano Call to Order at 6:05 pm. Agenda Items: Consent Agenda: Consent Agenda: Lack…
WRFI Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday October 10TH, 2023 In Attendance: -Peter Bakija -Amie Herman -Corinne Shanahan -Talaya Centeno -Theresa Lyons -Robin Elliott -John Young -Joe Romano -Felix Teitelbaum Not in attendance: -Chantal Thomas -Fred Balfour -Joseph Haefeli -Carlos Gutierrez Call to Order at 6:04 pm. Agenda Items: Consent Agenda: Consent Agenda: Motion…
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