WRFI Board of Directors

WRFI is community owned and operated. Get to know the Ithaca Community Radio Board of Directors. 
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Corinne Shanahan (she/her)


Corinne is passionate about fostering local broadcast platforms that develop and promote diverse, engaging, and collaborative programs and people. She has nearly a decade of experience in radio, including college, commercial, and community, after first becoming enamored by the airwaves in college. Prior to joining WRFI, she spent several years as a show host and member of the leadership team of Rochester's low powered WAYO 104.3 FM. Most recently, Corinne served as the Office and Operations Manager here at WRFI.
Corinne is currently attending law school, and hopes to join the movement to reimagine how we pursue justice in our communities.
The WRFI Volunteer Sensation John Young!

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.

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Peter Bakija (he/him)


Peter is a high school arts and media teacher, and has volunteered at WRFI for over eight years, hosting the music program Burning Airlines, overseeing the high school student radio show Youth Radio Project, and various other behind the scenes activities. He has lived in Ithaca for over thirty years, relocating here after graduating with a BFA from SUNY Purchase. Peter currently lives in Northeast Ithaca with his wife and cat. He enjoys coffee, supporting local music, and is regularly involved in various Ithaca performance and entertainment events.
Peter strongly believes in the power of radio, and the mission of WRFI.

Mike Cook (he/him)

Board Member

Biography coming soon!


Joe Romano (he/him)

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


Amie Herman (she/her)

Board Member

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)

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.


Carlos Gutierrez (he/him)

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.


Robin Elliot (she/they)

Board Member

Robin arrived in Ithaca initially in 2008 to attend Ithaca College and now holds a BA in Documentary Studies and Production. Working in both restaurants and nonprofits since, Robin is passionate about all things relating to equity as a paradigm for a more sustainable future. In her current role as Associate Director at Finger Lakes ReUse, she works primarily in fundraising, communications, and community programs.
Current favorite interests include vegan food, grunge, electro, and beer.

Talaya Centeno (she/her)

Board Member

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.

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Fred Balfour (he/him)

Board Member

Fred arrived in Ithaca around 2010 (with Sharon) purchasing a home up the road from 3 of their 5  grandchildren.  Having failed retirement twice, he is working diligently towards a third opportunity.  Starting at WRFI in 2018 he learned under Michayla Savitt’s tutoring, moderating the 30-minute daily news broadcasts, doing live political campaign interviews and producing dozens of news pieces.  In April 2021 he and an intern worked through a covid quarantine producing a reveal of Albany’s re-districting tinkering and gerrymandering which predicted the 2022 summer of “which district are we in?”
Fred was born and raised in rural Michigan, spending seven years in a racially diverse one-room, one-teacher K-8 country school, and finishing high school during the Eisenhower administration.  Attending three of the great Michigan land grant universities and completing two engineering degrees, he spent over 25  years in the computer industry followed by a stint in the nonprofit that produced the Common Core K-12 education standards.  He’s been in and around nonprofit boards for over 30 years.

Recent Board Meeting Minutes

WRFI-Meeting Minutes-December 2023

By Peter Bakija | February 11, 2024

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-Meeting Minutes-November 2023

By Peter Bakija | December 28, 2023

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-Meeting Minutes-October 2023

By Peter Bakija | December 28, 2023

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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