Serving Haines, Skagway and Klukwan on 102.3 and 91.9 FM

KHNS – Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, hailing from both Haines and Skagway, volunteer their time and expertise to oversee the planning and guide the mission of the station. Board meeting times change with the season but are held in the Chilkat Center Conference Room. Meeting date notices are posted regularly on the website and announced over the air.

Maria Pointer
Director

Maria Pointer  – “ KHNS makes me feel at home”.

Maria believes public radio serves Haines in many ways: in emergencies, local forums, entertainment, education and connecting people on land and on the water. Maria and her husband Ray moved to Haines in 2010.  Their business, R & M Rental Properties, keeps them busy in retirement, but she is thrilled at the opportunity to serve  KHNS as a board member.  “KHNS is a fabulous radio station and a great crew!”  Maria has worn many hats: mother to two daughters raised on remote Pennock Island, farming, Captains license and pilotage, she has the distinction of being the first AMHS female deckhand in S.E. Alaska and has served on many non-profit boards.

 

Heather Lende - KHNS Board Member
Heather Lende
DIrector

“Author and columnist Heather Lende has been listening to and volunteering for KHNS for about 30 years. Her family owns Lutak Lumber in Haines. She serves on several other non-profit boards in the community, writes obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News and is on the faculty of Skagway’s North Words Writers Symposium.”

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Tekla Helgason
Director - Skagway

I have been a public radio listener since, well, basically birth. My dad was a big fan and some of my happiest memories from my childhood are spending time with him in his studio listening to the radio. Everywhere I’ve lived I’ve gotten involved with the local station and always thought of myself as a public radio dork – until I came here, where being a public radio dork is normal. Thanks KHNS for making me feel normal.

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Eric Kocher
Director

“I first traveled to Alaska in 1975 and was a regular visitor to Alaska and the Yukon before he moved to Haines in 2007. My attraction to the Last Frontier has given me the opportunity to hike, bike, climb, and kayak throughout Alaska and the Yukon.”

Eric is a public interest attorney, handling both court appointments and private cases as well as providing representation in cases referred by the Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Project and the Alaska Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. He is trained as a mediator for domestic relations cases in the Alaska courts.

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Diane Sly
Secretary

I lived in Haines for a short while prior to there being a public radio station and let me tell you: KHNS adds immeasurably to the quality of life in Haines! It keeps me connected to the community, the State and the World while entertaining me. I am proud to serve on this board because it represents every stripe of Haines citizen from aging independent to small child. We are all touched by the power and influence of your community radio.

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Judy Erekson
Treasurer

When my sister moved to Haines in 1980, she sent me tapes to listen to while living on a boat in Florida. I remember hearing the DJ say “It’s a balmy 40 degrees today” and I thought, “how could 40 degrees ever be balmy!!” I moved here in 1990, met my partner and stayed to raise my 3 daughters.

I worked for KHNS over 10 years,  as GM so I know about the funding and operation of the station. I have seen technology go from carts to streaming . I am currently the Business Manager for the Haines Borough School District and serve on a variety of Non-Profit boards.

I love KHNS, it’s staff and loyal membership and will continue to do what I can to keep it’s signal broadcasting to educate, entertain, and enlighten the Upper Lynn Canal for years to come.

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Deb Potter
Vice President

Deb Potter is a Sagitarius who enjoys short walks to the glacier, karaoke and all things KHNS. Originally from Los Angeles, but don’t judge me, I now call Skagway my home. I’ve been listening to KHNS for 13 years, and on the Board for 5, and I truly believe that KHNS is the greatest community radio station in the world.

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Mike Case
Director

I started listening to KHNS my first day in Haines in 1985 and by the time I moved here in 1999, KHNS was the number one button on my car radio. I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors.

Being on the board has given me a great insight into the operations and challenges of running a community public radio station. I particularly enjoy the local news as well as reports from the Library, Museum, Fire Department and others. Local DJs on BackCountry and Morning Edition on NPR are also daily favorites.

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Jeff Bochart
President

Since moving to the upper valley some 30 years back, KHNS has been a major source of information. Back in those days of packing water and running a generator for power out at 39 mile, the rare times when we received a signal from KHNS was like having an “ear to the world”…it seemed like magic really. Also, picking up the signal in our autos upon reaching Muncaster Creek has long been a practiced ritual.

So, at long last, it is high time for me to play a larger part in helping develop/maintain this sweet little gem of a radio station.