Board and Staff

David Brain started out to be an architect until an interest in urban issues drew him to a Ph.D. in sociology.  He is a professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and directs the Urban Studies program at New College of Florida. David’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, […]

Originally from Argentina, Mariano Vera has worked with La Prensa in Buenos Aires, Crónica Newspaper in Washington D.C. He has had radio shows in National Public Radio in Buenos Aires, Bowie, Maryland, and now Sarasota, Florida. He is currently the producer of “Nuestra Música” (Our Music) a show that highlights music from Latin America, Spain, […]

Sophia Brown is from Lutz, FL, and is currently studying English at New College. She’s  also the editor in chief of New College’s student-run newspaper, The Catalyst. Her interest in print journalism is what initially drew her into WSLR+Fogartyville, but she also has a growing passion for public radio and the kind of community building […]

Stan Zimmerman is a writer, editor and broadcaster with 47 years of experience. He reported in Florida, Washington, DC and 10 countries, published four books, and regularly lectures on Florida history. He won election to the Sarasota County Charter Review Board, the Congressional Periodical Press Gallery governing board and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron board of […]

I’m 16 years old, and I am born and raised in Sarasota! I love reading, baking and ceramics. One of my extra curricular activities is horseback riding, and I’m very happy to be a new addition the WSLR news team!

Lev is the part-time office manager at WSLR+Fogartyville, happy to support and bolster WSLR+Fogartyville in any way he can. Lev was born and raised in Sarasota, and feels so grateful and inspired to be so involved in his hometown community, with an organization that aligns with his own values of peace, justice, and community involvement through […]

Laura is a professional writer and artist. She teaches academic and professional writing at Ringling College of Art and Design and previously taught digital media at The University of Tampa and The University of Houston.  Laura holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice from The University of Houston’s School of Fine Arts, an MA in Literature from Rice […]

Yasi Bahmanabadi has made Sarasota her home since 2017 when she flew straight from Iran to the US.  A former radio playwright, she enrolled at NCF to continue her education in philosophy and writing. She loves philosophy, so there is a risk your conversation with her may take longer than what you might assume, so, […]

John is former Rhode Islander who moved, with his wife, to Lakewood Ranch three years ago. He’s a retired school psychologist and Catholic school principal who also spent his weekends as a radio and mobile DJ. He continues to dj in the area as well as volunteering at his church, Habitat for Humanity, Tidewell Hospice […]

Lee (he/they pronouns) is the office assistant at WSLR + Fogartyville. He is a student at New College of Florida, and studies Creative Writing and Humanities. Their interests include community building, databases, and expanding diversity in entertainment.

Ethan Massa is a native Tennessean making Sarasota his home in 2018. He owned an auction and real estate business in Metro Nashville. He married his wife, Heather, shortly after his time at the University of Tennessee and is a proud father to Haley, and three rescue cats. Outdoors is where he enjoys spending most of mhistime: fishing, boating, gardening, woodworking, running, biking, swimming, and taking photos. He is an active member of the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishing Club. He played football for the University of Tennessee Volunteers and is proud to be part of the 1998 National Championship Team. Ethan is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota where he is a Youth Advisor in the Religious Education Program, Second Sunday Potluck Chair, and has taken leadership roles in the annual fundraising events and Thanksgiving Dinner service. He is continuously seeking service opportunities to make his community stronger.

Jennifer "JR" Rippel was born and raised in New Jersey. She then lived in western Massachusetts for almost 20 years, where she was a CPA at a construction and real estate firm. She previously served on the board of a historical theater, and she is currently a volunteer tax preparer through the AARP TaxAide program. She lives in downtown Sarasota with her husband.

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