Board Member

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 […]

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.

Brian Jones is a writer and photographer living in Sarasota. He is an adjunct professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design. His passion for music and social change drew him to WSLR+Forgartyville where he is a programmer on Wednesday evenings with his show Jazz and More.

Ed Subkis has had a long career in public radio. He managed stations in New York, Florida, North Carolina and California and has been a believer in community radio since the 1970s. His wife, Bunny, grew up in Sarasota and they always knew they would come back. They returned in 2016 and now enjoy the beaches, gardening and, of course, WSLR+Fogartyville.

Dru lives in Osprey with husband, Jon. She retired from a long career in social services. She loves reading, music, dance, hula hooping, and being outdoors .

Alecia Harper worked in college radio as a deejay at WXYC  (UNC-Chapel Hill) for many years in the 80s and 90s, and developed a great love for music and community radio.

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