To Board Of Directors
Five avid listeners have been elected to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association. The board advises the managers and staff on finance, strategic planning, fund raising, and community relations issues. Members are elected to four-year terms. Here are the winners. These profiles - written by the candidates - appeared on the ballots which were mailed to current WPRA members in April.
Lucille Eckels, Bayfield
Occupation: Retired director of Teacher Education and Human Relations, Assoc. Professor of Teacher Education, Northland College.
Community Activities: Board member, Bayfield Heritage Association, member-Keepers of the Magic, Big Top Volunteer, LWV President, Founder and President Chequamegon Coop. Nursery School, school volunteer, CBAC Board, AOK Honorary Education Fraternity, State Human Relations Council.
WPR Involvement: WPRA Board member, coordinator, “Clear Signal Campaign” for Chequamegon Bay area, volunteer, listener.
Quote: “After two terms on the WPRA Board, I feel well-prepared to meet the challenges ahead and make well-informed decisions and real contributions. I know many of the listeners in my region. My skill in human relations can make a contribution to the ‘friend raising’ aspect of WPRA’s responsibilities. Besides, I LOVE public radio! During my 20 years commuting to Northland College, ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘All Things Considered’ kept me awake and alert. The talk shows keep me in tune to our state and community. In retirement, classical music every morning feeds my soul! I feel we must support, preserve, and expand Wisconsin Public Radio!!”
Barbara J. Gilmore, Grafton
Occupation: Travel planner and volunteer.
Community Activities: Volunteer/teacher naturalist at Riveredge Nature Center, Rachel’s Network volunteer (nonprofit organization of women funders concerned about the environment), board member for Task Force on
Family Violence, board member for Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and Great Lakes Future/Pier Wisconsin.
WPR Involvement: Phone volunteer for WUWM phoneathon.
Quote: “I LOVE Wisconsin Public Radio and want to get more involved in helping WPR not just survive but THRIVE. I am eager to bring fresh ideas to fundraising and to promote new membership. I believe that increasing WPR’s audience is extremely important because committed listeners make for committed contributors. This is especially relevant with the continued lessening of available public funds. In addition, more listeners also make for a more-informed citizenry. One thing that WPR does exceptionally well is air all sides of issues. We cannot have a strong democracy without an informed public, and WPR is the only place where one can hear all sides of an issue. Some say the Golden Age of radio was before television. I don’t agree. I believe that the WPR family has a golden opportunity to enhance its quality...programming and influence now and into the future.”
Ellen Rosewall, De Pere
Occupation: College Professor, Arts Management Consultant, UW-Green Bay.
Community Activities: Secretary, Marketing/Development Chair-Green Bay Community Theatre, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Marketing Council, Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts board member, Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, Green Bay Chamber Choir.
WPR Involvement: Coordinated a fundraising auction for WPR-Northeast in 1996, worked with regional manager Glen Slaats many times on collaborative projects.
Quote: “I believe that WPR has the potential to significantly affect the intellectual, cultural, and political climate in Wisconsin, and I would like to be a part of that. With my arts management experience, I believe I can contribute knowledge about fundraising and audience development.”