Our KMUZ Board

Back from left to right: Verland Kelly (treasurer), Deanne Bass (secretary), Bill Smaldone, Karen Holman, Kerry Fox. Front from left to right: Coy Alexander, Dave Hammock, Melanie Zermer (prez), Pam Kelly

Back from left to right: Verland Kelly (treasurer), Deanne Bass (secretary), Bill Smaldone (prez), Karen Holman, Kerry Fox. Front from left to right: Coy Alexander, Dave Hammock, Melanie Zermer, Pam Kelly

Coy Alexander originally volunteered to help with print and online promotional materials and anything else he could do to help make community radio a reality in the mid-Willamette Valley. Coy has decades of experience in audio, video, animation and interactive programming as well as technical writing, design and illustration. He can be reached at

Deanne Bass grew up in the Willamette Valley, traveled around the world for 6 years, and chose to move back to the valley to raise her child. She has worked with special populations for over 20 years and has a Masters Degree in Special Education. Her first affiliation with KMUZ was her hour long talk show, Special Needs/Special Parents. She enjoys sharing information about the different aspects of the human condition to increase understanding and strengthen our community. She serves as the secretary on the Board of Directors and can be reached at

Kerry Fox was a science teacher overseas for eight years before returning to the states for graduate school where she studied sustainable community development.  Since moving to Salem in 2011, Kerry has been deeply involved in the Salem community by establishing a chapter for Move To Amend, working for Oregon Peaceworks, and co-founding the Salem Food Co-op.  She’s working as outreach and event coordinator for a local sustainable community development, Pringle Creek Community.  She sees local, public radio as essential to true democracy and community engagement and is excited to be KMUZ’s newest board member. She can be reached at

Dave Hammock began his public broadcasting career at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1970, at KUAC-FM & TV. Although he has worked in public television and urban public and commercial radio stations, most of his broadcast career has been at rural, community radio stations in Alaska. The Alaska stations he managed all participated in the Alaska Public Radio Network and he once served as host/anchor of APRN’s flagship daily news magazine, Alaska News Nightly. He became Manager of KMUN-FM in Astoria, Oregon in 2004. While at the helm of KMUN, the station joined the Northwest Public Affairs Network (NPAN), converted to in-house digital audio systems and added KTCB-FM, Tillamook and KCPB-FM, Warrenton to the Coast Community Radio family. He most recently assisted KKRN-FM, Bella Vista begin broadcasting in rural Northern California. He can be reached at

Karen McFarlane Holman, the Founder of KMUZ, had 10 years experience with several volunteer-run radio stations before coming to KMUZ (KCSB, KBVR, and KEOL), where she learned how deeply beneficial community radio can be in sparking creativity and excitement within a community. She is a Professor of Chemistry at Willamette University and has played guitar in several local punk bands. Noting the lack of a local community radio station in the mid-Valley, Karen has been working incessantly on this project since 2006 and was President of the board 2009-2012. She can be reached at

Verland Kelly, served in the U.S. Navy and owned a financial service and accounting firm in Monrovia California. He and his wife, Pam, recently moved to Salem and are both involved at KMUZ. Verland serves as the board’s treasurer and can be reached at

Pam Kelly is a fourth generation Californian who recently moved to the mid-Willamette Valley. She is a long time volunteer (50 years plus), community activist, fundraiser, special event planner and retired small business owner. She has been a supporter of community radio since 1975 and read about KMUZ on an internet blog. She sent in a donation to get the station on the air and became a volunteer shortly after moving to Salem. She is now the House Mother/Volunteer Coordinator at the station and can be reached at

Bill Smaldone moved to Salem from New York in 1991 to take a job teaching European history at Willamette University. A former Salem City Councilor and currently the chair of the South East Salem Neighborhood Association, he believes that KMUZ community radio will enrich and strengthen Salem’s cultural and political life. He can be reached at

Melanie Zermer has been an advocate on local issues for 20 years.  She worked for the Oregon Legislature for 9 years before starting a massage therapy practice in 1995. She believes in building community and sees KMUZ as a way to bring together the diverse aspects of the Mid-Valley through music, talk, and entertainment.  She serves as president of the governing board and can be reached at

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