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KAFM Board of Directors

We serve both KAFM and the wider community in developing a vision for culture and radio in the Grand Valley. The KAFM Board of Directors meets the Fourth Wednesday of every month. Board meetings are open to the public, and we encourage listeners and community members to attend. Visit the KAFM Calendar for dates and times.

Board meeting minutes and files archive.
Cliff Sprinkle

Term Ends 2019

In 1992 I moved from Scottsdale, AZ to Palisade, CO and currently reside in the shadow of St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction with my incredible black lab, Georgie.  After many enjoyable years as a commercial banker, in 2016, I elected to leave banking and now proudly work as a seasonal employee for the United States Forest Service.  I have lived and worked my entire life in the four corner states of the great American West.  From the University of Arizona in the 1970’s, to standing on the summit of Mt. Rainier, to hiking through the Doll House in the bottom of The Maze, I feel there is not place on earth that compares to the American West.  I joined the KAFM Board of Directors in 2010.

“I feel KAFM and the West symbolize one another:  both are diverse, welcoming, a little rough around the edges and appeal to a wide variety of individuals.  KAFM is locally owned and operated, offers community-based programs and, without question, has programmers that provide the Valley with great, great music.  I am honored to be a part of KAFM and its outstanding group of staff and volunteers.”

Marsha Kosteva
Term Ends 2019

Marsha lives in downtown Palisade and has been a resident there since 2002. She loves travel, live music and calls herself a wine aficionado. The other big loves in her life are husband Curtis, and their animals Jackson, an Aussie Shepherd and Nicoletta, a gray tiger. 

Marsha is currently the Executive Director of the Community Food Bank (CFB). The CFB is a community-based, volunteer-supported charitable agency that provides an emergency food box to Mesa County residents. The food bank provides a three-day supply of nutritious foods, has no income requirements, and is open 52 weeks a year.

Previously, she was the Program Director of St. Mary’s Gray Gourmet Senior Nutrition Program. Gray Gourmet serves as the County’s meals on wheels program and also serves a hot, healthy lunch at nine local community centers for seniors. Over 500 meals were produced and served each weekday.  While there, she initiated their weekly lunch program for seniors in Palisade.  From 2003 to 2011, she was the General Manager for the Mesa County Fairgrounds. She ushered in many new shows and events, and was the producer of the annual County Fair attended by over 50,000 people. 

Prior to moving to Colorado, Marsha lived in San Francisco for over 20 years where she worked in the museum industry as well as broadcasting. She was the Public Relations Director for the ABC-TV station KGO-TV in San Francisco in the late 1980s. She is currently a member of the Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club and volunteers for the United Way of Mesa County and for the Palisade Chamber of Commerce. 

Ginger Mitchell
Vice President

Term Ends 2020
Ginger was born and raised in Illinois, then moved to Southern California in 1978 where she met and married her husband, Bill (the H-Man to our valued listeners).  They bought their home in Grand Junction on a crazy impulse back in 2005 while “just passing through” and made the official move here in 2006. 
Throughout her career, Ginger has worked for various corporations and consulting firms including Baxter Healthcare, Allergan, Sun Microsystems, Hewitt, and TPI.  Now semi-retired, Ginger maintains her part-time consulting practice, Ginger Mitchell Consulting, and provides support in compensation design and management, performance management, and board effectiveness for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. 
Prior to joining the board, Ginger provided support to KAFM’s executive directors and the board on a volunteer basis.  She has served as board chair for the Colorado National Monument Association (CNMA), Orange County Compensation and Benefits Association, and the Orange County chapter of the National Human Resources Association.  Other volunteer work includes Dinosaur Journey Museum, Colorado National Monument, St. Mary’s Hospital, and HopeWest.
Ginger and Bill are both life-long lovers of music and happy to be a part of the KAFM family.  “I look forward to working with this great board and our dedicated staff to continue growing KAFM’s audience and our contribution to the community.”

Harry Griff
Board Appointed
Term Ends 2020

Harry is one of the founding members of Griff, Larson, Laiche & Wright, and his practice has emphasized divorce and family, personal injury, and wrongful termination/discrimination cases since 1984. The common thread of his three areas of emphasis is that he enjoys assisting individual persons going through stressful periods in their lives, whether family, injury, or employment-related. He believes that what his clients are primarily looking for is an attorney to assist them with their highly-personal legal needs who is not only competent to do so, but who will in good faith explain their options sensitively to them, and provide them with the best faith legal advice as possible, with his client’s best interests in mind, not his own.

Harry believes passionately in contributing back to the community that has been so good to his family. He believes that, just as you should leave your camp ground more pristine than you found it, you should leave your community a better place, as well. In the past, he has served on the board of directors for the Colorado Lawyer’s Trust Account Foundation, the Mesa County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program, the Mesa County Bar Association, Mesa County Partners, the Museum of Western Colorado, Public Radio Station KPRN, Community Radio Station KAFM, Friends of Kulture and Entertainment for the Grand Valley, the Grand Junction Lions Club, and the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority, and was a volunteer Jazz programmer for KAFM.  He has received the Colorado Bar Association’s Donald W. Hoagland award in recognition of his volunteer efforts in developing legal services to the poor, the Mesa County Association of Realtor’s community service award for his volunteer services to the community, and was recently named the Grand Junction Downtown Lions Club’s “2012 Lion of the Year.”

Joe Gudorf

Term ends 2020

I moved to Grand Junction in 2000 from Evergreen, Colorado. I went to Mesa State for marketing and I was an underwriter for KMSA 91.3. I moved back to Evergreen for a brief stint in late 2003 where I worked for a small record label as a talent scout, while working for a small community bank in Nederland before moving back to the Grand Valley in April of 2004.
I went to work for ANB Bank in April 2004 and have held many different positions from retail operations, branch management, retail lender, commercial lender and now credit risk review. While I love what I do, my passion has been music since I was a kid. I remember sitting and listening to albums with my parents on Friday and Saturday nights when I was a kid. We listened to everything from Marty Robbins to Michael Jackson. I enjoy playing guitar and still love listening to music. I listen to music while I drive, work, around the house and to fall asleep. 
I met my wife Carrie in November of 2004 and we live on a small acreage property north of town with our two dogs Jackson a black lab mix and Lucy a Jack Russell Terrier. We also have two cats June and Cheyenne and two horses, Bear and Grace. We lost two of our beloved dogs in the past year. We love going to concerts and have made countless trips to Denver and even Phoenix to catch live music. I love finding new music and sharing it with friends and family.
I like to be involved in the community and have been involved with Doors 2 Success, the non-profit board for the supportive services of the Grand Junction Housing Authority. I have sat on the board since its inception in 2007 and have been honored to be the board chair for the past seven years. 
These are a few of my favorite quotes: 
“Music…will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” – Dietich Bonhoeffer
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley
“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same” – John Denver 

Paula DeGroat

Term ends 2020

Paula & her husband Sean moved from the Front Range to the Grand Valley area in 2016 after years of visiting the Western Slope for camping, 4-wheeling, fishing, and other outdoor activities.  Paula likes to say that they now have their playground right in their backyard!

Paula has spent the bulk of her career in Public Broadcasting on the television side as the Business Manager for Colorado Public Television, KBDI in Denver.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western State College of Colorado (Western State Colorado University). After several years in public accounting both in Gunnison and metro-Denver, she joined Colorado Public Television in 1994.  Paula is currently employed with Western Slope Cattlemen’s Auction.

While differences naturally exist between radio & television, the accounting & governing oversight by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are similar.  Joining the KAFM Board seemed like a good fit for her background. Paula is excited to learn more about the radio side and help KAFM any way she can; just knowing the acronyms is a good start.  

“I’ve always been a radio groupie from when I first started calling in to win concert tickets & prizes (caller #10 anyone?).  Music of the 60’s & 70’s was all cross-over since there weren’t so many specialized stations, so pop & country was side-by-side,  In Gunnison I called it c-rock; country rock-folk. I’ve been through a hard-core Country phase and eclectic acoustic, but there’s always the standard fall back of classic rock.  I enjoy it all and that’s what’s nice about KAFM, they play it all.”

Laureen Cantwell
Term ends 2020
Laureen lives in downtown Grand Junction and has been a resident there since 2014. She enjoys cooking and baking, playing tennis, attending RokBarre fitness classes, reading, and movies. Oh, and her magical, moustachioed cat Stache (thanks ChowDown and CLAWS!). In addition to her role as a member of KAFM’s board, she also has a community affairs show, Readers Radio, geared toward pairing nonfiction books of national and international interest with local community and CMU expertise. (3rdMondays, 1215-1230pm!)
Laureen currently works for Tomlinson Library at Colorado Mesa University. She is the reference and distance services librarian there, acts as liaison to several academic departments and their students, and serves on a variety of campus committees. As of 2017, she is now also one of a handful of individuals at CMU who are also Coleman Fellows, a national group dedicated to entrepreneurship education. She loves working with students and faculty members on their research projects and helping to develop the information literacy, critical thinking, and entrepreneurial skills of the CMU community of learners. She has several scholarly article publications, a forthcoming book chapter, and presentations on a variety of subjects connected to academic librarianship.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Laureen lived in Memphis and Iowa, working as a faculty member for colleges and universities as a research librarian. While in Memphis, she took on the role of editor for a short fiction anthology, Memphis Noir, which was a super-exciting adventure. Prior to her year in Iowa, she lived and worked in Philadelphia, where she got her Masters at Drexel University, and in New York City, where she worked in fundraising for Carnegie Hall. She grew up on eastern Long Island in a quiet hamlet 


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