Richard is a freelance web application developer, and a co-founder of The Greater Good art collective. He serves as the VP of MotherLode MakerLabs, a group dedicated to creating shared workspaces for community use. He’s interested in all the ways art, media, and technology can enhance communities.
He’s always had an interest in using technology to help people expand their horizons, gain new access to knowledge, and allow people and cultures everywhere to have an imprint on the world. From a very young age Richard’s been keenly interested in tech, the more sci-fi, the better. Whenever possible he would dive into the deep end of whatever computer or device happened to be available to him. All the while he would relish the potential for what a connected future could mean for the world. Richard and the internet grew up together. As each frontier of the internet expanded in every direction, he tried to be right beside it, cheering it on, and doing whatever he could to try and maintain himself as a good netizen and a competent developer. The potential for technology to do good for society keeps increasing exponentially, but the actual positive impact is lackluster in comparison. Richard’s philosophy is that if he keeps doing whatever he can to stay current with anything that intersects communities and technology, he will often be in positions where he is uniquely qualified to both recognize a need and also see the path to fulfilling the need.
He believes that community is something that people desire and don’t understand how easy it is to realize. But, there is a collective action problem, and a perception problem. If we can let people see a healthy community infrastructure, leading by example, people will feel compelled to join in.
Sean Carson spent four years as DJ on KDVS fm, a community freeform radio station in Davis on the University of California, Davis campus. From 2012-2014 he served as Music Director and helped organize in studio and live performances for bands from the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Sean himself played banjo in a folk band and toured the U.S. and Europe extensively between 2008 and 2010. A 2014 graduate of UC Davis, Sean studied Technocultural Studies, a small digital media program where he composed electronic music, produced radio broadcasts for low-power fm station KDRT and dabbled in web design. He is now a reporter for the Union Democrat newspaper and lives in Sonora.
Born and raised in Sonora, Jim Garaventa is a fourth generation Tuolumne County native. He graduated from Sonora High where he developed his love for radio on the school’s station, KTUO. A something major, he received his BA from UC Davis in ??.
A man with a long-time civic interest, he was elected to the Sonora City Council in June, 2014. Jim has served on the Tuolumne County Planning Commission for six years, the Board of Supervisors’ Planning Committee, and the Tuolumne General Hospital Board of Trustees. He was a citizen representative on the Parking and Traffic Commission (2005-2014), The Tuolumne County Transportation Council’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee (2002-2014), the recent Vision Sonora Advisory Board, and co-chair of the successful Measure “I” campaign (2004) strengthening public safety in the City.
Jim is a past president of the Tuolumne County Historical Society Board and has been a Board member for the Tuolumne County Museum and Eureka Engine Company #1, one of Sonora’s historic fire companies. Currently, Jim serves on the Cable 8 Public Access Television Board.
Elena Holcomb grew up in Palm Springs and was involved in community theatre there for many years. She later moved to the Bay Area where she majored in Drama at San Francisco and San Jose State Universities and completed her Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts. She recorded a variety of voice-overs in San Francisco and was a member of a radio drama group there. She has a special love for audio theatre, and is looking forward to continuing that endeavor here in the Motherlode.
Russ Holcomb has been involved with broadcast media his entire adult life. Actually, his love affair with radio started in high school when he and a friend put together a “carrier current” radio station, meaning it used the electrical wiring in his home as an antenna, and the boys broadcast around the block on the AM dial from their basement studio in downtown Mountain View, CA.
Later, upon his discharge from the Air Force, he got a job as a camera and audio man with WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated to staff announcer on the radio side of the station, and worked there for a few years before returning to California, and a job with KSBW-TV in Salinas.
He left Salinas to return to college and work part time at several local radio stations as a disc jockey and announcer. After graduating college, Russ ended up as a staff announcer at KFRC in San Francisco, where he worked for several years, until he decided to pursue a career as a freelance voice-over actor-announcer.
As a freelancer, he voiced many commercials, both regionally and nationally, did news promos for several TV stations, including KRON and KGO-TV, and recorded sound tracks for several PBS Documentaries, as well as new product videos for most of the major computer and software companies in Silicon Valley. While freelancing out of San Francisco, Russ met a variety of voice-over performers who combined their talents to form a Radio Drama group, something Russ continues to explore with the many talented performers here in the Gold Country.
Palma began life in Tuolumne County before seeking far-flung adventures. Her connection to the world of entertainment started in Hawaii in 1973 when she taught improvisational theatre to schoolchildren, acted in the improvisation company and participated in production management. On the Big Island, she was involved in a number of theatrical productions. In 1978, she began working for the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, launching a 16-year career in the entertainment business in which she managed a variety of aspiring actors, including Melanie Griffith. In 1985 Palma began a fashion resale business in Grass Valley and in 1988, with a partner, she began a retail fashion business, The Pavilion, in Tuolumne City. In 1995, she returned to the entertainment industry as part of the original Jurassic Park Production team. Palma has always followed her love for all arts: theatre, music, and literature. In 2014 she returned home to Tuolumne County with her partner, Clint Paxton, to enjoy an active and productive retirement. Currently, she is involved in and maintains a personal commitment to a number of volunteer organizations.
Bruce came to the Mother Lode 20+ years into his career as a wild land firefighter, back in the fall of 1997. Fifteen years later he retired and now roams the mountains just for fun in hiking boots or on snowshoes. Bruce’s first involvement in radio began in January of 1978 in Chico California when he answered a help wanted ad in the back of the Orion seeking DJ’s, “no experience needed”, for Chico State’s Student Body owned KCSC 95.5 FM. He spun real vinyl on the “Livewire” for the better part of 8 years. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s his firefighting career kept Bruce on the move, taking him to San Luis Obispo and then Santa Cruz counties. Along the way he kept his ears in radio doing stints with KOTR and KPIG along the way.
In 2015 Bruce connected with an old Livewire buddy and was recruited into the staff of Hog Ranch Radio during the fall 2015 Strawberry Music Festival; bringing it all back around. Bruce remains involved in the wild land fire service working with Murphys Fire Protection District, operates a small cartography business, is a devoted Giants fan and can’t get enough of the Sierra Nevada high country. “I’m really looking forward to playing music on the radio again. Especially now that vinyl is cool again! They might not be your favorite songs, but they’ll have a lot of the same notes.”
Steve has a long interest in broadcast media which began at a young age with KCPX TV/FM in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a student at Columbia College in the mid-seventies, he trained under sound wizard John Cellucci and from that time on, has been part of the audio world. He helped found KYRR FM (Yuba River Radio) in Nevada City where he continues to serve as engineer and where his weekly show can be heard. Steve helped launch KQBM in Westpoint where he mentors new programmers, keeps the station broadcasting and airs his own music show, Ridge Radio. A favorite event for Steve, he works annually as a broadcast engineer with Burning Man Free TV in Black Rock City, Nevada. Steve has guided KAAD-LP in innumerable ways, most especially with the purchase and installation of equipment. His advising, goading, coaxing and cheering on this novice radio station to broadcast capability has been invaluable.
Connie was born in Stockton, spending her formative years both there and in Tuolumne County and Carmel, where she began her lifelong interest in the Arts.
Upon taking up permanent residence in Tuolumne County in 1970, she enjoyed a 22-year career in Fire Management for the Stanislaus National Forest, most of that time employed as the Assistant Forest Fire Dispatcher.
Connie has served the Central Sierra Arts Council (now Tuolumne County Arts Alliance) initially as President of the Board, later as Interim Executive Director in 2010 and finally Executive Director from 2011 to the present. In 1998 she formed the Dome Investigative Steering Committee (DISC) in partnership with the Sonora Area Foundation in the hopes of repurposing the Historic Dome property into a Cultural Arts Center. The creation of a community radio station transmitting from the Dome was part of the dream, now to be realized as KAAD-LP.
Expanding her interest in media, Connie has recently become President-Elect for Cable 8 Public Access Television Board. She is hoping to help facilitate multi-media education for local high school and college students, using her development and fundraising skills toward that end while continuing her duties as Executive Director of the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance.
Clint is a local boy, graduating from Sonora High School in 1967 where he was a student in David Purdy’s English, Speech and Drama classes. In his high school years, he won 2nd place in the category of Humorous Interpretation at the California State Forensics Competition. After two years of college, he enlisted in the Navy and traveled the Pacific Rim and Viet Nam. He then trained as a chef in San Francisco, skills he used when he joined up with Purdy again for three summers of Pinecrest Summer Theatre Workshops, serving as chef, actor and general go-to-dad. During a 42-year career with a prominent utility, Clint raised a family, received two post-graduate degrees and participated in MYART, a state- wide youth theatre company where he played many leading musical roles. Following the shortest retirement on record, he is now beginning a new career with an energy company while helping shepherd KAAD-LP onto the air.
Arnold Puccinelli is an old guy that has worked in the woods as a timber feller. He has been in Tuolumne County for over 40 years. He now is a recovering building contractor whose occasional retirement is short lived. His favorite things to do are fly fishing, woodworking and scuba diving. When he first arrived in this county he befriended Dave Purdy and Ellen Stewart. He has worked in the theater world with the Purdys in the past and now, to complete the Zen, he is in the radio sphere. “As we build this Radio Empire I have found among the folk of Tuolumne County, an amazing degree of interest in seeing this quest come to fruition. It brings me great satisfaction to help with something so small, yet so powerful!”
David Purdy is the Radio Project Coordinator. With his wife, Ellen Stewart, he proposed the sponsorship of an LPFM to the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance (TCAA) Board of Directors in August, 2013. Following the approval of the Radio Project by TCAA and subsequent to securing a “Permit to Construct” from the FCC, he has been instrumental in developing and sourcing the station’s equipment, been active in working toward the establishment of a participating Youth Radio in partnership with Sonora High School, identified and conceived special projects for KAAD-LP. Building on a journalistic background, he looks forward to creating a grassroots citizens’ radio journalism, including an on-air newspaper with the Youth Radio.
He holds a BA and Lifetime Secondary Credential from San Jose State University and an MA in Speech Arts from CSU, Fresno. Post-graduate education includes Stanford’s Graduate School of Creative Writing, and study and performance with the BBC in London, England. He has taught English, Speech, and Theatre in secondary schools, at San Francisco State University, and at Columbia College. In addition to teaching for 42 years, he has acted, directed, produced, and designed for community and professional theatre. A union member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity, he has successfully built a variety of theaters and established community and professional repertory companies including Columbia Actors’ Repertory at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia Historic State Park, Pinecrest Performing Arts Workshop, the Mason Street Theatre in San Francisco, and Mountain Actors’ Conservatory at the Holman Foundry Playhouse in Sonora. He conceived and established the Sonora Opera Hall facility and in 1981 co-founded the London-based touring company, Performance Exchange, which continues to perform globally.
ELLEN STEWART is a theatre producer/director who co-founded Columbia Actors’ Repertory at Fallon House Theatre in Columbia and Mountain Actors’ Conservatory in Sonora. She is a retired instructor in theatre and speech at Columbia College where she taught courses in audio drama. She received a BA from SF State in Theatre and an MA in Speech Arts from CSU, Fresno. Her training includes study in the UK at the Actors’ Centre, the City Lit and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney. In San Francisco, she studied at ACT, Improv Works and improvised with the Sunday Night Players at Bay Area Theatre Sports. She trained as a voice actor with the National Audio Theatre Festivals where she performed in numerous audio theatre productions and directed and produced a number of audio plays for the company in Missouri. This summer at the HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival, she produce a play at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.
Sam Taylor has worked as a management consultant for over thirty years. Organizational culture change, effective communication systems and executive coaching have been major areas of focus. Clients have included fortune five hundred companies, state, county and city government agencies and many non-profit organizations.
He is the founder and continues to serve as the Executive Director of Senior/Youth Partnership based in Sonora, Ca. This organization was established in 1982 and has won numerous awards in the areas of delinquency prevention, apprenticeship and vocational education, school to work projects and school site child-care programs. Over the years, SYP has applied an entrepreneurial model to the non-profit world attaining economic self-sufficiency in all areas of programming.
Taylor has served on a number of boards including:
- City Hotel Corporation
- Agency for Understanding Aging
- UC Tenth Campus Site Committee
- Port Townsend School of Woodworking
- Department of Education Center for Delinquency Prevention
- Leadership Tuolumne County
- Tuolumne County Community Center
- KAAD Radio
He has a degree in political science, a vocational education teaching credential and a counseling credential.
Sue Thoms arrived in Tuolumne County in the late seventies and soon after became involved in local theatre. For Columbia College, she played numerous roles including Golda in Fiddler on the Roof. She became a founding member of Columbia Actors’ Repertory at the Fallon House Theatre where she performed in such shows as Annie, Hello Dolly, and The King and I. In order to support her on-going addiction to theatre, she taught Special Education in Tuolumne County, Stockton and other areas. Although she was brought up in Iowa, she left as soon as she discovered that life could be a lots more fun where people could dance, drink wine, and stay up all night talking with friends. After a decade living in Panama, she returned to Sonora and is now living at the end of a long winding road that ends in a bucolic setting inhabited by wild turkeys, deer, mountain lions and no Internet. She is pleased to assist in launching KADD-LP in the hopes of bringing pleasure to our community: a station offering community access, eclectic music and programming to enrich the aesthetic tastes of a wide variety of citizenry.
Bob is a Certified Financial Planner in Sonora, California, specializing in investment management for retirees, business owners and clients with unique challenges. He welcomes the tough problems in finance and loves to show people how to achieve success with their money.
He has spent most of his fifty-year career in retail and learned then world of business starting at age 14. Job transfers brought him to California and eventually to Sonora where he and his wife Margaret owned and operated Heritage Books from 1976 to 1990. While he has a love for public speaking and teaching personal finance classes, his strength lies in the operations of running a successful business. Many years of consulting with business owners has put him in the unique position of being a resource for KAAD-LP.
Bob finds time to pursue other interests; they seem to grow as he ages. He has been studying for several years to master the craft of bookbinding, letterpress printing and other book arts. Other interests include crafting pens turned on a lathe, skiing, hiking, camping, chess, electronics and stained glass. A second degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, he loves to travel the world. His most unique travel adventure was teaching a summer semester in Macro-economics at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Other great adventures include skippering and crewing a 46-foot sailboat with two former college roommates in the British Virgin Islands.
Dawn Warfield is an artist, activist, and non profit administrator. She is passionate about media as a powerful catalyst for new paradigms of collective creativity. Currently she is creating a program for KAAD-LP called Miss Lonely Hearts, a call-in show that gives advice to the lovelorn.
A California native of Greek heritage, he was raised in Alamo California. He moved to Tuolumne County in 1990 with his wife, Wendy Hesse and sons Seth and Byron. For thirteen years, they operated Wilma’s Café & the Flying Pig Saloon in downtown Sonora, known as the place to be for good food, good music and good times. Many a musician, local and touring, enjoyed playing at “The Pig”. Following its sale, Dean worked in Food Service at Columbia College, retiring February 2016. Dean has been involved in his community since his arrival. He was a active board member of the Sonora Improvement Association promoting business in downtown Sonora, a participant in the Tuolumne County Chamber’s Leadership Tuolumne County program, past board member Cable 8, served on the Sonora Planning Commission for 10 years, was founding board member of Stage 3, member Restore the Opera Hall Committee, founding member of Tuolumne County Citizens for Peace and anti-war march organizer in 2003 and 2004. Dean is a longtime supporter of all things community. A man who loves being one of many, he is pleased to help launch KAAD-LP.