Management

Background

Board of Directors

Pedro Rodriguez

Board President

Mr. Rodriguez is a seasoned community organizer who led several organizations in the Philadelphia area. 

He continues to be active in his community serving in various boards, including Northwest Victims Services, The
Imperfect Gallery, Independence Charter School-West, Americans for Democratic Action, Keystone Progress Education Fund and Alliance for Retired Americans Education Fund. Mr. Rodriguez also served as an AIDS educator with Congreso de Latinos Unidos and was Associate Editor of the weekly Community Focus/Enfoque
Comunal, the largest bilingual newspaper in Pennsylvania. He has been a professor of Spanish and Literature for the last 17 years, part time, at the Spanish Language School in Center City Philadelphia.

Mr. Rodriguez was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Dominican Parade and Festival Committee in Philadelphia

Mr. Rodriguez is married to Pamela Walz and has two children, Anadelia and Daniel.

Julia Weekes

Board Vice President

Longtime Mt. Airy resident Julia Weekes is an educational management leader, educator, and visual artist. Julia has over thirty years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management, grant writing, professional development, arts education, integrated curriculum development, early childhood education, and progressive education practices. She has decades of experience in creating and supporting inclusive learning environments through her various roles in institutional and community-based programs. Julia is currently the Director of the new Education Innovation Lab for Jewish Learning Venture and Director of jkid4ALL, a jkidphilly family engagement initiative for Jewish Families of Color in the Philadelphia area.

Julia is also the mother of two members of G’town Radio’s Big Spill Radio Hour, a teen-led music discovery and discussion show.

DAVID BROWN

Board Treasurer

David Brown is a Germantown, Philadelphia resident. He works with great joy as the Finance Director for Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in Chinatown.

Previously, David worked as a non-profit administrator for 25 years, primarily in the performing arts (Painted Bride Art Center, New Orleans Ballet, InterAct Theater Company) in management, finance, and marketing. In these roles, he dedicated himself to ensuring that the diverse stories of artists would be shared, be it from the stage or within the community. He also co-founded, with his spouse, the theater company Gas & Electric Arts (2005 -2015).

By night, David is the host of “The Jazz Continuum” a weekly community radio show on Saturday nights from 6-8pm, on G-Town Radio, WGGT 92.9 FM

JANIS CHAKARS

Board Secretary

Janis Chakars is an associate professor of communication and digital media at Neumann University, where he incorporates WNUW into his work with students. His professional experience ranges from the Mongolian state news agency to WHYY’s community-based NewsWorks project in Northwest Philadelphia. His scholarship has appeared in Journalism History, the International Journal of Communication, American Journalism, International Research in Children’s Literature, and elsewhere. An active musician, he has toured North America, Europe, and Japan.

Gary Hines

Hasan Ali

Darrell McPherson

Brother D Praiselujah

Board Member

Gary Hines is a seasoned business professional with over 30 years of experience in Workforce Development, Education, Project Management and Program Development. Gary is the President and Owner of The Gary Hines Consulting Group, LLC. He is a community activist and has served on boards and committees of numerous organizations, institutions, and local government. Gary is also a long-time supporter and former programmer for G-town Radio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Member

Hasan Ali is a Lead Generation & Analytical Specialist, helping business owners and agencies generate high-value leads using software systems and tools that turn into clients and customers. He was also the technical editor for the book, “Affiliate Marketing for Dummies.”

 

 

 

 

Board Member

Darrell McPherson (Brother D). is a Christian Radio personality of the syndicated program – The PraisEluJAH Radio-SHOW which airs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, South Carolina, Dallas, Texas and London, England. Brother D. is the show’s Co-Host and Producer. He develops segments, books guests, and develops all designs, advertisements and logos. 

Tiffany Dominique

Seth Anderson-Oberman

Brianna Taylor

Cleo Smalls

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member

Brianna Taylor is a Philadelphia native and longtime resident in the Germantown/Nicetown  neighborhoods. She is a Data Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia: Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. As a Data
Coordinator, Brianna supports community engagement and resources teams capture
and get a better understanding of the resource needs of Philadelphia residents. While also working in partnership with other City offices to collect, clean and create effective narratives about Philadelphia data. Prior to becoming a data enthusiast, Brianna was a grassroots organizer in the Southeastern PA region.

Board Member

Cleo L. Smalls, the Center Director at Center in the Park senior community center, is an experienced professional in event planning and program implementation. Specializing in community-based programming, she has collaborated with the Girl Scouts, and currently with ARTZ Philadelphia and Life Changers Church, to create meaningful initiatives. With a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Management, she brings a strategic and innovative approach to her work, empowering older adults, bridging generational gaps, and combating ageism for a lasting impact on her community.

Station Operations

TOM CASETTA

Station Manager

Tom Casetta has been involved with Community Media projects since the early 80’s and joined G-Town Radio in 2012 and  served as Program Director prior to his role as Station Manager.   In addition to his work with community radio, Tom has been a contributor and advisor to a wide range of other projects ranging from scripting and voicing a series of animated public service announcements to researching and documenting outsider art and music relating to COVID -19.

Tom also served on the  Community Advisory Group for The Germantown Info Hub and is currently on the Board for the non-profit, See Beyond My Skin. 

BRANDON Dalton

Program Director

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