Management

Background

Board of Directors

Darrell Mcpherson

Brother D Praiselujah

Board President

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. 

Jill Saull

Jill Saull

Board Vice President

Jill Saull, wearer of many hats has been involved with Gtown Radio  as a board member since 2016, an at large producer for several years before that and as a parent of a high school student who had the 10-midnight spot on Friday nights, which is how this whole thing started for her in 2012.

 

Vanessa Lowe

Board Treasurer

Sharon Webber

Board Secretary

Julia Weekes

Board Member

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.

Christa Barfield

Board Member

Christa Barfield is a health-care professional turned farmer and lifelong Philadelphia resident. It was 10 years into her career in health-care administration  when she realized her work-life balance was unhealthy; she resigned from her job just weeks before she turned 30. It was important for her to take back her life, health, and happiness not only for herself but for her family as well. After a solo trip to Martinique in January 2018, she returned home inspired to connect with the land, plant life, and social issues that heavily impact black and brown communities and all people’s perception of food.

Her business is a reincarnation of her healthcare career in a more sustainable way. Since 2018, she has developed earth-born brands owned by her parent company, LifeLeaf Organic Farms. Her original two ventures, Viva Leaf Tea Co. and FarmerJawn Agriculture are based in regenerative agricultural values with a goal of traceable and transparent origins of 100% Organically Dope foods.

Christa has also begun expanding her hemp farming knowledge with the goals of destigmatizing cannabis and impacting regulation related to unfair incarceration surrounding the plant.

PEDRO RODRIGUEZ

Board Member

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 Waltz and has two children, Anadelia, a graduate of Philadelphia University now a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, and Daniel,

JANIS CHAKARS

Board Member

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.

CAROL CASWELL

Board Member

Carol Caswell is a recently retired senior IT business leader with global experience in Fortune 100 firms with expertise in application development, change management, communications, and customer service strategies. Her current passion is helping to enhance the literacy skills of K-3 students in Philadelphia public schools. For the past 8 years, she has served as the volunteer team leader at Morton McMichael Elementary School in support of West Philadelphia Alliance for Children’s mission to reopen and staff school libraries.

Carol has served on numerous Boards including most recently as the Executive Vice-President of West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN). As a 40-year resident of West Mt. Airy, Carol values the incredible richness and diversity of talent that our NW community offers.

DAVID BROWN

Board Member

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

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 serves on the  Community Advisory Group for The Germantown Info Hub and on the Board for the non-profit, See Beyond My Skin. 

JOANNA WIKANDER

Program Director

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