Community Advisory Council
The Community Advisory Council (or CAC) is a group of WMRA members that helps further WMRA’s mission and goals. The CAC represents WMRA in the community and offers guidance to WMRA’s Management Team, but is not involved in day-to-day operation of the station. CAC Members are chosen on their willingness to contribute time, talent and support to the station.
Members of the CAC Include:
Nicole Martorana is an artist, foodie, and traveler. She has spent much of her life traveling in the US and abroad and is drawn to people and places with intriguing stories to tell. Nicole has consulted and worked for organizations in the arts, education, government, non-profit, technology, and tourism sectors, and enjoys working with people invested in their communities. She will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Food Culture & Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy in March. She’s looking forward to uniting two of her goals: going back to school and going back to Italy.
Dale Strickler is an entrepreneur currently launching his second start-up business. His background has focused largely on software and automated system development. In addition to small start-ups, he has worked for a couple of Fortune 100 companies. He has served on the board of the Waldorf School, as Director of Software for Rosetta Stone, and trained county crisis intervention lay counselors for D&A Specialty Crisis Intervention Center in Pennsylvania. Dale earned an MBA from Darden’s Global Executive MBA program, a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Math and Art from Grinnell College, and was the recipient of a Mellon grant for electronically generated music.
Janet Trettner is retired from an assortment of careers that include marine science, commercial fishing, and public policy. She has climbed 12 state high points and Mt. Kilimanjaro; founded the Puffin Public Broadcasting radio translator station in Seward, Alaska; and is active in the Shenandoah Valley Bach Guild and the local improv troupe “No Strings Attached.”
Andrea Wenger is Director of Marketing and Communications at Eastern Mennonite University. She likes being a part of “a small university with a huge impact worldwide.” She promotes education based around cross-cultural learning, environmental sustainability and peacebuilding strategies. She enjoys WMRA on her morning commute to work with Morning Edition and WMRA’s “reliable, balanced programming.” She hopes to strengthen the relationship between WMRA and WEMC. Andrea relishes daily walks with Bentley, her cocker-beagle mix from the SPCA, along with tending her flower and vegetable garden.
Dr. Bob Kolvoord currently serves as the Interim Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering at James Madison University, where he is also a Professor of Integrated Science and Technology. He has lived in Harrisonburg with his wife, Holly Haney, since 1995. Bob is a regular on the phone during WMRA pledge drives.
Kai Degner has been a long-time supporter of WMRA. Born in Wuerzburg, Germany and raised in Baltimore, MD, Kai earned a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Science and Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from James Madison University. After many civic involvement campaigns, including The OrangeBand Initiative, Kai was elected to City Council in 2009. He was elected shortly thereafter as Mayor of Harrisonburg from 2009-2010. He currently enjoys selling real estate through Kline May Realty, and continues to be a well-informed and engaged member of the community.
Eugene Stoltzfus started Eugene Stoltzfus Architects in 2006 after leaving his position as President of Rosetta Stone, which he co-founded. His professional focus is now architecture, urban design and furniture design. Years ago, as a DJ at KTAO, he specialized in international music.
Chris Jackson grew up just outside of Harrisonburg, VA and has been a listener of WMRA for the better part of his life. After high school Chris moved to Nashville, TN where he worked in many capacities in the music recording industry. Jackson returned to Harrisonburg in 2007 and has remained active in music production, working with artists of all genres. Chris is one of the co-owners of Blue Sprocket Sound, a top-notch recording studio, which provides audio production and recording services to clients from the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.