Board of Directors
KNKX is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization governed by an independent Board of Directors. Friends of 88.5 FM is responsible for all governance including fiscal oversight, FCC compliance and policy decisions of KNKX. The board has no authority over music programming, news coverage, or day-to-day operational decisions.
Board meetings are open to the public. All meetings will be held (unless otherwise noted) at KNKX’s Seattle offices at 2601 4th Avenue, Suite 150, Seattle WA 98121, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
If members of the community would like to attend and make public comment during KNKX board meetings, you will need to register at least 2-weeks in advance of the meeting date, to allow us to make the technical arrangements and plan the agenda. To do so click here.
President & General Manager
Joey Cohn has been a public radio fan for many years, dating back to when he was an on-air host at KUAT while attending the University of Arizona in Tucson. Later in his broadcast career, Joey worked in commercial radio and television in Phoenix.
In 1987, Joey joined KPLU and has held various positions, including Director of Content and General Manager. Under Joey’s leadership, KPLU won numerous national accolades including the Edward R. Murrow for news and the Marconi, for Jazz Station of the Year. Joey led the campaign to Save 88.5, raising over $8,000,000 in less than 6-months and transitioned the station to KNKX - an independent, community station.
Claire is a former corporate secretary, assistant general counsel and vice-president for the Weyerhaeuser Company. She retired from Weyerhaeuser in 2013. She was also vice president and associate counsel at Washington Mutual Bank. Claire serves on the board of the State of Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
Director and Secretary
Stephen is a partner at Cascadia Law Group, a regional environmental law firm, where his practice focuses on environmental litigation. He chaired KPLU’s Community Advisory Council from 2013 to 2016. Stephen also serves on the boards of the National Audubon Society, Braided River Publishing, and PCC Community Markets.
David is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is a founding partner of Rainier Investment Management, from which he retired in 2003. He is a founder and current director of The Kossoye Development Project, which works to improve community health in northwestern Ethiopia through gardening education. David also serves on the board of directors of the Harrison Medical Center Foundation. He previously served for twelve years on the board of directors of the Harrison Medical Center Board and 25 years as a probation officer for the Kitsap Court Juvenile Diversion Program. David earned a B.A in Finance and Accounting from the University of Washington.
Keith is a communications specialist for Public Health — Seattle & King County. Previously, during a 20-year journalism career, he became a familiar voice to KNKX listeners as a reporter on the KNKX news team, covering the environment and science & health beats. He also served as KNKX’s Assistant News Director. In 2007, he was awarded a prestigious one-year Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT.
Gayle is Vice President for Communications and Chief of Staff for the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she has worked since 2003. Previous professional engagements include director of communications for public television member station KCTS 9 in Seattle; managing editor and manager of foundation relations for public television member station KETC-TV in St. Louis; and creative services manager for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Scott is an IT consultant for True Blue, Inc. in Tacoma. His 45-year career encompasses systems integration, information analytics, CRM, and software development management. Additionally, as an entrepreneur, he founded and sold start-ups that drove innovation in their respective business sectors. He authored “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Vacation” and hosted a travel segment on Voice of America radio promoting tourism to the U.S. He currently serves on board of directors for a not-for-profit organization that certifies travel professionals, as well as a travel industry start-up that hold patents to improve geo-tagging accuracy for the hospitality and events industry.
John is a Seattle-based developer and real estate investor with over thirty years in the Pacific Northwest. Through his firm, Teutsch Partners, John has been the managing general partner in the acquisition, development, leasing, and management of a wide variety of award-winning mixed-use and single-purpose projects, including office, biotech, medical office, industrial/warehouse distribution, apartments, retirement communities, and marinas. John’s professional and community affiliations include President, NAIOP Washington State Chapter 2016-2017; LAW Fund, Board of Directors; Pacific Real Estate Institute, Past President & Board Member; Member Washington State and Texas State Bar Associations. John earned degrees in accounting and law from the University of Texas and a Masters in Environmental Science from Rice University.
David Deacon-Joyner is a professional musician and jazz educator in the Puget Sound region. As a pianist, he has played with vocalists Greta Matassa, Gail Pettis, and LaVon Hardison, and with bands such as the Keith Henson Octet and a new band led by tenor saxophone great Pete Christlieb. As a composer and arranger, David has had his music performed by jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras across the country. David has two degrees in composition and a doctorate in ethnomusicology. He recently retired at the rank of full professor from more than thirty-five years of higher education teaching and research, including fourteen years as a professor in the prestigious jazz program at the University of North Texas. For seventeen years, he produced and performed for the (then) KPLU Christmas Jam. His scholarly work includes the textbook American Popular Music, published by McGraw-Hill, and a chapter in The Cambridge History of American Music. David continues to adjudicate at junior high, high school, and collegiate jazz festivals and to present workshops and lectures on jazz pedagogy and history throughout the region and at universities across the country, including the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Yale University.
My Le Goel
Mỹ Lệ (mee-lay) Goel is the founder and CEO of Flight Live, Inc, a company that provides the easiest and most convenient way to do live, interactive personal fitness training through your mobile device. Previously, she was a Senior Program Officer and Program Advocacy and Communications in Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supporting their global health research & development portfolio. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the VP of Marketing and Communications at Global Partnerships, a nonprofit impact investment firm based in Seattle. Before that, she was a vice president on the Social Impact team at Weber Shandwick, a global PR consulting firm, where she launched an award-winning national awareness campaign for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In an earlier life, she was a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution doing geochemical analysis and research on ancient climate change. Mỹ Lệ received her undergraduate degree in geosciences from Smith College and graduate degree in technology, innovation and, education from Harvard University.
Claire Spain-Remy, MD
Dr. Claire Spain-Remy graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1985. She subsequently completed her OB-GYN residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma WA. After a tour of duty in Seoul, Korea, she served on the faculty of Madigan’s OB-Gyn Residency program. After leaving the military she served as a member of the OB-GYN faculty of Tacoma Family Medicine’s residency program and OB Access Fellowship for Family Practice physicians. She subsequently spent 12 years in private practice in Tacoma, WA, followed by the role of Specialty Medical Director for MultiCare Health system, then a 5 hospital healthcare system in the South Puget Sound of Washington. She ended her administrative career after serving as the Chief Physician Officer for MultiCare Health System where she had clinical and operational responsibility for almost 800 employed physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants, more than 100 ambulatory and hospital-based physician practices, and the MultiCare Research Institute. During her tenure as Chief Physician Officer she was responsible for the development and implementation of MultiCare Connected Care, Accountable Care Organization and Clinically Integrated Network, comprising over 1700 physicians and advanced practitioners as well as numerous care sites and ancillary services.
or the past 3 years Claire has served as a healthcare consultant with ValueIQ. Here her focus has been on helping Integrated Healthcare Systems develop and implement care management infrastructure and processes, physician leadership programs and governance that will support successful performance in accountable payer contracts.
Dr. Spain-Remy is married with 3 adult children and lives in the South Puget Sound region of Washington. She serves on the boards of PacificSource Health Plans, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, the Tacoma/Pierce County chapter of Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Duke Medical Alumni Council.