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Community Advisory Council

The KNKX Community Advisory Council represents the various constituencies among the 15+ counties that KNKX serves; providing feedback about program content, serving as a sounding board for ideas presented by KNKX staff, and bringing issues of community concern to the attention of station management.

KNKX Community Advisory Council Meetings Are Held On A Quarterly Basis.

2024 CAC Meeting Schedule
Meetings take place quarterly on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6pm-8pm, alternating between the two KNKX station locations.

  • March 11, 2024 – KNKX Studios, Tacoma
  • June 10, 2024 – KNKX Studios, Seattle
  • September 9, 2024 – KNKX Studios, Tacoma
  • December 9, 2024 – KNKX Studios, Seattle

If members of the community would like to attend and make public comments during KNKX CAC 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 join the meeting, please email us here:

The KNKX CAC represents the various constituencies among the 15+ counties that KNKX serves; providing feedback about program content, serving as a sounding board for ideas presented by KNKX staff, and bringing issues of community concern to the attention of station management.

CAC members play a solely advisory role, but their valuable recommendations strengthen KNKX’s service to the community. CAC appointments are for two year terms. CAC members must be listeners to KNKX, contribute to the station in any capacity, and attend one meeting a quarter.  

How does one become a candidate for the Community Advisory Council?
If you’re a KNKX listener, we invite you to consider joining the KNKX Community Advisory Council (CAC). CAC members provide feedback on KNKX programs and help KNKX better understand the needs and interests of its audience.

Applications are currently being accepted for the KNKX Community Advisory Council. All applicants will be screened and some candidates will be interviewed by KNKX staff and current CAC members. To be considered in this round of applicants, your application must be submitted no later than May 5, 2023. Applications received after that date may be considered in future years.

The application can be found here.

Interviews will be conducted in May and June, and the KNKX Board or Directors will vote on the slate of candidates at their July meeting. New CAC members will officially join the Council in September.

Email us at to learn more.

Click here to view the full Community Advisory Council Role Description 

KNKX Community Advisory Council 2022-2023


Irina Bolotin — Chair

Kirkland, WA

Irina Bolotin has been a daily listener of KNKX since she moved to Kirkland in 1996 (KPLU at the time). She admires the station for the quality and selection of the programs and knowledge and professionalism of its hosts. There is always something interesting and entertaining to listen to on KNKX. She considers KNKX a community educator, as it introduced her to amazing music, talented musicians, books and writers. In appreciation for that, Irina has been supporting and volunteering for the station for years. She is happy to share her dedication to KNKX with her employer, WSECU, who also is a fan and supporter of the station.


Brian Kai Chin

Seattle, WA

Musician, educator, and cultural entrepreneur, Brian Kai Chin is trained in western classical, jazz, and world traditions. He has been listening to KNKX (KPLU) since he moved here from NYC in 2001 and is proud to have recorded for KNKX with his collaborative ensemble, TORCH in 2019. Focused on using music as a universal language to bring people together and celebrate our shared humanity, Brian’s vision is imbedded in his work as creator and Executive Director of Common Tone Arts, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to inspiring positive change for our diverse world through arts education and music. As the Chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Chin has led an innovative 21st- Century curriculum redesign that encourages students to become cultural leaders by nurturing complete musicianship and creating socially conscious art.


Paulette de Coriolis

Redmond, WA

Paulette de Coriolis has been interested in radio since she received her first multiband shortwave receiver as a kid. Initially thinking she wanted to be “ham” (amateur radio operator), she became the chief engineer of her high school ham club. In college, she took a deep dive into broadcast radio at WMBR at MIT, as an announcer, producer, and assistant station manager. Needless to say, this negatively impacted her school work. At the U. Wisconsin, she took a measured approach at WUWM. Moving to the area in 1991, she found KPLU as the first strong signal on a cheap clock radio and has been hooked ever since. She visited the studios starting in 2006 to answer phones during pledge drives. After learning of the CAC’s role in saving KPLU, she started to attend the quarterly meetings as a member of the public, eventually becoming a member of the CAC.


Kimi Ginn

Seattle, WA

Kimi is a long-time resident of the Puget Sound; she grew up in Tacoma and now resides in Seattle. Her passion for promoting the value of diversity was launched at age 7 when she first experienced racial discrimination. She chose the field of education to help empower people to understand the value of diversity. IMIK Enterprises, her small business consulting company, offers high quality engaging and empowering DEI Services (workshops, affinity group facilitations, keynote speeches), African American Storytelling Programs and Martin Luther Commemorative Assemblies. Kimi is the granddaughter of Joe Jordan, Ragtime/Jazz Champion in creating and preserving the Jazz Genre. Her grandfather's appraised, museum-worthy 600+ item collection is housed at Hampton University. Under her guidance, plans are underway to incorporate the collection into the university's music department's curriculum for the teaching the History of Jazz. Kimi looks forward to bringing a creative, equity lens to KNKX for on-going program development and diversity-focused community outreach.


Questen Inghram

Bellingham/Anacortes, WA

Questen Inghram grew up listening to NPR in a one-stop-light Montana town and now stays informed and keeps a cool head tuned-in daily to KNKX while on his commute on I-5 from Bellingham. He graduated in 2019 with a degree in journalism at Western Washington University where he was a DJ for KUGS and editor for student publications. Before becoming a local news reporter, he worked as a wildland firefighter and bookseller. He is a passionate record collector, especially of jazz and world music.


Kareem Kandi

Tacoma, WA

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. A versatile musician and composer, he has strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk, and has been performing throughout the U.S. and abroad for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike. As an educator, Kareem maintains a busy schedule teaching at The Tacoma School of the Arts as an artist in residence. He also maintains a full studio of private students, conducts weekly jazz classes at Ted Brown Music, coaches ensembles for Seattle JazzED, and regularly conducts masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Pacific Northwest. Along with his teaching duties he is also the director of The Kareem Kandi World Orchestra, is a performing artist for both Selmer Saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds, and has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission. Kareem has been a longtime listener and supporter of KNKX, and has been involved with both performing in and producing many of KNKX’s events over the years.


Erin Kealy

Tacoma/Vashon Island, WA

“Music is a means of rapid transportation” (John Cage). New KNKX advisory council member Erin Kealy plans to bring as many people on that voyage as possible. As an elementary music educator, Kealy puts in transit the musical being that lives in each student with fun and creativity. Herself a musician, composer, and dancer, Erin expresses her unique voice in the world of music; with the support of KNKX, she is eager to listen to the wider community and express the nuanced interests of all listeners. Regarding musical transport, Erin says, “I intend to Take the A Train.”


Juanita Tamayo Lott

Seattle, WA

Juanita Tamayo Lott moved to Seattle right before Covid to be closer to family and partake in this community of advocates and artists. KNKX made her feel at home with NPR, which she has listened to since the 1970s in Washington DC, and with jazz/blues as a long-time member of SFJAZZ Leadership Circle. She supports independent public, community-based media to ensure the U.S. democracy. A retired federal demographer/statistician Juanita maintains diverse organizing networks from grassroots communities (starting in 1968 as a student at San Francisco State) to the national level (serving as special assistant to the Census Bureau director in planning the 2000 Census). Her most recent book is Golden Children: Legacy of Ethnic Studies, SF State. She loves Tai Chi and being Jojo and Lulu's grandma.


Anna Manildi

Port Angeles, WA

From programming educational seminars in Olympic National Park and arts and natural history excursions aboard a 65’ schooner in Alaska, to producing the annual Juan de Fuca Festival of performing arts as its Executive Director, Anna’s passion is creating opportunities where creativity, music and the natural world come together to inspire joy, wonder, and imagination. Anna holds degrees in English Literature and Music, and while neither a musician nor a literary scholar, she appreciates thoughtful, intelligent dialogue and musical excellence. That is why she has been a fan of public radio stations wherever she has lived, and KNKX (formerly KPLU) specifically for the past 30 years. She is honored to be the Community Advisory Council representative from Washington’s upper left corner and looks forward to offering her experience and her voice in a positive and meaningful way.


Eve Tai

Seattle, WA

Eve is a Midwestern native who has called Seattle home for over 20 years. KNKX has been her "roommate" nearly the entire time, always offering friendly, informed conversation and a great jazz playlist. A professional fundraiser for the Humane Society of the United States, Eve can't imagine a life without animals. Eve graduated from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and enjoys yoga, red wine and riding dressage.

Gilbert Wong

Mercer Island, WA

Prior to retirement, Gilbert was working as scene designer for theaters and special events in Seattle and later as Art Director for the movie industry. He also went back to school at the UW for another Master Degree in Landscape Architecture. Gilbert has been a loyal listener and supporter of KPLU and now KNKX. He proudly hosted a fundraiser at his house to raise funds to keep his beloved station under the control of the community during the transitional time. He is honored to be accepted by the CAC and looking forward to contributing to the station and to learning from all the members and staff of the station.


Ken Bryan

Seattle, WA

A retired engineer and an active community volunteer, Ken's love for jazz and blues began in his high school band in New Jersey in the early 1980's. Ken is a lifelong NPR listener and started hearing KNKX (KPLU back then) in the 1990's when visiting his parents, who had moved to Seattle from the East Coast. Upon moving to Seattle himself in 2016, he became a dedicated fan of KNKX's thoughtful blend of NPR programming, jazz, and blues. He has discovered many great jazz and blues artists through KNKX! Although no longer a practicing instrumentalist, Ken has performed as an actor and singer in musical improv groups. Ken appreciates KNKX's service to Pacific Northwest communities and is honored to join the CAC to contribute more to a station that brings him joy.


Sarah Ciambrone

Tacoma, WA

Sarah grew up listening to NPR, and found KNKX (then KPLU) when she moved to Tacoma in 2013 to go to the University of Puget Sound. KNKX provided an engaging way to learn about and access the Puget Sound community and local news, and allowed her to connect more deeply with the local community. During her time working at the Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County, Sarah found listening to the jazz programming as an important outlet for self care. Continually impressed by the quality and care of coverage of local issues and people, Sarah is excited to contribute to KNKX's growth and person-centered approach as a member of the CAC.

Photo: Jennie Griek


Christian Isaac

University Place, WA

Christian was born and raised in Tacoma and has spent the majority of his life living in the PNW. He is passionate about youth development and education and has spent much of his career working in these fields. Currently, he works in human resources for one of the nation's largest airlines but still serves in a volunteer/advisory board capacity at different youth-focused non-profits in the area. In his off time, he enjoys playing pickleball, riding his Peloton, and playing with his corgi pup, Bo.

For nearly a decade, Christian has been listening to KNKX and has found it to be a place of rest and refuge in times of distress and division. As a Tacoman, he loves listening to the stories that highlight the happenings around the city. And as someone who grew a love for jazz and blues early on in his life, he loves being able to turn on mid-day jazz during the week or Grooveyard on a Saturday. He is excited to begin serving with KNXK and hopes to help in the work of diversifying its audience!

Photo: Ashley Villanueva


Eugenie Jones

Port Orchard, WA

Eugenie Jones is an Earshot Jazz Recording of the Year & Vocalist of the Year award winner. Her singer/songwriter jazz recordings have ranked internationally at #7 on Jazz Week Charts. Jones holds an MBA in marketing, operates Bright Ideas, a marketing communication consulting firm and is currently a FUSE Corps. Executive Fellow assigned to lead an affordable housing data research and analysis project for the King County Department of Assessment. Under her non-profit Music for A Cause, she has served as Executive Producer of the Jackson Street Jazz Walk for five years, presenting events that keep Seattle’s African American music history alive while raising funds for community service organizations. She also hosts a monthly jazz music/talk radio show – Your Personal Best – on WWFM Radio/Trenton, NJ., and has been a faithful listener and monthly donor of KNKX since its establishment under Pacific Public Media.

Photo: Steve Korn


Ron Schwab

Bremerton, WA

Ron has been listening to NPR for 13 years, and KNKX for about 10 years. He still remembers when he heard Kirsten Kendrick first announce the new call letters. He could feel goosebumps, it was so exciting!

Ron was born in Seattle, but grew up in Vancouver, WA. He has lived in various parts of Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, and New Hampshire. He enjoys fitness, nutrition, reading, sign language, hiking, church activities, and helping men/couples who find themselves dealing with issues. Music has always been a big part of his life, ever since he was a child.

Ron has been volunteering with KNKX for the last three years. He loves with others who have a passion for the station and its listeners, and to get to hear listeners' excitement about KNKX when they stop by our booth. Listening to their stories is gratifying and inspiring.


Stacey Smith

Seattle, WA

Stacey has been a listener of KNKX since moving to Maple Valley from Southern California in 2007. As a long time NPR listener, she knew she could get a greater knowledge of the communities in the area through the local news stories. An added bonus was the music programming, especially listening to jazz with Abe Beeson as host. Stacey brings special insight to the CAC, as a past staff member on the KNKX Business Support team. She is looking forward to seeing the growth of KNKX in building a larger audience and connecting to communities through special programming all across Western Washington.

Mary Alice Theiler

Seattle, WA

Mary Alice has been a public radio supporter since her days as a newscaster at the student radio station at the University of Michigan. After law school, Mary Alice moved to Seattle and practiced law for 28 years before being appointed to the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Washington. Her work outside the courtroom emphasizes support for civics education and the expansion of civic literacy. Mary Alice enjoys travel and rowing on Lake Washington.


Vince Wallace

Newcastle, WA

Vince has been an avid listener of NPR (KPLU and KNKX) music and commentary for over 20 years. Vince traveled with the radio station contingent to Chile and Argentina for the 2013 Buenos Aires International Jazz festival. This experience reinforced his commitment to the station and its goals. Vince actively participated and supported the 2016 move to the community owned radio station KNKX and looks forward to what the future holds for the community focused KNKX radio station. Vince is a KNKX sustaining member. Now retired from a career in IT he is an avid bowler and golfer and takes the opportunity to volunteer and support initiatives that are important to him.