KLCC Foundation

The KLCC Public Radio Foundation exists to build support for KLCC and maintain KLCC as a strong and valuable resource for our community.  Board members support the Mission of KLCC:  To engage the mind, enrich the spirit, and deepen understanding of our community and our world.

Contact the KLCC Public Radio Foundation at info@klccfoundation.org or call Ronnel Curry at 541-463-6005.


What is the purpose of the KLCC Public Radio Foundation?
The KLCC Public Radio Foundation was formed in June 2016 as a direct result of the 2015-18 KLCC Strategic Plan goals to expand community engagement, assure financial sustainability and enhance organizational effectiveness.  The primary functions of the KLCC Public Radio Foundation are to fundraise, advocate, and provide community outreach in support of the station.

Who is on the KLCC Public Radio Foundation board of directors?
 Meet the Board
What role does the KLCC Public Radio Foundation have in sustaining KLCC’s future?
The Foundation will play a key role in the future of KLCC by soliciting private donations, grants, major gifts and event revenue. As the Foundation matures, the Foundation board anticipates the possibility of being the principal recipient of all private dollars that support the station. This will expand the station’s capabilities. Right now we are in a transition period. The Foundation is currently accepting major gifts, donations from donor advised funds that require a 501(c)3 organization, grants and stocks.

If I give a donation to the KLCC Public Radio Foundation how is it different from my membership donation to KLCC?
Donations to the Foundation directly support KLCC. The difference is that your funds will be accepted, receipted and managed by this new nonprofit.  Foundation funds will be leveraged to grow additional funds through grants, investments and other sources not available to KLCC without a 501(c)3. Your gift to the KLCC Public Radio Foundation will be counted as a membership donation.  Funds will be transferred from the KLCC Public Radio Foundation to KLCC for operational support.

What is the connection between the KLCC Public Radio Foundation and KLCC?
The Foundation is a self-governing, independent organization not governed by the LaneCC Board of Education or KLCC. The KLCC General Manager serves on the Foundation board and the Director of Philanthropy serves as liaison to the Foundation.  Both staff members fundraise on behalf of the Foundation and the station.

How do I become involved with the KLCC Public Radio Foundation?
Talk to any board member or email us at foundation@klcc.org
Contact Ronnel Curry, Director of Philanthropy at KLCC CurryR@lanecc.edu or 541-463-6005.

Does the KLCC Public Radio Foundation duplicate the efforts of KLCC?
The Foundation provides additional means to build financial capabilities through fundraising, advocacy, outreach, volunteer involvement and other support.

What role does the KLCC Public Radio Foundation play in station operations?
The role of the Foundation is to work alongside the station to advocate, engage community and fundraise for station goals and projects. The foundation is not an advisory committee.  

What is the relationship between KLCC and Lane Community College (LaneCC)?
LaneCC holds the Federal Communications Commission license for KLCC. LaneCC supports KLCC through a variety of in-kind, indirect services and direct support

Does LaneCC financially support KLCC?
LaneCC did not make a general fund transfer to KLCC in FY18 budget. LaneCC continues to support the station with utilities fees, facility maintenance, custodial, payroll services, legal assistance, human resources and other services.

What is the current financial outlook for KLCC?
KLCC’s annual operational budget is about $2.2 million. KLCC has aggressive goals this year for membership, underwriting, major giving, grants and the KLCC Public Radio Foundation. In addition, cost cutting measures have been implemented to decrease expenses including program acquisition costs.

What is the relationship between Lane Community College (LaneCC) and the KLCC Public Radio Foundation?
The LaneCC Board of Education, LaneCC leadership and the LaneCC Foundation are very supportive of the KLCC Public Radio Foundation. They have been involved in the planning for the creation of the foundation and work closely with KLCC staff in a variety of ways to ensure the foundation’s success. Matt Keating, member of the Lane Community College Board of Education and Brian Kelly, LaneCC’s Vice President for College Services both serve as ex-officio board members of the foundation.

Do other public radio stations have nonprofit organizations supporting them?
It is a successful practice for public radio stations whose FCC licenses are held by universities and colleges to create a public radio foundation.  


Jen Bell

Jen Bell is a partner in bell+funk, a Eugene-based marketing firm where she leads strategy, account service, and media for clients including EWEB, Lane Transit District, KLCC and Lane Arts Council.

Jen is a graduate of the UO School of Journalism and Communication and spent a decade in the San Francisco advertising industry. After returning to Eugene, she worked for the Journalism School and the Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium.

She is a KLCC listener and a heavy listener of public radio podcasts, logging 2,882 podcasts on Stitcher.

Sandy Cutler

Sandy Cutler

Michael Dunne, Board Secretary

Michael Dunne, Board Secretary, is the public information officer for Pacific Continental Bank. In this role, he is responsible for public and media relations nationally and in the local markets of Seattle, Portland and Eugene. Prior to joining Pacific Continental Bank, Dunne was public relations director and spokesperson for national telecommunications companies’ CenturyLink and Cox Communications.

Dunne also served as media relations manager for The MWW Group, a full-service public relations agency in Seattle. Dunne is on the board of directors for the Eugene Education Foundation, the board of directors for the Greater Oregon Public Relations Society of America, and the public affairs committee for the Oregon Bankers Association.

Tim Gleason

Tim Gleason is a Professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), where he joined the faculty in 1987, and was dean from 1997 to 2013. He is also the UO Faculty Athletic Representative designee. From October 2014 until June 2014 he was a Special Assistant to the Provost.

Gleason was the recipient of the 2012 AEJMC/Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Administrator of the Year Award. He was the first recipient of the SOJC Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching. He published two books and numerous journal articles and op-ed columns.

Gleason holds the Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington. In an earlier career, he was a photojournalist and reporter in New York State.

Matt Keating, Ex Officio

Matt Keating, Ex Officio, is a political consultant.  He also serves on the Board of Lane Community College. 


Brian Kelly, Ex Officio

Brian Kelly, Ex Officio, is the Vice President of College Services at Lane Community College. Brian leads a range of diverse departments that make up College Services, including the Budget Office and College Finance, Facilities Management & Planning, Public Safety, the Titan Store, KLCC, the Health Clinic, Specialized Support Services, Custodial Services, and Printing & Graphics.

Brian is the lead administrator for the Strategic Direction of Sustainability and manages the day-to-day operations of the newly formed Institute of Sustainable Practices that includes the Campus Learning Garden, Sustainability Team, and the Sustainability Coordinator, Energy Management and Water Conservation instructional programs. Brian was part of a team that authored Lane Community College’s Climate Action Plan.

He has served as part of the technical advisory committee for the City of Eugene’s Sustainable Business Initiative and was active in Lane County Food Distribution plan as part of the Oregon Solutions initiative. He is currently serving on Governor Kate Brown’s Campus Safety Work Group.

Brian was selected into the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous, ten-month executive leadership program for aspiring community college presidents led by the Aspen Institute and Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.

Michael Lainoff

Michael Lainoff began public service in 1972 as a wildland firefighter on the Umatilla National Forest.  His career over the next forty-three years included service as the Oregon Coast Community College’s Small Business Development Center Director, Coconino Community College’s Dean of Workforce Development & Extended Learning, Northern Arizona University’s Founding Director of the Arizona Rural Policy Institute and Lane Community College’s State Director of the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network. 

Michael holds a BA in English from the University of Missouri, and an MS in Instructional Technology from the University of Oregon. In retirement he serves on two nonprofit boards, occasionally apprehends miscreant salmonids and helps his wife Marna maintain their productive garden.  He is an avid backcountry hiker, and spends a week each year on the more obscure trails in the Grand Canyon.

Morgan Munro, Board President

Morgan Munro, Board President, grew up listening to KLCC and has been an NPR member with KLCC, KOPB, WCPN and WBEZ. Listening to KLCC inspired Morgan to join her college radio station as both a DJ and a Newscaster. She and her family are proud to be sustaining members of KLCC.

Morgan is a business consultant and corporate trainer. She works for LCC in their Customized Training Dept. and also the Lane Small Business Development Center. Morgan earned her BA at Wellesley College and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

John Stark, Ex Officio

John Stark, Ex Officio, has been KLCC General Manager since 2013. He previously managed KNAU in Flagstaff for 19 years, which he built into the 13 transmitter Arizona Public Radio network.  John previously worked as program director at KNPR Las Vegas, associate producer of NPR's Morning Edition in Washington, and news director of Radio Bilingue in Fresno and KCFR Denver.

John was elected to and served two terms on the NPR board of directors. In 2000, he was named Public Radio General Manager of the Year.  He chaired the board of the Grand Canyon Association, the non-profit partner of Grand Canyon National Park.  He has a B.A. in History from University of Colorado-Boulder.  


Kathie Tippens Wiper, Board Vice-President

Kathie Tippens Wiper, Board Vice-President, is a retired teacher from Sheldon High School where she taught Public Speaking and Radio and Television Production.   She was one of the  teachers who established Sheldon KRVM.  This was a program that provided high school students an opportunity to be on the air in regular day time programming, interning, and in sports play by play. 

Kathie, along with her late husband, Tom Wiper, was on the capital campaign committee that raised funds to build the current KLCC studios.  She is active in the community where she participates in several non profit organizations.