KAFM names executive director

Kathleen Tedi Gillespie

Kathleen Tedi Gillespie has been hired as executive director of the KAFM community radio station in Grand Junction.

“Tedi has been running the station as interim executive director for the past four months, and we couldn’t be happier with her leadership of the organization and with what she has accomplished during that time,” said Barry Barak, president of the board that oversees KAFM.

Michael Piontkowski, a member of the board who led the committee that searched for a new executive director, said Gillespie demonstrated her abilities while working as interim director. “Her proven leadership and management abilities during her tenure as interim executive director were major factors in our decision. We are delighted that she has accepted the position of executive director.”

Gillespie joined KAFM in 2009 and previously served as program and community affairs director. Prior to joining KAFM, she worked in nonprofit development as well as community relations, event management, grant writing, marketing and volunteer coordination with nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

During her time as interim director, she led a membership drive that raised more than $44,000 and added more than 100 members in just one week. She also directed an “art and other treasurers” fund-raiser and oversaw the final implementation of an increase in the strength of the station’s signal.

“I am honored and excited to become the executive director of KAFM,” Gillespie said. “The station is an incredible resource for the Grand Valley, and I welcome the opportunity to lead an organization that plays such a vital role in the life of this community and look forward to many exciting new ways to serve our community. I also am fortunate to work with such a dedicated and talented staff and group of volunteers who inspire me every day.”

Located at 88.1 on the FM dial, KAFM is one of only 200 locally owned, nonprofit community radio stations operating in the United States. For additional information, call 241-8801 or visit www.kafmradio.org.