Board of Trustees | Children's Radio Foundation
Beth SachsFounder and Chair Emerita

A trained psychologist, Ms. Sachs has designed programs and conducted therapy and research to improve the lives of children and their families in the US and abroad.  In 1989, she founded the Greening of Detroit prior to moving to New York where in 2006 she created CRF. 

Linda BarnettExecutive Chair

Board member since 2012

UK Board member since 2015

Linda is the Executive Chair of theh International Board Chair.  She works on a consulting basis with Global Goods Partners (GGP), a New York based non-profit organization selling handmade, fair trade products to improve the economic status of women in the developing world.  Prior to joining GGP, Linda worked at American Express and Technimetrics, Inc.   She is a Board Member of the Beaverkill Mountain Club and on the Parent’s Executive Committees at Tufts University and Choate Rosemary Hall.  She lives in New York City with her husband, four children, and two dogs.  In her spare time, she enjoys skiing and road and mountain biking.  She holds a BS in Economics from St. Lawrence University. 

 

Adé Adigun

Board member since 2013

Adé holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Political Sciences  from the University of Hull.  He is currently working in Arts Education for BBC North as a presenter and for BBC Learning and the Tate Britain designing and facilitating workshops to engage young, often hard to reach people in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and literacy. Adé is a Visiting Teacher in boarding schools such as Marlborough College and Winchester College delivering specialized talks in History, Government and Politics, Current Affairs, Ethics and Black History.

Ade is a Governor at St Marylebone C.of E. School, and St Marylebone C. of E. Bridge School.

The Reverend Charlotte Bannister-Parker

Board member since 2008

Reverend Charlotte Bannister-Parker is the Chair of CRF’s Executive Committee.  She was an Associate Producer at North-South Productions and has worked with TVE and Central TV. She co-founded Learning for Life, which supports education projects in Asia. Charlotte has a BA in Politics & Anthropology/ Contextual Theology & an MA in Geography. She is an Associate Priest at The University Church, Oxford.

Edmund J. Burns, ESQ

Board member since 2008

Ed has been a practicing attorney in New York City since 1967. His firm specializes in matters regarding Corporation, Commercial, Probate, Real Estate and Trials and Appeals Law. Mr. Burns has also been a participant of The American Bar Association and the Council for Public Interest Law. He holds an AB from the University of California at Los Angeles and an LLB from Fordham University (1967).

Nina CallaghanAssociate Director

Board member since 2017

Nina runs all South Africa-based operations from Cape Town, and serves as a youth media lead trainer. Nina also produces CRF’s weekly radio show, the Radio Workshop. Before CRF, Nina spent eight years as a television journalist and sub-editor at ETV. She completed a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science and worked as a children’s librarian.

Dana DiPrima

Board member since 2017

Dana has over 25 years’ experience in strategic planning for companies and non-profits including, in particular, marketing, communications and fundraising.  She developed and led a global cause-related marketing practice for one of the world’s leading media agencies. She transformed a NYC-based community organization with new programming and increased volunteer participation. She is passionate about building youth engagement and in conservation issues. She keeps a weekly blog on farm life featuring her donkeys, goats, chickens and bees and lives with her husband, two kids and a dog on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is a graduate of UNC.

Gina Christensen Florescu

Board member since 2014

Gina is the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s NY Metro and Western New York office.  She has over 20 years experience in communications, government and media relations, partnership building and M and E in the sectors of privatization, human rights, displaced persons and the environment. Gina is a graduate of the American University of Paris.

Eileen Kamerick

Ms. Kamerick serves as an adjunct professor at University of Chicago Law School, Washington University in St Louis College of Law, and University of Iowa College of Law.  She consults and lectures on corporate governance matters and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She had previously served as CFO of such leading companies as BP Amoco America, Leo Burnett, Heidrick & Struggles, and Houlihan Lokey.  She began her career as a lawyer at the law firm of Skadden Arps and she holds a JD and an MBA, with honors, in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago.  She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is a member of the Board of Directors  for Associated Banc-Corp, AIG Funds, Hochschild Mining, plc, and  27 closed end Legg Mason mutual funds. She served on the Board of Directors for ServiceMaster and IRI before both companies were purchased by private equity firms. She qualifies as an SEC financial expert.  In addition to her corporate board roles, she serves on the boards of the Eckerd Connects, a national child welfare charity, and Christ the King Jesuit High School, a Cristo Rey Network school.

Suzanne Karotkin

Board member since 2009

Suzanne  is the founder of SK Loves, a blog that scours the world for inspired gift ideas. Formerly, she held fashion editorial positions at W, T, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Instyle. Suzanne graduate from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communication with a minor in Fine Arts. In addition to her Board service for CRF, Suzanne serves on the board The Anne Levy Charitable Foundation.

Danielle Kayembe

Board member since 2011

Danielle works on projects focused on women, social impact and Africa, developing initiatives that empower entrepreneurs in the US and emerging markets in Africa. Drawing on her background in finance and strategy, she bridges international companies and investors seeking to make a greater impact in the world. Danielle also provides consulting and advisory services to companies seeking opportunities for investment in Africa. She has worked at Bank of America, HSBC Securities and McCann Health/IPG.   She holds a BA in Political Science an MA in Organizations from Stanford University.

Peter Mason

Board member since 2014

Peter was appointed General Counsel and Senior Adviser to the Executive Director of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, in 1998 after a career in private practice as a litigator specialising in international corporate litigation at Paul Weiss and in Sydney at Allen Allen & Hemsely. Previously, he was an associate to Hon. Justice T.R. Morling of the Australian Federal Court. He is a member of UNICEF’s international management committee and of the finance and investments committee and have served on the UNICEF audit committee. Peter is a graduate of University of Sydney holding a BA and JD. 

Kholofelo Molewa

Board member since 2015

Kholo is a Founding Partner and member of the Investment Committee at InfraSec. Prior to InfraSec he was a partner and shareholder in Inspired Evolution, which manages the Evolution One Fund.  Kholofelo has 14 years working experience gained at Rand Merchant Bank, Safika Holdings and Inspired Evolution Investment Managers. He has also served as non-executive director to both listed and non-listed companies including Kelly, Hotslots and Servest. He earned an LLB with honors and a Masters in Finance (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town.

Edward Mortimer

Board member since 2008

Edward is the Chair of the CRF UK Board of Directors and is a writer, activist specializing in human rights, global governance and contemporary history.  He was a journalist at both The Times of London and The Financial Times.  From 1998-2006 he served as Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.  He is currently Chair of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.

Dr. Michal J. RahfaldtExecutive Director

Michal oversees the international operations from Cape Town. Before joining in 2006, Michal taught media and anthropology at the University of Cape Town. As a journalist, he has contributed to Public Radio International, BBC World Service, NPR, and the New York Times. Michal received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2007.

Bill Siemering

Board member since 2009

Bill has been a leader in U.S. public radio management, radio program development, and fundraising for more than thirty years. As a founding member of the National Public Radio (NPR) Board of Directors and author of the network’s original mission and goals, Bill developed All Things Considered, while Director of Programming.  He has worked for fourteen years in international media development and is currently employed by the Wyncote Foundation. 

Edward MortimerChair

Board member since 2008

Edward is the Chair of the CRF UK Board of Directors and is a writer, activist specializing in human rights, global governance and contemporary history.  He was a journalist at both The Times of London and The Financial Times.  From 1998-2006 he served as Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.  He is currently Chair of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.

Adé Adigun

Board member since 2013

Adé holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Political Sciences  from the University of Hull.  He is currently working in Arts Education for BBC North as a presenter and for BBC Learning and the Tate Britain designing and facilitating workshops to engage young, often hard to reach people in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and literacy. Adé is a Visiting Teacher in boarding schools such as Marlborough College and Winchester College delivering specialized talks in History, Government and Politics, Current Affairs, Ethics and Black History.

Ade is a Governor at St Marylebone C.of E. School, and St Marylebone C. of E. Bridge School.

Sam Bonham

Board member since 2011

Sam is one of the UK Radio Academy’s 30 under 30. He is Technology Development Manager at Digital Radio UK, preparing the UK for a digital radio switchover. Sam produces and presents BBC Introducing across BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Wiltshire and BBC Somerset. Sam is an independent radio producer and has recently consulted for both Radioplayer and the Hackney Podcast.

Nick Bowers

Board member since 2016.

A graduate of Charterhouse School and Pembroke College at Oxford, Nick has recently semi-retired from the City after a career spanning nearly 35 years.  Nick began his career at BZW as a research analyst and equity salesman and  joined Goldman Sachs, then Nat West Markets where he was responsible for UK equity sales teams in the UK, Switzerland, France and Italy. He joined Credit Suisse and was eventually appointed co-Head of Corporate Broking in 2006. He worked at Deutsche Bank between 2009 and 2015. Nick’s most recent position was at Nomura as co-Head of UK Investment Banking. Married with 5 children, Nick speaks French and Dutch and after having played a wide variety of ball sports now focuses on cycling, running and skiing.

Linda Barnett

Board member since 2012

UK Board member since 2015

Linda is the Executive Chair of theh International Board Chair.  She works on a consulting basis with Global Goods Partners (GGP), a New York based non-profit organization selling handmade, fair trade products to improve the economic status of women in the developing world.  Prior to joining GGP, Linda worked at American Express and Technimetrics, Inc.   She is a Board Member of the Beaverkill Mountain Club and on the Parent’s Executive Committees at Tufts University and Choate Rosemary Hall.  She lives in New York City with her husband, four children, and two dogs.  In her spare time, she enjoys skiing and road and mountain biking.  She holds a BS in Economics from St. Lawrence University. 

Lucy Hannah

Board member since 2015

Lucy has worked as a BBC radio and TV producer for factual programes and drama in the UK and internationally She has specialized in communication for development working for a range of international organizations mostly in areas of conflict, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan. In the UK she has led a variety of Education Entertainment projects for young offenders/ex-offenders. She’s also a trustee of Peacebuilding UK and Dialogue Productions.

Elise Ormerod

Board member since 2016.

Elise is a mediator and former CEO in the charitable sector.  She currently serves on the boards of various charitable organizations and is the Chairman of two boards.  Elise holds a special interest in organizational ethics.

Simon Weil

Board member since 2008

Simon Weil specialises in charities, philanthropy and tax-planning for charities and private clients and has been a Partner at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP since 1983.  Simon advised in the creation of the Absolute Return Trust for Charities, the first common investment fund of hedge funds.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association and Chair of Philanthropy Impact.

Kholofelo MolewaChair

Board member since 2015

Kholo is a Founding Partner and member of the Investment Committee at InfraSec. Prior to InfraSec he was a partner and shareholder in Inspired Evolution, which manages the Evolution One Fund.  Kholofelo has 14 years working experience gained at Rand Merchant Bank, Safika Holdings and Inspired Evolution Investment Managers. He has also served as non-executive director to both listed and non-listed companies including Kelly, Hotslots and Servest. He earned an LLB with honors and a Masters in Finance (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town.

Karen Dudley

Karen is the owner of The Kitchen, a restaurant in Woodstock, Cape Town Karen has lived and worked in Washington DC and in London where she honed her culinary skills. She thrives on being part of an urban community and actively promotes the development of business in the area. Karen developed a love for radio after a brief flirtation with documentary production in the mid ‘90’s. Her first book, A Week in The Kitchenas well as her second Another Week in The Kitchen, have become acclaimed bestsellers.

Karen was elected to the South African Board 25 July 2013 and serves as a CRF ambassador in her growing network of entrepreneurial influence.

Lester Kiewit

Board member since 2016

Lester has been a  broadcast journalist for more than a decade, beginning as a radio reporter for talk radio station CapeTalk’s Eyewitness News team.  Later, he joined the television station eNCA and has forged a reputation as a tough, brave reporter with a well developed visual sense.  He is now eNCA’s Parliamentary Correspondent reporting on politics from South Africa’s National Legislature.  He graduated from Cape Penninsula University’s School of Journalism. 

Khadija Patel

Board member since 2016

Khaija is currently the Editor in Chief of the Mail and Guardian’s weekly paper and it’s online platforms.  She is the co-founder of one of the fastest growing news websites in South Africa, The Daily Vox, which now is a partner of the Mail and Guardian. Her work has been published nationally and globally in The Daily Maverick, City Press, the Mail and Guardian, the Guardian and Al Jazeera and she has offered political commentary on Al Jazeera English, Sky News and BBC World. 

The Children's Radio Foundation is guided by our Boards of Trustees in New York, Oxford, England and Cape Town, South Africa, who provide oversight and counsel on issues affecting the organization's programs, operation and strategy.

Please click on the name of a trustee to read their biography