KMUZ Board of Directors

The KMUZ President

Karen McFarlane Holman moved to Salem in 2001 to start a job as a chemistry professor at Willamette University. Feeling the need for community radio in Salem, Karen started efforts in 2004 to bring KMUZ to the Mid-Willamette Valley, and she was thrilled to be part of the group that got KMUZ on the air in 2011.

A former president of the KMUZ’s governing board. Mom to two college students, Dean and Julian, she plays guitar and sings in two local bands, City of Pieces and Hot Sheets.

The KMUZ Vice-President

Brian Hart

During the day, Brian Hart is a full-time video producer at Allied Video Productions and works part-time for The River City Rock Star Academy. But there is so. much. more.

A self-proclaimed community volunteer advocate, Brian literally walks the talk. Not only is he on the board of KMUZ, he also co-organized Tedx Salem, One Billion Rising events, Santa Pub Crawls, Silent Discos & dance walks. He also co-organized the PNW’s first Before I Die Wall. There have even been some secret projects that he has done that have remained anonymous. In 2011, Brian was voted one of “Salem’s top 20 under 40” by the public via The Statesman Journal.

Fun fact: In what started as a 30-day challenge, Brian has now been car-free since 2014.

The KMUZ Secretary

David Duncan was raised in Salem, has worked as a Public Safety Dispatcher and a Database Administrator, and continues freelancing in videography and individual tech training/consulting. He has enjoyed helping scores of people get started in community television and community radio for over a decade. Various KMUZ volunteer staff positions held since 2012 include Training Coordinator, Program Review Committee member, Operations Team, Station Archivist, and host/engineer for several talk shows. Duncan joined the Board in 2021.

The KMUZ Treasurer

Geoff Tiffany

The KMUZ Board of Directors

Vicki Darden

Mike Kemper was born and raised in Salem and Keizer. He has spent most of his career in Government service. He spent 6 years in the United States Air Force. He has been a firefighter, a 911 Dispatcher and is currently employed at Yamhill County Department of Planning. Mike has been a volunteer at Capital Community Media for nearly 5 years and has produced 18 episodes of the television program Spotlight On Salem. Mike is married and has 4 children and two stepchildren. This is his first year as a Board member.

Tim Patterson first job in radio was as a 19-year-old in The Dalles. He came to Salem less than two years later and spent over 25 years in commercial radio in Salem and Portland before leaving the industry for the events and tradeshow world. When KMUZ was preparing to go on the air in 2010, Tim got wind of the effort and offered to help, connecting with an engineer colleague in Portland that donated gear, including the station’s first transmitter. Tim was on the founding board and has been the host of “Roots Rock Reggae” every Monday night since Day One. He’s back on the board to help steer the station into the future.

Freddy Ruiz, Jr. born and raised in Salem Oregon. Freddy worked as a graphic designer for the Salem Monthly/Weekly. He is the founder of the Downtown Salem Taco Crawl. Currently enjoys his time in Salem as a Realtor. Freddy has been a DJ on The Upbeat Radio Show since 2019.