Board Of Directors

Rachel Abrahamson, Chair

Photo of Rachel AbrahamsonRachel is a Korean American musicophile firecracker night owl with a proclivity for Gen X nostalgia and deep sentimentality for all things geek related. This is why she chose Geek Goddess for her DJ name for her Sunday late-night mixed-music program, Soundtrack Serenade. With a background in music going back to the ’70s and a foundation as a classical pianist and vocalist, Rachel has been performing music on and off since early childhood. Her music library varies to include everything from Indie, Punk, Alternative, Grunge, Hip-Hop, Classical and guilty-pleasure Pop. Not new to media, Rachel worked as a writer for Boise Weekly from 1996-99, and again in 2001-08. Currently she is a small business owner in Boise. She also is the main wrangler at Foodtrucks at Hillside, a weekly not-for-profit rotating food truck pop-up in the Northend’s Hillside Studios parking lot, and the director of a not-for-profit pop-up art show at the Studios called 2nd Sundays on Hillside that features local artists and crafters, food trucks and craft brewers. She is a firm believer that supporting local artists and businesses is integral for promoting UNITY in our community. To relax, Rachel enjoys being an empty-nester with her husband, Steve, and their fur babies, and loves visiting with their four grown-up kids and granddaughter. She also obsessively binge watches TV and movies, and goes to live concerts every chance she gets.

Matt Hicks, Vice Chair

Photo of Matt HicksMatt has a passion for independent and non-mainstream music dating back to his days in the mosh pit during the mid to late 1980’s New York-area punk rock music scene. Since moving to Boise 25 years ago, he’s been an active supporter of our vibrant and growing local music community. In addition to his work for Radio Boise, he serves on the board of B-AMP (Boise All-Ages Movement Project) and has provided legal support to Treefort Music Fest. Matt is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and a die-hard Fighting Irish football fan. He works as an in-house attorney at a Boise-based company.

Meaghan Lopez, Secretary

Photo of Meaghan LopezMeaghan (they/them) is a queer Chicanx who enjoys a good IPA on a warm summer day and a barrel-aged stout to warm up with in the winter. They’ve been a resident of the Treasure Valley for 20 years and Boise for almost five years. Working in the service industry for the last 5+ years has been invaluable, and Meaghan currently enjoys bartending downtown. Graduating from Boise State in 2019, they earned their Bachelors of Science in Sociology with an emphasis on Ethnic Studies and a certificate in Elementary Spanish. They first became involved with community work and organizing through their internship and volunteering with Immigrant Justice Idaho, a local non-profit that provides free or low cost legal aid to immigrants throughout all of Idaho. Their education at Boise State helped start their passion for social justice, but taking an active role in community organizing work solidified their commitment to it. They’ve gained a deep respect for the critical role that media, and specifically music and community-led radio programs, play in our collective growth and prosperity.

Dave Foster, Treasurer

Photo of Dave FosterDave Foster has volunteered at Radio Boise since 2003, when founder Jeff Abrams asked him to help with communications plans. Dave’s life focus is to give people the power to improve the world around them through democratized media. He was one of the first programmers when Radio Boise’s live stream (2003) and terrestrial (2011) broadcasts launched. He joined the Board in 2015. He was born and raised in Florida, which if you turn upside-down, kind of looks like Idaho. Dave and his spouse can’t decide if they are mountain or ocean people and regularly spend time paddling and pedaling in both environments.

Daniel Glynn, Immediate Past Chair

Photo of Daniel GlynnDaniel began his passion for music at an early age, dividing his time between studies and playing in a Boise-based alternative rock band. With no recording contract in one hand, but a law degree obtained from Gonzaga University School of Law in the other, Daniel entered the practice of law in 1995, first as a clerk to the Idaho Supreme Court and then in private practice. Daniel is an attorney at the Boise, Idaho, law firm of Jones Williams Fuhrman Gourley P.A, with a specialized practice in complex commercial litigation, construction, employment law and entertainment law. As a complement to his law practice, Daniel still maintains his passion for music through his volunteer work at Radio Boise, by testing the foundations of his home (and his neighbors’ patience) with his bass guitar, and by spinning records as the host of Riff Häven on Tuesday nights from 9 to 11 pm.

Chelle Nystrom

Photo of Chelle NystromChelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and started her professional career in a mergers and acquisitions firm doing corporate valuations. For the last 20 years, she has been providing consulting, systems implementations and accounting for small and medium sized businesses. Chelle enjoys sharing her business background with organizations that build and strengthen communities and feels lucky to have the opportunity to work with Radio Boise. Music fuels her life. When she is not working, you can find her on the trails or on a bike – training for her next adventure.

Cole Calvin

Photo of Cole CalvinCole Calvin is a Boise native with a commitment to creating connection through the arts, live performance and conversation. Graduating From Boise State University with a Bachelor in Fine Art in 2014, he has continued to create and share his work, often donating works back to the Art Metals program at BSU and fundraising for Idaho Conservation league and other non-profits in the valley. Working with Treefort Music Festival since 2015, Cole is a Co-Founder and Program Manager of Dragfort. He continues to claim space and create engaging events for the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups. Cole is excited to see what Boise becomes as it continues to grow, while fostering creativity and inclusivity for everyone.

Dora Ramirez

Photo of Dora RamirezDora Ramirez is an Oregon native who loves a good cup of coffee. You can find her reading, writing, hiking, playing with her puppy Chex, listening to music and talking politics with friends and family. In the ’90s, she found herself at Oregon State University in the midst of the grunge and Riot Grrrl scene, leaving her with a deep connection to punk, grunge and indie music. She then moved around the country going to college and reading books, until she got her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined Boise State University’s faculty in 2006, and is currently the Director of Ethnic Studies in the Department of Sociology. She is an activist and has worked with PODER of Idaho on issues around immigration. She is mainly involved in researching socio-political issues surrounding Latinx and Indigenous populations in the Americas. Her book, Medical Fragmentation: Literary Modernism, Scientific Discourse, and the Mexican, Indigenous Body, 1870-1940s, published by Lexington Books, focuses on the relationship between science, medicine and the colonization of Latinx and Indigenous bodies. Her scholarly work also appears in Feminist Teacher, Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy, Chicana/Latina Studies, The Natural World in Latin American Literatures: Ecocritical Essays on Twentieth Century Writings, and other journals and collections.

Austin Foudy

Photo of Austin FoudyAustin is an activist and long-time Idahoan, residing in Boise and focused on the promotion of social justice for all disenfranchised members within his community. Austin is committed to enhancing public awareness of systemic inequality, building strong relationships with fellow Idahoans and promoting meaningful engagement and positive change. He is also an extremely passionate supporter of local music. When he’s not catching bands play at Neurolux, Austin can be found reading, playing video games, cycling and spending time with his dog, Macy.

Jessica Harned

Photo of Jessica HarnedJessica Harned has been fortunate to begin her career in Boise, Idaho. She first became a member of the Boise Philharmonic in 2016, and since has performed with ensembles including Boise Baroque, Opera Idaho, McCall Summer Symphony, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and along with Mariachi Sol de Acapulco, won the Governors Award for Musical Excellence in 2018. To Jessica, education is of the upmost importance. In 2020, Jessica received her Masters degree from Boise State, after having won the Boise Philharmonic Graduate Quartet Fellowship. This experience emboldened her to speak up about the life and experiences of the BIPOC community within classical music. In 2019, she won an Alexa Rose Foundation grant, which offered her support to further her reach in this area. While enjoying her time fostering conversation about representation in classical music, on the radio, in the classroom and within her own work, Jessica also delights in cultivating a space for growth and empowerment in her established violin/piano studio. Outside of her performance life, Jessica enjoys being creative and experiencing music in diverse musical spaces. She regularly collaborates with composers, creates music videos and has recorded and performed with various bands and jazz ensembles. One of her favorite experiences was collaborating with the local band Regular Sounds and bringing life to the music of the Electric Light Orchestra. Understanding that her career is multi-faceted, and being very proud of that, Jessica believes that this diverse path has helped her become the musician and person she is today, and she is looking forward to seeing what the future holds. In the meantime, you’ll find Jessica traveling, cooking, reading Afro-futurist SiFi and enjoying great conversation.

Kendall Schreiner

Photo of Kendal SchreinerKendall has been in the nonprofit sector since 2013 and enthusiastically joined the Radio Boise Board of Directors in 2021. She enjoys being involved in her community, connecting with music, growing a garden and exploring new places with her husband and two kids. Kendall is passionate about protecting the environment, helping homeless animals and delving into visual, literature and performing arts. Her background is deeply rooted in a love for music; sharing old records with her dad, watching Amadeus and Wayne’s World on repeat with her brothers, spending hours recording music on tapes and always jumping to the opportunity to karaoke. If Kendall only had three things to take with her on a deserted island it would be a radio, her Shazam app and a pillow. “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” — George Eliot

Daniel Felkins

Photo of Daniel FelkinsDaniel loves community-based, listener-supported radio and helped to launch Radio Boise onto its FM frequency in 2011. A Boise High School alum, Daniel has actively worked to enhance the Treasure Valley community as a volunteer, business leader with Hewlett-Packard and the founder of Spending On Purpose – a personal finance consulting firm. Daniel has hosted or produced several Radio Boise programs (including Veggie StirFry, Chew On This and the News Experience) and is currently helping start the Radio Boise work week with a music program called The Daybreak Syndicate Monday mornings from 6 to 8 am.

Kristen Cheyney

Photo of Kristen CheyneyKristen is an Idaho native with deep roots in the Boise community. Her great-grandfather, grandfather and uncle were all journalists, and that instilled a deep appreciation for honest, unbiased news and reporting in her from an early age. Additionally, Kristen loves all types of music and actively supports live music and local musicians any way she can. Her favorite quote is from Alice Walker: “Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.”

Jason Prettyboy

Photo of Jason PrettyboyJason is a third generation Idahoan. He grew up in the Declo area (though when you say Declo, everyone who isn’t from Southern Idaho looks at you strange, so think east of Twin Falls). He started his love for radio young by listening with his grandpa and dad while they rode tractors on the family farm. He soon was on the air and never looked back. Jason’s radio career has spanned on-air talent to board member and anything and everything in between. Music-wise, he tends to be somewhere between Bach and Bach – Johann to Sebastian – and everything in the middle. In fact, there is only one musical genre that Jason really dislikes, which due to an unfortunate accident of fate while in North Dakota, is Polka. He still gets chills when he hears Lawrence Welk [shudder]. Jason is a graduate of Boise State University (Go Ducks!) but please don’t hold it against him. You can find him either at work, with his children, planning how to spoil his grandson or hosting Inner Workings on Radio Boise (6-8 am Fridays).

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