The Sounding Board

Chicago Public Media's Community Advisory Board

A community advisory board reviews the programming and significant policy decisions of a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funded public broadcasting station, and advises the station on how it serves the educational and cultural needs of its coverage area. Not only is it a requirement of the CPB, but Chicago Public Media recognizes the importance of being plugged-in to the communities we serve.

Sounding Board Mission

To provide meaningful feedback about Chicago Public Media programming and policies, and to represent the diverse needs and interests of the communities it serves.

Sounding Board Membership

  • The Sounding Board has up to 20 members  
  • Sounding Board members are selected to serve one two-year term and are eligible to serve a second term
  • Sounding Board members are chosen by a joint committee comprised of three CPM representatives, and two Sounding Board members

Sounding Board Job Description

  • Must be a member of WBEZ or Vocalo
  • Be knowledgeable about CPM programming
  • Offer insightful perspectives from the communities they identify with
  • Speak to the impact public media has on their communities
  • Read or listen to material for discussion at meetings
  • Attend and participate in four in-person meetings a year and engage in discussion via online forums year-round

Purpose of Sounding Board Meetings

  • To share updates on CPM programming, plans & policies via staff presentations, breakout sessions, and similar elements.
  • To provide an opportunity for Sounding Board members to opine on whether CPM is meeting the specialized education and cultural needs of the communities served by the stations.
  • To provide an opportunity for Sounding Board members to offer recommendations on how CPM can best serve the needs of the communities it serves.
  • To allow for public comment from attendees that are not part of the Sounding Board.

Meetings are open to the public.

All meetings, with the exception of the Annual Meeting, are scheduled to take place at Navy Pier (848 East Grand Ave.) from 6-8 p.m.

  • December 8, 2015 Annual Meeting, Location: City Winery at 4 p.m.
  • February 4, 2016
  • May 5, 2016
  • August 4, 2016
  • November 3, 2016
  • December 2016 Annual Meeting

Apply to be considered for future openings on The Sounding Board

Sounding Board Members

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"169","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Sandra Pérez has dedicated her professional life to work in the non-profit sector, where she specializes in resource development, non-profit management and special events. Sandra is a passionate advocate for the arts and issues related to cultural equity. In her spare time, Sandra writes on issues related to Latino culture, the LGBTQ community and social justice. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"170","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Grace Kuikman is Assistant Director of the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), a respected not-for-profit civic organization that provides services to Chicago’s historic Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood. Kuikman is founder and facilitator of the Longwood Writers Guild, and currently serves on the boards of the Beverly Area Arts Alliance and I Am Who I Am Foundation. (2016)   


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"167","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; float: left; margin: 5px;","width":"180"}}]]Terreene Bryant grew up in a tight-knit family on the West Side of Chicago in the Austin community.  She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and is close to completing a MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.  She works in strategy for a large global retailer. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"166","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; float: left; margin: 5px;","width":"180"}}]]Mark Burkland represents public bodies in his law practice. In addition he teaches civics, civil rights, and other constitutional lessons in CPS elementary schools. He is passionate about journalism, an ardent baseball fan, and a strong supporter of several agencies that serve the homeless and others who are disadvantaged. (2016)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"171","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Caitlin McElroy is passionate about public service and works with local non-profit organizations and community members in her role in community affairs within local government. She fostered a love of current affairs and news through her educational background in public policy and education and enjoys daily WBEZ listening. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"172","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Misuzu serves as Generation All’s Policy & Outreach Coordinator. After teaching for five years in North Lawndale, Misuzu received her Masters in Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Misuzu lives on the border of Humboldt Park and Logan Square with her husband and enjoys every form of dance. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"159","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Trent A. McCain is a trial lawyer. The father of two is a fervent advocate and is ardent about education and community. Each year, McCain is visiting Faculty at Harvard Law School for its three-week Trial Advocacy Workshop. He married his wife, Akilia, in 2004. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"173","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Tracey Mabrey. I am a lifelong consumer of public radio and have lived in Chicago since 2003. I live in a diverse, little-noticed neighborhood and I am the parent of two teenagers.  I am also a social work educator and I care deeply about fairness and the power of information. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"160","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Benton Bullwinkel currently works in Information Technology specializing in Collaborative computing for the enterprise. In his spare time, he can be found participating as a lighting designer and occasional actor in community theater, exploring America as a private pilot or working with his newest interest, live steam model railroading. A lifelong Chicagoan, Benton currently lives in the suburb of Lemont with his wife and 3 daughters. (2016)


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"174","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Joan Rothenberg, Evanston, IL- With a background in mental health service delivery and administration, Joan is passionate about connecting people in ways that matter and make a difference. She currently devotes her time to family and the study and engagement of others in the magnificence of the Great Lakes. (2016)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"161","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Lily Be is a momma, a nanny, activist, and storyteller who was born and raised in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. Lily is the first Latina Moth GrandSLAM champion, WNEP Maelstrom improvised storytelling champ, and host/producer of The Stoop Storytelling at Rosa’s Lounge.  (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"162","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Dave Stanford lives in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago. He designs computer chips by day to fund evenings helping give grants via the Awesome Foundation, discussing podcasts with #Podcastclub, and singing karaoke with friends. Dave has been listening to WBEZ since he was 18 when he discovered All things Considered, and has been hooked since.  (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"163","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]A lifelong public radio listener and recent Chicago transplant, Laura Newland Lukens grew up in Alabama and graduated from Duke University with an economics degree. She is a former management consultant who now works in education, and is the author of the book Chasing Zeroes. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"175","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]April Callen is motivated by humanity and inspired by authenticity. As a writer and strategist, she has worked closely with organizations and individuals for nearly a decade on building bridges across differences and developing tools of engagement with integrity. Achieving equity is her calling; doing it in the perfect jumpsuit is her commitment. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"164","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Laurel Miltner is a Chicagoan by way of Cleveland, who moved to the city in 2013. She's looking for ways to get more involved in making Chicago a better place for its current and future generations. Laurel is a digital content strategist by day and culinary adventurer by night. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"176","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Ty Martinez is devoted to nothing less than a better humanity collaborating with creative people in schools, organizations, and communities. A district curriculum administrator and national speaker, he mixes studies of design, engineering, and education to develop rich learning for all ages. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"165","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Sheila Lewis Sheila is a business strategy and communications executive who helps creatives, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 global brands transform ideas into meaningful messages and profitable business models. As a national speaker and facilitator, Sheila produces and presents creative learning experiences to infuse business with art.  Sheila is a lifelong learner, foodie and architecture enthusiast. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"177","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]A native Chicagoan, Sameena Mustafa has a long history of dedicating time and talent to diverse communities. Professionally, she advises nonprofits and businesses as a commercial real estate broker.  A Northwestern University graduate, Sameena is also a published author, actor, stand-up comedian, and co-founder of Simmer Brown, a South Asian comedy collective. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"178","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Jimmy Lee serves as the President of Goodcity. He was the former Special Assistant to the President (White House), the former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the former Executive Director for the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy is committed to creating impactful and sustainable entrepreneurs in under resourced communities in the City of Chicago and around the world. (2017)


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"179","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Victoria Long has served as the executive director of a scholarly music society for the last 14 years. In addition to her interests in the arts and humanities she is especially concerned about the lack of transparency in the city of Chicago and the effect it is having on our public schools. Victoria lives on the south side. (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"180","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Brad Sterner has been a resident in the Chicagoland area off and on for the last 25 years and has lived in the northern suburbs continuously the last 15 years. He received his MBA in 1990 from the Kellogg School at Northwestern in Evanston. Brad has been married to his wife Paula for over 20 years, they have four children (and two dogs). (2017)



[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"168","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"width: 100px; height: 100px; margin: 5px; float: left;","width":"180"}}]]Lucy Flores is a bicultural bilingual health worker serving Chicago's west side. Lucy most recently launched an urban agriculture site with the primary goals of working toward food equity and prescribing healthy food as medicine in the Austin community. "We carry our history in our bodies." Nancy Krieger (2017)