Natural Bridges Media Board of Directors

Rachel Goodman

Board Chair, Journalist/Cabrillo College Journalism Instructor

Rachel Anne Goodman has worked as a writer and radio producer for much of her career, earning a Peabody award for her work as Managing Editor for NPR’s The DNA Files radio series. She writes and broadcasts about environmental, social justice and sustainable agriculture topics. Her most recent radio documentary was the four-part series, Pastures of Plenty: A History of California’s Farmworkers which aired in the U.S. and Canada. She has hosted live radio interview shows in Virginia, Kentucky and California, including KUSP’s Talk of the Bay, where she interviewed thought leaders on the news of the day. She currently teaches at UC Santa Cruz. She is one of the founders of KSQD, where she currently hosts Talk of the Bay and The Coast Ridge Ramble. She plays folk music with several local bands and writes songs.

Ned Hearn

Board Vice-Chair, copyright/media attorney

Edward (Ned) R. Hearn ( is an attorney whose practice concentrates on intellectual property and business law matters related to creative artists and media-based companies, with a focus on the entertainment, internet, and computer software businesses and their convergence, intersecting content, media, and technology in the digital internet environment. Ned is a member of the State Bar of California (Intellectual Property Law Section), American Bar Association (Entertainment and Sports Forum), and has served on the Board of Directors of the California Lawyers for the Arts since 1978; Member and Board of Directors: West Coast Songwriters Association, 1979-2007 – President; President Emeritus and Advisory Board, 2007-2015, and Board member 2015-; NARAS-The Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, Board of Governors and Education Committee Co-Chair, 2009-2012; and Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Natural Bridges Media (KSQD), 2017-Present.

Mathilde Rand

Board Treasurer, Community TV Board Member/Producer

Mathilde Rand has a wide range of experiences, preparing her for leadership roles in different settings. As educator she taught bilingual students after which she served as principal for 11 years in Watsonville. While studying to become a principal, she worked at Apple Computer for two years as a technical editor and test engineer. After she retired in 2004 from education, she took care of her mother. She settled back into the Santa Cruz area to develop her creative skills as tv (Community Television of Santa Cruz County) and radio producer (KUSP). In 2016 she joined the team that is bringing back community radio to our area. She serves as treasurer and dedicates herself to many tasks in the new radio community.


Board Member/Board Secretary

As the Communications Manager for the Santa Cruz Public Library system, Diane Cowen handles marketing and promotion of library events, operations, programs, and services. Her programming interests include social justice librarianship, civic engagement, and the humanities. She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Santa Cruz and a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University. She is the project manager for the Library’s SoundSwell Local Music Collection, which fairly compensates local musicians for making their music available to library cardholders for free. The project also establishes an archive of local music. A long supporter of Public Radio, Diane is thrilled to work with a community focused radio station that brings together her programming interests along with great music for a real local feel.

Sandy Stone

Station Engineer, Facilities Committee Chair

Allucquére Rosanne “Sandy” Stone is an American academic theorist, media theorist, author, and performance artist. She is Professor Emerita, Founding Director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and founder of the New Media Initiative in the department of Radio, Television and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Concurrently she is Wolfgang Kohler Professor of Media and Performance Studies and Founding Core Faculty at the European Graduate School, Senior Artist at the Banff Centre, and University of California Humanities Research Institute Fellow. Stone has worked in and written about film, music, experimental neurology, writing, engineering, and computer programming, is a recipient of the State of California Lifetime Achievement Award, the City of Santa Cruz Lifetime Achievement Award, and other awards and citations. Stone is transgender and is considered a founder of the academic discipline of Transgender Studies. She has been profiled in ArtForum, Wired, Mondo 2000, and other publications, and been interviewed for documentaries like Gendernauts and Traceroute.

Jane Weed Pomerantz

Jane has lived in Santa Cruz since 1974 and been an activist in various capacities over the years. After graduation from UCSC with a degree in Community Studies, she worked at the Resource Center for Nonviolence on campaigns of resistance to nuclear power and weapons and on alternative energy promotion. After working on news programming on KUSP for several years covering local government affairs, she was elected to the Santa Cruz City Council in 1983, was Mayor in 1986-87 and carried on her passion for thinking globally and acting locally. Since then she has focused on building mutually respectful relationships in all sectors by becoming a facilitator and Lead Trainer with the international Positive Discipline Association, and a founding boardmember for the local nonprofit, Positive Discipline Community Resources. She and her life partner, Ron Pomerantz, a retired fire captain, are the proud parents of 4 and grandparents of 2.

David Bean

Promotions/Host, “New Squid in Town” on KSQD

David Bean began his professional career as a Disc-Jockey, Music Director, and Program Director at KLRB FM in Carmel. CA. He became General Manager of KZEN FM in Seaside, CA, where Michael Nesmith listened when deciding to hire Bean, who ultimately became President of Nesmith’s Pacific Arts Video Records. He left Pacific Arts to join acclaimed record producer Creed Taylor as President of his CTI Records label. After four years with CTI, David launched his own independent label, BeanBag1 Entertainment, signing Jesse Colin Young among his clients. When music went online, David Bean became one of the earliest developers of music streaming, first at OnRadio for the Vibe and Spin magazine websites, and then at MusicMatch, which sold to Yahoo. After that, Dave programmed music at and was involved with other digital music initiatives. He also launched a successful Label Services subsidiary under BeanBag1 to support Indie artists with marketing and promotion. Mr. Bean is a past voting member of the Grammy organization NARAS, past Executive Director of Friends of the United Nations, was Executive Director of the profitable inaugural Monterey Film Festival, past member of the Monterey County Film Commission, and founding member of the KAZU FM Board of Directors.

Tammi Brown

Board Member

Tammi Brown has performed with some of the most notable Music Industry Icons known to the world including renowned Music Producer, Quincy Jones, Stanley Jordan, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Joan Baez.  Ms. Brown is currently a lead vocalist in the two-time Grammy nominated Cultural Heritage Choir led by the legendary, Linda Tillery.  Also, Tammi is the ‘Voice’ of the award winning, Lost American Jazzbook project.  Also, and most notably, Tammi, along side, Judith McCarrick, the Director of the Summer Session Department at UC Santa Cruz, were the Creators of the esteemed COSMOS Mathematics and Science Program designed for talented and motivated Middle and High School Students.  The success and popularity of the program deemed it necessary to offer it at three other UC Campuses: UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego.

Tim Fitzmaurice

Tim has been a lecturer in Writing at UCSC since 1983. He is a fellow of Crown College. He is a poet and dramatic writer as well as an essayist. From 1998 to 2006 he served on the Santa Cruz City Council, and as Mayor of Santa Cruz in 2000-2001. He currently teaches Ethics and Technology in the Crown College Core Course, and political/social justice issues, related to mass incarceration, in other core courses. For three years, he has taught Creative Writing at Salinas Valley State Prison, near Soledad, CA.

Christine Barrington

Over my five decades walking this earth, I have lived on three continents and had many thrilling opportunities to communicate with, and connect to, large numbers of people. Besides being the Wisdom 2.0 emcee for six years running, it has been great fun being an NPR news broadcaster in the Midwest, an opera singer in the cathedrals and theaters of Europe, and an unofficial ombudsman of human spirit while crisscrossing amazing Asia. (I once sang with an Elvis impersonator outside an ancient temple in rebel-held Burma!)

Program Committee

Charlie Lange – KUSP radio host, owner Bluesbeat (Soul Shack)

Nada Miljkovic, Radio host, University lecturer, arts enthusiast

Sandy Stone, Recording Engineer, Chief Engineer-KSQD

Howard Feldstein, Program Director, KSQD

Rachel Anne Goodman, Journalism Instructor, Cabrillo College, UCSC 

Jane Weed Pomerantz, Former Santa Cruz Mayor, Founder, Positive Discipline Community Resources