Community Advisory Council

NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at 12:00 pm in the Mallory-Towsley Center at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Public Radio on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts

Advisory boards are required of most public broadcasting stations, to help stations serve their community effectively.  Members of the IPR Community Advisory Council are appointed by the IPR Executive Director and existing members of the Advisory Council and may serve two two-year terms.

Guiding Principles

The IPR Community Advisory Council purpose is to engage members of the community in carrying out the station’s mission:

Interlochen’s radio stations enrich ever-growing communities of listeners through excellent music and news program services.

Council members generously volunteer their time and effort to help the station. Members share a strong interest in, and affection for, public radio in general and Interlochen Public Radio, and its role in today’s media landscape, in particular.

The Council meets at least three times per year and is composed of individuals who are representative of the diverse needs and interests of the station's listening base. 

The Council's primary functions include:

  • Assisting station staff in seeking and maintaining strong relationships with community partners.
  • Advise station staff of more effective ways to serve the community as a public radio service.
  • Review station programming.
  • Participating in and serving as advisors in strategic planning.
  • Working actively as ambassadors for the station in the community by being well informed on IPR's mission, programming, strengths, and challenges.

The role of the Council is purely advisory. Fiduciary responsibility and governance of IPR rests ultimately with the Interlochen Center for the Arts Board of Trustees.

Meetings of the IPR Community Advisory Council are open to the public. Meetings are announced on the air and on the station’s website. Records of meetings are also posted on the IPR website. Certain meetings or portions of meetings may be closed in order to address confidential information or proprietary matters.


IPR Community Advisory Council Members (2017):

Marcia Curran of Frankfort. Marcia Curran has worked as a staff member in the U.S. House and Senate, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the State Department, and served for twelve years on the board of the local land conservancy. Her first term on the Council expires in January of 2019.

Robert H. (Bob) Giles of Traverse City. Bob Giles is the former editor and publisher of the Detroit News and former Curator of the Nieman Foundation of Journalism at Harvard University. His first term on the Council expires in 2018.

Nancy Giles of Traverse City. Nancy Giles is a licensed psychologist specializing in trauma treatment. Her first term on the Council expires in 2018.

Sarah Helge of Manistee. Sarah Helge is a retired English, French, and Choir teacher. She is currently on the board of directors (president) at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee, where she's lived with her husband and two children for the last twenty years. Both children are camp alumni, so Interlochen is dear to our hearts. Her first term on the Council expires in November of 2019.

John Martin McDonald of Frankfort.  John McDonald is the founder of Caeli Communications, a strategic communications consultancy specializing in crisis management and communications leadership. His first term on the Council expires in July of 2019.

Evy Kaplan Sussman of Northport. Evy Sussman is an Interlochen Arts Camp alumna (‘53, ‘54, ‘57) camp staff ('73-'78, retired special education teacher and cellist, and an active volunteer and crafter in Leelanau County. Her first term on the Council expires in 2018.

Whitney Waara of Traverse City. Whitney Waara is a non-profit and small business consultant, a Business Planning and Analytics Consultant for Public Media Company, and the former Vice President for Operations of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her second term on the Council expires in 2019.

Isaiah Wunsch of Traverse City.  Isaiah Wunsch is a cherry and apple farmer and agribusiness consultant from Traverse City, as well as a Peninsula Township trustee.  He spent his early career working in policy and economic development in Lansing.  His first term on the Council expires in November of 2019.

Former CAC Members

Peter Bergin of Traverse City
Charles (Charlie) MacInnis of Harbor Springs
Karen Puschel Segal of Traverse City
Tom Quinn of Manistee
Suzy Voltz of Frankfort