The Children’s Hour Board of Directors is a diverse group of individuals who all share the goal to bring high quality public radio for kids to a wider audience. We meet periodically (usually every other month) to give guidance, direction, and oversight to The Children’s Hour. Board meetings are not open to the public, but we are happy to share our meeting minutes upon request.
Katie Stone is the Board President and Executive Director of The Children’s Hour Inc. and was a volunteer producer of The Children’s Hour for more than 17 years at KUNM. She started the nonprofit for the program in 2018. She has decades in business administration in her family business, and lives and works on a solar powered organic farm near the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Katie started producing radio more than 30 years ago at WDGC in Downers Grove, IL.
Laurie Tarbell is the Vice President of the board, as well as a stay at home mom and downtown Albuquerque business owner.
Sonya Priestley is the board Secretary/Treasurer, a Certified Public Accountant, and has decades of leadership in non profits in New Mexico including United Way, Saranam, and many others. Sonya was awarded “Fundraiser of the Year” at the National Philanthropy Day in Albuquerque in 2018, and is the Chair of United Way’s Campaign, and is United Way Board President in 2020.
Akashia Allen holds a masters in Geography from UNM and works for Albuquerque Public Schools. She is also a mom of three girls who are part of The Children’s Hour kids crew.
Kari Barrera is a mom of five kids, all homeschooled. Her two eldest children are in college. Her three youngest children are members of The Children’s Hour kids crew. An entrepreneur, Kari is the owner of Mother Truckin’ T’s, and a distributer of natural oils.
Molly Madden is a retired school teacher, a regular volunteer for the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project, and is now a grandmother.
KC Gonzales is a licensed teacher, and currently leads the IT department at Alvarado Elementary School. She is the mom of two daughters and brings her technology knowledge and skills to our board, and is a great problem solver and strategist.
David Torres is an Educator, Designer and Theatre Instigator for the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Tricklock Company. Albuquerque, NM.
Sasha Menendez is a home school educator and part-time Wellness worker at La Montanita Co-op. Sasha is also a volunteer at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the Kiwanis Learning Garden, and the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden at Academy High School. His boys, Zen and Amadeus, are in the Kids Crew for the Children’s Hour. He feels passionate about doing positive things within the community and feels honored to serve as a board member for a show like the Children’s Hour that educates and entertains both children and adults in marvelous and beneficial ways.
Peter Chestnut is an attorney in Albuquerque specializing in Native American water and land issues. He is also a grandfather and musician.
Armando Ortega is an Albuquerque musician and early childhood educator. He is also an accomplished weaver in the tradition dating back hundreds of years in his family.
Jeffrey Squires is an attorney in Albuquerque specializing in intellectual property, and he serves on our advisory board.
Andrew Stone serves on our advisory board, and was The Children’s Hour’s first and most loyal fan and volunteer. He’s also the husband of Katie Stone.
Board Bylaws & Other Documents
Please email info-at-ChildrensHour-dot-ORG to request a copy of our bylaws, board minutes, or any other public document.