KHOI Board of Directors

Lynne Carey

Lynne Carey


Lynne Carey retired from the Ames Public Library after 35 years of service. At APL, Lynne developed a strong passion for community building through collaboration. She believes that community radio can play a vital role in creating positive connections.

Lynne received a BS from ISU in psychology and women’s studies. She is one of the rare Story County natives who stayed put.  She and her spouse, Navid Emami, live in Nevada in Lynne’s childhood home, and appreciate the small town living that Iowa offers.

Cornelia B Flora Ursula Ruedenberg
(510) 812-7989 

Ursula grew up in Ames, Iowa and in Switzerland.  She has served as the building project manager, board chair and station manager.  Ursula learned organization building from her mother, Veronika, who founded various cultural institutions in Ames while Ursula was growing up. Ursula spent much of her life as a professional mural painter, with a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the New York academy of Art. After living in New York CIty for 30 years, where she got involved with community radio management, she returned to Ames in order to help get KHOI on the air and to spend some time with her dad, Klaus. Ursula has been a community radio listener since she discovered Pacifica while living in Los Angeles in the 1970's. She is currently also employed by Pacifica Radio, managing their affiliate network of around 200 stations (including KHOI). She feels community radio is the best thing and it is her pleasure to help bring this type of media to Central Iowa. In her free time, Ursula is hard at play, building an herb garden in her father's backyard under the watchful eyes of the deer.

Thomas Beell Meredith Francom 

Meredith is passionate about making connections and storytelling. She has lived a nomadic lifestyle--never staying in one place for very long. She hates answering the question, "Where are you from?" Instead, she prefers to bloom where she's planted. She brings expertise in marketing and public relations to this position. She is looking forward to being part of the KHOI community.

Thomas Beell Thomas Beell

The job Tom Beell loves best at KHOI is producing his weekly movie soundtrack show for the Morning Masterpieces and Classical Sunday programs on the station. While teaching journalism at Iowa State University, Tom was the movie reviewer for the Ames Tribune and WOI radio for many years. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Tom’s professional background includes work as a newspaper and broadcast reporter, as well as a military information office for the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He recently retired as a journalism professor after 38 years at ISU.

Mary Richards Joe Lynch

Joe Lynch is a local organic farmer. He has been involved with KHOI since long before it went on the air and was a pivotal member of the team that built KHOI and oversaw the construction of its broadcast studios in Ames, Iowa.


Mary Richards

Mary Richards


Mary Richards has been involved with KHOI since long before it went on the air and most recently joined the Board of Directors in January of 2017.  She considers her volunteer efforts on behalf of KHOI as a significant focus of her retirement since her time as Story County Attorney. She developed and has been a producer or co-producer of KHOI's Community Book Shelf for five years.  As a lover of books and an admirer of Doug Brown’s Book Club heard on WOI fm for many years, she is very pleased to be able to present to the KHOI listening audience books by local authors or authors with local connections.

Ruth Wiedemeier


Ruth has worked for non-profit organizations for the past 15 years, as both an employee and as a volunteer. She has volunteered for KHOI since 2014 in various capacities, and primarily as bookkeeper. She is currently employed by Pacifica Foundation Radio as business manager for the Pacifica Affiliates Network.

Pat Schlarbaum Pat Schlarbaum

Pat Schlarbaum has been a resident of Story County pretty much all his adult life.  After a military stint he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Animal Ecology that resulted in a 33 year career with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources until his retirement in 2017.  Pat was involved with a fledgling Wildlife Diversity Program that focused upon wildlife that are not hunted or consumed.  His work involved conservation minded Iowans with their passions for songbirds, and a wide array of wildlife from eagles and river otters to sandhill cranes. The opportunity to amplify peoples’ conservation interests is a means to strengthen the KHOI community.

Jim Popken
Chief of Operations

Jim Popken is retired after more than 30 years in the engineering profession. He arrived in Ames in 1985. Since then he has been involved in the community as a volunteer and board member for various non-profit organizations. Jim served as a Ames City Councilperson for 4 years. In addition to his activities at KHOI, he currently is serving on the Roosevelt Summer Sundays Concert Committee, The Friends of Roosevelt Park board and the Ames Historical Society Board.

Jim received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering. He enjoys assisting KHOI with his technical abilities and learning about the broad range of the station’s technical infrastructure, from computer networking to FM radio transmitters.

Board Documents