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.

Tammy Koolbeck

Tammy Koolbeck has been Executive Director of the Iowa State Center in August 2015. She has worked in the venue management industry for over 25 years and served as Chief Marketing Officer/Senior Vice President for the VenuWorks corporate office.  Before coming to Ames, Koolbeck’s past work experience includes hotel, convention and visitor bureau and professional sports.

Koolbeck’s community involvement in Ames includes Leadership Ames, Ames Community Arts Council, Go Red for Women, Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau and Ames Noon Rotary.  Koolbeck is a Past President for the Event and Arena Marketing Conference, the premier gathering for arena marketing professionals from the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2007, she was awarded EAMC’s highest honor, the Gigi Award of Excellence.   Koolbeck also received the prestigious Women of Influence Award from Venues Today in 2010.  

Tammy lives in north Ames with her husband, Mike and loves family vacations usually visiting national parks and baseball games.  Their son, Tyler is a 2017 Iowa State graduate.

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 and The Friends of Roosevelt Park 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