John Schwartz

President

A public broadcasting advocate for nearly 40 years, John has founded community radio and television stations and brought wireless broadband services dedicated to schools and nonprofits to markets throughout the United States. In 1995, John spearheaded the launch of Free Speech TV (FSTV), which reaches an over-the-air audience of 30 million households nationwide. In 1983, John founded the EBS organizations, five non-profit organizations that obtained licenses in what is now the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) band. Utilizing the organizations’ spectrum, commercial operator Clearwire, in concert with principal investor Sprint Wireless, delivers 4G broadband to many major U.S. cities. In exchange for the use of this spectrum, Clearwire provides the EBS organizations with royalties, which the organizations allocate to their operations and philanthropic efforts. John lives in Boulder, CO.

Chris Artem

Account Manager, Mobile Citizen

Chris is an account manager for Voqal’s Mobile Citizen initiative. Chris is responsible for retail renewal accounts and FCC compliance through educational accounts. Chris graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in European History. Chris loves the outdoors, reading history books and rooting for his beloved Steelers. Chris joined Voqal in 2001.

Hazel Bolsover

Business Manager

Hazel joined Voqal in 2002.

Patricia Dwyer

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

As Voqal’s CFO, Patricia is responsible for the financial stewardship of Voqal.  Prior to joining Voqal, Patricia focused on assisting small businesses in her community with their financial affairs including the Wheat Ridge Foundation and Wheat Ridge 2020.  Patricia worked with various divisions of MetLife from 1997 to 2009 and started her career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche.  Patricia is a registered CPA and holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in finance. Patricia joined Voqal in 2010.

John Kennedy

Partner and Sales Manager, Mobile Citizen

John joined Voqal’s Mobile Citizen initiative in 2011. He is primarily responsible for developing Mobile Citizen's nonprofit partners efforts. John joined Voqal from the private sector and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco. In his spare time he reads and suffers many tennis defeats.

Kristen Meador

Communications Director

Kristen is responsible for setting and guiding the strategy for all Voqal communications. Prior to joining Voqal, Kristen developed and implemented marketing and communication strategies for various organizations from the traditional world of banking to the emerging world of digital products. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Butler University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Colorado. Kristen  joined Voqal in 2013.

Adam Miller

Chief Operating Officer

Adam is responsible for budgeting and policy development, and oversees the EducationOnDemand and Mobile Citizen initiatives. Prior to joining Voqal, Adam was the Volunteer Coordinator for Special Olympics Texas and also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer in Manor, TX implementing literacy programs.  Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from Sewanee.  When not playing with his family, Adam is riding his bike. Adam joined Voqal in 2001.

Jennifer Orvis

Business & Operations Manager, Mobile Citizen

Jennifer is the Business & Operations Manager for Voqal's Mobile Citizen initiative. Prior to joining Voqal, she worked with high tech start-ups, as well as the Boulder Valley school district, in various finance positions. She started her career with Ernst & Young in Florida. Jennifer holds a master's degree in taxation from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and accounting from Guilford College. When not at work, Jennifer can be found traveling the country and finishing half marathons. Jennifer joined Voqal in 2013.

Becky Schott

Director of Business Administration, Voqal

As Director of Business Administration, Becky is responsible for running Voqal's business office. Prior to joining Voqal, Becky honed her skills in various accounting and business manager positions at Celestial Seasonings, American Educational Company and Gunpark Management. Becky received an associate’s degree in accounting from Front Range Community College and has over 30 years of accounting experience. When not working, she enjoys volunteering, reading and spending time with her family. Becky joined Voqal in 2009.

Michelle Warner

Managing Director, Mobile Citizen

Michelle is the the Managing Director of Voqal’s Mobile Citizen initiative, which aims to bridge the digital divide with affordable technology. She has spent her career helping nonprofits of all sizes and is passionate about capacity building for innovation and growth. Michelle holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.  Michelle Warner joined Voqal in 2010.

Advisors

Kevin Lindsay

Principal, Harvests Inc.

Harvests, Inc. is a Denver-based consultant group assisting non-profit organizations with economic strategies to strengthen and extend their reach.

Harvests began its affiliation with Voqal in 2004. Originally engaged to develop marketing and recruitment methods forming strategic partnerships with fellow EBS operators, its role quickly expanded to include EBS spectrum acquisition and market intelligence tasks. To date, Harvests has successfully generated in excess of $26 million in contractual revenues for the EBS Companies and their affiliates.

In addition, Harvests has been instrumental to the launch of Mobile Citizen™ (4G mobile broadband service exclusively for schools and non-profits) and continues to provide day-to-day operational support to the initiative.

Harvests is pleased to support the Independent Public Media effort.

The Harvests Team

  • Kevin-John Lindsay, Principal
  • Kirkland Lindsay, Financial Officer
  • Jim Ringel, Executive Consultant–Sales & Marketing
  • Lisa Jones, Executive Consultant–Project Management/IT
  • Aiden Gray, Consultant–Creative Services
  • Melissa Edmonds, Manager of Administrative Services

Project Affiliates

  • Public Relations: Chatterbrain – Nikki Martin, Principal
  • Research Services: EHI Services – Karen Lindberg Jefferson, Principal
  • Web & Digital Services: ibu – Evan Dechtman, Principal

Hollis A. Hope

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Hollis A. Hope serves as Senior Philanthropy Advisor and is responsible for strategy, program development and impact assessment for Voqal. She leads the consultancy Hope Strategies, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado, providing expert counsel, strategy development and project management for social sector clients.

Erin Polgreen

Program Strategist, Philanthropic Investments

Erin Polgreen serves as Program Strategist and manages the Media Ideation Fellowship program, strategic partnerships and assists in the development and implementation of philanthropic initiatives for Voqal.  She is a consultant with deep experience developing community, fostering technological innovation and increasing the reach of independent media.