New England Public Radio Foundation Welcomes New Board Members, Names New Treasurer and Second Vice President

New England Public Radio is proud to announce that Irvin Rhodes and Robert Feldman have joined the New England Public Radio Foundation as directors of the board. Samalid Hogan, who joined the foundation board earlier this year has been named its treasurer, and Bill Monks has moved from the treasurer’s position to second vice president.   

The New England Public Radio Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization created to conduct fund raising activities for New England Public Radio. Their mission is to guarantee New England Public Radio’s future as a premier public media organization by enhancing financial support, promoting community interest, and providing advice and recommendations to station management and WFCR’s license holder UMass. The NEPR Foundation is currently made up of twenty-four directors, thirteen advisors, three ex-officio, and two emeritus members, and has representation from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges, and The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“We are honored and delighted to welcome these new members to our board”, said Paul Lambert, NEPR Foundation Board President.  “In a time of unprecedented opportunity for NEPR,  their expertise and energy will be of great importance to our overall efforts.”  

Robert Feldman: Director

Robert S. Feldman, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at UMass Amherst. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, Feldman received a B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also taught courses at Wesleyan University, Mount Holyoke College, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Feldman was a winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award. He has written more than 200 books, book chapters, and articles, including Understanding Psychology, now in its 11th edition and published by McGraw-Hill. He is a member of the Board of the Federation of Associations for Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation (FABBS) and President-Elect of the FABBS Foundation.  

Samalid Hogan: Director, Treasurer 

Samalid Hogan is a Senior Project Manager for the City of Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development. Prior to working with the city, she held the Senior Economic Development and Policy Analyst role at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. She serves on the board of the Young Professionals of Greater Springfield and OnBoard, and as Board Chair for the Horace Smith Fund, which awards scholarships to help deserving students from Hampden County finance their college education. Samalid holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Practices from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Bill Monks, Director, Second Vice President 

Bill Monks’ professional and volunteer career since 1978 has been a public commitment to both Public Televisions’ mission and to other Arts not-for-profit organizations in the greater Springfield area. His final position before retirement was with WGBY/TV as the budget director, a position he held from 1997 to 2003. Bill currently sits on several regional boards, including the Century Club, Community Music School, Public Access Cable TV of Longmeadow, Springfield Public Forum, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and WGBY/TV. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University as an undergraduate, and received a MST from the University of New Hampshire. Bill has two children and three grandchildren. He currently lives in Longmeadow with his wife Susan.

Irvin Rhodes: Director 
Irvin E. Rhodes Served as Chair of The Amherst School Committee and is past president of the Amherst Rotary club. In addition to his many civic activities, he was the CEO and co-founder of Community Funding Partners Inc., an organization that helps non-profits raise necessary funds by working with local vendors and consumers to create mutually beneficial rebate systems. He is an entrepreneur who remains active in that field. Dr. Rhodes is no stranger to the Pioneer Valley, as he received his Doctorate of Education in the field of Organizational Development and Counseling Psychology at UMass Amherst. He is an extremely involved member of the Amherst community and has sat on multiple local governance committees.