Founder and President - Marianne Monson is the author of eleven books for children and adults with an emphasis on women's history. Her book Frontier Grit, released in 2016, was nominated for an Amelia Bloomer award by the American Library Association. Marianne holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at Clatsop Community College. When she moved to Astoria with her two teenage children in 2017, she felt for the first time she was truly home.
Secretary - LinMarie DiCianni realized her decade-long vision of becoming coastal Thanksgiving week, 2015 after 20 years of too much sun in northern Arizona. She's a passionate supporter of Coast Community Radio as a member, volunteer and listener, and an ardent fan of the Liberty Theater. LinMarie's life of public service to community organizations began in earnest in Chicago in 1992, and yes, she even manages to write a little, and returns to University studies in the Fall of 2020. When first taking the stage in 4th grade to perform an oratorical declaration, the experience made the written word come alive for her, and the myriad powers of language still fascinate her. LinMarie's involvement with KMUN/KCPB has been the focus of her community engagement since landing on the North Coast. She loves hearing friends and neighbors on the radio, and has been twice honored for her volunteer contributions to the station including one term on the Tillicum Foundation board.
Digital Media Coordinator - Flax Glor was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, where he spent his formative filmmaking years before moving to Hollywood to work on large studio movies and television productions while earning dozens of credits in several departments. He has won awards for his short films and music videos, and is the author of Filmmaking Simplified.
Board Member - Shawn Deal is the author of over 25 stage plays. Since 2016, he has had 15 original productions through out Oregon, Washington, and California. His plays have won 7 awards in various competitions. In 2018, his play The Map My Heart Created was named a semi finalist in the Samuel French Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Mr. Deal’s plays range from comedy to drama, absurdist to heart wrenching. He is best known for his quartet of one act youth plays and for his collection of magical realism plays. His most recent published play Loopy, a scientific comedy, featured a diverse set for teenage characters, one who has ADHD and another who is autistic.