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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

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Welcome to the webpage for the UCIMC Board of Directors! The Board has the honor and privilege of being elected by the general membership of the IMC to carry out the day-to-day business and big picture strategy of the IMC within the bounds of the IMC Bylaws. 

Board meetings are open to all members that wish to attend and are the 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the IMC. Public input is at the beginning of the meeting.

If you would like to contact the Board, please email us at president@ucimc.org. 

Board of Directors

Michelle Jett | President

Robert King | Vice President | Programming Committee Chair

Robert works as in higher education administration and is an advocate for fun inclusive diverse programming. Most of my career in higher education has involved some type of programming component. I am excited about the opportunity to bring this focus to my community. 

Lolita M. Dumas | Secretary | Personnel Committee Chair

I am originally from Southside of Chicago, IL. I came to this community for school where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master's Degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I have raised 2 children in Urbana, a son and a daughter. My son attends DePaul University while my daughter attends Parkland on a full 2-year Scholarship. I'm a social worker by trade because I enjoy helping people. Although, I haven't obtain my LCSW, it is on the horizon. I am the Volunteer Supervisor at UC Books to Prisoners and I've been in this role since 2011. UC Books to Prisoners is a working group within the IMC which led to my interest on the board. This is my second year in the board and my goal remains increase visibility and knowledge of the IMC within the Champaign-Urbana Community.

Lisa Haynes | Treasurer | Finance Committee Chair

Christopher Evans | Facilities Committee Chair

Chris is an accomplished artist and journalist, he has been with the IMC since 2005 and have grown affectionate for the times of revolutionary media-making and the many terrific people that have past through our great building. The IMC is a vital force for a beneficial society.

Rohn Koester | Fundraising & Membership Committee Chair

I've lived in U-C since first attending the University in 1987 and currently work at the Channing-Murray Foundation as its live-in facilities manager. When I'm not involved with the CMF or IMC, I contribute to several organizations in the area: the Education Justice Project, Community CourtWatch, Build Programs Not Jails, and the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort. I also work as a volunteer adult education instructor for incarcerated men at the Champaign County Jail. 

Barry Todd | Facilities & Personnel Committee Member

Came to CU to go to college. Graduated and stayed in the area. Currently working at State Farm in Bloomington as IT support. Have one daughter, Liz, and a grandson Lane.

George Hardebeck | Programming Committee Member

I began working in and taking on activism since earning a degree in communication arts in the early nineteen eighties, within this decade helping to put on conferences, and related projects. Over the next couple decades I lived among an intentional community, and collaborated with another, among many socially to ecologically focused organizations, initiating many projects, especially with the Society for Ecological Restoration in the beginning of the new millennia, after becoming a public servant, a naturalist in Cincinnati Parks. This grew into advocating for Native cultural to ecological identity as core to place, then reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and Life, culturally to ecologically in regionally collaborative programing and projects. Many of these can be seen under events on our Facebook group page for ARCHE - Arts Restoring Culture for Healing Earth. Shortly after moving to Urbana, I began hosting my radio program WannaBe Cafe, on WRFU, sharing with others in like focus, for reconciliation with and restoration of all long-integral and harmonized - in return from socio-economic imperialism, and so becoming involved in the IMC community, while among other fellowships, and projects with these for intentional culture. I have also been initiating a 12 Step group page on Facebook, Earth Anonymous / ACDC - Adult Children of Dysfunctional Culture, which I hope will grow beyond virtual reality, with the IMC or others, and with this seek to form a related eco-cultural arts group for the region, to help move from exploring the calling of our psyche into proactivist arts and so healing practices at large.