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 6:00 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 board at ucimc dot org. The email goes to all the current board members.
While IMC BoD members chair all BoD standing committees, all community members are welcome to take part. We have six standing committees and a Committee of the Whole, all of which meet regularly. It is in these standing committees that most of the work of IMC self-governance takes place. Interested in joining a committee, but not sure where you'd fit in best? You can read more about our standing committees and what they do.
You can also join the board! Our membership meetings are in the Fall of each year. You can apply to be on the ballot.
Board of Directors for 2020 (elected at the autumn 2019 General Membership Meeting)
Bourema "Ibrahim" Ouedraogo | Programming Committee Member
My name is Bourema “Ibrahim” Ouedraogo, and I have been with the IMC for the past two years as a member of the board of directors. I am also the owner of a small business, Global Visual Media Studio, housed in 215 of the IMC. I am married with two children and have lived in the US for the past ten years. I was involved in a place like the IMC when living in my home country of Burkina Faso, where I worked in community outreach, training, project management, event and workshop coordination, the arts, and cultural preservation. It was important for me to find the IMC, as a space to continue this type of work and have a place to find collaborators and develop my small business in videography. I am currently involved in leadership, programming and audiovisual communication, and as a board member and community member, I hope to encourage participation in activities and interests in the IMC among the community, donors, and other artists.
Danielle Chynoweth | Board Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee Member, Personnel Committee Member
elizaBeth Simpson | Chair of the Fundraising Committee
elizaBeth Simpson has been a diehard IMC member since 2002, when she lived above the old space, vacuuming and watering the plants. Prior to that, she was part of the corporate globalization protests that sparked the indymedia movement. Over the years she has been a member of Books to Prisoners, the Bike Project, School for Designing a Society, Community Connections, WRFU, OddMusic, Public I, Zine Library, Makerspace, website committee and steering committee, among others. She has co-organized the IMC Super Summer Skill share, dance parties, music shows, fundraisers, and hosted coworking hours. Over the years Beth has worked with Americorps volunteers, trained board members on fundraising, provided workshops for working groups on conflict engagement, and facilitated countless (but not endless!) meetings. She's currently a member of Makerspace and is proud to step up to steward the IMC through its transition back to flourishing as an epicenter of cultural access for community power.
Jane McClintock | Chair of the Facilities Committee
|Jane values the IMC for its "diversity of folks, activity, ideas. Space for creativity. Maintaining a historical part of downtown Urbana by reimaging it's purpose."|
Karen Medina | President of the Board | Finance Committee Member, Facilities Committee Member, Personnel Committee Member, Programming Committee Member, Fundraising Committee Member, Tech Committee Member, Membership Committee Member, Anniversary Committee Member, and volunteers as the acting Program Director of the IMC
|Karen values the IMC for the activism, the community, the folk music, the public events and also the space for private celebrations, the educational aspects, the working groups, the library and archive, and the fact that there is an activity cart for kids (so their parents can attend meetings and the kids are welcome too). // Karen grew up in Champaign, left town to join the Peace Corps, has lived and worked in other countries and other states, but always returns to Champaign-Urbana. She started working at age 10 (as a newspaper carrier), so now that she is in her 50s the list of things she has done is enormously long. She has been a member of many labor unions over the years and is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). She has a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Volunteer-wise, she has been a church youth group leader, volunteered with the Education Justice Project, read for Illinois Radio Reader. She has served on several non-profit boards.|
Karthik Kakarala | Programming Committee Member
|Karthik values the IMC because "The IMC has a unique role in this community, where it values art as not just expressions of ideas, but as a counterbalance to predominant power structures that willingly exclude marginalized voices. As such, it is considered a space safe for those committed to justice, human rights, and increasingly sustainable living. Even in comparison to other independent media centers throughout the Midwest and beyond, the UC-IMC is uniquely positioned to bolster that sense of community locally and beyond. As a venue for music, it is positioned to be safer and kinder than both for-profit venues that require alcohol sales to exist, and houses that usually cannot hold sufficient space or resources on a consistent basis."|
Keith Moore | Chair of the Programming Committee
Nick Goodell | Board Secretary, Chair of the Personnel Committee
Nick Goodell has outreach and organizing skills that he hopes to use to grow the IMC membership and community. He is eager to fulfill these goals through new programming, better data management, and by making it easier for new volunteers to work on IMC committees.
Shaya Robinson | co-Chair of the Programming Committee
|When asked what she values about the IMC, Shaya says, "I value the diversity and community aspect of the IMC. You can go in and see an art show, dance, talk about race relations, yoga and many other things that are meant to serve those who may not be able to afford to go to these things at any of place locally."|
Stuart Levy | Chair of the Tech Committee, Personnel Committee Member
Stuart Levy is happy to be a geek working in support of the IMC, and is chair of the Technical committee (email@example.com). He's also also been doing technical work for WRFU, including keeping up their internet stream, since 2016.