DMA Board of Directors
• Davis resident since the late 70’s
• Married to wife, Darien with adult daughter Alison
• Avid consumer of music and journalism
• Political and civic activist in issues dealing with environment and public health
• Lifelong learner
Now retired, Gary is new to the DMA board, having spent his entire career in both noncommercial and commercial radio and television. He lives in Sacramento.
Prior to almost 20 years as an announcer, producer and on air host at Capital Public Radio, Gary was Station Manager of KWGS-FM at the University of Tulsa, where he brought that station to CPB qualification and affiliation with National Public Radio in early 1978. In the Nineties, one of Gary jobs at KXPR-Sacramento was producing and hosting broadcast concerts of the Sacramento Philharmonic.
His love and knowledge of a number of musical genres have propelled him to volunteer as an on air host at KDRT. His first love was jazz, then other kinds of really good music followed, which include: more modern classical music, American Popular Songs, the blues and film music. He was especially taken with the Beatles in the Sixties as a disc jockey at a commercial AM in Tulsa, where he came to larger market broadcasting in 1959. Being on the air when John, Paul, George and Ringo hit was a really big thing for Gary. He also currently writes film reviews for two websites in Northern California. He presented on-camera commentary on movies for commercial TV beginning in the early Seventies.
Robin is a 30-year Davis resident and neighborhood activist in the Davis Manor neighborhood where the DMA studio is located. As a member of the Davis Manor Creative Action Team, she helps organize participatory public art and other neighborhood improvement projects that build community and a sense of place. She is a graduate of the UC Davis International Agricultural Development master’s program, and has a background in social science research related to agriculture and land use policy.
Ulfat Shaikh is a pediatrician at University of California Davis Children's Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics at UC Davis School of Medicine. She previously served as Clinical Quality Officer for the California Department of Health Care Services. A board-certified pediatrician for over 20 years, Ulfat completed her medical education at Goa Medical College, India and pediatric residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. She has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Master’s in Clinical Research from UC Davis. Ulfat’s family has been involved with Davis Media Access for years — her daughter, Zahra, started the Davis Teen Animators Club at DMA, and her son, Rohan, is a KDRT DJ. Ulfat is excited about bringing her pediatric expertise working with youth development as DMA continues to develop and build on its youth media initiatives.
Ashley Woodbury is a long time Davis resident and a graduate of the Nature and Culture program from UC Davis. She has experience running her own media company and is passionate about digital storytelling, sound healing, and childcare. Starting in 2011, Ashley has worked closely with members of the DMA community on Yolo County community media projects. She is eager to step into her role as member of the Davis Media Access Board of Directors.