DMA Board of Directors
DMA's Board of Directors meets most months on the first Thursday from 7-8 pm. As of Sept. 2023, these meetings are conducted in a hybrid manner.
For more information about DMA's board, please Contact Autumn Labbe-Renault
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.
Jeff came to Davis in 1995, along with his wife and their then-5-year-old twin sons, who attended local schools and UC Davis. Along the way, Jeff did a lot of journalism for Capital Public Radio, the Davis Enterprise, and the late, lamented Sacramento News & Review. For many years, Jeff also volunteered at KDVS, hosting gospel music programs. In what now seems like a previous life, Jeff experienced the Loma Prieta Earthquake seven miles from the epicenter (while living in downtown Watsonville in an 1887 home that is now a history museum).
Tricia Tomiyoshi has been a Davis resident for nearly a decade. She got her start in college radio at KZSC at UC Santa Cruz and has spent more than 20 years in communications roles, including her current position as senior public information officer for UC Davis Health. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University.
Board Member, KDRT Operating Committee Chair
Doug Kelly moved to Davis with his family in 1999 and has loved every minute of being here. He's been involved with community radio at several stations since 1986, and he's been a part of KDRT, Davis Media Access' low-power FM station, since 2011. You may have heard him hosting "The Electric Compost Heap" or one of the many live broadcasts from the Davis Music Festival. He currently chairs the KDRT Operating Committee, a group of volunteers helping steer KDRT back into the community after DMA's COVID closures.
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.
Executive Director Davis Media Access
Autumn is a respected community leader, a media maker, and experienced nonprofit executive director, a role she’s held at Davis Media Access since 2007. She works collaboratively with board, staff and volunteers to create a vibrant community nonprofit that serves our region in many ways.
Autumn was a principal in the development of KDRT and has created public affairs content for the station over the years, including the highly regarded “COVID-19 Community Report” during the pandemic. She serves as executive producer for DMA’s nonpartisan election coverage and periodically hosts local studio programs including “In the Studio” and “The City Considers.”
Her community involvement includes four years as chair of Arts Alliance Davis; board service on organizations ranging from Davis Community Network to Soroptimist International of Davis; service as a Commissioner for the City of Davis’s Broadband Advisory Task Force; and board service and conference development for the Alliance for Community Media Western Region. She has served as a strategic consultant for other nonprofits and regularly mentors other executive directors.
A former newspaper journalist, her monthly column on media and telecommunications is published in The Davis Enterprise the first Friday of each month, and she has also been published in a wide range of digital and print media.
Under Autumn’s leadership, DMA has been awarded the following:
• 2023 Democracy Works award, League of Women Voters Woodland
• 2022 Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year, Sen, Bill Dodd (D-Napa)
• 2021,Overall Excellence for Small Radio Stations, Alliance for Community Media
• 2019, Business Partnership of the Year with Sudwerk Brewing Company, Sacramento Regional Foundation, Big Day of Giving
Additionally, in 2021, Autumn was recognized as a Yolo County Woman of the Year by Congressman John Garamendi (D-3) for her work to connect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of that work included successfully leading an advocacy effort that resulted in $600,000 funding for the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Davis.
Autumn is an alumni of UC Davis and lives in Davis, CA, where she and her husband raised three children. She is a mixed-media artist and jewelry designer when time permits.
Director of Operations, Staff Liaison to Board
I've been working at Davis Media Access for over 25 years. Before that I was involved with radio station KDVS. I spend most of my time here working on finances, operations, information technology and the repair, installation and integration of all of our equipment.
I have been a linux zealot since 1996 and code on a number of open source projects, such as the radio station automation suite, Rivendell, the content management system Drupal, and the customer relationship management system, Civicrm.
I like my work because I believe free and diverse expression is an important part of our culture. It heightens the quality of discourse and helps us all continue to grow, learn and experience new things.