"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." -Helen Keller
Connie Brodland is a volunteer reader with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind. Her background is administrative/secretarial with the public school system and corporate setting. Upon retirement she had a day trip bus traveling business for 7 years. It ended with the pandemic. She is married to Ray Brodland, a retired cabinet maker/maintenance man. Connie is the mother of three adult children, one deceased, grandmother and great grandmother. Connie has been with RRRB since 2016. She was recruited by Doug Wright, Board President, to become a member of the Board of Directors. She still serves on the board and continues to be a reader.
Kaye Brouwer has been a volunteer with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind since 2015 – or earlier – helping Diane with selecting articles for readers to include in the West Valley Talking News. Kaye has lived all over the United States. She moved to Arizona in 1977, and became acquainted with RRRB after she stopped in to get information for her aunt and her mother, both of whom are vision impaired. Kaye has two sons and three grandchildren. Before retirement she taught in middle school. She enjoys reading nonfiction history and mystery novels, hiking, pickleball and playing cards.
Nicole Caliguiri is a volunteer librarian with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind. She recently moved to Arizona from New York City, where she worked for the last 15 years as a Reference Librarian and Information Literacy Instructor for St. Joseph’s College. She is married to Michael Caliguiri, a personal injury attorney, and is the proud step-mother of Allison Brewster and David Caliguiri and grandmother of Katie. Her interests include golfing with her husband and pilates. After settling into her new home, she wanted to continue working as a librarian and learned of the RRRB through the website Volunteermatch. She has been working with RRRB since early 2021.
Leo Campero manages the social media accounts for Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind. Leo and his family are originally from Minnesota, they have been in Arizona for four years. Leo enjoys photography, working out, learning new things and having new experiences. He loves all things technology as well as reading non-fiction. Leo has been with RRRB since 2020. He was looking for an opportunity to serve the community remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and came across the opportunity on VolunteerMatch.
Howard Cohen is a volunteer reader at the Recorded Recreational Reading for the blind, having begun in early 2021. Originally from Chicago, Howard is a self-described kosher ham – an 18-year old folk singer who lost track of the past 60 years. He would love a career doing voiceovers, commercials, narration; and his volunteer work at the studio provides him with an opportunity to do what he loves. Howard has been married for the past 54 years and has two beautiful, smart daughters. When not at work as a customer service representative for the State Department, answering questions about passport status, he goes to open mics where he sings and plays guitar. He’d love to have voice acting lessons!!
Rose Anne Colavito and David Ganje, KRUV Radio Sun interviewers, are relative newcomers to radio broadcasting, both having taken a leap into the deep end when interviewing two very accomplished and thoughtful local teenage girls. The result: they came away laughing, giggling and enlightened. In addition, Rose Anne records book reviews for the Arizona Talking Books Library. Both Rose Anne and Dave are thankful to be able to volunteer for Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind and say “It's a Hoot!!”
Julanne Dalke, Radio show host, produces programs for KRUV Radio Sun and the West Valley Talking news. She researches, records, edits, directs and produces a weekly excerpt for RRRB subscribers from her professionally certified in home studio. A creative by nature, Julanne has a history as an artist, writer and voice actor. She resides in Surprise AZ with her husband. She made an application to be a volunteer in 2016 and has represented the company ever since with the radio show Lifestyles. She creates various narrations on a wide range of topics she believes will be of interest to her listeners.
Betty Dillemuth has been a reviewer for Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind since sometime in 2009. As a reviewer, Betty listens to books that have been recorded, keeping an ear open for errors and marking them for rerecording. Betty is married, has two children and two grandchildren. She came to be involved with RRRB at the suggestion of a neighbor. Betty has also served as a volunteer at a local hospital for ten or more years. She likes to sew and to crochet.
Marie Farmer is a relatively new volunteer reader with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind, although it's been on her Wanna-Do list for a long time. Her professional background includes teaching English as a Second Language in Tokyo, California, and the Washington, D.C. area, followed by a stint as a travel agent/owner, and then caregiver to her late husband. Once retired, she discovered a plethora of clubs and activities in a del Webb community, which allowed her to explore new hobbies, perfect some others, and even let her Evil Twin out on the stage a time or two. Now re-married, she & her husband had begun exploring the world on an accelerated basis which they are eager to continue, but she is thrilled that she can continue her reading/recording sessions in between her trips.
Linda Furman is a volunteer reader with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind. Her background is in elementary education, with most of her years spent as a Title-I teacher, serving struggling reading and math students. A Phoenix native, she traveled with her first husband during his Coast Guard years. They were stationed in interesting locations, from Williamsburg, Virginia to Juneau, Alaska. Linda is also a “ham,” having enjoyed acting in theatrical productions at Phoenix Children's Theater, West High School, ASU and various community theaters. Her favorite roles are the bad women – Lady Macbeth and the Wicked Witch of the West! Linda is married to Bill Furman, a retired construction and engineering contractor, and is the mother of two adult children, Brian and Sarah. She also loves her five adult step-children, Bob, Bruce, Brad, Brent and Brenda. Linda has been with RRRB since 2019.
Carolyn Gelazela has been a volunteer reader for Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind for about 15 years, first recording textbooks for school usage and later doing private reader books in addition to the news. Married for 56 years, she and her hubby, Gerry, a retired metallurgist, have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Previous to being a Mom, she was a claims manager for an insurance agency. She was twice a candidate of public office (county council) in Maryland, her home state. She returned to employment as a cleaning lady and later bought and operated a shoeshine chair in a Marriott Hotel for 13 years. She enjoys fitness exercising and reading. Her real love has been teaching teens the Catholic Faith for over 30 years, at local parishes- currently at Santa Teresita in El Mirage.
Jackie Huget is involved with the clerical tasks at Recorded Recreational Readling for the Blind, primarily cataloging the cassettes as they are returned, erasing them and preparing them to mail out again the following week. She’s been with RRRB since 2018, having heard about the opportunity when it was presented at her church. Jackie was married for 54 years when her husband passed away in 2016. They had two children, two grandchildren and one great grandchild, with another on the way. Before volunteering at RRRB, Jackie taught music in public schools for nearly 30 years. She loves to read, watch TV series and work jigsaw puzzsles.
Orrin Johnson has volunteered as a director with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind and for the Arizona Talking Books Library since around 2010 or thereabouts. His technical experience with audio and computers was invaluable when making the transition from tape to digital recording. Orrin’s primary focus when directing is recording books for the National Library Service.
Richard Kerr received his degree in Mass Communications from Arizona State University. He has been involved in radio since 1970. For 16 years Richard volunteered as a reader of the USA Today for SunSounds of Arizona. In 2016 he became a volunteer with Recreational Reading for the Blind (KRUV) as an announcer/reader. Recently, Richard began hosting a weekend show “Relaxing Eclectic Waves.” Early in Richard’s life in radio he learned one’s musical taste must be varied: Acoustic Jazz, Big Band, Classical, Rock and Roll to Standards. Richard and his wife have been married for 47 years and have two adult children and three grandchildren. They are retired and living in Payson, Arizona.
Ginny McClain began volunteering with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind in October 2012 as a director. She’d learned about the organization through a newspaper article, stopped by to check it out, and has been involved ever since. Before her retirement, Ginny was in the funeral and cemetery business. She, a former Soroptimist, is a great reader and very involved with her church, currently via zoom. Ginny has three children, nine grandchildren (three of whom are serving in the Navy) and two great grandchildren.
Don Myers is a reader with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind. Don served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He and his wife Alma have three children and more than 30 grandchildren. Don and Alma both taught elementary school until retiring in 1972. Don and Alma, now deceased, volunteered as full time Rangers for the National Park Service, serving 18 years at Dinosaur National Monument. Since 2004, Don has been a volunteer with the Braille Talking Book Library. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for RRRB.
Herb Norton records the Science News at home for RRRB. He has been with RRRB for about 3 years, but before that he recorded textbooks for Recording for the Blind since the mid 70s. While he has a PhD in physics, for most of his career, he was a software developer for Bell Labs. He also spent 10 years as a part time dance teacher. Herb is now a Master Tax Advisor for H&R Block. He is married to Sue who is a retired teacher and corporate secretary. They enjoy hiking, traveling, and ballroom dancing and are active in their church. Herb has two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Fred Rothert is a reader with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind, primarily reading the sports report and occasionally other things. Fred, who is from Indiana, was a professional musician until age 40 when he began a career teaching high school English and history. At present, Fred is retired. Fred and Bonnie have been married for 41 years and have a son and two daughters. In addition to his family, Fred loves music, classic films, sports, cooking, reading and hiking. Fred has been involved with West Valley Talking News since sometime in 2018, introduced through his friendship with Buck Miner who went to the studio for an interview.
Sarah Shew is a volunteer director with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind. Her backkground is secretarial and administrative primarily with law firms and the Arizona court system. For the past 15 years she has been practicing real estate, helping people buy and sell. She is married to Steve Shew, a retired college professor of mathematics, and is the mother of an adult daughter, Jenny Kew. Her interests include reading and knitting. She has been with RRRB since 2018, having been “recruited” by her friend Paige Wilbur. She also serves on RRRB’s Board of Directors.
Paige Wilbur, who retired from the insurance industry after more than 20 years when her first grandchild born, has been a volunteer reader at Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind for many years. She also serves on the Board of Directors. Paige is married to James, a military retiree. They are the parents of daughter Brandy Pitcher, and grandparents of Alex (age 16) and Olivia (age 13). Her interests include reading, music, traveling and cooking.
Dan Zemke started as a volunteer reader in February, 2021 at the invitation of Sarah Shew. He was born and raised in Kansas and moved to Arizona in 1970. He earned a BS in Accounting from ASU and served the State of Arizona as a bureaucrat, retiring after almost 38 years in 2009. He has been a widower since 2018 and has 5 grown children and 8 grandchildren. His interests include reading, music, and puzzles of any kind.