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Meet Our Volunteers

Roger Baker Roger Baker has lived all his life in beautiful western North Carolina. "I wouldn't want to live anywhere else," he says. He got his start in voiceover in 2006 by producing a local church radio program and as a DJ on a Christian radio station. He was also a reader for the Illinois Radio Reader Association on "The News from the WWW" and later migrated to AIRS. He is now a full-time voice for USA Today news podcasts, and magazine podcasts for Men’s Fitness, Country Weekly, LA Times, Detroit Free Press, AFP US Sports, radio and TV commercials, e-learning, corporate presentations and museum information. He loves voiceover work and has enjoyed the transition from the electronics industry as a Metrology Specialist, to full-time voiceover artist. When he's not doing voiceover, he loves writing and producing his own music.
Sharon Blumberg Sharon Olivia Blumberg is a recently retired school teacher, having taught Spanish and English for over 20 years. In addition, she is a writer and voiceover artist. She is married with two grown children, and lives with her husband in the Chicagoland area. She narrates audiobooks for Amazon, Audible, and iTunes through ACX, Kids Imagination Train, Short Kids Stories, and online audio plays and narrations for audio plays. For more information on Sharon, please visit her website.
Alyssa Carlson Alyssa Carlson is a trained voice actor and recently performed solo at the Music Teachers Association of California's convention as a state honors winning soprano. She is especially proud to voice Chi, a superhero for the Medikidz comic book animation series, which teaches children about their medical conditions. She has also voiced commercials for radio, television and the internet, corporate and university public service campaigns, and eLearning and corporate narration for domestic and international clients. Alyssa is delighted to read excerpts from Forbes magazine for AIRSLA!
Dr. Nathan Carlson Dr. Nathan Carlson is a board-certified Family Physician with experience in multimedia production, voice over and radio broadcasting. Prior to medical school he could be heard on radio stations in Seattle, Washington, and Anchorage, Alaska. In addition to seeing his own patients and teaching resident physicians and medical students, he produces medically-related educational content for patients, as well as co-workers and physician colleagues in Southern California. He lends his voice to AIRSLA reading excerpts from Men's Health Magazine.
Ken David Ken David graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelorís degree in Journalism. A native Southern Californian now living in San Diego, he works as a freelance writer, copyeditor, and voice actor. Previously, he did award-winning work as a journalist, public relations professional, and a copywriter. Ken got into voiceover in 2017. His work so far includes narrations for the Save San Onofre Coalition and Lytx. He is an avid bicyclist, dog lover, and hobbyist musician (The music you hear on his podcasts is not his own...yet.) He is happy to be reading a wide range of selections from the AARP Bulletin.
Jason Davis Jason Davis has been working behind microphones since 1995, including 7 years as the afternoon drive host at WQMZ-FM in Charlottesville, VA and part-time work with WWFS-FM in New York City and WMGQ-FM in New Brunswick, NJ. Currently, Jason works as a full time voice over artist, doing commercials, corporate and documentary narrations, TV station promos, dubbing English for foreign language films and TV shows, e-learning, phone systems and more. He also hosts team trivia nights at several NJ restaurants and sometimes works as a DJ/MC at weddings, corporate and charity events and other parties. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with family and friends, pop culture, trivia, music, social networking, and baseball. He's a proud member of AIRSLA's Daily AIRS crew.
Joyce Davis Joyce Davis was born into a pioneer Texas family and was one of the first women to graduate from Texas A&M University. After college she taught high school until her retirement, after which she found a class in voiceovers in 2007. Being an eager lifelong learner led to further study of voiceovers. Lately her interests have turned toward volunteering. "I enjoy volunteering and really do not want to work very hard anymore", she says. This led to reading for the visually impaired in Houston and for AIRSLA. She also voices for her church and other volunteer efforts. Volunteering is so rewarding; however, I do work for pay when asked. She is honored to be included in both of these areas and to hang out with the voiceover group in Houston.
Oliver Denny Based just outside London (UK), Oliver Denny is a professional voiceover artist with deep, warm, resonant tones and a British/ "soft" London accent. He is delighted to read articles from Business Week Magazine.
Max Flehinger Max Flehinger is our former Board Chairman, and has a long resume in public service. He was past Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Director of Volunteers for the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service (LARRS) for ten years, and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council and the Tarzana Community Center. Along with other former volunteers at LAARS, he founded AIRS in 2005. He currently reads the Store Ads and Audio Description podcasts for Southern California
Asha Gopalkrishnan Asha Gopalkrishnan is a broadcast journalist, voice-over artist and documentary filmmaker. She has been doing voice-overs for over 6 years now and has voiced projects for news feature shows on TV, programs for radio, documentaries, podcasts, promos, e-learning courses & IVRs. She chose to do voice-overs because she loves telling stories. To her, every script is a story waiting to be told. With a distinctive, deep, authoritative yet warm & versatile voice, she is always looking to put her voice to test & experiment. Having worked with India's leading business news channel, Economic Times Television, she has scripted, reported & produced shows for the channel and has a flair for writing. Asha currently lives in Finland and loves to travel & get acquainted with different cultures. She reads The Economist for AIRSLA and is extremely glad to be a part of the team.
Jim Hull Jim Hull has narrated for The Braille Institute since 1987. He recorded over 20 books there for the National Library Service of the Library of Congress. He voices the tests for the national Braille Challenge, and he narrates Braille's annual report and its newsletters "Scene" and "Solutions in Sight." Jim also teaches weekly classes in music and current events at Braille's L.A. campus. His voice is featured in the "Best Poems of All Time," a Time-Warner audiobook. Jim delivered over 600 lecture-demonstrations in dance to school students in the L.A. area; he has performed frequently in other stage productions and has made numerous appearances on TV and radio. Jim is the author of two books, both of which are available in audio format, and he keeps a website and blog.
Kathy Jacinto A native Californian of Mexican-Irish descent, Kathy Jacinto had the privilege of raising four children and then resuming her career in education, retiring from both "careers" with her last child's graduation from college. Years of storytelling and public speaking as a bilingual teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District piqued Kathy's interest in someday doing voiceovers. Now, after taking some time to study the art and to launch her own website, she's begun a new career, and practices her voices with her grandchildren! She feels honored to be working with AIRSLA and to be in the company of such talented voiceover artists who volunteer their time for the podcasts.
Joe Jurca Joe Jurca, AIRS Chief Engineer, has 40 years experience as an Aerospace and Sonar Systems Engineer, 15 years of which was spent managing military contract proposal teams. He was named Engineer of the Year at The Bunker-Ramo Corporation and, at Bendix Ocean Systems, won a special award for excellence running a losing proposal effort (Really! - Ask him about it. It was like winning second place in a tug-of-war.) Since his retirement in 2000, he has been a volunteer reader at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD), in Reseda, CA and jumped aboard AIRSLA shortly after its founding. In addition to managing the AIRS web site and Studio, he records a series of podcasts featuring scientific articles from popular journals.
Prem Kishore Prem Kishore is host of the 2 hour Saturday radio program Music All The Way, where she shares seventies music stories and memories (12 pm Pacific 3 pm Eastern time). In India, she taught English Literature to college students, and hosted music programs for All India Radio. She won a scholarship to the BBC, moved to Dubai to present classical programs on FM radio, and was assistant editor at Motivate, a publishing firm. She migrated to Los Angeles, California, where she worked as Occupancy Specialist for a Housing Urban Development program and was involved in audio projects for airlines and narration work. She is the author of two books, "India: A Culinary Journey," and "The History and Culture of India" (Hippocrene Publishing). She narrated her first book for Audible and has a second book on the way. She lectures frequently on India at Pierce Community College and has organized Indian music, dance events, and poetry readings for Pacific Asia Museum. She reviews books and writes on travel, dance and food for various magazines including the Washington Times.
Trudi Knoedler Trudi Knoedler is a narrator and producer of audiobooks who was trained in audiobook narration and production by the master narrator, P.J. Ochlan of the Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology. With prior experience and training in classical acting and singing, Trudi made the transition to narration in 2015. She has since recorded 6 audiobooks: two released in Germany and the others by American authors Chris Karlsen (Knights in Time series) and Maureen Milliken (Bernie O'Dea mystery series). "I enjoy the spoken word and using my voice, and I am happy to bring these skills to my volunteer work with AIRSLA. I hope our vision-challenged listeners are having their quest for news and opinions in the Progressive politics arena satisfied by my readings from MOTHER JONES," concluded Knoedler. "It has been an honor doing this work."
Dawnn Leary Dawnn Leary is a budding voice over talent originally from Novato, California but has been residing in Washington, DC for over 15 years. She has been working in the field of community development for over 10 years, helping to rebuild and revitalize distressed neighborhoods and has just started the journey of turning her love and experience in voiceovers into a business. She is excited to record the Women's Health magazine podcast for AIRS LA!
Danielle Lescure Danielle Lescure is an actor and model on the rise. She's very proud to be working with such wonderful, talented folks and a great organization. Somehow she has found time to read LA Times articles and fill-in as scheduler (the most demanding of the volunteer job categories at AIRS).
Patty Mattson Hello! My name is Patty Mattson, I am a singer, songwriter and voice actress. I head up my businesses Madison Music & Voice Over and Studio19 Songs/BMI. I've been in the studio or performing most of my life. My resume includes voice over, animation, satirical soundalikes, studio session work, and on-Camera roles. I've recorded 2 records, produced by Grammy winner Rob Chiarelli, "The Road", & "All The Wonders Of This Holiday", both of which contain my original songs. I love animated characters, songwriting, singing, creating my records and being a part of so many great commercials, video games, apps, and the like. I'm also delighted to be a part of the AIRSLA family, sharing with you all. If you'd like to see my resume, bio's, blog or hear some of my work, log on to my website. Thank you so much for checking it all out - and for listening here at AIRSLA!
Darla Middlebrook Darla Middlebrook is a transplanted Ohio girl who has lived in Saskatchewan Canada most of her life. She usually shares her home with a cat or two. Originally from Mansfield, Ohio; Darla recently retired from 40 years as a Speech Pathologist (SLP) working with children. While working as an SLP, she found time to perform on stage in operas, musicals and dramas. Retirement has allowed Darla to re-invent herself as a voiceover talent specializing in narration of audio books. She brings to this new career a background in speech, language, singing and acting. Since retiring, Darla has also been able to devote time to volunteer work. She volunteers through the local hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to deliver meals to out-patients and reads to residents at one of the local nursing homes. Darla is happy to be able to lend her voice to AIRSLA.
Jody Olson Jody Olson grew up on an acreage, five miles from the middle of nowhere in North Central Iowa. He joined the Navy straight out of High School and spent the next 20 years traveling the world, serving on four different submarines and various shore commands. After that He bounced around the Defense Industry, in various rolls to protect our men and women in uniform. He is proud to be a part of the AIRSLA's Scouting Magazine Project.
Nancy Porter Nancy Porter, with two degrees from Stanford, has had several careers: Las Vegas showgirl, actress, singer, dancer, musician, college professor, middle school math/English teacher, and TV assistant director. Now widowed and retired, she lives in the Los Angeles area with three little dogs, serves on four non-profit boards, is an active Rotarian, performs with a local repertory theatre group, plays handbells, takes communion to patients at the Motion Picture/TV nursing home, interacts with global leaders as a member of the International Circle of the World Affairs Council, was awarded 2017 Volunteer of the Year by a large metropolitan hospital, can be heard live every Thursday morning on LA's radio station for the blind (LARRS), records podcasts for AIRSLA, and enjoys her daughter, two granddaughters, and a great-grandson who live nearby.
Danielle Rayne Danielle Rayne has been a working actress for more than 20 years and is grateful to be recording National Geographic Kids and Allure Magazine for AIRSLA. For more info on Danielle, please visit
Judith Rubino Judith Rubino was born in Manhattan and moved to Los Angeles in her mid-twenties. In her first life, she was an elementary school teacher and enrichment specialist. Of course, her favorite thing was reading books aloud to the children. She has always loved the written and spoken word, and swears that Books On Tape (yes, tape) saved her from going brain dead on those long stroller walks with her infant daughter. About 5 years ago, a friend who was on the Board at AIRSLA suggested that she become a volunteer reader. She's been doing a weekly podcast ever since. She currently reads from Newsweek Magazine. This sparked Judith to start her second life - as a voice over artist. Please visit her website.
Dan Woren For the last two decades Dan Woren has made his income primarily as a voiceover artist. He has been heard commercially as the spokesman for Pacific Life Insurance, Hertz Car Sales, the National Realtors Association, and Robinsons-May. Recently, Dan started recording books-on-tape for Random House; titles include: "Brother One Cell," "Under The Baseball Moon," "The Inner Game Of Tennis," and "Three Signs Of A Miserable Job." Dan is also very active in the cartoon/anime world, providing voices for numerous characters, including the tragic-hero Roy Fokker on the "Robotech" series, Jagi in "Fist Of The North Star," and Wilbur D'Anclaude in "Armitage Poly-Matrix." Currently, he can be heard as the voice of Byakuya Kuchiki in the anime series "Bleach." Dan spends some of his free time writing poetry, prose, and the occasional happy song.

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