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Meet Our Volunteers

R.J. Amador Robert John "RJ" Amador holds degrees from UC Irvine and Cambridge University in the UK, specializing in the development, analysis, and implementation of effective environmental policy. Among other interests and pursuits, he owns and operates his own 'green' business in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a recent Selectee for commissioning as an officer in the US Navy Reserve. After many years on the mic for AIRS, RJ continues to read National Geographic and Popular Science Magazines, enjoying every minute of it!
Melissa Baird Actress Melissa Baird comes to us from Seattle where she graduated from the University of Washington Drama program. In addition to her stage and voiceover work there she also volunteered as a reader for the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library. In Los Angeles Melissa has appeared in the recent CBS television series, "The Fugitive" and on stage in "Proof" and "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." She is committed to serving the community and dedicates her volunteer work to her father, who had special needs himself. She reads Real Simple Magazine for AIRS.
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. Roger currently produces the Friday Health SDP for The Daily AIRS.
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.
Richard Bristow Richard Bristow has been gainfully employed in theatre for more than 30 years and is happy to be recording The New York Times movie reviews for AIRSLA. He has voiced regional, national, and international projects - including Tecate beer, Georgia Lottery, Chattanooga Zoo, as well as several audio games (video games for the blind) for Blastbay studios in Stockholm, Sweden. For more info on Richard, please visit his website.
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. For more information check out her website. She is honored to be included in both of these areas and to hang out with the voiceover group in Houston.
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
Mary Lou Flesh Mary Lou Flesh is an actress in television commercials and sings in many venues throughout Southern California. Her voice has been heard internationally in radio jingles. Her BS degree is from Christian Heritage College and she continued her education at Fuller Seminary. She was ordained in May 2008. Her newest adventure is voice acting and she is pleased to be working with a very talented group of readers at AIRSLA.
Daniila Georgieva Daniila Georgieva is a cat aficionado and voice actor who is humbled to voice 'The Nation' for AIRSLA. She graduated with a BA from SUNY Purchase, and enjoys practicing her craft in her free time (when she's not looking at cat pictures). For more information please visit Her web site.
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.
Allison Hogan Allison Hogan lives in Orange County, Southern California and has an International Accent that has been described as melodious, warm and fresh. Born in Australia, she has spent most of her adult life living in England and the USA and it is this mixture of life experiences that has made Allison's voice unique and interesting. Allison loves her voiceover work and in particular is concentrating on recording audiobooks. Hobbies and Interests include: reading, cinema and theater, travel, camping, scuba diving, golf, astronomy and cats!
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.
Stephen Johnson As a freelance voice artist Stephen Johnson provided narrations and voiceover for ad agencies and video production services around the world, including China and South America. It all started for him more than 30 years ago at radio stations in the South San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Since then, he's narrated thousands of commercial spots and educational videos for local and regional clients, many of them nationally recognized. He reads Country Living for AIRSLA.
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).
Mary Lord Mary Lord is a 6th grader at St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's in NYC, where she was born and has lived her whole life! She has a 7 year old Golden Doodle named Milo and an older sister named Annie who is in 11th grade at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Mary loves math and science and after school, really enjoys making SLIME and reading. She plays volleyball and is hoping to make a travel team this year. She also likes to ski but not the super steep slopes! In the summer, she goes to Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard, NC and also spends time with her extended family in Nantucket. She loves the beach and swimming. Mary is really excited to be recording for AIRSLA.
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 www.daniellerayne.com.
Derek Ross Derek Ross is all about movement and staying active. You can find him running races and participating in mud obstacle courses. He finds peace and comfort in seeing the word "Finish" after every race. He credits this to his experience in Washington, D.C., successfully serving as a member of AmeriCorps in 2011 and 2014. Derek is also a video editor, music producer, basically a humbled man of many talents. He has also volunteered as an Audio Checker with Learning Ally, in Washington, D.C. Derek is an avid follower of ESPN and is absolutely excited to be reading ESPN Magazine for AIRSLA. For more information, check out his website. Thanks for listening!!
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.
Linda Thompson Linda Thompson retired from her fourteen year aerospace engineering career to be a stay-at-home mother to the two children she and husband Richard raised. One of the real joys of this rewarding new job was reading stories to Scott and Bryn. Now that both are in high school, they run in horror from Mom when she follows after them trying to get them to listen to the still delightful (to Linda) books. Much to their relief, Linda is now reading for AIRS LA instead. You can hear her health news selections weekly, but, sorry, no Goodnight Moon.
Tom Weitzel Tom Weitzel is a voice actor based in Los Angeles. The national brand voice for clients including Fan Duel and Bellgioiso cheese, he is represented by Commercial Talent Agency (CTA). He is proud to be reading LA Magazine for AIRSLA.
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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