Officers, Directors, and Staff
The National Capital Radio & Television Museum relies on volunteer docents and others to staff the majority of its needs. The curator, officers, and board members all serve without pay. The executive director and the museum assistant are the Museum’s professional staff. Many of us were first drawn to the museum by our interest in radio or broadcasting history. Indeed, many of the Museum’s leaders and volunteers are collectors of radios, other equipment, or books and documents about radio’s more than century-long development.
Staff & Officers
Executive Director — Karen Whitehair
Karen Whitehair brings 25 years of overall Museum experience to the Museum, with an emphasis on collections management, exhibit development and interpretation. She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Art in History from the University of Colorado in 1988 and her Master’s Degree of Art in History from Yale University in 1991. She also holds a certificate in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, received in 1994. She has been featured in several academic publications, including History News and Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals. Ms. Whitehair comes to us from the Montpelier Mansion in Prince George’s County, a beautiful estate home in Laurel, MD. The Museum looks forward to her joining its team on August 29th.
Curator/Librarian — Brian Belanger
One of the founders of the Radio History Society, volunteer Brian Belanger is the Museum’s curator and a Director on the board. Prior to his retirement in 2000 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he held several senior management positions there, including Deputy Director of the Advanced Technology Program. He was a Commerce Department Science and Technology Fellow in 1983 and a recipient of Bronze and Silver medals from the Department. An electrical engineer, with a bachelor’s degree from Caltech and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Brian also was a research engineer at the General Electric Research and Development Center early in his career. He is an amateur extra-class ham operator with call letters KB3PRS. He is the co-editor of Radio Age, the newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club, and the editor of Dials and Channels, the journal of the Radio & Television Museum. He was the recipient of the 2001 Antique Wireless Association’s Houck Award for Documentation for his many articles on antique radio topics, and also served as the first vice president of that organization.
Board Chair — Stephen Hansman (term expires 2018)
Steve is a Board Certified Family Physician and a native Marylander. He most recently spent 24 years providing primary care at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Annapolis. Steve has been collecting radios for many years and likes to think of himself as a kind of archaeologist, looking for radios at flea markets and antique shops, posted on eBay, or available by networking through people who share his passion. Steve is the Medical Director for Primary Care of the Anne Arundel Medical Group and also treats patients at the Pasadena office.
With a professional career spanning more than 20 years in multiple industries, Anne Thompson has developed a broad array of experience ranging from operations, sales, and marketing, to M&A and regulatory affairs. Her experience in both large corporations and non-profit organizations allow her to move between those environments with ease. In 2016, Anne drew upon her family’s entrepreneurial history and opened her own small business: a specialty food production company selling small-batch chutneys to local stores and customers. Anne has previously been on the Board of the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter of Women In Cable Telecommunications and an active member of the Washington DC Chapter of Women in Film and Video, where she used her passion for the arts and media to organize awareness programs to influence federal, state, and local political leaders and to expand development opportunities for women in media. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Dickinson College and lives in Washington, DC with her husband Bill. She is an artist and painter, and is currently writing her first book about her entrepreneurial experience.
David is highly involved with Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEM/STEAM) for over 20 years, most notably working with US FIRST the largest robotics engineering and mentor non-profit in the country in various leadership technical position since 2013. Since 2016 (3-year commitment) chosen as a committee member for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and notably the chair for the 2018 Fellowship selection, Executive Branch Committee in his final year. As well as chosen this past spring as an Executive Committee Member, and presenting author for the 2018 Space Conference hosted by National Society of Black Engineers-Special Interest Group in Washington DC next spring. Recently, David was selected by the United States Selective Service as Regional Board Member for State of Maryland, authorized and selected by Office of the President, and the Governor of Maryland. In addition, David serves as Board member for Imagine Schools of Maryland, a division of Imagine Schools which is the 10th largest charter school in the nation. David graduated with Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from University of Southern Mississippi, where he chaired science and innovative engineering teams as an underclassman. He continued his education with Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and most recently another Master of Science in Space Studies and Aeronautical Science. He works as a Senior Staff Consultant with Engineering Systems, Inc. in the Washington, DC office.
Board Treasurer — David Rossetti (term expires 2018)
A Naval Academy graduate with a Master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, Dave currently supports himself as a business development professional, providing consulting services to businesses pursuing Federal contracts, predominately in the Defense and information technology sectors. He started his career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, serving as an Electronics Warfare and Electronics Maintenance Officer on a naval combatant. Leaving the Navy, his career has spanned numerous technology fields. He has worked in undersea warfare systems, information technology, transportation systems, and the intelligence community, in various capacities that included roles as an analyst, business development manager, program manager, engineering manager, systems engineer, director, and for a short time, business manager for a family owned antiques store. Dave has been an avid collector and restorer of antiquities, including vintage and 18th century furniture, 70s and 80s period automobiles, and more recently, tube-based electronics. His specialty area currently lies in the collection, repair, restoration, and calibration of Hickok and military vacuum tube testers. In addition to his service on the NCRTV board supporting strategic planning for the museum, he also serves as a director on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club. He is also a graduate of the NCRTV’s Antique Radio Repair course. Dave lives in Annapolis, MD.
Immediate Past Chair — David Wolf
John Anderson (term expires 2018)
John graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and spent most of his career there as a clinical nephrologist (kidney specialist) until retiring in 2010. His interest in vintage radios and TVs dates to 1950 when at age three, he was the first employee of Anderson Radio and Television Repair, a business started by his father, Gus Anderson. Gus had received a degree in Radio and Television engineering in 1940 and served in the US Army Signal Corp. Encouraged by his uncles Bill and Neil, radio and computer engineers, respectively, as well the need to refurbish the Zenith farm radio and Magnavox TV he inherited from his dad, he took the Museum’s vintage radio repair course and then become a docent in 2014. He was elated when the farm radio worked beautifully at his family reunion in front of his uncles and three cousins who are also engineers.
He lives in the middle of an apple and pear orchard in Glen Arm, MD, with his wife, a research scientist and serves on the medical advisory board of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. They are frequent visitors to London, U.K., where their daughter is a corporate banker and their one year old granddaughter is into playing with trucks and balls not dolls.
After graduating Capitol Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and then graduate study at Johns Hopkins University, Ira taught electronics at the Community College of Baltimore, before beginning his career as an electrical engineer. He recently retired from the diagnostic instrument division of Becton Dickinson as an engineering manager, and prior to that was an electrical engineer at Environmental Elements Corporation. In that capacity, he received a patent for introducing microcomputer technology to the electrostatic precipitator industry. His interest in electronics and radio began when he became an amateur radio operator in 1960. His present callsign is KB3I. In addition to restoring antique radios, he also collects and restores electromechanical pinball machines and amusement devices. He has been a docent at the museum since January of 2015, and is also a member of the volunteer committee.
Chris Sterling taught and “deaned” at George Washington University for some 35 years. Since 1978 he’s authored or edited more than 25 books on the history of electronic media and telecommunications as well as authoring articles and books in such hobby interests as aviation and Winston S. Churchill. He served on the Museum board for 15 years (and was board chair for five of those) before taking a break. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA.
Chris is a Penn State graduate and is a practicing attorney. His interest in Radio and Television started when he majored in Broadcast Journalism. He has several years of experience representing corporations in regulatory proceedings and engaging in litigation stemming from these proceedings. Currently Chris represents start-ups and provides legal advice to emerging companies as a solo practitioner based in Washington, D.C. He has experience in broadcast radio as a on air news reporter and fundraiser for his college radio station (WPSU). In addition, he was an article writer and Editor in Chief of his law school newspaper (The New York Law School Reporter). Chris is active in the community and is a adult volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 1657 based in Prince George’s County. He aims to use his legal, journalism and radio experience to assist the Board of Directors in guiding the museum as it continues to grow.
Andrew is a graduate student at Salisbury University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Towson University. He is currently the graduate assistant for the Curatorial department of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, MD. His interest in the National Capital Radio & Television Museum started with volunteering as an office intern. He is involved with the promotion of history in public education through his volunteer work with the National History Day organization.