Board Members

Songfa Liu, President

Heinrich Stefanik, Vice President

For Heinrich multilingual broadcasting is what water is to a fish. Transylvanian-born he grew up in Munich, Germany, and as a teenager migrated to Australia with his parents. He came to study at the ANU in 1963 and “got stuck in Canberra” ever since.

Heinrich has been active in ethnic community radio since 1978 in many roles, both at the local and national level. Over the years he served as Secretary, President and member of the EBC/CMS Board. At the national level he was/is  involved in the National Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC) and the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).He has been a consistent contributor to various local radio programs. He has been the coordinator of the German language magazine TREFFPUNKT (Meeting Point) since the foundation of CMS.

Heinrich enjoys working with Team CMS – broadcasters, staff and board members – to realise Quality, Relevance and Harmony in our on-air presence and within the radio station

Jim Saragas, Vice President

David Wang, Treasurer

Saad Khalid, Assistant Treasurer

Lavinia Tunitau, Secretary 

Katie Fonoti, Assistant Secretary

Mrs Faamaile Katie Fonoti is the Program coordinator of the Samoan language program. Board member from 2020 to present as Assistant Secretary. Radio & TV Broadcaster/Reporter/News Presenter/ for the Samoa Broadcasting Cooperation (Radio 2AP) for over 25 years & Televise Samoa TV1 for 5 plus years. Broadcaster/presenter for the Samoan language program at the CMS Radio since 2008.

Manish Raj, Executive Member

Ira Patkar, Executive Member

Namaste! My name is Ira Patkar, and I am a Radio Manpasand broadcaster and I broadcast in the Hindi language on CMS. I represented myself as an ACT women’s representative in NEMBC (2018-2020). I work in the Australian Public Service. Apart from my work life, I am passionate about dance and qualified as an Indian classical performer. I have been performing in various places in Australia and India. Since 2015, I have been a founder and an artistic dance director of  Mudrakar Kathak Dance school in Canberra, where I train students with Indian classical dance form. As a passionate broadcaster, I have been awarded a women presenter of the year award in 2018 from NEMBC. 

Staff Members

Karen Adams- Barker, Finance Officer

Karen has been working with CMS radio since January 2015, supporting Finance Administration. Karen has been supporting Non Profit Organisations in varied roles for over 20 years, as an employee or volunteer. Before this time, Karen worked as a Registered Nurse for 10 years. When not working, Karen enjoys a range of hobbies, in particular participating in outdoor activities with her family (such as exploring local Canberra nature walks & bike riding), and more recently, dragon boat paddling with Dragons Abreast Canberra (a wonderful group of people who are Breast Cancer survivors or supporters). 

Lisa Luo, Operations Manager and Technical Officer

Chris Deacon, Technology Manager

Jacinta Chen, Production and Admin Assistant

Sahana Sehgal, Development Manager/ Station Manager (Acting)

Sahana Sehgal is the Development Manager at Canberra Multicultural Service Community Radio (FM 91.1). She works in collaboration with ethnic language broadcasters and coordinators, and actively seek, develop and maintain partnerships with external stakeholders, manage fundraising and grants, and community engagement initiatives. Sahana is also a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra.

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