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VCAM directors are elected by VCAM members—our access users, producers, viewers and community supporters who have become members. The board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of VCAM and overseeing the organization. Learn more.

All VCAM members active as of March 1, 2018 will receive a ballot in the mail around April 9.

Missing yours?

Make sure your address is up to date with us by April 11, 2018 by calling 802.651.9692.

Voting ends at midnight on Sunday April 15, 2018.

You are invited to attend the election results at the VCAM annual meeting on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 PM at our studio at 208 Flynn Ave. Suite 2-G, Burlington, VT.

We appreciate your support! VCAM would not be what it is without members like you!

Ballots must be submitted before midnight on April 15, 2018.

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Candidate Bio

Dan Cahill

Dan Cahill has been deeply integrated into the Burlington community through various professional and volunteer service positions since 2001. Currently he works for the City of Burlington as the Land Steward with the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront department. Previous to this work, Dan was a Recreation Coordinator for the City. Dan has also served on the board of directors of Dismas House and has done two years of service as an AmeriCorp VISTA member.

For the last two years Dan has served on the VCAM board and recently has taken on the duties of board secretary. He is excited to continue working with the VCAM community.

Matt Cropp

I've served on the VCAM board for several years, and am currently the board chair. I produced my first show in 2010, and regularly use VCAM's services as part of my work at the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, which supports the conversion of businesses to employee ownership. I have an MA in History from UVM, and am heavily involved in co-op economy organizing, including the alternative social media platform and Full Barrel Co-op, which seeks to establish Burlington's first cooperative brewery. Looking to the future of VCAM, if re-elected, I'm particularly interested in continuing the strategic work of positioning VCAM for success as a vital community resource in the coming post-cable world, and continuing to strengthen our collaboration with RETN on the shared Media Factory project.

Vijay Desai, MBA, P.Eng., PMP

Vijay Desai is committed to changing the world, one person at a time. He understands that there is a growing gap between those who care, and those who have needs, realizes that new ways are needed to grow the "capacity to care", and help close this gap and believes that people need a better understanding of the role of caring in living a balanced life, to join the “army of caring”.

Vijay Desai is in a unique position to make a difference. He is a global citizen of the US, Canada, and India; a successful entrepreneur with Desai Management Consulting (, serving North America and growing into Asia; a philanthropist, experienced at starting and guiding Technology for Tomorrow (, a 501(c)3 non-profit providing free technology education; a person whose professional experience promotes effective and efficient problem solving, with a focus on success from planning through implementation; an educator, providing college-level instruction in Project Management and Consulting Methods and grounded in a solid educational foundation, with BS, MS, and MBA, and certifications as a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional.


Melo Grant

I arrived in Vermont in the '80s to attend the University of Vermont, fell in love with the area and have been here ever since. I currently own a home in the Old North End of Burlington. As a student I became involved with WRUV, the university's public radio station and have been a programmer there for a number of years. I came to VCAM by the way of the new community radio station WBTV where I am a programmer, have assisted in training other programmers and serve on the Outreach committee. I have served on the VCAM board for the last year as an appointee and would like to continue to work with other board members to increase community awareness of VCAM and the Media Factory as a whole as well as support the diversity of producers, and help move the strategic planning effort to plan for the future.

Rik Palieri

Rik Palieri (pronounced Pal-air-re) is a singer, songwriter, video producer and storyteller, who lives the musical life to the fullest.

Rik has performed at concert halls, schools and festivals throughout the lower 48 states, toured Alaska by float plane, ridden camelback in Australia, sung on trains throughout Europe and shipped his way to Hawaii by playing his ukulele and banjo.

He has performed in Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany Australia, Poland, Mexico, Israel, Turkey and Argentina.

He has appeared at such venues as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Port Fairy Festival, Old Songs Folk Festival, The Hudson River Revival, The Vancouver festival just to name a few, has appeared on countless TV and radio shows around the world and been featured on both NPR and the BBC.

Rik is also the host and producer of TV program The Songwriter’s Notebook that has been on VCAM since 1999. In 2009 over 300 of his interviews and videos were archived in the American Folk Life Center, creating the “Rik Palieri Collection” in The Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In that same year he received the VCAM TV’s Director Award.

He has recorded 8 albums; He is also an occasional writer for Sing Out! Banjo Newsletter, and author of a book, The Road Is My Mistress, Tales of A Roustabout Songster; has a story in the Chicken Soup Series and is a co-author in the peace studies book Music and Conflict Transformation—Harmonies and Dissonances in Geopolitics.

Over the years Rik has performed and worked with some of the legends of American Folk Music such as Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Paxton, Jimmie Driftwood, Utah Phillips, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and many more.

In 2009 Rik was featured on the Grammy-nominated Singing Through the Hard Times: a tribute to Utah Phillips.

When Rik is not on the road he lives in Hinesburg with his wife Marianna Holzer and Polish sheepdog Dolina and helps out in the Marianna’s family book bindery.

A more detailed bio about Rik Palieri can be found at his web site

Ron Ruloff

Hi! I'm Ron Ruloff and I've been a Producer here at VCAM since 2003. We need something instead of the same dull old propaganda. I'll put us on the map. Have a good dinner, a lot of people aren't even eating, and I mean that literally as well as people who do nothing except watch the reruns of reruns and need some real food for the mind. You should stop and get a copy of Network for its rather scathing sarcasm about television. And remember Ken Lawless.

Annika Rundberg

For the last three years, I have been Generator's Communications Coordinator and manage the social media, marketing, and website. I am also a professional jeweler at Global Pathways Jewelry and have my own line. I graduated with my BFA in metalsmithing and Jewelry at New Mexico State University and studied at Arrowmont and Penland School of Crafts. I made jewelry as a studio member at Artisan's Asylum in Somerville and taught metalsmithing at Stonybrook Fine Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA. My makerspace experience started as a retail manager, educator, and laser technician at Cambridge-Massachusetts–based Danger!Awesome, a laser cutting and 3D-printing design studio.

Check out my work at