James C. Ramos, MBA - Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011, Mr. Ramos became the first California Native American to serve on the California State Board of Education. Also committed to the development of cultural awareness, Mr. Ramos chairs the California State Native American Heritage Commission to which he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Concurrently, Mr. Ramos is an elected member of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees.
Larry Ciecalone - President and General Manager of KVCR
FNX is a direct result of imagination and the established relationship between Larry Ciecalone,
President and General Manager of KVCR and James Ramos, Chairman for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Mr. Ciecalone has led KVCR since 2003. Assignments as General Manager of KETN and KETC in Bakersfield, California and Station Manager/Assistant General Manager for PBS affiliate, KLVX, in Las Vegas, Nevada highlight Larry’s 36 years in broadcast management.
Tim Johnson - Assc. Director of Programs, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
For 30 years Mr. Johnson has developed content portraying the American Indian experience through award-winning media. These include magazines (Native Americas and American Indian), newspapers (Niagara Gazette and Indian Country Today), and myriad programs for the Smithsonian Institution. Highlights include the book “America Is Indian Country,” Washington D.C.’s Live Earth/Mother Earth concert with Al Gore, and the critically acclaimed exhibit “Infinity of Nations.”
Charles Fox - Executive Director, KVCR TV and First Nations Experience: FNX
Award winning broadcast executive and producer, writer with experience at ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS networks and affiliates. He was appointed by President Clinton as Director (CEO) of WORLDNET, the first global TV network serving more than 1,400 broadcast and cable outlets in 10 languages. With a strong background in cross-cultural relations, Mr. Fox has worked and travelled throughout Africa,
the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Duane Dyer - Director of Capital Campaigns for KVCR
Mr. Dyer’s collaboration with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to launch FNX has been
invaluable. Mr. Dyer’s demonstrated leadership in the field of philanthropy - as consultant to
Claremont School of Theology, President and Founder of TreesAmerica, Chairman of the Board and CEO for Wichita Collegiate School and President and CEO for the Kansas Health Foundation - has resulted in generating well over three quarters of a billion dollars.
Rico Garcia - Board Member for FNX
An enrolled member of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Rico J. Garcia is a thirty-year old
entrepreneur, art collector, and philanthropist. Beginning with his first business as an art gallery
owner at the age of twenty-two, his current business ventures are in the creative, entertainment, fashion, and Native financial sectors. Aside from being an Operating Board Member of FNX,
Mr. Garcia is a Foundation Board Member of PBS SoCal.