Board of Directors
Kent Davy • Chairman
Kent Davy was the editor of the North County Times until its sale in October 2012. He was born and raised in the Midwest, graduated from both undergraduate school and law school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After practicing law several years, he switched careers for journalism. He worked at newspapers in Missouri, New York, Illinois and Indiana before taking over the helm of the North County Times in 1996. In 2008, he was named the Suburban Newspaper Association Editor of the Year. He is a Carlsbad resident and continues to write and edit freelance columns and material from a favorite spot in his kitchen.
Gerald Hampton • VICE CHAIR
Gerald was born in Madera, CA, but grew up in Indianapolis, IN.
Gerald is well known in the North San Diego County area for his community involvement and volunteer work with several non-profit organizations such as the North San Diego County NAACP, the National Naval Officers Association - Camp Pendleton Miramar Chapter, the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) Camp Pendleton Chapter and Our Prodigal Daughters (OPD).
Gerald retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 after 22 years of service during which he deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation “Desert Storm” and to Somalia for Operation “Restore Hope”. Two highlights of his military career are receiving the “Top Quality Marine” award, presented by General Samuel Jaskilka, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps at the time and being a Staff NCO Academy Honor Graduate, the first African American to accomplish this at the West Coast installation.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Gerald joined Nextel Communications and worked in several managerial billets during his time there. Gerald later joined the LA Fitness, International IT team as their Corporate IT Support Manager, overseeing IT support operations and personnel across the US and Canada.
Gerald is currently an independent Technology Consultant, providing technology, networking, social media and web development solutions and services to small businesses and non-profit organizations. Gerald possesses a BS degree in Information Systems Management and a MBA degree with a specialty in Technology Management, both from the University Of Phoenix (UOP).
Gerald and his lovely wife, Stacy resides in Oceanside, CA.
Margret Merlock • Immediate Past Chair
Margret is a semi-retired nurse who has been an active volunteer for Interface for 42 years. He has traveled with the organization to China and Mexico where she assist in lip and palette surgeries for needy children.
Debbie Allen • Treasurer
Debbie was born in West Covina, CA. In reality she grew up in Baldwin Park, a town that was named after the Horseman Lucky Baldwin. She is a native Californian and graduated from the college of Mortuary Science at Cypress College. She has been working in the Death Care Profession since her graduation. She moved to Oceanside in 2002 and is now the General Manager to Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory.
One of her most memorable and remarkable tasks she undertook when she first arrived was taking on the three day, 24-hour open event of supervising the viewing of one of the two traveling Vietnam Walls. This huge task was not only memorable for our community but also for our Vietnam Veterans. Debbie has always been a hands-on person. She has also served as Chair of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, volunteering for the Operation Appreciation and of course serving on the Board for KOCT and the Joe and Mary Mottino YMCA for the past 3 years.
Lisa Contreras • Secretary
Photo and biography coming soon.
Gwen Price • Director
Gwen Price is the current Past Chair. Gwen has shown her devotion to the TV station by the many activities she has participated in and her willingness to do whatever is needed for KOCT. Gwen not only volunteers at KOCT but she has also served as an Oceanside Planning Commissioner. She also has volunteered as the Past-President of American Association of University Women Tri-Cities Chapter. Gwen has also served as Vice-President of her Homeowners’ Association for 11 years, and was voted “Woman of the Year” by the local chapter of AARP. Before devoting a lot of her time to volunteering to these organizations, Gwen retired as a College Administrator, but Gwen did not stop there, she is now an active full-time real estate agent. She has been married to her husband, of 29 years, Rick Price, CWO4 USMC Retired. It is not uncommon to see them on their (yes, they both have one) Harley Davidson motorcycles cruising and enjoying this lovely area. Gwen also devoted her time to her son and their twin granddaughters. If Gwen is not selling homes, volunteering, or cruising, she is enjoying her home she shares with their two golden retrievers. We are fortunate to have Gwen on our Board, as she shows an endless amount or energy and talent for KOCT.
Gumaro Escarcega • Director
Gumaro Escarcega currently serves as the Main Street Program Manager at MainStreet Oceanside in Oceanside, California. With nine years of experience, his role is to implement the Main Street Four Point Approach, consisting of four standing committees: Design, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Organization. Committee stakeholders include downtown residents, businesses, property owners and commercial brokers working together to improve the economic vitality of Downtown Oceanside.
Before joining MainStreet Oceanside, Escarcega worked for the Vista Village Business Association in Vista, California as a non-paid intern, eventually becoming the Executive Director for the organization. Escarcega was instrumental in gaining partnership and collaboration with the City of Vista, Vista Chamber of Commerce and a variety of other organizations to improve the aesthetics and economic prosperity in Downtown Vista.
Escarcega holds a bachelor degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in City Planning from San Diego State University.
Kenneth Kebow • Director
Ken Kebow is an Emmy Award winning producer based in California. Kebow’s corporate clients include American Airlines, Apple, Callaway Golf, Ford, Google, JPL, and Qualcomm. Kebow has also produced and directed numerous training programs for the United States Marines and several law enforcement organizations in California.
Kebow’s documentary work has been honored with an Emmy Award for short documentary and his programs have aired nationwide. His most recent short documentary “The Whimsical Imagineer”, highlighting the life of Disney legend Rolly Crump, was recently honored with the “Audience Award” for short films at the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival.
Liz Rhea • director
She comes from Elmhurst III, which is just outside of Chicago. She moved to the Los Angeles area in the 80's where she was privileged to work in providing help for the 1988 Olympics. Shortly after that she moved to the Central Coast where she and her sister opened a small "Mom and Pop” restaurant. This is also where she met her husband George and opened their safety company.
In 1999, she and her husband moved their business to Oceanside. Shortly after the move, they became members of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as Chair of the OCC, volunteered in the Golf outing, chaired for the Operation Appreciation for five years and has volunteered for numerous other Chamber events.
Liz has also become a member and is Vice-Chair for the Armed Services YMCA on Camp Pendleton. Liz has served on the Board for KOCT for the past 4 years and is now serving as Chair. Liz brings a vast array of knowledge and ability to the board.
Liz loves living in Oceanside. She enjoys the small town atmosphere while still living in a bustling city. As she says: "it's a tough job living here, but someone has to do it."
Carly Starr Brullo Niles • Director
Carly's first job in film was as a cameraperson at KOCT TV at just 19 years old. Straight out of college, Carly was offered a position writing, directing & producing on-air content & commercials for the groundbreaking independent radio stations 91X FM & XTRA AM SPORTS. After great success in radio and writing & directing for local television, Carly focused her goal to work on films in Hollywood. Moving her career to LA, Carly created and critiqued numerous television treatments, screenplays, pilots & TV ads while freelancing as a thriving writer/director. She has collaborated with worldwide forces like Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, MTV & VH1 and continually worked side by side with Hollywood's most influential writers, directors, dp's, producers and talent. After having a miracle child, Carly left her career in Los Angeles and moved to Oceanside, CA to raise her son and to be closer to family.
Haley Peterson • Director
Haley is a graduate of CSU San Marcos Leadership North County program. She earned a credential from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for excellence in Senior Leadership for County Government, is a member of the San Diego Young Leaders, and was named one of Vista Chamber of Commerce's "40 under 40 best and brightest." She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and studied abroad at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Haley loves the beach and has traveled to 11 countries. Currently, Haley manages Intesa's North County projects, and serves a variety of Intesa's other government relations and community outreach clients. Before joining Intesa, Haley spent six years with the County of San Diego, serving as Director of Community Affairs for County Supervisor Bill Horn.