Directors

The ARRL articles of Association and By-laws give direct responsibility to set ARRL policy to an elected Board of Directors. Fifteen Directors are elected on a regional basis, one per ARRL Division, to serve three year terms. Directors receive no monetary compensation for their service, although they are eligible to be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. ARRL Officers are chosen by the Directors. For additional information pertaining to this representative democracy, visit the ARRL at http://www.arrl.org/organization-structure .

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Director– Mark Tharp, KB7HDX

Mark – KB7HDX

Mark has been licensed since 1989 and became an ARRL member in 1990. He holds an Amateur Extra class license, and is a life member of ARRL as well as Diamond Club, and Maxim Society. He is active on HF, and VHF, participating in various nets, contests, and chasing the occasional DX station. He has served the ARRL in many volunteer and appointed positions, most recently Vice Director from 2019 through January of 2024 and prior to that as Section Manager for Eastern Washington from October 2003 through January 1st 2019. He is trustee for his local ARES support club, and is a volunteer communications adviser for his local Sheriff’s office and Emergency Management office. Mark also participates in license classes as a registered instructor and is also a Volunteer Examiner. Mark is currently serving on three board committees, the Emergency Management and Field Services Committee, Legal Defense and Assistance committee, and as chair of the ARISS committee. Mark was also elected to the board of Directors for the ARRL Foundation in January of 2024. Professionally Mark is employed at an equipment manufacturing company focused on packing equipment for the Apple and Pear markets in the Pacific Northwest.

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Vice Director– Michael A. Sterba, KG7HQ

Michael – KG7HQ

Meet Michael Sterba, an exceptional and enterprising leader with a remarkable career marked by a strong focus on human resources, leadership, training and development, and analytics. With a keen business acumen, he has led global teams both remotely and in person, fostering diversity and inclusion as core principles in organizational success.
As a demonstrated leader, Mr. Sterba has set goals for global teams and workgroups, developing organizational capabilities, and modeling effective work methodologies. In the United States Navy Reserve, Michael was recognized as the top 1% Junior ROA Officer of the Year for implementing a contributory support model, enhancing mission readiness by 20%, and achieving a personnel retention rate exceeding 97%.
In the corporate realm, Michael serves as a Senior HR Business Process Analyst Leader at Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company, where he directs the integration of cross-functional processes, provide oversight for organizational business analytics, and consults on complex administrative issues. His strategic influence extends to program leadership and management, as well as partnership development and team building.
In his role at Boeing, Mr. Sterba co-developed and implemented an award-winning production training sourcing model, resulting in a verified $1.1 million savings year over year. His commitment to excellence earned the team the industries Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Award for a supplier partner governance model that creates a relationship by building partnerships and focusing on joint ownership of business performance.
Beyond the professional sphere, Michael is deeply engaged in community and personal pursuits. As a former President of the Employee Community Fund of the Boeing Company (ECF), he exercised general supervision over its activities. He has also held positions such as Treasurer at the Boeing Employee’s Good Neighbor Fund (BEGNF) and owned and operated a tearoom in Sedro Woolley, WA, demonstrating versatility in business management.
In the realm of radio communication, Michael is an Extra Class Radio Amateur Operator (KG7HQ), holding various roles in the American Radio Relay League and contributing to emergency services and community organizations. In addition, he holds a General Radio Telephone License with radar endorsement.
Leisure interests include radio amateur operations, short-wave radio, computer hobbyist, open-source software, web design, and digital photography. Michael brings a unique blend of leadership, technical expertise, and community engagement to every endeavor, reflecting a commitment to excellence and transformative leadership.