sanluisobispo---Copy.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Kris_Kington.jpg

Kris Kington-Barker

Host of Central Coast Voices

Kris Kington-Barker is co-host of Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday on KCBX from 1:00—12:00 p.m. Kris has worked in healthcare fields ranging from mental health to hospital administration, and has served as a volunteer and board member for many Central Coast non-profit organizations.

Kris owns and operates a local business and, since 2006, has been providing private management consulting with a focus on strategic planning and leadership development for healthcare organizations and nonprofits.

Kris has been the executive director for Hospice of San Luis Obispo, president of the board of the Long Term Care Ombudsman of SLO County and is currently a member of ACTION for Health Communities. She became involved in radio in 1986 when she started hosting Health Matters for KVEC as a volunteer. Kris later hosted Voices on KCBX from 1999 to 2001, and now co-hosts Central Coast Voices.

  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Michael Chiacos, Director of Climate Policy with CEC, and Molly Taylor, Climate-Smart Agriculture Program Manager with CEC. They will talk about CEC’s ambitious plan to fight the climate crisis, and its vision to be climate safe by 2030 as well as discuss recently passed legislation. You are invited to listen and learn, between 1-2 pm. Broadcast date: 9/29/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests from the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County League of Women Voters. They will review and discuss the many ballot measures that will be voted on in the November 2022 California General Election.You are invited to listen to the conversation on Thursday, between 1-2 pm. Broadcast date: 9/22/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests from the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition (CCBN), Leslie Mehigan, BS, MBA, CLEC, Chair of the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition, and Merrilee Costello, nurse, and lactation consultant at French Hospital. They will discuss how the Coalition brings together a collaborative team of breastfeeding advocates to network, share resources, accomplish projects, and provide breastfeeding education based on current research and best practice.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 8/25/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Michelle Houston, local business owner, and Misty Reitner-Cameron, artist. Both are committee members with the Women’s Legacy Fund. They will discuss the work of the San Luis Obispo Community Foundation, and how the Women’s Legacy Fund supports women and girls in our community.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 7/28/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Melanie Barket, Crisis Hotline Manager with Transitions Mental Health Association (TMHA), and Becky Gray, Executive Director with Must! Charities. They will discuss their collaborative work to expand mental health care on the Central Coast.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 7/14/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Michelle Garner, volunteer National Training Team lead with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Rudy Espinoza Murray, volunteer California Moms Demand Action Spokesperson. They will discuss this grassroots movement fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 6/23/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Lauren Thorne, Director of Early Learning and Educational Support at San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE), Raechelle Bowlay, Coordinator and Quality Early Learning Manager of the San Luis Obispo Child Care Planning Council, and Jim Dantona, President, and CEO of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. They will discuss the current state of the childcare crisis in San Luis Obispo County, and the efforts, and assistance needed to reduce the crunch on families, providers, and businesses.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 5/26/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests involved with Uplift Central Coast, Paso Robles Mayor, Steve Martin, President and CEO of REACH, Melissa James, and CEO and founder of ACI Jet, Bill Borgsmiller. They will discuss efforts to cultivate a space and aeronautics ecosystem from Santa Cruz to Ventura Counties.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 3/24/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Devon McQuade, Associate Director with the 5Cities Homeless Coalition, and Sadie Weller, Staff Attorney with the San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation (SLOLAF). They will talk about the end of these COVID-19 relief programs, oter available rental protections, and what you should do if you are in need of help.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 3/24/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Charles Durrett, architect and founder of the Cohousing Company, and Becky Jorgenson with Hope’s Village. They will discuss the homeless epidemic and talk about possible solutions on the Central Coast through the development of cohousing communities.