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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 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.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guest Lonny Shavelson, M.D., Chair of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying. about the challenges and advances that have been made since the Act went into effect and how SB 380 offers improved benefits to individuals who qualify for the option and choose it.
  • Join Kris Kington Barker, and new hosts Mario Espinoza-Kulick and Lata Murti, as they speak with guests from the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, board members Cornel N. Morton, Ph.D., Michael Boyer, and Jill Stollmeyer. They will discuss their work to provide programs and resources that celebrate our diversity and promote the inclusion of all members of our community.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Allison Schiavo from America’s Job Center of California and Eckerd Connects, and Dawn Boulanger, Director, the Workforce Development Board with the County of San Luis Obispo. They will discuss how they work to connect employees with employers and provide a range of career services and pathways to support adults, dislocated workers, and youth ages 16 and older.
  • Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests from Lumina Alliance, Christina Kaviani, Prevention and Education Director, and Janae Sargent, Prevention Manager. They will discuss their goal to equip parents, teachers, and influential adults with the tools needed to have meaningful conversations and raise emotionally intelligent children.
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