Over the years she aided KPOV in growing from a small low-power station to a Central Oregon institution, overseeing operations with a small staff and about 100 volunteers. Needless to say, it was an exciting ride and a great learning experience. Mahler left her position in 2020, but has stayed involved with the station, assisting the new staff and sharing her institutional knowledge.
She's currently focused on reviving her neglected art practice and being a hands-on grandma to her two grandchildren, while staying open to whatever new opportunities and experiences come along. We chatted with Mahler about her experiences at the station and her hopes for the future of KPOV.