RFA Audit Committee

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At a special meeting of the RFA Board of Directors held on Dec. 17, 2010, then-Chair Victor H. Ashe recommended the following directors to serve on the RFA Audit Committee:

The resolution was passed unanimously. By virtue of serving as RFA’s then-corporate board Chair, Gov. Ashe is a member of this and all RFA standing committees.

Michael P. Meehan


Michael P. Meehan currently serves as President of Blue Line Strategic Communications, Inc. and as Senior Vice President at Virilion, a digital media company. He also served as the first President of BGR Public Relations, LLC. For over two decades, Meehan served in senior roles for U.S. Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and two U.S. House offices. Mr. Meehan earned a B.A. in political science from Bates College.

In addition to RFA’s Audit Committee, Meehan also serves as Co-Chair of the BBG Communications and Outreach Committee, Chair of RFA's corporate board, and as a member of the Strategy and Budget Committee.

Dennis Mulhaupt

Dennis Mulhaupt

Dennis Mulhaupt is founder and Managing Director of Commonwealth Partners, Inc., a firm which provides advisory services to philanthropic institutions and families. He began his career working in an investment bank in London and subsequently established the West Coast international political and economic risk advisory department at a major U. S. financial services company. After 15 years in various corporate roles, he turned full-time to the non-profit sector. Before founding Commonwealth Partners, he served as Executive Vice President at KCET in Los Angeles, the West Coast flagship public broadcasting and media company. Other roles in higher education administration have included positions as Vice President at Claremont McKenna College; Associate Vice President at Stanford University; and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California, where he also taught undergraduate courses in international relations.

Victor H. Ashe


From 1968 until 1974, Ashe served as a Tennessee State Representative. In 1975, he was elected as State Senator and held office until 1984. Ashe served in 1967 as a staff assistant to US Sen. Howard Baker. He was executive director of the Americans Outdoors Commission, 1985-1987 chaired by Sen. Lamar Alexander (then Governor).

Five U.S. Presidents, beginning with President Ronald Reagan, have named Ashe to different federal positions. He will be the first former Ambassador and local elected official to serve on the BBG.

Ashe currently sits on the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Rivers Association, and is a former member of the AmeriCorps Board of Directors. He is president of the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association, chair of the Tennessee Clean Water Network, both based in Knoxville, Tenn., and chair of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission located in Nashville, Tenn.

Ambassador Ashe earned a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1967 and graduated from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee in 1974.

Ashe is a member of the Governance Committee and the Strategy and Budget Committee, serves as Corporate Board Vice Chair of Radio Free Asia (RFA), sits on the audit committees of RFA and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and chairs the audit committee of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

Ashe was appointed to the board on July 2, 2010 to a term expiring on August 13, 2010. By law, any member whose term has expired may serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified.

He is married to the former Joan Plumlee and they have two children: J. Victor and Martha.

Ashe welcomes comments and views on RFA and BBG issues. He can be reached by phone at (865) 523-6573, email at vhashe@aol.com, or mail addressed to his residence at 3709 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., 37919.

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