The Presence Radio Network : Staff Biographies
Cynthia Nickless, Executive Director
Cindy has been working on the Catholic radio project since its inception in 2005. She has served on the Maine Catholic Radio Network board for 3 years, the Catholic Foundation of Maine board for 6 years, and the board of 89.3 (a Christian music station) for 8+ years.
She affectionately calls Madawaska, ME her hometown. Having lived in Connecticut for 17 years, she returned to Maine in 2000. Cindy’s career started with IBM in Portland. She worked in the technology field for 18 years primarily in entrepreneurial ventures. In 1997 she co-founded Millennia III, a technology consulting firm located in Westport, CT, which was sold to a premiere data storage company. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine, attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Helping to build the first Catholic radio network in the State of Maine is the most fulfilling achievement of her career. She currently lives in Scarborough with her husband. Her son and daughter are attending school.
Josh Houde, Production Assistant
Josh Houde grew up in southern Maine and volunteered in Christian radio throughout high school. He studied for four years at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree and honors in both theology and communication arts (radio and television). He spent three years (2007-2010) in Fort Kent, Maine, where he worked as a pastoral associate at St John Vianney Parish. Now, he is excited to put his background and skills to use in the work of evangelization through Catholic radio.
Richard A. Hyatt, Engineering Consultant
Richard A. Hyatt is a Catholic, professional broadcast engineering management consultant, who oversees The Presence Radio Network’s technical planning, budgeting, construction, operation and maintenance of its owned and operated facilities. A former radio station owner himself, he is President of Maine Engineering Associates, Inc., is certified by the national Society of Broadcast Engineers as a Professional Broadcast Engineer, is certified by the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers as a Master Engineer with Broadcast AM and FM Endorsements, and he also holds the highest class of engineering license attainable issued by the Federal Communications Commission. On a personal note, Dick is an accomplished keyboard and vocal artist, who serves as music minister at several area Catholic churches within the Diocese of Portland.
Eric Marenghi, Operations Manager
Eric is a convert to Catholicism, a communicant of Prince of Peace parish, Lewiston. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he has a bachelor of science in speech degree from Emerson College in Boston and an associate degree from Central Maine Community College. Eric has done radio work in Maine and across the country. He is married, has two children and three grandchildren.
Debbie Littleton, Database Consultant
Debbie is a database consultant working at The Presence Radio Network. She loves technology leveraged well! She is involved with Joyful Hope Gift Shop and is part of the Adoration team at Prince of Peace Parish. She is also working on her Catechetical Certificate through the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization out of Saint John’s Seminary. She holds degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. She lives in Auburn, and her son is working on his degree in Spain. It’s cool to be Catholic!