Cavaretta, Mc Kiernan Elected To NPPA's Board Of Directors

Cavaretta and Mc Kiernan
Cavaretta and Mc Kiernan

DURHAM, NC (December 20, 2012) – NPPA today announced the winners in November's election for two seats on the board of directors and the Regional leaders.

Joe Cavaretta and Scott Mc Kiernan were elected to NPPA's board of directors. They will take office on January 1, 2013, will be sworn in at the start of the board's annual meeting on January 13 in Durham, NC. Each serve three-year terms. Leaving the board at the expiration of their term at the end of this year are Smiley Pool and Greg Smith.

Cavaretta, an NPPA member since 1983, is a still and video photojournalist at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. In 1989 he was awarded a Nikon Sabbatical grant through NPPA, and he has previously worked at the Albuquerque Tribune, San Jose Mercury-News, and for the Associated Press.

Mc Kiernan founded the ZUMA Press picture agency in the early 1990s. He has judged numerous contests, including NPPA's Best of Photojournalism (BOP) and Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Mc Kiernan has also worked with the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar's contest and taught at the Mountain Workshops, Fotofusion, and UCLA.

Incumbent Greg Smith and candidate Merry Murray were tied for runner-up in the election. NPPA national secretary Michael P. King said there is a possibility they could still serve on the board should any current member vacate a seat.

In Region 2, Todd Maisel was re-elected as the Regional Chair and Mark Dye as the Associate Chair.

In Region 6, Randy Piland was re-elected as the Regional Chair.

In Region 8, Pool was elected as the Regional Chair and Kevin M. Cox was elected as the Associate Chair.

In Region 10, Mc Kiernan was elected as the Regional Chair. And runner-up Tim Hart has agreed to serve another term as Associate Chair. 

NPPA executive director Mindy Hutchison and national secretary King certified the election results and announced the winners.

"We welcome the new Board Members and thank all the candidates for participating in the election," King said. "It was wonderful to witness such a robust group of dedicated people come forward to put their hats in the ring. I hope that they, and their colleagues in the NPPA, continue to be inspired and driven to give their time and efforts to the organization. Our strength is truly in our volunteers."

Contact King with any questions at [email protected]