In addition to passing these six resolutions, the board elected Vice President Katie Schoolov as the new NPPA President, Treasurer Kyle Grantham as the new Vice President and Katie Diseroad, a CPA with Santora CPA Group in Delaware, as the new Treasurer.
Schoolov joined the board in 2014 and is a producer for CNBC based in San Francisco, where she shoots and reports in-depth enterprise videos covering big tech. Schoolov takes the reins after serving as Vice President during a year unlike any other.
“I am humbled and honored to lead the organization that helped me find my voice, my passion, and my people. When I faced tremendous loss last year, my fellow board member Marcia Allert stepped up to lead in my place, and it was an incredible reminder that we are only as strong as those we can depend on. I want to remind members that they can depend on NPPA now, more than ever,” Schoolov said.
Grantham, the Digital Media Manager for New Castle County Government, was elected as Vice President after serving four years as Treasurer and three prior years in NPPA leadership, starting as the Mid-Atlantic Region’s chair in 2013. Diseroad comes to the NPPA Treasurer role from Santora CPA Group where she works as a Senior Staff Accountant.
Also sworn in at the meeting was presidential board appointee Adam Vance, a senior photographer at Spectrum Bay News 9 in Tampa, Florida.
“I am truly honored to be in a leadership role with an organization I admired in my young adult life,” said Vance. “I only hope I can honor those who paved the way for future generations to come.”
Andrew Stanfill moves into the role of Immediate Past-President, replacing Michael P. King after his impressive eleven-year tenure on the board where he started as an elected board member in 2010. NPPA is grateful for Michael’s years of dedicated service to the organization, and to outgoing president Andrew Stanfill for adeptly navigating the association through incredibly challenging times.
Stanfill, a photo editor working in the Licensing Group for The New York Times, said “Michael gave so much to this team over the years. I am happy to give him a needed break by moving on to the past president role. I look forward to working with this team through the new year.”
In a report from Best of Photojournalism Chair Dudley Brooks, the board heard about the impressive team he’s assembled since he stepped into the role in October 2020. The team includes Linda Epstein, Shawn Montano, Brett Akagi, Danese Kenon, and A.J. Chavar. Together, the team adjusted categories and added two specifically for this year. They call for entries related to the U.S. Presidential election and Contemporary Issues of evolving dynamics of cultural/personal identity and COVID-19. Entries are due February 7, 2021. Brooks also solicited the help of Multimedia Immersion Workshop Chair Seth Gitner to launch a beautifully redesigned BOP website.
The board also heard from NPPA’s two attorneys, General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher and Deputy General Counsel Alicia Calzada. The two outlined advocacy successes, including the recent passage of the CASE Act, a recent favorable ruling in NPPA’s ongoing lawsuit against the onerous Texas drone laws, the recent overturning of film permit requirements on federal lands, and pending legislation and cases that will impact the industry in both the copyright and First Amendment arenas