Board of Directors

There are 15 members of the Board of Directors: six officers who make up the Executive Committee, six Elected Directors, and three Appointed Directors. All Directors serve at-large, and thus they represent the entire NPPA membership.

Elected Directors serve three-year terms. Appointed Directors serve at the pleasure of the President. The current Board structure was passed June 9, 2009, and took effect January 1st, 2010.

For historical data about NPPA officers, visit the Past National Officers page.  

The President and Vice President are elected in January by the Board of Directors, and they serve one-year terms.

The Secretary and Treasurer are elected in January by the Board of Directors, and they serve two-year terms. The Secretary is elected in odd-numbered years, and the Treasurer is elected in even-numbered years.

The Regional Chairs Representative is elected in April by the Regional Leaders and serves a one-year term.

A Student Delegate is appointed annually by the Student Committee Chair for a one-year term, directly representing student members. The Board's standing rules currently affords the student delegate voting priveleges.


Independent photojournalist based in St.Petersburg, FL

Staff Photojournalist, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison WI

Assistant Professor of Newspaper and Online Journalism & Multimedia, Photography, and Design, Syracuse , New York

Carolyn Hall is a staff photojournalist at KING-TV in Seattle, specializing in general assignment storytelling. Before working at KING, she worked at KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska as a staff photojournalist, and as a producer and editor for the Boston Red Sox. She graduated from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire in 2003.

Her work has been recognized numerous times by the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Competition, the NPPA Television Quarterly Clip Contest, the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. In 2011 she earned the TVQCC's NPPA West Regional Photographer of the Year, and in 2012 was honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Carolyn is passionate about connecting a community through the power of emotional storytelling. It's those moments, big and small, she tries to find every day while documenting life and history in Western Washington. Carolyn is also the Central General Region Chair for the Television Quarterly Clip Contest.

Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL

Photojournalist, The News Journal

Photojournalist, Editor, Storyteller, Journalist, and Teacher, CNN, Annapolis MD

(term expires 12/31/2016)


(term expires 12/31/2016)

Visiting professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and lead creator of The Image, Deconstructed.

(term expires 12/31/2017)


(term expires 12/31/2017)

Alex Garcia is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago photographer - - with over twenty years of experience in visual storytelling. HarperCollins calls him, "One of the World's Leading Photojournalists". He has worked for two of the biggest circulation newspapers in the country, photographing a diversity of people in many contexts - from CEO executive portraits to intimate moments of daily life. He specializes in creative on-location portraiture and documentary/lifestyle photography with a strong visual style and use of color. He has photographed, edited and produced multimedia and video pieces for various clients, able to scale up crews to meet the needs of clients and larger productions.

Garcia is currently an adjunct professor with the online program of the School of Visual Arts in New York, formerly serving as an adjunct lecturer at the Medill graduate school at Northwestern University. In addition, he has taught several workshops on creative location portraits, lighting techniques and personal vision.

(term expires 12/31/18)

Multimedia producer and photography editor

(term expires 12/31/18)

Danese Kenon is an award-winning multimedia photojournalist struggling with an addiction to salsa dancing. Her enthusiasm for picture taking as a seven-year-old evolved into a full-fledge love affair. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia State University, she attended The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL as a Visual Fellow. This academic boot camp changed her perception of photojournalism. It was there that she learned visual journalism more than just 'pretty pictures.' – it also came with responsibility to convey and share the truth. In the fall of 2000, she was a Chips Quinn Scholar at The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, and later became a full-time photographer with the paper. After three years in Rochester, NY, she attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and received a Master of Science degree in Photography. A Pulliam Fellowship took Kenon to The Indianapolis Star, where she would spend the next eight years.

Kenon often teaches multimedia journalism to organizations like Chips Quinn Scholars, The Diversity Institute Scholars at the Freedom Forum and to the students of the National Association of Black Journalists. Currently, Danese Kenon is the Assistant Managing Editor of Visuals with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You can follow her on twitter @danesekenon.

(presidential appointee)

Emily Selby is a senior journalism student at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She is President of the UGA NPPA Student Chapter and has served as chief photographer of the Red and Black, an independent student newspaper. Selby worked as a photographer for the Redcoat Marching Band at UGA in the fall of 2015, and will begin working as a photography intern for UGA Athletics beginning in 2016. Selby graduates college in May of 2016 and plans to pursue a photojournalism career upon graduation.