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.


Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL

Independent photojournalist based in St.Petersburg, FL

Staff Photojournalist, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison WI

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.

Chief Photojournalist, WHO-TV News, Des Moines IA

Photojournalist, The News Journal

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

(term expires 12/31/2016)


(term expires 12/31/2016)

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

(term expires 12/31/2017)


(term expires 12/31/2017)

Senior Staff Photographer, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale FL

(term expires 12/31/2015)

Photojournalist, Spring Lake, MI.

(term expires 12/31/2015)

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.

(presidential appointee)

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)

Ray Shepherd is the Director, Defense Media Activity, providing a direct line of communication for news and information to U.S. forces worldwide.

Prior to this position, Mr. Shepherd served as the Senior Vice President, Operations for the Warwick Consulting Group. The Group provided leadership and program management guidance to for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Shepherd formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and provide training in life-saving skills. Mr. Shepherd has also served in numerous senior level management and communications positions for two Fortune 500 companies providing brand strategy, internal and external marketing and communications programs for the companies and the military.

Mr. Shepherd is a retired United States Air Force Colonel having served more than 29 years as a commander and public affairs officer. He has been involved with numerous major military public affairs actions and contingency operations throughout his career to include crisis communications dealing with international terrorism, humanitarian operations and international aircraft accident responses. He also served in numerous senior level public affairs positions in the United States, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom where he utilized his experience to guide internal, external and social media communications programs for multi-service organizations. He also served as the Commander, American Forces Radio and Television Service Broadcast Center managing seven television and 12 radio stations providing satellite news, sports and entertainment to military personnel and their families serving overseas.

Mr. Shepherd is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism; a Master’s of Science degree in management from Troy State University and a Master’s of Arts degree in communications from University of Oklahoma. Mr. Shepherd also completed numerous civilian and military leadership and management programs.

(presidential appointee)