F. Rush, President
and general counsel of the National
Newspaper Association and former associate
general counsel of the American Newspaper
Publishers Association. American PressWorks
manages the National Newspaper Association
through its offices in Falls Church,
VA., and Columbia, MO. It also manages
and represents the organizations listed
on the APW home page, including the
Public Notice Resource Center.
Tonda is an attorney
and consultant in Arlington, Virginia,
with a background in newspaper law.
Practicing with her law firm of CNLC,
LLC, she represents newspaper
clients in matters involving postal
affairs, public policy, business regulation
and issues generally affecting small
media. She is a lecturer and writer
on the First Amendment, media law
and the business of newspapering.
was president and chief executive
officer of the National Newspaper
Association as a staff member from
1992-1997 and associate general counsel/vice
president of industry relations for
the American Newspaper Publishers
Association, now the Newspaper Association
of America. She has developed
deep experience in postal and distribution
law, primarily as it affects publishers.
began her career managing a small
newspaper in Kansas and
as a reporter and editor in that region.
She has been involved in First Amendment
and open access matters on behalf
of the press since her days as director
of the Freedom of Information Center
of the Reporters Committee for Freedom
of the Press in the early 1980s. She
has taught media law as adjunct faculty
at the American University School
of Communications, Washington, DC,
and the College of Journalism of the
University of Maryland, College Park,
MD, and presently serves on the advisory
board of the William Allen White Foundation.
She is a former director of the Student
Press Law Center and the Virginia
Coalition of Open Government and an
ex officio member of the board of
directors of the National Newspaper
Association, which she represents
in Washington through APW.
In 2004, she became a part-owner of
the Wyandotte West newspapers in Kansas
City, Kansas, where she got her start
as its first reporter in 1968. Rush
is a graduate of the University of
Kansas School of Law and the William
Allen White School of Journalism.
She is a published writer and frequent
lecturer on media law, the economics
of journalism and the importance of
newspapers in developing community.
Rush is licensed to practice law in
Virginia, the District of Columbia
and Kansas, three federal Courts of
Appeals and the United States Supreme
S. Pierce, Vice President
Managing Director of the National
Newspaper Association. An educator
with a background in motivating volunteers.
Carol served as Vice President the
National Newspaper Association (NNA)
for five years. During her tenure
with NNA she had responsibility for
developing and supervising educational
programs including professional development
seminars, conventions, and the Government
Affairs Conferences. In addition she
has served as chief operating officer
of the National Newspaper Foundation
and supervised NNA internal operations.
She has had budget oversight responsibility
for both NNA and NNF.
Before joining NNA in 1993, Carol served
as Director of Operations and Membership
Services for the National Association
of Partners in Education where she had
primary responsibility for internal
association operations including budget
oversight, membership retention and
recruitment, and organizational responsibility
for all major national and regional
conferences. In addition, she was instrumental
in establishing and organizing the first
international conference on school/business
She served as director of membership
services for the National School Volunteer
Program where her primary responsibility
was to build membership through developing
a strong regional and state affiliate
structure. She began her work in professional
association management in 1985 as conference
coordinator for the National School
Volunteer Program, in Washington, DC.
Carol was an adjunct faculty member
for both the University of Maryland
and the Los Angeles Community College
on Okinawa, Japan. She began her career
in Papillion, Nebraska, where she spent
five years as a teacher of language
arts in the junior high school.
She was a 1987 Fellow in the Education
Policy Fellowship Program of the Institute
for Educational Leadership. She holds
a Masters Degree in Education.
DeForge Hough, Government Relations
DeForge Hough, a graduate of the Loyola
University New Orleans College of
Law, joined American PressWorks in
October 2006 as the Government Relations
Manager for the National Newspaper
Association. In this position, Sara
represents the 2,500 member association
on issues before Congress and the
Executive Branch. NNA's members are
primarily community newspaper publishers
from around the country.
to attending law school, Hough received
a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from
Saint Michael's College in Colchester,
Vermont. She is licensed to practice
law in Virginia.
R. Walsh, Programs & Outreach
R. Walsh has served as a legislator
assistant for Missouri's House of
Representatives, administrative assistant
for Columbia College's Jefferson City,
Mo., campus and a quality control
inspector for Maytag.
In 2009, she
received her master's in public administration
from the University of Missouri Harry
S. Truman School of Public Affairs.
Earning a 4.0 GPA, she graduated in
2005 from Columbia College with a
bachelor of science in business administration,
majoring in marketing and joined the
National Newspaper Association as
its special events coordinator in
December of that year.
her current position as the National
Newspaper Association's programs and
outreach manager, Walsh is responsible
for the administration of NNA's contests,
including the Better Newspaper Contest,
Better Newspaper Advertising Contest,
the James O. Amos and Emma C. McKinney
awards, the Daniel M. Phillips Leadership
Award and the Best of Newspaper In
Education Contest. She also
assists NNA staff with the Annual
Convention & Trade Show and other
Lynn Edinger, Associate Director, NNA
Lynn Edinger received her undergraduate
education at Augustana College.
After completing a two year program
in church business administration
at Emory University Candler School
of Theology in Atlanta, Lynn received
her Fellow in Church Business Administration.
She has been the business administrator
for large churches in Illinois, Florida,
Maryland, and Tennessee for more than
19 years before moving to Columbia,
Mo., in 1999. Lynn has worked
for various departments at the University
of Missouri in executive positions
- News Directions for News, a media
think tank; MU Health Care, Dalton
Cardiovascular Research Center and
the National Newspaper Association.
Lynn joined American PressWorks in
January 2011 as the Associate Director
for the National Newspaper Association.
In this position, Lynn manages the
member services department of the
association which represents over
2,200 members and oversees the operations
of the Columbia office.
accountant for seventeen years with
a Reston, VA, company that develops
software for hospitals, Russ is a
twenty-four year veteran of the United
States Air Force with eleven years
at the Pentagon. With an undergraduate
degree in Accounting from the University
of Tulsa and a masters degree in Business
Management from Central Michigan University,
Russ joined American PressWorks, Inc.
in 2010 and provides accounting support
for APW and its clients.
the past thirty plus years, Springtime
finds Russ on Little League Baseball
fields enjoying his passion as a volunteer
umpire. These efforts were rewarded
in 2005 when he umpired twelve games
in the Little League World Series
in Williamsport, PA.
C. Porter, Office Manager/Receptionist
Conerly~Porter joined American PressWorks,
Inc. as office manager/receptionist
was the receptionist and assistant
administrator for the National Newspaper
Association from 1980 until 2002.
Prior to coming to NNA, Mattie worked
for 10 years as receptionist and PBX
operator at the Washington Afro-American
Company, and before that she was a
telephone solicitor for The Washington
Star. Mattie came to Washington
from New Orleans, Louisiana where
she grew up.
A. Schwartz, Communications Director,
Schwartz is the senior editor and
communications director for the National
Newspaper Association. NNA represents
America's community newspapers. After
graduating from the University of
Maryland with a degree in journalism
in 1985, he started his professional
career with NNA's trade newspaper,
Publishers' Auxiliary. He was soon
promoted to assistant editor and then
was made managing editor in 1996.
After the association moved its headquarters
to Columbia, MO, he joined the adjunct
staff of the University of Missouri
School of Journalism and taught journalism
editing for six years.
J. Watkins, Membersip Services Manager
is the Membership Services Manager
and Conference Registrar. She maintains
5 different databases, is in charge
of membership renewals for 3 of
them. She is APW's principal copy
has worked as Secretary for the U.S.
Navy Department, Writer/Editor for
the Economic Development Administration,
Bookkeeper for Kay Walsh & Associates
and Database Manager for the National
Association of Partners in Education.
She is the proud mother of a son (computer
engineer) and daughter (a pilot in
the U.S. Air Force) and is grandma
to 2 grandsons. Her passion is golf
and she is very involved in Springfield
Golf & Country Club.