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Tonda F. Rush, President

CEO 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.


Tonda 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.

Rush began her career managing a small newspaper in Kansas and working 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 Court. 




Carol 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 partnerships.

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.

Staff

Diane M. Davis, Programs and Outreach Coordinator, NNA

Diane Davis is a lifelong Missouri resident who joined American PressWorks in July 2014 as a coordinator for the National Newspaper Association (NNA), where she will be working with databases, preparing deposits and coordinating conference registrations. She started her communications career with a summer job at the Mexico (Mo.) Ledger, worked three years in PR at North Central Missouri College and has 19 years' experience with the University of Missouri, Columbia, including 11½ years as senior editor/project coordinator in the College of Education and 5½ years as executive staff assistant in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Her B.A. in mass communications is from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. She is also the treasurer of her neighborhood association.

 
Sara DeForge Hough, Government Relations Manager

Sara 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.

Prior 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.

 
G. Lynn Edinger, Associate Director, NNA

G. 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.

Russell Pierce, Accountant

Former 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.

For 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.

Mattie C. Porter, Office Manager/Receptionist

 

Mattie Conerly~Porter joined American PressWorks, Inc. as office manager/receptionist in 2002.

 

She 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.

 

Stanley A. Schwartz, Communications Director, NNA

Stan 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.

Gloria J. Watkins, Membersip Services Manager

Gloria 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 editor.

 

She 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.

 
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