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Are you interested in learning more about industry news and trends? How about helping set the direction of the industry and the association? What about a chance to learn from other industry leaders?

If so, you should consider applying to become a board member of the Colorado Press Association Board of Directors.

The 2017 Board will have two open, unopposed seats. One is due to Keith Cerny of the Valley News leaving after completing his term as past president, and the other open seat is vacant after Vincent Laboy left the Montrose Daily Press in late 2016. Also up for election are four contested Board of Director positions and two officer positions.

Interested candidates should submit a formal letter of interest, outlining industry experience, reasons for wanting to join the board, and what strengths would be added by their addition. Letters need to be emailed to CEO Jerry Raehal by 5 pm Friday, Feb. 17.

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Per CPA bylaws, the Nomination Committee — made up the five most recent past presidents — reviews applications and makes recommendations for the general membership to consider at the annual meeting, scheduled for Friday, April 21 at the Denver West Sheraton.

Two-year term positions for Board of Director positions for Matt Sandberg and Mike Wiggins are up, and both said they plan to run again.

Per bylaws, in-term appointed positions also are up for reelection. Brad Slater of the Pueblo Chieftain and Jill Farschman of Denver Metro Media were both appointed in 2016 to fill vacancies, and have said they would like to remain on the board.

Officer positions up for election are Lisa Schlichtman of the Steamboat Pilot and Today, who is slated to be vice president, and Beecher Threatt of the Ouray County Plaindealer, who is slated to be the treasurer. Wiggins is being submitted to the Nomination Committee to be the new board secretary.

To see bios of current board members, click here

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About CPA, SYNC2

The CPA Board of Directors meets four times a year, typically on Thursday and Friday. Three of the board meetings are in Denver. The main board meetings typically occur on Fridays. Board members or their newspapers pay for travel, food and lodging. In addition to attending board meetings, directors are assigned to CPA committees that meet variously throughout the year (typically on phone conferences).

The Board of Directors is a “governing” board by law. The role of the board is to govern the organization and serve as its accountable body.

Board roles include:

  • Help create mission, vision, values and policies
  • Provide financial oversight
  • Select and support executive director
  • Approve and review budgets
  • Ensure organization meets regulatory/compliance requirements
  • Exercises due diligence

Please note, several people typically express interest in the open position, and the selection process can be challenging. Also note that we will have openings in 2017 as well, and if you’re not selected to fill the vacancy, the board hopes you will consider running for a position then.

If you have any questions, contact CEO Jerry Raehal at 303-571-5117 or at