Matt Lubich - President
Executive Editor & Co-Owner, The Johnstown Breeze. General Manager, The Mirror
Lubich's first job in the business was driving a delivery route for the Pueblo Chieftain. He graduated in 1986 with a degree in journalism from the Univ. of Northern Colorado. In the 80s, Lubich worked for Evans Star Press and The Lafayette News in New Mexico. Returning to Colorado in 1991, he wandered into the Breeze looking for freelance work, and eventually became the paper's editor before purchasing it with his wife in 1997.
Lisa Schlichtman - Vice President
Editor, Steamboat Pilot & Today
Schlichtman was named editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today in July 2013. During Lisa's 25-year newspaper career, she has served in many capacities including: newspaper reporter, editor, and owner and publisher of newspapers and magazines in Southwest Missouri.
Beacher Threatt - Treasurer
Co-publisher, Ouray County Plaindealer
Beecher and her husband purchased the Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun in September 2010. Beecher has served as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, practiced law as a partner in an Austin, Texas, served as the executive editor of a legal nonprofit, and as an adjunct professor of law at University of Texas Law School. She became licensed to practice law in Colorado in 1997, and worked for Killian and Associates in Grand Junction.
Mike Wiggins - Secretary
Managing Editor, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Wiggins, a Colorado native, became the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction in 2013. He's been at the Sentinel since 2001, working as a reporter for 11 years before being named city editor in 2012. Wiggins graduated from Mesa State College in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication. He worked as a reporter at The Glenwood Post for two years before moving to Grand Junction.
Bart Smith - Past President
Publisher, Greeley Tribune
Smith became publisher of the Greeley Tribune in 2007, and soon after was named general manager of a newspaper group for Swift Communications that includes publications in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota. After earning a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and stints in Rawlins and Lander, Wyo., Smith worked in Montana, Idaho, and Oregon in editor and publisher roles before circling back to the Rockies. Smith got hooked on newspapers as a young U.S. Army correspondent in Vietnam.
Jill Farschman - Director
Publisher and co-owner, Denver Metro Media; Publisher, Life on Capitol Hill, Neighborhood Life and Washington Park Profile
Farschman and her husband began publishing with the Washington Park Profile in 2015. They then purchased Life on Capitol Hill and Neighborhood Life, all three of which are monthly community newspapers, providing a voice for this vital branch of journalism on the board.
Susan Greene - Director
Editor and Executive Director, The Colorado Independent
Susan is the editor and executive director of the online-only, nonprofit news site The Colorado Independent. She has reported news since before the first web server was built, writing for daily newspapers in California, Nevada and Colorado. She worked 13 years for The Denver Post and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism. Greene is one of the first nonprofit and online board members of any state press association.
Lauren Gustus- Director
Executive Editor, Coloradoan
Lauren joined the Coloradoan as its executive editor in February 2014. Lauren has also worked for the Reno Gazette-Journal, where she was Reno’s first female sports editor. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Lauren joined the Los Angeles Daily News as a sports intern and was the assistant sports and features editor at the Salt Lake Tribune. Lauren served on the Colorado’s work group to modernize the Colorado Public Records Act.
Becky Justice-Hemmann - Director
Publisher, Berthoud Weekly Surveyor
Becky Justice-Hemmann has been an entrepreneur all her life and owned several successful businesses in Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado. Her background hasn’t primarily been in newspapers, but in sales and marketing, and she currently owns another business, Media Innovations. Hemmann and her son started the Surveyor in June of 2004. There was another newspaper in Berthoud at the time.
Matt Sandberg - Director
Publisher of The Summit Daily News, The Summit County Journal, The Middle Park Times and The Sky Hi News
After overseeing Colorado Mountain News Media's operations in Summit and Grand counties, Sandberg was recently hired as director of marketing & innovation for Swift Communications. Sandberg’s tenure with Swift began in June 2003 when he joined the Summit Daily as advertising account manager. Since that time he has had roles as advertising sales manager, advertising director, director of sales and now publisher.
Brad Slater - Director
General Manager, Pueblo Chieftain
Slater started in the newspaper business as an advertising sales executive over 31 years ago in Rapid City, SD. Through his career, he has also been a classified advertising manager, retail advertising manager, advertising director as well as a publisher/general manager at newspapers in South Dakota, Missouri, and now in Colorado as the general manager of Pueblo Chieftain.