Lisa Schlichtman - 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.
Beecher Threatt - Vice President
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 - Treasurer
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.
Matt Lubich - Past 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.
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.
Jennifer Hefty - Director
Multiplatform Coach, The Coloradoan
In her role as multiplatform coach at the Coloradoan, Jennifer leads breaking news coverage and the newspaper’s team of digital producers. Jennifer joined the Coloradoan after graduating from the Univ. of Colorado and has held roles as a reporter, copy editor, digital producer and editor. She is committed to innovation and helping define the future of local news, especially in emerging technologies and the digital space. Jennifer was named CPA's 2016 Rising Star.
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.
Publisher and co-owner, Colorado Community Media
Healey is the owner and publisher of Colorado Community Media, which includes 18 different community newspapers and is read by more than 300,000 people. Last year, the company launched integrated marketing solutions that includes many digital advertising products as well as print. Healey has been involved in publishing on and off since graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in marketing.
Publisher and Editor, Rio Blanco Herald Times
Turner started working at the Rio Blanco Herald Times in 2000 in the front office, and worked her way through ad sales, copyeditor, reporter and graphic designer while homeschooling four children. In 2016, she bought the publication with her husband and oldest daughter and now serves as publisher and editor.