Bart Smith

Publisher, Greeley Tribune

Smith became publisher of the Greeley Tribune in 2007. Soon after was named general manager of the newspaper group for Swift Communications that includes the weekly Windsor Now and the Fence Post weekly agriculture publications and websites in Colorado and Nebraska as well as two agriculture weeklies in South Dakota.

After earning a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming just up the road from Greeley and stints in Rawlins and Lander, Wyo., Smith moved on to Whitefish, Mont., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Roseburg, Ore., 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 in 1971.

He is past president of the Montana Press Association and chaired the News Education Committee of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. He is a former member of the National Press Photographers Association and the National Conference of Editorial Writers.

Smith lives in Greeley with his wife and a daughter, who is attending college. His oldest daughter is a reporter for the Summit Daily News in Frisco, Colo.

Vice President

Matt Lubich

Executive Editor, Co-Owner, The Johnstown Breeze General Manager, The Mirror

Matt Lubich is the Executive Editor and co-owner of The Johnstown Breeze and General Manager of The UNC Mirror. He has co-owned The Breeze with his wife, Lesli Bangert, since 1997.

The 108-year-old weekly newspaper has covered the communities of Johnstown and Milliken (Colo.) and surrounding Weld and Larimer counties since 1904. Lubich grew up in Pueblo, Colo., where his first job in the business was driving a Sunday morning contract delivery route for the Pueblo Chieftain, filling racks and newsstands around town.

A graduate in 1986 with a degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado, Lubich was voted the "Most Promising Freshman Journalism Student" and also was once introduced to someone by UNC J-School professor Dave Anderson as "my most recalcitrant student."Lubich had to go home and look up recalcitrant.

He worked at the Evans Star Press and for legendary Colorado editor Percy Conarroe at The Lafayette News in the late 1980s. Returning to Colorado in 1991 from New Mexico, he wandered into the Breeze one day looking for freelance work. He eventually became the paper's editor before he and his wife purchased it from Clyde and Ardis Briggs in 1997.

In 2002, and again in 2005, The Breeze won the General Excellence Award for small weeklies from The Colorado Press Association.

Lubich and Bangert have two daughters, Riley, a freshman at Montana State University in Bozeman, and Harper Lee, a junior at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown.


Lisa Schlichtman

Editor, Steamboat Pilot & Today

Lisa Schlichtman was named Editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today in July 2013.

In addition to her passion for the newspaper industry, Lisa has been actively involved in a variety of community projects and organizations, serving in leadership roles for many. She currently is a member of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club, is involved with the Leadership Steamboat program and serves on the Yampa Valley Autism Program Advisory Board.

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.

She is a native of St. Louis, Mo., and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Lisa and her husband, Mike, owned the Cassville Democrat and Wheaton Journal weekly newspapers from 1995 to 2005, during which time Lisa served as editor and co-publisher of both publications. The Schlichtmans sold the newspapers to Rust Communications, and Lisa continued her career with the newspaper company. She helped oversee Rust's acquisition of The Monett Times, being named editor and co-publisher of the four-day-a-week daily newspaper while retaining those same duties with the Cassville Democrat. During her tenure, the Cassville Democrat and Monett Times won numerous awards from the Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Lisa also was instrumental in launching a monthly regional lifestyles magazine (Connection) and a quarterly outdoors magazine (Ozarks Outdoors) for Rust, serving as editor of both publications.

Lisa and Mike have two sons, Nicholas, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ryan, who lives in Denver.

Lisa was elected to the CPA board of directors in February 2014.


Beecher Threatt

Co-Publisher, Ouray County Plaindealer

Beecher Threatt is co-publisher of the Ouray County Plaindealer. Threatt and her husband, Alan Todd, purchased the Plaindealer and Ridgway Sun in September 2010.

Prior to purchasing the Ouray and Ridgway newspapers, Threatt served as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives in 1981. She then practiced law as a partner in an Austin, Texas, firm from 1982-1991.

From 1991-1996, Threatt served as Executive Editor of a legal non-profit and 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 as a research and writing attorney until 2004.

Threatt was a columnist for Longview News-Journal in Texas from 2004-2008 and an adjunct professor at Kilgore College in Texas from 2007-2010.

Threatt still works part-time as a senior research attorney for Texas Lawyers for Children.

Threatt was elected to the CPA Board of Directors in February of 2014.


Keith Cerny

Publisher, Valley Courier, Alamosa

Keith Cerny is publisher of the Valley Courier in Alamosa. He is also a division manager for News Media Corporation with oversight of nine newspapers in Colorado and Wyoming, including a daily, six weeklies and a shopper in the San Luis Valley.

Prior to moving to Alamosa in 1992, Cerny served on the Wyoming Press Association Board of Directors while publisher in Evanston and Lusk, Wyo. Cerny sits on the Adams State College Foundation Board, is president of the ASC Grizzly Club Board, Alamosa County Economic Development Board, Creede Theatre Board, SLV Arts and Entertainment Committee, San Luis Valley Regional Council for El Pomar Foundation and the Alamosa Rotary Club.

He was appointed to the CPA Board of Directors in 2009.


Becky Justice-Hemmann,

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 in sales and marketing.

She also currently owns another business, Media Innovations. They work with business and non-profits on their marketing, public relations, graphic design, websites and publishing. Hemmann and her son started the Surveyor in June of 2004. There was another newspaper in Berthoud at the time.

She has served on the Berthoud Economic Resource Team and was president of the board of the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce. She was elected to the CPA Board in 2016.


Matt Sandberg

Publisher of the Summit Daily News, the Summit County Journal, the Middle Park Times and the Sky Hi News

Matt Sandberg started his newspaper carrier as a route carrier for the Ft. Collins Coloradoan in 1988. In high school he furthered his passion about the business as a staff reporter for Tiger Tracks, which was printed by the Summit Daily News, the newspaper where he now serves as Publisher in Frisco, Colorado.

Matt oversees Colorado Mountain News Media's operations in Summit and Grand counties and is publisher of the Summit Daily News, the Summit County Journal, the Middle Park Times and the Sky Hi News, along with a variety of seasonal weeklies and magazines.

Matt began his tenure with Swift Communications, the parent company of Colorado Mountain News Media and his operations, in June 2003 when he joined the Summit Daily as advertising account manager. Since that time he has had roles as advertising sales manager and advertising director of the Summit Daily, director of sales for the Summit Daily and Vail Daily and now his present role as Publisher.

He is active in the community, serving on the Summit Chamber of Commerce board, school organizations and is a member of Rotary. Matt and his wife, Shannon, have two young daughters, Madison (10) and Sarah (8) and a playful Bernese Mountain Dog, Apollo. As a family, they spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors of Colorado. Sandberg was elected to the board in 2015.


Mike Wiggins

Managing Editor, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Mike Wiggins 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.

Wiggins serves on the board of directors for Kids Voting Mesa County, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that strives to encourage and engage students in voting and other forms of civic participation. He previously served on a group that worked to prevent suicide in the workplace in conjunction with the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.

A native of Aurora, Colo., he lives in Grand Junction with his wife, Erin.

Wiggins was appointed to the board in 2014 and was officially elected by the membership in 2015.


Jill Farschman

Publisher and co-owner, Denver Metro Media, a full-service digital agency and publisher of Life on Capitol Hill, Neighborhood Life and Washington Park Profile

Jill Farschman and her husband Jay began their journey in publishing by purchasing the Washington Park Profile in February, 2015. In June, 2016, they happened into an unexpected opportunity to purchase Life on Capitol Hill and Neighborhood Life. The latest acquisition created a contiguous Denver Metro footprint with a combined monthly circulation of 50,500. All three publications are monthly community newspapers. Jill's presence on the CPA Board gives voice to this vital branch of journalism.

Jay joined the organization as a full-time creative director and brings his more than 25 years of experience in leading-edge technologies to the digital agency side of the business. Haines Eason rounds out the leadership team and joined as editor in November, 2015. Although her mother was a newspaper editor, Jill took quite a circuitous route to this latest role. Her eclectic professional background includes several years as an adjunct college professor, stints as a non-profit executive director and nearly 20 years in organizational development, training and communications leadership roles for three high-growth companies. Before returning to college after pursuing several artistic endeavors, Jill worked at a San Francisco based arts and entertainment monthly as an advertising manager, later becoming calendar editor and publicist. Since most of Jill's career was spent in service-based enterprises, producing a tangible product that readers and clients value is extremely gratifying.

Jill earned BA and MA degrees in speech communication from San Francisco State University. Jill and Jay have a 4-year-old rescue Pomeranian named Comet who serves as company mascot.


Brad Slater

General Manager, Pueblo Chieftain

Brad Slater is the General Manager with The Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, CO. He started out in the newspaper business as an Advertising Sales Executive over 31 years ago in Rapid City, SD. Thru 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 Pueblo, CO. Brad has worked for several media companies including Cowles Media, Lee Enterprises, Gatehouse Media, NPG Newspapers and now the independently owned Pueblo Chieftain.

Brad is actively involved in a variety of community organizations including the Pueblo Rotary Club and on the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Brad was born and raised in a small agricultural town in north central South Dakota. Received a BS degree in Business Administration, is married and have two adult children. Brad and his wife Jennifer, enjoy going for long walks, hiking, golf, and biking. Their son Tyson, lives in Brooklyn, NY and their daughter Kenzie, lives in Denver, CO.