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2016-2017 Catholic Press Association Board of Directors


CPA Board Officers

Midwest Regional Representative
Joe Towalski
The Visitor
Honorary President
Most Rev. Christopher J. Coyne
Bishop of Burlington
Vice President
Southern Regional Representative

Mary Anne Castranio
The Georgia Bulletin

General Publisher Member
Joe Sinasac
Novalis Publishing

Magazine Editorial Staff Member
Kerry Weber
America Magazine




CPA Board of Directors




Editorial Staff Member, Newspaper
Jennifer Brinker
St. Louis Review
Western Regional Representative,
Robert DeFrancesco
The Catholic Sun
Member at Large, Magazine
John Feister
St. Anthony Messenger
Business Staff Member, Newspaper
Amy Kawula
The Compass
Business Staff Member, Magazine
Michael La Civita
ONE Magazine






Eastern Regional Representative
Katherine Long
The Catholic Sun
Publisher Member, Magazine
JD Long-Garcia
Member at Large
Deirdre Mays
The Catholic Miscellany
Publisher Member, Newspaper
CPA Past President
Matthew Schiller
Catholic New York
























Ex Officio

Chief Communications Officer
Billy Atwell
Diocese of Arlington

Executive Director
Tim Walter
Catholic Press Association















CPA National Planning Committee

  • Chair: Amy Kawula
    • President:Joe Towalski
    • Vice President: Mary Anne Castranio
    • Midwest Regional Rep: Mary Uhler
    • Western Regional Rep: Rob DeFrancesco
    • Eastern Regional Rep: Katherine Long
    • Southern Regional Representative:Carlos Salinas
    • Magazine Representative:JD Long-Garcia
    • Communication Director Rep: Penny Wiegert
    • Former Chair: Malea Hargett
    • 2016 CMC Host: Teak Phillips
    • CPA Executive Director: Tim Walter


CPA Awards Committee

  • Chair: JD Long-Garcia
    • Jaclyn Lippelmann
    • Bob Lockwood
    • Fr. Pat McCloskey
    • Linus Mundy
    • Chaz Muth
    • Maria Scaperlanda
    • Mary Uhler
    • Tim Walter


CPA-CNS Liaison Committee

  • Chair: Rick Musacchio
    • National: Gretchen Crowe
    • National: Michael La Civita
    • Canada/Upper Midwest: Jim O'Leary
    • New England: Antonio Enrique
    • New York: John Woods
    • Pennsylvania: Matt Gambino
    • Mid-Atlantic/Ohio:Pete Sheehan
    • Midwest: Sam Lucero
    • Midwest: Anita McSorley
    • Illinois/Indiana: Joyce Duriga
    • South-Atlantic: Michael Flach
    • Upper South: Rick Musacchio
    • Lower South: Mary Anne Castranio
    • Texas:David Sedano
    • Rocky Mountains:Maria Wiering
    • Southwest: Rob DeFrancesco
    • Pacific:JD Long-Garcia
    • Spanish:Ana Rodriguez-Soto
    • At-Large: Teak Phillips


CPA Finance and Audit Committee

  • Chair: Joe Sinasac, Treasurer
    • Christopher Gunty
    • Karen Suchy
    • Matthew Schiller
    • Mary Lou Kilian
    • Joe Sinasac

CPA Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media

  • Chair: Cathy Dee
    • Kimberly Bender
    • Elise Freed-Brown
    • Kerry Weber

CPA Nominating Committee

  • Chair: Matt Schiller
    • Julie Asher
    • Joe Pena
    • Dierdre Mays
    • Don Clemmer
    • Lisa Hendey
    • Marianne Medlin
    • Mike Brown
    • Ana Rodriguez-Soto

Education Committee

  • Chair: Jennifer Brinker
    • Jeannette DeMelo
    • Ann Augherton
    • Tony Gutierrez
    • Don Clemmer
    • Fr. Mike Mendl
    • Amy Kawula
    • Matthew Bunson
    • Peter Finney
    • Brian Finnerty

External Communications Committee

  • Chair: Deidre Mays
    • Monica Yehle
    • Mary Uhler
    • Pamela Payne
    • Robert Zyskowski
    • J.D. Long-GarcĂ­a
    • Veronica Ambuul
    • Sharon Boehlefeld

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Chair: Matt Schiller
    • Joe Sinasac
    • Rob DeFrancesco
    • Greg Erlandson
    • Tim Walter

CPA Bylaws Committee

  • Chair: Michael La Civita
    • Mary Uhler
    • Patrick O'Brien
    • Fr. Pat McCloskey
    • Msgr. Tim Stein
    • Lynn Monahan

CPA Membership Committee

  • Chair: Mary Anne Castranio
    • Malea Hargett
    • Mary Anne Castranio
    • Maria Wiering
    • Joe Pena

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