The DPA Board is made up of elected officers and appointed board members who serve two-year terms. Elections are held in even years. The board meets every other month to transact the business of the organization. The board and any ad hoc committees report to the general membership at the general membership meetings (held at least four times a year). The Annual Meeting is held in late April or early May.

DPA Board of Directors

DPA Officers


Mark Fowser

Vice President, Membership

Mitch Topal


Anitra Johnson


Bob Yearick

DPA Directors

Executive Director / Historian

Katherine Ward

2018 DPA Communicator of Achievement

Billie Travalini

Events Coordinator

Karen Jessee

First Amendment (FAN) Liaison

Alan Garfield

NFPW Liaison



Roy Ivey

Social Media & Technology

Michele Walfred

Website Director

Nancy Sakaduski

At-Large Director

Kim Burdick

Contest Directors

Professional Communications Contest

Katherine Ward

High School Communications Contest

Lydia Timmins