PNA Foundation Board of Trustees

Executive Committee


CHAIRMAN

William R. Lynett
Times Shamrock Communications, Scranton
blynett@timesshamrock.com

William R. Lynett was publisher emeritus of the Times-Tribune (Scranton) from 2012 to 2023 and served as publisher from 1966 to 2012. He also held the position of CEO of Shamrock Communications from 1972 to 2009 and president of The Daily Review, Towanda, from 1977 to 1984.
Bill is chairman of the PNA Foundation Board of Trustees. He also sits on the University of Scranton Kania School of Management Advisory Board and the Marywood University Board of Trustees.
In 2016, PNA presented Bill, a former PNA board chair, the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Bill and his wife, the former Mary Jean Foley, have visited six countries on the African continent and have taken nine safaris.


VICE CHAIRMAN

Joseph Sukle
retired, Press And Journal
joesukle@gmail.com

Joe Sukle and his wife of 47 years, Louise, co-owned the Press & Journal in Middletown and, as generations of family before them, proudly published a weekly newspaper with lineage dating back to 1854. The couple expanded the business to include several regional publications as well as a commercial printery before making the decision to retire in 2020. Regrettably, the pandemic and looming economic factors forced the closing of nearly every aspect of the 165-year-old business.
As with many big life decisions, what seemed to be a catastrophe at the time turned out to be a joyous opportunity. Joe’s “retired status” is anything but retiring. Instead of 50-hour work weeks behind a desk, he discovered his days could be spent bicycling, hiking, gardening, fishing, basket-making, landscaping, settling into the new normal, trying to remember what day of the week it is and most notably, enjoying his family.
While physical activity fills much of his day, Joe has never lost his love of the written word. Although reading the news is largely done online these days, Joe continues to enjoy holding a book and immersing himself in the world of ink on paper. He is currently enjoying two historical novels written by PNA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Robert “Bob” Fowler: “Jeremiah Martin” and “Voyage to Honor.”

 


VICE CHAIRWOMAN

Cate Barron
retired, PennLive/The Patriot-News
cbarron@pennlive.com

 

 


SECRETARY

Scott Blanchard
WITF, Harrisburg
scott_blanchard@witf.org

As director of journalism at WITF, I work on things like newsroom strategy, culture, ethics, and training; I work with reporters on stories; and I’m deeply involved with our community engagement efforts and collaborations with other news organizations.
My roots in journalism go back to growing up outside Washington, D.C., reading Woodward and Bernstein in my hometown paper, and being drawn to the ideals of freedom of the press and holding the powerful to account. I also idolized the Post’s sports columnists, and in fact was a sports reporter/editor before I moved to news.
I followed journalism’s call to the University of Missouri, then to jobs in Virginia and Maryland before landing in Pennsylvania, where I spent 16+ years with the York Daily Record. I’ve lived near Gettysburg for more than two decades; residing in rural Pennsylvania helps inform my work as a journalist and my belief that listening is one of the most important things we can do.
If I’m not doing journalism stuff, I may be traveling, bird-watching, or both. Relatedly, right now I’m reading “Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France” by James Holland … because my wife and I are going to Normandy this summer. My wife, Betsy, and I are among the many owners of the fan-owned Heart of Midlothian Football Club which is based at Tynecastle Park in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 


IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN

Dave Martens
The York Dispatch
dmartens@ydpc.biz

 

 


PRESIDENT

Bill Cotter
President & CEO · Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association
717-703-3076 · billc@pa-news.org

William Cotter is president and CEO of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. He leads the organization’s efforts to support our membership through legislative advocacy, expert resources, and industrywide training. Bill’s passion and enthusiasm for the news media industry spans a 35-year career of advertising and sales leadership experiences with Pennsylvania-member organizations.
Bill earned a B.S. degree in communications from Clarion University and is happily married to Jeanne for 36 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. In his free time, Bill likes to work in the garden, golf, fish, and root for his Pittsburgh sports teams.

 


ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Melissa Melewsky
PNA Media Law Counsel
717-703-3048 · melissam@pa-news.org

Melissa Bevan Melewsky is PNA media law counsel. She offers advice and training on legal issues, including open meetings and public records laws; newsgathering and the First Amendment; defamation and invasion of privacy; advertising compliance; independent contractor issues; local government codes; and intellectual property. Melissa advises journalists on open records requests and appeals at all stages of the process and conducts pre-publication reviews of news, editorial and advertising content. She reviews proposed legislation and drafts responsive amendatory language, offers expert testimony during legislative proceedings, and provides the media perspective to lawmakers during all phases of the legislative process. Melissa also represents the print and digital media industries during the administrative regulatory process and in response to proposed court rules, and advocates on behalf of the media industry as amicus curiae in the Pennsylvania appellate courts.
Melissa earned a B.A. degree in telecommunications from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law. Melissa is admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania state courts and the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania.

 


ASSISTANT TREASURER

Diane Brinser
Vice President, Finance
717-703-3064 · dianeb@pa-news.org

Diane Brinser is vice president of finance for PNA, PNA Foundation and MANSI Media. She completes all the tasks that lead up to the preparation of the monthly financial reports. In addition, Diane processes payroll and performs internal human resources responsibilities.
Diane earned a B.S. degree in business education from Shippensburg University. In her free time, she enjoys watching her children participate in their various sports and musical activities.

 


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Melinda Condon
PNA Foundation
717-703-3002 · melindac@pa-news.org

Melinda Condon, CMP, is executive director of the PNA Foundation. The nonprofit foundation provides training and resources to PNA members, coordinates statewide contests, develops the next generation of readers and journalists, and educates the public on the importance of the First Amendment. She previously served as PNA vice president of meetings and contract management.
Melinda earned a B.A. degree in communications from Elizabethtown College. In her free time, she likes to walk, read news, and host parties. Thanks to her husband, Dane, she enjoys three stepdaughters and four stepgrandsons.

Board of Trustees

John Derr

Director, MANSI Media Sales
and PNA Strategic Partnerships
johnd@mansimedia.com

 

Frederick Frank, Esq.

Frank, Gale, Bails & Pocrass, P.C.
frank@fgbmp.com

 

Paula Knudsen Burke

Reporters Committee for
Freedom of the Press, Pennsylvania
pknudsen@rcfp.org

 

Gary Owen

Muller Martini
pknudsen@rcfp.org

 

David Erdman

Muhlenberg University
daverdman@gmail.com

 

Richard Ganahl

Bloomsburg University
rganahl@bloomu.edu

 

Chip Minemyer

The Tribune-Democrat
(Johnstown)
cminemyer@tribdem.com

 

Tammy Shuey

Butler Eagle
tschuey@butlereagle.com

Helen Fallon

Point Park University
(Pittsburgh)
hfallon@pointpark.edu

 

Sherri Growden

Bedford Gazette
sherrigrowden@gmail.com

 

Henry Nyce

retired, The Republican-Herald
henrynyce@gmail.com