Board of Directors



Tammie Sloup
The Times, Ottawa
815-431-4041 /
Term expires 2018

1st Vice President

James Fuller
Daily Herald, Arlington Heights
847-608-2726 /

2nd Vice President

Jim Slonoff
The Hinsdalean
(630) 323-4422 /
Term expires 2018

Past President/Member at Large

Jay Dickerson
The Galena Gazette, Galena
815-777-0019 /
Term expires 2018

Executive Secretary
Jason Akst
NIU Dept. of Communication

Communications Coordinator
Shelley Hendricks
Northern Star, NIU
815-753-4239 /

NINA Board members

Kathy Balcazar
Kane County Chronicle
(630) 845-5368 /
Term expires 2018

Dan Campana
Term expires 2018

Diane Dungey
Daily Herald, Arlington Heights
847-427-4515 /
Term expires 2017

John Etheredge
Kendall County Record Newspapers
630-385-4409 /
Term expires 2017

Phil Jurik
Suburban Trib editor / Chicago

Tom Martin
The Register-Mail, Galesburg
309-343-7181 ext. 250 /

Margarita Mendoza
The Observer, Rockford Diocese
815-399-4300 /

Rick Nagel
Kane County Outreach
Term expires 2018

Eric Olson
Daily Chronicle, DeKalb
815-756-4841 X2257 /
Term expires 2016

Tom Parisi
Northern Illinois University Division of Marketing and Communications
(815) 753-3635 /
Term expires 2018

Roger Ruthhart
The Dispatch / The Rock Island Argus
(309) 736-3517 /
Term expires 2016

Patricia Szpekowski
PR Strategies & Communications
847-468-0210 /
Term expires 2018

Penny Wiegert
The Observer, Rockford Diocese
(815) 399-4300 /
Term expires 2017


Chair: Nagel
Members: Boehlefeld, Hendricks, Balcazar, Fuller, Szpekowski, Dungey, Wiegert, Mendoza, Ruthhart, Dickerson

Chair: Etheredge
Members: Campana, Akst, Hendricks, Ruthhart, Martin, Parisi, Dickerson

Chair: Olson
Members: Jurik, Slonoff, Olson, Dungey, Dickerson, Akst, Ruthhart, Sloup

Chair: Ruthhart
Hendricks, Nagel, Szpekowski, Dungey, Boehlefeld, Dickerson

NIU Departmental Support
Gary Burns
Chair, Communication Department
815-753-7028 /

NINA Board Terms

Bylaws: No fewer than 15, each to serve 3-year terms

Class of 2020 (6)

  • Penny Wiegert
  • John Etheredge
  • Dan  Campana
  • Stan Zoller
  • Diane Dungey
  • Tom Martin

Class of 2019 (6)

  • Roger Ruthhart
  • Tom Parisi
  • Margarita Mendoza (Sharon Boehlefeld term)
  • Wally Haas
  • Eric Olson
  • Tammie Sloup

Class of 2018 (6)

  • Kathy Balcazar
  • Jim Slonoff
  • Jay Dickerson
  • Pat Szpekowski
  • Rick Nagel
  • Jim Fuller

Jason Akst and Shelley Hendricks are appointed to their positions and do not serve terms.


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