2018 Illinois Press Foundation Committees

Members of the Board of Directors have a wide range of responsibilities, from overseeing building maintenance to working with staff to develop educational opportunities and fundraising plans. Much of that work is done by the board’s seven committees. To contact a board member, visit the board contact page.


Executive Committee

Jerry Reppert (Chair), Jim Slonoff, Nathan Jones and Charlie Wheeler

The Executive Committee is composed of the board officers of the Foundation. Members are elected by the entire board on an annual basis. The Executive Committee is to plan the work of the board and to exact responsibility from members by providing agenda and other guidelines for board actions. Another chief role of the Executive Committee is to provide guidance for the organization between board meetings. The Executive Committee assumes broader functions and makes more of the policy decisions which permits the Foundation to operate and make decisions effectively.


Board Development and Governance

Jon Whitney (Chair), Jerry Reppert, Kathy Farren, Nathan Jones, Jim Slonoff and John Galer
The Board Development/Governance Committee oversees the identification, recruitment, orientation, training, and retention of board members. This committee looks for opportunities to strengthen and evolve the board’s effectiveness, capacity, composition, and ability to lead the organization into the future. It is the committee’s responsibility to act as a nominating committee for the annual election of officers.


Finance and Investment Committee

Jim Slonoff (Chair), Cheryl Wormley, Carter Newton and Doug Ray
The Finance Committees purpose is to oversee the creation of the budget, monitor and report on the financial status and activities of the agency, ensure the financial policies and practices are followed, and oversee investments. The finance committee includes the CFO and President/CEO. 


Building Committee

John Galer (Chair) and Nathan Jones

The purpose of the Building Committee is to oversee and maintain the building and grounds of the Illinois Press Association/Foundation. The committee works with staff to develop an annual maintenance and improvement plan for the facility.


Fundraising and Financial Resource Development

Kathy Farren (Chair), Cheryl Wormley, Wayne Woltman, John Galer, Doug Ray, Julie Boren, Sally Renaud, and Carter Newton

The Fundraising and Financial Resource Development Committee works closely with staff to create and implement the financial resource plan that will guide the staff and board’s activities in seeking out and securing funding from diverse sources. This committee may also take the lead in working with the other board members to explore the best ways they can contribute to the fundraising effort. The committee oversees ACORN, Fourth Estate and all grants of the Foundation.


Education Committee

Sally Renaud (Chair), John David Reed, Dave Bell, Greg Bilbrey, Linda Jones, Randy Swikle, and Charlie Wheeler

The Education committee is responsible in developing along with staff the educational opportunities that the Foundation provides to practicing journalists, journalism students and educators. The committee is responsible for providing guidance/direction to staff on the successful implementation of the annual IPA/IPF convention.


Statehouse News Bureau Committee

Charlie Wheeler (Chair), John David Reed, Doug Ray and Nathan Jones

The Statehouse News Bureau Committee is responsible for oversight of the bureau to ensure the continued success in providing comprehensive news coverage of the Illinois governmental process for publication in member newspapers.

IPF News
The Illinois Press Foundation is honored to have a 2018 national award-winner on its board! Sally Renaud was one of five educators recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association as Pioneer Award recipients. Sally was awarded Nov. 3 during the JEA/NSPA convention in Chicago.The Pioneer is the highest honor NSPA awards to journalism educators. Pioneers are individuals who make substantial contributions to high school journalism programs and scholastic journalism education outside their pr...
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At its December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors awarded three $1,200 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students: Cassandra “Cassie” Buchman, Grant Morgan and Lindsey Salvatelli. “In talking to all of these kids, they’re really passionate about journalism,” IPF Director Jeff Rogers said. “They all have passion. Having been in journalism for nearly 30 years, it’s refreshing ...
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The Illinois Press Foundation is launching a news service, Capitol Newswire Illinois, to provide coverage of state government to newspapers and broadcasters across the state. The objective is to reinvigorate coverage of state government in Illinois to create a centralized and unbiased source of news content for media and citizens.The IPF is seeking a full-time reporter to work with our full-time bureau chief and interns in this effort. The reporter will cover the activities of the Legislature, g...
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Illinois Press Association Director of Foundation Jeff Rogers (left) and CEO Sam Fisher (right) accept the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award on Nov. 3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.The IJEA annually honors an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to scholastic journalism. The IJEA selects honorees who have supported their mission by assisting IJEA in promoting high standards of scholastic journalism and elev...
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