Board of Directors

Strategic best describes the work of the LMA Board of Directors. This hard working and dedicated group represents some of the brightest minds in local media. They are actively involved in setting the strategy for the organization and they also roll up their sleeves when working on various committees and projects. Feel free to reach out to any of them to discuss the work of LMA in more detail.

Robert Brown

CHAIR | President & COO, Swift Communications (970) 390-4651 rbrown@swiftcom.com

President & COO
Swift Communications
200 Lindbergh Drive P.O. Box 1500
Gypsum, CO 81637


Bob Brown was named as President of Swift Communications in November 2008. He continues to serve as Chief Operating Officer having held that position since January, 2005. He was the General Manager for Colorado Mountain News Media from 1999 to 2004. Brown has also been the Publisher of the Vail Daily, Summit Daily News, Summit County Journal, and Leadville Chronicle.

He has over 30 years of experience in the newspaper and communications industries. Brown is a Board member of Local Media Association, Associated Press, the Youth Foundation of Eagle County and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. He also volunteered with Vail Leadership and as a youth coach with the Western Eagle County Recreation.

Brown holds a B.S. degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Colorado State University.

Bob has been married to his wife of 29 years Lori and they have 3 children, Britney (28), Cameron (25) and Cody (22).

Robert Brown

CHAIR | President & COO, Swift Communications (970) 390-4651 rbrown@swiftcom.com

Tom Sly

FIRST VICE CHAIR | VP, Digital Revenue, E. W. Scripps Co. (513) 977-3748 tom.sly@scripps.com

VP, Digital Revenue
E. W. Scripps Company
312 Walnut Street
2800 Scripps Center
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tom is the Vice President of Digital Revenue at The E.W. Scripps Co. and leads digital revenue development and strategy across Scripps’ broadcast, and digital operations.  He joined Scripps in 2012 and prior to that led business development, revenue, and operations for a number of large and privately held broadcast companies and several digital startups including Nowlive.com, 10LocalCoupons.com, and Vehix.com.

Tom Sly

FIRST VICE CHAIR | VP, Digital Revenue, E. W. Scripps Co. (513) 977-3748 tom.sly@scripps.com

Catherine Badalamente

SECOND VICE CHAIR | SVP/Chief Innovation Officer, Graham Media Group (312) 917-6240 cbadalamente@grahammedia.com

Vice President, Digital Media
Graham Media Group
161 N. Clark St Suite 2900
Chicago IL, 60601


Catherine Badalamente is the SVP/Chief Innovation Officer for Graham Media Group. In her role, Badalamente oversees digital sales, content, and technology for GMG.

Badalamente has been at the forefront of the changing television landscape and transition to new media throughout her career.
Under her leadership, Graham Digital has transformed from a small group of part-time employees to a leading edge development company. Graham Digital is made up of dedicated individuals passionate about the intersection of digital technology and cutting edge media.

Prior to her current role she served as Director of Digital Media, helping to create successful multi-platform convergent campaigns for clients and stations and was successful at driving growth in both audience and revenue for the group.

Badalamente began her Graham Media Group career in 2000 at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. There she held a variety of roles including Director of New Business Development from 2006 to 2010. She began her television career at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland as an Account Executive in 1997.

Badalamente serves as the chairperson for the National Association of Broadcasters Digital Officer Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Local Media Association, StormPins and Videolicious.

Badalamente is a graduate of John Carroll University with a BA in Communications.

Catherine Badalamente

SECOND VICE CHAIR | SVP/Chief Innovation Officer, Graham Media Group (312) 917-6240 cbadalamente@grahammedia.com

Lisa Bishop

TREASURER | Chief Digital Officer, Heartland Media, LLC (888) 252-6221 lisa@heartlandtv.com

Chief Digital Officer
Heartland Media, LLC
4521 Leavenworth St
Omaha, NE 68106


Lisa Bishop joined Heartland Media as Chief Digital Officer in October 2015. Bishop is a digital monetization and product specialist who has led transformational change in the local media industry for the past 17 years.

In her role at Heartland, Bishop oversees all digital operations, strategy, monetization and business development of audience and revenue for the growing station group.  Bishop led the launch of PulseLocal Marketing, Heartland’s digital agency in the spring of 2016 offering solutions such as: responsive web site development, social media management, reputation management, database and email marketing, and search engine marketing.

Prior to her time at Heartland, Bishop conceived and executed the formulation of Gray Digital Media in 2002 under the leadership of then COO Bob Prather. As the VP of Digital Media, she was the catalyst to a culture transformation of Gray’s local television stations and the creation of their local digital properties by transforming a traditional media distribution company to focus on content gathering and syndication across multiple digital platforms.  Bishop was responsible all digital initiatives including web, mobile, online operations, business development and revenue and monetization strategies. She also led the efforts to build out a fully supported digital agency, LocalX Marketing.

In the early 2000’s – Lisa led the first interactive team for Benedek Broadcasting, Benedek Interactive Media (BIM), from 2000-2002, bringing many local TV stations online for the first time.

In addition to broadcast experience, Bishop also served as a sports correspondent for Chicago’s local newspaper The Daily Herald, covering local high school sports. In 1998 she served as Sports Information Director Assistant for Montreat College where she brought the college’s sports coverage online for the first time with the development of their Web site.  She also wrote sports articles for a small local newspaper in North Carolina, the Black Mountain News.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Montreat College in North Carolina. Additionally, she has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
She lives in the Charlotte area with her husband and their two children.

Lisa Bishop

TREASURER | Chief Digital Officer, Heartland Media, LLC (888) 252-6221 lisa@heartlandtv.com

Jason Jedlinski

SECRETARY | Digital Strategy Consultant jjedlinski@gannett.com

Jason Jedlinski
Digital Strategy Consultant

Jason Jedlinski

SECRETARY | Digital Strategy Consultant jjedlinski@gannett.com

Mark Poss

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR | CEO, Big Fish Works (651) 388-5000 mark@redwingpublishing.com

CEO
Big Fish Works
P.O. Box 2010
Red Wing, MN 55066


Mark Poss is CEO of Big Fish Works based in Red Wing, MN. Along with his wife Becky, they are the second generation family owners of the company formerly known as Red Wing Publishing. They operate a dozen community newspapers, a growing digital advertising agency and two commercial print operations. They are focused on transforming all aspects of their business to thrive in the ever changing media landscape.

Mark has a degree in economics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. But his real education has come from working with his in-laws and all the fantastic employees of Big Fish Works.

Mark Poss

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR | CEO, Big Fish Works (651) 388-5000 mark@redwingpublishing.com

Amber Aldrich

DIRECTOR | Senior Advertising Director, Seattle Times aaldrich@seattletimes.com

Senior Advertising Director
Seattle Times

Amber Aldrich

DIRECTOR | Senior Advertising Director, Seattle Times aaldrich@seattletimes.com

Jodelle Bailey

DIRECTOR | West Coast Regional Digital Sales Manager, Sinclair Digital Group JLBailey@sbgtv.com

West Coast Regional Digital Sales Manager
Sinclair Digital Group

Jodelle Bailey

DIRECTOR | West Coast Regional Digital Sales Manager, Sinclair Digital Group JLBailey@sbgtv.com

Jim Brady

DIRECTOR | CEO, Spirited Media (215) 821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

CEO
Spirited Media
P.O. Box 577
Great Falls, VA 22066


Jim Brady is the founder and CEO of Spirited Media, a mobile-focused local news startup.

Jim has spent almost 20 years in digital news, working in both digital-only and legacy operations, and has the gray, thinning hairline to prove it. He came to the digital world in April 1995 as sports editor of Digital Ink, the Washington Post’s first new media effort. He was on the core team that launched washingtonpost.com in June 1996 and has been a sucker for all things digital ever since.

Along the way, Jim has served as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, general manager of the now-deceased TBD.com, editor-in-chief of Digital First Media and in various executive roles at America Online.

During Jim’s tenure as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, the site won a national Emmy award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage, a Peabody Award for its “Being a Black Man” series, an Editor & Publisher award for Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site, two Digital Edge awards for Best Overall News Site, a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, two Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Non-Broadcast Affiliated Web Site, and more than 100 White House News Photographers video awards.

At Digital First Media, Jim was the editor overseeing 75 daily newspapers, 292 non-daily publications and 341 online sites. He also oversaw the conception. launch and — eventually — the demise of Project Thunderdome, a centralized digital innovation hub that produced high-quality news products for DFM properties.

At TBD, Jim built a local news operation dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the Washington, D.C. region that combined the values of traditional journalism and the power of citizen journalism. As general manager of TBD, he was responsible for the business operations and editorial oversight of both TBD.com and TBD TV, a 24-hour local cable news station.

During Jim’s four-plus years at America Online, he served as Group Programming Director, News & Sports; Executive Director, Editorial Operations; and Vice President, Production & Operations. During his time at AOL, Brady was in charge of the service’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2000 presidential election.

Jim is also a Past President of the Online News Association, where he’s been a board member since 2005. He also serves on the boards of the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Foundation, on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute and on the advisory boards of GlobalPost, Kaiser Health News, The American University School of Communication and the Fiscal Times.

Brady earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from The American University in 1989. Born in Queens, N.Y. and raised in Huntington, N.Y., he lives with his wife, Joan, and two stubborn beagles in Great Falls, Va.

In his spare time, Jim likes to rant on Twitter about the New York Jets, drinks an ungodly amount of Diet Pepsi, listens to Rush and, according to Philadelphia Magazine, wears Dad jeans.

Jim Brady

DIRECTOR | CEO, Spirited Media (215) 821-8477 jim@spiritedmedia.com

P.J. Browning

DIRECTOR | President and Publisher, The Post and Courier pbrowning@postandcourier.com

P.J. Browning
President and Publisher
The Post and Courier


Pamela (P.J.) Browning became Senior Vice President with Evening Post Industries and President of Evening Post Industries Newspaper Division in July of 2013. She is also President and Publisher of The Post and Courier in Charleston.

Prior to Charleston she was President and Publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, and President and Publisher at The Telegraph in Macon, GA, both owned by The McClatchy Company. During her time with The Sun News, Browning guided the newspaper in a highly competitive market in which tourism plays a pivotal role. She also did extensive work bringing the newspaper into the digital era. Under her leadership, Macon became one of the top newspapers in terms of re-engineering operations and innovative use of the internet. Before arriving in Macon, P.J. served as President and Publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA, a Knight-Ridder owned newspaper. Her first role as Publisher was at the Sentinel in Carlisle, PA.

While attending college, P.J. began her career at the News-Leader in Springfield, MO in 1984. Journalism bound with sites on attending law school, ink soon got in her blood and plans changed. P.J. worked in advertising at the News-Leader through graduation and was later promoted to a variety of positions through her 12 years at the paper before being promoted to the Advertising Director in Fort Collins, CO. Her newspaper advertising career later took her to Grand Rapids, MI and Asheville, N.C.

She is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in marketing.

P.J. is married to Kerry Browning and they have three grown children, Casey, Kylie and Cody. They are also proud grandparents of four. P.J. is a resident of Mt. Pleasant.

Browning currently serves on the Trident Technical College Board of Trustees. Browning also served as President of 2018-2019 Southern Newspaper Publishers Association; and Vice President of 2018-2019 S.C. Press Association.

P.J. Browning

DIRECTOR | President and Publisher, The Post and Courier pbrowning@postandcourier.com

Mick Cohen

DIRECTOR | SVP Consumer Sales, Hearst Newspapers (415) 777-7460 mcohen@sfchronicle.com

Mick Cohen

DIRECTOR | SVP Consumer Sales, Hearst Newspapers (415) 777-7460 mcohen@sfchronicle.com

Toby Collodora

DIRECTOR | Senior Manager, Engagement and Retention, Star Tribune Media Company (612) 673-7175 ext 879 Toby.Collodora@startribune.com

Toby Collodora
Senior Manager, Engagement and Retention | Star Tribune Media Company

Toby Collodora

DIRECTOR | Senior Manager, Engagement and Retention, Star Tribune Media Company (612) 673-7175 ext 879 Toby.Collodora@startribune.com

Jeremy Gockel

DIRECTOR | Head of Innovation, McClatchy (919) 624-4660 jgockel@mcclatchy.com

Head of Innovation
The McClatchy Company
2100 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95852

Jeremy Gockel

DIRECTOR | Head of Innovation, McClatchy (919) 624-4660 jgockel@mcclatchy.com

Todd Handy

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Beasley Media Group (801) 540-4052 todd.handy@bbgi.com

Chief Digital Officer
Beasley Media Group


As Chief Digital Officer, Todd Handy is responsible for leading the Beasley Media Group’s digital efforts and has been at the forefront of the digital media space for more than a decade, having spent 6 years in local media responsible for sales, advertising strategy & products, ad operations & analytics, programmatic sales and native advertising. He has also led publisher development, implementation and customer success for an AdTech video startup, as well as worked with blue-chip digital pureplays in display, audio, video, mobile, performance marketing & retargeting and affiliate sales.

A Utah native, Handy most recently held executive positions with several innovative companies, including serving as Vice President of Digital Media & Ad Tech at MarketStar, VP of Publisher Development at Tout and VP of Advertising Strategy & Products at Deseret Digital Media. In addition, he has served on various sales and digital marketing advisory boards as well as the Executive Committee of the Local Media Consortium and the Local Media Association’s Chief Digital Club. In addition, he is currently a member of the Dream Local Digital Board of Directors.

Todd Handy

DIRECTOR | Chief Digital Officer, Beasley Media Group (801) 540-4052 todd.handy@bbgi.com

Sonny Messiah Jiles

DIRECTOR | CEO, Defender Media Group (713) 663-6996 ceo@defendernetwork.com

Sonny Messiah Jiles
CEO
Defender Media Group

Sonny Messiah Jiles

DIRECTOR | CEO, Defender Media Group (713) 663-6996 ceo@defendernetwork.com

Shannon Kinney

DIRECTOR | Founder and Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital (207) 593-7665 shannon@dreamlocal.com

Shannon Kinney
Founder and Client Success Officer
Dream Local Digital
463 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841


Shannon Kinney is Founder and Client Success Officer at Dream Local Digital. Shannon has over 20 years of experience in the development of successful Internet products, online sales and marketing strategies. She has worked on the teams developing successful Internet brands such as cars.com, careerbuilder.com, Knight Ridder Digital and over 60 online media properties for newspapers all over the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in media sales and sales management in Maine. She is an experienced speaker, trainer, advisor and consultant, and has worked with small and large companies alike, and has served more than 41,000 small businesses in online marketing workshops. She has been recognized as a Woman to Watch by Maine Biz, and as a Local Digital Innovator by the Local Media Association.

Shannon Kinney

DIRECTOR | Founder and Client Success Officer, Dream Local Digital (207) 593-7665 shannon@dreamlocal.com

Pam Laycock

DIRECTOR | SVP Transformation & Strategy, Torstar Corporation (416) 305-1147 pam.laycock@metroland.com

Senior VP, Transformation & Strategy
Torstar Corporation
One Yonge Street,
Toronto, Canada M5E 1E6

Pam Laycock

DIRECTOR | SVP Transformation & Strategy, Torstar Corporation (416) 305-1147 pam.laycock@metroland.com

J. Tom Shaw

DIRECTOR | General Manager / Suburban Group, Shaw Media (630) 427-6210 jtshaw@shawmedia.com

General Manager / Suburban Group at Shaw Media
Shaw Media
444 Pine Hill Drive
Dixon, Illinois 61021


Tom Shaw is Vice President of Shaw Media, and General Manager of the company’s suburban operations. Previous to the ten years with Shaw Media, Tom was in radio and television advertising sales. He has a journalism degree from Colorado State University, and an MBA from University of Colorado at Denver.

J. Tom Shaw

DIRECTOR | General Manager / Suburban Group, Shaw Media (630) 427-6210 jtshaw@shawmedia.com

Erica Smith

DIRECTOR | Online Editor and Director of Digital Strategy, The Virginian-Pilot e.smith@pilotonline.com

Erica Smith | Online editor and director of digital strategy
The Virginian-Pilot | PilotOnline.com
| e.smith@nullpilotonline.com |

Erica Smith

DIRECTOR | Online Editor and Director of Digital Strategy, The Virginian-Pilot e.smith@pilotonline.com

Jake Volcsko

DIRECTOR | VP of Data and Digital Operations, Connecticut Public (860) 275-7251 JVolcsko@ctpublic.org

Jake Volcsko is the Vice President of Data and Digital Operations for Connecticut Public, a duel licensee PBS and NPR affiliate. Prior to his current role, Jake was General Manager of GateHouse Media’s Philadelphia cluster of newspapers. He began his media career in 2001 and has held roles in the areas of digital operations, advertising, news, production, and circulation.

During his career, in addition to websites, mobile apps and other digital products, Jake has successfully launched several paid online membership initiatives, and a digital services agency. He was part of the team that launched the first OTT applications on Roku TV created by a local newspaper organization. In November 2014, when Amazon FireTV launched, the team was the first local media organization to launch an app on the platform, including a digital linear streaming channel.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of PA, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. In his spare time Jake enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and sons, Elijah and Charlie, officiating high school football, playing video games, and fretting over the state of Pittsburgh sports (even when they win).

Jake Volcsko

DIRECTOR | VP of Data and Digital Operations, Connecticut Public (860) 275-7251 JVolcsko@ctpublic.org

Janis Ware

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Atlanta Voice Newspaper (404) 524-6426 x11 jlware@theatlantavoice.com

Janis Ware

DIRECTOR | Publisher, The Atlanta Voice Newspaper (404) 524-6426 x11 jlware@theatlantavoice.com