Board of Directors

Don Fry, an independent writing coach, has had two careers, first as an English professor at the University of Virginia and at Stony Brook University, and then in journalism. He headed the writing and ethics faculties at the Poynter Institute, and edited the Institute’s series Best Newspaper Writing. Read more...

Hal Fuson was chief legal advisor of the family-held, San Diego-based Copley Press for more than two decades, and in 2007 he became the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He retired from the newspaper business in 2009 after negotiating the sale of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Read more...

Rosemary Gibson is Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center, founding editor for Less is More narratives in JAMA Internal Medicine, and author of Medicare Meltdown (2013), Battle Over Health Care (2012), Treatment Trap (2010), Wall of Silence (2003). Read more...

Robert HernandezRobert Hernández Photo, one of the few true veterans of Web journalism, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue. He describes himself as a mad scientist of journalism. Read more...

Art Howe is a former journalist, publisher and co-founder of Verve Mobile, the world leader in location-targeted local mobile advertising. Based in New York City, Verve reaches more than 160 million users monthly through its network of more than 3,500 leading media companies.                     Read more...

Patricia Smith is a licensed California CPA, who has a tax practice in San Diego. She has been in the business as a sole-practitioner for over 30 years. Her practice is medium-sized and deals with personal, business, corporations, trusts, and nonprofit entities through tax preparations, consulting and representation before the IRS. Read more...