Sam Fisher

President & CEO

217-241-1300, Ext. 222 ·

Sam Fisher is from Princeton, Illinois.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before joining the IPA, Fisher worked for Shaw Media for 34  years.  He was the publisher of the Bureau County Republican (Princeton), Putnam County Record and Tonica News.  Fisher had been a corporate sales trainer before he was promoted to publisher at the Bureau County Republican in 1993. 


Cindy Bedolli

Administrative Assistant & Member Relations

217-241-1300, Ext. 226 •

Cindy Bedolli is from Williamsville, IL.  She worked at The State Journal-Register as an Advertising Clerk for over 12 years.  She most recently came from The Hope Institute where she worked in Human Resources.  Cindy is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a bachelors of science degree in marketing.  She joined the Illinois press in 2015.

Lisa Bouvet



Clip Department

217-241-1300, Ext. 248 •

Lisa Bouvet has worked in the clip department for the Illinois Press Association since 1986.  She is from Springfield, Illinois.  She is responsible for the media-monitoring of all Illinois newspapers.

Jeff Holman



Advertising Director

217-241-1700, Ext. 248 •

Jeff Holman started with Illinois Press Association in July 2003.  Before coming to Springfield, he worked in various advertising sales roles for the News-Journal in Wilmington, Delaware and the Cincinnati Enquirer and Post.  Jeff was born in Buffalo, NY and is a graduate of West Virginia University.

Ron Kline



Technology & Online Coordinator

217-241-1300, Ext. 239 •

Ron Kline joined the Illinois Press Association in 2010 as Technology & Online Coordinator.  he is credited for assisting in the development and maintaining the site as well as the IPA's electronic contest entry system, both systems utilized by many other state press associations.  Prior to joining the IPA, Kline was a production systems specialist for The News-Journal in Daytona Beach, FL.  He also has experience with a variety of specialized computer systems and most recently was a computer operator for Gtech, Inc., which processes the state lottery.

Kate Richardson



Director, Foundation & Communications

217-241-1300, Ext. 227 •

Kate Richardson is a Taylorville native, who started her writing career as a freshman in high school covering cross country for the student newspaper, The Zephyr.  Kate holds a master's and bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield, During her junior and senior year at UIS, Kate served as the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Journal.  While pursuing her graduate degree, she sold and designed advertising as the business manager.  Before joining IPA, Kate worked as a marketing associate at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.


Lisa Sisti



Clip Department

217-241-1300, Ext. 225 •

Lisa grew up on a dairy farm in northwestern Illinois.  She joined IPA in May 1996.  She is responsible for the media-monitoring of all Illinois newspapers.

Josh Sharp

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

217-241-1300, Ext. 237 ·

Josh joined the IPA in August 2004.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Prior to joining the IPA Josh served as an intern for the lobbying firm of Filson/Gordon Associates and also worked for the Department of Central Management Services.

Charlene Frank



Advertising Service Manager

217-241-1700, Ext. 234 •

Charlene is a long-time resident of Springfield, Illinois.  She has worked at the Illinois Press Association since 1996.

Owen Irwin



Assistant V.P. of Government Relations

217-241-1300, Ext. 224 •

Owen joined the IPA in December 2016.  He graduated Summa cum laude from Bradley University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  Prior to joining the IPA, Owen was an intern at the Illinois State Politics News Service and blog, Capitol Fax and later went on to serve on the Illinois Senate President's Policy and Budget Staff for four years, where he was the lead staffer on the Revenue, Appropriations, and Financial Institutions Committees.


Brenda Lovik

Clip Department

217-241-1300, Ext. 231 ·

Brenda rejoined the clip department in June 2017.  She lives in Chatham, Illinois.  She is responsible for the media-monitoring of all Illinois newspapers.

Lynne Lance



NNA Chief Operations Officer
217-241-1300, Ext. 224 •

Lynne Lance is an Air Force brat, born in Okinawa, and has lived in over 10 states and overseas.  She graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa with a BA in Advertising.  She has worked for the communications firm, O'Connor & Burnham in Atlanta, Daniels Press in Birmingham, Alabama, WordMasters in Springfield and Pleasant Plains School District.





Stan Schwartz


Director, NNA Communications


217-241-1400, Ext. 301 •

Stan Schwartz is the senior editor and communications director for the National Newspaper Association.  NNA represents America's community newspapers.  After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism in 1985, he started his professional career with NNA's trade newspaper, Publishers' Auxiliary.  He was soon promoted to assistant editor and then was made managing editor in 1996.  After the association moved its headquarters to Columbia, MO, he joined the adjunct staff of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and taught journalism editing for six years. He has been with NNA in some capacity for 31 years.