2015 Slate of Officer Nominees

The 2015 Nominating Committee of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists presents the following slate of nominees to two-year positions being left vacant June 30.

  • Secretary: Telly Halkias
  • Treasurer: Kathy Eliscu
  • Archivist: Dave Astor
  • Contest chair: Michele Wojciechowski
  • Membership chair: Amanda Beam

This year’s Nominating Committee comprised NSNC former presidents Eric Heyl, Suzette Martinez Standring and Bill Tammeus.

Astor is running for re-election. Current Secretary Wayne Chan, Treasurer James Casto, Contest Chair Bill Ervolino and Membership Chair Rose Valenta are leaving their offices.

The board elections will be during the annual membership meeting, 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, at The Alexander in Indianapolis, concluding the society’s conference. The term for these offices runs July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017.

Telly Halkias is a columnist, features writer and drama critic for newspapers in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Maine, including the Berkshire Eagle and the Bangor Daily News.

Kathy Eliscu writes for Maine Women and other publications and also blogs at www.kathyeliscu.com. She is the first second-generation winner in the NSNC’s annual column contest; her late mother is humor writer Margery Eliscu.

Dave Astor has written the award-winning “Montclairvoyant” humor column for New Jersey’s Montclair Times since 2003, and began his DaveAstorOnLiterature.com blog in 2014. He is the author of the memoir Comic (and Column) Confessional.

Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski has written the award-winning humor column “Wojo’s World” since 2003, and her stories about people in the world of comedy appear on Parade.com.

Amanda Beam is a columnist and feature reporter on a freelance basis for the News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Her website is amandahillardbeam.com. She is co-chair of NSNC’s 2015 Indianapolis conference.

Nominations for any open office may be made from the floor at the annual membership meeting. Candidates will be given an opportunity to speak.

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