Voting for the Boston Press Photographers Association officers and Board of Directors will take place from Dec. 4 to Dec. 14, 2023. All current paid and lifetime members are eligible to vote in the election. Those eligible to vote should receive an email with a link to the ballot on Dec. 4. If you feel you are eligible to vote but do not receive an email with a ballot link by the end of Dec. 4, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Positions and nominees below
We need to elect a slate of SIX members for the BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The top six candidates in voting will be elected to the board.
Nominees for the Board of Directors are:
- Jesse Costa, WBUR
- David Goldman, AP
- Kevin Martin, The Boston Globe
- Meredith Nierman, GBH
- Faith Ninivaggi, freelance
- Sophie Park, freelance
- Mark Stockwell, The Sun Chronicle / freelance
As immediate past-president, Brian Snyder (Reuters) will automatically serve as the seventh board member.
We also need to elect a full slate of officers:
- Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe (previously on the Board of Directors, unopposed)
- Angela Rowlings, freelance (incumbent, unopposed)
TREASURER: By tradition and the bylaws, the Treasurer maintains the association’s finances and takes the lead in fundraising efforts such as sponsorships and advertising.
- Mary Schwalm, freelance (incumbent, unopposed)
SECRETARY: By tradition and the bylaws, the Secretary keeps meeting minutes and in recent years the Secretary has also served as the association’s web master.
- Amanda Sabga, freelance (previously on the Board of Directors, unopposed)
MARSHAL: The Marshall maintains order at meetings. The Marshall also assists the other officers as needed.
- CJ Gunther, EPA (incumbent, unopposed)
All officers and Board members contribute to policy discussions and planning.
Introductions and bios supplied by nominees
Jesse Costa, WBUR
Since 2007, Jesse Costa has been a photographer and multimedia producer for WBUR. He is a visual storyteller focusing on a wide array of topics and issues concerning healthcare, immigration, the environment, the arts and education. Among the many news outlets where his work has been featured include; NPR.org, The Associated Press and The Boston Globe.
David Goldman, AP
David Goldman is a staff photographer on the Global Enterprise Team at the Associated Press. Based in Providence, R.I., his work ranges from longer form storytelling on social and environmental issues to news assignments both locally and internationally. A New York City native and former staffer at the Boston Herald, he’s recently relocated back to the area and is looking to get more involved in helping to support and promote the vision and values of the BPPA.
Kevin Martin, The Boston Globe
Kevin Martin is the Deputy Director of Photography at The Boston Globe. Prior to his time in Boston, Martin served as a photo editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Antonio Express-News, The Associated Press, Knoxville News Sentinel, The Advocate in Baton Rouge and The State in Columbia, S.C. In 2022 Martin was named Visual Editor of the Year by Pictures of the Year International. Martin is a former director of The Kalish visual editing workshop. He has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize photography categories. In 2021, Martin was part of the Star Tribune newsroom staff which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. Martin holds a master’s degree in photography from The School of Visual Communication at Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Kentucky University.
Sophie Park, freelance
Sophie Park is a Korean American freelance photojournalist based in Boston, MA. Growing up between Missouri, New Jersey, and Cambodia cultivated her interest in the nuances of identity and belonging. She brings this curiosity to her work covering a range of topics including politics, immigration, human rights, and conservation. Sophie received her B.A. in international relations from Boston University and was previously a photography fellow at the Texas Tribune. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times.
Mark Stockwell, The Sun Chronicle / freelance
Greetings fellow BPPA members. It’s been a long while since I was involved with the business end of this great organization and am now ready to give my spare time to help run the BPPA in the capacity as a member of the Board of Directors. I served on the Board of Directors for several years into the early 2000s, was the editor of the Ball Book for 10 years and helped run the annual photo contest. I’m currently part time at The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro and spend the rest of my time freelancing for The Boston Globe, AP and Boston Herald. I’m looking forward to serving with my peers to help navigate the BPPA over the next several years.
Nominees currently serving in BPPA leadership
CJ Gunther, EPA
CJ Gunther is the New England Region Staff Photographer for EPA, the European Pressphoto Agency. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, CJ has been covering Boston news and sport for the past 31 years for multiple organizations during that tenure. Currently serving as Marshall for the BPPA, CJ makes certain the contest happens every winter and coordinates the hundreds of Tri-Cards held by most of you. CJ is happy to continue serving the membership if they will have him.
Meredith Nierman, GBH
Meredith Nierman is Director of Photography and a Digital Executive Editor at GBH, with over two decades of experience producing and directing visually compelling, content driven digital stories and large initiatives. She is also the founder of the Boston Photo League, a group that centers the work of women and non-binary documentary photographers in Boston. Meredith has also been a board member with the BPPA for four years. She was instrumental in co- producing the annual Photos of the Year exhibition to the public by connecting BPPA with the Parks Department and working with the Boston Arts Commission to bring the annual exhibit, now in its third year, into fruition.
Faith Ninivaggi, freelance
Faith Ninivaggi has spent the past two decades working as a photojournalist. She has received numerous awards recognizing her work including an Emmy. Faith runs her own freelance business photographing portrait, editorial and commercial commissions for local and national corporations. She holds a BFA in Photography from The Art Institute of Boston and received her MFA in Photography + Integrated media from Lesley University. She is an exhibiting artist and educator, a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and serves on the board of the Boston Press Photographers Association (BPPA) as well as The Photographic Resource Center. In addition to serving on the board at the PRC, Faith is also a part of the programming committee.
Jessica Rinaldi, The Boston Globe
Jessica Rinaldi is a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Prior to joining the Globe she spent thirteen years as a freelance photographer based in Boston, Dallas and New York City working primarily for Reuters. She has served on the BPPA Board of Directors for the past ten years and has helped to make the annual BPPA Photos of the Year exhibit a reality.
Angela Rowlings, freelance
Angela Rowlings (she/her) is an independent photojournalist who reports on climate, culture, politics, and human rights issues. For the past couple years, Angela has been focusing on a long-term documentary project about the intersection of culture and climate on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Angela is the current vice president of the Boston Press Photographers Association, where she serves on the contest committee and helps plan and install the BPPA’s annual outdoor exhibitions. She is also a board member with the Society of Environmental Journalists and the New England Chapter of ASMP. She enjoys mentoring, making delicious, gluten-free food, and working to ensure photographers are paid what they are worth.
Amanda Sabga, freelance
Amanda Sabga is a Boston-based photographer who has spent the past several years working as an independent photojournalist for editorial publications and agencies. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times among others. Prior to striking out on her own Amanda spent more than four years as a staff photographer at the Lawrence-based Eagle-Tribune and before that was a photo intern for the Boston Red Sox. She has served on the BPPA Board of Directors for four years and in that time has helped to run the organization’s annual photo contest.
Mary Schwalm, freelance
Mary Schwalm is a photojournalist and professor based in the Merrimack Valley. A graduate of Colby College, Schwalm spent 6 years as a Sports Photo Editor at the Associated Press headquarters in New York before bailing out of Manhattan in 2006 to pursue a career as a photographer in Massachusetts. She currently teaches at Merrimack College and has no experience with finance, which means, you too could be treasurer!