Short to be new NDNA board president
Cole Short, editor of the Hillsboro Banner, has been nominated for president of the NDNA board.
Election of officers and directors will be held May 13 at the association's annual meeting during the convention at Spirit Lake Casino, near Devils Lake, ND.
Short will succeed Amy Wobbema of the New Rockford Transcript and Foster County Independent, Carrington. His nomination, as well as first and second vice president nominations, a continued term nomination for director, and a nomination for an open director position, was ratified April 12 by the NDNA board.
Allison Olimb, editor-in-chief of the Walsh County Press in Park River, was nominated for first vice president. Current director, Alyssa Meier of NorDak Publishing, was nominated for second vice president. Jill Friesz, owner of GS Publishing in Elgin, was nominated for a second term as a director.
The list of nominees includes one newcomer, Clarice Touhey, publisher of the Williston Herald and Sidney Herald for Wick Communications, who has been nominated to fill the board seat vacated by Alyssa Meier with her nomination as second vice president.
Touhey joined Wick Communications in 2021 from Hearst Community Newspapers in Texas, where she served as the group publisher for six community publications.
Her previous experience includes roles in distribution, creative, publishing and advertising at publications in New York, Texas, Louisiana and South Florida. She started in the newspaper industry with Newsday, her hometown newspaper on Long Island, New York, while she was still in school and worked her way up to publisher in 2016.
Wick Communications CEO Francis Wick said, “We're excited to have someone of Clarice’s leadership at the helm of the Herald. Her passion for community journalism coupled with strategic marketing solutions for the local business community make this a very exciting time.”
Touhey is excited to be joining the NDNA board. “I love what we do. I think our business is still important in the community on the local level, and I want to make sure everything we do is about local media, local news and that we stay viable,” she said.
Clarice and her husband, Patrick, reside in Williston.