The Collegian Alumni Interest Group (AIG) is conducting an election to fill four seats on the board. The deadline for voting is Aug. 19. All Collegian alumni are eligible to cast ballots.

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The AIG nominating committee is recommending reelection of three current board members and election of a new candidate, Catherine Adriana Rivera Chardon, a 2018 broadcast journalism graduate.

Sitting board members who have been nominated are Anthony Layser, Megan Hennigan and Leen Obeidat. Leen was appointed this spring to fill a vacancy on the board, so if elected, she would begin serving her first full term this fall. Anthony and Megan would begin serving second terms this fall if re-elected. Board members are limited to two consecutive terms.

Megan Hennigan serves as board treasurer and has been instrumental in organizing and conducting the Zoom roundtables that the AIG has sponsored to introduce Collegian staff members to Collegian alums working in fields of interest to both the editorial and business staffs. A PSU graduate with dual degrees in marketing and international business as well as French, Megan is in charge of shopper marketing for SodaStream International.

Anthony Layser has chaired the AIG’s nominating committee in prior years. He is vice president of content partnerships and programming at XUMO, a Comcast company.

Leen, a PSU graduate with majors in finance and telecommunications, is director of business development at Flytedesk, a technology firm that bridges the gap between national advertisers and college media. She works with hundreds of college media organizations, including The Collegian, to launch new products, optimize their operations and drive revenue.

No Collegian alum self-nominated by the deadline of July 19, so the slate of candidates is the one recommended by the nominating committee. This year, serving on that committee were board president Jordan Hyman, vice president Robyn Radomski, and secretary Barbara White Stack.

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Barbara Stack

Barbara Stack

I started my journalism career at The Daily Collegian, where I covered cops, "radicals and minorities," and served as editorial page editor. After graduation, I worked as a reporter and feature writer for two community papers, The Tribune-Review and the Beaver County Times, before being hired by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I worked for the Post-Gazette for 27 years as a reporter, assistant city editor and editorial page writer. For a decade I covered issues regarding children and families, and a series of stories I wrote, along with a court case I persuaded the Post-Gazette to pursue, led to an order opening to the press and public dependency hearings in Pennsylvania juvenile court. In 2007, I began working as a blog writer for the United Steelworkers Union, composing blogs and op-eds that were published in the name of the union's international president. I am now retired and working as a consultant for The Pittsburgh Foundation's communications department.