President: David Cay Johnston has won three of journalism’s most prestigious awards, the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award and an IRE Medal awarded by Investigative Reporters and Editors. Johnston has also authored several best-selling books, most recently, “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind.” He has worked for several prominent newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times, where he won the Pulitzer in 2001 for his reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the federal tax code. He is currently a contributing editor with Newsweek and columnist with Al Jazeera America, National Memo, and Tax Analysts. A resident of suburban Rochester, Johnston is also a distinguished visiting lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management. He recently completed a two-year term as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the world’s largest professional organization of investigative journalists.
Vice President/treasurer: Robert Skerker is a retired business executive with an extensive history of community involvement. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Robinson Home Products and has served as a director on numerous non-profit boards, including the Western New York Public Broadcasting Corp., Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Skerker presently serves on the board of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Darwin Martin House, and was co-chairman of the National Preservation Conference held in Buffalo in October 2011.
Secretary: Jody Kleinberg Biehl is director of the Journalism Certificate Program at the University at Buffalo and faculty adviser for the The Spectrum, U.B.’s student newspaper. She has 15 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines and their respective web sites, including Der Spiegel, which is Germany’s leading newsweekly with a track record of investigative reporting, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Newsday, the Boston Globe and the Economist. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
At Large: Tom Toles is a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist. A Hamburg native, he drew for The Buffalo Courier-Express from 1973-82 and Buffalo News the following 20 years, winning the Pulitzer in 1990, before joining The Washington Post in 2002. His cartoons appear in more than 200 newspapers. Toles is the recipient of the Herblock Award, the National Headliners Award, the Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award, the John Fischetti Award and the H.L Mencken Free Press Award. He also has been honored as Cartoonist of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine, The National Cartoonists Society and The Week magazine. Toles, a 1973 graduate of the University at Buffalo, maintains a second home in Hamburg.
At Large: Catharine Miles-Kania is vice president of organizational advancement for Gateway-Longview, a child and family service organization serving the needs of disadvantaged children and families in Western New York. She advances the agency’s mission by raising funds to support Gateway’s 18 programs through the organization’s foundation. She is the agency’s government relations contact and has expertise in donor development and cultivation. Miles-Kania previously was the finance director for Congressman Brian Higgins and has been a freelance grant writer for the past 10 years. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with honors in 1997 and received her masters in social work from Columbia University in 1999.
At Large: Eric Walker is co-founder of PUSH Buffalo. He has has nearly a decade of experience working at the intersection of community organizing, neighborhood revitalization, sustainability and economic justice. He is presently a racial equity fellow with the Center for Social Inclusion.
At Large: Whitney Crispell is manager of an AmeriCorps VISTA program at The Service Collaborative of Western New York. Crispell formerly served as the chief of staff to Erie County Legislator Maria Whyte and Niagara Common Council Member David Rivera. She was a founding board member of Buffalo ReUse and serves on the board of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.
Ex-officio: Jim Heaney is editor and executive director of Investigative Post. He was an investigative reporter with The Buffalo News for 25 years whose work focused on urban issues, including housing and education; economic development; and local and state government. He also served a stint as the paper’s computer assisted reporting editor. Heaney has won more than 20 journalism honors and was a finalist for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Prior to The News, Heaney worked as a reporter and editor with The Orlando Sentinel, and founded a weekly newspaper that served the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood of Buffalo. He is a graduate of Medaille College, where he majored in communications.