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Religion Newswriters committees
Religion Newswriters welcomes volunteers to serve on its committees. If you're interested, contact Debra Mason, 573-882-9257.

Conference committee
Oversees the planning of the RNA Annual Conference, including: determining panel content, inviting speakers, arranging special events, onsite help, promotion and other details.

Current members:
  • Abe Levy
  • Manya Brachear
  • Ansley Roan
Membership committee
Helps to recruit, evaluate and retain members; participates in policy updates; oversees invitations and programming for new member events at RNA conference.

Current members:
  • Michelle Bearden
  • Melissa Burke
  • Amanda Irwin
  • Abe Levy
  • Ansley Roan
Contest committee
Leads research and development of existing and potential RNA contests; secures judges for contests; writes winner press release; contacts winners; and conducts other minor tasks related to the execution of all awards.

Current members:

  • Jeff Diamant
Executive committee
Serves as leaders of the board of directors, meeting regularly to make recommendations on all aspects of board business, for example: contest changes, conference programming, staffing, etc.

Current members:
  • Bob Smietana
  • Manya Brachear
  • Abe Levy
  • Ansley Roan
  • J.D. Kaleem
Fundraising committee
Works with RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS staff to connect with donors, and increase donations and grant funding.

Current members:
  • Kevin Eckstrom
  • Debra Mason
  • Bob Mong
Nominating committee
Responsible for researching and submitting names of nominees for board candidates, lifetime achievement recipients and others.

Current members:
  • Debra Mason
  • Steve Maynard
  • Jeffry Sheler
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