Staff Directory

The Ohio News Media Association, AdOhio and Ohio News Media Foundation staff provide a number of valuable member services. The following is a brief description of staff organization with the areas for which you may contact each of them.

Ohio News Media Association

Dennis Hetzel

President and Executive Director

As ONMA’s chief executive, Hetzel oversees the association and its staff as well as AdOhio and the Ohio News Media Foundation. He also serves as secretary to the board of trustees, president of The Ohio Coalition for Open Government (OCOG) and registered lobbyist for ONMA. Before joining ONMA in November, 2010, from Enquirer Media in Cincinnati, Hetzel’s extensive industry career included stints as a sports editor, news reporter, movie critic, editorial writer, editor, publisher and website manager. He spent 13 years as editor and publisher of the York, Pa., Daily Record and four years as managing editor of the Madison, Wis., Capital Times. Hetzel was an executive board member of the Pennsylvania and Kentucky newspaper associations where he championed open government issues as well as the industry’s move into the digital age. In Pennsylvania, he received the newspaper association’s Benjamin Franklin Award as the state’s industry executive of the year in 2003 and the Paul Tobenkin Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for his leadership on issues of race and diversity. He has presented for the American Press Institute and taught journalism at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Penn State and Temple universities. A native of Chicago, Hetzel holds a political science degree with a minor in journalism from Western Illinois University. At ONMA, he is your first contact on these matters:

  • Legal & Legislative Issues
  • Advertising Legal Questions
  • Board of Trustees Matters
  • ONMA Workers Comp Group
  • Newspaper Management Issues
  • Resume Service
  • Ohio News Media Foundation
  • Ohio Coalition for Open Government

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Sue Bazzoli

Manager of Administrative Services

Sue’s duties include registration for all seminars and conferences, finances, and account management for ONMA, the Foundation and The Ohio Coalition for Open Government. She also assists the executive director with membership inquiries, membership applications and meetings of the board of trustees. Sue was previously employed by Davon/Patton Investment Holdings, Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center, and Holbrook, Manter & Rogers. She earned a B.S. degree in human ecology from Ohio State University. Contact Sue for:

  • Training & Seminar Program
  • ONMA Membership Information
  • Convention Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Convention Committee
  • Weekly Newspaper Committee
  • Ohio Circulation Commitee
  • Ohio Newspapers In Education
  • Hooper and Collegiate Newspaper Competition
  • Invoices & Account Management
  • Annual Dues
  • Human Resources

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Jason Sanford

Manager of Communications and Content

Jason’s primary duty at ONMA is editing and publishing for the Bulletin, the association’s online trade publication. He maintains the organization’s Web sites and manages ONMA’s e-mail and social media broadcasts. Jason also creates brochures, informational sheets, and special publications and facilitates A/V for the annual convention. Before joining the ONMA, Jason worked as the director of marketing and communications for the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and, prior to that, as the director of communications for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. Jason has a degree in anthropology from Auburn University and is a native of Alabama. He’s also a published science fiction writer. He lives in the Columbus area with his wife and children. Contact Jason for:

  • ONMA Bulletin
  • Member News Items
  • Job Referral Service
  • ONMA Web Site
  • OCOG Open Government Report
  • Public Notices Ohio

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Michelle Widner

Administrative Assistant

Widner’s part-time duties include routing all ONMA and AdOhio telephone calls, maintaining all mailing lists and databases, incoming mail, organizing all member mailings, scheduling the conference room and handling correspondence for the executive director. She also assists with convention services, including registration and sponsorships.

  • Mailing Lists & Databases
  • Seminar & Convention Information
  • Pamphlet/Publication Requests
  • Member News Items
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Foundation Scholarship Program

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AdOhio

Walt Dozier

Advertising Director

Dozier’s duties with AdOhio include dealing with direct clients and agencies for rates, newspaper options and planning media buys. He also maintains market demographic data. Dozier was previously general manager of Michigan Newspapers, Inc., advertising subsidiary of The Michigan Press Association. He also has previous experience as a sales representative with Studio One in Battle Creek, Mich. Dozier received his B.A. degree in advertising from Michigan State University. Contact Dozier for:

  • Display Advertising Buys
  • Online Media Buys
  • Newspaper Rates & Options
  • Demographic Information

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Patricia Conkle

Operations Manager

Conkle’s duties for AdOhio include serving as business manager through accounts receivable, accounts payable and credit managing. Conkle attended The College of William and Mary for three years where she studied accounting. She received her associate degree from the Columbus Business University. Conkle has been with AdOhio since 1985. Contact Conkle for:

  • Accounts Receivable & Payable
  • Account Management
  • Annual Directory Information
  • Credit Information

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Mitch Colton

Ad Networks Product Manager

Mitch oversees AdOhio’s digital and print ad networks. That means maintaining network product quality, developing new product options, and overseeing various tiers of ad network brokers and campaigns. The overall goal is to strengthen and grow these ad network products for AdOhio’s partners and customers.

Mitch started with AdOhio at the end of 2013. He has previous experience as an account executive with Dix Communications and as a market analyst for FirstEnergy. Mitch received a B.A. in Marketing and a B.S. in Media Studies from Ohio University in 2011. Member news organizations, AdOhio partners, agencies, customers, should-be customers, and just interested folks please contact Mitch about:

  • Ad Network Questions
  • Ad Network Packages, Sizes & Rates
  • Ad Network Creative Materials
  • Network Ad Copy
  • Ad Network Scheduling & Availably
  • Everything AdOhio Ad Network Related!!!

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Josh Park

Graphic Designer and Quote Specialist

As AdOhio's graphic designer, Josh is responsible for creating promotional materials (media kits, presentations, house ads) and generating web content on the AdOhio website. He also works as our quote specialist, contacting newspapers for advertising rates and developing spreadsheets for clients. Josh worked for AdOhio as the 2014 summer intern and became full-time at the Ohio News Media Association as a program support specialist the following September. He returned to AdOhio in March 2016.

Josh graduated from Otterbein University in May 2014 with degrees in psychology and English, concentrating in creative writing. He also has a minor in women's, gender and sexuality studies. At Otterbein, he worked a variety of positions at the university's newspaper, magazine and news website, including copy editor, arts and entertainment editor and editor-in-chief. During his free time, Josh enjoys reading, writing, crafting, exploring, going on nature walks and hanging out with friends in the Short North (Columbus).

Contact Josh for:

  • Advertising Rates
  • Client Presentations
  • Graphic Design

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