The Ohio Newspaper Association, AdOhio and Ohio Newspapers 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 Newspaper Association

Dennis Hetzel, Executive Director
DENNIS_HETZELAs ONA’s chief executive, Hetzel oversees the association and its staff as well as ONS (AdOhio) and the Ohio Newspapers Foundation. He also serves as secretary to the board of trustees, president of The Ohio Coalition for Open Government (OCOG) and registered lobbyist for ONA. Before joining ONA 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 ONA, he is your first contact on these matters:

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

Sue Bazzoli, Manager of Administrative Services
SUE_BAZZOLIBazzoli’s duties include registration for all seminars and conferences, finances, and account management for ONA, 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. Bazzoli’s previous positions include executive assistant to the owner of Patton Investment Holdings, administrative secretary at Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center, and bookkeeper for Holbrook, Manter & Rogers. She earned a B.S. degree in human ecology from Ohio State University. Contact Bazzoli for:

  • Training & Seminar Program
  • General Membership Information
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Human Resources & Education Committee
  • Convention Committee
  • Ohio Newspapers In Education
  • Hooper Newspaper Competition
  • Invoices & Account Management
  • Annual Dues

Jason Sanford, Manager of Communications and Content
JasonSanford2013Jason’s primary duty at ONA is editing and publishing for the Bulletin, the association’s online trade publication. He maintains the organization’s Web sites and manages ONA’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 ONA, 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:

  • ONA Bulletin & Marketplace Ads
  • Member News Items
  • Job Referral Service
  • ONA Web Site
  • NIE Web Site
  • OCOG Newsletter
  • Special Publications

Ann Riggs, Receptionist & Secretary
Ann RiggsRiggs’ part-time duties include routing all ONA and ONS 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 conference services, including registration and sponsorships.

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

Josh Park, ONA Program Support Assistant
Josh Park
Park graduated from Otterbein as a double major in psychology and English with a concentration in creative writing as well as a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

Throughout his time in college, Park worked as a writer, copy editor and arts and entertainment editor for the Tan & Cardinal newspaper; diversions editor for; and editor-in-chief for T&C Magazine. He was also involved in the university’s literary magazine, Quiz & Quill, and feminist zine, Kate. During his last year as a student, he volunteered at Otterbein’s Women’s and Gender Resource Center as well as SafeZone, a recently-developed program in which students discuss LGBTQ issues with underclassmen.

Park served as the summer 2014 intern for AdOhio.

Frank Beeson, Vice President of Advertising
Frank BeesonBeeson’s duties include overseeing AdOhio’s operations and dealing with direct clients and agencies for rates, newspaper options and planning media buys. Beeson was previously regional publisher with Civitas Media. He has worked as a publisher for Civitas and its predecessor organizations, Ohio Community Media and Brown Publishing, in the Dayton area and west-central Ohio since 2003. He was the president of the Wayne Development Council from 1999-2003. Before that, he held several positions with Dix Communications in Wooster, including 10 years as general manager of The Daily Record. Contact Beeson for:

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

Walt Dozier, Advertising Director

WaltFINAL2Dozier’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

Patricia Conkle, Operations Manager
PAT_CONKLEConkle’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 Ohio Newspaper Services since 1985. Contact Conkle for:

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

MitchUseMitch Colton, Network Account Executive and Digital Specialist
Colton’s duties with AdOhio include selling and placing classified advertising for the statewide OhioScan network and the 2×2 Network. He also handles client development and maintains network sales promotion materials. Additionally, he handles all digital ads. Colton has been with the association since 2013. He attended Ohio University. Contact Colton for:

  • OhioScan Rates & Demographics
  • 2×2/2×4 Network sales
  • Client Presentation Kits
  • Network Member Assistance
  • Digital ads