Our team

OUR EXECUTIVES

  • John Garrett
    Founding Publisher & CEO
    AUSTIN

    John started Community Impact Newspaper from the game room of his home with his wife and best friend Jennifer. The belief that everyone (not just the insiders) should know what is happening in their own backyard prompted him to leave news company giants and start his own news organization.
    Growing up with parents who worked hard as small business owners gave John a deep appreciation of how Main Street is the community. Helping local businesses thrive isn’t just part of Community ImpactMORE

  • Jennifer Garrett
    Founding Publisher & Chief Facility Management Officer
    AUSTIN

    Jennifer is John’s partner-in-innovation. When John had the idea to create Community Impact Newspaper, she was the one who encouraged him to launch the company.
    Jennifer loves supporting her community and has always loved finding the story behind local businesses. She coined the phrase “everyone loves maps, duh” which our editorial and design team take to heart when they design all of our useful maps. Jennifer is a licensed interior designer and has won several design awards from the … MORE

  • Amy Ellsworth
    Metro Publisher
    PHOENIX

    Amy Ellsworth joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2013 as general manager of its flagship edition serving the communities … MORE

  • Christal Howard
    Metro Publisher
    DALLAS-FORT WORTH

    Christal Howard joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2013 to launch the Frisco edition as its general manager and now serves as the … MORE

  • Claire Love
    Chief Operating Officer
    AUSTIN

    Claire has been with Community Impact Newspaper since the beginning. Though she didn’t officially join the company until 2006 … MORE

  • Derek Sullivan
    Creative Director
    AUSTIN

    Derek, a native Austinite and career graphic designer, heads up the design department for Community Impact Newspaper. Derek prides himself in … MORE

  • Jason Culpepper
    Metro Publisher
    HOUSTON

    Jason Culpepper joined the Community Impact Newspaper team in 2009 and is passionate about being an Impacter. In an industry that is known … MORE

  • Jennifer Simon
    Chief Financial Officer
    AUSTIN

    Jennifer Simon is a finance executive and certified public accountant with a consistent history of delivering results. She began her career in public accounting at … MORE

  • Joe Lanane
    Executive Editor
    AUSTIN

    Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the … MORE

  • Kimberly Horkavy
    Human Resources Director
    AUSTIN

    Kim joined Community Impact Newspaper at the end of 2008 after moving back to Texas from London, where she worked for a marketing agency and earned … MORE

  • Kristina Shackelford
    South Houston Associate Publisher
    HOUSTON

    Kristina Shackelford grew up on Lake Conroe and said she learned to appreciate the value of a hometown and a love for water. After finishing her degree at … MORE

  • Tess Coverman
    Sales Director
    AUSTIN

    Tess Coverman has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2011, firmly believing in the mission to build communities of informed citizens … MORE

  • Traci Rodriguez
    Group Publisher
    AUSTIN

    Following a career in outside sales, Traci accepted an account executive position with Community Impact Newspaper in November 2006. MORE

  • Travis Baker
    Metro Publisher
    AUSTIN

    Travis Baker has been a consumer of news his entire life. Being informed in an unbiased way has always appealed to him. As a publisher, he … MORE

  • William Dahlstrom
    VP of Manufacturing
    AUSTIN

    A fifth-generation Austinite, Will Dahlstrom is committed to making the local community a better place by way of Community Impact Newspaper‘s five … MORE

OUR STAFF

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Abby Bora
Editor
Adrian Martinez
Account Executive
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

My competitive nature will make me great at my new position.

 

Contact: adrian.martinez@communityimpact.com

Alexandra Lovett
Graphic Designer
What do you like to do in your spare time?
On my spare time I enjoy eating, going to the gym, and Netflix.

 

Contact: acorradini@communityimpact.com

Ali Linan
Reporter
Alyssa Cevallos
Account Executive
Amanda Allbright Moore
Administrative Manager
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

I’m sensitive to how others feel so I’m always thinking through that when planning events or doing any aspect of my job. I’m a nurturer so I like to make sure everyone is taken care of and encouraged!

 

Contact: aallbright@communityimpact.com

Amy Denney
Editor
How do you relieve stress?

I manage stress by having a strong work-life balance. I enjoy working out, reading, playing board games and visiting local breweries.

 

Contact: adenney@communityimpact.com

Amy Martinez
General Manager

Contact: amymartinez@communityimpact.com

Ana Erwin
General Manager
What never fails to make you smile?

A good dance party never fails to make me smile!

 

Contact: aerwin@communityimpact.com

Andy Comer
Copy Chief
What keeps you going through the day?

Knowing I get to go home and see my dog and wife. It is important to have drive.

 

Contact: acomer@communityimpact.com

Angie Calderon
Senior Graphic Designer
What makes you smile during the workday?

When I see an e-mail about free food in the break room.

 

Contact: acalderon@communityimpact.com

Ann Miller
Account Executive
Anna Dembowski
Editor
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read, cook and occasionally geek out over all things journalism – including Oxford commas and new-fangled technology.

Contact: adembowski@communityimpact.com

Anna Herod
Reporter
Anya Gallant
Senior Designer
What do you like to do in your free time?

Read, draw, travel, play basketball, ice skate

 

Contact: agallant@communityimpact.com

April Halpin
Account Executive
What never fails to make you smile?
My kid’s quirky observations on life always make me smile.

 

Contact: ahalpin@communityimpact.com

Ariel Guerrero
Material Handler

Contact: aguerrero@communityimpact.com

Aubrey Galloway
Art Production Manager
Barbara Delk
General Manager
Ben Douglas
Database Developer
What never fails to make you smile?

Being praised for making someone else’s job significantly easier.

 

Contact: bdouglas@communityimpact.com

 

Beth Burton
Account Executive
What do you think you bring to the company?

Enthusiasm and thinking outside of the box!

 

Contact: bburton@communityimpact.com

Beth Marshall
Editor
Do you have a favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

Green, Harry Potter series, Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks, Bridesmaids, Gilmore Girls

 

Contact: bmarshall@communityimpact.com

Bo Stitch
Staff Accountant
Breanna Flores
Senior Designer
What aspects of your personality will make you good at your new position?

I’m a nerd for great visuals!

Contact: bflores@communityimpact.com

Brian Edwards
Operations Manager
What are some of your hobbies?

Much of my free time is dedicated to playing volleyball, practicing yoga, and spending time outdoors with my dog, Pablo. I also enjoy running and attending concerts and films whenever I can.

 

Contact: bedwards@communityimpact.com

Brian Pardue
General Manager
Brian Rash
Editor
Caitlin Whittington
Graphic Designer
Carrie Munnerlyn
Account Executive
Cassidy Ritter
Editor
What never fails to make you smile?
My family and hearing a good dad joke never fail to make me smile.

Contact: critter@communityimpact.com

Cathy Turner
General Manager
Chance Flowers
Graphic Designer
Chaney Barton-Nichols
Account Executive
Chelsea Peters
Graphic Designer
Chris Neely
City Hall Reporter
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play/Listen to music, or read

 

Contact: cneely@communityimpact.com

Christine Hall
Senior Reporter
Christine Leggett
General Manager
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

I genuinely enjoy being a part of helping businesses grow and thrive.

 

Contact: cleggett@communityimpact.com

Chuck Patterson
Web Press Group Lead
What never fails to make you smile?
Funny animal videos, you never know what there going to do.

 

Contact: cpatterson@communityimpact.com

Courtney Cottom
Sales Support Specialist
What never fails to make you smile?

My daughter. She is the funniest little person I know!

 

Contact: ccottom@communityimpact.com

Courtney Samok
Account Executive
What is your favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

Blue, The Notebook, Wicked Twisted Road by Reckless Kelly, Big Daddy, Walking Dead

 

Contact: csamok@communityimpact.com

Crystal Shaffer
Account Executive
What are some of your hobbies?

Boating, BBQ’s and spending time with my family.

 

Contact: cshaffer@communityimpact.com

Danica Smithwick
Senior Reporter
What aspect of your personality makes you good at your job?

I love meeting new people and telling meaningful stories that others can appreciate. I’m a very practical, detail-oriented person, so I take care in getting all the facts right.

 

Contact: dsmithwick@communityimpact.com

Daniel Houston
Editor
What aspects of your personality make you good at your position?

I am earnestly curious about what my sources know and do.

 

Contact: dhouston@communityimpact.com

Daniel Patterson
Prepress Manager
David Ludwick
Distribution Director
David Short
General Manager
Do you have a favorite book?

My favorite book is The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman V. Peale.

 

Contact: dshort@communityimpact.com

Deeda Lovett
General Manager
What is your favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

Pink; Eat, Pray, Love; Sitting by the Dock of the Bay; Forrest Gump; Friends

 

Contact: dlovett@communityimpact.com

Denise Seiler
General Manager
What do you think you bring to the company?

A good laugh. No matter what is going on at work, it’s important to stay happy, positive and try to make others laugh.

 

Contact: dseiler@communityimpact.com

Ellen Jackson
Graphic Designer
Emily Davis
Reporter
Emily Heineman
Account Executive
What aspects of your personality make you good at your position?

I am energetic, likable & very organized.

 

Contact: eheineman@communityimpact.com

Emma Freer
Reporter
Emma Whalen
Reporter
Eric Koehlmoos
Material Handler
Eva Marie Vigh
Reporter
Evan Marczynski
Editor
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Learn to play musical instruments. I’m working on my harmonica and didgeridoo skills right now.

 

Contact: emarczynski@communityimpact.com

Evelia Gramajo
Senior Designer
What are some of your hobbies?

Is binging on Netflix a hobby? I think so.

 

Contact: egramajo@communityimpact.com

Falayn Ferrell
Graphic Designer
Frank Mata
Reel Setter

Contact: fmata@communityimpact.com

Frank Volpicella
General Manager
Gail Watson
Account Executive
Gavin Pugh
Reporter
George Lemley
Bindery Operator
Haley Grace
Art Production Manager
Haley Morrison
Reporter
Hannah Zedaker
Reporter
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

I love getting to meet new people and share their stories with the world so being a journalist is a perfect fit for me!

 

Contact: hzedaker@communityimpact.com

Heather Demere
General Manager
Hector Patron
Material Handler

Contact: hpatron@communityimpact.com

Iain Oldman
Reporter
Isabella Short
Graphic Design
Jack Flagler
Editor
Jacqueline Harris
Account Executive
What never fails to make you smile?
Pictures of puppies, unexpected kindness or surprises

 

Contact: jharris@communityimpact.com

Jaime Martinez
Bindery Material Handler
Jake Magee
Editor
James McChesney
Bindery Operator

Contact: jmcchesney@communityimpact.com

Jamie Kietzke
Administrative Assistant
Jay Jones
Graphic Designer
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

I enjoy creative challenges and the rewarding feeling of hard work.

 

Contact: jjones@communityimpact.com

Jen Para
Editor
Jennifer Bland
Database Developer
Jennifer Voith
Assistant Controller - PR, AR, AP
How do you relieve stress?

I try to get as many things done as I can and then I push through it.

 

Contact: jvoith@communityimpact.com

Jenny Abrego
Art Production Manager
What do you think you bring to the company?

I’m here to better our product and our processes, and to encourage the wonderful employees around me!

 

Contact: jabrego@communityimpact.com

Jenny Avis
Account Executive
Jessica White
Sales Support Specialist
Joe Warner
Managing Editor - Austin Metro

Contact: jwarner@communityimpact.com

John Cox
Recruiter
Jose Salazar
UX Developer
What do you like about working at CI?

It is a place where I can continue to grow.

 

Contact: jsalazar@communityimpact.com

Judi Becker
Administrative Assistant
Juhi Varma
Reporter
Jules Rogers
Editor
Julie Cannon
General Manager
Julie Leise
Graphic Designer
Justin Howell
Graphic Designer
Kaitlin Schmidt
Graphic Designer
Kara McIntyre
Reporter
Kara Nordstrom
Senior Graphic Designer
What is your favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

My favorite movie is a comedy called “What happens in Vegas,” I couldn’t stop laughing!

 

Contact: knordstrom@communityimpact.com

Karen Nickerson
Account Executive
Do you have a favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

Green, The Horse Whisperer, Neon Moon, Dirty Dancing, anything HGTV

 

Contact: knickerson@communityimpact.com

Kasey Salisbury
Copy Editor
Katharine P. Jose
Editor
Kaysie Eddleman
Assistant Controller - Accounting
What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time outside!

 

Contact: keddleman@communityimpact.com

Kelli Ray
General Manager
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

I’m achievement oriented and “gosh darn it, people like me!”

 

Contact: kray@communityimpact.com

Kelly Schafler
Reporter
Kimberly Giannetti
General Manager

Contact: kgiannetti@communityimpact.com

Kirby Killough
Editor
Kris Rashid
Press Operator

Contact: krashid@communityimpact.com

Kristen Rodriguez
Graphic Designer
Kristin Fortie
Senior Sales Support Specialist
What never fails to make you smile?

Animals, a really good comedian, and random acts of kindness.

 

Contact: kfortie@communityimpact.com

Kyle Tullos
Material Handler
Lacy Klasel
General Manager
What makes you smile during the work day?

Each day out in the community I hear so many compliments about CI and I feel so proud and happy to work for such a respected organization. Also my SBK peeps make me smile all day with their super quick wit and fun personalities.

 

Contact: lklasel@communityimpact.com

Larry Brackens
IT Technician
What aspects of your personality make you good at your position?

Respectful, Self-discipline, Detail-oriented and the ability and willingness to communicate.

 

Contact: lbrackens@communityimpact.com

Lauren Brown
Operations Manager
Leanne Libby
General Manager
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

I think I’m pretty tough, we work hard, but it always pays off! I have a lot of passion. I love my city, my customers and our readers so much that it keeps me up at night sometimes…making sure we are always getting it right.

 

Contact: llibby@communityimpact.com

Lexi Canivel
Account Executive
Lindsay Durr
Administrative Assistant
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?
Definitely my enthusiasm and positivity! It’s so wonderful to be surrounded by a team of people who love what they do.

 

Contact: ldurr@communityimpact.com

Lindsay Scott
Senior Designer

Contact: lmccravy@communityimpact.com

Lindsey Juarez
Editor
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

I think my positive attitude helps me in my job.

 

Contact: ljuarez@communityimpact.com

Lloyd Lynch
Maintenance Manager
What never fails to make you smile?

Funny baby videos!

 

Contact: llynch@communityimpact.com

Lupe Garcia
Bindery Operator

Contact: lgarcia@communityimpact.com

Makayla Nance
Mailing Specialist
Marie Leonard
Managing Editor - South Houston
What are some of your hobbies?

Shopping, happy hour, cooking Italian food, traveling when I can.

 

Conact: mleonard@communityimpact.com

Marisa Charpentier
Reporter
Matt Dulin
Editor
Matt Stephens
Managing Editor - North Houston
What is your favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

Burnt orange, “The Stand” by Stephen King, “Under Pressure” by David Bowie/Queen, “Jurassic Park” and “The Wire”

 

Contact: mstephens@communityimpact.com

Matthew Mills
Graphic Designer
Do you have a favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?
Blue, Guinness Book of World Records, “Somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Goonies/ET, American Pickers

 

Contact: mmills@communityimpact.com

McKinley Huff
Human Resources Coordinator
Michael Fruge
Account Executive
Michael Gleichner
Material Handler
Michael Maldonado
Press Operator
Michael Reiner
Inventory Control Specialist

Contact: mreiner@communityimpact.com

Michael Torres
Bindery Junior Operator
Michael Tosh
Material Handler
Michelle Degard
Graphic Designer
Michelle Gavagan
Account Executive
Michelle James
Account Executive
Miranda Baker
Graphic Designer
What aspects of your personality will make you good at your new position?

I’m super goal-driven and organized. I like to stay focused and do whatever it takes to get a job done.

 

Contact: mbaker@communityimpact.com

Miranda Barhydt
Account Executive
Miranda Wilcox
Editor
Monica Romo
Graphic Designer
Montaya Anderson
Account Executive
Nicholas Cicale
Editor
Do you have a favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?
Red, To Kill A Mockingbird, Beautiful Day by U2, Forrest Gump, Seinfeld

 

Contact: ncicale@communityimpact.com

Nicole Luna
Senior Reporter
What do you like to do in your spare time? 
Reading, walking/hiking and seeking out new activities.

Contact: nluna@communityimpact.com

Nicole Preston
Account Executive
What makes you smile during the work day?

My boss and our clients/prospects we meet!

 

Contact: npreston@communityimpact.com

Norma Ramon
Account Executive
Olivia Lueckemeyer
Editor
Papar Faircloth
General Manager
What never fails to make you smile?

Dogs and kids. Especially if they’re together.

 

Contact: pfaircloth@communityimpact.com

Patty McHugh
General Manager
What do you think you bring to the company?

Passion, authenticity, good old fashioned business principles.

 

Contact: pmchugh@communityimpact.com

Phyllis Campos
General Manager
What do you think you bring to the company?

With an extended background in publishing and media, I feel I bring a level of knowledge and professionalism to our team.

 

Contact: pcampos@communityimpact.com

Quoc Nguyen
Material Handler
Rachal Russell
Graphic Designer
Rachel Nelson
Editor
Ray Cortez
Materials Handler

Contact: rcortez@communityimpact.com

Rebecca Anderson
General Manager
Richard Hernandez
Junior Bindery Operator
Rob Miller
Reporter
Ronald Winters
Graphic Designer
What never fails to make you smile?

Pictures of animals, especially raccoons

 

Contact: rwinters@communityimpact.com

Ronnie Hampton
Production Manager
What never fails to make you smile?
My dog greeting me when I come home in the evening – he’s always excited to see me!

 

Contact: rhampton@communityimpact.com

Roy Rodriguez
Sheetfed Material Handler
Runhua “Renee” Yan
Reporter
Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Reporter
Saron Djeregna
Staff Accountant
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my son and family.

Contact: sdjerenga@communityimpact.com

Shane Bovey
Network Administrator
Do you have a favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

My favorite TV show is “The Office” and my favorite book is “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss

 

Contact: sbovey@communityimpact.com

Shawn Arrajj
Editor
What is your favorite song?

“The Wind Cries Mary” by Jimi Hendrix

 

Contact: sarrajj@communityimpact.com

Shawn Burrell
General Manager
What do you think you bring to the company?

A positive can do attitude.

 

Contact: sburrell@communityimpact.com

Shelby Savage
Graphic Designer
Sherelle Black
Editor
What aspects of your personality make you good at your job?

My outgoing personality and dedication to my work.

 

Contact: sblack@communityimpact.com

Stephen Sosa
Bindery Material Handler
Susan Rovegno
General Manager
Taylor Caranfa
Account Executive
Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Senior Reporter
Teresa Votaw
Account Executive
Tessa Hoefle
Senior Graphic Designer
What never fails to make you smile?

T-Rex Trying and FaceTime calls from my baby sister.

 

Contact: thoefle@communityimpact.com

Todd Brown
Account Executive

Contact: tbrown@communityimpact.com

Tom Blodgett
Editor
Tracy Drewa
Senior Account Executive
What are some of your hobbies?

Snow skiing, working out, gardening and playing with my dogs!

 

Contact: tdrewa@communityimpact.com

Vanessa Holt
Editor
Do you have a favorite color, book, song, movie or TV show?

Lots of all of these! 🙂 But let’s go with The Brother Karamazov by Dostoyevsky for book, Twin Peaks for TV show, and purple for color.

 

Contact: vholt@communityimpact.com

Vicki Chen
General Manager
Vickie Allen
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Wendy Cawthon
Editor
What do you think you bring to the company?

A strong belief in the importance of community news.

 

Contact: wcawthon@communityimpact.com

Zac Ezzone
Editor
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