The Board of Directors for the Press Club of Dallas reflect its same commitment to advocate and defend the free practice of non-partisan and unbiased journalism and its new direction of building a bridge among all the story shapers and makers across North Texas.

Together, this board of current and former journalists have a broad overview of Dallas/Fort Worth communications. Their focus and mission is to support the practice of journalism in all of its forms, protect the rights of reporters, and providing learning opportunities for journalists and communications specialists who all desire to become agents of change in the media.

Your 2015-2016 Board of Directors include:

Frank Librio
Frank LibrioPresident
Frank Librio is Vice President of Communications / Marketing Division at the Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (DCVB) working with his team to promote Dallas as a top travel, leisure, and meetings destination in a cosmopolitan city where optimism meets opportunity.
Frank was the Director of the City of Dallas’ Communications / Media Relations and Public Information Office for eight years. In that role, he served as a member of the City’s senior management team providing communications, public affairs and media relations advice and counsel to the City Manager, the Mayor, members of the City Council and Department Directors, and served as the City spokesperson. Frank also served as the Chief of Staff for Dallas Mayor Laura Miller.
Prior to his transition into government communications, Frank was an award-winning broadcast news journalist for 17 years in Dallas, Boston and Hartford, CT. For his work as a news producer and executive producer, he has won dozens of press awards including an Emmy, and numerous Associated Press awards for his reporting and producing.

Frank is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Frank says,” I would be honored to continue serving on the Board of the Press Club of Dallas to help transform the club into an organization relevant to today’s media and public relations landscape – while honoring the club’s long history as a journalistic institution.”

Scott Goldstein
Scott GoldsteinVice President
Scott is Chief of Policy and Communications for Mayor Mike Rawlings. Prior to this role, he was the digital content editor for Baylor Scott & White Health and most notably a reporter and blogger for the Dallas Morning News covering crime and Dallas City Hall.

Scott has worked in newsrooms at The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and Richmond Times-Dispatch. His reporting garnered national attention and Scott has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and Investigation Discovery.

Hugh Aynesworth
Hugh AynesworthGovernance Committee
Hugh Aynesworth has been a journalist for more than 65 years, a member of the Press Club of Dallas since 1960. He has worked at both The Dallas News and Dallas Times Herald — as well as Newsweek, The Washington Times, United Press International, The Arkansas Gazette and ABC News (20/20).
A winner of more than 80 local, state and national awards (including an Emmy last year for a documentary featuring 27 persons connected with the JFK assassination.) he is a former president of the club and onetime president of the Texas chapter of Sigma Delta Chi.

He has been married to Paula Aynesworth, of KERA, for 27 years. She is a former board member of the club.

Niki McCuistion
Niki McCuistionFinance & Governance Committees
Niki McCuistion is the Executive Producer/ Producer of the award winning McCuistion television program, an independent production, now in its 25th year with KERA-Dallas. She is the filmmaker for the controversial documentary on terrorism, The Roots of War, the Road to Peace. Her journalism work has taken her to numerous trouble spots- from Iraq to Syria.
Niki was selected as a National Council on US Arab Relations Malone Fellow in 2005 and is an International Peace Federation Ambassador for Peace.
Niki has served in a leadership capacity on numerous nonprofit boards, including the DFW World Affairs Council, and the Association of Fund Raising Executives. She was recently elected chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance, North Texas Chapter.

A prolific blogger, she is also the author /co-author of several business books, including the newly released, The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise. She consults and speaks globally with organizations and their boards on leadership and governance issues. Niki holds several degrees, including an MBA in leadership and governance from the University of Dallas, and an MA in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.

Niki has served on the Press Club Board for the last 5 years and was instrumental in the Club’s attaining its nonprofit designation. She is an advocate for the freedom and integrity of the press. She says, “It has been an honor serving on the Press Club board, learning from a distinguished leadership team. I’m committed to continue the Press Club’s legacy and help expand our outreach, build more awareness of our mission and develop an even stronger, more diverse membership base.”

Cary Broussard
Cary BroussardPR/Publicity Committee
Cary Broussard is the principal owner of Broussard Global, a marketing communications company that builds innovative, winning brands through inclusive, cause-related marketing and PR and internal team building.
Well known for creating Wyndham Hotels’ Women On Their Way travel program, and former Chief Staff Officer for the Washington, D.C. – based, Alliance for Women In Media, Cary returned to Dallas last year, and remains an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch Center of Hospitality and Tourism.

Cary is a founding member of the Dallas Chapter of Conscious Capitalism and her book, From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life, published in ten languages, features advice on a myriad of issues important to today’s global work force.

Cary’s extensive media and communications skill will bring a new level of professionalism to the Press Club and her business contacts will broaden our outreach activities.

Deborah Fleck
Deborah FleckMembership Committee
Deborah, a journalist with the Dallas Morning News, has a long and varied history as well as extensive experience as a journalist.
She started in journalism as a teleprompter for ABC News in Washington, D.C. She’s worked as a news assistant at the Washington Post as well as the International Herald Tribune in the late 70s and early 80s before moving to Texas in 1982.

Deborah has also worked weekends as weather/obit clerk for the Dallas Times Herald. She started at the Dallas Morning News in 2000, in the suburban bureaus and is now part of Metro. She writes a community column about Irving and the Asian column for the Metro section.

Deborah has agreed to serve on the board to help increase membership. She is committed to attract younger members and broaden and diversify our membership base.

Michael Grant
Michael GrantMarketing & Finance Committees
Michael is director of marketing and strategic planning of Phillips MediaSource of Dallas, Texas. He is a multi-recipient of the coveted Emmy® award for outstanding achievement in television.
Michael worked for the Belo Corporation of Dallas, Texas, During his 15 years at Belo, he served as president of Belo Productions, developing and producing media content for the Belo TV group and cable networks; vice president of cable news operations, developing 24-hour cable news channels in Belo markets across the United States; vice president and general manager of KGW-TV, the Belo-owned, NBC affiliate of Portland Oregon; and station manager of Belo’s flagship TV station, ABC affiliate WFAA-TV of Dallas, Texas.

In 2000, Michael served as president of Convergence Communications of Dallas; an Internet start-up .He also currently serves as regional vice president of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). In addition, he is a visiting instructor at the University of North Texas at Denton and Amberton University of Dallas, Texas.

Michael, is director of marketing and strategic planning of Phillips MediaSource of Dallas, Texas, an online and offline marketing, media content development and HD video production company that helps businesses define and improve their marketplace recognition, perception and performance. He serves as a branding strategist, marketing technologist and content curator engaged in media content distribution on TV, satellite and cable networks.

He is looking forward to using his extensive skills to broaden the Press club’s social media and marketing perspectives and taking our outreach to a whole new level.

Ed Bark
Ed BarkMarketing Committee
Ed had a 26-year run as TV critic at The Dallas Morning News before leaving the paper in fall 2006. He is the creator of – where you’ll find national TV reviews and stories, plus up-close looks at Dallas-Fort Worth TV, including local news coverage. Ed is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, with a masters degree in journalism.
He’s a past president of the national Television Critics Association, and in 2004 was honored with his alma mater’s Distinguished Alumni Award. From 1995-2002, he was one of two TV critics on the 15-member national Peabody Awards board, which honors outstanding programming in television and radio. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967-70 and was honorably discharged as a corporal. He is a native of Racine, Wis., and graduate of St. Catherine High School. He prizes integrity above all else.
John “Doc” Strange
John “Doc” StrangePR/Publicity Committee
Doc began shooting photos at the age of 15. He has photographed people from music superstars to politicians and has been in the middle of political protests, recording the people and feelings with his camera.
Today, his work is split between shooting events for local and national charities like JDRF and The Boys and Girls Clubs and working on film sets and recording film festivals. In August 1984, he began writing film reviews for the North Dallas Movie Review, an organization he helped found.

He is a partner in Selig Polyscope Company, the re-establishment of a 118-year-old film studio founded in 1896 by Col. William Selig. The company offers world class services such as website development and design, photography, and other digital services. Their blog, Selig Film News, reports on all forms of entertainment with an emphasis on Film and Theater. His photography is displayed on his website, Selig Images.

Stephanie Lucero
Stephanie LuceroMembership Committee
Stephanie Lucero is an award-winning journalist who produced numerous investigative, in-depth and exclusive reports in North Texas and in four other major television markets. She has specialized in covering health care issues, minority affairs, education, the economy, crime and natural disasters. Stephanie provided live daily reports of the Ebola cases at Dallas Health Resources Presbyterian Hospital, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath and she has reported extensively about domestic violence and child abuse in North Texas.
She has been a medical reporter, education reporter and she has provided extensive coverage of minority issues in Texas, including race relations and immigration as well as legal and healthcare issues that affect African Americans and Hispanics. Stephanie started her career in television at NBC in Burbank. She joined KNBC News as a secretary and landed her first reporting job in Reno, Nevada. Stephanie worked in major news markets including Las Vegas, New Orleans, as well as at two TV stations in Dallas/Fort Worth; KDFW and KTVT. Stephanie is the proud mother of twin sons, Craig and Thomas.
Denita Lacking-Quinn
Denita Lacking-Quinn
Recognized as an award-winning expert and accomplished entrepreneur in the public relations social media management, corporate engagement industries, Denita Lacking-Quinn, founder of Achieve PR, has built one of the fastest growing boutique firms in North Texas. Her enterprising background lends to her deep-rooted understanding of consumer influence, trend-setting and spotting and buying behaviors.
A trail-blazer and powerhouse strategic advisor, Denita has been a force behind some of the most recognized public relations campaigns for clients such as Lions Gate Entertainment, DJ Spinderella (Salt N Pepa), Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Steed Society Female Success Factor – Top 25 Women in Dallas, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, Def Jam Recordings, and Saving Our Daughters. Apart from an impressive rolodex of internationally recognized clients, her love for strategy, problem solving and all around good business practices undeniably reflect DeNita’s entrepreneurial disposition and dexterous work ethic as APR continues to show exponential growth and success both by the numbers and most importantly reputation. Denita is an avid student, successfully completing courses from Harvard, M.I.T and Berklee College of Music. She is also a Google and Bing Certified Professional with over five Federal Government Contract Regulation certifications from the National Contract Management Association and Institute for Supply Management.
Sam Armstrong-Lopez
Sam Armstrong-Lopez
Sam Armstrong-Lopez has been a member of the Press Club of Dallas since 2005. He has worked in the public relations/public involvement field for nearly 30 years in Texas and Oklahoma.

He has worked at the North Texas Tollway Authority since 1997, first as the Authority’s Public Information Officer and today as their Project Communications Manager.

Before joining the NTTA, Sam served as Assistant Director and later as the Director of Public Information for the City of Dallas, and as Director of Public Relations and Advertising for Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, today known as Methodist Health System.

Sam also served as Press Secretary to Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon and as PIO for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, that state’s largest agency.

A Texas Tech University graduate, Sam is a former radio and television news reporter and producer.

Cynthia Garcia
Cynthia Garcia
Cynthia Garcia is an Assignment Desk Manager for Telemundo 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth. She is an Emmy Award winning journalist bringing 20 years experience to the board. Prior to that, she was as an Assignment Editor for their sister station NBC 5 for 8 years. Her career started in El Paso but came to the Dallas area due to her husband’s job where she then worked for Univision and CBS 11.
She has previously sat on the board for the DFW Hispanic Communicators and is the past president, a position she held for 2 years. Cynthia heads the NBC VetNet group, a group of veterans that work at NBC/Telemundo that help veterans that are getting out of the military transition into the civilian workforce. The group helps with resumes and job searching and also brings in speakers from the outside to speak to the NBC VetNet group to educate them on new programs that assist Veterans with whatever they may need.
Lauren Reed Finegan
Lauren Reed FineganPR/Marketing Committee
A native of Dallas, Lauren has pursued successful artistic careers in Professional Ballet and Certified Romana’s Pilates Instruction around the world. After settling back to her Texas roots in 2012 with a renewed focus on Digital and Social Media Content, Lauren has been an early adopter of all things social.
Her communications, marketing, and management skills combined with her passion for people and networking, have led her to successful clients and opportunities; including corporate experience as the Marketing Manager for Macrospect and agency experience as the Account/Project Manager for White Pants Agency.

Currently, Lauren is also immersed in the Dallas start-up and entrepreneurial community in order to help cultivate meaningful relationships while increasing the overall awareness and growth for local brands and influencers.