Staff Directory

Allen Beermann
Nebraska Press Association Executive Director

Allen became Executive Director of the Nebraska Press Association in 1995. In addition to overseeing the operation of the association, he is actively involved in the lobbying on behalf of the state’s newspapers at the state and national level. For 24 years Allen served as Secretary of the State for the State of Nebraska, including service as the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. He also served 29 years in the military, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He is a member of Rotary International and was selected as Nebraskan of the year in 2007. Allen is also a member of the Midland Lutheran College Journalism Hall of Fame and serves on a number of state and national boards and commissions. You can contact Allen by sending Email to:


Violet Kirk
Sales & Marketing Manager – Nebraska Press Advertising Service

Violet joined NPA/NPAS in August 2012, after working in the newsrooms and composition departments of several Nebraska newspapers since 2006.  She was named NPAS sales & marketing manager in March 2017.  In addition to assisting members with newspaper market research, quotes, and general information about newspaper advertising, Violet is the primary contact for the NPAS online advertising network, the 2×2 Display Ad Network and customized display ads. If you’ve got any questions regarding pricing or placement, call Violet at the NPA/NPAS office in Lincoln, or e-mail her at:


Jenelle Plachy
Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Jenelle joined NPA/NPAS in June 1996. She keeps the books for the NPA and NPAS and our affiliate organizations and also sends out the NPA membership dues statements in November, processes checks for dues and bills from both members & clients, and sends checks to our member newspapers. For questions on any of these or other bookkeeping related matters, call Jenelle at the NPA/NPAS office or e-mail her at:


Carolyn Bowman
Advertising Manager

Carolyn has been with the NPA for over 20 years, nine of those as Advertising Manager. Carolyn generates advertising estimates for advertisers and agencies, sends advertising insertion orders to newspapers, and handles advertising invoices. Carolyn oversees the Nebraska Classified Advertising Network and the 2X2 Display Ad Program. She also coordinates the Nebraska Newspaper Directory & Rate Book, as well as the Annual Better Newspaper Contest. You can reach Carolyn by sending e-mail to: or call her at the NPA/NPAS office in Lincoln.


Susan Watson
Administrative Assistant/Press Release Coordinator

Susan joined NPA/NPAS in May 2008, and has served as Administrative Assistant for the office since June 2012, with over 20 years of advertising agency media and marketing experience. Susan edits the weekly Bulletin for NPA members, handles the NPA press release service and coordinates most aspects of the NPA/NPAS annual convention. She also coordinates the annual NPA Newspaper Directory/Rate Book advertising, is the primary contact for “Nebraska News Link,” the online digital archive newspaper project and is tearsheet coordinator for NPAS. Contact Susan at the NPA/NPAS office, or via e-mail at: