Dennis DeRossett
Executive Director

Dennis became Executive Director of the Nebraska Press Association in January 2020. In addition to overseeing the operation of the association, he is actively involved in the lobbying on behalf of the state’s newspapers at both the state and national levels. He is a career newspaper publisher and association executive. He served as publisher of the Beatrice Daily Sun in 1990 through 1996; during that time, he also served on the board of directors of the Nebraska Press Association. In addition to Beatrice, he has published community newspapers in Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois. Dennis has also served as executive director of the Illinois Press Association and, under a management contract, served as the COO of the National Newspaper Association. Contact Dennis at

Violet Spader
Sales & Marketing Director

Violet joined NPA/OnePress in August 2012, after working in the newsrooms and composition departments of several Nebraska newspapers since 2006.  She was named OnePress Sales & Marketing Director in March 2017. Her passion is connecting clients with Nebraskans through the trusted medium of the state’s community newspapers. Violet is the person to contact about leveraging OnePress’s relationship with Nebraska’s 150+ daily and weekly newspapers to amplify your message. Since Nebraska’s newspaper deliver news and advertising information in print and online, Violet and OnePress can offer solutions for using both to your advantage. Contact Violet at

Carolyn Bowman
Advertising Manager

Carolyn has been with Nebraska Press since 1979 and has served as Advertising Manager since 1991. 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 helps coordinate the Nebraska Newspaper Directory & Rate Book as well as the Annual Better Newspaper Contest. Contact Carolyn at

Susan Watson
Member Services/Press Releases

Susan joined NPA/OnePress in May 2008, with over 20 years of advertising agency media and marketing experience. Susan is editor of the NPA Bulletin, the weekly e-newsletter distributed to NPA members. She oversees the NPA Press Release Service and coordinates many aspects of the Nebraska Press Association annual convention. Susan handles NPA Associate and Affiliate memberships/dues; helps coordinate aspects of the annual NPA Newspaper Directory/Rate Book, including Directory advertising; and is the primary contact for questions/assistance for the ‘Nebraska News Link’ (online digital  newspaper archive portal). Contact Susan at

Allen Beermann
Emeritus Executive Director

Allen retired as NPA’s Executive Director after 25 years at the helm. 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. In 2007, Allen was selected as Nebraskan of the Year; he received the State of Nebraska’s highest award in 2011, The Distinguished NEBRASKAlander Award; in 2013 Allen was awarded Rotarian of the Year, and he was inducted into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame in 2018. Contact Allen at