The Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh's current leadership stands on the shoulders of those who have led this professional organization for women for more than 125 years. Our leadership and members include print, radio, television and multimedia journalists as well as communications and public relations professionals. To join, apply online here.
2018-2020 Officers and Board Members
Interim President: Stacey Federoff is a graduate assistant at Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation and immediate past president of the Women's Press Club, which she has been a member of since 2010. Previously, she worked as digital producer at the Pittsburgh Business Times, copy editor at the Beaver County Times and as a reporter with Trib Total Media in Greensburg. While earning a journalism degree magna cum laude from Penn State, she worked at The Daily Collegian and as an intern with The Chautauquan Daily. In 2012, she earned a Rookie Reporter award from the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association. A native of Sutersville, Pa., Federoff lives in Forest Hills with her partner Dusty Williams, and their cat Nova. In her spare time, she volunteers for West Newton Avenue of Flags, loves collecting records, rock climbing and Halloween. Ask ask about what it's like to work at ScareHouse when you send her a tweet to @BySFederoff.
Secretary: Karen Carlin is a copy editor and paginator Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a position she has held since 1997. Prior to joining the P-G in 1993, Karen worked for the Pittsburgh Press and PR Newswire and also did public relations for the American Red Cross. Karen is a Pittsburgh native, growing up in the North Hills and graduating from Richland (now Pine-Richland) High School. She earned her English writing degree at La Roche College, just north of Pittsburgh. Karen has been with WPC for the past 10 years and is also active on the board of the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and its Golden Quill Awards journalism competition. She lives in Middlesex Township, Butler County, with her husband (and high school sweetheart), Ken, and their two cats, George and Oliver.
Treasurer: Nicole Chynoweth is a content manager at Point Park University. She graduated summa cum laude from Point Park in 2013 with a degree in journalism and multimedia. Her previous experience includes manager of marketing, public relations, and social media at Carnegie Science Center with a focus on museum exhibits, Buhl Planetarium and The Rangos Giant Cinema. For two years, she worked as a reporter covering the Ligonier Valley at the Tribune-Review and its former sister paper, The Ligonier Echo. She covered breaking news, features, and managed social media at The Evening Sun in Hanover, Pa., part of the USA Today Network, and served as the web and social media editor at the Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pa. She received several awards during her journalism career, including a first-place Keystone Press award in news feature reporting for a story about Powdermill Nature Reserve studying a tornado’s impact on biodiversity in Rector, Pa. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, attending vintage car shows, and browsing antique stores for midcentury modern housewares.
Board member: Debra Erdley is a senior enterprise reporter at the Tribune-Review in Greensburg. With a background in strictly print journalism, she has worked in her current role and as a court reporter for the Tribune-Review since 1993. Erdley worked as general assignment reporter, court reporter, assistant city editor at the Valley News Dispatch from 1979 to 1993 and as a reporter with the Jeannette News Dispatch from 1977 to 1979. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1976 with honors. Erdley has earned more than 40 reporting awards since 1992 from organizations including the Pennsylvania APME, Pennsylvania SPJ, Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Women's Press Association. Her reporting was chosen as a runner-up for the national APME Freedom of Information award in 2001. She and her late husband Vernon Adams have two adult sons, Joshua and Jonathan Adams, and five granddaughters. Find her on Twitter at @deberdley_trib.
Board member: Helen Fallon is a professor emeritus of journalism and former director of Point Park University's Honors Program. She has taught and served as an administrator at Point Park University since 1986, including chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication from 1999 to 2008 and acting dean of the School of Communication from 2008 to 2009. Fallon works every Friday as a copy editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she's gathered real-world materials for her classes since 1990. Fallon worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor for several papers in the Pittsburgh area for six years, and did public relations for a university and a community hospital for five years. She teaches apprenticeships for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's gifted and talented program, and visits area high schools to talk with journalism and communication classes. An active member and leader in the Pennsylvania School Press Association, she has made presentations for Journalism Education Association national conferences. Fallon, her daughter Amy and son Stephen established a travel fund at Point Park in memory of their late husband and father, John E. Fallon Jr. for Point Park School of Communication and Honors Program students in need allowing them to travel nationally and abroad to complement their education.
Board member: Melissa Rayworth is content creator, manager and storytelling consultant. Previously, she served as managing editor of NEXTPittsburgh.com and as managing editor for the national print magazine Military Spouse. She has covered a wide range of lifestyle and social justice topics for publications in the U.S. and Asia. Melissa also writes regularly for the Lifestyles wire at The Associated Press. Find a selection of her work at melissarayworth.pressfolios.com. She lives in Hampton Township with her husband and two sons. Follow her on Twitter at @mrayworth.