Board of Directors

Guiding the world's largest professional photography association is a tough job. Our Board of Directors understands exactly what you face daily and knows the programs, education, benefits, and services you need to be successful. After all, they are practicing professional photographers just like you. For membership questions or to contact PPA, please call our Service Center at 800.786.6277, or e-mail csc@ppa.com.


Chairman
Michael Timmons
mtimmons@ppa.com


President
Lori Craft
lcraft@ppa.com


Vice President
Rob Behm
rbehm@ppa.com


Director
Audrey Wancket
awancket@ppa.com


Director
Gregory Daniel
gdaniel@ppa.com


Director
Mary Fisk-Taylor
mfisktaylor@ppa.com


Director
Barbara Bovat
bbovat@ppa.com


Director
Jeffrey Dachowski
jdachowski@ppa.com


Director
Kathryn Meek
kmeek@ppa.com


Director
Clark Marten
cmarten@ppa.com


Director
Steve Kozak
skozak@ppa.com


Director
Kira Derryberry
kderryberry@ppa.com


Industry Advisor
Mike Hanline
mike.hanline@mailinator.com


Treasurer
Stephen Thetford
sthetford@ppa.com

Chairman
Michael Timmons

M.Photog.M.Artist.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP
Vassar, MI
 
Michael E. Timmons owns and operates Gallery 143 and the Portrait Gallery in Vassar, Michigan. The Gallery clients include NASCAR Teams, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, and McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, businesses, doctor’s offices, and private collectors. The Portrait Gallery is an all-inclusive portrait studio photographing portraits, high school seniors, children, families, commercial, and underclass.  
 
Michael Timmons is a published poet, writer, artist, and photographer. He has been involved in the arts for over 38 years. Michael has lectured around the world and at local, state and regional conventions. He has presented programs several times at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention.  Michael is also an approved PPA International Juror and a PPA Jury Chairman.
 
Michael has received his Master of Photography, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, in addition to receiving the Imaging Excellence award.  Michael also was awarded the Fellowship degree from the American Society of Photographers. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer.
Michael is a past president of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and served on the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. Michael has received the Arkansas Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Service Award, and the American Society of Photographers Service Award. Michael also received the coveted “National Award”, from the Professional Photographers of America from Arkansas and Michigan.
 
Michael is also past president of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and is currently serving on the Professional Photographers of America Board of Directors as Chairman of the Board  for 2016 - 2017. He has also served as Vice Chairman of PPA’s Photographic Exhibitions Committee and several years as a PPA councilor.
 
theportraitgallery.net
 
President
Lori Craft

Cr.Photog.
Marshall, MI
 
Lori Craft manages a successful portrait studio in the historic town of Marshall, Michigan with her husband, Dennis Craft.  Together they operate Craft Photography. Dennis is the portrait photographer and Lori’s talents for the business lie in the marketing and promotional areas of the studio.  
 
Craft Photography opened in 1979 in a storefront in downtown Marshall. Through the years the studio has evolved with the industry and the changing face of professional photography.  The studio has incorporated Underclass and Events along with the portrait side of the business.  
 
The Crafts owe much of their studio success to Dennis’s creative photography and the passion both Lori and Dennis have for business, with an aggressive marketing plan and a good relationship with their staff and clients.  Lori’s plan for the business has expanded in the last few years to include underclass and event photography.  As the industry and the economy changed, so did the portrait studio.
 
Credentials:
Lori L. Craft, Craftsman
Lori received her Craftsman Degree in 2000.  She enjoys being able to travel and speak to photographers about her role in the industry. Lori has been a featured speaker for PPA, a variety of State and Affiliate organizations, and several industry vendors.  She has had the opportunity to speak internationally to photographers in both Korea and China and enjoys working with photographers to inspire and encourage them to look at their business with a new perspective.  Lori is constantly exploring new avenues of marketing and business and continues to work at growing their studio despite the declining economy. With all that in her life, which she balances with great enthusiasm, her most treasured position is that of mom to their three adult children.
 
PPA- Board of Director- 2011-2016
PPA President 2016/2017
PPA Member- 1989- Present
PPA Craftsman received 2000
PPA National Award- 2008
Professional Photographers of Michigan
PPM Service Award -1998
 
www.craftphotography.com
Vice President
Rob Behm

M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Spokane Valley, WA
 
A third generation small business owner, Rob has been the owner and photographer at Valley Studio in Spokane Valley, Washington for 30 years.
Working in photography since college graduation, Rob has an Applied Science degree in photography, and a degree from Eastern Washington University as a photographic educator.
 
A PPA member since 1991, Rob has also been a member of the Professional Photographers of Washington since 1982. Rob is a Certified Professional Photographer, Master-Craftsman Photographer and was the recipient of the PPA National Award in 2006. A PPA councilor since 2003, Rob has also served as Chair of the PPA International Committee.
 
A serious photographer since the age of 16, Rob began his professional career after college, working as first assistant to a top fashion photographer in Seattle. In 1985 he opened “Valley Studio” in his home town, and has provided quality portrait services to a long list of returning clients. His photography has been recognized in the PPA Print Salon for over 20 years, been displayed at Disney’s Epcot center, and has won numerous state and regional awards, for over 4 decades.
 
Elected to the PPA Board of Directors in 2011, Rob is currently serving as the PPA Vice president.
 
www.robbehm.com 
Director
Audrey Wancket

M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Spring Grove, IL
 
Audrey Wancket, combines a strong academic background in fine art and inspiration from the "Old Master Painters", bringing to her 30 years as a photographic portrait artist timeless beauty.
Signed simply, "Wancket", her signature has become known as the mark of classic elegance. Audrey’s portraits have earned her numerous awards at the state and national levels, which has made here a sought after speaker to amateur and professional photography groups across America and as far away as Korea.
 
Degrees and Certifications: Master of Photography degree from PPA in 1996; Craftsman degree in 1998, Certified Professional Photographer; Board of Director, Professional Photographers of America 2012-present; Approved International Juror, PPA.
 
Photographic Awards: Canon Par Excellence award, 2012 and 2013; 5 Regional (district) Medallion awards, American Society of Photographers; Kodak Gallery Elite; Imaging Excellence award, PPA.
 
Audrey’s philosophy to “never settle for good enough” has been instrumental in the reputation she has earned in her business, Wancket Studios.
 
www.wancketstudios.com
Director
Gregory Daniel

M.Photog.Cr., CPP, F-ASP
Indialantic, FL
 
A PPA member for 35 years, Daniel's photography career began in 1979 when he founded Gregory Daniel Portrait Artist. Today, with the help of his wife Lesa, Daniel operates two successful portrait photography galleries in Florida, one in Indiatlantic and the other in his hometown of Titusville.
 
As a portrait photographer, Daniel has become known for establishing a friendly, fun relationship with his subjects. Regardless of his subjects' age, Daniel is able to quickly connect with those he photographs. These bonds show through in the warmth and liveliness his portraits have, making his work pleasing to both clients and art critics alike.
In addition to being a top-notch photographer, Daniel is a bit of an entrepreneur. He is the owner of Daniel Properties, a commercial and residential property management company. Adding to his unique resume, Daniel also held multiple management positions with the Space Shuttle Program from 1979 - 2006.
 
"I truly love this profession and all that it has provided my family, clients and myself from a creative and financial perspective," said Daniel. "The skills I have obtained through entrepreneurship, photographic association leadership positions and upper management for the Space Program provide me with some unique resources to contribute."
 
Daniel has received much recognition as a photographer. Among his list of accomplishments with PPA, he has achieved the title of Photographic Craftsmen in 1988, Master of Photography in 1989, and received the Imaging Excellence Award in 2005. He is a PPA-affiliated juror and instructor for many years and has earned numerous awards from PPA affiliates as well. In addition, Daniel has held committee chair positions for Cameracraftsmen of America and is a founding member of the International Society of Portrait Artists (ISPA).
 
www.gregorydanielportraits.com  
Director
Mary Fisk-Taylor

M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API
Richmond, VA
 
Mary Fisk-Taylor has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1998. Along with her business partner, Jamie Hayes, they operate a high-end portrait and wedding business in Richmond, Virginia. Hayes & Fisk Photography is a home-based studio located on almost one acre of beautiful gardens and they have successfully created one of the most sought after Portrait and Wedding studios in their area.
 
In 2009 Mary developed the concept of a fresh and fun new studio in the Richmond area. With the help of her family, most importantly her mom and sister, Real Life Studios was opened in Midlothian, Virginia. Real Life Studios is best known for their high school senior portraits as well as the funky children and tween imagery. Real Life also has an entire Event and School division which gives the studio constant and steady revenue of new clients and income year round.
 
Mary was very pleased and honored to have received her Master of Photography, Craftsmen of Photography and Certification of Professional Photography in just three short years!!! This was quite an accomplishment for her both personally and professionally. Mary was named Photographer of the Year in 2007 and has won Best Wedding Album of the Year in Virginia several times. Nationally she has had her albums in the top five. She has won numerous Best in Show awards, Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards, Loan Collection prints and albums. Mary is also a recipient of the prestigious Virginia Award, which honors photographers for their commitment and dedication to their state association, and the business of professional photography. And, in 2012 she was awarded the PPA Charities Legacy Award for her work and dedication to the philanthropic arm of PPA. At IUSA 2014, Mary will be awarded the Charles H. (Bud) Haynes Award for her distinguished service to PPA and its members for encouraging business awareness and practices in the field of professional image-making. And in 2015 Mary was honored to receive the National Award from the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association for her commitment and dedication to Professional Photography.
 
Mary met Jamie in 1993 when he photographed her bridal portrait, soon he found himself photographing her beautiful daughter. In 1996 they began working together and became business partners in 1997. For many years Mary concentrated on defining and organizing the business. After three years they were grossing well over one half of a million dollars and soon realized that was just the beginning. In 1999 Mary decided that she too could be a photographer and the rest is history. She worked very hard to develop a more high-fashion and documentary style that was both independent yet complimentary of her partner’s beautiful work. Together they have become one of the top photography teams in the country.
 
Mary’s pursuit for knowledge, learning and education has always been a priority. From the time she was nominated the “Kindergarten Valedictorian” she has excelled academically. Always at the top of her class through High School, College and Graduate School she has excelled and loved learning. She has degrees from both University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. It was only natural for her to pursue educating others as part of her career. Mary joined the PPA Business Instructor program back in 1999 when it began. She has enjoyed lecturing all over the world and sharing with other photographers as well as serving as a PPA Studio Management Services Mentor as well as an International Juror for PPA.
 
Mary is of course most proud of her two beautiful children, Alexandra and Jackson. Her husband, Daryl, and she enjoy the flexibility and joy that owning a profitable photography studio has allowed their family. Mary currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors, is a proud member of the Society of XXV, Treasurer for Southeastern Professional Photographer’s Association and is a past President of the PPA Board of Charities. She is extremely active with Operation Smile International and has served as a staff photographer for several events and missions. In 2006 Mary was named one of Virginia’s Top 40 under 40 for her leadership in the community, volunteer and charity work and her business savvy.
 
www.hayesandfisk.com
Director
Barbara Bovat

Cr. Photog.
Claverack, NY
 
Barbara was born and raised in a small town in rural New York, where she currently resides with her husband, Ken Bovat, M. Photog., Cr. Together they operate a portrait studio, Photo-Art by Ken Bovat, in Claverack, New York. She has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1986.  With 37 years of experience in the photographic industry, Barbara has been active in both the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers’ Society of New York State.
 
Her positions and accomplishments include:
  • Vice Chairman of the PPA Convention Committee in 1999, 2000 and 2014.
  • Chairman of the PPA Convention Committee - 2001 through 2004 and 2010 through 2013.
  • PPA Convention Committee Volunteer Co-Coordinator – 2008 and 2009.
  • Served many years as both an elected and non-elected PPA Councilor.
  • Active member of PPSNYS, Capital-Champlain Section since 1985.
  • Served two terms as President of PPSNYS Capital-Champlain Section, from 1990-1992 and 2010-2012.
  • Chaired several PPSNYS Conventions, as well as serving in other capacities throughout the years as Hospitality Committee, Journal Co-Editor, Theme Coordinator, Membership Committee, and Print Committee.
  • Received the PPA National Award from PPSNYS in 1995.
  • Earned PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree in 2000.
  • Received the PPA Directors Award in 2005.
  • Received several State Awards and two President’s Awards from PPSNYS for service to the association.
  • Served on the PPA Board of Directors from 2013 until present.
  • While serving on the PPA Board of Directors, served as Board Liaison to the Education Committee, Convention Committee, PPA Charities, Certification Committee and International Committee.
Barbara works as the digital artist for the studio. When not creating beautiful portraits for their clients or sharing her love of this profession with PPA or PPSNYS, Barbara enjoys spending time with her family, especially her most cherished grandchildren – Eli and Kenzie.
 
Director
Jeffrey (Jeff) Dachowski

M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Bedford, NH
 
In high school Jeff fell in love with photography and after pursuing every photo-related class, he attended the Hallmark Institute of Photography.
In 2003 Jeff and his wife Carolle opened their studio in Manchester, and have seen meteoric growth since opening. They have a loyal following of children and family clients, a buzz in the wedding industry, and a growing number of commercial portrait clients.
 
Jeff has photographed events throughout North America, The Caribbean and Europe since 1992. His work has been featured in Seacoast Bride, New Hampshire Bride, Woman Engineer, Woman’s World and Rolling Stone. He has 12 images in the PPA Loan collection, 11 Kodak Gallery,2 Lexjet Awards,2 Fuji Masterpiece,2 Polaroid Prestige, 11 Court of honors, 5 Album of the Year, and an ASP Regional Medallion.
 
He has been a PPA Elite member since the Elite program was started and is a frequent contributor to Professional Photographer magazine. Jeff is also a PPA International Approved Juror, Certification Judge, and a Vatican Approved Photographer. Jeff and Carolle are members of the Society of XXV.
 
www.dachowskiphotography.com 
Director
Kathryn (Kathy) Meek

M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API
Hot Springs, AR
 
Kathy Meek is co-owner of Gary’s Studio of Photography in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
 
Kathy has received her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from PPA and is a Certified Professional Photographer.  She is also and an Approved Photographic Instructor (API) and is a PEC international juror.  She has received the Associate Fellowship, Fellowship and Senior Fellowship Degrees from Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and the Associate Fellowship and Fellowship from SWPPA.
 
Kathy is active in State, Regional and National Associations.  She is a Past President of Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and is currently serving as Arkansas' Executive Secretary.  She is a Past President of Southwestern Professional Photographers Association and the American Society of Photographers.  She is currently serving on the PPA Board of Directors.
 
She has received numerous print awards in Arkansas, including Best of Show - several times, and has been named Arkansas' Photographer of the Year more than once.   She has received several regional awards in addition to these. She has been consistent in hanging photographs accepted for exhibition in the PPA international exhibit and has numerous photographs in the PPA international loan collection.  She has received the Distinguished Service Award from Arkansas Professional Photographers Association and the PPA National Award from Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, Southwestern Professional Photographers Association and the American Society of Photographers.
 
Kathy is a recognized speaker and has given numerous programs at the state, regional and national levels.
 
GaryMeekPhotography.com
Director
Clark Marten

M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Billings, MT
 
Clark & Rachel Marten started Clark Marten Photography in the basement of their home in the mid 80’s and in 1990, built a studio onto their house. Creating a business from nothing in rural Montana (which has a a population of only six people per square mile), forced them to overcome mental and physical boundaries to do the absolute best with what they had.
Over the past 30 years, the Martens have created a winning photography style and marketing system that attracts high-end family, high school senior and children clients; and a sales system that has clients purchasing wall portraits and other high-end products.
 
In 2008, their son, Rudi Marten, returned to the studio and breathed new life into the established studio. Dreaming beyond Clark & Rachel’s retirement, Rudi was an inspiring force behind the Marten’s new 10,000 square foot studio that opened in downtown Billings, Montana in June 2013.
The Martens have spoken at multiple national conferences and events and are the recipients of multiple local and national awards. Enjoy their energy and passion for what they do, and you’ll walk away saying, “If they can do it where they live, I can do it, too!”
 
www.clarkmarten.com
Director
Steve Kozak

M. Photog., CR., CPP
Dallas, TX
 
Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Steve has earned the “Master of Photography” and the “Craftsman” degrees from PPA, and is PPA Certified. His work has also appeared in the prestigious “Loan Collection”. Professional recognition of his work includes the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA and the Sunset Print Award from LexJet.
Steve currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors and is a PPA qualified instructor for PPA Certification prep classes.
 
Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPA EDU program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for CPP study preparation.
 
He has taught 16 years at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography and 12 years at Imaging USA.  He has also taught at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography and Image Explorations near Victoria, British Columbia.  
 
In 2016, Steve served as the President of the Texas Professional Photographers Association Executive Council.
Steve's articles have been published in Professional Photographer and Texas Professional Photographer magazines.  His informative and inspiring programs make him a popular instructor on the speaking circuit.
 
www.SteveKozak.com
Kira Derryberry is a portrait photographer based in Tallahassee, FL. She’s a Certified Professional Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, a councilor for the state of Florida for PPA, and was recently appointed as a Director to the Florida Professional Photographers Board. She also received her Master Photographer degree at Imaging USA 2017 in San Antonio, where she also be taught a pre-convention class on social media marketing.
 
Kira is currently serving her second consecutive year as President of the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild. In 2013 and 2014, Kira also earned the local titles of Best of Tallahassee from Tallahassee Magazine Readers as well as 2014 Photographer of the Year through TPPG. Kira is an active competitor in both the state and International Print Competitions and earned silver medals in 2014 and 2015 and a platinum medal in 2016 at IPC. Her Loan Collection image, “The Skeptic”, was featured on the March 2016 cover of Professional Photographer magazine along with a feature article on her work. Kira completed the PPA Judges training in August 2016 and is now a PPA Juror in Training.
 
Kira got her start in photography in high school then graduated with a BA from the University of Alabama with photography as her focus. Knowing how to shoot, but not necessarily how to start a business, Kira leaned on her experience as a web designer for work, taking a job at a Tallahassee based advertising agency for five years before opening her studio in 2010. Since her studio opening, Kira has developed a strong client base in portraits ranging from children and families, to headshots, commercial work, and boudoir. Kira and her husband Kevin have been together since 2002, and together they have a seven year old daughter, Lucy. When not slinging a camera, she spends much of the remainder of her free time playing video games and watching bad science fiction.
Industry Advisor
Michael (Mike) Hanline

St. Paul, MN
 
Michael Hanline is CEO of White House Custom Colour, Eagan Minnesota whom he owns with his wife Diana and sons Chris and Tim.
 
Mike’s entire career has been in the Professional Photographic Lab Industry. Mike’s parents operated a Minnesota photography studio until 1954, at which time they moved to Kansas City and entered the emerging School Photography lab business. They owned Associated Photographers until 1985 when Mike and Diana purchased the lab from them.
 
In 1990 the business was sold and Mike moved on to become General Manager of American Color Imaging. After three years, Mike and his family moved again, this time relocating to the Twin Cities with Mike taking a position as Director of Corporate Development for Lucht Engineering, a leader provider of photographic printing and retouching systems for the Professional lab industry.
 
Wanting to get back in the finishing industry, Mike joined White House Custom Colour in 1996, as a 50% co-owner of this very small lab located in St. Paul Minnesota.  Along with the help of his sons, Mike led WHCC into the emerging digital imaging arena in late 1999. Today the lab employs over 400 staff members during its annual peak production, and has five locations, four in Minnesota and one in Texas.
 
www.whcc.com 
Treasurer
Stephen Thetford

M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Fayetteville, AR
 
Stephen, with his wife Janet, own and operates Stephen Thetford Photography in Fayetteville, AR. Studio product lines include commercial images, high school seniors, families, children, and business portraits.
Stephen’s original photographic training came from a short stint as a police detective in Texas investigating crime scenes. Later taking the new found skills with a camera to a home-based portrait studio. Eventually he and Janet moved to NW Arkansas where he was quickly established as a premier photographer in the region.
 
Stephen gives credit for the majority of his photographic skills to PPA and its affiliate schools and programming and has chosen to give something back to the organizations. He has served on the boards and as president of the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico and the Southwest Professional Photographers Association. He served for 15 years on the Bylaws, Rules and Ethics committee of PPA and served as a trustee of the Delta School of Professional Photography since it was established in 2002. He is also currently serving on the PPA Board of Directors.
 
Continuing to work at maintaining an edge in his work Stephen has participated in PPA and affiliate print competitions as a tool to stay fresh in his work. He was named “High School Senior Photographer of the Year” for 5 consecutive years in the Arkansas Professional Photographers Print competition along with numerous category titles and awards.
 
www.sthetford.com 

 

 

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