COLUMN: Meet the York Dispatch editorial advisory board
The York Dispatch is proud to introduce its editorial advisory board of contributors.This group of accomplished community members attends weekly meetings and provides invaluable feedback to the York Dispatch editorial board on local, state and national topics of interest. The conversations are often lively — never dull.
We know we reach more people today than ever because of our online news and social media presence. Our audience is a vital partner in what we do. The potential for interactions means we don't have to exist in a vacuum but, rather, can invite community members to join in our conversation. And that's what we have done.
Members of the York Dispatch community advisory board include:
Kristen Marie Fraser is a local McDonald’s Franchisee and businesswoman living in York, PA. She has a degree in English Literature from Gettysburg College, where she spent time interning with the local newspaper, The Evening Sun. She earned her JD from Widener Law, and is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Before joining her family’s business, she worked in both family law and criminal law, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County. She also volunteered at the domestic violence shelter helping women obtain Protection From Abuse Orders and maintain child custody. As a mother of three, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children performing and working backstage on local theater productions and singing at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, York, on Sundays.
Chris Hertig has written and taught about crime, security, and terrorism for over 3 decades. He is concerned with addressing key issues in public safety; working with various professional associations to expand educational offerings and career pathways for those who protect. As a career educator (28 years at York College) he is also concerned with higher education issues. Chris enjoys American history, primarily Civil War and African-American.He believes that historical exploration pays substantial dividends and that York has vast potential for historical research and tourism.He worked with Special Needs children and adults while in college and has disabled children. He writes and advocates for the disabled and their caretakers; a growing “hidden minority” in America.
Deborah Yonick is a professional writer for the past 30 years, starting as a newspaper reporter and serving for more than 25 years as a business writer, editor, and publicist in the fine jewelry and watch industries. Outside of pitching gems and jewels, her personal passion for nearly a decade has been political activism. When she’s not losing sleep over the pressing issues of the day or yelling at cable newscasters as if they’re in the room, she’s actively campaigning for the Democratic Party and its principles. She also volunteers for a variety of non-profit groups. A horror movie buff and big-time dog lover, Deb lives in Codorus Township with her husband of almost 20 years and teenage son.
Yasir Ahmed is a York Dispatch contributing essayist. He is a mental health clinician from Lancaster and holds a master's degree in psychology from Millersville Univerity. Yasir writes on topics that promote a greater understanding of cultural and religious differences and commonalities, a vital issue given the current geopolitical and cultural context.
Yasir is engaged in the Muslim community and in inter-faith activities and is interested in writing, speaking on topics of Islam. He is originally from India, and moved to the area in 2011.
A 45-year resident of York County, Jon Clark is a 20-year veteran letter carrier with the United States Postal Service. Jon has been a long-time climate change advocate and serves as MidAtlantic regional co-coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to create the political will for Congress to address the climate change crisis. CCL empowers regular citizens to lobby their members of Congress on the issue of climate change. Jon enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and photographing nature. Jon and his wife, Patty, live in Dover with their two West Highland Terriers.
Former Poet Laureate, cultural educator, co-director of York Progressives, and professional community organizer for Put People First PA, York City resident,
Carla Christopher, is a stirring advocate for the power of the human story and the ability for everyone to change what is personally and politically possible. More about her can be found at carlachristopher.com.
If you are interested in learning more about the York Dispatch community editorial advisory board, email editor Allison Roth-Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 505-5410.