Photo courtesy ASMP member David Hume Kennerly

ASMP Board of Directors

The 2019-20 Board of Directors

The directors of ASMP are working photographers and Professional Members of ASMP who volunteer their time and energies for the Society and the industry. The following provides some brief information about the current board.

Officers and directors have officially assumed their positions at the ASMP Board Meeting held in June.

Marianne Lee

Marianne Lee
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Marianne Lee — Chair

Joined ASMP: 2005
Chapter Affiliation: New England
Positions Held: Elected to ASMP National Board for 2016-2018, Chapter Secretary 2008-2011; Chapter Programs Director and Secretary 2009-2011; Chapter Vice President 2011-2013; Chapter President 2013-2015
Value of ASMP Membership: “The ASMP community is so important to me. I have a network of photographers I can call for questions, ideas and even a little moral support.”
Contact Marianne: e-mail lee@asmp.org

Michael Shay — Vice-Chair

Joined ASMP: 1993
Chapter Affiliation: Oregon
Positions Held: National Board 2017-2019; Chapter President 3 years, Chapter Vice President 2 years, and Board Member 6 years with various responsibilities including Events and Sponsorship
Work (specialty): Food
Value of ASMP Membership: “ASMP has helped photographers in general by their national lobbying for copyright and copyright small claims.  It has helped my career personally with its educational events on photo techniques, marketing, and business practices. Most of all, getting to know my fellow photographers has been a great support and pleasure during all the years I have been in Oregon.”
Non-photographic interests: Poetry, Beer Brewing, Karate, and of course, Food and Travel
Contact Michael: email shay@asmp.org

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Felicia Perretti — Secretary

Joined ASMP: 2009
Chapter Affiliation: Philadelphia
Positions Held: National Board 2017-2019; Chapter Social Media Coordinator, Secretary, Vice President, President
Work (Specialities): Food and Beverage Photography
Value of ASMP Membership: “I am a part of ASMP, and have been since the start of my career, for the programs, benefits, and networking opportunities offered by the organization. The knowledge shared by other working professional photographers who also are the backbone of the organization is something you can’t find anywhere else. I am where I am today in my career because of ASMP.”
Non-photographic interests: Exercising, Cycling, Cooking, Traveling
Contact Felicia: email perretti@asmp.org

Gabriella Marks Photography

Gabriella Marks — Treasurer

Joined ASMP: 2011
Chapter Affiliation: New Mexico
Positions Held: National Board 2018-2020; New Mexico Chapter President; New Mexico Board Member.
Contact Gabriella: e-mail marks@asmp.org

Kevin Brusie

Joined ASMP: 1992
Chapter Affiliation: New England
Positions Held: New England Board Member [a long time ago] & volunteer to collaborate on the creation of the Mutual Mentoring Groups in New England
Work: Still & video (added 2004) serving mostly corporate direct clients in the financial services, veterinary science, & healthcare industries. Sometimes summarized as “photographing suits & lab coats in their natural habitat”.
Value of ASMP Membership: “I joined for the support and knowledge of the many experienced members in New England way back in ’92. It has been a great source of networking, inspiration, and knowledge. Knowing National always had our backs in DC was comforting, too.”
Non-photographic interests: Fun on two wheels – long distance motorcycle touring and road/mountain biking.
Contact Kevin: e-mail brusie@asmp.org

Michael Hart

Joined ASMP: 1979
Chapter Affiliation: Houston
Positions Held: Elected to ASMP National Board for 2016-2018, Chapter Board member: latest term 2008-2010
Value of ASMP Membership: “I am an ASMP Member because it has been the premiere organization for commercial photographers for well over 50 years. The information, education, and camaraderie from fellow members that I have gained in my nearly 40 years of membership has been invaluable”.
Contact Michael: e-mail hart@asmp.org

Stretch Ledford

Stretch Ledford
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Stretch Ledford

Joined ASMP: 2002
Chapter Affiliation: Chicago/Midwest
Positions Held: Elected to Board for 2014-2016; Re-elected 2017-2019
Work: Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign specializing in immersive, non-fiction multimedia storytelling.
Value of ASMP Membership: “The creative process is often a solitary endeavor.  Human beings, however, are social animals – we need community to thrive.  ASMP provides that community for me.”
Non-photographic interests: High-fidelity audio, Noni, Grace, Mr. Chung (“woof!”)
Contact Stretch: e-mail stretch@illinois.edu

Leah Nash

Joined ASMP: 2011
Chapter Affiliation: Oregon
Positions Held: National Board 2019-2021; Event Chair, Vice President, President (Oregon Chapter)
Work: www.NashCOPhoto.com and www.LeahNash.com
Value of ASMP Membership: “community/advocacy/education”
Non-photographic interests: Pretty much just photography.  Okay, okay….adventuring, dancing, entertaining, trying new things, exercise.
Contact Leah: e-mail nash@asmp.org

Mat Rick

Joined ASMP: 2014
Chapter Affiliation: New York
Positions Held: Elected to National Board for 2018-2019
Work: Lifestyle and travel photo & video for commercial clients
Value of ASMP Membership: ASMP is an essential resource as a working photographer. Not only does it provide resources, information and discounts that are invaluable to professional work, but it serves as a community of support and advocacy for those that seek to further the advancement and prestige of the working media photographer.
Non-photographic interest: Coffee, traveling with my wife, hanging with my dogs, wine & whiskey
Contact Mat: e-mail rick@asmp.org

Frank Rocco

Frank Rocco
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Frank Rocco

Joined ASMP: 2001
Chapter Affiliation: New York
Positions Held: Elected to ASMP National Board for 2015-2017, Chapter Board Member 2001-2003, Chapter Membership Director 2003-2009, Chapter President 2010-2015
Work: Fashion and beauty photography, portraits and headshots;
Educator at Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY).
Value of ASMP Membership: “I’m an ASMP member because being part of the ASMP professional community is essential for my career. The ASMP community is my resource for all things related to the business of photography.”
Non-photographic interests: Playing guitar, snowboarding.
Contact Frank: e-mail rocco@asmp.org

Amy Tierney

Joined ASMP: 2017
Chapter Affiliation: Los Angeles
Positions Held: National Board 2019-2021; ASMP-LA, Vice President Board of Directors
Work: Commercial + Editorial Portraits, Entertainment Events, Female Focused Stories
Value of ASMP Membership: “Networking events with top tier professionals.  Business resources to educate you and sustain your work.  Community to learn from, lean on and celebrate with. Advocacy to support the policies that support the livelihoods of everyone in our profession.”
Non-photographic interests:Where do I begin?  Life aficionado. If I haven’t done it, seen it or heard it, I want to.
Contact Amy: e-mail tierney@asmp.org

Luke Copping — Ex-Officio

Joined ASMP: 2002
Chapter Affiliation: Western New York
Positions Held: ASMP WNY Chapter President, ASMP National Treasurer, ASMP National Vice Chair, ASMP National Chair
Work: Editorial, advertising, and corporate portraiture of people & animals
Value of ASMP Membership: “The mentorship that I have received from other ASMP members is one of the primary reasons why I have a career today. I have learned lessons both about photography and business that I could only be taught by those who had experienced the ups and downs of this industry first hand. Now I want to give back and help other photographers adapt to a changing visual and business landscape in ways that can help them have healthier and more sustainable lives in this industry.”
Non-photographic interests: Reading, watching old movies, spending time with my family, and being an advocate for positive community change in Buffalo NY.
Contact Luke: e-mail luke@lukecopping.com