ASMP 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.

You can easily send emails to the entire board.

The 2017-18 Board of Directors

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

Luke Copping — Chair

Joined ASMP: 2002
Chapter Affiliation: Western New York
Positions Held: ASMP WNY Chapter President, ASMP National Treasurer, ASMP National Vice Chair, ASMP National Chair (Current)
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

Marianne Lee

Marianne Lee
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Marianne Lee — Vice-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

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz
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Barry Schwartz — Secretary

Joined ASMP: 2005
Chapter Affiliation: Northern California
Positions Held: Elected to the ASMP National Board for 2011-2014; reelected for 2016-2018, Chapter Board Member 2008; Chapter President 2008-2011
Work: Architecture, Interiors, Portraits, Documentary
Value of ASMP Membership: “When I was thinking about becoming a photographer it took almost no time to realize ASMP had the best resources for how to be a professional.  ASMP was the lens through which I understood what it would take, including the value of learning from my peers and how to give back in return”.
Non-photographic interests: Design, science, how things work, history, music, movies, and trying to understand what’s going on inside the mind of my Wheaten Terrier, Whiskey.  I’m sure he feels the same about me.
Contact Barry: e-mail schwartz@asmp.org

David Zentz

David Zentz
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David Zentz — Treasurer

Joined ASMP: 2008
Chapter Affiliation: Los Angeles
Positions Held: Elected to National Board for 2015-2017, Chapter President: 2011-2015; Vice-President: 2009-2011
Work: People and places for editorial, corporate and commercial clients.
Value of ASMP Membership: “I am an ASMP member because the organization has been instrumental in my success as an independent business person. I am also a strong believer that photographers need to band together as an industry to fight for our rights, particularly in the area of copyright, and have found that the ASMP is the organization doing the most to that end”.
Non-photographic interests: Travel, camping, film, sports, beer brewing.
Contact David: e-mail zentz@asmp.org

Jenna Close — Ex-Officio

Joined ASMP: 2007
Chapter Affiliation: San Diego
Positions Held: Chapter Vice-President 2010-2011, Chapter Program Chair 2009-2010, ASMP Board 2011; reelected for 2014-2016; ASMP Vice-Chair 2014-2015; Chair 2015-2017
Work: Corporate photography, specializing in the alternative energy and environmental sustainability markets.
Value of ASMP Membership: “Without ASMP’s business education and community support system, I would not be a professional photographer today”.
Non-photographic interests: Surfing, socializing and traveling the world.
Contact Jenna: e-mail close@asmp.org

Bob Carey

Joined ASMP: 2015
Chapter Affiliation: North Carolina
Positions Held: National Board 2017-2018
Work: Professor of Photojournalism at Gardner-Webb University with an interest in multimedia storytelling and new media. Photojournalism, documentary, and corporate.
Value of ASMP Membership: “ASMP provides a great resource for young and experienced photographers alike. The business practices information is invaluable.”
Non-photographic interests: My Family, My Maremma Sheepdog, Travel, Sports, Camping
Contact Bob: email carey@asmp.org

Michael Hart, Houston, Texas-based Photographer

Michael Hart
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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 37 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@asmp.org

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Felicia Perretti

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

Clay Price

Joined ASMP: 1970
Chapter Affiliation: New York
Positions Held: National Board 2017-2019; Chapter President
Work: Photojournalist and some commercial medical studio shooting
Value of ASMP Membership: “Terrific.”
Non-photographic interests: Primarily playing music (Southern Appalachia on the fiddle)
Contact Clay: email price@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

Michael Shay

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

John Welsh

John Welsh
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John Welsh

Joined ASMP: 2006
Chapter Affiliation: Philadelphia
Positions Held: Elected to ASMP National Board for 2015-2017, Chapter Board Member 2007-2015, Chapter Website & Communications 2007-2009, Vice President, 2009-2011, Chapter President 2012-2015
Work: Photojournalism, documentary video, fine art.
Value of ASMP Membership: “For me, being part of a community of professionals is vital to professional life and ASMP provides that community. It’s a place where we can examine our business practices, explore and get feedback on our creative endeavors and constantly learn & evolve in this new age of communication.”
Contact John: e-mail welsh@asmp.org

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