Our Board of Directors

inewsource’s board is composed of community leaders as well as nationally recognized journalists with extensive experience in managing nonprofit journalism organizations and in studying new models for sustaining investigative work into the future.


Karin Winner was editor and VP/News of the San Diego Union-Tribune for 15 years and retired in 2010.

Winner is active in the community, participating in several organizational think tank groups and numerous nonprofits. Most importantly, she is president of inewsource, as well as on the KPBS Advisory Council and the San Diego State Campanile Foundation board. Other boards include: The Old Globe Theater, The Bishop’s School and Wellness Warrior.

Under Winner’s leadership, the Union-Tribune received a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for exposing the worst Congressional bribery scandal in history. San Diego Rep. Randy Cunningham was given a nine-year sentence in an Arizona penitentiary. In 2008, the newspaper earned another Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Winner was on the Pulitzer Prize Jury six times and was president of the California Society of Newspaper Editors.

Winner has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Brant Houston is a professor and the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois and also is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Library Information and Sciences.

From 1997 to 2007, Houston was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 4,000 member association, and taught at the Missouri School of Journalism. Before that, Houston was an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years and was part of the newsroom staff at The Kansas City Star that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a hotel building collapse.

He is co-author of “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook” (Fifth Edition) and author of “Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide.” Houston also is a co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and chair of the steering committee of the Investigative News Network in the U.S.


John Messner has been in the investment industry for more than 30 years.

He spent eight years in New York City before moving to San Diego where he founded Meridian Capital Management in 1977. In 1984, Meridian Capital Management merged with Ellis C. Smith, Investment Counsel, Inc. to form Meridian Capital Management, Ltd., now Messner & Smith Investment Management, Ltd.

He received a B.A. in Economics and Government from Miami University in Oxford and did graduate work in finance at Case Western Reserve University and New York School of Finance.

Messner has served on the Board of Governors of the San Diego Foundation. He is past president and director of San Diego’s Society of Financial Analysts. He served as a board member and as chairman of the San Diego County Retirement Board and president of the San Diego Chapter of the Estate Planning Council. Messner has also served as a director of the San Diego Opera and chairman of the board for the San Diego Repertory Theatre. He currently is Treasurer, Board of Directors of the San Diego Public Library Foundation and a member of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Board.


Guylyn CumminsGuylyn Cummins is a partner in the Entertainment, Media and Technology practice group in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s San Diego office.

Ms. Cummins has spent her entire career working in media law. A seasoned litigator, she represents a broad array of media and entertainment clients relating to First Amendment and other issues, including access, libel and advertising content, plus trademark and copyright fair use. She has been named one of the top women litigators by the Daily Journal, selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. in The Legal 500 U.S. (Vol 11 Intellectual Property, Technology, Media & Telecom), as well as recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Media and Entertainment.

Cummins is a nationally known and respected First Amendment lawyer.


Martha Dennis is Principal at Gordian Knot, an advisory firm to emerging technology businesses in San Diego. From 2002-2006, she was a Venture Partner with Windward Ventures that invests in early-stage Southern California technology companies.

Previously Dennis was Co-founder and President and CEO of WaveWare Communications, Inc., a sold software for wireless handheld connectivity. Dennis co-founded Engineering of Pacific Communications Sciences, Inc., a San Diego wireless communications equipment company that sold to Cirrus Logic in 1993. From 1976 to 1987 Dennis led the software development at Linkabit Corp. as Assistant Vice President. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Netsapiens, Inc., and is a director of Space Micro Inc. and Clarinova.

Dennis is immediate past Chair of the City of San Diego Science & Technology Commission, and Past President of San Diego’s telecom industry association. She is president of the La Jolla Music Society and is a trustee of the San Diego Museum of Art. She was Chair of the San Diego Foundation Arts and Culture working group and Vice-Chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Tech Committee.

Dennis holds a doctorate from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.

Dennis is inewsource‘s board secretary.


Joyce M. Gattas is Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University. She oversees 11 departments/schools and supervises 600 faculty and staff, serving 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students. She manages a $14 million budget and is responsible for raising external funds.

Previously, Gattas taught at California State Universities, at Long Beach and East Bay. She earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. and a B.S. degree from the University of New Mexico.

Gattas has been chair of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the San Diego ConVis Board of Directors and the San Diego Film Commission. She served as president of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Board of Trustees. Other boards of service include: San Diego Public Library Foundation Board; the Balboa Park Conservancy, Executive Committee, School boards of Bishop’s and e3Civic High, Fleet Week Board of Directors, the San Diego Performing Arts League, MOPA, and San Diego Bowl Game Association Red Coat Committee.


Osborn L. Hurston is Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank. He was previously Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at HighMark Capital Management, a subsidiary of Union Bank of California.

Prior to joining HighMark, he was an investment officer at Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles and a securities analyst at Ameritrust Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He taught finance at the California School of International Management and National University.

Osborn’s community involvement includes having served as past president of San Diego Urban Bankers, former trustee of both the San Diego City and San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Systems. He volunteers for numerous arts and culture organizations, including having been past president of the San Diego Performing Arts League, trustee and past treasurer of the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Foundation’s Arts and Culture Working Group, and trustee and vice president of Balboa Art Conservatory. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA degree in economics.

barbara leeBarbara Lee is an expert in quantitative and qualitative research design who currently serves as Research Director of Viewpoint Learning, an organization which designs and conducts specialized dialogues for business and public policy.

In more than ten years as a consultant to non-profit organizations, she has conducted research studies and offered insight into strategy development for clients including the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the San Diego City Schools, Children’s Television Workshop, the American Heart Association, and the Adult Literacy Media Alliance.

Formerly the Director of Social Research at CBS Corporation, she has published articles on media, as well as written a book advising parents on using the media to develop children’s literacy.

Barbara earned a BA from Hunter College and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago. She held executive positions at the Newspaper Advertising Bureau, and other research organizations. She also served on the Executive Council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, on a Federal Communications Commission advisory board, and as a peer reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health. She is currently on the Advisory Board for the Social Sciences at UCSD.


Stacy Kellner Rosenberg relocated to San Diego with her husband Don six years ago from the New York City area. Until recently, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Opera, where she served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Governance Committee. She has also provided strategic planning services to The Scripps Research Institute and belongs to the Arts and Science committee at the La Jolla Playhouse.

In New York, Stacy was the Executive Director of Friends of Karen, a regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing financial, emotional and advocacy support to families with critically ill children.

Before assuming the leadership of Friends of Karen, Stacy was an attorney in New York where her practice focused on complex civil litigation. Her legal career began as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerard L. Goettel, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

An honors graduate of the Harvard Law School, she also holds an M.B.A. from State University of New York at Binghamton. Stacy has been a contributing author to several legal publications, including the well-respected treatise Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, 2nd edition, edited by Robert L. Haig, Esq.

Rosenberg is inewsource‘s board treasurer and chief financial officer.


The Encyclopedia of Journalism cited Charles Lewis as “one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I.” Lewis is executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University School of Communication and founder of the Center for Public Integrity.

Lewis is a distinguished journalist in residence and the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication, in Washington, D.C.

A national investigative journalist for nearly 30 years, Lewis is a bestselling author who has founded or co-founded four nonprofit enterprises in Washington, including the Center for Public Integrity. He left a successful career as an investigative producer for ABC News and the CBS News program 60 Minutes and began the Center for Public Integrity from his home, growing it to a full-time staff of 40 people. Under his leadership, the Center published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, and was honored more than 30 times by national journalism organizations.

Lewis was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998. In 2004, PEN USA, literary organization, gave its First Amendment award to Lewis.


Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D., is Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs at the University of California, Dean of University Extension and Adjunct Professor of Sociology.

Walshok is responsible for UCSD’s outreach activities including Executive Education, continuing professional education, UCSD-TV and a variety of community and economic development initiatives including Global CONNECT. Extension Programs attract more than 60,000 enrollments annually, generate $45-million in revenues and are supported by a staff of 270. Walshok has also authored more than 100 book chapters, reports and journal articles as well as half a dozen books.

She received her B.A. from Pomona College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University. She has been a visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics for many years, and in 2004 held an International Appointment, Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University.

Walshok chaired the board of the $400-million San Diego Community Foundation during 2002-2004 and the International Community Foundation. She is currently chair of the Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center Board of Governors, and serves on the boards of the La Jolla Playhouse and the Girard Foundation as well as a number of national and international advisory boards.


Nita van der Werff is an artist and an environmentalist.

She grew up in San Diego and graduated from The Bishops School and earned a BA in Political Science & Art History at San Diego State University. Her home has been the Galapagos, Holland, Australia, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, where she and husband, Henk, raised two daughters, and he has been a curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden for the past thirty years.

At home now in Taos, New Mexico, Nita has been a recent trustee of The Nature Conservancy and is currently working to protect and restore the waters of the state, when she isn’t pursuing ceramics and tending their large organic garden.


Passionate about expanding literacy and strengthening public schools, Mel Katz is committed to civic improvement and community enrichment.

As executive officer of Manpower – San Diego, a global staffing firm, Katz brings a dedication to community engagement and business savvy to the board. Katz has been chair of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Convention Center Corporation, Workforce Partnership, the Public Library Commission and the Library Foundation.

Katz was instrumental in garnering funds for the newly established Central Library in downtown San Diego and chairs the board of directors for the new charter high school in the library.


Bernard A. Kulchin has had a distinguished career in Human Resources Management both in industry and as a consultant.

For more than a decade, he was responsible for all human resources functions for Cubic Corp. and its 7,000 employees. Prior to Cubic, Kulchin was with General Dynamics Corp. for more than 30 years. There, he was division vice president of Human Resources.

He has been an instructor and leader in human resources management and leadership development topics. Kulchin has taught Human Resources Management at UCSD and National University. He also has been an expert witness in employment law cases.

In the non-profit sector, Kulchin serves on the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Library Foundation and is a member of the boards of San Diego Habitat for Humanity and the San Diego Youth Symphony. He had served as chair for Non Profit Management Solutions and was a member of the Advisory Board for Elder Help and the Jenna Druck Foundation.


Stephanie Bergsma is the former associate general manager at KPBS, where she was instrumental in developing the partnership that began nearly four years ago between inewsource and KPBS to foster in-depth investigative journalism in San Diego.

During her 26 years at KPBS, Stephanie was responsible for, among other things, major gifts and underwriting for local production. Stephanie was also instrumental in raising funds for the KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center which is now home to inewsource.

In addition to her work in public broadcasting, Stephanie has been involved in a broad range of San Diego institutions such as the Museum of Photographic Arts, Francis Parker School and Voices for Children.