Board Members

Herbert Rothschild

President

After earning his PhD from Harvard, Rothschild taught English literature at Louisiana State University for 22 years. While there, he founded an ACLU chapter in Baton Rouge and later served as state president and legislative director. In 1978, he founded the Center for Disarmament Education in Louisiana. From 1987 to 1990 he served as executive director of New Jersey SANE/Freeze (now Peace Action). After returning south to work at the University of Houston, in 1999 he founded the Houston Peace and Justice Center. Until recently, Rothschild chaired the board of Peace House, serving as de facto executive director. He also frequently teaches courses in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) and is on the board of Vision Quilt.

Paul Steinle

Secretary

Paul Steinle is a journalist, documentarian and educator. From 1961-1990, Steinle was a broadcast journalist and news manager. He was the president of UPI (1988-1990) and the Financial News Network (1984-1986) ; TV news director, KING-TV, Seattle, and WIXT-TV, Syracuse; he reported from Saigon and Hong Kong for Group–W radio news; and he was a reporter and producer for WBZ-TV and WCVB-TV, Boston. From 1991-2001, he launched graduate journalism programs at the University of Miami and Quinnipiac University; from 2001-2010, he taught journalism and served as associate provost, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Ore. Steinle has an M.B.A. from Harvard, an M.S. from Syracuse University and a baccalaureate from Amherst College. He is the co-author of “Commune: Life in Rural China” and “Practicing Journalism: The Power and Purpose of the Fourth Estate.” In 2010 and 2011, Steinle and his wife, Sara Brown, founded the nonprofit organization Valid Sources and launched the Who Needs Newspapers? project, a 50-state snapshot reporting how American newspapers began recasting themselves in the digital age. Their research is reported in “Practicing Journalism: The Power and Purpose of the Fourth Estate” (Marion Street Press, 2014).

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Laura Simonds

Treasurer

Laura Simonds had a long career in book publishing as Director of Marketing and Sales. She worked for three publishers in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in management, nonprofit, leadership, human resources, and performance management. She has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations in leadership positions: At Filoli Historic House and Gardens, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, she served on the Board of Directors until November 2021, as Chair of the Friends of Filoli (the volunteer organization), and as Chair of the Docent Committee; With the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA), she served on the Board of Directors as National Vice President and National Treasurer; and she is currently Chair of the MBCA Governance Committee. Since moving to Ashland in 2020, she is active on the Communications & Community Outreach Committee of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University. She holds degrees in Communications: a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and bachelor’s from California State University, Los Angeles.

Tod Davies

Tod Davies is an editorial director and publisher who has also worked as a screenwriter, film and television producer, social activist, radio show host, actor, and amateur cook. She is the founder of Toxteth TV, an educational/media studio for young people based in Liverpool, and the editor/publisher of Exterminating Angel Press. In 2005, she was Artist in Residence at St John’s College, Oxford, and is a member of the Senior Common Room there. She’s the author of The History of Arcadia visionary fiction series, as well as the Jam Today cookbook/memoir series, and has served as program director for the Ashland Literary Arts Festival. She lives in the mountains of Oregon with her husband, filmmaker Alex Cox, and their slightly crazy dogs.  She passionately believes that culture is formed at the story level, and that many of the most ignored stories tell us the most about ourselves. . .and can help us change our world. Which world definitely needs some change right now.

Lorrie Kline Kaplan

Lorrie Kline Kaplan started her career in healthcare communications and editorial management, but quickly moved into nonprofit leadership roles in the Washington, D.C., area. She served as Executive Director of the National Home Infusion Association from 1997-2007, and as Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Nurse-Midwives from 2007-2016. In these roles, she built expertise in nonprofit governance, management, strategic planning, communications and public relations, state and federal advocacy, facilitation, and conference management. Since moving to Ashland with her husband, Bob Kaplan, in 2019, she has provided pro bono consulting services to several local nonprofit organizations. She chairs the Ashland Climate Action Project of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, serves as treasurer of Rogue World Music, and is a member of the Bee City USA-Ashland Committee. Lorrie grew up in Hyde Park, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in economics and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Paraguay.

En memoriam: Founding Ashland.news board member Gary Anderson, 1945-1922. Read his obituary here.

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