Board of Directors

John S. Caputo

Ph.D., Executive Director NW-AML (formerly Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media/NWARM), Professor Emeritus and founder of the Master‘s Program in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University.

John Caputo has been teaching communication courses for more than 40 years.  He earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University.  His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication.  He is the author of six books, a lecturer and consultant and has been a guest on many radio and television programs.  Dr. Caputo has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, and at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He has Directed many students overseas in Cagli and Florence, Italy, and Derry and Armagh, Northern Ireland.  He is the Co-Founder of the NW-AML (formerly NWARM) because he cares about the impact of media in our daily lives.

Kristina Johnson Morehouse

M.S., senior lecturer in Communication Studies at Gonzaga University, adjunct professor in the Communication and Leadership program.

Before coming to Gonzaga University, Kris worked as a journalist in Kansas City, Mo., and Spokane, Wash. Prior to that, she earned undergraduate degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City before going to graduate school at the University of Kansas. She serves on the board of the NW-AML because she believes the critical, careful consumption of information is fundamental to responsible citizenship.

Heather Crandall

Associate Professor, MA in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University

Dr. Heather Crandall is a Northwest Alliance for Media Literacy Board Member and an Associate Professor in Communication Studies. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Washington State University where she studied narratives of the working poor in prime-time television crime drama. That experience combined with a long stint teaching a Mass Media and Society course motivated her to serve this non-profit that is dedicated to promoting media literacy. Her day job is teaching classes in Rhetoric in Civic Life, Rhetoric of Social Change, and Analyzing Public Texts and Discourse. She enjoys planning events and actions with board members and has for the past 13 years. 

Nichole Bogarosh

Ph.D., Faculty, Communication Studies & Women and Gender Studies, Whitworth University

Nichole Bogarosh is a former public relations and marketing communication professional, with a background working for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. After receiving her doctoral degree in American Studies, with a specialization on media studies, from Washington State University in 2013, Nichole began teaching full-time at Whitworth University in Communication Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on representations of marginalized groups in the media, with a particular focus on popular culture.

Dawn Bayman

KSPS Public Television

Dawn Bayman is Director of Development at Friends of KSPS Public Television.  She has many years’ experience as a television producer, executive producer, and manager at commercial and non-commercial television stations, including directing news, local programming, production and promotion departments. Dawn has also been an adjunct instructor at Whitworth University where she taught television news and production classes.

Carolyn Cunningham

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, MA in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University

Carolyn Cunningham teaches at Gonzaga University and conducts research on girls and media. She is passionate about helping kids use media to express themselves.

James McPherson

Professor of Communication Studies at Whitworth University, Retired

James McPherson is a former professional newspaper journalist who recently retired from Whitworth, where he taught media studies and journalism. He is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association. He has authored two books, The Conservatism Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present, along with numerous other book chapters and journal articles. He also advised Whitworth University’s student newspaper, which the Society of Professional Journalists tabbed as 2009’s best non-daily student newspaper in the nation. He blogs about media and politics at


Mary Stamp

Editor of The Fig Tree

Mary Stamp edits The Fig Tree media, which include a newspaper published monthly from September through June, a website at, and an annual Resource Directory: Guide to Congregations and Community Resources.  The media cover and connect people in the faith and nonprofit communities in the Inland Northwest, sharing stories of people making a difference by living their faith and values.  The media seek to model media responsibility and educate on media literacy issues.   Mary has served on the NW-AML Board since 2007.

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