Javier Govea

Javier Govea and Mary Ellen Nelligan, two longtime staff members at Growing Community Media, have accepted promotions to new roles at the nonprofit publisher.

Govea is now editorial design manager for the newsroom. In this role he will lead both print and digital editorial design for GCM’s four flags – Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark and Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest.

Govea is now in his second run at GCM, having rejoined the newsroom one year ago. He was an editorial designer with Wednesday Journal Inc. for several years previously. He has also worked as an editorial page designer for Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune.

Nelligan takes on the newly created post of development manager for the nonprofit. As Growing Community Media NFP enters its second full year, Nelligan will focus on growing membership donations, connecting with potential larger donors and working with foundations on grant opportunities.

Mary Ellen Nelligan

Nelligan has worked in sales and sales administration at GCM for several years. She has been active in development efforts and this promotion will allow her to focus on that work.

GCM is currently looking to hire for a new position as Development and Sales Coordinator to assume some work previously done by Nelligan.

“Javier is a great editorial designer. Creative, accurate, experienced,” said Bob Uphues, senior editor and editor of the Landmark. “Javi solves problems and is incredibly steady on deadlines.”

“Mary Ellen is so clear thinking, so organized, so thoughtful and passionate about the work we are doing,” said Dan Haley, publisher of Growing Community Media. “This promotion is really recognition of the outstanding work she has done for us through the process of becoming a nonprofit and now growing that aspect of our work.”