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About SPJ
Headquarters Staff


Society of Professional Journalists
P.O. Box 441748, Indianapolis, IN 46244
317-927-8000 | Fax: 317-920-4789


Executive Director
John Shertzer
317-920-4780
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@johnshertzer

John Shertzer is an established thought leader on organizational development and leadership, providing training and education to dozens of nonprofit and collegiate organizations all over the world including charitable organizations, arts organizations, membership chapters and trade associations. Read More

Senior Director of Communications
Jennifer Royer
317-361-4134
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Jennifer joined SPJ HQ in August 2014 as the Society’s first communications strategist. She develops and implements overall strategy for SPJ’s communication and marketing efforts regarding proactively promoting journalism advocacy and SPJ’s role in the profession and democracy. Read More


Graphic Designer
Abby Likens
317-920-4783,
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Abby Likens is an award-winning visual journalist with 14 years of experience as a news designer and editor. Abby joined SPJ HQ in July 2022. She has worked for USA Today, newspapers of the USA Today network, Virginia Media and a number of local newspapers. Abby graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a degree in journalism graphics and specializes in page design, typography, illustration and graphics.

Director of Education
Karyn Nishimura Sneath
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Karyn strategizes and manages the educational offerings of SPJ. The primary programs include annual conference content planning, the Student Leadership Institute (sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation) and the Future Leaders Academy (sponsored by the SPJ Foundation). Read More


Quill Editor/Manager of Publications and Awards
Lou Harry
317-920-4786
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@LouHarry

Lou Harry’s journalism career includes editing stints at Philadelphia magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and the Indianapolis Business Journal along with freelance work for more than 50 publications and websites. Read More

Development Officer
Matt Morris
317-920-4784
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As a kid, Matt and his friend, Walt, whose family owned the local newspaper, cut through the back shop to see Walt's dad. The linotype and press caught his eye. Thus, he followed his mom to Indiana University's School of Journalism. Read More


Director of Ethics and Diversity
Rod Hicks
317-954-0025
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Rod has experience at numerous news organizations across the country. Most recently, he served as an editor for The Associated Press at its Philadelphia-based East Regional Desk. In this role, he worked on several major national stories including the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, the Boston Marathon bombing and the sexual assault trials of Bill Cosby. Read More

Communications Specialist & Quill Assistant Editor
Zoë Berg
317-920-4785
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Zoë joined staff in May 2019 as the Communications Coordinator to assist with communication and marketing efforts. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in communication with concentrations in journalism and public relations. Read More


Staff Accountant
Lyndrey Roberts
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Lyndrey Roberts is an experienced financial accountant and graduate of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, where he majored in both accounting and finance. His diversified financial background includes non-profit and governmental financial operations.

Controller
Jake Koenig

317-920-4781
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Web Administrator
Corbin Rose

463-317-6511
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Corbin Rose is a Graphic Design and Communication graduate with over one decade of experience in front-end development and is joining the SPJ team as the Web Administrator to solve technical challenges and innovate new and better ways of working with the SPJ websites.

Membership Specialist
Amy R. Monteleone
317-361-4132
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A seasoned Executive Assistant of 12+ years turned entrepreneur, creating a profitable virtual assistant company known as Indy Girl Friday. She has a successful history assisting C-level Executives, understanding that an assistant is to become an extension of the executives, allowing them to be more effective in their roles. Her past colleagues and employees have described her as a dependable, highly organized, and adaptable team player with an energetic "can do" attitude.

Communications Coordinator
Michelle Lagos

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Michelle joined SPJ as the communications coordinator in February 2022. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor's degree in English and is currently pursuing her MBA at Paul Merage School of Business at University of California--Irvine. During her undergrad, she worked as a writer and internship coordinator for a nonprofit, offering mentorship and guidance to young writers while researching and reporting on wrongful conviction cases and social justice issues. Through her experiences working on expanding a nonprofit, she developed a passion for communications and marketing. In her free time, Michelle enjoys hiking with her dog and spending time with her family.

Administrative Assistant
Beverly Gach
317-920-4782
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I am originally from southern Indiana and moved back to Indianapolis from Georgia a few years ago. I have an accounting background and graduated from Indiana State University. After being out of the work force for a few years, I am excited to be back and joining such an outstanding organization.