Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-927-8000 | Fax: 317-920-4789
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.
Jennifer joined SPJ HQ in August 2014 as the Societys first communications strategist. She develops and implements overall strategy for SPJs communication and marketing efforts regarding proactively promoting journalism advocacy and SPJs role in the profession and democracy.
Director of Development
Larry joined the staff in May 2018 to oversee the fundraising efforts of SPJ and the SPJ Foundation. He earned his degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Memphis and has worked in fundraising for 15 years.
Tony is responsible for the design of Quill magazine, convention collateral, brand identity, marketing material and pretty much everything in between.
Billy O'Keefe builds, designs and manages all of SPJ's homes on the web, including SPJ.org, Quill, the Journalist's Toolbox, the Excellence in Journalism website and more. On the side, he has authored and illustrated two books and moonlights as a freelance illustrator and writer as well as a web developer and consultant.
Director of Conferences and Events
Basharat has more than 18 years of experience as a convention and conference planner. He has managed and coordinated a variety of events including large conventions with more than 20,000 attendees, trade shows with 500+ booths, fundraising events, educational conferences, strategic planning retreats, galas and other programs and events.
Journalist on Call
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.
Manager of Membership and Chapters
Caroline is an Arizona native who calls Indy home. She studied art and journalism in college in Southern Illinois, and found her first experience working with membership-based associations at Raybourn Group International.
Matthew joined SPJ in January 2019 as Awards/Programs Coordinator overseeing SPJs annual awards programs and SPJ elections. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a bachelors degree in journalism and a masters degree in English, and is a native of Chicago.
Lou Harrys 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.
Linda is in her 14th year at SPJ. She has a bachelors degree in business management from Columbus State Community College. She was hired as the accounting manager and a year later moved over to membership.
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 bachelors degree in communication with concentrations in journalism and public relations.
Project Coordinator & Digital Marketing Specialist
Ashlynn is responsible for supporting communications and marketing efforts for both ACES: The Society for Editing and SPJ. She graduated from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis with a degree in journalism, while concentrating in public relations. Her previous work experience includes internships at The Saturday Evening Post, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and IU Communications in Indianapolis.
Toni joined SPJ in November of 2018, as Accounting Assistant. She has a master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Touro University and a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and traveling.