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
Alison is a veteran journalist with over 30 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and media trainer. She also has a decade of experience as a non-profit leader.
Director of Development
Larry Messing joined the staff in May 2018 to oversee the fundraising efforts of SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. He earned his degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Memphis and has worked in fundraising for 15 years.
As Creative Director for SPJ, Tony Peterson is responsible for the design of Quill magazine, convention collateral, brand identity, marketing material and pretty much everything in between.
Jennifer Royer 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.
Quill Editor and Training/Education Manager
Monica's first byline was as a seventh-grader for her hometown Detroit Free Press, when she mailed in a review for the Sunday Books section. She later studied news-editorial journalism at Temple University and interned each year at The Philadelphia Inquirer, back in the days when newspaper editing required sharp knives, pica poles and proportion wheels.
Journalist on Call
Rod Hicks 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, which manages news coverage in 10 states.
Director of Programs
Marilyn Garateix has been a journalist for more than three decades, beginning as an intern at the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times. She has worked for the Fort Myers News Press, Miami Herald and The Boston Globe.
Christine Cordial joined the SPJ team in 2017. She oversees all things awards, manages the board elections process and assists with event planning for SPJs partner organizations.
Director of Conferences and Events
Basharat Saleem has more than 18 years of experience as a convention and event planner, most recently with the Islamic Society of North America. 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, galas, conferences, education forums and other programs and events.
Manager of Membership and Chapters
My name is Caroline Escobar. I am an Arizona native who calls Indy home. I am 35 years young, a full-time membership professional, full-time mom, part-time yoga instructor...so needless to say, I stay busy!
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 Finance and Administration
Amy Wong is a CPA with experience in auditing and financial reporting. She has worked in the accounting field for more than five years.
Marina Cinami joined SPJ in September 2017 to provide communication services to ACES: The Society for Editing, an SPJ client organization. Since then, she has also begun assisting with promotion of the annual Excellence in Journalism conference and the Facebook Journalism Project.
Linda Hall is in her 13th year at SPJ. She has a bachelors degree in business management from Columbus State Community College. She was hired as the Accounting Manager and one year later moved over to membership.
Isaac Taylor joined SPJ as Communications Coordinator in May 2018. He is responsible for updating social media posts and sending out weekly newsletters, SPJ Leads.