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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

Interim Executive Director
Jennifer Royer

Jennifer became interim executive director in September 2022. She joined SPJ HQ in August 2014 as the Society’s first communications strategist, developing and implementing overall strategy for SPJ’s communication and marketing efforts, proactively promoting journalism advocacy and SPJ’s role in the profession and democracy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana State University. After working as a newspaper reporter and editor for several years, she made the transition to public relations, working for ISU and later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Her career has taken her from being up close and personal with a caged lion, to becoming airsick in a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, to meeting a U.S. President, to working several NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four tournaments.

Membership Strategist
Chrystal O'Keefe

Chrystal originally started SPJ in 2015 to assist with membership part-time. By 2018, when she parted ways with the organization, she was the Manager of Membership and Chapters. Now back with SPJ, Chrystal is here to improve the experience for members and focus on the soul of SPJ, the vast number of chapters across the country. Read More

Quill Editor/Manager of Publications and Awards
Lou Harry

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

Director of Ethics and Diversity
Rod Hicks

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
Kimberly Tsuyuki

Kimberly joined SPJ in January 2023. She graduated in May 2022 from Whittier College with a degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a Film Studies minor. During her time in college, she worked for the school newspaper as Arts & Entertainment Editor, where she combined her passion for journalism and entertainment. She enjoys picking the green sour skittles out of the bag and watching movies in her spare time.

Communications Coordinator
Shaheer Naveed

Shaheer joined SPJ in December 2023. He graduated in May from St. John’s College, completing a double major in Philosophy and the History of Sciences and a double minor in Classical Studies and Comparative Literature. During his time in college, he led his school newspaper’s reporting team where he covered fundraisers, student events and town halls. He loves to make videos and enjoys soccer fan channels!

Contracted Staff

Chief Event Strategist
Katie Riggs

Creative professional with expertise in all aspects of successful conference/tradeshow planning and execution. Proven ability to develop, manage and motivate effective teams that execute flawless events. Strong ability to negotiate contracts with vendors and manage budgets. Advanced organizational skills and techniques, backed by an education in Tourism Conventions Event Management and 15 years in the industry. Additional skills include: interviewing, hiring, training and development, as well as volunteer management and leadership.

Interim Web Administrator
Billy O’Keefe

From the separate days he learned to (a) write, (b) draw and (c) compile code in BASIC on an Apple IIc, it has been Billy’s mission to create things that make people happy in exchange for being allowed to make a living doing things he enjoys. To that end, he’s honed a strange multi-pack of careers in which he builds and manages lovely websites and database-driven projects for some, writes lovely words for others, draws lovely illustrations for others, and, when he’s truly lucky, combines all these disciplines and more into projects that delight people on multiple levels.