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Robyn Davis Sekula
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Robyn Davis Sekula is Immediate Past President of the Louisville Pro Chapter of SPJ. She is a Twitter addict, iPhone-a-holic, writer, speaker and social media consultant. She has spoken frequently at regional SPJ conferences and in 2012, 2015 and 2016 at the national Excellence in Journalism Conference. In 2016, she was given the Howard S. Durbin Outstanding Pro Member Award for her work with her chapter in Louisville, Ky. She spent most of her pre-freelance career as a newspaper reporter, working as a crime and courts reporter in North Carolina, a business editor in Missouri and as a reporter at Business First in Louisville, Ky. She primarily consults with organizations and business in public relations, communications plans and social media strategy. You can find her web site at robyndavissekula.com, follow her on Twitter, friend her on Facebook and add her on Instagram.


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Brandon Ballenger
Associate editor, Debt.com
Coral Springs, Fla.
@btballenger
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Bio (click to expand) Brandon Ballenger is associate editor for Debt.com, a unique provider of personal finance news and financial services. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in communication and English. His money-related writing has been featured in The South Florida Business Journal, Money Talks News, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, on the homepages of MSN and Yahoo!, and more. He is president of South Florida Pro chapter of SPJ.

Colin DeVries
Public Relations Manager, NYU Lutheran
Vice President, Awards Dinner, Deadline Club (New York City SPJ chapter)
@colin_devries
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Bio (click to expand) Colin DeVries works as public relations at NYU Lutheran in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Previously, he was at the New York Daily News as a digital editor, helping to manage and edit content for NYDailyNews.com. Prior to that he was Managing Editor of the News Corp-owned TimesLedger Newspapers in Queens and has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in upstate New York. He studied journalism at New York University and is an alumnus of the University at Albany.

Holly Fisher
Owner, H.A.F. Creative
Charleston, S.C.
@hollyannfisher
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Bio (click to expand) Holly A. Fisher is the owner of H.A.F. Creative, a communications company in the Charleston, S.C., area. Holly writes for a number of Charleston area publications as well as working with nonprofits and small businesses on public relations and marketing projects. She has been a member of SPJ since she was a journalism student at Ohio University. Holly spent a number of years working as a newspaper reporter and editor before moving into freelancing, PR and eventually starting her own business in 2011. Holly has a master of mass communication from the University of South Carolina. She was SPJ’s Region 3 director for six years and has been active in a number of SPJ initiatives. Holly and her husband have one daughter and three dogs. When she’s not working, Holly’s probably doing CrossFit, drinking coffee or driving her Dodge Challenger (fast).

Maria Guadalupe Ortiz-Briones
Health Reporter, Vida en el Valle
California
@TuValleTuSalud
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Bio (click to expand) Maria Guadalupe Ortiz-Briones is the health reporter for Vida en el Valle, a bilingual McClatchy publication in Central California. She covers health issues impacting Latinos in the Central Valley. Ortiz-Briones has worked for more than a decade in daily journalism. She has worked as a reporter covering spot news, served as both features writer and editor and she was the editor of a Spanish publication for Lee Enterprises newspapers in California. She was also the features copy editor for three Gannett newspapers - the Visalia Times-Delta, Tulare Advance-Register and The Salinas Californian. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge. She has received numerous journalism fellowships, including the AHCJ 2013-2014 Regional Health Journalism Fellowship West; the 2013 SPJ Diversity Leadership Program Fellowship; the 2014 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship and the 2014 Immigration in the Heartland Fellowship program. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist (NAHJ), SPJ, and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Wesley Juhl
Student, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nev.
@WesJuhl
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Bio (click to expand) Wesley Juhl is a senior studying journalism at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. In the past, he has worked as a reporter for the LGBT news magazine Las Vegas Night Beat and as a breaking news reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He’s spending Fall 2014 working in Washington, D.C. with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. He has served as President of the UNLV SPJ chapter, but is still actively involved with the organization.

Dana Neuts
Freelance Writer
@SPJDana
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Bio (click to expand) Dana Neuts is a full-time freelance writer, editor and marketing professional, as well as the publisher of iLoveKent.net, a hyperlocal blog about Kent, Washington. Her work has appeared in AARP Bulletin, the Seattle Times, 425 Business, 425 magazine, South Sound magazine, Subscription Insider and a number of other publications. She is a 10-year member of SPJ, serving at the local, regional and national levels in various roles. Most recently, she served as national SPJ's president in 2014-15. Neuts is also active in her community, serving on the boards of the Kent Community Foundation and Kent Downtown Partnership. You can learn more about her at virtuallyyourz.com.

Susan Stevens
Freelance writer
Chicago, Ill.
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Bio (click to expand) Susan S. Stevens, a veteran of 23 years with United Press International, 11 with the City News Bureau of Chicago, and more than several with community newspapers and magazines, now freelances.

She joined the Society of Professional Journalists in 1969, the year women were first admitted as members, and served on the national board as SPJ Region 5 director from mid-2012 to mid-2014. She has been a Chicago Headline Club officer or board member most of the time since 1988, including president from 2010-11. She has been Freedom of Information vice president, membership vice president and secretary. Also, she has served as an Ethics AdviceLine committee adviser for 11 years. She is currently Headline Club secretary, Headline Club Foundation secretary, and SPJ Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) director from mid-2012 to mid-2014 and therefore on the national board.


Dori Zinn
President, Blossomers Media
@dorizinn
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Bio (click to expand) Dori Zinn is the President of Blossomers Media, a web development and online media company. This is her second year as President of SPJ Florida Pro. For five years, Zinn served on the board as Vice President of Membership for the chapter, helping win SPJ's “Chapter of the Year” in 2010, 2014, and 2016. This is her first year as chair of the Diversity Committee.



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