Board and Officers

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OFFICERS FOR 2018-19

Officers of the Central Ohio SPJ for the 2018-2019 programming year are:

  • President: Kevin Z. Smith, Director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, The Ohio State University
  • First Vice President (programming): Beth Gianforcaro, Media Relations Liaison, Office of Communications at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Second Vice President (membership): Mark Ferenchik, urban, neighborhood and development issues reporter for The Columbus Dispatch 
  • Secretary: Mary Ann Edwards, retired editorial writer, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Treasurer: (vacant)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Central Ohio SPJ Board of Directors consists of 12 members. Directors serve staggered three-year terms, with four directors starting new terms each year.

Our 2018-19 Directors are:

Elected in 2018 – to serve 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-2021
  • Sarah Mills Bacha, President, SMB Communications
  • *Mark Ferenchik, urban, neighborhood and development issues reporter for The Columbus Dispatch 
  • Carol Ann Lease, retired Metro editor, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Susan Post, lead staff writer, The Metropreneur; contributor to Columbus Underground
Elected in 2017 – to serve 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-2020
  • Julanne Hohbach, Editor, Columbus Parent
  • *Garth Bishop, Managing Editor, CityScene Media Group (*Appointed in January 2018 to fill the unexpired term of Karen Kasler.)
  • Mary Ann Edwards, Retired, The Columbus Dispatch
  • *Vacant (*unexpired term of Joe Meyer)
Elected in 2016 – to serve 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-2019
  • Doug Buchanan, Managing Editor/Digital, Columbus Business First
  • Spencer Hunt, Lecturer/Director of Student Media for The Lantern for the Ohio State University School of Communications
  • Beth Gianforcaro, Media Relations Liaison, Office of Communications at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Kevin Z. Smith, Director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, The Ohio State University