FSPA BOARD

The FSPA board is comprised of elected, volunteer advisers from across the state of Florida. Each board member is on a two year cycle with odd districts (1, 3, 5, 7) having an election year during odd years and even districts (2, 4, 6) having elections during even years.

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PRESIDENT 

JOANIE OBEN

Nancy “Joanie” Oben serves as President and is in her fifth year at Robinson HS in Tampa, Florida. She advises the yearbook, newspaper and broadcast staffs. Oben received the 2018 JEA Rising Star at the JEA/NSPA National Journalism Convention this past fall in Chicago. Before teaching, she worked as a marketing and communications coordinator for a nonprofit in Atlanta. Oben graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in communications, majoring in journalism.

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Robinson High School 
6311 S. Lois Ave. 
Tampa, FL 33616 

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D1 DIRECTOR 

KEN KILLAM

Ken Killam is a native Pensacolian who attended St. Petersburg Junior College, Pensacola Junior College, and University of West Florida. Killam has an AA in business, a BA in English, and an MA in English. He began his teaching career in 1989 at then Pensacola Junior College as an adjunct English instructor. Killam began teaching high school full time at Catholic High, where he worked for five years. In 2000, he started teaching at Gulf Breeze High, and has  taught every level of high school. In 2004, Killam became nationally certified.  He served as the adviser for the GBHS newspaper, Blue and Gold until 2018. In 2015, he was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s Teacher of the Year.  Currently, he advises the literary magazine Angle of Reflection.

Contact Ken

Gulf Breeze High School                  675 Gulf Breeze Parkway.               Gulf Breeze, Fla. 32561

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D5 DIRECTOR 

CHRIS LENERZ

Director Chris Lenerz teaches middle and high school journalism at Pine View School in Osprey, FL. He is the adviser for two print newspapers, a news magazine, an online publication, two yearbooks, a broadcast program and a literary magazine. He’s been an FSPA member since 2012. His favorite part of advising is seeing students develop as leaders through being involved with student-run publications. He believes journalism students are presented with the opportunity to foster skills and form relationships that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. 

Contact Chris
Pine View School
1 Python Path  
Osprey, FL 34229

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VICE PRESIDENT 

MIKE BJORKLUND

Michael Malcom-Bjorklund, CJE, advises the Columbian Media program at Columbia H.S. in Lake City, Fla., after a successful 16-year professional career in the media industry with both the Chicago Sun-Times Media Group and Scripps Howard. With a degree in journalism, a master's in education and a dozen professional writing and design awards under his belt, Malcom-Bjorklund now serves as the Vice President for the Florida Scholastic Press Association.

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Columbia High School

469 SE Fighting Tiger Drive

Lake City, FL 32025

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D3 CO-DIRECTOR 

COURTNEY HANKS

Courtney Hanks, CJE advises the Odyssey yearbook and UHSpress news team at University High School in Orange City, Florida. She is an advocate for student journalists and advisers alike in their work to grow their journalism knowledge. Since beginning as an adviser in 2014, she accomplished CSPA, NSPA and FSPA recognition and works to further journalism education through contributions to podcasts, magazines and online. 


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University High School

1000 W Rhode Island Ave

Orange City, FL 32763


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D6 DIRECTOR
VERONICA HALE 

Veronica Hale began her love for journalism in high school at Barbara Goleman Senior High School on the Inspiration Yearbook staff. She served as the Copy Editor of her publication. Veronica has earned a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in History from Florida International University. Upon graduation, she became the yearbook adviser of the Tiburon Yearbook and the Mourning Splash Newspaper at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High since 2013.

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Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Sr High

2601 NE 151 St

North Miami Beach, FL 33160


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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ADAM LIVESAY

Adam Livesay, CJE is the Executive Director for the Florida Scholastic Press Association. A three staff journalism junkie in high school (yearbook, newspaper and broadcast), Adam went on to get degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Central Florida. After graduating, he spent 8 years as a Yearbook Sales Representative in Tampa Bay and Central Florida. A presenter at journalism conventions and summer workshops, Adam is excited to continue his passion for inspiring and shaping student journalists.

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D3 CO-DIRECTOR 

CALLIE WILLIAMS

Callie Williams has been teaching for 15 years in Brevard County. She has been at Astronaut High School for the past 14 years and currently advises all of the Journalism staffs. She has been the Golden Aerie yearbook adviser for the past 13 years. She began advising the Talon newspaper 8 years ago and is on year 5 advising the TV Production staff, known as WE-TV. 

Contact Callie
Astronaut High School 
800 War Eagle Blvd.  
Titusville, FL 32796 

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D7 DIRECTOR

SARAH LERNER

Sarah Lerner, CJE, is the yearbook adviser at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This is her sixth year advising Aerie, which is nationally recognized and has won countless awards from FSPA, CSPA, NSPA & SIPA. Lerner has been involved in FSPA since she was in high school in the 1990s. She is in her eighteenth year of teaching, and was awarded the 2019 CSPA Gold Key.

Contact Sarah
Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S.
5901 Pine Island Rd 
Parkland, FL 33076 

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PAST PRESIDENT

BRIT TAYLOR

Brit Taylor, CJE, is a yearbook, newspaper and website adviser in Oviedo, Florida. at Hagerty High School. He has advised yearbook for 26 years and newspaper for 22. Taylor is drawn to the real-world application of high school journalism, and he appreciates the many lessons that publications teach. As a member of FSPA, JEA, NSPA and CSPA, Taylor has presented and critiqued for publications nationwide.

Contact Brit
Hagerty High School          
3225 Lockwood Blvd
Oviedo, FL 32765

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D4 DIRECTOR 
JULIA PAPPACODA

Julia Pappacoda is the television production adviser at Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida. She has spent the last seven years advising student publications and the last five as a member of FSPA. Her favorite part of leading a publication is sharing her passion for media literacy and journalism with others. Prior to her time in the classroom, Pappacoda operated a multimedia journalism business. She also spent time interning with Home Shopping Network, ABC Action News and USF Athletics. She graduated with two concurrent bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communications and English Education from the University of South Florida.


Contact Julia
Gaither High School

16200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618


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EVALUATIONS
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JOE HUMPHREY

Joe Humphrey, MJE, advises the nationally recognized student publications at Hillsborough School in Tampa. He is Evaluations Coordinator for FSPA, with oversight of digital contests and publication critiques. He serves on the Journalism Education Association’s Certification Committee and as local team leader for the fall 2020 National High School Journalism Convention, a role he also held in 2015. Humphrey is a frequent speaker at workshops, camps and conventions throughout the country. @jhump96

Contact Joe
FSPA Satellite Office 
13014 N. Dale Mabry Highway  Box 227                   Tampa FL 33618

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