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 event districts (2, 4, 6) having elections during even years.


PRESIDENT 

SARAH TRICANO

Sarah Tricano, CJE, is a yearbook adviser in Melbourne, Fla. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. Going on her tenth year advising the Tigrium, Tricano has been an active member of FSPA, JEA, NSPA and CSPA since her first year. She has volunteered as a judge, critiquer and speaker at national and local conventions throughout her career including as a member of the local planning committee for the 2015 NSPA Fall Convention in Orlando.

Contact Sarah
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
5625 Holy Trinity Drive
Melbourne, FL 32940  
 
   

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D1 DIRECTOR 

HILARY BROWN


Hilary Brown currently teaches TV Production 1- 4 and is the Advisor of WBGI-TV. She also teaches Digital Design 1 and 2 as well as Social Media at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach. She graduated in 2007 from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, specializing in Media Production. In 2011, she graduated from the University of West Florida with her Master’s in Education specializing in Instructional Technology. This is her eleventh year as a member of the Florida Scholastic Press Association and her sixth as a district board member.

Contact Hilary
Choctawhatchee H.S. 
110 Racetrack Rd. NW 
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 

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D4 CO-DIRECTOR 

JOANIE OBEN

Joanie Oben is going on her third year at Robinson HS where she advises the yearbook, newspaper, RHStoday.com and the morning show, KNN. Before teaching, Oben worked as a marketing and communications coordinator for a nonprofit in Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in print journalism. While at Miami, Oben interned with The News-Press, was the copy chief for Distraction magazine and wrote for The Miami Hurricane and Ibis yearbook.

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

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D7 CO-DIRECTOR
MELISSA FALKOWSKI

Melissa Falkowski has been an educator for 13 years and has advised student publications for 11 of those 13 years. She currently advises the Artifex literary magazine and The Eagle Eye newsmagazine at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Falkowksi has been involved with FSPA in various ways over the years including as the District 7 contest coordinator and director. She was a FSPA Gold Medallion recipient in 2012 and the D7 teacher of the year in 2014. The Sun-Sentinel named Falkowksi Adviser of the Year at the High School Journalism Awards in 2016. She recently graduated from Kent State University with a Master’s in Journalism.

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

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VICE PRESIDENT

BRIT TAYLOR

Brit Taylor, CJE, is a yearbook, newspaper and website adviser in Oviedo, Fla. at Hagerty High School. He has advised yearbook for 24 years and newspaper for 20. 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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D2 DIRECTOR 

MIKE BJORKLUND

Michael Malcom-Bjorklund, CJE, advises advises the Ascent yearbook and The Rocketeer newspaper while teaching 8th grade language arts and journalism at River City Science Academy Innovation in Jacksonville, after a successful
14-year professional career in the media industry. With a degree in journalism, masters in education and a dozen design awards under his belt, Malcom-Bjorklund recently earned a spot on the JEA board as Director-at-Large with the hopes of enhancing the viability of middle school journalism. He is also the webmaster for the Florida Council of Teachers of English. 

Contact Mike
River City Science Academy Innovation
8313  Baycenter  Road 
Jacksonville, FL 32256

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D6 CO-DIRECTOR 

PATRICK SICHER

Patrick Sicher has taught journalism at South Dade High School in Homestead, FL for the last 9 years. He currently advises the school’s weekly broadcast program Riptide as well as the student newspaper The Current. This is his fourth year attending FSPA and first year serving as District 6 Director. In 2014 he was selected by his peers as the District 6 Teacher of the Year. This year, Sicher is in charge of the On the Spot Broadcast competitions and he looks forward to the tremendous work the students from across the state will produce.

Contact Patrick
South Dade High School
28401 SW 167 Ave.
Homestead, FL 33030

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EVALUATIONS
COORDINATO
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JOE HUMPHREY

Joe Humphrey, MJE, advises the nationally recognized Red & Black newspaper, Hilsborean yearbook and HHSToday.com online news site at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. He is the FSPA evaluations coordinator and an FSPA past president. He's so proud of the Hillsborough Journalism Family! Follow him on twitter at @jhump96. 

Contact Joe
Hillsborough County School System 
FSPA Satellite Office 
13014 N. Dale Mabry Highway 
Tampa, FL 33618

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PAST PRESIDENT

MARIA MOLINA

Maria Molina is a self-taught journalism advisor with degrees in business law and computer science. She fell into the world of journalism when her school hired her for a computer science position. But a funny thing happened as she was supervising the computer lab while the yearbook and newspaper staffs were using it: she fell in love with storytelling. She found it to be a great way for students to express what was going on in the world around them. 

Contact Maria
American Heritage High School
12200 W Broward Blvd
Plantation, FL 33325

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D3 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. She loves advising each of her staffs and believes that student journalism is one of the most influential classes students can take during high school. Its real world, hands on experience that they cant get in most other classes. 

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

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D6 CO-DIRECTOR
LISA ESPINOSA 

Lisa Espinosa is a member of the Miami Dade County Film & Entertainment Board, a City of Hialeah Cultural Arts Board Member, and an Adobe Campus Leader. Her professional career has taken her many places including back to NBC6 as an Assignment Editor, Bureau Chief for Florida’s News Channel and Executive Producer of Joule Entertainment. In 2002 Lisa decided to become a public servant and work for the city she loves so dearly, Hialeah. She eventually became the Supervisor for the Special Events Department. She has been able to create a digital media arts program from the ground up. Lisa teaches Digital Media, levels 1-4.

Contact Lisa
Westland Hialeah Sr. High 
4000 West 18th Avenue  
Hialeah, Fl 33012 

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EXEC. DIRECTOR

DAVID DOUCETTE

Dave Doucette, FSPA executive director, grew up in Florida and attended the FSPA state convention during his senior year in high school. Doucette is a graduate of the College of Journalism at the University of Florida. He began his journalism career at the Miami Herald. He later worked for Gannett Newspapers and the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. In 1982, he was one of the 10 founding editors of USA TODAY. 

Contact David

Box 118400 
College of Journalism 
and Communications
Gainesville, FL 32611

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D4 CO-DIRECTOR

KRISTEN CROSBY

Kristen Crosby is the co-director for District 4, and has been teaching journalism for four years. She currently teaches journalism 1 and advises The Oracle newspaper at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, FL. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from the University of South Florida. She has been a member of FSPA for four years, and this is her first year as district director.

Contact Kristen
Steinbrenner High School  
5575 West Lutz Lake Fern Road
Lutz, FL 33558 

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D7 CO-DIRECTOR
SARAH LERNER

Sarah Lerner has been involved with FSPA since she was a high school student in the 1990s. She was awarded the CJE (Certified Journalism Educator) recognition from NSPA in 2016 and has a passion for scholastic journalism. During her fifteen years of teaching, Lerner advised a four-time All-Florida winning literary magazine and an award-winning newspaper at South Plantation High School. She now advises a nationally recognized, multi award-winning yearbook at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.    

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

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