FSPA BOARDThe 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.
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.
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.
Gulf Breeze High School 675 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Gulf Breeze, Fla. 32561
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.
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.
Columbia High School
469 SE Fighting Tiger Drive
Lake City, FL 32025
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.
University High School
1000 W Rhode Island Ave
Orange City, FL 32763
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.
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.
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.
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.