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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. It’s real world, hands on experience that they can’t get in most other classes.
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.
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.