By Angela Greiling Keane, JAWS board member
We have an exciting and absolutely fantastic slate of candidates for the 2016-2017 JAWS board. As chairwoman of the Nominating Committee, I’ve had the privilege of talking with many JAWdesses, veterans as well as up-and-coming leaders. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful leaders who are willing and able to lead this dynamic organization.
I am also pleased to remind you that JAWS changed our bylaws recently to allow for online voting, which we will inaugurate this year. While we hope all of you come to CAMP next month in Roanoke, Va., we know it isn’t realistically possible so online voting will allow for greater voter participation among the membership. Voting will begin at 12 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 21 and end at 12 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 29. Stay tuned for details on how to vote.
Please take a look at the nominees and get to know them. Note that if a board position isn’t listed, it means that the member’s term isn’t expiring this year.
Yumi Wilson, President-Elect (one year as president-elect, followed by two years as president)
Yumi Wilson is a tenured journalism professor at San Francisco State University and a former news reporter and editor. She is a recipient of a Fulbright grant and Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship. In 2013, she was chosen as one of the 12 smartest women of color on Twitter. She started attending JAWS in the early ’90s when she had just arrived at The San Francisco Chronicle, thanks to the urging of her then-colleague, Lisa Chung. Inspired by her first JAWS CAMP, where she met amazing women and sipped delightful wine against a gorgeous backdrop, she kept coming back to JAWS for years while working at newspapers.
She took a few years off from JAWS while seeking tenure at San Francisco State, but started coming back to CAMP, first to show folks how to optimize their brand on LinkedIn (2014), and then last year, to take part in the “Practicing Journalism while Female” session. Currently, Yumi serves as a committee member on the JAWS Legacy Fund, where she is helping to create a leadership curriculum for young women in college.
Links to some of her involvement with JAWS:
Jackie Frank, Treasurer (two-year term)
Jackie Frank is a veteran journalist who worked as a Capitol Hill reporter and editor for Reuters in Washington, D.C., for close to 30 years. She joined JAWS in 1999 but has only been an active member since 2012. Jackie has attended CAMPs in Sundance, Utah; Whitefish, Mont; Essex Junction, Vt.; and Palm Springs, Calif. She also assisted Amy Resnick with preparing the budget for last year’s CAMP.
Taking a buyout at Reuters in 2014 was a turning point in Jackie’s life (and one made with the advice of many JAWS friends at the Palm Springs CAMP). She tried her hand at freelance writing and editing for about 18 months, supplemented with a part-time gig at the Washington Post News Service. She is now the Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Global Communities, a nonprofit organization that works in development, governance and humanitarian aid in 26 countries.
Jackie recently made another big life change, selling the home she had lived in for 22 years and buying a townhouse in Silver Spring, Md., a very diverse community outside Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Washington University in St. Louis and has three grown children and a grandson. She is an avid reader and traveler and also enjoys hiking and skiing.
Sheila Solomon, Secretary (one-year term)
Sheila Solomon is a native of Newport News, Va., and a graduate of Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, Va. She’s worked at newspapers in Hampton and Newport News; Long Island, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Chicago. Sheila has also worked as an adjunct journalism professor, served on numerous boards, and been a frequent speaker at journalism workshops and conferences.
The first African-American member of the Virginia Press Association Board of Directors, she is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Society and the advisory committees of The News Literacy Project, Visions Blu, The Chicago Reporter and Public Narrative. She also serves as a judge for the National Headliner Awards.
In 2014, she was honored by NABJ and the Medill School of Journalism with the Ida B. Wells Award; in 2013 she received the Peggy Lewis LeCompte Communication and Journalism Award (Central Region, AKA Sorority Inc.) and in 2012, was inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism Hall of Fame at Hampton University.
Sheila, who lives in Chicago, is manager of recruiting and interns at Rivet Radio and a consultant for the Democracy Fund. Her first CAMP was in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2012 and she was elected secretary of the board in 2014. She has served as a mentor and has been co-chair of the mentoring and membership committees.
Lisa Gillespie (board seat, two-year term)
Lisa Gillespie is the health care reporter with WFPL, the NPR station in Louisville, Ky. She brings her insider knowledge of the health policy world in Washington, D.C. — where she lived for eight years — to a general audience where health care reform is changing the state.
She was the regional co-captain of D.C. JAWS for two years. This included planning professional development events, membership management and recruitment. She joined JAWS in 2010.
Since moving to Louisville in July 2016, she’s started Kentucky’s first regional JAWS contingent. Her goal is to provide professional development, support and a safe place for women journalists in the state. She’s also in the planning stages of creating a mentorship program with members and local college and high school students to increase the numbers of young women journalists entering the field.
Previously, she worked at the nonprofit news service Kaiser Health News in Washington, D.C., an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, CNN, PBS “NewsHour,” The Daily Beast, NPR and The Atlantic.
She attended CAMP in Palm Springs, Calif., in 2014. While there, she wrote and edited blog posts for the CAMP blog.
Lisa graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a focus on print journalism.
Andrea Stone (board seat, two-year term)
Andrea Stone has been a member of JAWS since 2006, the year she took part in a panel on war reporting at the CAMP in Sun Valley, Idaho. A former board member who also served a term as treasurer, she has been to seven CAMPs: Sun Valley; Snowbird, Utah; Asheville, N.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Essex Junction, Vt.; Palm Springs, Calif.; and Whitefish, Mont. In addition, Andrea served as conference chair for the 2013 CAMP in Vermont.
Andrea is director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she loves her job, helping launch the careers of a new generation of journalists. She also loves being back in her hometown of New York and working for the public university system where she earned her first bylines on the student newspaper.
A journalist for more than three decades, Andrea most recently freelanced for National Geographic and other outlets, and taught at American University in Washington, D.C. She helped lead the website launch for Al Jazeera America and worked as a senior correspondent for The Huffington Post and AOL News, where she was Washington bureau chief and also contributed to Politics Daily.
But Andrea spent most of her career at USA Today, where she covered national news, the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, presidential and congressional politics, foreign affairs and business. She has reported from 47 states and more than two dozen countries, including conflict zones in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and the Palestinian territories.
She is a graduate of CUNY’s Herbert H. Lehman College, and has an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism, where her work is cited among its centennial 100 Great Stories.
Finally, Andrea is pretty sure she wouldn’t have the job she has today, or survived a previous adjunct teaching appointment, were it not for the contacts, tips, advice, encouragement, hand-holding and overall support her fellow JAWdesses have shown her over the last decade.
Marina Villeneuve (board seat, two-year term)
Marina Villeneuve is an Associated Press state government reporter based in Augusta, Maine. She was a Emerging Journalist fellow in 2014, and also attended CAMP in 2015. She is currently co-chairing CAMP 2016 with Justine Griffin and is excited for CAMP participants to enjoy this year’s great lineup of thought-provoking speakers. She is an alumna of several awesome programs promoting diversity in journalism, including the Chips Quinn Scholars Program and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Her reporting interests include campaign finance, energy policy, criminal justice, Native American news and breaking political news.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2013, Marina traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, where she reported for The Washington Post with the support of an Overseas Press Club Foundation fellowship. In 2014, she was an investigative reporting fellow at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, where she identified systemic failings within the state’s criminal restitution system. She then took a municipal reporter job at The (Bergen) Record in New Jersey, where she developed a focus on statewide affordable housing policy and using data analysis and public records in reporting. She began working for The Associated Press in 2016 and her goals include embarking on longform investigations and reporting from the Supreme Court and Latin America (again).