Officers & Board

The Society of Professional Journalists is a national organization dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. Meet our leaders. Want to join the board? Email President Dori Zinn.

Executive Officers

President: Dori ZinnDori Zinn
dzinn@blossomers.com | @dorizinn

Zinn is a full-time freelancer and the President of Blossomers Media, a web development and online media company. She’s been featured in publications like realtor.com, Money Talks News, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, and Quartz. For five years, Zinn served on the board as Vice President of Membership for the SPJ Florida Pro chapter, helping win SPJ’s “Chapter of the Year” in 2010, 2014, and 2016. This is her second year as President of SPJ Florida.

 

Christiana LillyExecutive Vice President: Christiana Lilly
christiana.lilly@gmail.com | @christianalilly

A full-time freelance writer based out of Fort Lauderdale, Lilly is a regular contributor to publications like WhereTravelerSouth Florida Gay NewsIndulge, and Venice. Previously, she worked at the Huffington Post Miami and Forum Publishing Group, where she covered the Sunrise and Plantation city beat. A proud Gator, Lilly graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism and a minor in anthropology. Although she was born in Florida, Lilly moved around in Asia for 14 years before moving back stateside for college. This is her second year as Executive Vice President of SPJ Florida. She previously served as Secretary for the chapter.

 

Jason ParsleyVice President of Membership: Jason Parsley
jeparsley@gmail.com | @jeparsley

Parsley is a Past President of the SPJ Florida Pro Chapter. As president he oversaw the expansion of SPJ South Florida to include the entire state. He’s an award-winning reporter. He currently works as the Associate Publisher of the South Florida Gay News. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University. While in school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, the University Press. This is his second year as VP of Membership of SPJ Florida.

 

Emily BlochVice President of Programming: Emily Bloch
emdrumss3@gmail.com | @emdrums

Bloch is a multimedia journalist covering Southwest Broward County for Forum Publishing Group. She’s been featured in publications including Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Broward New Times, Debt.com and Teen Vogue. She previously served as SPJ Florida’s Student Representative. Bloch graduated from Florida Atlantic University, where she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She’s helped organize and run SPJ-sponsored events including Zombie Stories and Muslimedia.

 

Christopher PersaudTreasurer: Christopher Persaud
christopher.mark.persaud@gmail.com | @ChrisMPersaud

Chris Persaud is a freelance journalist and programmer. He has done data journalism for the Palm Beach Post and Bankrate.com. He owns and runs DataJournalismJobs.com, an online jobs board for data journalism jobs. He also owns and runs RichBlocksPoorBlocks.com, a subscription website that maps rent and income data for every neighborhood in America.

 

Abigail-Perry-HeadshotSecretary: Abigail Perry
abigail.n.perry@gmail.com | @aschorr

Perry is a Web Producer for Citrix Systems, Inc.  Formerly, she was the Assistant Editor for Society Scene as well as a writer and web content developer for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. While working for Forum Publishing Group, Perry served as Web Director, Calendar Editor and Columnist.  Her columns were published in Jewish Journal.  Perry’s additional writings and editorial work were published in South Florida Parenting, Teenlinkand Jewish Journal.  Perry holds a Master of Science degree in Communication and Media from Lynn University (2013) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Studies (concentration in Journalism) from Radford University (2008). This is her second year as Secretary of SPJ Florida.

 

Brandon BallengerImmediate Past President: Brandon Ballenger
btballenger@gmail.com | @btballenger

Ballenger is the associate editor for Debt.com, a unique provider of personal finance news and financial services. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in communication and English. His money-related writing has been featured in The South Florida Business Journal, Money Talks News, Business Insider, Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, on the homepages of MSN and Yahoo!, and more. 

Board of Directors

Positions are open! Please contact Dori Zinn if you’re interested in joining.

 

Michele BoyetMichele Boyet
mboyet@gmail.com | @mboyet

Boyet is the digital marketing manager for The Breakers Palm Beach, where she manages the resort’s social media, email marketing and overall digital strategy. A past president of SPJ Florida, Boyet currently serves as the co-chair of SPJ National’s communications committee and formerly worked as an associate homepage producer at the Sun Sentinel. She is the co-founder of the First Amendment Free Food Festival and received the Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment award from SPJ National in 2010.

 

Chris DelboniChris Delboni
chrisdelboni@gmail.com | @chrisdelboni

Delboni has taught journalism at the University of Miami and Florida International University.  At FIU, she was the first news director for the South Florida News Service, serving local mainstream newspapers, such as the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.  In 2012, she became faculty adviser for FIU’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also a recipient of SPJ’s David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award. In 2016, she left FIU to take on an innovative international journalism education project in Miami. She also writes a column published online at O Estado de S. Paulo, a major newspaper in Brazil.

 

Aurora-SelfieAurora Dominguez
aurily50@hotmail.com | @AuroraMiami

Dominguez is an adjunct professor in media and communications at Miami-Dade College and teaches English and has taught media at Boca Raton Community High School. She previously taught at Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. She has worked as senior web editor for the Bauer Xcel Media Group, publisher of J-14, M Magazine and Twist Magazine, managing editor for Where South Florida, and online producer for The Miami Herald. Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in journalism from FIU.

 

Brendon Lies
brendonlies@gmail.com

Lies is currently the Art Director at South Florida Gay News, where he also writes as a columnist. He attended school at Minnesota State University Moorhead before transferring to Florida Atlantic University, where his career as a designer earned him the title of Creative Director at the University Press, the FAU school newspaper. He never sits still in his spare time, and uses his intense interest in social justice and ethics as inspiration for his exploration of the arts.

Student Board Member

Position is open! Please contact Dori Zinn if you’re interested in joining.