Thank you to all the candidates who expressed an interest in joining the AAJA Los Angeles Chapter Board. Thanks also to our members who participated by casting their votes to move our chapter toward an exciting 2015.
It’s thrilling to see such support for AAJA-LA. We hope to capture that energy in 2015, whether you work with us as a leader or a valued member of our chapter. We invite you to participate more fully with our chapter’s trailblazing programming including student scholarships and internships, professional fellowships and stipends, Media Access training, the V3 Digital Media Conference, and our signature “fun-raiser” Trivia Bowl.
Congratulations to the newly elected 2015 board members!
2015 President: Naomi Hayase
2015 VP of Broadcast: David Ono
2015 VP of Print: Mariecar Mendoza
2015-2016 Co-Treasurers: Henry Fuhrmann and Melissah Yang
2015 Board Members: Julie Chan, Kyle Kim, Shawn Nicole Wong
2015-2016 Board Members: Anh Do, Suzanne Joe Kai, Hassan Shah
[Appointed] 2015 Student Representative: Kristen Taketa
They will serve with incumbent board members whose two-year terms will continue until the end of 2016:
2014-2015 Secretary: Connie K. Ho
2014-2015 Board Members: Susan Hirasuna, Jennifer Quong
2014-2015 National Advisory Board Representatives: Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, Denise L. Poon
–AAJA-LA Election Commissioners
Connie K. Ho, Secretary 2014
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, National Advisory Board Representative 2013-2014
2015 AAJA Los Angeles Board
|2015 President: Naomi Hayase
Naomi Hayase is a Japanese-language newspaper editorial researcher. She is going into her tenth year at the Nikkei newspaper’s L.A. bureau, covering local and international news.
|2015 Vice President of Broadcast: David Ono
David Ono anchors ABC7 twice a day. As part of the “Eyewitness News” team, he has won eight Emmy awards and 19 nominations. Prior career stops include Sacramento/KOVR-TV, El Paso/KDBC-TV and Dallas/KXAS-TV. David grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas.
|2015 Vice President of Print: Mariecar Mendoza
Mariecar Mendoza is a features digital editor for the Los Angeles News Group. Before moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, she worked as a multimedia reporter for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs for nearly 6 years. She was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007, and has been involved with AAJA since 2006 when she was a student for the annual convention project, Voices. She continues to give back to Voices as a professional mentor. Mariecar currently serves as an elected board member for AAJA-LA.
|2015 Secretary: Connie K Ho
Connie K. Ho is a writer, web producer and social media manager whose work has appeared in media outlets such as KCET, The Orange County Register, the Pacific Citizen, AOL Patch.com, among others. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and International Studies as well as a minor in Spanish. You can find her on Twitter: @conniekho
|2015-2016 Co-Treasurers: Henry Fuhrmann and Melissah Yang
Henry Fuhrmann is an assistant managing editor for the Los Angeles Times and head of the newsroom’s standards and practices committee. He was previously the co-president of AAJA-LA. Melissah Yang reports on technology and startups for the Los Angeles Business Journal. A 2014 Voices participant, she was previously on AAJA-LA’s board as a student representative.
|2014-2015 National Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (Large Chapter): Jocelyn “Joz” Wang
Aside from serving as AAJA-LA’s 2012 President and being recognized as Chapter President of the Year, Joz has served on the AAJA National Advisory Board and National Governing Board for the 2012-2013 term. Joz is also the Founder and Executive Director of the V3 Digital Media Conference, and was the recipient of the first “V3 Voice Award.” Joz is known online– and offline– for her personal blog jozjozjoz.com. She is the Editor-in-chief/CEO of the popular Asian American blog 8Asians.com. She is also a long-time contributor to blogging.la, flagship site of the Metroblogging network, for which she is now Publisher and CEO of. She was recently part of the Creative Team at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online. You can find her on Twitter: @jozjozjoz
|2014-2015 Advisory Board Representative; National Governing Board Member (At Large):
Denise L. Poon
Denise L. Poon is a former AAJA-LA chapter president, 2001 chapter president of the year and currently serves on the Board. Her contributions and service include mentoring new journalists, leadership of the V3con Digital Media conference and what she is probably best known for, Trivia Bowl, the chapter’s signature event. She is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, a Media Communication company. Her career spans more than 15 years of broad-based communication for broadcast networks ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, PBS and private clients. She produces pieces in various formats- breaking news, feature and magazine, including content for CBS This Morning, DATELINE NBC and America’s Most Wanted. @cr8tivestream