Editors Forum 19

Faculty and Speakers


Conference Co-Chairs


Laura Demanski

Laura Demanski
Editor, University of Chicago Magazine
University of Chicago

Laura Demanski has been editor of the University of Chicago Magazine since 2012. Before that she established the Core, the university's magazine for undergraduate alumni, spending five years as its editor. During that time she also directed a staff of writers in UChicago's alumni relations and development department who were responsible for materials from direct response letters to donor proposals to divisional and departmental newsletters. Prior to joining the world of higher ed communications, Demanski studied English literature at the University of Chicago; wrote book reviews for the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, and other publications; and worked as an assistant editor at Simon & Schuster.

Lori Oliwenstein

Lori Oliwenstein
Editorial Director
California Institute of Technology

Lori Oliwenstein has been with Caltech's Office of Strategic Communications since 2008. She oversees the production, design and content of Caltech's print and online flagship publications, including Caltech magazine and the institute's annual overview book, This is Caltech. She and her team are also responsible for the Caltech Catalog; the institute's weekly internal and external newsletters; its internally focused webpage, Caltech Today; the copyediting of news and other content; a variety of one-off online and print publications, including The Periodic Table of Caltech; and for Caltech's editorial and visual style guides.

Oliwenstein has more than 30 years of experience as a writer and editor, and has written about everything from acupuncture to bacterial suicide for such outlets as TIME, Psychology Today, and Vegetarian Times. She is the author of Taming Bipolar Disorder (Alpha Books, 2004) and the coauthor of Superhuman: The Awesome Power Within (DK Publishing, 2001).

Keynote Speakers

Lynell George
Journalist and Essayist

Lynell George is an award-winning Los Angeles-based journalist and essayist. She is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday) and the Los Angeles Times bestseller, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, a collection of her essays and photographs published in 2018 by Angel City Press.

As a staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, she focused on social issues, human behavior, and identity politics, as well as visual arts, music and literature. She taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, in 2013 was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and in 2017 received the Huntington Library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship for her studies of California writer Octavia E. Butler.

Her writings have appeared in several essay collections. A contributing arts-and-culture columnist for KCET|Artbound, her commentary has also been featured in numerous news and feature outlets including Smithsonian, Boom: A Journal of California, Zócalo Public Square, Los Angeles Review of Books, Vibe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Essence, LMU Magazine, Duke magazine, Black Clock, and Ms. Her liner notes for Otis Redding Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings won a 2017 GRAMMY. She is currently at work on a project about Octavia E. Butler for Angel City Press.

Tom Piazza

Tom Piazza is celebrated as a novelist and a writer on American music. His 12 books include the novels A Free State and City Of Refuge, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, and the essay collection Devil Sent The Rain. He was a principal writer for the innovative HBO drama series TREME, and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other periodicals. He lives in New Orleans.

Hannah Allam

Hannah Allam

Hannah Allam is a Washington-based journalist focused on national security, foreign policy, race, and religion. She most recently covered U.S. Muslim life for BuzzFeed News. She previously reported for McClatchy, spending a decade overseas as bureau chief in Baghdad during the Iraq war and in Cairo during the Arab Spring rebellions. She moved to Washington in 2012 to cover foreign policy, then in 2015 began a yearlong series documenting rising hostility toward Islam in America.

Allam was part of McClatchy teams that won an Overseas Press Club award for exposing death squads in Iraq and a Polk Award for reporting on the Syrian conflict. She was a 2009 Nieman fellow at Harvard and currently serves on the board of the International Women's Media Foundation.


Kat Braz
Senior Director, Creative Communications
Purdue Alumni Association

Kat Braz was raised in Wyoming and moved to Indiana to attend Purdue University in 1997. She owes everything in her life to the HORT 101 professor that failed her by 10 measly points in her senior year. It forced her to stay an extra semester in West Lafayette which led to adopting a cat, taking a job and buying a house in the area. She has visited 47 of the 50 states, has never watched a movie trilogy, is allergic to sports, and would forsake all other desserts for cake of any kind except carrot, spice, or crumb. After a four-year stint as art director of the Purdue Alumnus magazine, shepherding the publication through a redesign that earned a CASE Silver in 2016 for magazine publishing improvement, she was promoted to editor in October.

Caroline Collier
Assistant Director of Editorial Services
Texas Christian University

Caroline Collier joined TCU Editorial Services in 2014. She is assistant editor of the quarterly TCU Magazine as well as the annual Endeavors magazine, the university's research publication. She is responsible for writing and editing research content to bolster the university's academic reputation. She also managing TCU Magazine's social media channels and analyzes digital content consumption data.

She is a fiction author and former alt-weekly journalist.

Jeanie Chung
Senior Development Writer, and Editor, Tableau
University of Chicago

Jeanie Chung is a senior development writer and editor of Tableau, the newsletter for alumni and friends of the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities. Tableau has won three CASE Circle of Excellence awards since 2015. Jeanie has an MFA in fiction writing and in previous lives worked as a sportswriter and in communications for the Chicago Public Schools.

Alicia Di Rado
Editorial Director
University of Southern California

As editorial director for the University of Southern California, Alicia oversees how USC tells its story through its people and its impact on society. In a past life, she was a journalist for the L.A. Times and Oregonian as well as a medical writer and editor. Her degrees in history and product design from Stanford University have culminated in one of her current roles at USC: editor-in-chief of the university's flagship publication, USC Trojan Family Magazine.

Leslie Griffy
Managing Editor, Santa Clara Magazine
Santa Clara University

Leslie Griffy fell hard for data as a cub reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times in the Illinois Statehouse. As she reported for papers along California's Central Coast and at the San Jose Mercury News, her love public records and numbers led her to build online reader-facing databases-and to evangelized all things web to fellow journalists. Digital efforts she spearheaded-digital-first publishing, in-depth interactive features, and redesigns-fostered audience growth that outstripped industry averages. During a brief break from journalism, Griffy her understanding of analytics in marketing with a tech startup and a community-based organization. She can speak marketing in advocacy of storytelling.

Maureen Harmon
Editor, Denison Magazine
Denison University

Maureen “Mo” Harmon has spent 17 years working on college magazines, first as an associate editor, then senior editor at The Penn Stater. Mo joined Denison in 2009 as editor of Denison Magazine, which has continued to earn national notice and top awards under her editorship. In addition, as director for editorial and creative content in University Communications at Denison, she helps to oversee Denison’s brand, as well as various design, writing, and print projects for the college. Mo is a partner with Dog Ear Consultants, an editorial and design firm geared toward alumni, college, and university magazines.

Tina Hay
Editor-at-Large, Penn Stater magazine
Penn State University

Tina Hay recently stepped down as editor of the Penn Stater after 22 years in the role. Under her leadership the magazine earned more than 300 national awards, including the 2007 Sibley Award, given by CASE and Newsweek to the nation's top college or university magazine. She is a frequent speaker and three-time co-chair of the Editors Forum. She remains on the Penn Stater staff in a part-time role, as part of a phased retirement from the university; meanwhile she has a growing freelance business as a writer, editor, and copy editor. In her spare time, she's an avid travel and nature photographer—most recently she’s traveled to Antarctica, Costa Rica, and Brazil.

Scott Huler
Senior Writer, Duke Magazine
Duke University

Scott Huler has been senior writer at Duke Magazine since 2016. He has served as everything from copyeditor to managing editor on the staff of newsrooms of daily newspapers, magazines, and public radio stations. He has also written seven books of nonfiction. Follow him @Scott Huler

Matthew Jennings
Editor, Middlebury Magazine
Middlebury College

Matt Jennings is the editorial director in the communications office at Middlebury College, where he has edited the award-winning Middlebury Magazine since 2002.

The son of a now-retired journalism professor, Jennings conducts both editorial workshops at conferences around the country and on webinars via the series of tubes known as the internets. He also serves as an editorial consultant for higher ed magazines and communications offices. Prior to working at Middlebury, Jennings directed an award-winning publications program at Sidwell Friends School, an independent school in Washington, D.C.

Dale Keiger
Editor Emeritus
Johns Hopkins Magazine

Dale Keiger is former editor of Johns Hopkins Magazine. He has had a 45-year career as a writer and essayist, publishing more than 2,000 pieces in publications as sundry as The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, the MLB All-Star Game Program, and Motorcycle Dealer News. He was on the staff of Johns Hopkins Magazine for 26 years and was author of the blog UMagazinology. He recently embarked on a series of creative endeavors under the rubric The 10,000 Days Project (www.dalekeiger.net). His favorite sport is soccer and his favorite sound is a cocktail shaker.

Adrienne Martin
Managing Editor, Duke Magazine
Duke University

As managing editor, Martin manages copy, time, space, and egos. She's also the caretaker of the magazine's Facebook page, and gives a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes, and other musings, on Twitter. Follow her @amajomartin

Norma Martin
Senior Director of Editorial Services
Texas Christian University

Norma Martin is senior director of editorial services at TCU in Fort Worth. She is editor of TCU Magazine, a quarterly general-interest publication, as well as Endeavors, an annual magazine on faculty research. She also oversees TCU Magazine's website, social media and quantitative analytics. Before joining TCU, Martin spent nearly 30 years working for daily newspapers. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in emerging media and communication from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a two-time fellow of the Neiman Foundation's Narrative Editors Seminar at Harvard University.

Diana Mazzella
West Virginia University

Diana Mazzella is editor of West Virginia University Magazine and co-producer of Sparked, a podcast that focuses on stories about people who are changing Appalachia for the better. Before starting at WVU in 2010, she was a newspaper reporter covering police and courts. She fell in love with audio as an intern putting together the daily news capsules for local NPR stations.

Guido Mendez
Art Director
University of Chicago

A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Guido Mendez has two bachelor's degrees in graphic design and photography and a master's degree in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has especially enjoyed designing for fine arts and higher education, with special interests in magazine/book publishing and creative direction of brand development. Previously he was a senior art director for Columbia College Chicago.

Dan Morrell
Senior Associate Director, Content Manager
Harvard Business School

Dan Morrell is the senior associate director of alumni communications and content manager at Harvard Business School in Boston and hosts HBS’s alumni podcast, Skydeck. He is a cofounder and partner at Dog Ear Consultants, a higher ed communications and design firm. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Slate, and Fast Company, as well as many alumni magazines. He has earned several awards from CASE, was part of The Penn Stater’s Sibley Award-winning editorial team, and won the 2018 Sibley as editor of the HBS Alumni Bulletin.

Tonya Oaks Smith
Executive Director – University Communications and Marketing
Louisiana Tech University

Tonya Oaks Smith (@marleysmom) has spent most of her adult life smoothing frayed edges, herding wet and hungry cats, breaking down silos and perfecting the #facepalm –- all while dancing backwards and in heels with a big smile on her face. A former reporter who sold her soul and then redeemed it by moving to communication for a public university, Smith is a fan of the words “y’all” and “malheureusement” — not necessarily in that order, and prefers the em dash to commas. She is the executive director of university communications and marketing at Louisiana Tech University.

Linda Quattrin
Executive Director, Office of Communications, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Linda Quattrin is Executive Director, Communications at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, which consistently ranks among the top 15 medical schools in the world. She has worked in senior roles over the past 18 years – integrating communications with advancement and business development – at Canada’s largest academic mental health hospital, Toronto’s MaRS tech innovation centre, and in biomedical research. She spent a decade as a newspaper reporter and editor near the longitudinal centre of Canada, and holds a Master of Journalism and Bachelor of Science in Zoology.

Steven Boyd Saum
Editor, Santa Clara Magazine
Santa Clara University

Steven Boyd Saum edits Santa Clara Magazine at Santa Clara University, where he also is the Senior Director for Messaging and Content Strategy (whew!) and teaches occasionally in the English department. His journalism, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Believer, Creative Nonfiction, Orion, The Kenyon Review, and other places. He has lived and worked in the Czech Republic and Ukraine, where he directed the Fulbright program, taught as a Peace Corps volunteer, hosted a radio show, and has served as an election observer.

Maureen Searcy
Science Writer and Editor of Inquiry
University of Chicago

Maureen Searcy is a science writer who joined the University of Chicago in 2013. She edits Inquiry, the Physical Sciences Division publication, and μChicago, a monthly science newsletter—both of which are aimed at a general audience. She has also written for Northwestern Research Magazine, HELIX, and the Field Museum. Maureen worked as a research scientist and a research administrator before earning an MFA in creative nonfiction and transitioning to science communication.

Jenny Somerville
Art Director, Marketing and Communications
California Institute of Technology

Jenny K. Somerville trained at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and designed books in the publishing industry before coming to Caltech, where she has been for 18 years. Having won numerous design awards, she has art directed and designed viewbooks, annual reports, brochures and collateral for development, marketing, public events and communications, both in print and online. More recently, she steered the visual direction of the in-house redesign for Caltech magazine.

Somerville took a circuitous route to becoming an art director. As an undergrad at Stanford, she wanted to be an astronaut but changed her mind before it was too late. She tried-but didn't love-numerous careers; her last as a trip planner in the adventure travel industry. She was inspired by the graphic designer there, leading her to once again to divert her career path to become a creative, and she has never looked back.

Trisha Spence
Assistant Director of Editorial Services
Texas Christian University

Trisha Spence is an assistant editor in TCU Editorial Services where she oversees alumni and sports coverage for TCU Magazine. She develops, writes and edits content for the magazine's print and digital platforms. She also manages the magazine's website and multimedia, including the TCU Magazine Podcast, which focuses on the impact of the TCU community in the world. Spence produces the magazine's website analytics reports to track trends, find opportunities for optimization and strengthen the university's profile.

Raymond Thompson Jr.
Multimedia Producer
West Virginia University

Raymond Thompson Jr. is the lead photographer, videographer and multimedia editor for West Virginia University Magazine, and co-producer of Sparked, a podcast about the people who are changing Appalachia's future. He has photographed and written stories about the endangered California condor and rural food scarcity. Before joining WVU Magazine he was a staff photojournalist outside Washington, D.C.

2019 Content Committee

Kat Braz, Senior Director, Creative Communications at Purdue Alumni Association

Matt Dewald, Senior Editor at University of Richmond

Amy Lovett, Editorial Director at Williams College

Larry Peña, Senior Editor, Cal Poly Magazine at California Polytechnic State University

Norma Martin, Senior Director of Editorial Services at TCU

Guido Mendez, Design Director, Alumni Relations and Development Communications, University of Chicago

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