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SPJVa officers, 2021-2022

Dina Weinstein, President

Weinstein is editor and publisher of RVA on the Cheap and writes for Richmond Magazine, Henrico Citizen and other publications.

Bonnie Newman Davis, Vice President

Newman Davis is a journalist, journalism educator and media consultant. She is CEO of the BND Institute of Media and Culture.

Brett Hall, Secretary

Hall is a reporter for WAVY-TV in Hampton Roads. He previously was a multimedia journalist in New York and a reporter for CBS Radio.

Brian Eckert, Treasurer

Eckert is an independent media consultant and freelance writer with decades of experience in news and public relations.


Board of Directors, 2021-2022

Fadel Allassan

Allassan is an associate editor at Axios and has worked for CNN in Washington, D.C.. His term expires in June 2024.

Logan Bogert

Bogert, a former reporter, is communications coordinator for Bridgewater College. Her term expires in June 2022.

Caroline Cardwell

Cardwell is a public relations strategist for the Virginia Retirement System. Her term expires in June 2022.

John Hopkins

Hopkins, who retired from the Miami Herald, is an independent writer & editor. His term expires in June 2022.

Chuck Jackson

Jackson is editor of The MadRapp Recorder and an experienced journalist. His term expires in June 2024.

Frank Klimko

Klimko is the associate editor for Best Week Insurance. His term expires in June 2023.

Nicole Livas

Livas is a news anchor and reporter for ABC 13 News in Hampton Roads. Her term expires in June 2023.

Desiree Montilla

Montilla is a reporter for NBC12. Earlier, she was at CBS19 in Charlottesville. Her term expires in June 2024.

Elliott Robinson

Robinson is news editor for the Charlottesville Tomorrow website. His term expires in June 2023.

Ex-Officio Members, 2020-2021

Robin Reed

Reed is an anchor at WDBJ and a professor of professional practice at Virginia Tech. He is the student-chapter representative on the SPJVA board. 

Jeff South

South, a former newspaper editor and reporter who taught journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University, was president of SPJVA from 2019 to 2021.


The officers and board members in 2020-21 are listed here.

Here is how the lineup of board members has changed:

Position2020-21 officeholder2021-22 officeholder
PresidentJeff SouthDina Weinstein
Vice presidentCaroline CardwellBonnie Davis
SecretaryLogan BogertBrett Hall
TreasurerBrian EckertBrian Eckert
Director 1 (expiring 2023)Elliott RobinsonElliott Robinson
Director 2 (expiring 2023)Nicole LivasNicole Livas
Director 3 (expiring 2021/2024)Bonnie Newman DavisChuck Jackson
Director 4 (expiring 2021/2024)Greg GilliganDesiree Montilla
Director 5 (expiring 2023)Frank KlimkoFrank Klimko
Director 6 (expiring 2021/2024)Mike SzvetitzFadel Allassan
Director 7 (expiring 2022)Clissa EnglandCaroline Cardwell
Director 8 (expiring 2022)Brett HallLogan Bogert
Director 9 (expiring 2022)John HopkinsJohn Hopkins
Past presidentJeff South
Student chapter representativeRobin Reed

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