Board of directors
Alex Hinosa is the Mass Communication Discipline and District Wide Coordinator at El Paso Community College. Additionally, she is a part-time adjunct instructor for the Journalism Department at New Mexico State University. As a freelance journalist, she has written for local periodicals for the El Paso area, and primarily for the El Paso Herald Post. She has covered several beats including Education, politics and breaking news. Recently, she was part of the Washington Post reporting team that covered the mass shooting in El Paso. Other highlights include covering Pope Francis’ visit to Juarez, Mexico and the Beto O’Rourke March and Trump Rally in El Paso.
Joanna Hernandez is a Journalism Department lecturer and director of Inclusion and Diversity at the University Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Hernandez’s 20-plus year journalism career included stints at The Washington Post; the New York Times Regional Media Group; the Newark, New Jersey, Star-Ledger; the San Francisco Examiner; and Newsday. Hernandez has an associate’s degree in word processing from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College. She is a lifetime member of NAHJ and belongs to other journalism organizations, including JAWS, of course. Hernandez is a Maynard 200 mentor and is a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations.
An experienced communications professional and content leader, Suzanne Cosgrove am comfortable in fast-paced environments. Rooted in my beginnings as a wire service reporter (Knight-Ridder, Reuters) and newspaper desk editor (Chicago Tribune), I have proven researching, fact-checking and copy-editing abilities. Subject expertise includes financial markets and services, derivatives, economics, banking and market structure. Currently, I am working for a small newsletter and media company with big ambitions. I’ve been able to learn a lot, including video production and podcasting, which I’ve loved.
Alison Bethel McKenzie
Alison Bethel McKenzie is director of corps excellence at Report for America, a non-profit initiative of The GroundTruth Project that places emerging journalists in newsrooms across America, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as in Puerto Rico to cover untold stories and communities. Previously, she was executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, where she was only the second woman and the first person of color to serve in that capacity in SPJ’s 110 years.
Bethel McKenzie has more than 35 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and media trainer. She has worked in senior-level positions at The Boston Globe, The Detroit News, Legal Times and the Nassau Guardian in The Bahamas.
about the board
Election of JAWS officers and new board members takes place at our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).
Eligibility for the JAWS board: Any active member who has attended CAMP twice can run for a seat on the board. Officers and board members serve one- or two-year terms. All are elected by a vote of the membership.
Job description for the board: The primary responsibility of the board of directors is to ensure that the organization operates in a fashion true to its stated mission and principles. The board provides continuity to the organization as individual members come and go.
The board is entrusted with two duties: the group’s growth and future, and to further the group’s goals. It is responsible for setting policies, making decisions, delegating work and ensuring the decisions are carried out. The board is legally responsible for governance of the organization and adherence to federal, state and local laws, audits done annually and income tax form filing.
A director’s responsibilities include:
- Maintain a current membership in JAWS and attend the annual conference.
- Know the bylaws, mission, purpose, goals, strategic plan, programs and services for the organization.
- Raise funds and actively seek financial support and donations for JAWS and its projects; The goal is for each board member to give or get $500.
- Prepare for and attend all board meetings. The board holds regular in-person meetings in spring and in fall. The date of the spring meeting is determined by the president in consultation with other board members. The fall meeting is held immediately preceding JAWS CAMP, at the same location. In addition, the board convenes every other month via conference call. The president and committee chairs will schedule additional meetings as needed.
- Build and guide long-range plans for membership, programming, fundraising, staffing and resources.
- Ensure programs and services address membership needs.
- Recruit members and attendees for annual conferences, contribute program ideas and encourage member engagement.
- Contribute and/or solicit stories for the JAWS newsletter, listserv, social media accounts and website.
- Review the minutes to ensure that critical matters, resolutions and topics of discussion have been adequately covered.
- Be willing to commit at least several hours per week of volunteer time to areas such as membership, social media, programming, fundraising and CAMP.