Let’s welcome Ian Marquand!

After serving as regional director for three years, and as a chapter leader in the W. Washington Pro chapter since 2006, I stepped down from my role as RD last month to accept the position of national SPJ Secretary/Treasurer. I resigned mid-term and recommended Montana Pro Chapter President Ian Marquand to the national board to take my place. He was voted into that role unanimously on Sept. 23, 2012 and will serve Region X as RD until the August 2013 convention in Anaheim. At that time, Ian can run for re-election if he chooses.

I’ve enjoyed working closely with the chapters in our region and learning from each of you. It is hard to “leave” my RD role because I’ve loved it so much, but it is time for me to let someone else serve you and to see how else I can contribute to SPJ. Ian, who has held virtually every role in SPJ but serving on the national board, stands eager and ready to support you in whatever way possible including managing the 2012 SPJ NW Excellence in Journalism Contest, honoring work produced or published in 2012.

If you haven’t met Ian already, you’ll find him to be a great resource and very personable and easy to work with. While he has a full-time gig outside the industry now, he remains a part-time freelance journalist, stays in touch with journalists throughout the region, and is a long-time supporter and member of SPJ’s FOI committee. His most recent SPJ role was assisting with the Access Across America training series held this summer across the nation. He is also a winner of the Wells Key, the society’s highest honor.

Please join me in welcoming Ian to his new role as RD. We will do a face-to-face intro video chat in the near future.

As for me, well, I’ll still be here. My role has changed, but I haven’t. I am always here to help.

Thanks for all you do!

Dana Neuts
SPJ Secretary/Treasurer


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