President, Megan McCourt

A graduating senior majoring in journalism with dual emphases in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in political science, McCourt is currently serving her second semester as SPJ president. Originally in charge in the fall of 2009, McCourt revitalized the club by increasing membership from seven to 50, organizing speakers and events, and continuing the delivery of The Orion. This semester, she is also serving as the general manager of Tehama Group Communications, the student-run public relations agency, as well as doing PR for the College of Communication and Education. In the fall, McCourt will be interning for the Panetta Institute of Public Policy in Washington, DC, working under Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA.

Vice President: Teresa De Luz

Teresa De Luz is a junior at Chico State majoring in journalism with an emphasis in news-editorial, and a minor in cinema studies. She is the assistant news editor at the Chico State student-run newspaper, The Orion. This is her second semester at The Orion, as well as writing for the news section. She plans on working in the video section next semester. She will be graduating in the spring of 2012 and looks forward to a career in the journalism field. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and exploring the many beautiful hiking trails in Butte County.

Treasurer: Almendra Carpizo

Almendra Carpizo is a senior at Chico State where she works as the managing editor for the school's newspaper, The Orion. She is expected to graduate in May with a news-editorial degree and a health science minor. Carpizo worked as a copy editor for the Chico Enterprise-Record summer 2010 and this summer she will intern with Northstate Public Radio. She is the former editor-in-chief of the award-winning Southwestern College Sun where she won more than 10 awards from journalism organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists. Carpizo was born in Mexico, but grew up in San Diego where she spent her days playing soccer and surfing.

Adviser: Aaron Quinn

Aaron Quinn is a journalism professor at Chico State. He teaches ethics, photojournalism and writing courses. Aaron is a former newspaper and magazine reporter, editor and photographer and author of the newly-released media ethics textbook: Media, Markets and Morals. He earned his Master’s degree in journalism studies at the University of Southern Florida, and received his Ph.D. at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Australia. He has worked as a reporter for The Bradenton Herald, a managing editor and photographer for The Pinellase News; and done freelance photography and photographic assistance for numerous editorial publications and sports entities such as the National Football League and the National Hockey League.