SPJ Houston to have board election in October

The Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will have an election for the chapter’s 2014-15 board of directors Oct. 25-26. The election is for the term beginning Nov. 1, 2014 and ending Sept. 30, 2014. The board serves as the decision-making body of the chapter. See the bylaws for a description of each board position.


President: Jim Magill, Kassia Micek

Vice president: Sarah Tucker, Ray Ruiz

Secretary: Kassia Micek

Treasurer: Sarah Tucker, Tom Marsh

Board members at large: Ray Ruiz, Lesa Spivey, Tom Marsh, Jim Magill

Only Houston Pro chapter members in good standing are eligible to vote. Voting is by email and will begin at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 26, 2014 and close at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 26, 2014. Please send votes to houstonspj@hotmail.com. No special ballot is required; simply indicate your vote for each position, e.g. John Smith for President or President: John Smith.

Nominee bios:

Jim Magill:

Jim MagillI have been a professional journalist for the past 35 years, including a year and a half in Pennsylvania and the remainder in the Houston area. Most of my early experience was in newspapers, both dailies and weeklies, including a six-year stint with the Houston Chronicle, where I wrote and took photos for that paper’s community news and special sections department. For most of the past two decades, I’ve worked as a reporter and editor for Platts, covering the natural gas industry. I’m married and am the father of two adult children. I’ve been involved with SPJ for more than 20 years and served as a Chapter board member and president. As an officer with the Houston Chapter, I hope to increase our Chapter membership; offer a wide variety of meetings, including informative panel discussions and social networking get-togethers; and raise SPJ’s profile within the Houston community. Thanks for the opportunity to serve SPJ.

Tom Marsh:

Tom Marsh headshotTom Marsh has held a variety of reporting, editorial, publishing and management positions with IHS Petrodata and its predecessor companies since joining Offshore Data Services in 1987 as editor of the weekly oil industry publication Gulf of Mexico Newsletter. In November 2009, Tom was named Vice President in charge of the company’s Marine Asset, directing a team providing in-depth market data, commentary and analysis on the global ocean-going marine seismic and offshore supply vessel markets. With the acquisition of ODS-Petrodata by IHS in 2011, Tom was named Director IIO of IHS Petrodata Marine, the position he currently holds. In this capacity, Tom directs a global team of market experts covering the offshore supply vessel and marine seismic industries, and he oversees publication of IHS’s Offshore Marine Monthly newsletter, Seismic Quarterly Report, the daily subscription e-news service IHS Petrodaily Marine, and the biannual Global Supply Vessel Forecast. Tom is a graduate of Texas A&M University/Texas Maritime Academy.  

Kassia Micek:

Kassia Micek headhsotKassia Micek is an associate editor at Platts covering electricity markets. She received a bachelor degree in Mass Communication – Print Journalism in May 2004from Texas State University-San Marcos, where she served as a reporter and later assistant news editor for The University Star and interned at the San Marcos Daily Record. After graduation, Micek worked as a web producer at News 9 San Antonio before going to Houston Community Newspapers, where she was a reporter, weekend editor and then assistant digital editor. Micek is a graduate of the SPJ Scripps Leadership Institute (February 2014) and Leadership Montgomery County Class of 2011. She has been an SPJ Houston board member since 2012. Micek plans to help get student journalists involved in the Houston chapter, increase membership and awareness among local journalists, and continue to serve on the programs subcommittee.

Ray Ruiz:

Ray RuizRaymond Ruiz is the president and founder of EGMN (El Gato Media Network), a 501(c)(3) a journalism education nonprofit. For the past six years, he has worked with students in the Houston area on journalism, online media, media production and mobile reporting. Ruiz has a master’s degree in gifted education from the University of Houston. As a board member of Houston SPJ, he has helped the chapter engage college students and organized the successful Jingle Bells with Journalists, a holiday mixer with AAJA, HAHMP, HABJ and Houston Press Club.

Lesa Spivey:

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Sarah Tucker:

Sarah TuckerSarah Tucker works in online communications for the University of Houston’s Honors College. She began working in journalism as a reporter and then section editor for UH’s The Daily Cougar as an undergraduate. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a MA in Journalism in 2014 and has worked for publications and radio stations in Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota and Texas. Before starting at UH, Tucker was a reporter for Houston Community Newspapers’ Examiner publication and a copy editor for the Galveston County Daily News. In her spare time, she freelances for local publications and volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Tucker has been a SPJ Houston board member since 2013. For the upcoming year, she hopes to focus on improving membership and establishing a student SPJ chapter.