LION Publishers Disclosures
This post was last updated August 10, 2023.
LION Publishers is committed to providing our members, our staff, our board of directors, and the public with transparent disclosures on the companies and businesses we’ve worked, or currently work with, in the course of our careers. Each LION staff and board member must sign a conflict of interest statement to prevent the institutional or personal interests of LION Publishers staff and board members from interfering with the performance of their duties to LION Publishers, and to ensure that there is no personal, professional or political gain at the expense of LION Publishers.
This policy is not designed to eliminate relationships and activities that may create a duality of interest, but to require the disclosure of any conflicts of interest and the recusal of any interested party in a decision relating thereto.
A conflict of interest may exist when the interests or potential interests of any director, officer, staff or board member, or that person’s close relative, or any individual, group or organization to which the person associated with LION Publishers has allegiance, may be seen as competing with the interests of LION Publishers, or may impair such person’s independence or loyalty to LION Publishers. A conflict of interest is defined as an interest that might affect, or might reasonably appear to affect, the judgment or conduct of any director, officer, staff or board member in a manner that is adverse to the interests of LION Publishers.
Below are relevant disclosures from each of our staff members, in alphabetical order. Learn more about our team here.
Anika Anand is LION’s deputy director. She's an affiliate instructor for the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington and previously worked at Chalkbeat, a LION member.
Elaine Díaz is LION's senior manager of coaching. She serves on the Board of Advisors at Periodismo de Barrio, a Cuban media organization focused on investigative environmental journalism, and she also provides consulting on well-being and burnout through SembraMedia.
Lisa Heyamoto is LION’s programming director of membership education. She was a longtime senior instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, and remains involved in the SOJC and the Agora Journalism Center. She is co-director of The 32 Percent Project, a community engagement initiative that explores what drives and disrupts public trust in journalism. She co-founded the initiative with her husband, who is a board member of the Energy News Network. She sits on the board of the Oregon News Enterprise, a LION member.
Lisa Hunter is LION’s director of finance and operations and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Chloe Kizer is LION’s director of research and evaluation and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Reshma Kothari is LION's finance and operations manager and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Chris Krewson is LION’s executive director. He's currently an adjunct instructor at Temple University and a board member of The Tiny News Collective.
Stephanie Martinelli is LION’s programming director of membership experience and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Samantha Matsumoto is LION's community engagement manager and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Hayley Milloy is LION's marketing manager. A family member owns Echo Imaging, Inc.
Andrew Rockway is LION's program manager and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Dylan Sanchez is LION's data systems associate and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Kelsey Wotzka is LION's membership success associate and has no relevant disclosures to share.
Below are relevant disclosures from each of our board members, in alphabetical order. Learn more about our board here.
Jay Allred is a LION board member. He's a principal in Lede AI, an organization that serves the local news industry.
Jamaal Glenn is a LION board member and currently serves as the treasurer. He's also an advisor to The Pivot Fund.
Alvaro Guardian is a LION board member. He's the vice president of operations at La Noticia and a member of several industry organizations, including the National Association of Hispanic Publications, Rebuild Local News (sits on the steering committee), and LMC (sits on the community committee).
Cierra Hinton is a LION board member. She's the executive director and publisher of Scalawag.
Rosemary Hoban is a LION board member and currently serves as the secretary. She is the founder and leader of NC Health News, a LION member.
Jiquanda Johnson is a LION board member. She's the founder of Brown Impact Media Group, and the founder and publisher of Flint Beat.
Anita Li is a LION board member. She's the founder and CEO of The Green Line. She also runs a consultancy, The Other Wave, and currently works with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The University of British Columbia, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Through her work as a journalist, consultant and educator, she's connected to Toronto Metropolitan University, City University of New York, and Centennial College. She's a member of both the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Online News Association.
Rebekah Monson is a LION board member and currently serves as the chair. She also serves on the board of the Miami Foundation. She's the co-founder and COO of Letterhead, an editorial email software for publishers. Rebekah previously co-founded WhereBy.Us Media, Commissioner, and Code for Miami. She's a member of the News Product Alliance, the Society for News Design, and the Online News Association.
Shannon Shaw Duty is a LION board member. She's the editor of the Osage News, a LION member, and the Osage News has received a Sustainability Audit from LION.
Gunita Singh is a LION board member and currently serves as the vice chair. She has no relevant disclosures to share.
If you have any questions about our disclosure policy or any of the above disclosures, please email LION Executive Director Chris Krewson at [email protected].