Making it happen.
The Steering Committee is the team planning and executing V3con, using expertise and connections from their varied backgrounds.
Executive Team, alphabetically:
|Kim Bui, Programming Co-Director
P. Kim Bui is the deputy managing editor for reported.ly. She’s worked at major newspapers and news start-ups. Co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for web journalists, Bui was named one of Poynter’s 35 influential people in social media in 2010.
|Henry Fuhrmann, Editorial Director
Henry Fuhrmann is assistant managing editor for the copy desks, the library and standards at the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the Times in 1990, he has worked in every corner of the newsroom, including the metro, foreign, entertainment and business desks and the Times’ website. He holds two degrees in journalism: a bachelor’s from Cal State L.A. and a master’s from Columbia. He is a longtime officer of the Los Angeles Chapter of AAJA.
|Naomi Hayase, Registration Director
Naomi Hayase has been an editorial researcher for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei newspaper) in their Los Angeles Bureau since 2006. Having grown up in Tokyo, she enjoys being able to report on US matters to a Japanese audience. Follow her at @nhayase.
|Angela Kim, Programming Co-Director
Angela is a Social Media Editor at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, she was a producer at public radio’s Marketplace. Her radio stories have also aired on Weekend America, Here and Now, and Splendid Table. She was also an East-West US-Korea Journalist Exchange fellow and a Rotary International Group Study Exchange fellow to Japan. Angela is also a member of AAJA-LA. In her free time, she blogs about food and travel on her blog, angelaishere.com.
|Mariecar Mendoza, Logistics Co-Director
Mariecar Mendoza is a Features Digital Editor for the Los Angeles News Group, specializing in the topics of music, food and festivals. She was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007, and has been involved with AAJA since 2006. Mariecar serves as Vice President of Print for AAJA-LA and is an editor for Voices 2014, AAJA’s student convention project that pairs professionals with aspiring journalists as part of a rigorous multimedia training program. Follow her at @LANGMarMendoza.
|Margaret Sharpe, Logistics Co-Director
Margaret Sharpe has a varied experience in journalism. She writes for a hyperlocal magazine in Los Angeles, is a producer and reporter for Hawthorne Community Television and a social media manager and content creator for a women’s accessory company. Margaret has been an active AAJA-LA member for many years, volunteering at AAJA-LA fundraiser, Trivia Bowl as well as last year’s inaugural V3 Conference.
|Shawn Nicole Wong, Finance/Sponsorship Director
Shawn Nicole Wong is an independent film and media producer based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. She has previously written for Venice Magazine and POP! Montreal Music Festival and has interned for ABC News 20/20 and Primetime. Since 2010, Shawn has served as Treasurer of AAJA-Los Angeles.
Planning Team, alphabetically
|Athena Asklipiadis, Social Media
Athena Mari Asklipiadis comes from a broadcasting background, working in LA radio for several years at CBS and Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia). She currently works doing freelance social media and voice overs after recently wrapping the forthcoming documentary film, Mixed Match (2016), where she was associate producer. Athena lends her free time to non-profit advocacy groups, Mixed Marrow and Multiracial Americans of Southern California. @athenamari
|Elizabeth Chou, Editorial/Registration
Elizabeth Chou reports on Los Angeles city government for City News Service. She previously worked as a staff writer for Eastern Group Publications, which covers East Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
|Connie Ho, Outreach Director
Connie K. Ho is a freelance writer, web producer and social media manager whose work has appeared in media outlets such as KCET, The Orange County Register, the Pacific Citizen, AOL Patch.com, among others. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and International Studies as well as a minor in Spanish. You can find her on Twitter: @conniekho.
|Kyle Kim, Logistics Manager
Kyle Kim works for the Los Angeles Times data and graphics department. He previously was a news and social media deputy editor for the Boston-based GlobalPost.
|Sandra Kim, PR
Sandra Kim’s experience in PR spans more than ten years from building branding efforts for Fortune 500 Companies to working with not-for-profit organizations such as JPHRO to startups. She has also worked on the side of media with Fox Sports Radio and ABC 7 News here in LA. She specializes in media relations, public affairs and marketing and branding within and for the Asian American market. You can follow her on Twitter: @sandeekim to read her rants and raves about anything from politics and pop culture to food and sports.
|Samuel Lam, Editorial/Social Media
Samuel Lam is a Bay Area native living in Los Angeles currently working for Yahoo Sports. He is a social media fanatic and is working with V3con for the second straight year. You can follow him on Twitter @SamuelYLam and read his sports blog at butattheendoftheday.com.
|Belinda Low, Registration/Finance Manager
Belinda is a freelance consultant working in the LA area, with over 10 years of experience in Finance. She is also the Business Manager for the popular Asian American blog 8Asians.com. Bel has previously volunteered for several AAJA-LA events, including Trivia Bowl and V3. She is excited to return to the V3 Steering Committee and hopes to contribute her expertise to planning another amazing conference.
|Michel’le Roddy, Social Media Director
Michel’le Roddy is a public relations and social media professional with 2+ years experience working in the consumer industry. The USC Trojan (’12) has a passion for research and social media analytics and enjoys photography, cooking, good BBQ, and music. Currently, Michel’le is an Account Manager at WCG, a fully integrated communications agency that works with the world’s leading companies in healthcare, consumer products and technology.
|Dan Wood, Production Director
Dan Wood is a web/graphic designer in downtown Los Angeles with a love for responsive design and timeless typography. This is his second year involved with AAJA-LA’s V3con. Check out more of his work at danwould.com.
|Denise Poon, Finance Advisor
Denise L. Poon is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, a Media Communication company. Her career spans more than 15 years of broad-based communication for broadcast networks ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, PBS and private clients. She produces pieces in various formats- breaking news, feature and magazine, including content for CBS This Morning, DATELINE NBC and America’s Most Wanted. With AAJA, she is best known for many years of strong, creative event leadership, sponsorship and fundraising development for Trivia Bowl, the Chapter’s signature “fun-raising” event and the innovative, V3 Digital Media Conference. @cr8tivestream
|Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, Founder
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is the Immediate Past President of the AAJA-Los Angeles Chapter. Joz is known online– and offline– for her personal blog jozjozjoz.com. She is the Editor-in-chief and CEO of the popular Asian American blog 8Asians.com. She is also a long-time contributor to blogging.la, flagship site of the Metroblogging network, for which she is now Publisher and CEO of. She was recently part of the Creative Team at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online. Joz also serves on the AAJA National Advisory Board and National Governing Board. @jozjozjoz