Welcome to a new year: Meet the new appointments to SND’s board

With the start of the new years comes a number of new appointments for the Society for News Design board. These folks are taking over for former board members whose appointments ended in 2012 or who moved to other positions.

SND’s board is made up of more than 20 volunteers who focus on different parts of making SND go, whether a geographic area or an area of expertise, like the website or training.

If you’d like to get involved in SND, please reach out to your region director, an officer or Executive Director, Stephen Komives. There is always a work to do in our community of news design. You can host a training event, contribute to SND’s publications or take part in our workshops or competitions. There are many possibilities.

Meanwhile, here are the new board members:

SND Foundation director: Neal Pattison

Neal Pattison is executive editor at The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash. He has been a senior editor at papers in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest for 30 years. These included The Spokesman-Review, which was honored by NPPA for Best Use of Photos; and The Albuquerque Tribune, which won a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Both papers were listed by SND among the world’s best-designed newspapers. Neal attended the American Press Institute’s inaugural seminar on newspaper design in 1978, at which SND was conceived. He is a journalism graduate of Ohio University.

Interested in helping with the Foundation, contact Neal here


SNDF education director: Darren Sanefski

Darren Sanefski is currently an Assistant Professor of Multiple Platform Journalism at The Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He has an extensive news design and marketing background. He received his master of arts (interactive design) from the State University of New York at Oswego and a bachelor of fine arts (visual communication) from Syracuse University. He was on the faculty at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from 2005 until 2012. Sanefski worked for The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, NY. Most recently, he was the paper’s sports design editor and designed interactive sports graphics for its sister website, Syracuse.com.

Interested in SNDS travel grants, internships or scholarships, contact Darren here


Education and training director: Jeff Goertzen

Jeff Goertzen is currently senior graphic artist and consultant at The Orange County Register. and was previously at USA TODAY and The Denver Post where he directed staffs to produce informational graphics and illustrations for all platforms in both digital and print.

 In the past, Jeff has served on the SND board for 11 years, conducting dozens of workshops worldwide since 1990. He works as an independent graphics consultant with a portfolio of more than 100 newspapers in 40 countries, including El Mundo of Madrid, Spain; El Periodical de Catalunya in Barcelona; USAToday; LeMonde; Clarin; El Comercio; New Straits Times; and O Globo. His projects have won dozens of awards, including Golds, from Society for News Design and Malofiej. He also has worked on redesign projects with internationally renowned design gurus, Mario Garcia and Roger Black. Jeff has been part of the visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute of Media Studies since 1989.



Interested in hosting or attending a graphics garage training event, contact Jeff here


Region 2 director: Frank Mina

Region 2 includes includes Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri

Frank Mina is deputy managing editor, presentation at the San Francisco Chronicle. A visual journalist for more than 15 years, Mina’s work and staff have been honored by SND and other organizations for design and photography

Interested in getting involved in Region 2, contact Frank here


Region 4 director: Joe Greco

Region 4 includes: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Kentucky

Joe Greco is corporate design director for GateHouse Media. Since coming to GateHouse in early 2007, Joe has redesigned more than 250 newspapers and magazines. For GateHouse News Service, he has developed scores of editorial and niche products used by GateHouse publications and other clients. He was instrumental in his company’s transition to centralized design facilities, where he guided the system build and workflow for more than 150 designers in three locations. Outside the office, Joe spends his time helping his wife Quyen (quinn) raise their three boys — Dylan, Matthew and Carson — and trying not to step on a stray Lego.

Interested in getting involved in Region 4, contact Joe here


Officer positions

New officers also take over for the Society, here they are:
President: Rob Schneider, of the Dallas Morning News
Vice president: David Kordalski, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Secretary-treasurer: Lee Steele, of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers

Read more about the officers on SND’s profile page.


Outgoing board members

Behind these new appointments are those that are coming to an end. This year’s group is an outstanding group of SND contributors who hopefully will stay involved in many ways. The outgoing immediate past-president Steve Dorsey has been on the SND board since dinosaurs roamed the earth. He’s been editor of the magazine, Design Journal, publications director, SND Foundation director and of course an officer. Denise Reagan, outgoing SND Foundation director has had a similar string of appointments including editing SND’s newsletter, running quick courses and more. Jennifer George-Palilonis has done an incredible job director the Foundation’s internships, travel grants and more. Shraddha Swaroop, in Region 2, and Michael Tribble, in Region 4 were two of SND’s best.

SND would like to thank those leaving posts and welcome those coming in. It’s easy to get involved in SND.