Welcome SND’s New Board Members

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our four new members on board.

  • Let us welcome Adonis Durado, who has accepted to take the role of Print Publication Director.
  • Alexandro Medrano is our new regional director Region 11 – Mexico, Central America.
  • Kyle Ellis is now the regional director overseeing the U.S. and Canada. Kyle is organizing this year’s Annual Workshop in Charlotte and will focus on growing and nurturing our membership in North America. Contact him with questions or ideas!
  • Rebekah Monson is joining the board as an at-large member tasked with helping push SND’s efforts at outreach, grant-funding and modernizing the Society’s platforms for managing our relationships with members.

Learn more about the new members below and please welcome them! – Alphabetical order

Adonis Durado is an award-winning designer, art director and poet. He is the current Chief Creative Officer at Times of Oman and its sister publication, Al Shabiba. Durado’s work has been recognized internationally by SPD, Type Director’s Club, the Malofiej Infographics Awards, among other organizations.




Alexandro Medrano is the Innovation and Strategic Planning Director for Grupo Imagen. Awarded with more than 300 international awards for design, journalism, and online contributions, he is one of the most conferred editorial designers in Latin America.
His work in publishing design has been recognized as a worldwide trend by WAN IFRA (World Association of Newspaper).
For Excelsior, he has won more than 250 awards among which he received the World Best-Designed Award, given by the Society for News Design (SND), on its 33rd edition in 2012.
In February 2013, he was part of the International jury for the 34th issue of SND´s selection of the Best Designed Newspapers in the world.
Recently he has collaborated with Strategic Planning, Workspace construction, as well as the scenery for the news-casting center for Grupo Imagem new facilities.

Kyle Ellis has served the Society for News Design in various capacities since 2011, most recently in a staff role as Director of Strategic Programs and co-chair of the 39th annual workshop and exhibition in Charlotte. As a member of the SND leadership team, he has planned and facilitated design-thinking bootcamps for more than 300 members of news design and civic technology communities since 2014. Additionally, he has played a key role in many of the organizations most successful fundraising efforts, securing more than $350,000 in grant monies from the Knight Foundation, Gannett Foundation, and Dow Jones News Fund.

Rebekah Monson is co-founder and VP of Product and Editorial for WhereBy.Us, a local media startup that connects people to their cities through storytelling and experiences. Its publications, Miami’s The New Tropic and Seattle’s The Evergrey, produce email newsletters, original storytelling, merchandise and events that reach more than a million curious locals each year. WhereBy.Us became profitable in its first year and is currently expanding its tech offerings and scaling to new markets. Rebekah also co-founded Code for Miami and Hacks/Hackers Miami. She serves on the board of Miami-Dade County’s Millennial Task Force and actively supports many initiatives to improve diversity in journalism and technology. She frequently speaks and consults about working at the intersection of technology, storytelling and civic engagement for journalism and technology companies, governments and nonprofits.

About Douglas Okasaki

is 2018 Past President of the Society for News Design

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