Meet The Officers 2020-2021

Priscilla Segnini (she/her)
SPJ President
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rican born and raised in Costa Rica, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising with an emphasis in Marketing. Over the course of eight years, I worked in the digital marketing industry, until I decided to pursue my passion, journalism. I am an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). I am also multilingual with proficiency in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. 

During in-person instruction, you can catch me in a long conversation outside of the SCS building with my classmates! Even in the rain!

Kailyn Middlemist (they/them)
SPJ Vice President
Hometown: Missoula, Montana, USA

Just a small-town pal living out their big city journalist dream. I come from a place where telling stories around the campfire is all we can do to pass the time out in the Wild West—or something like that, I’m not sure what the stereotype is. Either way, I love telling stories. Especially other people’s. I went into journalism to shine a light on the lives of regular people and the worlds they operate in. I’ll graduate in May of next year and hopefully by then
I’ll be over the habit of spewing conspiracy theories whenever I get nervous.

(Like, did you know that the DC streets are so weird and hard to navigate because they actually create a “portal to Hell” that opens right under the White House?)

Elena Kefalogianni (she/her)
SPJ Secretary
Hometown: Athens, Greece 

SPJ’s Resident Martial Artist™

Originally from Greece, I’m a graduate of Emory University where I earned my BA in creative writing and political science in 2018. I’m now combining my passion for politics and storytelling by completing my master’s degree at Georgetown University as an Onassis Foundation scholar. 

I have previously interned at the press office of the Greek Embassy in D.C. and for CNN Greece this past summer.

Ivy Lyons (they/them)
SPJ Treasurer
Hometown: Belleville, Illinois, USA

The other officers let me edit the website, can you tell? #HoyaSaxa #TechWizard

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, I am a 2019 graduate from Greenville University with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy. I have been pleased to gain experience through work at ABC 7-WJLA in Virginia, WGRN Radio in Illinois, The KP Initiative in New Jersey, and the US Senate. I am also a member of the National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ), and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and plan to graduate with my Masters in Journalism degree in 2021.

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