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Speakers

Be sure to check back again in May when all of the speakers will be listed.

Meredith Cummings has more than 25 years of experience in multimedia reporting. She directs the National Elementary Schools Press Association and the Alabama Scholastic Press Association and is a full-time instructor in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at The University of Alabama. She is Immediate past president of Alabama Media Professionals and the Society of Professional Journalists Alabama Professional Chapter and is a member of SPJ's Journalism Education Committee. Her social media handle is @merecummings on ALL social media.

Kayla Dwyer: Kayla Dwyer is a journalist at The Morning Call, where her responsibilities include news reporting, web and social media management, and podcast editing. She is the host and producer of the paper's weekly news podcast, Valley View, which dissects the area's top stories from the reporters' lenses, peeling back the newsroom curtain. You can find Kayla on email at kdwyer@mcall.com, on Twitter, @kayla_dwyer17 or on her Morning Call page.

Josh Kroo joined Crayola as the director of Marketing Communications and Interactive Products in September 2015. A passionate marketer, innovator and creative business manager, Josh has spent the last 10 years growing brands in a variety of roles at Kraft, Dannon and now Crayola. Josh isn't super active personally but you can follow him on Twitter, @joshkroo and @crayola for the brand.

Ashley Miller: After studying journalism/PR, Ashley began her digital and social media marketing career after being told by an employer to "Get us on Twitter." She currently works at Lehigh Valley Health Network overseeing digital marcom. Armed with an MBA, nonprofit experience and a flair for the creative, Ashley aims to make marketing fun, personal and meaningful. You can find Ashley on any and all social networks with her handle, @Ashley8053.

Paula Otto: As a journalist, PR professional, college professor and agency head, Paula Otto has held leadership roles for 25 years. Paula was part of the leadership team that created the Virginia Lottery and served as its executive director from 2008-2018. Otto also was a tenured professor and associate director at VCU's Robertson School of Media and Culture. After retiring from state service, Otto formed OTC - Otto Training and Consulting - which serves both government and private clients. Follow Paula on Twitter, @VAPaulaOtto.

Kathleen Parrish is a former newspaper reporter and freelance magazine writer who now serves as creative content editor at Lafayette College, where she helps produce the alumni magazine. She also teaches journalism at Lafayette and is a certified mermaid. She is thrilled to once again be among ink-stained peers. You can find Kathleen on Twitter, @parrishkathleen.

Lori Potter has been a reporter, photographer and columnist at Nebraska daily newspapers for 40 years, including 32 years at the Kearney Hub where she covers agriculture and natural resources. A 39-year member of Nebraska Press Women and NFPW, she is state treasurer and a past NFPW president.