The CCJA Officers
Issue date: 7/29/10 Section: Home
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PRESIDENT - Robert Muilenburg
Robert Muilenburg was born and raised on a family farm in South Dakota, then joined the U.S. Army when he was 18, where he was trained as a photographer. After his military service, he received his Associate's in Arts in journalism from Del Mar College and went on to get his Bachelor's of Science in photography at Texas A&M-Commerce.
He interned and freelanced at several papers in South and North Texas while attending school, including The Dallas Morning News and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. After graduating from Commerce, Robert went to work at the University of Tennessee at Martin as coordinator of photographic services. He continued to freelance for several regional and national publications.
While working at Tennessee, he completed his Masters in Journalism at Murray State University. He moved back South Texas and began teaching journalism courses at Texas A&M Kingsville, where he also served as advisor for the student newspaper. He also taught photojournalism at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.
In 2006, he was hired as the Instructor of Journalism at Del Mar College, where he also serves as advisor for student publications including The Foghorn newspaper and the Siren magazine and The Foghorn online. He lives in Corpus Christi and has a 9-year-old daughter Samantha.
VICE-PRESIDENT AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR - Toni Albertson
Toni Albertson is a professor of journalism and adviser student media at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. Since coming to Mt. SAC in 2006, she turned around a troubled journalism program with low enrollment to an award-winning program with more than 90 students on the newspaper and magazine staffs and increased enrollment in all journalism courses. She created a high school outreach plan to promote and recruit high school students; created an internship program with students interning at the San Gabriel Tribune and KTLA; created a public relations and advertising department for student media; and implemented a convergence newsroom model that includes podcasting, vidcasting and blogging.
Prior to being hired full-time at Mt. SAC, she restarted the student newspaper at Los Angeles Trade Tech College; founded "The Journalism Project," designed to restart or rescue vulnerable or defunct student newspapers; and conducted "The Future of California Community College Journalism Programs and Student Newspapers" study (published on JACC website). She is a former professor of journalism and adviser of the student newspaper at Oxnard College, and adjunct journalism instructor at Los Angeles Pierce College and Los Angeles City College. She is a yearly speaker at CMA Spring National Convention and numerous journalism events.
In addition to serving as vice president of CCJA, she serves on the board of the California College Media Association. She is the former editor-in-chief of an internationally distributed entertainment magazine, a former feature writer for the Ventura County Star Newspaper, a former columnist with the Ventura County Reporter, and a freelance writer for numerous publications.
GIFT COORDINATOR - John Kerezy
A native of Northeast Ohio, John Kerezy has also worked in journalism, marketing, and public relations in Indiana, Alaska, and Washington, DC. He also has global PR experience. John holds a bachelor's degree from Wabash College and a master's degree in journalism from the Ohio State University. He has more than 30 years of continuous industry experience, beginning as news director of WNDY-FM in 1974. A life-long learner, he has taken numerous continuing professional education courses in public relations, writing, advertising and marketing.
John ran his own company, Kerezy Communications, from 1988 to 2006.
John joined the faculty of Cuyahoga Community College in 2003. In 2006, he accepted an offer to teach full-time at the College. John began instructing on a tenure track at Tri-C in 2007. He was promoted to assistant professor of journalism in 2009.
An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and an Able Toastmaster (ATM) member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, John has served on the Board of Directors of North Coast Health Ministry and the Greater Cleveland Chapter of PRSA. He also served a three-year term on the National Accreditation Board of PRSA. John co-chaired PRSA's 2002 International Conference in San Francisco, one of the Society's most successful professional development programs attracting more than 3,000 PRSA professionals and students from around the world.
Maintaining an interest in journalism, he continues to write stories for various local and national publications. He's also spoken to dozens of regional and national professional development conferences. John lives in Broadview Heights