Faculty and Staff
The director of HSJI is Teresa White, faculty at the Indiana University School of Journalism. She taught high school journalism and English for 23 years in Indiana, plus served as an HSJI faculty member for 21 summers. Her connection to the institute began in 1979, when she attended HSJI as a student journalist. Questions? Email White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The administrative services coordinator of HSJI is Linda J. Johnson. Linda coordinates the registration process for the High School Journalism Institute summer program, as well as manages details pertaining to revenue collection, housing, meals, purchasing supplies and HSJI finances. She also submits employment paperwork necessary to hire HSJI instructors, counselors and staff. Linda has been with the university since 1982 and with the institute since 1987. If you have any questions pertaining to registering for HSJI, send her an email at email@example.com.
Alan Bates teaches AP English, video announcements/broadcast journalism and coaches the debate team at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his B.A. in political science from Miami University, Ohio, before getting an M.A. in journalism and English education from Ohio State University. He is the television news coordinator/instructor for two sessions this summer for HSJI.
Robin Bilinski is the English department chair and yearbook adviser at Northwood High School in Nappanee, Indiana, where she has taught since 1987. A graduate of Hanover College with a B.A. in English and Indiana University with an M.S. in education, she has taken numerous journalism courses both at Ball State University and at Indiana University, where she earned her journalism certification.
Her staffs have earned numerous state and national honors, including IHSPA Hoosier Stars; NSPA All- Americans, Pacemaker Finalists and Pacemakers; and CSPA Silver and Gold Crowns. She was named the 2014 IHSPA Sengenberger Adviser of the Year.
Bilinski has served the scholastic journalism community continually as a speaker and instructor at various workshops, including Jostens workshops, Ball State J-Day, IHSPA Fall Convention, and NSPA and CSPA conventions. In addition, she served as a member of the Indiana High School Press Association board for more than 10 years, first as an at-large member and ultimately as president. Most recently, she was a member of the local planning committee for the 2016 NSPA Fall Convention in Indianapolis.
Susie Coleman is an assistant principal and student activities director at Greenfield-Central High School. She taught yearbook, newspaper and journalism for 16 years before going to administration. She previously taught at other high schools, such as Portage and Columbus North, and she taught at West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana, for a year.Coleman received her B.A. in journalism, English and education from Indiana University, and her M.S. in secondary education administration from Purdue University-Calumet. This summer, Coleman will work with students as well as advisers while at HSJI.
“I am excited to be working with students and advisers and helping them improve their skills, which will also transfer to improving their publications,” she says. “I love high school journalism and want to remain as active as I can with students and advisers in growing their programs.”
Scott Duncan teaches English and journalism at Columbus East High School, where he also advises the student newspaper, The Oracle. Before his career in education, Duncan was a sports reporter at The Birmingham (Alabama) News, the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader and The (Muncie, Indiana) Star Press. Duncan received his B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and his M.A. in education from Central Connecticut State University.
Julie Elston, a graduate of Indiana University, advises newspaper, and teaches journalism and honors English at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Ind. An adviser for 23 years, she is the Indiana High School Press Association’s 2013 Adviser of the Year as well as Crown Point Education Association’s Crystal Bell teacher of the year.
Elston is an at-large board member and a past-president of the Indiana High School Press Association. Inklings, the CPHS newspaper, has been recognized as a Hoosier Star, NSPA Pacemaker, CSPA Silver Crown, and a Quill and Scroll George H. Gallup publication and her students have been recognized as Indiana’s Journalist of the Year, runner up, and finalists.
Jeff Gabbard is the journalism adviser at Richmond High School, where he teaches newspaper, yearbook, beginning journalism and photography classes. He also is a photography instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Gabbard has travelled throughout the United States on assignment for various magazines and action photography companies.
He is a 1986 graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism education and recently completed his master’s degree in technology integration.
In 1986, his yearbook staff was one of the first in the country to totally produce a yearbook using the “new” technology of desktop publishing on a Macintosh computer. His staffs are consistent award winners in scholastic journalism competitions.
Sam Hanley is the English department chair and yearbook adviser at Southport High School in Indianapolis, where he has advised The Anchor for 14 years. He is a 2002 graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a B.S. in journalism and education. In 2009, Hanley completed a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Indianapolis.
The Anchor staff is the recipient of state and national awards, including IHSPA Hoosier Stars and NSPA Pacemaker finalists.
Hanley is the president-elect of the Indiana High School Press Association board of directors and recently served on the local committee for the 2016 NSPA/JEA convention in Indianapolis. He has presented on yearbook design, theme development and sales at the IHSPA fall convention, NSPA national convention, Ball State’s J-Day and Josten’s workshops.
She is a former newspaper reporter who covered agriculture, business and general news in Terre Haute, Ind., Savannah, Ga., and Idaho Falls, Idaho.
She began teaching at HSJI as an IU graduate student in 2006. She teaches reporting, editing and multimedia journalism. She said she enjoys spending each summer working with students at HSJI, some of whom have turned up in her college classes years later.
She lives in Terre Haute with her two dogs, who are ill-behaved but adorable, she says.
Dean Hume has been teaching high school or college-level journalism classes and advising subsequent publications for 34 years. A former reporter and columnist for various daily and weekly papers, Hume currently teaches Journalism I, II and III honors-level journalism classes at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio. He is in his 23nd year advising Spark, a perennial Gold Crown, Gallup, Pacemaker and JEA National Best of Show winner as well as a two-time SPJ student Publication of the Year.
Hume is a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Advisor, a U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar Recognition winner, an Ashland Oil Educator Achievement winner, a Texas Journalism Education Association “Trailblazer” recipient, a Lakota Schools District Educator of Excellence winner and a NOSPA Hall of Fame Advisor.
Hume also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism at Northern Kentucky University. When not coaching his son’s baseball team, Hume teaches at journalism workshops and state conventions.
Sarah-Anne Lanman is in her fifth year of teaching at Munster High School in Munster, Indiana. She is the adviser of Paragon, the school’s yearbook, and Crier, the school’s newspaper. As adviser, she has worked with staffs that have won three JEA/NSPA Pacemaker awards. In 2015, both Crier and Paragon won the award. In 2016, Crier won a CSPA Silver Crown. Staffs have won consecutive Hoosier Stars from the Indiana High School Press Association. Lanman has served on the IHSPA Board and was a Reynolds fellow, after earning a B.A. in fine arts and an M.S. in education from Indiana University. She also is a Certified Journalism Educator through JEA.
Adam Maksl teaches journalism and advises student media at Indiana University Southeast. He has taught college journalism at the University of Missouri and Ball State University.
Maksl worked briefly as a high school journalism teacher, and for four years he was assistant director of Ball State’s Journalism Workshops office, where he ran outreach programs and did some public relations and marketing for the BSU journalism department.
Most recently, he has taught for as well as directed programs designed to help high school publications use multimedia storytelling tools to better report on their communities and engage readers.
Maksl has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.
After 41 years of teaching journalism, photography and English, and advising yearbook, newspaper and literary magazine, Janet McKinney retired from daily work in the classroom but not from journalism education. As an independent yearbook consultant, she works with high school yearbook advisers and staffs to improve the overall quality of the final product and to improve marketing of the yearbook.
While judging for seven different state organizations and three national critique services, she continues to update suggestions to student journalists to practice the best in 21st century student publications.
Recognizing her decades of advising students to achieve individual and staff awards, the Journalism Education Association presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to McKinney. During her tenure, yearbook and newspaper staff members earned national awards including Gold Medalist, Silver Crown, All-American and Pacemaker.
Although a speaker at state and national conventions, her favorite experience is working with students at HSJI and serving all journalists as the yearbook coordinator. Currently, she is updating materials and samples from all yearbook companies for HSJI yearbook editors and staff members.
A member of the JEA Press Rights Commission, she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Indiana University.
Kathleen Mills received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. She advises The Optimist at Bloomington High School South, where her students regularly win writing awards from Quill and Scroll. She is also a freelance writer who has published in The New York Times, Mademoiselle and The Indianapolis Star.
Greg Mosley teaches English and journalism at Brown County High School and at Ivy Tech Community College. He earned his B.S. in education and M.A. in journalism from Indiana University. Currently, he is earning his doctorate in ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. This summer, he will teach graphic design.
“As we become a society that increasingly relies on images instead of words, design has become increasingly more important as a part of the message,” he said.
Denise Roberts has advised yearbook, newspaper, web page, magazine and broadcast staffs for the past 28 years. She taught at IUPUI School of Journalism for several years and has taught at HSJI for 17 years.
Her forte has been launching and revitalizing scholastic journalism programs, including overcoming an inherited debt of $24,000 at Greenwood High School, where she has taught for the past 23 years.
Roberts’ students have earned Indiana Student Journalist of the Year and runner-up recognition, Hoosier Stars, Harvey Awards, Pacemakers and national convention Best of Show awards.
Meanwhile, she has earned her Master Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association and her master’s degree in educational leadership through IU. Although a licensed principal, this 2000 Indiana Journalism Teacher of the Year has opted to stay in the classroom doing what she loves: teaching.
Tony Willis advises the Megaphone newspaper and Cathedran yearbook at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. Previously, he advised the student newspaper at Jeffersonville High School and at Carmel High School, where his students earned Gold Crown, Pacemaker and Hoosier Star honors.
He was named the 1988 Indiana Teacher of the Year and the 1992 Indiana Publications Adviser of the Year. Willis has taught summer journalism workshops and classes for both students and teachers at Indiana University, Ball State University, Franklin College and the University of South Carolina.
Willis earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and a master’s in secondary education from Indiana University. He also is a 2008 graduate of the National Staff Development Council Leadership Academy.
Head women’s counselor Tatiana DeWitt is a junior pursuing a degree in secondary education with a concentration in English. DeWitt has worked as a columnist for the Indiana Daily Student and served as the copy chief for the Arbutus yearbook in 2015-16.
DeWitt attended HSJI twice during high school for both newspaper and yearbook and will return for her third year on staff with the institute. She says being a counselor has been one of the most rewarding experiences she has had at IU, and she looks forward to working with the next group of HSJI students.
Pursuing a degree in sport communication (print), senior Will DeWitt has had a passion for sports writing since he served on his high school newspaper staff. This enthusiasm led DeWitt to attend HSJI and ultimately helped him in his decision to attend Indiana University.
During his time at IU, DeWitt has been involved with media organizations on and off campus. He has worked as a sports broadcaster for the student radio station WIUX 99.1 and also served as a writer for IU Athletics.
Currently, DeWitt is the managing producer for the Assembly Call, an IU men’s basketball postgame show. Working for the Assembly Call inspired DeWitt to start his own postgame show, Da Bears Brothers, where he shares his love of the Chicago Bears with passionate fans around the world.
Meredith Hardy is a junior at IU pursuing a degree in media advertising and a minor in music. In addition to her studies at The Media School, she is a member of the Singing Hoosiers at the Jacobs School of Music.
While in high school Hardy attended HSJI’s graphic design workshop. This year, she is looking forward to getting to know the campers and experiencing HSJI from a new perspective.
Sheila Raghavendran is a rising junior studying media with minors in history and theater and drama. She has been involved with media and theater at IU and in the Bloomington community, including producing podcasts American Student Radio, reporting at the local radio station WFHB, and performing in shows with University Players and Ivy Tech Community College.
Before HSJI starts, she will work the IU program IU2U to conduct pre-orientation workshops in Asia for incoming freshman international students.
Raghavendran attended HSJI three times as a high school student, which ultimately swayed her toward IU during her college-decision process. She said she is stoked to return this summer as a counselor.
Aside from media, Raghavendran loves traveling, baking and chocolate chip ice cream.
Maggie Tully is a junior studying journalism and minoring in sustainable food systems. While at IU, Tully has produced pieces and hosted shows for IU’s American Student Radio. She has also been involved in various food groups on campus such as the Real Food Challenge and the IU Food Project.
In high school, she attended HSJI’s converged newsroom camp twice for her publications staff. She said her HSJI experience led to her deciding to attend IU, and she is excited to return as a counselor this year.
Amy Bubala is a senior at Indiana University studying journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business marketing. She is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Student Athletic Board at IU. She has interned with IU Health Bloomington’s marketing department and works for the Herman B Wells Library. This is her first summer at HSJI.
Leah Carter is a senior studying journalism and German and minoring in Persian. While at IU, she has produced television news for international networks in Israel, hosted radio shows with WIUX student radio, reported for the community radio station WFHB and written for the Indiana Daily Student.
She has reported on issues such as the Standing Rock protests, campaign finance and local refugee resettlement efforts.
She is currently a news anchor with WFHB, and is working on an in-depth piece about prison labor in Indiana. After she graduates, she will use the Hazeltine Travel Scholarship to travel to Europe and document the influx of Afghan and Syrian refugees. She is excited to teach with HSJI this summer.
Sierra Gardner graduated from Indiana University in 2016 with a major in journalism and a specialization in broadcast. As an undergraduate, Sierra was involved with IU Student Television as a student reporter and the Indiana Daily Student as a campus writer. She also interned as a reporter with WFHB News. Sierra currently works for the Media School as a Lab Assistant. Her professional interests include video editing and script writing. Her goal is to work for a television news team.
Courtney Robb is a senior at Indiana University pursuing an undergraduate degree in journalism with a concentration in kinesiology, specializing in sports broadcasting.
During her time at IU, Robb has worked for the sports desk at the Indiana Daily Student, covering both women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. She has served as a sideline reporter for Big Ten Network’s Student U program covering baseball, women’s basketball, volleyball and softball. She reported for IU Sports Media during the 2017 men’s and women’s Little 500 and co-hosted a sports talk radio show on WIUX’s B-Side radio station.
Currently, she is a sports video content producer at The Herald-Times for the Hoosier Sports Report. This will be her second year with HSJI.
Rachel Wathen is a senior majoring in journalism education. She was a staff member for her high school yearbook, and next spring, she will work with Mr. Streisel and the students of Carmel High School’s student newspaper. This is her first year with HSJI.
Elena Yacoub is a junior at Indiana University studying journalism with a minor in French. During her time at IU, she has served on the Wright Quadrangle Communications Committee coordinating events for her dorm and managing social media. She currently works as a youth garden intern for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in the Bloomington community and as a multimedia intern for the Office of the Provost at IU.
She is looking forward to her first summer working with HSJI.