Board of Directors

The Local Independent Online News Publishers association is governed by a Board of Directors, who guide the organization to best serve its members and fulfill its mission.

The Board of Directors of LION is:

LION Staff

Executive Director Matt DeRienzo,, @mattderienzo on Twitter

Founding Board members

The LION Board evolved from a Steering Committee that guided the formation of the organization through mid-2012. Beyond many of those on the current Board, the Founding Directors included:

  • Mike Fourcher,, 2012
  • Glenn Burkins,, 2012-2013
  • Ben Ilfeld,, 2012-2013
  • Ikaika Hussey, The Hawaii Independent, 2012-2014

Former Board members

Other former directors include:

  • Ned Berke,, 2012-2015
  • Brandy Tuzon Boyd, The Natomas Buzz, 2012-2014
  • Denise Civiletti,, 2013-2014
  • Gerard DeMarco,, 2012-2014
  • Krystal Knapp,, 2012-2014
  • Howard Owens,, 2012-2015
  • Traven Rice, The Lo-Down, 2015-2017
  • Jesus Sanchez,, 2012-2015

Steering Committee

The LION Steering Committee, which helped plan the first steps of the organization, also included:

  • Emily Lowrey,
  • Patrick Sand,
  • Debbie Galant,