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@lionpublishers.com, @mattderienzo on Twitter

Founding Board members

The LION Board evolved from a Steering Committee that guided the first steps of the organization through mid-2012, when the first Board of Directors was formed. The Founding Directors included:

  • Ned Berke, SheepsheadBites.com, 2012-2015
  • Glenn Burkins, Qcitymetro.com, 2012-2013
  • Scott Brodbeck, ARLNow,com, 2012-
  • Gerard DeMarco, CliffviewPilot.com, 2012-2014
  • Mike Fourcher, Brownlinemedia.com, 2012
  • Ikaika Hussey, The Hawaii Independent, 2012-2014
  • Ben Ilfeld, SacramentoPress.com, 2012-2013
  • Krystal Knapp, PlanetPrinceton.com, 2012-2014
  • Charlotte-Ann Lucas, NowCastSA, 2012-
  • Howard Owens, TheBatavian.com, 2012-2015
  • Jesus Sanchez, TheEastSiderLA.com, 2012-2015
  • Dylan Smith, TucsonSentinel.com, 2012-

Former Board members

Other former directors include:

  • Brandy Tuzon Boyd, The Natomas Buzz, 2012-2014
  • Denise Civiletti, RiverheadLOCAL.com, 2013-2014
  • Traven Rice, The Lo-Down, 2015-2017
  • Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 2015-2018

Steering Committee

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

  • Emily Lowrey, MagicCityPost.com
  • Patrick Sand, WestSeattleBlog.com
  • Debbie Galant, Baristanet.com