The Association for Women in Sports Media is very pleased to announce a few changes and additions to our board, effective Aug. 1.
Lydia Craver is returning to the board, this time as Chair of the Board. An AWSM member since 2000, Craver held various board positions from 2003-13, including serving as a vice president for five years. She has coordinated more conventions and regional events than any member and has been the organization’s top fundraiser.
“My main goals coming in are for AWSM to facilitate more regional opportunities for members to get involved, improve internal and external communication and strengthen the student chapter program,” said Craver, who also is initiating a professional membership drive, which will launch in the coming weeks. “As always, the convention – set for late July, 2016 in Miami – also remains a top priority.”
Craver joined ESPN in 2008 after spending a decade in newspapers, primarily in South Florida at The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post.
The Chair of the Board position is a two-year term that ends in alternating years with the two-year term of the President. Once again, we want to thank Kathy Kudravi for all her work as her term as Chair of the Board comes to an end!
Former AWSM president Joanne Gerstner also returns to the board, as Student Chapter Coordinator/Faculty Liaison. She will work with Student Chapter Coordinator Kelli Grashel and VP/Student Development Gina Mizell. Gerstner is the Sports Journalist in Residence at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.
“I am thrilled to be part of AWSM’s student chapter program,” Gerstner said. “I look forward to helping grow and strengthen this important program, and my experience being on faculty at Michigan State will also be an asset.”
Also, Jim Jenks becomes our Outreach Coordinator, working with VP/Administration Rachel Whittaker. Jenks, Executive Producer at MLB.com, joined the board in 2014 and spent the past year as co-VP/Conventions with Jill Bouffard.
“While it has been great and important growing AWSM through its student membership, it is important that we continue to grow and cultivate the professional membership,” Jenks said. “Our focus in the next year will be to not only bring back past members, but attract new ones by educating other professional organizations as to our mission. It not unreasonable to think we can see significant gains in membership during 2016.”
AWSM President Jennifer Overman is very excited about the changes and the energy all three bring to the board.
“As the sports media landscape changes, AWSM always strives to keep up with those changes and make the most of our assets and knowledge,” Overman said. “Lydia, Joanne and Jim bring with them extensive experience in many facets of the sports media business and a passion for our group and building our future.”