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Faculty Advisor Staff

Kari Johnson

Faculty Advisor

Kari Johnson, CJE, just finished her 12th year of teaching and advising publications in the Kansas City, Mo. area. Her newspaper and yearbook staffs have earned numerous local, state and national awards from JEMKC, MIPA, JEA and NSPA. Kari loves teaching journalism and photojournalism, especially the First Amendment. She loves seeing the pride her students take in creating publications that are distributed throughout the school and community. Kari earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Central Missouri and her Master’s in Teaching from Park University. This will be Kari’s second summer at WJMC, having served as a Faculty Adviser in 2012.  In addition to teaching, Kari loves to travel with her husband and two kids, Kayleigh, 7, and Wyatt, 2.

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Alexandria Millet

Junior Faculty Advisor

Alexandria Millet is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying in Journalism with certificates in Educational Policy Studies and Criminal Justice. She is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended WJMC in 2015. She has worked at various magazines and online news outlets and has a love for print journalism. Alexandria is passionate about education and justice and she uses journalism to give voice these issues.

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Intern

Paloma Coelho

Paloma Coelho is a graduating senior at Coral Gables Senior High School in Miami, Florida. She was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to Miami during the summer of 2016. At her current school, she is the historian and treasurer for the Academy of Finance. WJMC 2019 was one of the best experiences of her life, and she can’t wait to be a part of WJMC 2020!

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Maria McComish

Maria McComish is a high school senior from South Bend, Indiana. She has a passion for journalism and politics. Maria loves to travel and is thankful for WJMC and the opportunities the conference provides. She is excited to return to WJMC this year to help 2020 Correspondents have an amazing experience.

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Speakers

Kayla Sharpe

KAYLA SHARPE

Associate Editor, Axios

Kayla N. Sharpe is an Associate Editor at Axios where she oversees reporting teams in Washington, D.C., Dallas, and Atlanta. A digital journalist focused on the intersections of technology and society, she previously worked at POLITICO as an Engagement Editor and Digital Producer, and at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting supporting student and freelance journalists covering under-reported, systemic global issues.
Kayla graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2017 with degrees in Film & Media and American Studies. During college she worked as the Digital Media Editor for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat and completed communications internships at the Brookings Institution, the Democratic National Committee, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Kayla has had her reporting recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, receiving their 2017 Regional Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting, and William & Mary, receiving their 2016 Rex Smith Journalism Award. Kayla currently lives in Reston, VA with her Australian Shepherd and her many houseplants.

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Advance Team Staff

Allison Wells

ALLISON WELLS

Director of Logistics, Washington Scholars Program

Allison Wells is the Assistant Director of Events for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University, and the Director of Logistics for the Washington Scholars Program. Allison joined the team in May of 2019 and has spent the last two summers supporting and leading the Washington Scholars Programs. She is a lover of all things logistics, and the summers quickly became her favorite time of year. She earned her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University in 2019. In her free time, Allison looks forward to spending time outdoors, being with friends, and traveling.

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Daniela Pierre-Bravo

DANIELA PIERRE-BRAVO

TV Producer, MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

Daniela Pierre-Bravo is a New York City-based TV producer for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” which features in-depth and informed discussions that help drive the day’s political conversation. Daniela books a wide variety of guests, including top newsmakers, Washington insiders, journalists, and cultural influencers for its three-hour live show. Daniela is also a contributing writer and the millennial ambassador for Mika Brzezinski’s “Know Your Value” platform – a movement that empowers women to recognize their personal and professional value by developing and inspiring their individual growth. Her writing has been featured in NBC Latino. Daniela is the co-author of “Earn It! Know Your Value and Grow Your Career, in Your 20s and Beyond” with Mika, which focuses on young women navigating the workforce.

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Advance Team Staff

Kalea Perez

Advance Team Member

Kalea Perez is a rising sophomore at the College of Charleston from Chantilly, VA. She is studying Communication with a minor in studio art and is involved in many activities throughout campus, including the outdoors club, fashion organization, and is a sister in Chi Omega. Kalea first attended the conference in 2017, and later worked on the Youth Advisory Board the following year. She is so excited to meet, work with, and serve all of the new youth correspondents and know you all will have the time of your lives here!

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Riley Noyes

Advance Team Member

Riley Noyes is finishing her time at Northern Virginia Community College, and plans to seek a Management degree upon graduation this year. She will be graduating with a General Studies A.S. with a concentration is Business Information Technology Career Studies. Outside of her education, Riley has an affinity for the event industry. She is an assistant at Anne Kelley Events and the Operations Manager of Repeatable DJ and Photo Booth Services. Through both of these positions she works with the planning and the service aspect of events. Riley enjoys watching movies, playing sports with friends, and exploring new parts of D.C.

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Faculty Advisor Staff

Britney Crowe

BRITNEY CROWE

Faculty Advisor

Britney has been teaching for 21 years north of San Antonio in a consolidated school district; eighteen years at the junior high and the last three at Samuel Clemens High School- both of which offer journalism electives. Journalism, photojournalism, advanced newspaper, and advanced yearbook are the disciplines she fosters to students who are lured by the energy and excitement she exudes because she LOVES watching the students fall in love with commitment to telling factual truth. 

Britney volunteers at photography contests to judge and critique competitors’ entries. She has students earning All-state Journalists awards, ATPI first places for digital construction, and for the first time ever The Stampede (yearbook) was awarded first place from NSPA. Britney belongs to JEA, ILPC, and ATPI and enjoys attending conventions with or without students. The high school where she advises takes pride in producing 7-9 print editions of newspapers, 4 magazines, and online newspaper, and a 296-page yearbook every year.

In her free time, Britney is raising twin fourteen-year-old girls, and a high school senior, Eagle Scout who will be graduating from both college and high school within the same month. She loves gardening, reading novels, and afternoon naps. Travel fuels her heart with confidence in humanity that “people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank