Meet our team

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Holly Wise – Founder and CEO

After completing her Master of Science degree in Mass Communications from Murray State University in 2008, Holly was hired as a general assignment reporter at a daily newspaper.

Within a year, she was promoted to Bureau Chief where she managed the newsroom’s operation and production as well as covered several news beats. Eventually, she became the Editor of a weekly newspaper in Texas and was promoted quickly to City Editor for the company’s main daily newspaper. As the City Editor, Holly managed the newsroom’s daily coverage for its print and online editions. She served as the lead editor on breaking news stories, special projects and long term centerpieces, and acted as the social media editor, with the principal responsibility of cultivating community engagement and enhancing digital growth.

She worked on the web desk at the Austin American-Statesman just in time to help launch their new digital product.

She founded VoiceBox Media in November 2012 and currently teaches journalism at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is the faculty advisor of Women Communicators of Austin at Texas State and was recently nominated an Alpha Chi Honor Society Favorite Professor of 2015.

She is an alumna of the World Journalism Institute and is a frequent guest speaker at her alma mater.

See some of her published work at PBS MediaShift:

What if Teaching Started With the Why?

How to Foster Frank Dialogue in Class on Sensitive Subjects

Contact Holly: hwise@thevoiceboxmedia.org.

Norma Martin – Board President

Norma MartinNorma Martin has been an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years, working for print and online companies in Washington state, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and Missouri as a news reporter, feature writer, deputy editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor.

She’s CEO/Editorial Director of Norma Jay Martin Multimedia, which provides media management and editorial services to online and multinational businesses. She has extensive experience analyzing and organizing editorial operations and developing successful strategic plans for them. Under her project management, editing supervision and newsroom leadership, journalists have won several awards in community service, accountability, investigative, features, enterprise and sports reporting as well as photography and layout/design from state and national organizations, such as the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, the James Beard Foundation, the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism.

She holds a BS in Communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a MA in Journalism (media management) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was a two-time fellow of the Nieman Foundation Program on Narrative Journalism’s Seminar for Narrative Editors at Harvard University. She lives in Texas.

Contact Norma: nmartin@thevoiceboxmedia.org.

Brooke Gee-Lowry – Board Treasurer

Brooke Gee-LowryBrooke Gee-Lowry currently serves as the Executive Assistant of Lowry Farms, Inc. where she works closely with her husband and father-in-law.  She has been a part of the farm for five years, allowing her to contribute with a wide breadth of responsibility.  Her careful, systematic approach, comfort in working independently and respect for confidentiality are valuable qualities in the various roles she plays.

Brooke attended Murray State University studying Public Relations and Youth Non-Profit Leadership.  She resides in Pilot Oak, Kentucky with her husband, Vince, their son, Vinn, and three dogs, Elfie the Greyhound, Tank the Labradoodle, and Brutus the Chihuahua.
Brooke is passionate about people and relationships and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, music, good books and anything artistic.

She has had a very unique vantage point to observe this organization from its roots when it was merely a dream.  What you see from the outside is what is actually present internally; a true authenticity, which is an amazing trait to have.  She could not be more honored to be a part of VoiceBox Media.

Contact Brooke: bgeelowry@thevoiceboxmedia.org.

Christina Bologna – Board Secretary

Christina BolognaChristina Bologna has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past seven years and has extensive experience in outreach, research, innovation, and community relations. Her list of accomplishments includes serving with AmeriCorps for a year, building multiple churches and schools in various developing countries, teaching her niece the art of delivering a truly awesome punch-line, and one time changing a tire in under 30 minutes in the rain while wearing high heels. With a B.A. in Communications, Bologna has a not-so-secret dream of going back to school for nutrition in order to work with cancer patients as a Registered Dietitian.   She is passionate about being the change she wishes to see the world and hopes to one day trot around the globe and write the untold stories of the extraordinary ordinary.

Contact Christina: cbologna@thevoiceboxmedia.org.

 

Colleen Flaherty – Board Member

Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the publication in November 2012, Colleen was military editor at The Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. She also has covered government and land use issues for newspapers in her home state of Connecticut.

After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y., as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband, Zach, and two dogs, Noche the Chihuahua and Blue the “something big, rowdy and hairy.”

Colleen loves cooking, reading, movie-going and, above all else, travel (when she sees a plane in the sky, she wonders 1) where it’s going and 2) why she isn’t on it). She’s proud to be part of VoiceBox.

Contact Colleen: cflaherty@thevoiceboxmedia.org.

 Spring 2016 Interns at Texas State University

rikki6Name: Amanda Gibson

Major: Public Relations

Where are you from: Sugar Land, TX

What excites you about the world? I love how our world has become so much more accessible through social media and the web. As far away as people may physically be, it is still easy to keep in close contact with them.

What are your favorite hobbies? I love doing anything that requires being active outside. My top choice, as of lately, has been rollerblading. I enjoy watching just about any sports game that comes through on my television, too.

What are you most looking forward to during your time at VoiceBox Media?  I am most excited about the potential impact our team has to help the community of people living around us.

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Major: Journalism with a minor in History

Where are you from: Round Rock, TX and Thompson Falls, MT

What excites you about the world? The creativity and drive that humanity has to improve itself. We have so many challenges to face, but we’ve made a great deal of progress. Most of that progress comes from people becoming more educated about the issues impacting us all. The information age is pushing the envelope on that. It shows us how much we have learned as well as how far we have to go.

What are your favorite hobbies? I’m a huge nerd and I love all things related to science fiction, fantasy and games of all sorts. A typical weekend for me usually involves homework, rolling dice of one sort or another and spending time with my son and fiancé.

What are you most looking forward to during your time at VoiceBox Media? This is an exciting opportunity to put the skills I’ve been developing in school to good use. I’m especially looking forward to taking the myth out of the issues we cover and providing people facts to make informed decisions about issues we cover.

IMG_5081Name: Maggie Sheppard

Major: Public Relations

Where are you from: Houston, TX

What excites you about the world? I love how different every part of the world is, and how cultures vary. Throughout my life, I hope I get to experience as much culture as I can because this world has a lot of it to offer.

What are your favorite hobbies? Lately, I have been really into crafting, specifically crafts I find on the internet that I am pretty incapable of doing well. 

What are you most looking forward to during your time at VoiceBox Media?  I am really excited about getting other people excited about the important topics that we are discussing.

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Amanda May

Major: Journalism

Where are you from: Tulsa, Oklahoma

What excites you about the world? That every day is different. It amazes me that no two places in the world will ever be the same. It’s very humbling to take a step back and see where we actually live and the things going on around us.

What are your favorite hobbies? My favorite hobbies include working out (on occasion), being a crazy cat mom to my fur baby Phoebe and baking.

What are you most looking forward to during your time at VoiceBox Media? Finding a voice for those that are unable to tell their stories while working to better my journalism skills itself.

 

11010559_10206432745966147_9215146636541901137_nName: Kaci Cunningham

Major: Public Relations

Where are you from: Dallas, Texas

What excites you about the world? How much it has to offer! We’re only on this Earth for a temporary amount of time and I think making the most of each day is extremely important.

What are your favorite hobbies? My favorite hobbies are practicing yoga, biking, and going hiking with my dog, Kendrick Lamar, at the greenbelt.

What are you most looking forward to during your time at VoiceBox Media? Being able to not only develop my own voice and writing skills, but to also broaden and expand my knowledge and cultural capita.

 

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