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30 DAVID B. SIMON has more than 14 years of ex perience in editing and writing. He is currently a senior writer at the Maryland Hospital Association. Simon has been a reporter and editor at newspapers in Baltimore, Md., Frederick, Md., Westminster, Md. and Queens, N.Y., and has taught undergraduate journalism at American University and Hood College. Prior to joining the hospital association, he was managing editor at The Daily Record, a business and legal newspaper and served as managing editor for news and opinion for the Montgomery County editions of The Gazette, a weekly newspaper in Maryland with a circulation of roughly 265,000. Simon holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and has won multiple regional and national awards, including two National Headliner Awards. He was a finalist in 2009 for the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. LINDA H. SMITH has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. She currently is Markets Editor for AgWeb, the largest online news outlet in agriculture. In the past, she held a number of editorial positions at the magazines published by Farm Journal Media. She also has a long history with horses and now applies many equine training principles to her corgis, which compete in AKC agility, obedience and rally. KATIE STERN, MFA, Associate Professor, teaches in the Web and Digital Media Development major in the Computing and New Media Technologies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She taught university-level graphic design courses for ten years before joining UW-Stevens Point. Katie holds an Individualized Master of Arts degree from Antioch University McGregor and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from UW- Madison. She is also an Adobe Certified Expert for Photoshop CC. Katie's textbook, Photo 1: An Introduction to the Art of Photography was published by Delmar Cengage Learning in 2012. JONI TANTILLO, or "Judge Joni" as she likes to call herself around this time of year, was blessed to be born with a calling. Creativity was in her blood, and so she traveled the path of fine arts in her youth. Once she realized supporting herself with her art in the "grown up" years was the only option she was interested in, she became a student of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She studied graphic design while she apprenticed as a designer in a corporate public relations firm in NY. Years and much experience later, after moving to the Boston area, she went on to become an art director. Finally, in 1995 she laid down roots with her own commercial design studio, D & J Associates that she still operates today. During those years, Joni kept on studying and expanded her creative repertoire to include illustration, film photography and minor copy writing. Today, after first revisiting college to learn Web design, she is wrapping up her degree in digital photography. Her business is truly "full service" commercial art now. Joni loves to do anything that calls upon her creative side and she feels blessed that she has always had the strength to follow her passion. Her philosophy on life that she loves to share with everyone is encapsulated in this quote from Reverend Howard Thurman "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Here she would say … "Can I get an AMEN?" JOE TENERELLI is a graphic designer and illustrator with over 30 years of experience. He has art directed several magazines, including Farm Journal, The Philadelphia Lawyer, and Successful Meetings, among others. He redesigned all three of those publications, and has won awards for magazine and marketing publications. He is the recipient of the 2004 First Place Gold Ozzie for magazine redesign in the B-to-B category, magazine cover design from the Art Directors Club of Philadelphia, and several editorial and marketing design awards from the American Agricultural Editors Association. His freelance clients have included Wharton, CIGNA, Demos Medical Publishing, Temple University and others. He has done editorial illustrations for many years, as well as a contributing Op-Ed illustrator for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joe is currently self-employed, working from his home in Springfield, PA. He is a graduate of Temple University, where he majored in journalism. BETTY WALKE is a summa cum laude graduate of Maryland Institute, College of Art with a BFA in Illustration/Graphic Design. As a senior art director and creative account manager at Marriner Marketing Communications in Columbia, MD, Betty developed branding and advertising campaigns for a diverse range of regional and international corporations. She founded her own successful creative communications company, WalkeWorks, in 2001. WalkeWorks' clients include consumer and b2b businesses in manufacturing, foodservice, technology, healthcare and non- profit. For ten years, she was an adjunct instructor at Community College of Baltimore County in the Visual Graphics department, teaching design, illustration and typography. DAVE WOHLFARTH is a former mass communications instructor at West Texas A&M University. He taught at WTAMU for 17 years before retiring in 2008. For 12 years at the school, he also served as the adviser for WTAMU's award-winning newspaper, the Prairie. He has served as a judge for many publications and contests, including the Associated Collegiate Press Association. Before becoming a teacher, Dave spent 27 years in daily newspapers, including stops in Dayton, Ohio (as a sports writer, copy editor and news editor) and Lincoln, Nebraska (executive sports editor). Dave earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nebraska in 1964 and a master's in mass communications from Texas Tech University in 1992. After he retired as a teacher, Dave worked a year as an assistant manager for quality control in the Amarillo office for the 2010 Census. Currently, he helps teach kids tennis. Dave is an avid tennis player; his wife, Cathy, an avid horse person who has competed in cutting. They own three horses and a burro. 2015 JUDGES

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