Established in 2015, SPJ Louisiana Pro works to foster education and networking opportunities for the state’s media professionals while encouraging free speech and a free press.
Sergy Odiduro, President
Sergy is a Brooklyn, New York native, and a freelance journalist and producer. A former resident of New Orleans, she now lives in North Louisiana. Most recently, she was a production assistant for Haiti Journal, a Miami based public affairs program on WPBT Channel 2. Prior to this, Sergy was a community news reporter for Forum Publishing Group, a subsidiary of the Sun Sentinel. Sergy has been an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists for over a decade. She has served in several South Florida-based board positions. She also served with the South Florida Black Journalists Association in various board capacities. Sergy is a proud but non-confrontational vegetarian, who, when not dreaming about SPJ-related activities, can be found running after her children or hunting for that perfect buttermilk biscuit recipe.
Robert Buckman, Vice President
Robert Buckman, Ph.D., is a retired journalism professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was the SPJ faculty adviser. He joined Sigma Delta Chi, now SPJ, as an undergraduate student at Texas Christian University in 1967. He earned his doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 after several years as a reporter or editor for various media. He has been a freelance writer on Louisiana and Latin American politics for 25 years and has a research specialization in Latin American media.
Lanie Lee Cook, Secretary
Lanie is a south Louisiana native and Lafayette-based journalist with experience in print, radio broadcasting and multimedia production. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lanie spent a year talking on the radio and covering education and city government for KPEL 96.5 FM. She now writes and tweets for The Acadiana Advocate.
Gregg Trusty, Treasurer
Gregg Trusty, an Indiana native, received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and secondary education from Indiana University. He has worked in various media and Public Relations Departments throughout his career, including the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Bossier Press-Tribune and director of media and public relations at LSU-Shreveport, a position he held until retirement in 2007. He was editor of Louisiana Youth Care Magazine from 1982 to 2009 and has been conference coordinator for the Annual Louisiana Governor’s Conference on Juvenile Justice since 2005. Gregg has been a professional member of the Society of Professional Journalists since 1969.
Board of Directors
Kailey Broussard, the board’s student representative, is a junior majoring in print journalism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In her first two years at the university, Kailey has served as a copy editor and student government reporter for the campus paper, The Vermilion. Currently, she serves as the paper’s web editor and is interning at multiple local publications. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Kailey plans to enroll in graduate school for international politics and journalism.