Erika DiProfio's high school career goal was to become the CEO of Nordstrom. She eventually earned a degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations from San Diego State University. DiProfio grew up in San Diego and has developed marketing and public relations strategies for several local and regional hospitality brands, including King's Fish House, Dave & Buster's, W Hotels, Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, Cucina Urbana, and Buca di Beppo. She is currently the vice president of marketing and public relations for Slater's 50/50. She has helped take the company from two Orange County locations to now six locations across the region and is helping to plan the expansion of the brand into other parts of California and out of state.
Matt Funke is a television and film editor based in San Diego. His work consists of a variety of different genres, including multiple short films, commercial spots, sizzle reels, comedy shorts, and a concert series for KPBS. Over the past few years, Funke has helped bring to life the vision of local companies and organizations. When he is not behind the computer editing, he is out on the set working as a grip or production assistant on reality TV shows, commercial shoots, and red carpet events. Previously, Funke has worked as an editor for the Wellness Hour, a local television show. While attending San Diego State University, he edited the short film, Teddy that won the prestigious Wally Award and premiered at the San Diego Film Festival. He also coedited the student Emmy award-winning TV pilot Hollywood Heights.
Yadira Galindo is communications manager for UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. In this role, she creates and implements internal and external communications, assists with media inquiries, and utilizes social media to reach a global audience. Galindo has been working in the nonprofit world as a communications professional for more than a decade, developing and implementing media relations strategies, campaigns and events to highlight an organization's expertise and increase brand awareness. She earned a professional certificate in Digital Media from San Diego State University. She used the skills learned in these courses to design social media plans for small businesses, nonprofits, and a public office campaign. She earned a degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from California State University, Sacramento.
Sam Hodgson is a freelance photojournalist based in San Diego, California, specializing in editorial and commercial photography. He's a regular contributor to international newspapers and wire services including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters. He graduated from San Diego State University in 2006 with degrees in journalism and political science. Hodgson worked as a photojournalist at the online, nonprofit news source Voice of San Diego (VOSD) from August 2007 until December 2011, where he was the sole staff photographer and focused on documenting quality-of-life issues and underserved populations in San Diego. He is now a contract photographer for VOSD.
Aaron Hoskins is supervisor of digital operations for Sharp Healthcare. He was also the publisher of the SDSU homepage and the university news site, which attracts 10,000,000 page views a year. Hoskins was project manager for SDSU web development initiatives and is experienced in strategic web marketing, public relations, and all facets of compelling content creation and delivery. He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in journalism and has written and edited copy for major daily newspapers, magazines and web publications.
Michael Martin, PMP, is the SEO manager at Covario and owner of Mobile Martin with Mobile SEO services based out of San Diego, California. He graduated from U of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a computer engineering degree and a minor in German, plus attained a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. In ten plus years of Internet marketing, he has project managed and overseen online marketing improvements for sites including Blackberry, Dell, Orbitz, SC Johnson, IGN, Road Runner Sports, Trump Properties, the Active Network and Resource Nation. Martin is a frequent speaker at SMX, SES, Affiliate Summit & PubCon Internet Marketing conferences. He was a contributing writer for The Art of SEO: Mastering Search Engine Optimization published by O'Reilly.
Nicole Vargas first developed a passion for digital media as a student at UC San Diego. Since then, she has turned that passion into a profession, expanding her online expertise to include web branding, multimedia production, and social media strategies. Her newest interest is in web accessibility and bringing the web to the widest possible audience. An award-winning journalist, Vargas serves as a lecturer and internship coordinator in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University. She also is active in a number of national and regional journalism organizations, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the California Chicano News Media Association, the National Association for Women in Sports Media and the Online News Association. Vargas earned a degree from UC San Diego and is pursuing a master's degree through National University. Her career as a professional journalist spans more than 10 years, most recently at the San Diego Union-Tribune.