Sally Ann Morrow (Co-Coordinator): Sally Morrow attended film school at the College of Santa Fe for one year, and graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 2004 with a BA in Spanish and Communications. She directed and edited several short documentary videos and then moved to Mexico City, where she worked as a bilingual tutor. In 2006, Sally began a graduate education at the University of Missouri in photojournalism. She recently received a scholarship to participate in the 2007 Missouri Photography Workshop.
Alison Hodgson (Co-Coordinator): Alison Hodgson attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2001. After working five years with a research study on alcoholism, she decided to pursue a more creative and exciting field. In 2006 Alison started her graduate studies in photojournalism at the University of Missouri. She was recently chosen to participate in the Missouri Photo Workshop.
Jennifer Whitney (Co-Coordinator): Jennifer graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BFA in photography and a BA in American studies in 2001. She was named the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Best Emerging Artist in 2003, then attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME in 2004. In 2005 she began freelancing for a weekly community paper in her home town, Tampa, FL, then relocated to San Francisco where she assisted editorial photographer Robyn Twomey and worked as a freelancer for Orange Photography and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She began pursuing her master's in photojournalism at the University of Missouri in 2006.
Rita Reed (Director): Rita Reed has served as Director of the College Photographer of the Year competition for the past six years. She is an Associate Professor in the photojournalism sequence of the Missouri School of Journalism. Prior to joining the University of Missouri faculty, Reed worked as a photojournalist for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. She was the 1993 recipient of the NPPA/Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant.
Brett Slaughter (Web Administrator): Brett Slaughter graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism's Photojournalism sequence in May 2005. He is a self-taught web programmer, learning Internet technologies and programming during his time at the University of Missouri. Since graduating, he has recognized that his talents as a nerd outweighed his talents as a photojournalist, and as a result has given up photojournalism in favor of pursuing a career in Information Technology, Systems Administration, and Web Development and Programming. Not one to easily forget his roots, he continues to devote a portion of his time to contribute to the continuing mission of the College Photographer of the Year program and bringing the contest experience to the web. He has been responsible for maintaining this website since 2003.
Ryan Gibbons (Asst. Web Administrator): Ryan Gibbons is currently a photojournalism student at The University of Missouri at Columbia. As a self-proclaimed "gear-head," Ryan is currently exploring new mediums for displaying photographic work-from bilingual web design to audio slideshows and video. But don't put it past him to be the winning bidder of yet another old film camera on eBay. Most recently Ryan has assisted with the complete redesign of the cpoy.org website.