Zamná Ávila is the co-president for the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association. He is the assistant editor for Random Lengths News, a community paper in San Pedro, Calif. Prior to RLn, he freelanced for several publications and briefly was the premiere editor for Clout Magazine, a niche product of the Long Beach Press Telegram. He also was a mobile (multimedia) journalist for the Reno Gazette-Journal, a Gannett newspaper. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a broad cultural awareness.
Richard Martinez is the co-president and treasurer for NLGJA-LA. He an Los Angeles-based photojournalist. He is working on earning an AA degree in journalism and photography from Los Angeles City College. Richard has served as editor in chief of the Los Angeles Collegian newspaper and the Collegian Times magazine – both of which have received regional and national recognition while under his leadership.
Senta S. Scarborough is the vice president of outreach and membership for NLGJA-LA. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a master in fine arts in creative arts and writing for the performing arts at the University of California Riverside Palm Desert. She focuses on screenwriting and creative non-fiction projects. She is an award-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated producer. She also serves on the board of directors for the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.
Ande Richards is NLGJA-LA’s vice president of programming and events. She has a knack for getting people to open up. She likes to tell stories and wants to make that her career. She shares her personal stories and comments on current events in her Dropstitch column in the Los Angeles Collegian. She has an interest in under-reported communities and often delves into social justice issues like that of the recently exonerated San Antonio 4, who she will be chronicling online. She has a bachelor of arts in Theatre Arts and is a Telly Award-winning filmmaker. She studies journalism at Los Angeles City College where she has worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Collegian newspaper and Collegian Times magazine.
Wayne Sampson is NLGJA-LA’s student representative board member. He lives in Los Angeles and is studying broadcasting for radio and television. He has a bachelors in public relations. He has interned at Inside Edition, CBS This Morning and The Advocate. He follows entertainment and pop culture, also known as not serious news. He is happy to be serving NLGJA Los Angeles.