April 27, 2022 - The National Press Photographers Association is proud and ecstatic to announce Maria Carrillo and Shaminder Dulai have accepted invitations to join the association’s board of directors as presidential appointees.
NPPA President Marie D. De Jesús has asked current board appointee Adam Vance (bio below) to continue serving, and he has accepted. Vance is co-chair of the new and upcoming Student Video Contest, an active member of the Membership Committee and co-director of NPPA’s News Video Workshop.
“Adam has served this association beautifully, and I didn’t hesitate to keep him on the board another year. I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with him closely,” De Jesús said.
De Jesús selected Carrillo for her proven leadership, her masterful editing skills and her extensive knowledge of the industry (bio below). Carrillo will be part of the Fundraising Task Force and the Education Committee. De Jesús also intends to put Carrillo’s podcast hosting experience to the benefit of NPPA. Carrillo lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband, Kevin Price.
Dulai is joining the board to advise the DEI Committee and direct NPPA’s monthly programming. Dulai comes with an extensive set of skills (bio below). He is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning photo/video journalist, writer, editor, educator and creative technologist with over 20 years of experience. Dulai lives in Seattle with his wife, Lauren Haslett.
Carrillo and Dulai will be taking the seats that were held by past President Katie Schoolov’s appointees Tara Pixley, now NPPA secretary, and Patrick Fallon.
“I’d like to thank Patrick for his years of service on the board, and especially for his efforts leading the membership committee into this new era. I’m also incredibly grateful to Tara for taking on the board position and I’m excited to see the new heights she will help NPPA reach as secretary,” Schoolov said.
Fallon rebuilt and energized the Membership Committee and has played an active role on the board since 2019 under Presidents Michael P. King, Andrew Standfill and Schoolov. De Jesús expects that Fallon will continue being an NPPA ally and ambassador. Pixley will continue as co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee while also serving as board secretary.
“I am honored that Maria, Shaminder and Adam have placed their trust in me and have chosen to join the NPPA team,” De Jesús said.
Maria Carrillo is a former enterprise editor at the Tampa Bay Times and Houston Chronicle and, before that, managing editor at The Virginian-Pilot. She has edited dozens of award-winning projects, frequently lectures on narrative journalism, co-hosts a podcast (WriteLane) about craft and has been a Pulitzer Prize juror six times. She also is a board member of the Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism. Carrillo was born in Washington, D.C., two years after her parents left Cuba in exile. She now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband, and they have two grown children.
Shaminder Dulai is a nine-time Emmy-nominated, award-winning photo/video journalist, writer, editor, educator, curator and creative technologist with 20-plus years of experience producing stories for newspapers, magazines, TV, digital newsrooms, nonprofits and startups. He crafts journalistic narratives with intimacy, immediacy and impact that live beyond the daily news cycle, empowering communities to make informed choices and understand complex issues with empathy.
He is a Poynter Fellow, an International Center for Journalists Fellow, a Hearst Fellow, and was a finalist for the Knight-Mozilla Fellowship, JSK Stanford Fellowship and Harvard Nieman Fellowship. He has led departments at NBC, Newsweek magazine and PBS Seattle, and worked on teams at The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Hearst Newspapers and many more. He was an instructor in New Media Narratives and a facility member with the International Center for Photography. He is a co-founder of Stateless Voices, a co-founder of Reclaim Photo and founder of PhotoWalk.Cities. His personal projects have received grants and support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the International Center for Journalists, the International Journalists’ Programs, Vocer Media Lab, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Refugees International, the European Network on Statelessness and Columbia Law School, and have been published with HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Newsweek, PBS, CJR, Everyday Projects, MSNBC, NBC, Global Post, The Guardian and Vibe, among others.
Adam D. Vance is a board member and co-director of the News Video Workshop and presidential appointee of the NPPA’s board of directors.
Born in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Vance was orphaned and brought to America as part of Operation Babylift. He was raised in New Mexico, where he began his journalism career as a still photographer for the Gallup Independent while still in high school.
In Denver, he was KUSA-TV’s news operations manager, chief drone pilot, chief editor and photojournalist. He shoots and edits while also being in charge of the logistics of getting the news on the air.
Vance joined the team at Spectrum Bay News 9 in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he continues his passion for visual storytelling. He has been sent to the Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian, Houston for the Democratic National Debate and Puerto Rico for earthquake coverage; rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin; the verdict on Derek Chauvin; and the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Most recently, Vance joined WTSP-TV as a daily photojournalist to show the viewers his unique perspective of Tampa Bay events.
Vance has a mass communication degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico.
His greatest stories are those about his wife, Paulette, and twin sons, Bryce and Connor, who are competitive high school baseball players.