About ATPI


2023-2025 ATPI Officers

  • Laura Spray


    Laura Spray is the A/V teacher at Kennedale High School. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Photography.

  • Mark Dimmitt

    Vice President - Contests

    Mark Dimmitt teaches Commercial Photography, Digital Design and Media Production along with advising the yearbook at Hallsville High School. He has over 30 years experience as a photographer.

  • Erica Garcia

    Vice President - Workshops

    Erica Garcia is a photography and AV teacher at Navasota High School and has been teaching for 12 years. She graduated from St. Mary's University with a B.A. in Communication Arts.

  • Matthew Koby

    Vice President - Contests

    Matthew Koby graduated from Rice University with a degree in Filmmaking and Photography. After working as a director of morning news on a Houston TV station he started teaching the video production courses at Dickinson High School.

  • Laura Veno

    Vice President - Members/Newsletter

    Laura Veno teaches Art and Commercial Photography at Glen Rose High School. Previously, she started the commercial photography program at Granbury High School. She is also a professional photographer.

  • John Skees

    Vice President - Conference

    John Skees is the Director of Media for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). He previously taught journalism, photography and broadcast and served as a yearbook adviser and sports media coordinator for a Fort Worth school.

  • Shannon Oden

    Past President

    Shannon Oden is a Teaching Artist for the non-profit organization Working Assumptions, based in Berkeley, CA. In the Fall of 2023 she will become the photo teacher at Sonora High School in California.

  • Andrea Negri


    Andrea Negri has taught at Bellaire High School in Houston for the past four years. She has 14 years of advising experience. She teaches journalism and advises the yearbook. She is the contest coordinator for the Texas Association of Journalism Educators.

  • Dr. Bradley Wilson

    Senior Consultant

    Bradley Wilson is the Journalism Education Association publications editor. He has received the JEA Carl Towley Award, the NSPA Pioneer Award and the ATPI Star of Texas.

  • Mark Murray

    Executive Director

    Mark Murray has been the Executive Director of ATPI for 30+ years. He retired from Arlington ISD in 2019 and studied photography at Texas A&M—Commerce.