Angel at the helm: Journal ad manager promoted to publisher

Roxanne Angel - Contributed photo
Roxanne Angel
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Roxanne Angel has been promoted to Publisher for The Journal of the San Juan Islands and the Islands’ Weekly. The promotion was announced late last week by Lori Maxim, Sound Publishing’s Vice President for West Sound Operations.

“Roxanne is a real shining star in our company,” Maxim said. “She brings a high level of energy and professionalism to the Journal and Weekly. Roxanne is a strong leader who is quite involved in her community. I am confident in her abilities to give our readers and advertisers superior customer service.”

Angel joined Sound Publishing as advertising manager for The Journal of the San Juan Islands in October 2011. She moved to San Juan from Memphis, Tenn., in 2007.

Before joining Sound, she was regional vice president of Arbonne International. She has a background in advertising and sales management, and as a leadership coach. Roxanne owned her own advertising agency for a number of years, where she helped clients with marketing in print, radio and billboards.

“I'm truly excited and honored to take on my new role as publisher to both the Journal of the San Juan Islands and the Islands' Weekly," Angel said. "It is such a pleasure to work with our incredible team. As I continue to meet the many faces of our beautiful island community, I thank you for your dedication and for allowing our publications to help your businesses grow. I look forward to building more relationships as we continue to serve our clients' and community's needs.”

Also announced this week was the promotion of Colleen Armstrong to the position of Publisher of the Islands’ Sounder newspaper on Orcas Island.

Armstrong has served as associate publisher of the Sounder since July 2011 and editor since 2008. Prior to that, she managed the Islands’ Weekly on Lopez for five years.

Armstrong and Angel succeed Marcia VanDyke, who has overseen Sound’s San Juan Islands newspaper operations for the past year. VanDyke will resume her duties as full-time publisher of the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record newspapers, and the Crosswind/Veterans’ Life monthly on Whidbey Island.

“It has been such a privilege to return to Friday Harbor and serve as your newspaper’s publisher for this past year,” VanDyke said. “I want to thank the community for your warm welcome back and for all of the support you have given to me and the Journal as we have transitioned. For those of you who have been fortunate enough to meet and work with Roxanne Angel, I am sure you share in my confidence that she will make a terrific publisher for the Journal. Her talents, work ethic and professionalism will serve all of you well."

VanDyke added, “Next time you see Jeff and I, we will be tourists, visiting Friday Harbor purely for the joy it has brought both of us. Thank you, Friday Harbor.”


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