Our Staff

Karen de Sá

Editor for The Imprint

Since 1994, Karen de Sá has worked for numerous newspapers in California, including 18 years at The San Jose Mercury News and three years at The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have exposed inhumane conditions in juvenile halls, group homes and youth prisons, and detailed systemic injustice in the dependency courts. Recent projects exposed hundreds of questionable youth arrests in California children’s shelters and the excessive use of psychotropics in the foster care system. A 2006 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, de Sá has won numerous journalism honors over her career, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards and the NewsGuild’s Heywood Broun Award. Her work has led to nine state laws, overhauled institutions and improved public contracts with the nation’s most vulnerable populations.

John Kelly

Senior Editor for The Imprint

John Kelly is the senior editor of The Imprint and founding editor-in-chief of its predecessor, The Chronicle of Social Change, which he helped launch in 2013. In addition to overseeing national coverage, Kelly manages the opinion pages and produces Youth Services Insider, The Imprint’s subscriber platform providing business coverage and policy analysis for readers involved in child welfare and juvenile justice leadership. Previously, Kelly spent 10 years reporting on both fields for Youth Today.

Kim Hansel

Managing Editor for The Imprint

Kim Phagan-Hansel is the managing editor of The Imprint and editor of Fostering Families Today, a print and online magazine for foster, adoptive and kinship families across the country. She has served as the editor of Fostering Families Today and Adoption Today, a publication now out of print, since 2001. She is also the editor of two child welfare-related books, The Foster Parenting Toolbox and The Kinship Parenting Toolbox. She started her career as the special sections editor for the Longmont Daily Times-Call in Colorado and has been a freelance writer for the Wyoming Business Report and the Casper Star Tribune.

Daniel Heimpel

Publisher of The Imprint

Daniel Heimpel is an award-winning journalist and child welfare expert. As the the founder and president of Fostering Media Connections, Heimpel acts as publisher of the non-profit journalism organization’s two publications: The Imprint and Fostering Families Today magazine.

Simone Maxwell-Wilson

Business Development Manager for The Imprint

Simone Maxwell-Wilson is the business development manager for Fostering Media Connections, a national news and resource publishing organization focused on impacting vulnerable youth and children and their families. Maxwell-Wilson oversees strategic business partnerships through sponsorships of and subscriptions to FMC’s publications: Fostering Families Today and The Imprint. She earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from Johnson University.

Jeremy Loudenback

Senior Reporter for The Imprint

Jeremy Loudenback is a Los Angeles-based senior reporter who writes about foster care, youth justice and child trauma for The Imprint. Loudenback tracks data, follows legislation in the state capital and reports from confidential courtrooms to cover the most vulnerable and resilient children and families. Loudenback previously worked as a reporter at the North County Times and has blogged about politics and governance and worked with homeless youth. Over the last five years, he has examined the impact of California’s congregate care reforms and reported on juvenile diversion programs, among other topics.

Sara Tiano

Senior Reporter for The Imprint

Sara Tiano is a Los Angeles-based senior reporter for The Imprint covering issues involving children, youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, with a focus on L.A. County. Through Fostering Media Connections’ Youth Voice program, she leads journalism workshops and one-on-one trainings for teens and young adults. Her work has previously appeared in Los Angeles Daily News, WitnessLA, Youth Today, and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Tiano graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print and digital journalism.

Michael Fitzgerald

Senior Reporter for The Imprint

Michael Fitzgerald is a New York-based senior reporter for The Imprint where he covers city and state issues involving children, youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He was previously a senior editor for Pacific Standard, and has reported for that magazine, The New Republic, Vice and Outside, among other outlets. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Christine Ongjoco

Graphic Artist for The Imprint

Christine Ongjoco is a Los Angeles-based freelance graphic designer and social media coordinator. She is deeply committed to using art and technology as an avenue for social change. For The Imprint, she creates graphics, illustrations and manages social media accounts for the team. Ongjoco’s work has been featured for other organizations such as VICE, Amazon Watch and Search for Common Ground.

Nadra Nittle

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Nadra Nittle is a Los Angeles-based journalist covering young children and early childhood education for The Imprint. Nittle has written about a wide range of issues, including health, education, consumerism, entertainment and public policy. Nittle’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, NBC News, The Atlantic, Business Insider and other outlets. Nittle has more than 15 years of journalism experience, serving as a staff writer for news organizations including The Gannett/USA Today Network, Digital First Media and Vox Media. She is now a senior reporter for Civil Eats. She has two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Occidental College.

Megan Conn

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Megan Conn is a New York-based contributing reporter for The Imprint covering statewide policy and upstate issues involving children, youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Previously, she reported on education and juvenile justice for The Hechinger Report and Bklyner. She is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and Washington University in St. Louis.

Roxanna Asgarian

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Roxanna Asgarian is an independent Houston-based journalist covering child welfare issues in Texas for The Imprint. Asgarian also writes for The Appeal and has been published in numerous other outlets including The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Vox and the New York Daily News. She’s currently at work on “We Were Once a Family,” a book about the murder of six Black adopted children and what the tragedy says about the failures of the child welfare system, to be published in 2022. Asgarian has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Dan Morain

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Dan Morain is a Sacramento-based journalist and the Youth Justice Fellow for The Imprint, covering statewide issues in California related to juvenile justice. Morain is the former editorial page editor for The Sacramento Bee and worked for 27 years as a reporter covering state policy and politics for The Los Angeles Times. He worked most recently as senior editor at CalMatters.

Farrah Mina

Reporting Intern for The Imprint

Farrah Mina is an Emma Bowen Fellow and summer reporting intern for The Imprint. She is a journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota where she reports for her campus newspaper.

Chuck Carroll

Copy Editor for The Imprint

Chuck Carroll is a Silicon Valley-based freelance journalist, writer and editor who works as a copy editor for The Imprint. Carroll worked at newspapers in South Carolina for 11 years, mostly covering the Statehouse, before joining The San Jose Mercury News staff, where he worked as a reporter and copy editor from 2000 to 2016. He has an abiding interest in government, politics and public and environmental policy.