The WICT Network Announces 2023 Chapter Award Honorees and 2024 Incoming Chapter Presidents and Advisors

WASHINGTON, DC, (February 16, 2024) – The WICT Network today announced both its 2023 chapter award recipients and its 2024 chapter presidents and advisors.

The WICT Network chapter awards measure important aspects of the Model Chapter Business Plan (MCBP), where chapters earn points for performance metrics that meet or exceed guidelines provided in the MCBP. The WICT Network presents the Chapter of the Year award to the top performing chapter(s) as measured by MCBP scores in areas such as programming, marketing and communications, governance and membership. For 2023, The WICT Network: Greater Philadelphia and The WICT Network: Southern California each earned the most possible points and received the Chapter of the Year award. 

The WICT Network also recognized the Chapter President of the Year, The WICT Network: Greater Philadelphia’s Yvette Thornton, Consultant, Clarke Innovations; and the Chapter Advisor of the Year, The WICT Network: Virginia’s Toni Stubbs, VP, Technology, Engineering & Operations at Cox Communications.

“The commitment of The WICT Network’s chapter leaders is unparalleled,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of The WICT Network. “They are a dedicated group of almost 500 leaders across 24 domestic and international chapters who continually innovate to provide top-notch benefits and programs for their local members. In this ever-evolving industry, one thing remains constant – their dedication to moving the needle forward for women in media, entertainment and technology. We are dually excited to shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of our 2023 chapter honorees and welcome our incoming chapter leaders and advisors, who are sure to make their respective marks on their chapters in the year ahead.”

The WICT Network congratulates all of its 2023 Chapter Honorees on receiving the following awards:

  • Chapter of the Year awards were presented to The WICT Network: Greater Philadelphia and The WICT Network: Southern California.
  • Chapter President of the Year was presented to The WICT Network: Greater Philadelphia’s Yvette Thornton, Consultant, Clarke Innovations.
  • Chapter Advisor of the Year was presented to The WICT Network: Virginia’s Toni Stubbs, VP, Technology, Engineering & Operations, Cox Communications.
  • Chapter Leader of the Year was presented to Crystal Byrd, Newsroom Production Manager, Al Jazeera, who served as Programming Chair for The WICT Network: Washington DC/Baltimore.
  • Chapter Volunteer of the Year, awarded to an individual who has shown exemplary volunteer support of The WICT Network, was presented to The WICT Network: Greater Chicago’s Mark Burd, Business Process Effectiveness Analyst, Comcast. 
  • Most Improved Chapter for chapter growth and development from the previous year, was presented to The WICT Network: UK & Ireland. 
  • Community Service Award, awarded to chapters that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to giving back to their local communities, was presented to The WICT Network: New York.
  • Mentoring Excellence for chapter achievements in substance and implementation of an impactful mentoring program was presented to The WICT Network: Southeast for first place, Carolinas for second place and Rocky Mountain for third place.
  • Programming of the Year was presented to The WICT Network: Florida for first place, Greater Philadelphia for second place and Southeast for third place.
  • Innovation and Excellence, which honors a chapter that implemented new initiatives that improved the member experience and/or programs, services or campaigns that serve their community, was presented to The WICT Network: Heartland.
  • Inspire and Others Will Follow awards, which honors chapters that earned more than 90 points on the MCBP, were presented to The WICT Network: Carolinas, Florida, Great Lakes, Greater Ohio, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Pittsburgh, Heartland, Midwest, New York, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Southern California, Virginia and Washington DC/Baltimore.

2024 Chapter Presidents

  • Carolinas - Diana Monk, VP, Learning Solutions, Charter Communications
  • Europe – Annemarie Koelman, VP, Partner Service Management, Liberty Global
  • Florida - Sadie Molinet, Strategic Account Manager, SLED, Spectrum Enterprise
  • Great Lakes - Darralyn Griffin, Finance Supervisor, Comcast
  • Greater Chicago - Shanta Averhart, Manager, Vendor Management, Comcast
  • Greater Ohio – Heather McElfresh, Manager, Business Planning, Charter Communications
  • Greater Philadelphia - Yvette Thornton, Consultant, Clarke Innovations
  • Greater Pittsburgh - Danielle Iorio, Sr. Director, Construction, Comcast
  • Greater Texas - Gema Morales, Sr. Manager, Business Operations, Comcast
  • Heartland - Andi Bledsoe, Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications, Cox Communications
  • Latin America - Adriana Iris Franco, Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google
  • Midwest - Amber Schwiesow, VP, Procurement and Supply Chain, Midco
  • New England – Dina Baraiolo, Director, Finance, The Walt Disney Company
  • New York - Liz Spaulding, VP, Business Development, BritBox
  • Northern California - Linda Phanouvong, Market Sales Manager, Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Pacific Northwest - Crystal Daily, Sales Manager, Effectv
  • Rocky Mountain - Camilla Formica, Chief Program Officer, The Cable Center
  • Southeast – Lisa Kaufmann, Sr. Manager, Internal Communications, Cox Communications
  • Southern California - Jennifer Miles, Executive Director, Brand Marketing, The Walt Disney Company
  • Southwest - Dawn Imbriale, Enterprise Space Manager, Cox Communications
  • UK & Ireland – Madalina Suceveanu, Managing Director, Mobile & Cloud, Liberty Global
  • Virginia – Jennifer Gilman, Director, Sales Operations, Cox Communications
  • Washington DC/Baltimore – Laura Berrocal, VP, Policy and External Affairs, Charter Communications

2024 Chapter Advisors

  • Carolinas – Jenny Blackburn, Sr. Director, Business Intelligence – Media, Charter Communications, Jonica Hartman, VP, Strategic Product Planning & Execution, Charter Communications, and Sandra Howe, Technology Executive, S. Howe & Associates 
  • Florida – Marva Johnson, Group VP, State Government Affairs – South Region, Charter Communications 
  • Greater Chicago – Debra Piscola, Sr. Director, Government Affairs, Comcast and Cathy Traczek, Sr. Director, Executive Customer Relations, Comcast
  • Greater Ohio – Angela Anderson, Area Vice President, Charter Communications
  • Greater Philadelphia – Zenita Henderson, Chief Marketing Officer, SEGRA
  • Greater Pittsburgh – Erica Dean, Regional HR Vice President, Comcast
  • Greater Texas – Nikia Farria-Green, Sr. Director, Business Operations, Comcast and Tara Whitehead Stotland, Leader, Greenlight Innovation Team, Cognizant
  • Heartland – Anne Harris, Sr. Director, Marketing, Cox Media 
  • Latin America – Fernanda Merodio, Director, Business Development – LATAM, Netflix
  • Midwest – Sydney Smith, Marketing Manager, TDS Telecom
  • New England – Sara Dionne, Chief Learning Officer, Comcast 
  • New York – Meeka Bondy, Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Pacific Northwest – Megan Bishop, VP, Finance & Business Operations, Comcast 
  • Rocky Mountain – Keely Buchanan, Director, Employee Experience & Internal Communications, Charter Communications and Joan Marwitz, Sr. Manager, Charter Communications
  • Southeast – Sheri McGaughy, Founder, McGaughy Law
  • Southwest – Shawn Duncan, VP, SWR Field Ops, Cox Communications
  • UK & Ireland – Francesca Armstrong-Smith, Event Manager, Liberty Global
  • Virginia – Toni Stubbs, VP, Technology, Engineering & Operations, Cox Communications and Kimberly Voxland, Sr. Director of Public Affairs and Office Operations, VCTA – Broadband Association of Virginia 
  • Washington DC/Baltimore – Karen Greenfield, SVP, Business & Production Operations, National Geographic Channel

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Discovery are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.