Chapter Advisor - Jennifer Yohe Wagner
Vice President, Strategic Business Procurement, Comcast
Ms. Jennifer Yohe Wagner has successfully served the business and financial needs of prominent cable-related organizations for more than a decade. Her strong leadership and entrepreneurial attitude have consistently generated innovative ideas that impact heavily on the cable industry. Through her application of dynamic strategies along with her exceptional negotiation skills, Ms. Yohe Wagner has been credited with saving hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the years. Characterized as savvy, ambitious and a tough negotiator, she has used her skills to lead companies through periods of transformation and change, productively establishing and launching enduring business dealings.Close Bio
Ms. Yohe Wagner joined Comcast in October 2007. In her current role as Vice President, Strategic Business Procurement, Ms. Yohe Wagner utilizes her keen ability to effectively translate company objectives into clearly defined goals. Her vision, coupled with exceptional communication skills, have helped to enhance the performance of cable and engineering operations and given her recognition as a top-producing executive. An ethical professional, Ms. Yohe Wagner possesses a unique talent for analyzing problems, simplifying procedures and uncovering groundbreaking solutions. Uncompromising in her pursuits, she carefully navigates operations and activities making sure to reach desired corporate results.
Through strong internal and external partnerships, and her relentless negotiation of large complex technology deals, she delivers the desired corporate results and savings while developing new approaches to deal structure. Her experience in core infrastructure hardware and software deals is unmatched in the industry.
Prior to joining Comcast, Ms. Yohe Wagner spent nearly 10 years with Time Warner Cable in several roles, including VP of Business Affairs.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Ms. Yohe Wagner worked for Mr. Jack Kent Cooke, well-known entrepreneur and successful businessman. She handled a multitude of responsibilities related to the Washington Redskins, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, Los Angeles Daily News, Chrysler Properties and Elmendorf Farms.
Ms. Yohe Wagner attended the University of Pittsburgh and Cambria Rowe Business College. She is a member of both Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). She is active on the local Philadelphia WICT board as well as supporting the WICT National Board. Ms. Yohe Wagner has received a number of awards including 2010 WICT Seasoned Professional Award and was named to the 2011 and 2012 list of Top Women in Technology and was the 2012 Women in Technology award winner named by SCTE, WICT and Communications Technology Magazine. Ms. Yohe Wagner resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband.
Executive Champion - Lindsay Johnston
Lindsay Johnston is currently senior vice president of human resources for Comcast Programming Group Human Resources Shared Services. In this role she is assisting with the transition of Comcast Programming properties to NBCU. Previously she was the SVP-HR for Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division. In that role, Lindsay was responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of all Division-wide human resource policies, programs and practices including employment, labor relations, compensation, benefits, recruiting, talent management and organization dynamics for the Division’s 20,000 employees.Close Bio
Lindsay joined Comcast in 2007 with more than 25 years of human resources and labor and employment law experience, including ten years in telecommunications with Bell Atlantic. Most recently, Lindsay served as vice president of human resources and deputy general counsel for PJM Interconnection. Prior to that, Lindsay spent 14 years at Peco Energy where she held numerous senior executive positions and oversaw diversity, staffing, labor relations including numerous labor campaigns and the talent assessment process. Prior to joining HR she served as assistant general counsel and established the labor and employment function within the Legal Department.
Lindsay has received a number of distinguished awards including the Philadelphia YWCA “Women of Achievement” Award. A national lecturer on employment law issues, Lindsay is currently a Pennsylvania Governor appointed member of Workforce Investment Board, WICT Philadelphia Chapter Advisor, Event and Fundraising Co-Chair of the United Way Women’s Initiative Committee, Chair of ABA Labor and Employment, In-House Counsel Taskforce, and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, SHRM and a graduate of Leadership, Inc.
Lindsay earned her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and her JD from Villanova Law School. She resides in Bryn Mawr, PA and has two children.
Executive Champion - Tracy Pitcher
SVP Business Services, Comcast
Executive Champion - Bill Hanrahan
Director Sales and Operations, Cisco
Bill Hanrahan is the Director of Sales Operations at Cisco , with responsibility since 2009, for the field sales and engineering team supporting Comcast’s sustainable infrastructure. In his 16 years at Cisco, Bill has held a series of sales leadership positions in Cable, Content and Telco across the Service Provider / Telecommunications space.Close Bio
Prior to joining the Cisco / Comcast team, Bill was responsible for the facilitation of Cisco’s Sales Master Series of sales and engineering classes dedicated to the development of the Cisco Service Provider Segment.
Bill has worked extensively since 2000 with Cisco’s Associate Sales Rep / Associate Sales Engineer (ASR/ASE) development programs which are designed to identify, foster and develop the next generation of sales and engineering professionals and leaders.
Bill began his telecommunications career in 1979 at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) where he held a variety of key leadership and sales roles. Bill and his wife, Jane, reside in Glenelg, Maryland with their three daughters.
President - Margaret Rickard Rubinacci
Senior Manager, pureIntegration
Margaret Rickard Rubinacci, President of WICT Greater Philadelphia, is a Senior Manager at pureIntegration. The company is an IT systems integration company providing business solutions and innovation to the federal, financial, communication and media industries.Close Bio
For over 6 years, Margaret has been dedicated to the cable industry through her work at Comcast. Currently, she supports the deployment and operations of Xfinity TV on the X1 Platform. Prior to pureIntegration, Margaret was a consultant at Accenture and a program manager at an international nonprofit, RENEW International. She is a cum laude graduate of Boston College.
Margaret joined WICT Philadelphia in 2008. She served as Co-Chair of Programming in 2010 and Vice President in 2011. Margaret received the 2011 WICT Philadelphia Rising Leader Service Award as well as the pureIntegration Leadership Award in 2008 and 2010.
Margaret currently resides in Chalfont, PA with her husband Scott
Vice President - Heather Sokollu
Manager, Strategic Intellectual Property, Comcast
Heather Sokollu is part of the Strategic Intellectual Property team at Comcast where she manages internal communications related to Comcast innovation and intellectual property, including employee awards and recognition. She also provides IP-related research and analysis support for the team.Close Bio
Since January 2010 she has been the Programming Co-chair for WICT Greater Philadelphia. In this role, she designs and executes chapter events that center on leadership development and industry education.
Prior to joining Comcast and WICT, Heather worked in both education and legal fields. She has an M.Ed in Secondary Education from West Chester University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Penn State University.
Treasurer - Jin Liu
Senior Manager of Accounting, Comcast
Vice Treasurer - Lisa Vetere
Manager Finance & Accounting Freedom Region, Comcast
Lisa Vetere, Vice Treasurer of WICT Greater Philadelphia, is Manager of Finance & Accounting in the Freedom Region of Comcast. In this role, she is responsible for Accounts Payable, Financial Month-end Process, Financial Models, Financial Reporting, Monthly Subscriber Reporting, Forecast and Budget for the Region.Close Bio
For the past 3 years, Lisa has been dedicated to Finance in the cable industry through her roles within different areas of Comcast learning the business from several perspectives. She started in the Financial Planning and Analysis team in the former Eastern Division in 2009, as Financial Analyst working with the Finance team along with I/S Reporting. In 2010, Lisa took a role at Headquarters in Finance (FP&A), where she was on a team responsible for the Budget/Forecast process for all the Divisions and Headquarter groups. She managed the budget databases, created financial models for Finance leads along with trends and statistical models. At the end of 2011, she took her current Finance role on the Freedom Region FP&A team.
Prior to Comcast, Lisa was a Finance/Business Analyst at a Food Distribution company called Food Services of America in Scottsdale, Arizona where she worked on Business Intelligence Projects supporting areas of the business using customer and financial metrics along with training users on Business Intelligence Platforms. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the School of Global Management and Leadership, Arizona State University.
Lisa joined WICT Philadelphia in 2010 and is looking forward to her first year on the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter Board! She currently resides in Conshohocken, PA. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her friends and family, running, baking cupcakes, teaching Zumba, volunteering, inspiring others, and has been coaching competitive gymnastics part time to young girls for 12 years.
Board Administrator - Kathy Tudisco
Executive Assistant, Comcast
Membership Co-Chair - Tracy Haslett
Membership Co-Chair - Ursula Henwood Keating
Senior Manager Diversity and Inclusion, Comcast
Ursula Henwood Keating joined Comcast in 2006 and currently serves as the Senior Manager of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Comcast. In this role, she is responsible for designing and creating communication and outreach to support the Workforce Diversity & Inclusion strategy implementation for the company. Additionally, Keating manages national relationships with professional associations and is responsible for launching Comcast’s first-ever employee affinity groups. Previous to joining the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion team, Keating managed corporate sponsorships and contributions in the Community Investment Department at Comcast Corporation.Close Bio
Keating serves on the board of WICT Philadelphia, is a Big Sister through Big Sisters Big Brothers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia and the Young Friends of Project H.O.M.E. Ursula also serves as a committee chair for the Comcast SportsNet Shining Star Awards benefiting the March of Dimes.
Volunteer Director - Laura Escobar
Project Manager, Comcast
Sponsorship Co-Chair - Melissa Merriman
Account Manager-US Cable, Cisco
Melissa Merriman is an Account Manager at Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking. In her six years at Cisco Melissa has been dedicated to supporting customers in the service provider and telecommunications space leading teams to strategically develop and tactfully implement solutions that support business goals and objectives.Close Bio
Since 2010 she has focused on the cable industry working exclusively with Comcast. Prior to joining Cisco Melissa was a sales engineer and then account manager at JDSU a leading provider of optical products and test and measurement solutions for the communications industry.
Melissa has been an active member of both Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) in Philadelphia since 2010. Melissa chaired WICT Philly Gives Back committees in 2011/2012 before joining the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter board in 2013. As the sponsorship co- chair she is responsible for securing contributions to fund the chapter’s programs and events and serves as a liaison between sponsors, the Board and the membership community.
Melissa earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. She resides in Bucks County, PA with her husband and two young children.
Sponsorship Co-Chair - Heather Davidson
Project Champion, CET Business Services, Comcast
Heather Davidson works with Comcast Converged Products on program management for devices. Prior to this roll, Heather was the commercial Champion working with vendors, strategy planning, budgets and large scale program management.Close Bio
Heather has been volunteering with WICT since 2011 and is new to the WICT board for 2013. As the co-sponsorship chair she is looking forward to expanding our relationships with our current sponsors and forming relationships with new sponsors.
Prior to joining Comcast Heather worked as an independent consultant providing strategic advice, vendor management and program management, her customers have included Verizon, Sprint, Cell C and Bell Canada.
Scholarship Director - Sarah Stroback
Senior Producer, Video Services, Comcast
Sarah implements the chapter scholarship program, which enables WICT Greater Philadelphia members to attend national and local WICT programs throughout the year. Programs include the WICT Leadership Conference, Executive Development Series, Mentoring Program, and more.Close Bio
Currently Sarah is Senior Producer for Comcast’s Video Business Unit. She is responsible for acquiring and distributing programming for Xfinity Video On Demand, online, and mobile platforms. Since joining Comcast her work has received various awards, including a Mid-Atlantic Emmy.
Previously, she was a Producer at Center City Film & Video, where she gained extensive experience in film, documentary, commercial, studio and reality productions for many corporate and non-profit clients. Sarah holds a BA in English from Tufts University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing tennis, traveling, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Programming Chair - Irene Philips
Sr. Director, Solutions Management, Comcast
Irene Philips is an experienced Software Delivery Professional, specializing in the development and deployment of new products and technology. She enjoys challenging projects where she can leverage her leadership skills in developing cross-functional relationships, motivating teams and creative problem solving. As Sr. Director of Solutions and Planning at Comcast, Irene has managed several large and high profile Comcast programs: tru2way, TV Everywhere, Streampix and Cloud DVR.Close Bio
Irene started her career as a software developer in a high tech startup but soon transitioned into leadership roles in software delivery, quality assurance, program management, software metrics and decision models. She joined the cable industry in 2006 and has a solid background in the development of video products and services on multiple platforms – set-top, desktop and mobile.
Irene is passionate about professional development, specifically leadership development for women. An active member of WICT, Irene is a Betsy Magness alum, Class XXIII. She is currently serving as Programming Director for WICT Philly. Irene is also a member of the Asian Pacific American and Women’s Network Affinity groups. She is currently on the Professional Development Committee and managing the mentorship program within the Women’s Network. As a founding member of the Comcast Toastmasters Chapter, Irene inspires fellow Comcasters to improve their communication and leadership skills.
Irene resides in Lansdale, PA with her husband and three college-age children. Irene enjoys relaxing with her family, reading, obstacle races, biking and kayaking. An active member of her church, Grace Baptist in Blue Bell, she is an executive board member, website manager, facilitator and organizer.
Irene has a M.S. Computer Science from the University of Delaware and a B.A. Computer Science, from Messiah College.
Programming Director - Jennifer Sullivan
Manager, Customer Experience Deployment at Comcast
Jennifer Sullivan, Programming Director of WICT Philadelphia, is a Manager in National Customer Operations group at Comcast. Jennifer joined WICT Philadelphia in 2010 and she served as a volunteer for years before joining the board in 2013.Close Bio
Prior to joining Comcast, Jennifer was the Account Manager from Apex Systems for Comcast. Jennifer joined Comcast in 2011. She has a B.A in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University.
Jennifer enjoys spending time with her fiancé and dogs, exercising, and reading. Jennifer currently resides in Hatfield, PA with her fiancé Joe.
Special Events Director - Carol Ann Sweeney
Senior Project Specialist, Comcast
Carol Ann Sweeney, Manager of Procurement at Comcast, is the Director of Scholarship for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She started the Scholarship Program in 2010 and is working on enhancing the program for future years.Close Bio
Sweeney has worked at Comcast Cable Communications for 5 years, starting in NETO as a Service Level Agreement Analyst. She has since taken on increasing responsibilities and currently works in Comcast’s Procurement department. In this role, she works with Comcast’s vendors negotiating the most optimal terms & conditions, and pricing for Comcast. She also monitors vendor compliance to contractual commitments. She manages online RFIs/RFPs (Request for Information/Request for Proposals) for the Comcast Engineering community. Tracking Purchase Orders and Invoice payments are also a part of her responsibilities. She also works with multiple organizations within Comcast in annual budgeting, specifically related to maintenance and support renewals.
Prior to joining Comcast, Sweeney worked with a national sales team of a distribution and service company. She has more than 10 years of management experience in contract negotiations, budgeting, and communications.
Sweeney has been an active member of WICT for 3 years. In addition to acting as Director of Scholarship, she also assists at Chapter events and has participated as a Mentee in the Mentoring Program. The networking and relationships that she has forged from being part of this program are invaluable. She especially enjoys the annual Fall fundraiser when WICT has an opportunity to give back to a local charity.
Sweeney earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.
Special Events Director - Jacquelyn Smith
Director of Product Engineering, Comcast
Jacquelyn Smith is serving as the Emerging Leader on the 2013 WICT National Board, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years. Jacquelyn is serving as the 2013 Co-Chair for Special Events for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of WICT, providing fundraising support for WICT Scholarship Fund and for Girls INC, of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Jacquelyn has also served on the WICT Philadelphia Board of Directors as the 2012 Co-Chair for Special Events and Director of Volunteer Outreach for 2010 & 2011.Close Bio
As part of Comcast Cable’s National Engineering and Technical Operations Team (NE&TO), Jacquelyn Smith is a Director in the Software Platform and Engineering organization as part of Product Engineering. Her current responsibilities include leading and the management of the Development Engineering & Application Administrations team, implementation and management of enterprise support tools and financial management of the application systems. Jacquelyn’s team is responsible for the lifecycle of these applications including design, development and deployment across various Comcast lines of Business.
Jacquelyn has 14 years of experience in operations and program management. Jacquelyn has been with Comcast for nearly 7 years and previously held the position of Sr. Manager, Program Planning & Project Management in Comcast’s Quality Assurance team. Prior to working at Comcast, Jacquelyn worked as Director of IT at Hunter College in New York City and as Manager, Network Services, Operations and Program Management with Flextronics, in Dallas Texas.
Jacquelyn is the leader of the Comcast Product Engineering Women’s Forum and is a member of the NE&TO Inclusion team and the Comcast Employee Resource Groups. She is a graduate of the 2009 Comcast Women Series Program
In 2010, Jacquelyn was selected to participate in WICT’s Rising Leaders Program. Jacquelyn received a BA in Communications from Seton Hill University and an MS in Instructional Technologies from Philadelphia University.
Networking on Demand Director - Debra Kent
Senior Engineering Project Manager, Comcast
Debra A. Kent is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the Cable/Satellite industries. Deb is currently a Manager for the Commercial Services Network Engineering team at Comcast in Philadelphia.Close Bio
Her talents and experience encompass not only the strategic technical skills of complex project and program management, tactical solutions development and team building but also employee development and fostering a strong work ethic. She began her career at Comcast holding senior roles in Operations Support and moved into Project Management working on the high profile Powerboost and Speed Increase projects as well as leading teams on the Video Tru2way, RNG set top box and Barcelona guide deployment programs. During her tenure at Primestar, Inc she penned their first Network Control Policies and Procedures manual and played a key role in the design, implementation and training requirements for their new broadcast operations facilities. Deb was also instrumental in building and leading their broadcast traffic and scheduling team prior to the sale of the company to DirecTV.
2012 is Mrs. Kent’s second year serving on the board of Directors for the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter although she has been a WICT National member since 1997. She is looking forward to working with the other Board Chairs to bring value and provide service to as many of the exciting WICT programs as possible. Deb is a native of the Philadelphia metro area and lives in New Jersey with her husband, Keith and their two children.
Tech It Out Chair - Beverly Decaires
Director- Regional Engineering (CRAN), Comcast
Beverley DeCaires of Comcast Cable is part of the National Engineering &Technical Operations (NETO) Organization and holds the position of Director of CRAN Engineering. As a network engineer for the past 12 years, Beverley has been at the fore front of the service provider technologies with an emphasis in cutting edge network design and implementation. Her accomplishments include direct participation in Comcast’s first IP engineering and deployment infrastructure initiative, known as Jumpstart, as well as Comcast’s first converged network initiative for residential services.Close Bio
Today, as Director of CRAN Engineering, Beverley leads an Engineering Team that is responsible for the design, and build-out of Comcast’s Converged and Enterprise Network; a network that covers the entire North Eastern Region, from New England to Richmond Virginia. Beverly also manages and directs the design and implementation of Comcast’s Next Generation Architecture, supporting both commercial and residential services.
A graduate of City University of New York, Beverley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and went on to obtain a Post baccalaureate certificate in Internet Analysis and Design, from Columbia University. In 2010, she earned her Master’s Degree in Management of Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Beverley became a member of the WICT organization in 2001 where, over the years, she has participated in many of its programs. In November of 2011, Beverly was appointed to the WICT board as Director of Technology.
Tech It Out Director - Rina Hayashi
Associate Project Manager, Comcast
Rina Hayashi, Tech It Out Director for WICT Philadelphia, is an associate project manager for Solutions Management under Technology and Product. In this role, she has managed projects from ideation to trial deployment. Prior to joining Comcast in 2010, she was a production artist at a newspaper called the Staten Island Advance.Close Bio
Rina received her BA in International Business and an MBA from the University of Denver in 2006. She was a four-year letter winner on the Women’s Varsity Swim Team. After retiring from swimming, she developed a love for running and has run the Philadelphia marathon twice. She has also been named the captain of the Comcast APA Dragon Boat team.
Regional Programming - Amy Bennett
Sr. Regional Manager, ASM/QVC
Regional Programming - Karen Grandmont
Director Financial Operations, Comcast
Karen Grandmont joined the Greater Philadelphia Chapter's WICT board in 2011 as Regional Outreach Director. Karen became a member of WICT during her first year at Comcast in 2000 and has actively participated in their formal mentorship program since 2009. She was awarded a scholarship to attend WICT's Executive Development Seminar in 2010 which she felt was extremely beneficial and relevant. She says, "I have learned so much about leadership styles, the importance of really listening and being in the moment and when to use my voice. I was able to recharge my batteries on both a professional and personal level while attending this program and I will treasure this experience always". She highly recommends EDS to women leaders who want to take their career to the next level.Close Bio
Karen started with Comcast in June of 2000 as an A/P supervisor for Corporate Cable HQ. In 2001, she joined the Eastern Division as AP Manager and progressed to AP Director and then Sr AP Director. When A/P was centralized to Headquarters late in 2008, she assumed a newly created role for the Eastern Division responsible for managing Capital Expenditures, Purchasing, CPE supply chain and a small Division A/P team. In January 2011, Karen accepted a position for Cable Headquarters in Philadelphia as Director of Financial Operations.
Karen earned her bachelors degree in Accounting in 2000 from Holy Family University and received her CPA certification in 2002. She completed an Executive Development program through the Wharton School of Business at Comcast University in 2009.
Karen is a native Philadelphian and currently resides in Collegeville PA. She has 4 children, a little 3 pound Yorkshire Terrier, and is married to Daniel.
Mentoring Director - Melinda Yablonski
Program Manager, Comcast University
Melinda Yablonski is serving as Mentoring Director on the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Board of Directors.Close Bio
Melinda has been actively involved with WICT since joining Comcast 2009. In her current role with Comcast University, Melinda manages learning and development programs for Comcast’s technical and engineering populations.
Prior to joining CU, Melinda held positions at a number of media outlets including Comcast Spotlight, broadcast television and radio.
Melinda is pursuing a Master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Center City Philadelphia.
Mentoring Director - Marietta Obfenda
Director of Finance and Accounting, Comcast
Marietta Obfenda is a Director of Accounting and Finance in the Cable Division of Comcast Corporation where she oversees Cable’s external reporting functions. Over the course of her 11 years with the Cable Division, Marietta held various responsibilities including accounting for and integrating several of the Company’s cable acquisitions and system swaps with such companies as ATT Broadband, Adelphia and Time Warner. Marietta joined the Company in 1997 serving her first three years in Comcast’s Corporate Financial Reporting group where she was responsible for SEC reporting and financial analysis. Prior to joining Comcast, Marietta worked at the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP for three years performing financial statement audits of clients in the consumer products industry in the PhiladelphiaClose Bio
In addition to her work professionally, Marietta is on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of Women in Cable & Telecommunications where she serves as Treasurer. In this role she maintains the books and records of the Chapter and works in unison with the Chapter President and Vice President to develop and implement the annual budget and strategic financial plan. Marietta graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from LaSalle University. She currently resides in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania with her husband and four daughters.
Communications Chair - Lorelei Adair
Program Manager, Talent and Professional Development, Comcast
Lorelei Adair is currently the Communications Chair of WICT Philadelphia. In this role, Lorelei is responsible for leading the Philadelphia chapter’s marketing and communications initiatives. Lorelei also served as the Mentoring Partnership Program Co-Chair in 2011 and 2012, and has been a WICT member and volunteer since 2004.Close Bio
Lorelei is currently a Program Manager for Comcast University, managing learning and development programs for the Talent and Professional Development College. She earned her Master’s Degree in Leadership Development, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Instructional Technology Management. In addition to the time she gives to WICT, Lorelei also volunteers as a mentor for Girls Today Leaders Tomorrow, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, City Year iMentor, and is a member of the United Way Women’s Initiative Next Generation leadership committee.
Marketing Director - Sherri Jurgens
Director of National Programs, Community Investment, Comcast
Sherri Jurgens is the Marketing co-Chair for Women In Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years.Close Bio
Sherri is the Director of National Programs, Community Investment at Comcast and leads Comcast’s signature programs such as Comcast Cares Day, the company’s largest single day of volunteer service, Comcast’s United Way Giving Campaign, and the Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program. In addition, Sherri manages the Comcast Digital Connectors program which works to improve digital literacy skills in teens and young adults.
Sherri has a Bachelors of Arts in Integrative Health from the University of California at Berkley and a Masters in Public Health from MCP Hahnemann University. Sherri developed programs and preparedness tools that are utilized on a national and international basis, served as Chief Editor for an internationally recognized emergency preparedness manual, trained at the US Army War College, and served as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s disease surveillance team.
Marketing Director - Rebecca Owens
Publicist, Sprout Communications
Rebecca Owens is Publicist, Communications for Sprout, the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for kids ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers. A professional with 8 years experience, Owens is responsible for building awareness for the network through internal and external communications in addition to overseeing and managing the department’s PR website, viewer services and employee public affairs initiatives.Close Bio
Prior to joining Sprout in November 2005, Owens was Administrative Assistant, Public Affairs for Comcast Corporation. Her responsibilities included handling all inquiries to the Foundation, coordinating company sponsorship events, managing the Philadelphia headquarters Comcast Cares Day project, maintaining the Foundation and Corporate giving databases and supporting all staff members.
Owens completed Comcast’s Developing Future Leaders Program, a program which provides an opportunity for individual contributors to enhance their leadership skills and prepare them for future leadership opportunities. She was also awarded the WICT Rising Leader Award in 2010 for her contributions in giving back to the cable industry and her community.
Owens holds a B.A. in Communications from Temple University. She is a member of the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and additionally serves as a mentor for Temple students. She and her husband live in Bucks County, PA with their two children.
Social Media Director - Chelsea Badeau
Director, XFINITY.com Editorial, CIM
Chelsea Badeau is the Director of Social Media of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years.Close Bio
Chelsea is the Director of Editorial for XFINITY.com. She has worked with Comcast in a number of roles since 2003. XFINITY.com is the online home for over 14 million monthly Comcast customers nationwide. The site packages the Web’s best content sources for news, sports, finance, TV, entertainment, live streaming and more. Previously, Chelsea held roles as Executive Producer, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Assistant Managing Editor, News Editor, and Lifestyle/Relationships Editor.
In 2009, Chelsea completed WICT’s Rising Leaders program and was awarded a scholarship for WICT’s Executive Development program in 2010. She was the recipient of Comcast Interactive Media’s first “Most Passionate About Work” award in 2010. Chelsea was named one of Leadership Philadelphia’s “Top 101 Emerging Connectors” and also graduated from the Philadelphia FBI’s Citizens’ Academy in 2009. Chelsea is currently a participant in Comcast's "Fundamentals of Leadership" program.
Chelsea is very active in her community. In addition to WICT, she is the co-chair of her department's volunteer committee, serves as the VP for Development & Communications on the West Mount Airy Neighbors (WMAN) board and recently served on The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia board and the classroom partnership advisory board for Need In Deed.
Chelsea has a Bachelor of Arts in Video Communications from Arcadia University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters. Chelsea also has 21 siblings, many of whom are adopted.
Information Technology Director - Mayra Bolton
Mayra Bolton is a consultant with pureIntegration, an IT systems integration company providing business solutions and innovation to the federal, financial, communication and media industries. For the past 6 years, Mayra has supported various projects in the cable industry specifically on Billing, Email, VoIP and HSD applications.Close Bio
A WICT member since 2009, Mayra currently serves as IT Director for the 2013 WICT Greater Philadelphia Board. She previously served as Webmaster for the 2012 board.
Mayra is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in Economics and minored in Latin America Studies. A native of Honduras, she has lived extensively in Texas, the suburbs of Northern Virginia and is currently enjoying urban living in Philadelphia. In her spare time Mayra enjoys road trips, international destinations, reading and knitting.
Strategic Planning Director - Grace Toncich
Director, Business Applications Business Services, Comcast
Grace Toncich is the Director for Business Strategy at Comcast, working within the Technology & Product Development team.Close Bio
Grace’s responsibilities includes leading the development of the company’s strategic views around new business and new technology opportunities through new technology, product, service, financial and competitive assessments, market research and analysis.
Grace builds out overall new business opportunities including strategy and business cases. She works closely with engineering teams during the early product development and product concept testing phases and later with product development and business units to ensure their successful transition within the company.
Grace has been responsible for the early development of Telepresence, 3D, 1080p, Home Security business and new in-home consumer premise equipment architectures.
Grace has her Master of Law (Intellectual Property) from Melbourne University and a Masters of Enterpreneurship and Innovation from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology.
Grace has been in the U.S. for 7 years and is passionate about working in and contributing to her community.
• Grace has served as board member of WICT from 2009 to present.
• She is a board member for Women’s Way (the nation’s oldest and largest women’s funding federation and women’s advocacy organization)
• She is also a “Big” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program since 2009
• Grace is also involved in committee work for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of South Jersey.
Grace resides in Cherry Hill, NJ and feels very fortunate to have a wonderful husband, a delightful 5 year old son and baby daughter.
Director at Large - Advisor to Awards and Scholarships - Betsy Brightman
VP Affiliate Relations, RLTV
Betsy Brightman serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years.Close Bio
As the Vice President for Affiliate Relations & Distribution for RLTV, Betsy focuses on securing linear carriage with cable and satellite operators for the network. Prior to RLTV, Brightman was Senior Vice President of Sales Operations for Gemstar TV Guide International, where she oversaw all affiliate sales activities and operations with cable divisions, regions, systems and regional Multiple System Operators (MSOs) in the United States.
Betsy has worked in the cable industry since 1984, when she began her career with the Crosby Vandenburgh Group, publisher of customized cable guides. While working with CVG, Betsy was a founding board member of the initial Women In Cable Chapter in Boston. She is also the past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of WICT and a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute(Class XXI.)
She is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where she majored in English. She resides in North Wales, PA with her husband Jay and 3 children Andy, Samantha and Emma. She enjoys skiing, biking, running and swimming.
Director at Large - Financial Management / Regional Programming - Joan Ritchie
VP National Accounting Operations, Comcast
Joan Ritchie serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years.Close Bio
As a member of WICT, she enjoys the breakfast series and other quality events put on by the Philadelphia Chapter and feels that membership offers an avenue to stay connected to former colleagues and to meet new ones in the industry. Joan’s number one goal while serving as a Director is to assist the Board with regional outreach to both members and non-members to ensure that there is awareness of the Chapter’s quality programs and the benefits of membership.
Joan Ritchie, CPA, is a Vice President in the accounting group of Comcast Cable Communications, LLC and was the Controller of the former Eastern Division of Comcast. Prior to joining Comcast, she was the Controller of a Philadelphia based non-profit membership organization for those in the field of cancer research. Prior to working at the American Association for Cancer Research, she was an audit manager with the public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche.
While a resident of the Philadelphia area for the last 20 years, Joan originally hails from the Western part of the state from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Keeping to her small town roots, she currently resides with her husband and 3 children in a small town outside of Philadelphia.
Director at Large - Sponsorship Relations - Jodi A. Friedman
Account Director, Arris
Jodi has over 15 years of experience working in various business development roles on the content, technology and operator side of the cable industry and has helped grow some of its most recognized brands including Comcast/Xfinity, TV Guide, Encore and Starz! Movie Channels, and Court TV.Close Bio
Jodi is currently responsible for the distribution of existing and emerging voice, data and IP Video gateway technology for ARRIS, managing the largest CPE budget for ARRIS’ customer premise equipment including Docsis 2.0 and 3.0 cable modems, emta's and wireless gateway devices. As part of the ARRIS sales team focused on Comcast business, Jodi works with Comcast’s technical and product development engineering and business units to develop next generation whole home gateway solutions with converged voice, video and data capabilities as well as wifi networking with many of the new applications being demanded by the consumer.
As Director of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for the Northeast, Jodi was responsible for the distribution, marketing and product operations support of TV Guide Network (TVGN), TV Guide’s digital interactive guides (i-Guide and Passport), TV Guide on Demand (SPOT), TV Guide On-Line2Go, the next gen personalized guidance tools that enables consumers to have a content-rich, integrated guidance experience whether they access video entertainment through a traditional linear television platform, the internet, or through a mobile device. Jodi was also responsible for the distribution of TVG, the Interactive Horseracing Network, the official TV and Interactive Wagering partner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).
Prior to joining TV Guide, Jodi was Director of Programming at Comcast where she worked on the development and launch of CableLatino, Comcast’s package of Spanish language programming, as well as the acquisition of content to help address the growing consumer demand for multi-ethnic programming. In this role, Jodi worked with US distributors and content aggregators from around the world to help Comcast launch over 25 new Spanish language networks and VOD content, as well as content from Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East and Brazil. Following the launch of CableLatino, Jodi moved to Comcast’s Customer Service group as Director of Customer Service Operations where she collaborated with the national marketing and training teams to manage the rollout of the tier to Comcast Divisions throughout the country.
Before entering the cable industry, Jodi worked as an attorney for a general practice firm in NYC managing various corporate and partnership agreements and commercial litigation cases. She received her JD from New York Law School, and her BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. She was admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey.
Jodi has been a very active member and leader in WICT. She is very happy to be back on the Board as co-Chair of Tech-it-Out programs renewing her longtime commitment to the organization as a past Philadelphia Board Member from 1999-2008 and as President in 2002. She is a member of Class 22, graduating this past year from the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.
Jodi lives in Ardmore, PA and is an Aunt to 4 nephews and 1 niece, and continues to volunteer as a Big Sister in the Philadelphia Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Director at Large - Mentoring - Tracey Kopper-Hourin
Executive Director, Employee Engagement, Comcast
Tracey Kopper-Hourin serves as the Executive Director, Human Resources/Employee Engagement at Comcast Corporate Headquarters. Tracey has been with Comcast for six years. Tracey is an accomplished Senior Human Resources Professional with demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, project management, employee relations, labor, training, and federal/state regulation compliance. She is certified in PDI facilitation, DISC assessment, and various other leadership tools and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees.Close Bio
Tracey is responsible for designing and developing the strategy, tactics and key practices for our employee engagement strategy for the organization.
Tracey currently serves as Director At Large supporting the Mentoring Program for the WICT Philadelphia Chapter and serves on the board.
Tracey is a proud born and bred Philadelphian and currently resides with her family in New Jersey.