The WICT Network: New England Board
Chapter Advisor Sara Dionne
VP, Human Resrouces at Comcast
Sara Dionne is Vice President of HR for the Greater Boston Region at Comcast. In this role she provides strategic leadership and direction for three key functional teams: Human Resources, Employee Relations and Talent Acquisition & Management.
Bio: Sara Dionne
President Sara Nizzardo
Senior Manager QA Analysis at Disney
Sara Nizzardo is a Senior Manager for Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED), managing teams focused on Quality Assurance. In this role she oversees functional testers and automation engineers that ensure quality of DMED’s global media supply chain.
Bio: Sara Nizzardo
Vice President Dina Baraiolo
Director of Finance at Disney
Dina is a Director of Finance with the Disney Media Networks distribution finance team. In this role Dina is responsible for the financial planning and analysis of Affiliate sales and distribution for TWDC suite of networks.
Bio: Dina Baraiolo
Treasurer Brooke Bailey
Manager, Finance at ESPN
Brooke joined ESPN in 2016 and is now a manager of finance with the Disney and ESPN Media Networks distribution finance team. In this role Brooke is responsible for the financial planning and analysis of affiliate sales and distribution for the ESPN suite of networks.
Bio: Brooke Bailey
Program Director Christina Draper
Lead Network Orginator at ESPN
Christina is entering her 23rd year with ESPN, right out of college. Sports have always been her passion which lead her to join ESPN in Network Control, monitoring on air quality of all 17 networks the company serves around the world. She coordinates and plans staffing for remote and studio productions while managing on air issues with multiple departments.
Bio: Christina Draper
Programming Director Julia Jalbert
Senior Financial Analyst at ESPN
I am a Senior Financial Analyst at ESPN in Indirect Content finance. I have been with ESPN 5 years this coming April.
Bio: Julia Jalbert
Program Director Jenna Blakeslee
Studio Operator II at ESPN
Jenna (she/her/they/them) is a Studio Operator II with ESPN/Disney Media and Entertainment Studio Operations. Jenna has been with the company since 2014 functioning as a hard camera operator/trainer, jib operator, and editor across our programming. An athlete turned coach; it was a matter of time before they ended up at ESPN. They started their career shooting handheld for Comcast’s first ever live streamed sporting event.
Bio: Jenna Blakeslee
Program Director Michelle Barker
Strategic Enterprise Account Executive at Comcast
Michelle Barker is entering her 12th year with Comcast Business, growing revenue in the business market of Western New England.
Bio: Michelle Barker
Mentor Chair Louisa Frahm
SEO Director at ESPN
Hailing from San Diego, California, Louisa Frahm recently relocated to Connecticut to take on an SEO Director role at ESPN. She previously conducted news SEO strategy at Google, the LA Times, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, TMZ, Yahoo!, and E! Online. In addition to WICT, she is currently Communications VP with the Junior League of Los Angeles. When she’s not chasing trends on the Internet or pursuing female empowerment opportunities, she loves to hike, try new restaurants, karaoke, dance, go to concerts, watch movies, and enjoy life to the fullest. Pop culture is her greatest love. Ask her about Prince, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, and/or her giant Funko Pop collection.
Bio: Louisa Frahm
Membership Chair Allison Violette
Senior Resource Coordinator at ESPN
Allison leads ESPN’s Remote Operations Third Party Resource Team. Her role is to manage the multiple agency populations that fall under the Remote Operations third party umbrella including, but not limited to, day count tracking, payroll processing, personnel troubleshooting, invoice payment, and database coordination. Allison also volunteers for her department’s Library Committee and is a proud member the Women’s Multicultural Network, an internal ESPN team focused on recruiting, retaining, and elevating women of color within the company. Prior to her joining ESPN in 2014, Allison’s primary experience was in small business management.
Bio: Allison Violette
Membership Director Elizabeth Batista
Global Channel Director at Intraway
Elizabeth, has always been an avid customer proponent, which has been proven repeatedly throughout her strong and successful record in driving sales and growing profits for a variety of national and international technology companies.
Bio: Elizabeth Batista
Marketing Chair Tania Eicoff
Studio Operator II at ESPN
Tania Eicoff is a Studio Operator II at ESPN. She is a video, camera, and jib operator for most shows at ESPN. Prior to relocating to Connecticut, she worked at NECN. She grew up in the Boston area, which helps explain her passion for all Boston sports.
Bio: Tania Eicoff
Marketing Director Kimberly Webber
Senior Marketing Communications Specialist at Cox Media
Kim is a Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist at Cox Media, responsible for internal & external communications, project planning, promotions, and events.
Bio: Kimberly Webber
Communications Chair Ashley Dunn
Manager, Digital Engagement at Comcast
Ashley’s career includes e-commerce copywriting and higher education marketing before coming to Comcast in 2018. She’s served in Customer Communications and Operations Communications, educating customers and frontline employees through nationally visible support communications. She recently joined the Digital Experience and Platforms (DXP) team.
Bio: Ashley Dunn