Evan Feinman is the Executive Director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and Governor Northam’s Chief Broadband Advisor. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, and as the Policy Director for the McAuliffe campaign. Evan has worked on multiple transition teams and campaigns at the state and federal level, and at the Commonwealth Institute, a budget and fiscal policy think tank in Richmond. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, spent two years on a fellowship focused on energy and transportation policy, and then received his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. A Lynchburg native, Evan currently resides in Richmond with his wife, Annalisa Feinman, an attorney with the Office of the Richmond Public Defender.
Known for her energetic and optimistic perspective, Betsy considers all points of view as she paves the path for progress. As the assistant vice president of the Dispatch Optimization Center, Betsy led the dispatch team supporting 40,000 technicians nationwide, integrating existing dispatch organizations from AT&T and DIRECTV. As a cultural change leader, Betsy orchestrated the move to a continuous improvement organization, pivoting employees to skills necessary for the future.
Betsy brings more than 20 years of in-depth, successive business experience from a variety of diverse roles within the satellite TV industry. Since joining DIRECTV in 2010, her focus has centered on improving and enhancing the technician and dispatcher ability to serve customers with exceptional skill and product knowledge. This is evident as she builds interactive learning solutions resulting in best-in-class practices.
In terms of producing team cohesion, Betsy creates alignment for high-value results. Key illustrations of this include deep relationships between the field and dispatch, allowing for fast process improvement trials; leading the Field Services integration of the LifeShield line of business, which was a first-time offering for DIRECTV – both of which while delivering an increased eNPS. Over the course of five years, Betsy initiated and developed the concept of one unified product introduction team at DIRECTV, effectively bringing disparate groups together and resulting in a superior offering to her customer, the technician.
“We understand the power of cross-functional relationships and build the trust bank at every turn.”
Betsy surrounds herself with talented people who partner well with others, and she has a gift for placing the right person into the right role. A strong proponent of succession planning, Betsy strives to coach and mentor employees and colleagues to encourage progression and learning
Nneka Chiazor serves as Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for the Virginia region, overseeing all aspects of state and local government relations, employee communications, and media and community relations including the programming partnership with YurView on Cox channel 11 in Hampton Roads and throughout the state.
Chiazor brings to Cox more than 20 years of telecommunications experience and a broad policy background in wireless, wireline, and other technology areas. She was most recently the Vice President of Public Policy & Government Affairs for Verizon Communications where she was the leading advocate before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other government agencies on a variety of policy areas, including public safety, cybersecurity and supplier diversity.
Active in numerous civic and business organizations, Chiazor serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA), Norfolk State University’s School of Business Advisory Committee, and she is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors of Somos, Inc., the telecommunications industry’s trusted toll-free number administrator as well as the Board of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), a non-profit business league whose mission is to advance next-generation vehicle communication.
Chiazor earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland. She is also a graduate of the Executive MBA program at Harvard Business School. She is based in the
As CEO of Trapollo, a Cox Business Company, Mike Braham is responsible for profit & loss performance and leading all aspects of strategy and execution of the Trapollo business plan.
Braham retains a unique blend of strategic and operational experience in healthcare, telecommunications, and crisis management industries. He has extensive expertise in building high-performance teams, and has been a leader in public and private enterprise level organizations as well as smaller venture capital-backed firms.
Prior to Trapollo, Mike was responsible for revenue growth, profit and loss performance, and led the development and execution of the sector’s strategic and operating plans that included over 1,500 employees across 300 facilities in 13 countries at Magellan Federal, a division of Magellan Healthcare. Mike lead the acquisition of a $130 million target that doubled employees and revenue to over $300 million.
Before his leadership role at Magellan Health, Mike served as chief of staff, head of strategy and innovation and head of member engagement and digital assets for Aetna’s $8 billion Medicare division. Focused on operational execution and enhancements, he championed several strategic initiatives including the design of a new member engagement strategy and the transformation of Aetna Medicare’s web-based enrollment capabilities.
Mike also spent seven years with Cox Business as vice president of the company’s Hampton Roads market. In this role, he worked closely with CXOs at healthcare provider organizations, medical schools, and major universities to create new delivery and monitoring capabilities for chronically ill and aging constituents in both urban and rural underserved communities through emerging telemedicine applications. His strategic work in the health care vertical produced several of Cox Business’ largest customers and helped pave the path to the company’s overwhelming success in this strategic vertical market.
Dawn Blacksten Schick
Dawn Blacksten Schick is an experienced Location Manager who comes to the Virginia Film Office with a long list of film credits from major film and television projects including Hearts in Atlantis, Gods and Generals, Big Fish, Walk the Line, John Adams, Lincoln and Killing Lincoln. Dawn is a Maryland native who grew up in New Windsor Maryland and attended Towson University. As the Projects Manager for the Film Office, Dawn assists productions working in the Commonwealth and maintains the Virginia Film Office’s location library. She is the proud mom of two lively young boys and enjoys traveling with her family, testing creative recipes and tending her garden. She is the office’s resident coffee and restaurant connoisseur.
James Brown is the Executive Vice President of Content Distribution and Marketing Group for REVOLT Media and TV. A 25-year veteran of the cable industry, Brown brings indispensable knowledge and insight to his role where in addition to Distribution and Affiliate Marketing, he oversees Audience Insights and Consumer Marketing. Brown leads the charge to grow distribution for REVOLT’s content across traditional cable systems as well as OTT systems and the Web, in the United States and internationally. Recently Brown and his team secured distribution deals for the network with Philo TV, Sling and increased distribution on Direct TV and DirecTV Now.
Prior to REVOLT, Brown spent a large part of his career working for Disney/ESPN in various leadership roles. During his most recent position at ESPN, Sr. Vice President, Multicultural Content Development, Brown was responsible for developing, acquiring and packaging multicultural programming across ESPN Networks, Audio and ESPN.com, which increased ratings and profitability. He also led the development of business plans for revenue opportunities against the minority male audience. Additional responsibilities during Brown’s tenor at ESPN included general management of ESPN Rise and ESPNW events, television and digital video business; and leading the development and implementation of the acquisition strategy for the formation of ESPN high school business unit that included acquiring and integrating 4 businesses into one cohesive unit.
Brown spent a majority of his years with ESPN on the Affiliate team where his last position was leading Disney and ESPN Field Sales as SVP – U.S. and the Caribbean. Brown is the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of ALFA Worldwide LTD, which concentrates on business development for a custom-tailoring company. Brown currently serves on the advisory boards for National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Sophie’s Voice Foundation. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in business administration and management from the University of Maryland and resides in Miami.
Dania Matos is currently the inaugural Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at the College of William and Mary. She has been named one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education for tackling some of academia's toughest challenges. Dania has recently been appointed by the University of California at Merced as the inaugural Associate Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer which she will begin this July. Ms. Matos holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law.
J.D. Myers II
J.D. Myers, II is senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications’ Virginia region. He has been with the company since 2006 and recently earned the position leading one of Cox’s six regional markets. Myers is based at the region’s headquarters in Chesapeake, and oversees Cox’s Virginia operations which include the Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg and Roanoke markets, leading the region’s nearly 2,400 employees.
An industry leader with extensive operations, marketing, and sales experience within the telecommunications industry, Myers has more than 30 years of industry experience. Before assuming the role of Northern Virginia market leader, Myers was the vice president of Cox Business Services and led Cox’s fastest growing commercial services business division; he also previously served as vice president of residential and retail sales for Cox Virginia.
Myers has received numerous industry awards and honors. Among these, in 2015 he received the Mae Douglas Leadership Award from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC.) In 2014, he received the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) TAMI Award and was named by CableFAX as one of the Top Minority Executives in Cable Communications. He also received the 2014 Women in Cable Telecommunications Virginia Chapter Most Valuable Partner Award. In 2013 CableFAX named him among the Top 100 Executives in Cable Communications and in 2009, he was named by CableFAX among the Top 35 Regional Executives.
Myers is a member of Cox’s National Diversity Council and serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), where he is a national career mentor of future business leaders. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the George Mason University Foundation. He also serves as co-chair on the CTAM Business Services Council. Additionally, he is on the board of the Virginia Business Council, the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association and he is a trustee of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.
Myers is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer. He holds dual Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Finance and also in Marketing from American University, as well as a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from American University and an Associate of Arts, Electrical Engineering Technology from Regis University.
He resides in Virginia Beach, Va. with his wife, Gillian, and has three daughters.
Mark is the SVP & GM of Consumer Marketing & Insights for CTAM, based in National Harbor, MD. In this role, he leads the CTAM MSO Marketing Cooperative, a consortium of cable companies in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, with a team focused on marketing, analytics, and research. His team also leads the SmartMove national mover marketing program for the industry, which delivers more than 5 Million mover leads to member companies each year.
Prior to CTAM, Mark was VP of Marketing Strategy & Analytics for Swire, a Los Angeles based boutique advertising agency. Before Swire, Mark was with Cox Communications for 8 years, where he held roles of increasing responsibility in marketing. Prior to joining the Cable industry, Mark spent 7 years in the wireless industry with GTE Wireless, now a part of Verizon Wireless.
He holds a B.A. in Music History, Theory and Composition from the College of Charleston and an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Mark Kang currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Worldwide Distribution at INSP, a leading cable TV network with nearly 80 million subscribers. Prior to INSP, he served as a Senior Vice President at Sportsman Channel, now part of Outdoor Sportsman Group, to lead their Content Distribution and Affiliate Marketing efforts. Mark started his media career at Court TV, now TruTV, as a Vice President of Affiliate Relations, where he helped the network to become the fastest growing basic cable channel during his tenure.
Mark began his career in finance at Morgan Stanley, then served as an analyst at Tiedemann Investment Group in their Risk Arbitrage division. He also served as a talent agent, specializing in Grammy Award-winning Hip Hop artists and American Idol winners. Mark received several recognitions and served on various industry boards including Inductee of CableFAX’s Cable Hall of Fame, Top 100 executives in Cable Television, Top Minorities in Cable, Rising Stars of Cable TV Executives, Top Affiliate Team, Advisory Board of Cable Center Hall of Fame, Director at Large for NYC WICT Chapter and National Board of Directors for NAMIC. Mark is also a founding member of AIM – Asian-Americans in Media.
Outside of TV industry, Mark currently serves on a board of Mother-to-Mother, a non-profit organization in NYC that empowers immigrant mothers to meet the needs for their children.
Mark attended Bronx HS of Science in NY and received his BA from Wheaton College in Illinois Mark was born in South Korea, and raised in New York City, where he currently resides with his wife and 3 daughters.
Mr. Heimbach is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Shentel. He joined the Company in May 2018, and is a twenty-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, having served in a variety of senior management roles with both large corporations and entrepreneurial start-ups. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Rise Broadband, the nation’s largest fixed wireless service provider, with responsibility for sales, marketing, product management, engineering, construction, field and customer operations, and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Rise Broadband, Mr. Heimbach held several executive positions at Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:CBB) over a 14-year period including Chief Operating Officer; Senior Vice President/General Manager, Business and Carrier Markets; Vice President and General Manager of the Evolve Business Solutions subsidiary; Vice President Product Development; Director, Small and Medium Business Strategy; Director of Operations, Extended Territories; and Product Manager. Mr. Heimbach holds a B.S. in Communications from the J. Warren McClure School of Information & Telecommunications Systems from Ohio University and is a board member of the American Cable Association and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Steve Hill is the Vice President of Operations for Comcast's Beltway South Area, responsible for field operations in Virginia and West Virginia. He has been in the industry for over 30 years and has been with Comcast since 2005. He has held various Engineering and Operations positions with MSO's in Florida, Colorado, Maryland and Virginia. Steve joined the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA) board of directors in 2012 and is also a member of Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Steve holds a degree in Electronic Engineering.
Vonya Alleyne is Vice President of Human Resources for Cox Communications, Virginia. In her role, she provides leadership regarding overall HR operation of the Region including, but not limited to, the implementation and alignment of policies, employee and labor relations, onboarding, workforce management, talent review, performance management, coaching and development, and execution of safety and risk management. Cox Virginia is comprised of approximately 2200 employees statewide.
Vonya joined Cox in 2007 as Director of Human Resources for Cox’s Northern Virginia operation. In 2010, she took on a focused senior leadership role as statewide Human Resources Director for recruitment and retention. Since 2013, Alleyne has served as Vice President of Human Resources. Vonya has over 25 years of experience working as an HR professional in various industries including retail, telecommunications and government contracting.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from James Madison University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). In November 2018, Vonya graduated from Lead Virginia, a statewide leadership program focused on generating visionary solutions to statewide challenges. In May 2017, she graduated from the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program XVI and the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation Executive Education.
As founding and current President of NAMIC Virginia, which was incorporated in May 2017, Vonya lead a NAMIC expansion initiative serving the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. Under her direction, NAMIC Virginia supports communications professionals in Hampton Roads and Richmond with reaching their diversity and inclusion goals. Notably in September 2018, NAMIC Virginia was recognized for its exceptional work during its inaugural year. NAMIC Virginia won three out of six industry awards including Marketing Excellence, Event Management and the prestigious Chapter of the Year award.
Vonya resides in Virginia Beach, VA. She has two daughters, Royal and Jordan. Vonya is an avid music enthusiast—all genres. Her hobbies include Zumba, cycling, puzzles, word games, reading and gardening. In addition, she volunteers at numerous community-based events and organizations including the Urban League Guild Hampton Roads and serves on the Boards for the Cox Employee Relief Fund and the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, which focuses on developing workforce policy and administering workforce development initiatives for the Hampton Roads area.
With a 25-year track record of success in leading multi-platform media sales management and leadership, Sharon Fanto serves as Group vice president for Cox Media in Atlanta, GA.
A proven innovative and strategic thinker driving bottom line growth, Fanto came to Cox Media in October 2012, after serving for nine years as General Sales Manager of Cox Media Group’s (CMG) KICU TV36 in San Francisco, California. Her commitment to early adoption of new technologies resulted in a multi-platform community station initiative instrumental in building key market relationships and contributed to positioning the station as a leader in dynamic advertising. Prior to joining CMG, Fanto co-founded and served as senior vice president of sales for InfoAlly, a pioneer in e-coaching technology. Additionally, she was senior vice president of sales for the East Coast for Fox Sports Net. Fanto also served as vice president/general sales manager for KTBC, the Fox-owned TV station in Austin, Texas.
Fanto holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications and Advertising from Boston University and a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary. Applying her leadership skills as a volunteer, Fanto has served on several Boards of Directors including Bay Area STAR (Society of Television Advertising and Radio).
As CableLabs’ VP of IT and Facilities, Jeff does more than just manage bits, bytes, and boardrooms. CableLabs’ entire suite of technologies span the visual and radio spectrum, and Jeff ensures those technologies have the right resources, interconnectivity and security they need in the lab and in the real world. With a passion for the epiphany and a penchant for presentations, Jeff loves rolling up his sleeves and sharing technology insights with students, cable company members, and other industry partners. A runner, skier, and avid traveler, Jeff loves to connect with people wherever he goes.
Tonya is a 20-year industry veteran with a proven track record of success on both the technical infrastructure side as well as customer relationship management. Tonya started her telecom career at Verizon as a field technician where she continued to advance her career, gaining valuable industry knowledge and excellent leadership experience. Tonya switched paths to pursue her passion for community service, serving as Vice President of Operations for the Community Foodbank of New Jersey for the past two years.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Tonya joined Cox in 2018. She leads Field Operations which includes Field Services and Outside Plant Maintenance and is responsible for installation, maintenance/service and customer experience related to the Cox network in Virginia. Tonya also continues to fight food insecurity by being an operations committee member for Food Bank of Virginia Southeastern.
Tonya earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Cum Laude) from Saint Peter’s College, a Master of Science in Network Engineering and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management both from the Stevens Institute of Technology. She is also involved with several charitable organizations such as Junior Achievement New Jersey and the Spur Honor Society at Saint Peter’s College.
In Your Ear is a full service production and postproduction facility located in Richmond,
Va. I am responsible for strategic initiatives, operating practices, budgets, general
producing of jobs, and real estate management. Clients include Anthem, the Virginia
Lottery, The Martin Agency, and Fox Television
Virginia Production Alliance- 1988 to present.
I am one of the founders of the Virginia Production Alliance. The Alliance represents the
film, video and audio industries in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Presently I am the
Chairman of Legislative Affairs and oversee the legislative efforts of the industry
statewide. I work with the membership, lobbyists, legislators and the Governor's
administration to facilitate the goals, message and execution of the annual legislative
initiative. I was appointed to the Virginia Tourism Corporation Board in 2014. VTC
oversees all of the Tourism and Film industries in the Commonwealth.
Jennifer Garrett is group vice president of retention and loyalty for charter communications. Garrett is responsible for developing, implementing and leading residential and business customer retention strategies. She oversees residential and b2b retention channels including charter’s eight call center locations across the United States. Garrett leads a team of over 2500 professionals supporting 20+ million subscribers. In addition, Garrett’s team also spearheads marketing collaboration for retention and loyalty programs-- creates and supports tools, offers, processes and programs in order to drive improved churn performance.
Prior to Charter, Garrett joined the Cox Communications Virginia senior leadership team in 2007 where she focused on aligning, diversifying and building the effectiveness of the region’s sales organization. One of the first sales vice presidents in the company, Garrett quickly built a competitive sales culture that is vibrant in the region today. In 2010, she relocated to Atlanta to serve as SVP of National Sales/Digital Marketing for the corporation. Her extensive sales experience includes experiences in internet services, cable television, telephony, data/IP and access products and services. Before joining Cox, Garrett led Atlanta-based ISP, EarthLink’s sales and retention group as VP, Sales and Retention. Prior to EarthLink, she was the director of sales and business services for MindSpring, one of the nation’s leading ISP’s and early internet innovators.
Among her favorite charity organizations are The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, and the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity. She recently served on the Board of Directors for The Hambidge Center in North Georgia and is a former board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs in Virginia. Garrett graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University where she earned a B.S. degree in history and political science. Jennifer loves spending time with her husband, Bowman, and three sons Coleman, Asher and Josiah; she also plays tennis and loves to hike, play in and around their Fairfield, CT home. They live full-time outside of New York City in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Scott is a seasoned telecommunications veteran with more than 33 years of experience overseeing engineering, customer care, finance, regulatory affairs, sales and marketing operations.
Most recently he served as Vice President and General Manager for Atlantic Broadband’s southern Pennsylvania region. Prior to joining Atlantic Broadband, Scott was Area General Manager-Midwest for Rise Broadband where he was responsible for an eight-state region and Director of Regulatory Affairs and Controller for Service Electric Telephone. Scott also held positions at Verizon, Comcast and Windstream earlier in his career.
Scott holds a B.S. degree from Illinois State University and is pursuing a M.S. degree in Electric Engineering from Southern Methodist University. He has also attended advanced education at Harvard Business School and McGill University.