About

Christine Travaglini

Chair, AWM

Christine Travaglini

Chair, AWM

Christine Travaglini is President of Katz Radio Group. As President, Christine drives overall business development and strategy of Katz Radio Group’s 14 regional offices across the country that together serve as the national sales partner to more than 3,300 radio stations and their digital audio platforms. Christine leads the Katz team in driving maximum results for broadcasters and their advertisers through radio advocacy, innovative marketing solutions, and compelling data and insights.

Since 2008, Christine served as President of Christal Radio, a division within Katz. Prior to that she served as Senior Vice President and General Sales Manager for Christal, a post she held for five years.

In 2013, Christine was also named President of Katz Partnerships, the business development team focused on deepening relationships with agencies, and leveraging all of Katz’s partner’s broadcast and digital assets to develop innovative solutions for today’s big brands. Under her leadership, the Katz Partnerships team has developed and influenced millions of dollars for Katz broadcast clients providing first-to-market ideas and advertiser-focused audio solutions.

Christine began her career with Katz as a sales assistant in the Atlanta office, and was the first person to rise from an assistant to a division president within the organization.

Radio Ink has named Christine one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” since 2005. She has served on the National Board of Directors and is currently the Chair for the Alliance for Women in Media. Christine is an executive board member of the Radio Advertising Bureau; a board member of the IRTS; and an active speaker and panelist at industry events.

Keisha Sutton- James

Vice Chair, AWM

Keisha Sutton- James

Vice Chair, AWM

Keisha Sutton-James is VIce President, Inner City Broadcating Corp., and a third generation broadcaster. She joined ICBC Broadcast Holdings, Inc. (Inner City Broadcasting) in 2007, taking responsibility for developing and implementing the company's digital strategy. By rationalizing systems to build a common infrastructure and leveraging the portfolio of radio assets to build digital brands, she has created additional revenue streams for the company. Additionally, Keisha secured the company's minority certification and is leading business development efforts in the minority supplier arena. She is heavily involved with mentoring women and African-Americans and was instrumental in ICBC supporting the Broadcast Leadership Training Program at the NABEF. Prior to joining ICBC, Keisha spent six years post-MBA as a banker in the JP Morgan Private Bank advising family offices and owners of closely held businesses on all aspects of their wealth management. With $800MM in assets under management, she worked with her clients in investing, estate planning, philanthropic giving and family governance. Keisha has been active or held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including the Council of Urban Professionals, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the African-American MBA Alumni Association of the Wharton School of Business, and most recently, the NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council.

Sarah Foss

Immediate Past Chair, AWM

Sarah Foss

Immediate Past Chair, AWM

Sarah Foss is the Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, for Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising optimization and video infrastructure solutions serving global media companies. With more than 25 years experience within the media technology field, Ms. Foss has a track record that includes success in start-up, small business, and large company environments, having built global competitive advantage through innovative product development, marketing, and customized sales. Ms. Foss most recently served as the President of the Advertising Division at YANGAROO, Inc. Prior to that, she was the SVP, Sales & Client Services, for Encompass Digital Media, CEO for VCI Solutions, as well as management positions in Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Division. Ms. Foss graduated Cum Laude from Ohio University with a master’s degree in telecommunications management.

Heather Cohen

Treasurer, AWM

Heather Cohen

Treasurer, AWM

Heather Cohen is Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency which represents and develops the careers of many of the industry's most successful personalities. Ms. Cohen joined the Weiss Agency from GreenStone Media, LLC, where she was Vice President, Programming. She previously served as Assistant Program Director at New York’s WOR. Prior to that, she served as Executive Producer for “The Joan Hamburg Show”. Ms. Cohen also judged the Tony Awards for eight seasons.

Christina Barlowe Villano

Director, AWM

Christina Barlowe Villano

Director, AWM

Christina Barlowe Villano is a dynamic, senior executive with a versatile background in marketplace development, strategic sales and applied technology. She has a proven track record in her ability to develop, serve and lead cross-functional teams to drive change throughout an organization, resulting in strategic business initiatives that generate revenue and manage operational expense. Christina is currently the Principal Media Consultant at NextMedia Partners, LLC, focusing on the intersection of evolving network and computer technology to deliver communications, information and entertainment products with exceptional user experiences.

Kelly DeLace Perdomo

Director, AWM

Kelly DeLace Perdomo

Director, AWM

Kelly DeLace Perdomo is a dynamic, high-energy, senior marketing/production executive with 17-year track record of success spanning in-house and consulting roles. Kelly has demonstrated leadership in fast-paced, multinational corporate environments (Sony) and high-profile entertainment organizations (SiriusXM Radio, MTV, VH-1, Warner Bros). In her career, Kelly has proven her ability to build custom, individual, brand-based solutions that deliver outstanding results and maximize return on investment. Kelly is currently Vice President – Sports, Entertainment, Content, and Partnership Marketing at SiriusXM Radio

Joyce Fitch

Director, AWM

Joyce Fitch

Director, AWM

Joyce Fitch, Esq. serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. She joined the company in 2003 and brings over thirty years of legal experience to the organization.
A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Ms. Fitch began her legal career as a trial attorney with the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore and later worked as General Counsel for Magellan Behavioral Health, Inc. and iSky, Inc. Prior to joining Beasley, she served as Assistant General Counsel to Rotech Healthcare, Inc.
Ms. Fitch is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Radio Music License Committee and serves on the Board of Managers of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium, LLC. Additionally, she is a member of the Alliance for Women in Media.
On a community level, Ms. Fitch has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Youth Haven, a Naples, FL facility providing shelter and counseling to abused and neglected children. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, Florida.

Susie Hedrick

Director, AWM

Susie Hedrick

Director, AWM

Susie Hedrick is SVP of North American Sales at WideOrbit, a provider of advertising management software for media companies, including 75% of US television stations and nearly 3,000 radio stations. Ms. Hedrick is responsible for all revenue from WideOrbit’s radio products. She moved from broadcasting to technology in 1998, working as Director of Products for applications used by over 35,000 broadcast professional. Prior to joining WideOrbit, Ms. Hedrick served as SVP of Sales and Business Development at Marketron.

Jinny Laderer

Director, AWM

Jinny Laderer

Director, AWM

Jinny is the leader of a growing technology company, vCreative, that services over 4,000 local radio, digital & TV stations, networks, and national media companies with cloud-based workflow solutions. She is also an advocate of women’s causes. She has been involved with MIW & AWM since 2008 and has been a judge for The Gracie Awards. Jinny is a Co-Founder and Board of Director for a non‐profit that rescues preteen and teen girls out of sex trafficking in Honduras. She also serves on the board of her local church.

Meg LaVigne

Director, AWM

Meg LaVigne

Director, AWM

Meg LaVigne is President of Television at Litton Entertainment, the country’s leading independent television programming. LaVigne is responsible for several divisions in the company including television syndication, news and public relations. LaVigne is an Emmy-winning talk show host and was on-air talent for a daily live show, AM Boston. She is also a veteran broadcast and commercial announcer whose voice has been heard on a variety of shows ranging from Red Sox baseball games to The Three Stooges New Year’s Eve Marathon. Prior to television, LaVigne worked at WITS Radio as a producer and on-air announcer. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for the Blind.

Laura Martinez

Director, AWM

Laura Martinez

Director, AWM

Laura Martinez is the Senior Director of Affiliate Sales at Westwood One/Dial Global. Ms. Martinez coordinates efforts to increase programming affiliations and to maintain existing relationships. Prior to her role at Westwood One, she served as Director of Marketing and Sales at Radio Disney Denver where she developed sales and marketing strategies to gain exposure for the Disney Brand in Denver and increase revenue for the Walt Disney Company. Prior broadcast experience includes NBC Radio in Chicago, CBS Radio in Boston and Katz TV in Chicago.

Alison Rudnick

Director, AWM

Alison Rudnick

Director, AWM

Alison Rudnick serves as Vice President, Communications, HLN (formerly CNN Headline News). Based in New York, Rudnick has held this position since 2014. In this role, she is responsible for directing executive and brand strategy, external and internal messaging and crisis communications. Returning to HLN in 2011, Rudnick oversaw the public relations efforts for network milestones, including morning anchor Robin Meade’s 15th anniversary, the infamous Casey Anthony trial and re-positioning HLN (twice) in five years. Rudnick began her career at CNN in 1996, and has taken opportunities at WNBC, WNJU, Discovery and CNBC.

Diane Schwartz

Director, AWM

Diane Schwartz

Director, AWM

Diane Schwartz serves as the Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of the Media Communications Group at Access Intelligence. She oversees the group, which includes Cynopsis, AdExchanger, Cablefax, Admonsters, PR News, Social Shakeup, StudioDaily and Folio. In her 21 years at Access Intelligence, Diane has launched more than 100 conferences, awards programs, web sites, events, e-media ventures and ancillary products. A 30-year media veteran, Diane is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, has served on the boards of the Specialized Information Publishers Association and on the Digital Media Committee of American Business Media, as well as serving on numerous other PR, media and business committees. She is a volunteer and mentor in her local community and is a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish America.

Josie Thomas

Director, AWM

Josie Thomas

Director, AWM

Josie Thomas is Executive VP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CBS Corporation. In this role, Ms. Thomas oversees the Company’s commitment to diversity across all of its businesses. She leads multidimensional diversity and inclusion strategies working with senior executives throughout the corporation to develop talent, diverse suppliers, outreach, advocacy group engagement and national industry impact. In addition, she is the executive sponsor of CBS’s employee resource groups, while spearheading the CBS Corporation Diversity Council. She served as Chair of the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies and later Chaired the Board of Visitors of the then newly launched Global Journalism and Communications School at Morgan State University, where she also serves on the Board.

Gayle Trotter

Director, AWM

Gayle Trotter

Director, AWM

Gayle Trotter is president, American Women's Alliance. She is a columnist, political analyst and attorney who regularly appears on TV, such as on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File and MediaBuzz, contributes to The Hill, The Daily Caller, Townhall and other well-known political websites, and is a frequent guest on radio shows across the country providing an insider’s view of Washington, DC.