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Communications Group Kicks Off Annual Program Designed for Executives of Color

NAMIC Announces 2009-2010 Class Roster for Executive Leadership Development Program Designed to Increase Pipeline of Executives of Color

NEW YORK, -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) today announced the class roster for the 2009-2010 term of itsExecutive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). Presented in partnership with theUCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, the 2009-2010 term launches today and marks the program's ninth year. Since its inception, the NAMIC ELDP has graduated over 250 executives.


"We proudly welcome the impressive group of executives who comprise Class IX of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program," said Kathy Johnson, president, NAMIC. "NAMIC commends those companies that demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the pipeline of multi-ethnic executive talent through their continued support of this prestigious program."

Targeting upper middle managers of color (senior director level and above), the curriculum was customized for NAMIC by the Anderson School's Office of Executive Education Programs. The Anderson School administers the program's academic curriculum, while NAMIC maintains management responsibility for the overall program. The curriculum offers a platform for self-discovery, professional development, and empowerment. Over the course of four sessions, the NAMIC ELDP addresses the unique challenges faced by executives of color in the workplace in addition to the business acumen that all executives need to succeed. While emphasizing professional growth, the NAMIC ELDP curriculum leverages powerful research to illuminate the congruence of solid business acumen with flexible leadership, enlightened use of power, and, mining the riches of diverse teams.

The 2009-2010 ELDP class members are:

Angelynne Amores, Regional Director, Corporate Communications, Comcast

Deric Bomar, Vice President, Labor and Employee Relations, Comcast

Michelle Brooks, Director, Content Distribution and Marketing, MTV Networks

Damon Burrell, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, MTV Networks

Julio Cardiel, Director, Technical Operations, Comcast

Maureen Carter Gordon, Creative Director, Interactive Media, Comcast

Mitchell Christopher, Vice President, Technical Operations, Time Warner Cable

Sarah Chung, Director, Finance, MTV Networks

Lee Dang, Director, Engineering, Comcast

Shabnam Dewji, Vice President, Operations, West Region, Time Warner Cable Media Sales

John Douglas, Vice President, Employee/Labor Relations, Comcast

Henry Fore, Area Vice President, Comcast

Darrel Hegar, Regional Vice President, Operations, Carolina Region, Time Warner Cable

James Hendricks, Sr. Director, Human Resources, ESPN

Toni Herron, Sr. Director, Communications and Press, VH1

Krandall Jones, Vice President, Application Development, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

Navine Karim, Senior Associate Counsel, BET Networks

Deborah King, Vice President, Sales Invoicing, News and International Sales Operations, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

Alysia Long, Assistant General Counsel, Cox Communications

Nathalie Lubensky, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Networks

Kay Madati, Vice President, Audience Experience, CNN Worldwide

Dennis Mathew, Sr. Director, High Speed Data Operations, Comcast

Tendai Muronda, Director, Finance and Operations, Comcast

Sonya Nelson, Regional Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast

Oke Okaro, Vice President, Mobile, ESPN

Julie Oleynick, Sr. Director, Human Resources, Comcast

Sergio Penaloza, Director, Video and MTC Technology, Cox Communications, Arizona

Gerald Raines, Sr. Director, Theme Parks and Attractions, MTV Networks

Wayne Ramprashad, Executive Director, Call Management and Architecture, Comcast

Michelle Ray, Sr. Director, Program and Strategic Initiatives, Walter Kaitz Foundation

Freddy Rolon, Sr. Director, Strategy, Content Business Division, ESPN

Shari Rouleau-Hellhake, Director, Competitive Analysis, Comcast

Kamini (Connie) Sarvanandan, Director, Marketing and Sales Communications, HBO (Warner Brothers)

Bilai Joa Silar, Vice President, Channel Director, Discovery Kids & US Hispanic, Discovery Networks Latin America/US Hispanic

Patalia Tate, Vice President, Creative, Food Network

Janet Uthman, Regional Director, Product Management, Comcast

Ernest Watts, Sr. Director, Technical Operations, Live Events and Field Operations, Turner Studios

Shaun Williams, Vice President, Business Operations, BET Networks

Vin Zachariah, Regional Vice President, Operations, Southwest Ohio, Time Warner Cable

Jennifer Zaldivar, Sr. Director, Communications, TV Land, MTV Networks

For more information on the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program or other NAMIC education initiatives,


NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, please visit



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