Leadership Executives

Sports & Entertainment Leadership Panel

bullet-pointSanja Komljenovic

Sanja Komljenovic was born in Bosnia, stopped in Croatia, raised in Pittsburgh, educated in the Swamp, cultured in Italy, matured in LA, and currently calls the Pacific North West home.

Early on, she spent six years working for the Clippers: hired as an intern and left as the head of the digital media. Although, I loved my job at the team, I left because I knew I needed to be stretched in order to continue to grow. Three years ago, I got the call from Nike to run Global Social Media for Basketball.

I am a strategic thinker in the digital marketing industry. My experience lies in branding, content creation and media, with an insight into how consumers react to content. I strive to be an inspirational team leader with an ability to create structure and process resulting in high quality work. My philosophy is to always put people first. If you have good people working for you that trust in your vision, you will deliver exceptional results. I also believe the difference between good work and great work lies in the details.

I have many interests. My art has been featured in WSJ and hangs on the wall of Paul Marciano’s (co-founder of Guess) office. I’ve traveled from Hong Kong to Panama to Budapest and beyond. I’ve participated in most team sports: track, basketball, soccer, volleyball, bowling, cheerleading, softball and even played rugby in college. I majored in Sports Management, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and am lucky to be working in my field.

Life hasn’t been perfect but perspective is a wonderful thing. I am grateful for all the amazing experiences and opportunities, not to mention the many diverse friends I made and my supportive family. I hope to keep learning, growing and continue to create great work.

bullet-pointDemetrius Harris

Demetrius Harris serves as the Editorial Graphics Producer for ESPN Productions, Inc. In this role with ESPN, he collaborates with producers and researchers on assigned programming, leads editorial direction of on-air insert graphics appearing in live Sports Nation, NFL, NBA and Sports Center studio shows, and assist with content-development and show-rundown structure. In addition, Mr. Harris also communicates concepts for graphics to on-air talent and producers while managing execution, communicates concepts for graphics to on-air talent and producers while managing execution, and develops, writes and presents ideas to producers and coordinating producers.

bullet-pointTony Osunsanmi

Tony Osunsanmi holds management experience on both the marquee client side and on the business entity side, via the sports and entertainment management firm he started on his own several years ago. Tony has excellent organizational skills and boardroom negotiation acumen, and he specializes in working with professional athlete clients and formulating and assessing strategies geared toward their futures. Tony is also experienced with event management, executing successful fund raising events for many of his clients. A former athlete, Tony played Division I basketball at Cal State University of Northridge, where he earned a degree in communications.

bullet-pointMonique Rodriguez

Monique Rodriguez received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Event Management from California State University Long Beach. Hired through her college internship with the Rose Bowl Stadium she is now going on her fourth year working with the historic football venue as an Events Consultant starting up a Private Event Sales Team to sell out their newly renovated Terry Donahue Pavilion.

bullet-pointLaRosa Boyce

LaRosa Boyce is an award winning television and radio producer with a decade of major market experience who currently produces segments for the NFL Network. As a producer for the NFL Network, “insert name” captures footage and prepares content related to players’ participation in benefits and other special events that is repurposed for future segments.

Mr. Boyce not only has been producing NFL broadcast since 2000 with a range of responsibilities that include production, management, and logistics, but his work has enabled him to win awards that include an Emmy (Mid-Atlantic) in 2002 as Associate Producer for Eagles Pre-season programming in the Outstanding Live Sports Coverage/Series category, and Producer awards for each of eight consecutive years (2002-2009) from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB).

Mr. Boyce began with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was recruited directly out of Temple University for his incredible work as an intern for NBC-TV in Philadelphia and WB Television affiliate in Philadelphia & the Philadelphia Eagles.

Health Care Leadership Panel

bullet-pointRisela Coye

Risela Coye is a part of the Marketing, Sales, Service, and Administration (MSSA) organization at Kaiser Permanente. Risela strategically partners with multi-disciplinary business line leaders in the development and implementation of corporate policies and people strategy programs, which includes performance management, organization and employee development, workforce planning, and diversity & inclusion initiatives, for over 500 union and non-union employees. Risela strives to enhance KP’s capabilities in the HR discipline, while providing a high level of subject matter expertise and strong customer focus.

Risela joined Kaiser Permanente February 2011 from Farmers Insurance, a Zurich Financial Services company, where she was a Human Resources Advisor, responsible for providing consulting on all facets of HR issues for over 250 employees. Prior to that, Risela was a Human Resources Generalist at the Los Angeles Times, where she managed the day-to-day HR support for production, advertising and marketing groups. Risela began her HR career as a Human Resources Representative at Universal Studios, now NBC Universal, a Comcast company, in 1996.

Risela holds a BS in Business Administration from CSU, Northridge, a certificate in HR Professional Management from UCLA Extension, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is based in, Burbank, California.

bullet-pointTarah Taylor

Tarah Taylor is a Labor Organizer for the California Nurses Association where she guides nurses through the process of building collective power in their workplace in order to be better advocates for their patients and communities. Prior to her current role, Tarah served as the Local Intergovernmental Affairs Intern at the White House Office of Public Engagement where she helped build and maintain relationships with the top 100 county and local elected officials in America. Tarah’s background consists of community and union organizing, with experience in electoral campaigns, Houston local government, and the Texas Senate. Tarah is Circle of Change alumni and graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown.

bullet-pointDr. Khadine Alston

Dr. Khadine Alston is a dentist and owner of True Original Smiles in Tamarac, Florida. She is also the president and co-founder of The Truth Outreach Project (TOP) Incor- porated, a Florida-based, 501c3, non-profit organization created to provided health education and access to health care to underserved individuals and communities.

The inspiration for the TOP organization came after Dr. Alston pioneered the first annual oral cancer awareness walkathon in the city of Harlem, New York in April 2006 during Oral Cancer Awareness Week. She worked in conjunction with New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), ABC7, Harlem Hospital, the NY Oral Cancer Consortium and several other partners to raise awareness and $30,000 for the cause

After the success of the NY City oral cancer walkathon, Dr. Alston presented her results at the 2006 Student National Dental Association (SNDA) Conference and petitioned students from other dental schools to host their own walkathon. In her presentation she stated that it was her vision to have every dental school simultaneously host an oral cancer walkathon during oral cancer awareness week. Her vision is slowly be- coming reality. To date, there are several schools that have hosted one or more oral cancer walkathons. In April 2012, Dr. Alston and her colleagues at the TOP partnered with Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine to organize the first an- nual oral cancer awareness walkathon in South Florida.

Dr. Alston graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors of Science in Com- munication and received a degree in Journalism and Philosophy. She also has a Mas- ters of Public Health from Florida International University (FIU) and a Doctor of Dental Science degree from New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD).

Dr. Alston is also published author who has not only written for various newspapers, she has also authored a Christian fiction book, Kaleidoscope, and she currently hosts an inspirational blog, That Next Level Thinking, titled after her media company That Next Level Thinking Enterprises Incorporated. Dr. Alston has lectured at the Nova South- eastern University College of Dental Medicine and New York University College of Dentistry.

bullet-pointDr. Mireya Hernandez

Dr. Mireya Hernandez is a 2008 graduate of Southern California University of Health Sciences where she obtained the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic. She has extensive education in human anatomy, musculoskeletal diagnosing and chiropractic manipulative treatment. Dr. Hernandez received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science from California State University, Long Beach. Since graduating she has pursued further education in attaining the designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and has interned/volunteered with AVP, Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, Marcedes Lewis Foundation, Long Beach Jordan High School football and SCUHS Bolivia Outreach Mission. Dr. Hernandez currently practices in the city of Long Beach at Atlantic Chiropractic Centers.

bullet-pointTasha Rice

Tasha Rice, a Registered Nurse, created and leads Rest Assured Nursing Inc. In 2006, Rice launched the health care advocacy company to focus on assisting individuals on managing their health. She shares her expertise by speaking and consulting with organizations on healthcare advocacy, wellness, staff retention and leadership.

Prior to starting Rest Assured Nursing Inc., Rice worked as a critical care nurse at top hospitals and managed outpatient surgery centers. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Rice received a business certificate from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, which was developed by Babson College.

She is committed and strongly passionate on the future of quality healthcare and education. Rice enjoys volunteering at homeless shelters and her church events. She also mentors women and girls.

Social Responsibility Leadership

bullet-pointSusana Gonzalez Edmond

Susana Gonzalez Edmond is the Sr. Community Liaison within the Strategic Engagement team at Southern California Edison (SCE). Susana works with the Latino community across the SCE service territory, as well as, provide strategic counsel to SCE’s Senior Management about important trends, analysis, and matters pertaining to the Latino community. Susana has vast experience in working with grassroots nonprofits, media regulators, academia, and local government.

Susana has a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal State San Marcos and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State Long Beach.

bullet-pointMrs. Nichol Whiteman

Mrs. Nichol Whiteman is an Executive Director at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Mrs. Whiteman oversees programs, charitable giving, and fundraising. She is a Member of Advisory Board of Covington Capital Management. Mrs. Whiteman serves on the the Southern California Advisory Board of College Summit. Previously, she was the Director of Group Sales and Sponsorship at the Earl Graves Publishing Company and Black Enterprise Magazine from 2000 to 2006, Manager of Sales Promotions and Merchandising at Essence Magazine from 1999 to 2000, and a Marketing Analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase from 1998 to 99 responsible for marketing strategy and communications. Mrs. Whiteman has extensive non-profit leadership experience in the corporate and non-profit industry. She was an Executive Director of College Summit’s California region and served on a number of Boards including the Executive Leadership Team at the American Heart Association Go Red Campaign, the Advisory Board of the Black Enterprise Woman of Power Conference, the Board of Directors for the IDefine Foundation, and Advisory Member of The Positive Results Corporation. Mrs. Whiteman is a member of National Advisory Council of A Better Chance Inc and the National Black MBA Association. She was named Spelman Class of 1998 Businesswoman of the Year, has earned the 2005 LEAD Program in Business Leaders of Tomorrow Award, and in 2010 was honored as Woman of Inspiration Honoree by The Wave. Mrs. Whiteman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Management and Organization from Spelman College.

bullet-pointMichelynn Woodard

Well-connected senior executive with over fifteen years of experience in executive leadership, business development, and corporate philanthropy. Proven leadership ability in multiple industries including: Retail, Entertainment, Non-Profit, Television, Digital Media, and Music.

Strategic consulting experience focused on the intersection that brings together celebrities, philanthropists, non-profits and brands in order to achieve maximum results. Extensive and unique experience in driving social change in both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Board member and community leader active in nonprofit and education causes; talented relationship-builder with a vast network of personal connections to prominent figures in corporate, entertainment, government and philanthropic circles.

bullet-pointRonda Wilkin

Ronda joined the Beauty Bus Foundation in November 2013. Ronda’s career includes positions in marketing and public relations, fundraising and business development, corporate community involvement and as a nonprofit executive director.

Prior to joining the Beauty Bus, Ronda spent more than eight years with Blue Shield of California as the Manager of Corporate Community Involvement responsible for grants and giving, volunteer efforts, employee giving, community engagement, and non-profit capacity building. She launched and built a program that completed more than 100 projects annually.

Ronda has also worked with Habitat for Humanity as a Business Programs Consultant; as the Area Director of Community Relations and an Executive Director for Sunrise Senior Living; as the Executive Director/Center Director for the West Valley Jewish Community Center; Director of Marketing & Public Relations for California Cryobank; and as the Marketing Specialist for the American Cancer Society.

Ronda is also an esthetician. Her cosmetic experience began in college behind the Estee Lauder counter. At the American Cancer Society she volunteered with the Look Good Feel Better program. Ronda also owned a salon-based cosmetic business for more than two years.

“I truly live for a “helper’s high,” to give back and make this a better world for others. Coming to the Beauty Bus Foundation is an opportunity to roll a lifetime of work into one organization. I believe Beauty Bus is like a vitamin shot for the soul,” Ronda said.

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