Board of Directors Biographies
Pat Peyton ’84
Pat Peyton is an innovative leadership and sales consultant with more than 25 years of experience partnering with global organizations to enhance their leadership, management, and sales performance. Pat’s exceptional communication and analytical skills, combined with her business acumen, enable her to quickly diagnose organizational challenges, design solutions to address those challenges, and help clients successfully implement those solutions.
Travis Small ’97
Travis Small is responsible for the day-to-day management of accounts in the energy and environmental practice group at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications. Travis’s client work focuses on topics related to the energy industry, specifically in the areas of renewable/green energy generation, sustainability efforts, and conservation measures. Travis has more than 10 years of experience in the communications industry, having held positions in marketing, political communications, public relations, and advertising. Before joining Rasky Baerlein, Travis was an account manager at Captains of Industry, a strategic marketing firm, where he worked on major biotech, health services, and nonprofit accounts. He also has a long history of involvement with statewide and national political campaigns, including John Kerry for President and Shannon O’Brien for Governor. Travis earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Emerson College.
Chet Brewster ’86
Inspired by the dramatic appeal of filmmaking, Chet Brewster (Boston-based with offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles) represents natural style, organization, and a creative vision. Seven days after graduating from Emerson College in May 1986, CNN heard of his incredible skills and potential, recruiting him to become a part of its international team. One of his most precious jewels as a producer and director was the 1998–2001 Crown Royal “Kings of Comedy” tour with Latham Entertainment. The success of this collaboration was seen on the big screen in the movie Original Kings of Comedy, in which Chet was the technical production supervisor, directed the multi cameras for the arena screens, and worked alongside director Spike Lee.
Carla Lewis-Long ’86
Carla Lewis-Long currently serves as Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for the nuvo TV. In her role she oversees all aspects of sales and marketing for the eastern half of the country. She works with all areas of the company including programming, marketing and ad sales to further the strategic growth of the network. Previously, she was senior vice president of affiliate sales at AmericanLife TV, vice president of national accounts for the Oxygen Network, and 12 years at USA/NBC Universal Television in New York City. She joined USA/Universal as manager for the Northeast Region and was promoted to director, responsible for subscriber growth of USA, Sci-Fi, HSN, TRIO and News World International. After NBC purchased USA/Universal in 2004, Carla was also responsible for subscriber growth for CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, CNBC World and Shop NBC.
David G. Breen ’78
Principal designer and founder of VDA Productions, David Breen has worked to establish the unrivaled reputation for excellence that marks VDA. Having spent more than 25 years in the corporate event-marketing arena, he is instrumental in helping clients achieve their core messaging objectives through a creative, visual presentation medium. An accomplished designer and consultant in Boston, David is a graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Technical Theater and Design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia for numerous corporate special events, conferences, and museum/themed retail installations. VDA Productions is a Boston-based event design, management, and production company providing complete in-house design/fabrication/installation services.
Robert Friend ’79
Robert Friend is Vice President, Business Development & Strategy at Patron Technology. Previously, Robert was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Choice Ticketing Systems. He has extensive experience in strategic and financial business operations with significant expertise in fundraising, marketing, sales and technology. He has over thirty years of professional leadership in the non-profit and commercial performing arts, sports and arts technology industries and has worked with and consulted for entertainment organizations throughout North America assisting them in strengthening their financial base through enhanced audience development, marketing, fundraising and technology-based services and initiatives.
Susan Banks ’76
Susan is Executive Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services for TV One. She is responsible for development and implementation of the network’s consumer marketing and brand strategy, including on-air promotion and consumer marketing. In addition to her marketing duties, Banks serves as Executive Producer of TV One On One with Cathy Hughes and has produced over 40 episodes. At TV One, Banks’ has been recognized as a 2010 Most Powerful Woman in Cable by CableFAX, and a Brand Builder by Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and PromaxBDA in 2007. Over the past decade, she has regularly served as a segment producer for the Daytime Emmy Awards and has served as Executive Producer for the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony.
Cathryn Cates ’85
After working in the communications industry for 16 years, Cathryn Cates started Black Cat Productions LLC. Before starting BCP, she was an executive producer with PGI, Jack Morton Worldwide, Caribiner International, and Envision Corporation. As an EP/project manager, she has been responsible for all aspects of projects, including team management, budgeting, creative development and execution, media production, logistics, set design and fabrication, and staging for both international and domestic events. She and her husband/business partner Adam live in Chelsea, Massachusetts, with their black lab/pit bull mix Abbey.
Stephen Christy ’07
Stephen is the Eisner Award-winning Editor-in-Chief of Archaia Entertainment, the largest independent graphic novel publisher in the U.S. Christy supervises development of Archaia’s publishing line, as well as the company’s licensing and production activities in Hollywood. He is Executive Producer of the forthcoming feature film Rust from 20th Century Fox, Lucid from Warner Bros. Pictures, Producer on the animated feature adaptation of Archaia’s Bolivar, also from Warner Bros., and has a television show currently in development at HBO. In publishing, Christy developed and edited the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Return of the Dapper Men, and the Eisner-nominated Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, based on an unproduced screenplay by the late Muppeteer. He spearheads Archaia’s joint development relationship with The Jim Henson Company, as well as other external development partnerships.
Whitney Clay Diller ’79
Whitney has spent more than two decades working as a reporter for various newspapers and television stations in North Carolina, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Much of her print career was spent as a fashion writer/editor, which included covering the collections in New York. After her children were born, she has freelanced for publications such as Southern Living, Nashville Life, and NFocus magazine. She has taught journalism for years on the college level. She is also an avid philanthropist.
Greg Holstein ’07
Greg Holstein, a junior executive at Capital Arts Entertainment, is currently producing the thriller Smokin’ Aces: Blowback and the teen comedy American Pie: Book of Love. He has assisted in casting numerous hit reality television programs and has worked as a crew member on shows such as CBS’s Survivor. His recent feature credits include Halloween II, My Best Friend’s Girl, and Beethoven’s Big Break.
Carolyn Jasinski G’06
Carolyn serves as the Director of Leadership Relations at Northeastern University, overseeing a broad range of efforts including implementing programs which support communications with the Members of Corporation community, Northeastern’s larger governing board. Partnering with senior leadership from around the University and with development colleagues, she develops programming and communication to nurture volunteer resources for the University. Jasinski’s creative approach to relationship building and engagement directly aids in the development and execution of fundraising strategies that fuel the university’s momentum in their $1 billion campaign. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2011, Jasinski was Director of Parent Leadership Giving at the Emerson College. There Carolyn directed multiple initiatives including the creation of the Parents Leadership Council; PLC Scholars; and an Paramount “Take Your Seat” fundraising effort. Carolyn currently mentors for the T.E.A.M. program, sits on the grants committee for The SAMFund, and has led a Global Village Habitat for Humanity build team in Zambia. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University and a master’s in Integrated Marketing Communication from Emerson College.
Carrie Kerpen ’98
Carrie is the co-founder and CEO of Likeable Media, which she grew from a husband-and-wife consulting firm into an award-winning, global social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency. She led her team to generate over $15 million in revenue, landing the agency on the INC 500 List in 2011 and 2012. Prior to the agency’s inception, Carrie had over ten years sales and marketing experience, and worked both on the client side and in media. On the brand side, Carrie and team took Polaroid’s I-Zone Camera and grew it to be the number one selling camera in North America. In media, Carrie was the number one salesperson in the country for the Walt Disney Company’s Radio Division. Carrie currently lives in New York with her husband, Dave Kerpen, New York Times Bestselling Author, and her daughters Kate and Charlotte.
Randy Ketive ’69
Randy Ketive is the president of Prominent Properties Sothebys International Realty, formerly Classic Realty. She started the company in 1979—with one desk in a one-room office, and grew it to 10 offices covering northern New Jersey. In December 2008, Randy became the exclusive Sotheby’s franchise agency. She has been active in the Realtor Association both locally and nationally, and was named New Jersey’s Realtor of the Year in 2001. She has been married to Samuel Ketive for 39 years.
Wayne Larrivee ’77
Wayne Larrivee is the play-by-play announcer on Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Green Bay Packers Radio Network. Before starting his Packers career during the 1999 season, Larrivee called the plays for the Chicago Bears for 14 seasons, most recently on WMAQ-AM, which secured the rights to the Bears radio broadcasts in 1997. Previously at WGN Radio, the then-Bears flagship station, Larrivee also called Chicago Cubs baseball and college basketball. Larrivee began his radio career in 1975 at KGRO Radio in Pampa, Texas. Larrivee has also found success in front of the camera. He has been seen on ESPN and RAYCOM calling NCAA basketball and regional Big Ten football and basketball broadcasts. For 18 years Larrivee handled play-by-play for Chicago Bulls Basketball on WGN Television. Wayne is a five-time winner of the Silver Dome Award for Best Radio Football Play-by-Play from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and he was named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year in 1997. Larrivee has also received five Emmys for his work on the Chicago Bulls broadcasts. He and his wife Julie have two adult sons.
John Porio ’88
John Porio, Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, is responsible for all negotiations and corporate/field relationships with traditional and new multichannel video providers such as Comcast, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, and Intel. He is responsible for negotiating distribution of all linear networks (e.g. ESPN, Disney Channel, ABC Family, ABC, etc.) and digital products. Porio joined ESPN in 1997 as Affiliate Marketing Manager, moved to affiliate sales the following year, and has held several positions in linear and digital sales since that time. Prior to joining Disney/ESPN, was Manager of Government Affairs for Cablevision Systems Corp. Prior to that he served as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Christopher Shays, U.S. House of Representatives. He began his career in 1989 in ad sales at WNTR Radio in Washington D.C. Porio received his Bachelor of Science degree from Emerson College in 1988. He lives with his wife and three children in Westport, CT.
Mark Quenzel ’82
Mark Quenzel was named senior vice president of programming and production for NFL Network on November 1, 2010. He manages all major production efforts, including NFL Network’s eight-game Thursday Night Football package. He also plays key production roles in NFL entertainment properties including the Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL Draft and NFL Kickoff. Previously, he was executive vice president of park strategy and management for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, where he managed 20 domestic and international theme parks. Prior to that, he worked for more than 15 years at ESPN, rising to the position of senior vice president of programming and production.
Gibby Ries ’86
Gibby is currently the national marketing manager with Veris Consulting, a boutique consulting firm providing highly specialized consulting services including forensic accounting, financial management and survey research services to a diverse national and international clientele. In her role as national marketing manager, Gibby has a wide range of responsibilities, including the development and execution of strategic marketing plans and budgets, corporate branding, and website redevelopment. She facilitates thought leadership activities, conference and trade show participation, as well as monitors all firm marketing activities and evaluation of their effectiveness. Gibby’s background is diverse and includes experience in financial services, information technology, professional-services marketing and event management. She previously served as marketing manager for both KPMG and Grant Thornton. Most recently, she owned and operated her own strategic marketing and communications firm.
Camilla Ross ’85
Camilla manages ETC, southeastern Connecticut’s newest theater company. She is also the theatrical advisor and acting coach for the SPAG Players at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut. When not occupied with theater projects, she teaches accounting and finance courses at a local college. For fun, she continues to act.
Paul Santinelli ’91
Paul has been a Partner at North Bridge, a venture capital firm, since 2005. He specializes in Communications & Infrastructure and is based in California and focuses on investments in open source, software, security, Internet applications and infrastructure & communications. Previously, he served as director of Red Hat Network and was responsible for product definition, strategy, engineering, product management, marketing and lifecycle management for the company’s flagship software services. Paul also served as the director of global information systems and technology during his tenure at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, Paul was founder and CEO of NOCpulse, a Silicon Valley software start-up focused on delivering the next generation enterprise systems management platform. NOCpulse was acquired by Red Hat in October 2002. While at NOCpulse, Paul was nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award of 2002. Previously, he was chief technology officer of Global Center and Vice President of technology for Global Crossing, a telecommunications company that built and operated the world’s first independent global fiber optic network. During the past twelve years, Paul has held various engineering, product management and marketing positions in companies including Red Hat, IBM, Lotus Development and Compuware. Before joining North Bridge, Paul served on the advisory boards of Arrowpoint Communications (acquired by Cisco), Inflow, Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape), Mobility.net (acquired by Software.com) and One Secure (acquired by Netscreen).
Lee Stacey ’76
Lee Stacey is executive vice-president at General Sports. Previously, Lee was senior vice president of sales and marketing at IMG. He brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing to his role in leading the national sales team and overall sales and marketing strategy for IMG College, out of IMG headquarters in New York.
Robert Stafford ’86
For the past 20 years, Robert has served in Business Development, Sales and Marketing for IDX Systems Corporation and GE Healthcare. The primary business is software and services for large academic and multi-specialty healthcare organizations. His numerous responsibilities have included Sales Executive, National Operations Manager, Support Director and Product Manager. Prior to joining IDX and GE, he served as an active duty officer in the United States Army from 1989-1992 obtaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. While at Emerson, Robert served as both Student Body President and Student Representative to the Board of Trustees during his senior year.
Tobie Stein ’79
Tobie is director of the MFA program in Performing Arts Management at Brooklyn College. She is co-author of Performing Arts Management: A Profile of Professional Practices (Allworth Press). She is also the author of Workforce Transitions from the Profit to the Nonprofit Sector (Kluwer Academic Press) and Boston’s Colonial Theatre: Celebrating a Century of Theatrical Vision (Colonial Theatre). Her articles on workforce development and diversity have been published in The Wall Street Journal and The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. Tobie received her MFA from Brooklyn College and her PhD from City University of New York Graduate Center.
Jacquie Gales Webb ’77
As a radio project manager for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jacquie Gales Webb works with public radio networks, station managers, producers, and consultants to support and improve the nation’s public radio system. She has hosted the number-one Sunday afternoon Gospel music program on 96.3 WHUR in Washington, D.C. since 1990 and has produced two gospel music CD compilations for Time Life.
Kelly Westerhouse ’90
Kelly Westerhouse started working in higher education fundraising in 1993 and held positions in annual giving and development operations at Harvard University from 1993-2006. Since 2007, she has been the Director of the UMass Boston Fund at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Kelly began volunteering with Emerson on the Alumni Board Development Committee in 2009. Kelly is a member of CASE and of Women In Development/Greater Boston. She also volunteers with the Posse Foundation and is an active poet who has performed in open mics in and around Boston for the past 10 years. She is also one of the founding members of Talented U, a staff creative arts initiative at UMass Boston that fosters community for staff who are visual or performance artists.
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