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Alumni Board of Directors

The Emerson College Alumni Association fosters and maintains the spirit and devotion of alumni in an effort to promote the reputation and growth of the College. The Association provides an opportunity for alumni to serve as partners in guiding the direction of the College, and in working to increase its resources through a variety of committees and activities.

Membership in the Association is extended to any person who has attended Emerson College for two or more years. Association members elect a group of alumni volunteers to a governing Board of Directors on an annual basis. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please contact kevin_fleming [at] emerson.edu (L)leigh_gaspar [at] emerson.edu (eigh Gaspar).

You can also connect with our Board members on LinkedIn. Visit www.linkedin.com and search for any of the names below and send a link request.

Executive Committee

Carla Lewis '86 - President

Carla Lewis  currently serves as Senior Vice President for Content Distribution at Participant Media/Pivot TV. She works with all areas of the company including programming, marketing and ad sales to further the strategic growth of the network. Prior to joining Participant Media, Carla was Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for the nuvo TV where she oversaw all aspects of sales and marketing for the eastern half of the country. 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.

Carlalong1 [at] hotmail.com (Contact Carla)


Travis Small '97 - Immediate Past President

Travis has more than two decades of experience in the communications industry – including senior level positions overseeing energy, healthcare, non-profit and education practices at several leading communications firms. Travis is passionate about working with and helping tell the stories of mission-driven organizations and companies that are having a positive impact on people’s lives and their communities.

During his career, Travis has worked with clients of all sizes from global health technology companies to education non-profits to clean technology to start-ups. He has helped build successful media relations efforts, thought leadership programs, corporate communications initiatives, messaging and positioning efforts, crisis communications protocols and cause marketing campaigns.

Prior to joining Slowey/McManus Communications (SMC), Travis held leadership roles at several reputable firms including Solomon McCown (SM&) where he oversaw the healthcare and mission practice and Lois Paul and Partners (LPP) where he was a senior member of the healthcare practice. Prior to SM& and LPP, Travis worked with Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications for over ten years where he helped build their energy, emerging technology and life sciences practice.

Travis has a long history of involvement with statewide and national political campaigns. A proud graduate of Emerson College, Travis currently serves as a member of the Emerson College Alumni Board Executive Committee.  

tsmall [at] solomonmccown.com (Contact Travis)


Nanci Isaacs '79 - Co-Vice President

As a sales and marketing manager for broadcast and sports marketing companies in Boston, the US Virgin Islands, New York and Los Angeles, Nanci brings 30+ years of experience from the advertising and marketing world to the John Aaroe Group. As an additional interest, Nanci provided consulting services for 501(c )3 corporations in community outreach and media relations. Some of the organizations include the Wounded Warrior Battalion and the Navy Seal Foundation. Pairing her sales and marketing expertise with Real Estate has been a seamless transition. It's a combination of her vast knowledge Los Angeles neighborhoods and the enthusiasm she puts into not only locating the ideal property, but executing a stress-free move that makes her an exceptional agent.  As a member of the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council, she understands the needs and interests of the 50+market, guiding them through the process of downsizing, selling and moving.

Nanci has been a dedicated alum and very active in establishing the EBONI Alumni organization in LA.  She attends Alumni Weekends and is a great supporter of the school.


Margie Sullivan '81 - Co-Vice President

Margie Sullivan is the Director of Operations for The Client Relationship Consultancy Inc. in Boston, headquartered in London. Prior to joining CRC, Margie was an Executive Producer at Redtree Productions and before that, Sullivan was the EVP/Director of Creative Service at the Boston global headquarters of Arnold Worldwide. During her tenure at Arnold, she managed and produced work for many award-winning accounts such as Volkswagen, Truth, Royal Caribbean, Fidelity, and McDonald’s. She was the Executive Producer on the award-winning documentary, “A Hero for Daisy” Directed by Mary Mazzio. Sullivan is currently serving on the Hingham Access TV Board of Directors and is an Executive Board Member for the MA Production Coalition. Sullivan is a past adjunct Professor at Boston University and past board member for the Boston Ad Club. Margie received her master’s in management science from Lesley University.

msullivan [at] redtreeprod.com (Contact Margie)


Nizzi Renaud '98 - Secretary

Nizzi Renaud is the Chief Marketing Officer for Zazzle- the $300MM+ global marketplace focused on customized products. From hardcore video gamers to crafty DIY enthusiasts and style aficionados, Nizzi has engaged communities in a variety of forms throughout her career. She had held leadership roles at Refinery29, Atari and Etsy as well as executive roles agency-side across diverse sectors including politics, tech and the nonprofit world. She serves as an advisor to handful of startups as well as industry associations and is passionate about positive psychology, leadership and female entrepreneurship. In her various capacities as a marketer and leader, she has been featured in publications ranging from Oprah.com and Forbes to Mashable and Internet Retailer. Nizzi has both her BA in Communication Studies and her MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson. Named one of ‘Marketing’s Next Generation’ by Marketing Magazine, she lives in Silicon Valley by way of Brooklyn, Toronto, Boston, London and Kolkata with her musician husband and dog. This past year, Nizzi was named to the Remodista ‘Women To Watch In Retail Disruption’ list as seen in Forbes/Bizwomen, and was recently honored with their standalone award for her work as a marketing trailblazer.

Happyniz [at] gmail.com (Contact Nizzy)


Susan Banks '76 - Treasurer

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.

sbanks [at] tv-one.tv (Contact Susan)


Pat Peyton '84 - Representative to the Board of Trustees

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.

pat.peyton [at] sphereintl.com (Contact Pat)


David Breen '78 - Representative to the Board of Advisors

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.

david [at] vdaproductions.com (Contact David)