WMG 2024–25 Board Members

Co-President: Jodi Brockington

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodibrockington/

Twitter: @FriendsOfJodi  

Instagram: @FriendsOfJodi  

Jodi Brockington embodies the term “multi-hyphenate.” Many of her colleagues know her to be a Master Networker, Super Connector, and “Diversity Disruptor”, creating seamless and authentic interactions within the workplace, marketplace, and community. An entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, she has represented, coached and advised thousands of leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals helping them launch, manage and develop their business. She truly enjoys connecting people as her professional expertise lies within the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)space. She is a champion of investing in the workforce of the future, driving evolution, implementing effective and sustainable business strategies while consistently delivering tangible outcomes. In her spare time, Jodi is an author, speaker, traveler and fitness enthusiast.

As the founder of Niara Consulting, Jodi has developed a solid global network leading strategic and major accounts defining strategies creating innovative solutions for non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Her latest entrepreneurial endeavor is BLENDiD, a real-time information platform enabling people with biracial and multiracial backgrounds everywhere to connect through personalized content and community. A proud native New Yorker, Jodi has been highly educated on both coasts of the US and is a self proclaimed foodie that also helps to elevate representation in the culinary industry. 

Co-President: Jennifer A. Perry

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jennifer-a-perry-pep-consulting

Jennifer A. Perry is honored to co-lead Women's Media Group after having served on several committees and as Board Treasurer in the past. Jennifer has spent her career creating educational resources and experiences for all ages as a publisher, editor, licensor, museum educator, and teacher. She is currently Director of Audiobooks at Barnes & Noble. 

Prior to B&N, Jennifer was Vice President & Publisher at Sesame Workshop (home of "Sesame Street") and Editorial Director at Scholastic. Jennifer is also Founder and Executive Director of PEP Consulting, which focuses on helping nonprofit organizations develop and distribute  high-quality content for kids and families. 

Jennifer's personal interests include working with literacy organizations to expand opportunities for all children, learning and informing others about the history of New York City, and singing in a NYC chorus that focuses on the music of Broadway.

Secretary: Jessica Gutowitz  

Jessica Gutowitz is excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the WMG board as Secretary! She is a 2022 WMG Scholar who attended the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. Prior to attending NYU, she graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelor's degree in English. After earning her degree, she worked for The Human Condition as a writer and editor. She currently works as an Assistant Publisher at Springer Nature, where she oversees a program of computer science journals.  

Treasurer: Cristina Goyanes

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristinagoyanes/

Cristina Goyanes is honored and excited to join the WMG board after having served on a few committees to support the 50th Anniversary Gala. Cristina is the cofounder of Revel (thisisrevel.com), an award-winning agency that's redefining brand content and messaging for clients with a focus on health, wellness, and positive impact. Cristina leads Revel's new business development, client relations, talent recruitment, PR, and marketing. 

Prior to founding Revel, Cristina was a launch editor at Women’s Health. From there, she went freelance for 12 years, by-lining close to 500 articles for major magazines, media platforms and global brands, including National Geographic Adventure, Marie Claire, SHAPE, Elle, Teen Vogue, Yoga Journal, ESPNW, Refinery29, and many more.

Cristina is a proud first-gen Latinx from Queens, NY, where she visits her parents and friends often since moving with her husband cross-country to the Bay Area in 2021.

Chair, Membership: Susan McCulloch

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/susan-mcculloch-0470734 

Susan McCulloch is the Senior Director of NOOK and Barnes & Noble Press. She is an industry veteran, having spent her entire career in publishing—a career that spans traditional, digital, and indie channels. Prior to Barnes & Noble, she held managing editorial roles at Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins and was Publishing Manager of a K-8 library business under the Heinemann umbrella. Branching into eBooks was a fitting progression, though she also navigated a parallel a stint in “omnichannel” (helping to launch Buy Online, Pick Up in Store, and Ship from Store at B&N). Through it all, what’s kept her grounded is a love of reading, and a sense of gratitude for being able to work with the like-minded wonderful people who make and sell books, from authors to publishers to the myriad of behind-the-scenes magicians.

Chair, Communications: Brittany Fuller

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittanyfuller2468/

Websites: brittanytfuller.com and The Essence of A Curvy Girl

YouTube:  The Essence Of A Curvy Girl 

Instagram: @simplyy_brittany

Brittany Fuller, is a fun-loving writer, content creator, and plus-size blogger. A graduate of Pace University, where she received her BA in Communication Arts and Journalism, and an MS in Publishing, Brittany is in love with all things media!

She’s worked with some truly inspiring publications like Woman's DayCountry LivingThe Village Voice, The Knot, and Westchester Magazine while networking with many influential and creative individuals along the way. In her spare time, she works on her plus-size lifestyle blog, The Essence of A Curvy Girl, discussing lifestyle topics. Brittany currently is a freelance Content Creator and editor working with various brands and companies.  

Anniversary Planning Chair: Kathy Sandler

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ksandler
Website: Technology * Innovation * Publishing    
Twitter: @ksandler1

Kathy Sandler is a WMG President Emerita, the WMG 50th Anniversary Gala Chair, and a leader in the field of publishing technology and innovation. She currently works in IT at Penguin Random House. She worked on the launch of the Storia eReader at Scholastic and the launch of the digital editions of Fitness and Parents magazines to iPad at Meredith. She worked at Hearst Magazines in publishing technology for 20 years. Kathy was named one of Folio’s 40 Most Influential People in Publishing. She was President of Women In Production and founded Digital Asset Management Day at Seybold. She has an MBA from NYU and taught in the Master's in Publishing programs at NYU and Pace. Since 2009 she has had a blog and now a weekly newsletter on Technology * Innovation * Publishing at www.sandlertechworks.com.

Chair, Programming: Jane Wesman

Jane Wesman, President of Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc., is one of the country’s top book publicists with a long record of creating national bestsellers, particularly in the areas of leadership, management, and personal growth. She has worked with such business thought-leaders as  Marcus Buckingham, Stephen Covey, Faith Popcorn, Charles Schwab, and Shoshana Zuboff. Today, she and her team provide cutting-edge solutions to help authors and publishers market their books to targeted audiences throughout the United States and other English-speaking countries.

Jane is a staunch supporter of working women, providing guidance as a writer, speaker, and consultant. Her book, Dive Right In – The Sharks Won’t Bite: The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Guide To Success, was one of the first to offer concrete advice geared towards women entrepreneurs. As president of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she launched a mentoring program that still helps women today.  She currently sits on the board of the non-profit organization ArtSail and also provides funding for an internship program at Simmons University to help students kick-start their careers.

Co-Chair, Fundraising: Mara Anastas

Mara Anastas is a publishing industry leader. Mara is the Publisher of Re-Lit at Open Road Integrated Media where she oversees the growth and profitability of thousands of backlist titles in e-book, audio, and print formats. Open Road utilizes technology to enable readers to discover and rediscover books.  Prior to her current role, she spent nearly two decades at Simon & Schuster Publishers where she held various leadership positions. Notably, as Vice President and Publisher of Simon Pulse and Aladdin Books, where she managed a dynamic editorial team, drove strategic growth initiatives. Mara re-joined the Women’s Media Group in 2023 and is excited to work with the rest of the board.

Co-Chair, Fundraising: Carol Hoenig

Carol Hoenig is President of Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant, Inc. where she covers a variety of aspects in the publishing industry, including, ghostwriting, editing, publicity and marketing for authors and helping with book proposals. In addition, she is a published author and was named Best of Long Island Author 2012 by the Long Island Press and named Outstanding Advocate for the Arts 2013 by the Long Island Arts Council. She is co-owner of On the Road Book Events. Her novel, Without Grace, was awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her second novel, Of Little Faith was published October 22, 2013 to rave reviews. Her nonfiction work, The Author's Guide to Planning Book Events was given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing and named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views.

Carol’s essays, articles, book reviews and short stories appear in a wide number of publications. She blogged for The Huffington Post and contributed to Putting Your Passion into Print, written by Arielle Eckstudt & David Henry Sterry. Arianna Huffington invited Carol to contribute to On Becoming Fearless. Tory Johnson, ABC’s Good Morning America’s workplace contributor, published Carol’s essay in Tory’s New York Times Bestseller, Will Work From Home. Carol’s short story, Snow Angels and Somersaults, was a finalist for the 2007 Spring/Summer Glass Woman Prize, a bi-annual prize for women prose writers. Her essay, “Wild Horses and Young Stallions” was selected for the anthology Lost Lessons from Life on a Farm. You may find out more about her at carolhoenig.com.

Co-Chair, Scholarships and Fellowships:
Moira Bailey

Moira Bailey is the editorial director in the Office of Public Affairs for Empire State Development (ESD), New York State's chief economic development agency. Prior to joining ESD in 2015, Moira worked as a journalist for Time Inc. in New York and London, at both PEOPLE Magazine and its former Australian sister publication, Who Weekly. She's also been a staff writer, reporter and columnist for other media companies including Gannett, the Associated Press and the Tribune Company. She is a longtime member of the WMG Scholarship Committee and also has been active as a volunteer with her alma mater, Georgetown University, where she was co-founder, with fellow WMG member Allison Gilbert, of Hoyas in Letters.  

Co-Chair, Scholarships and Fellowships: Sophie Menin

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-menin-8b11128/

Sophie Menin is a skilled communicator, project manager, and strategic thinker, and co-author of the forthcoming book A Year in the Vineyard (Cultureshock 2024). She has spent most of her career as a journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Barron's, PENTA, The Daily Beast, B the Change Magazine, Departures, Opera News, Wine Spectator, and Edible Communities, among other publications. She is also an experienced ghost writer and writing facilitator who, through sensitive listening and careful interviewing, helps clients communicate their own story in their own voice. Following the September 11 terrorists attacks, she served as Executive Director of The Gift of New York, an 18-month not-for-profit initiative, which helped the families of the victims move from crisis to recovery by providing free access to arts, entertainment and sports events throughout the New York metropolitan area. Sophie earned her MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University.

Board Member At Large: Allison Moore

Website: https://www.allisonmooreedits.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonsmoore/

Twitter: @allisonm610

Allison Moore is an editorial manager at the new 8th Note Press at ByteDance, focusing on commercial fiction, romance, and thrillers (primarily for a Millennial women audience) and the intersection of books, social media, and tech. Before that, she spent more than a decade in-house at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Outside of work, Allison spent many years on the board and young professionals committee of Atlas: DIY, a local nonprofit supporting immigrant youth. She has also served on the staff of the Columbia Publishing Course and NYU Publishing Institute, and as WMG Secretary. She always looks forward to connecting with WMG members!

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