Summer 2016

Brian Dougherty is now Director Associate Service at The Conference Board; Previously, he was Government Practice Account Director at J.D. Power - McGraw Hill Financial.

Liz Caselli-Mechael is now Corporate Communications Manager at Nestlé USA, in their Washington, D.C. office.

Jeanne Jennings (, recognized industry expert in email marketing strategy, has joined CohereOne, a full-service digital and direct marketing agency, as Partner and Practice Lead for Email Marketing. With her home base in Washington, DC, she will be expanding the agency’s presence to the East Coast.

Nnake Nweke has been named by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) as the first-ever Director of its newly created Office of Internet Freedom. Dr. Nweke is a WNG Board of Advisors member and recently chaired our WNG Technology Roundtable. Congratulations Nnake!

Franck Goron has moved to Microsoft, where he is Senior Director for Enterprise Strategy and Digital Advisor at Microsoft. Franck is based in Paris, France. Prior to joining Microsoft, He was Insight Program Director, Public Sector, at Oracle, where he led strategic engagements with executive-level customers. Franck is a member of the WNG International Council.

John Lawson has become Executive Director of the AWARN Alliance, a new coalition of television broadcasters and allied technology companies that is developing an advanced emergency alerting system for the U.S. The Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) is enabled by Next Generation Television (also known as ATSC 3.0) which will be the world’s first all-IP digital broadcasting system and is on-track for a 2017 launch in South Korea and the U.S. John is also a principal at Convergence Services, Inc, an Alexandria, Virginia-based strategic consulting firm.

Tom McInerney, Founder and Director of the Treaty Effectiveness Initiative (TEI) in Rome, Italy, has joined the WNG International Council. Tom will be speaking to the WNG in September on the topic of "Responsible Agriculture."

Jake McGuire, the very talented DC photographer who actively supports our WNG receptions, has a new gift-sized coffee table book on our Nation's Capital designed for DC meetings and events. The stately 64 page soft bound book, titled Washington, D.C., A Little Square Picture Book, was specifically produced as an easy-to-take-home memento for associations, hotels, agencies, and incentive travel groups to give in quantity to attendees, conference speakers, committees, boards, and at upcoming Inaugural events.

Rob Coulson, Principal at V3 in Washington, D.C., has recently begun a one-year executive program at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. The Advanced Management Diploma Program targets the continued development of senior-level global real estate executives. In other news, Rob is launching the beta-version of his real estate business intelligence software, Smartfolio. He is inviting owners and managers of real estate portfolios to test the platform and receive discounted pricing for the full release.

Eric Hermann defended and completed his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Maryland (College Park)! He is currently accepting new clients for his writing editing business, Editing for ESL. Congratulations!

Patrick King, who is CEO of full-service marketing firm Imagine, reports the company has been recognized with the "Best of Prince William" award for graphic design! Congratulations!

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, wrote a personal essay about growing up in Indiana with the Indianapolis 500 looming large throughout her childhood. The essay was published online by espnW.

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