2022 Rising Through the Ranks Scholarship Recipients Announced

NEW YORK – July 7, 2022 – Scholarship recipients for this year’s Rising Through the Ranks program, presented by the Radio Advertising Bureau, BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc., have been selected. As previously announced, this year’s program will be a hybrid event starting with a virtual session taking place on August 2 and leading up to the in-person event August 9-11 at the BMI Nashville office.

Featured speakers include Hartley Adkins, president of markets group, iHeartMedia; Caroline Beasley, chief executive officer, Beasley Media Group; Kristin Cantrell, owner/operator, Seven Mountains Media; Donna Detweiler, senior manager, broadcast services, Xperi; Erica Farber, president and chief executive officer, RAB; Jessica Frost, executive director, industry relations, BMI; Suzanne Grimes, executive vice president, CUMULUS MEDIA and president, Westwood One; Kim Johnson, director of sales, RAB; Patty Kincaid, vice president/general manager, Media Staffing Network; Susan Larkin, chief operating officer, Audacy; Val Maki, senior vice president/market manager, Bonneville International; Ruth Presslaff, board president, Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio, Inc; Jeff Schmidt, senior vice president of professional development, RAB; Erika Sylvia, market comptroller, Emmis Communications; Stephanie Theisen, vice president of sales and marketing, Leighton Broadcasting; Sabina Widmann, president & regional radio general manager, TelevisaUnivision; Ashley Wilson, director of country programming, Kentucky/Indiana Region, iHeartMedia.

The following is the list of 26 individuals attending this year’s virtual program.

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Staci Bonner
iHeartMedia, West Valley, Utah

Nicole Bossio
Beasley Media Group, Detroit, Michigan

Karen Buckner
iHeartMedia | iHeart Digital Solutions, Jacksonville, Florida

Christine Cartwright
CapCity Communications, Frankfort, Kentucky

Lila El Naggar
Key Networks, New York, New York

Ali Evans
Chapel Hill Media Group, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jennifer Evans
Stingray Media, Charlottetown, Montreal, Quebec

Liz Goshert
Federated Media, Mishawaka, Indiana

Sari Harlow
East Arkansas Broadcasters, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Angie Keilhauer
BMI, Nashville, Tennessee

Mollie Kendrick
Audacy, Sacramento, California

Emily Leonard
5 Star Media/Saga Communications, Clarksville, Tennessee

Nikki Lyter
Hubbard Broadcasting – 2060 Digital, Baxter, Minnesota

Kristen Martin
Cromwell Media, Owensboro, Kentucky

Zipporah Mondy
KJIW 94.5 FM, Helena, Arkansas

Kara Moninger
Alpha Media, Louisville, Kentucky

Kaylin Mozdzen
Townsquare Media, Marcy, New York

Karen Muth-Pasco
GenMedia Partners

Chelley Odle
Odle Media Group, LLC, Park Hills, Missouri

Kathy Paxton
Basin Radio Network/Legend Communications, Gillette, Wyoming

Kimberli Rivera
Audacy, Phoenix, Arizona

Maya Szymanski
Katz Radio Group, Culver City, California

Claudia Talamantez
TelevisaUnivision – Amor 107.7, Austin, Texas

Lisa Varner
North Central Florida Media Group/Saga Communications, Ocala, Florida

Roxie Wadelington
Audacy – 102 Jamz, Greensboro, North Carolina

Madison Wright
RAB, New York, New York

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