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AlexandraPetriAlexandra E. Petri writes for National Geographic Traveler and for National Geographic online, covering travel, environment, culture, and video stories. Petri has written about the history of mosques, snow leopard conservation in Kyrgyzstan, whale sharks in Africa, and environmental conflict in Puerto Rico. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald and China Daily.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Petri has lived in five countries, traveled through nearly 40 countries, and once appeared on the front page of a newspaper in India. She graduated with a degree in journalism and international studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

SabrenaPringleSabrena Pringle joined TMSC in 2015. With over eight years of experience in communications, social media and digital marketing she has remarkably contributed to the success of our outreach programs being exhausted on platforms within her realm of expertise.

Currently she is the Communications and Social Media front-runner for the Head Start Information and Communication Center, which is a federally contracted program. She’s solely responsible for day to day social media postings via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc., serving as the gate keeper for all drafted and released communications. She’s also responsible for the long term strategic and campaign development for the Head Start Information Communication Center for the complete duration of the contract.

Sabrena received a Master of Arts Degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Trinity Washington University and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Marketing from Howard University. She is an avid supporter and board member of the Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), a member of ColorComm and Law Firm Marketing Professionals (LFMP).

When Sabrena unplugs from the virtual world she enjoys reading a good book, traveling, visiting her family members in New York City, especially her nieces and God daughter, mentoring youth in Washington D.C. and being active in her church community. She enjoys event planning, various types of music, shopping and prides herself on being a foodie.

JenaRichardsonJena Richardson is the 2018 Electronic Media & Film Department’s Artist-in-Residence at Towson University and a Set Lighting Technician through membership with IATSE 487. She is also an award winning documentary filmmaker currently touring two short films within the festival circuit, “Dear Country” and “The Local Oyster Stout”. Richardson works in a variety of content, from Emmy award winning nationally televised shows to documentary and independent films. Her work has been displayed through film, television, museums and international commercial content. Richardson began her career after graduating from Towson University with a degree in Electronic Media & Film in 2011.

DanSalernoAs Vice President Programming, Dan Salerno focuses on programming, development, and strategy for Nat Geo Wild. He also manages a range of the US Channel’s strategic programming initiatives including Safari Live and the Westminster Dog Show. Prior to Nat Geo Wild, Salerno was VP Programming and Strategy for National Geographic’s Global Channels based out of the US.

Salerno joined National Geographic from BBC Worldwide. Based in Miami, he was responsible for leading the strategic programming efforts for BBC’s global channels in Latin America. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Programming, Production, and Development for Fuse, a music channel in NY. He was also the senior analyst for CableU.

Salerno started his career as part of the original launch team of The Discovery Channel, and later, with its sister channels TLC, Animal Planet, Travel, Discovery Health, Military, Home, & Science. Working across all aspects of Programming, he counts Planet Earth, Walking with Dinosaurs, Mythbusters, and Shark Week amongst his favorite programming milestones during his tenure.

BobScanlonRobert Scanlon is President of Velocity and TEN Video Content at TEN: A Discovery Communications Company, a new consolidated joint venture bringing together Velocity, the #1 automotive television network, and entire automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio of The Enthusiast Network. As President, Scanlon is charged with overseeing programming, development, production, marketing and communications for the new joint venture.

Scanlon launched Velocity at Discovery Communications, Inc. in October 2011. Under his guidance, Velocity has grown larger and faster than any other ad-supported cable network since that time. More than five years after Velocity debuted, the network’s distribution has grown +85%, revenues have tripled and ratings among its target M25-54 demo have doubled.

Last year, the network celebrated record ratings success with its most watched year ever in Primetime among P/M25-54, P/M18-49, P/M18+ and P2+, as well as in Total Day among P/M25-54, P/M18+ and P2+. The network also rounded out 2017 strong with its most watched Primetime quarter (4Q17) in network history among P/M25-54, P/M18-49, P/M18+ and P2+ and its best month (December 2017) ever among P/M25-54, P18-49 and M18-49. The last quarter of 2017 saw Velocity earn 21 consecutive quarters of year-over-year Primetime and Total Day delivery growth among P18+.

Ratings gains in 2017 were fueled in part by the freshman series TEXAST METAL, which became the network’s #1 series for the year among P/M25-54, P/M18-49 and P/M18-34 and was Velocity’s most watched freshman series ever. Season four of the hit series BITCHIN’ RIDES also fueled gains throughout the year as Velocity’s top-rated series in P2+ and P/M18+.


Prior to Velocity, Scanlon served as vice president in the Discovery Communications Emerging Networks Group, where his responsibilities included program development and production for Military Channel and HD Theater. Prior to joining Discovery, he was recruited by the NFL to manage the creation and launch of the NFL Network.

As a 36-year veteran of media, cable and broadcast network television, Scanlon was previously part of founding management at Speedvision Network and Outdoor Life Network where he planned the staffing, programming, production and network operation of the channels.

In 1979 Scanlon was one of the first 35 employees at upstart network ESPN where he was immediately involved in every aspect of the company from the construction of the broadcast facility to overseeing programming and network operations. During his 16-year tenure at ESPN, Scanlon served as senior coordinating producer for motorsports and as the executive in charge of production for college football and Major League Baseball studio production. Scanlon’s contributions included the development of the live cut-in during the NCAA College Basketball tournament. Before joining ESPN, Scanlon worked at ABC Sports and News under Roone Arledge after beginning his career at HBO.

Scanlon graduated from Ithaca College with a dual major in Television/Radio and Business Administration (B.S. 1974). He is based out of Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

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