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Melissa Helton

MELISSA G. HELTON

Distinguished for her years of experience in strategic planning and the gaming and hospitality industry, Melissa G. Helton has found vast success in a career spanning nearly 25 years. Since 2020, she has excelled as the president and general manager of FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing in Collinsville, Illinois. Among her responsibilities in her role spanning finance and business operations, she oversees general operations, leads executive meetings, liaises with jockeys and administers to horses after races. Earlier in her professional journey, between 2018 and 2020, Ms. Helton served as senior vice president of finance for Del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York. She has also been director of finance operations for Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville,

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LISA D. NELSON

Having accrued more than three decades of expertise in her field, Lisa D. Nelson specializes in recording production services of commercial, gospel and religious music. Since 1987, she has built a prolific career as an independent owner, artist and producer of Class A Music LLC. In this capacity, she is responsible for scheduling and planning events, overseeing all aspects of live video and audio performance recordings, ensuring the availability of recording equipment, managing postproduction services, and independent, convention, conference, wedding and reception recordings. In addition to her primary vocation, Ms. Nelson serves as a professional keyboardist, choir director, composer and independent recording artist in such genres as gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, pop, and classical music. She also performs with

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Tee Spence

TINA D. SPENCE

Tina D. Spence is a popular radio show host and personality for Tap the Mic Radio Network and eLATION Radio. A multi-talented entertainer and creator, Ms. Spence has been involved in the radio industry for more than 25 years and has interviewed a broad range of artists, musicians, and comedians on air. She completed coursework in clinical child psychology at Morris Brown College while working at a recording studio with major artists, including Da Brat, ultimately launching her career as a model. Though she found success with numerous print features, a One Fashion Place cover, and extra casting in major Hollywood films, including the “Fast and Furious” franchise, Ms. Spence grew uncomfortable with being evaluated solely for her appearance and

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GRACIA PUYETTE “LUXIMIAT” WONG

After receiving her high school diploma from White Swan High School in Washington state, Gracia Puyette “Luximiat” Wong attended business school and completed certification as a bank teller in 1978. She met her late husband at age 19, and they went on to have four children together through the 1970s and 80s. Prior to entering the gaming industry, she ran a childcare business, where she would cook food and provide movies for them to watch. Eventually introducing things like board games to mix, she found her niche in the gaming industry. In 1998, she began her career as a cashier with the Yakama Nation Legends Casino Hotel, rising to hold the positions of administrative secretary, security, shift supervisor and cage

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April Masini

APRIL MASINI

April Masini was introduced to the entertainment industry by her former husband, Al Masini, and began her career as a model and actress. She refined her skills at The Actors Studio and Hofstra University before moving into the production side of the industry as the president of Al Masini Productions, a role she held from 1992 to 2002. During this time, she had the opportunity to serve as the co-chair and event coordinator of the 1998 Miss Universe Pageant. That same year, she created the affiliated contest “Share Aloha with the World,” which encouraged children to express their creativity through poetry and art. Some of these contest entries still decorate the walls of Hawaii airports. In addition, 1998 was the

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Wendy Dio

WENDY DIO

Wendy Dio emerged into the entertainment world in 1981, when she became president of the Niji Entertainment Group, which she formed alongside her husband, the legendary heavy metal singer, songwriter, composer, and former front man of both Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, who she’d married in 1978. During this time, Ms. Dio made a name for herself as a woman manager in the very male dominated entertainment industry, acting as a manager for such Los Angeles-based rock bands as Rough Cutt, NuHaven, Cold Sweat and Hellion. She was notably one of two women working in the role of manager during those early years, and her pioneering work paved the way for women in the industry. Serving as the

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Elena Lisle

ELENA “LENNY” LISLE

Holding considerable expertise in database, advertising, special events and promotional planning, and digital and social media, Elena “Lenny” Lisle was inspired to a career in marketing because of the combination of creative freedom and research and analytics that the career offered. She began her professional path as a recreation leader with the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District in 1999 while working toward her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fullerton. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism, with a minor in public relations, in 2003, she also obtained SQL certification and spent time as a recreation specialist with the Community Services Bureau for the city of Fullerton from 2001 to 2004. She is deeply grateful to the support

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Liz Ryan

LIZ RYAN

Attributing much of her success to hard work and optimism, Liz Ryan began her professional life as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley following her graduation from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1981. She subsequently switched paths and completed training with the Directors Guild of America with the intent of becoming a producer. Specializing in large film projects, Ms. Ryan now excels as a producer and director with Ryanworks Inc., an entertainment and film production company. With considerable skill in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from writing to post-production, Ms. Ryan’s day-to-day tasks encompass overseeing market research for productions, communications and program management, budgets and finances, and scheduling, casting and crew. Over the course

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SHEILA RABB WEIDENFELD

With over 50 years of professional experience, Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld has created, produced and hosted a number of programs ranging from talk shows to game shows, as well as variety and home shopping shows. Among the many shows she has been involved with include “That Show with Joan Rivers,” “On the Record,” “Panorama” and “The New Yorkers.” First celebrated for her accomplishments with an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1972, Ms. Weidenfeld later received awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Media from the American Association of University Women in 1973 and 1974. Subsequently, she was presented with a Silver Screen Award for her work on “A Campaign to Remember” for the U.S. Holocaust

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Ann Marie Charland

ANN MARIE CHARLAND

Ann Marie Charland is a producer with more than 25 years of expertise in live television and digital content production. Fascinated by the entertainment industry since childhood, she initially hoped to be on camera before learning about the various technical and creative roles in the industry. Ms. Charland attended Fitchburg State University, graduating cum laude in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in communications. From 1994 until 2010, Ms. Charland found success as a field producer for WCVB-TV’s Boston ABC affiliate station, and a community service producer for the station between 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was appointed as a senior producer at Teleproductions International, departing in 2013 to become senior producer at Ecast Productions. Ms. Charland has worked

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