Heather has 20 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, small businesses and national consumer brands. With her diverse expertise in marketing, innovation and strategic planning, Heather leads Media Power Youth in its mission to provide media literacy education to children, parents and youth-serving professionals. Heather’s passion for media and its ability to teach, connect and empower inspires us to work together with communities to support our youth as they navigate a technology-driven world. Prior to joining Media Power Youth, Heather held positions with New Hampshire Made, Energizer Personal Care and Novartis Consumer Health; managing marketing, product development and nonprofit partnerships with Autism Speaks and Susan G. Komen.
Heather holds bachelor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Chemical Engineering and Entrepreneurial Business Management and an MBA from New York University with concentrations in Marketing and Leadership & Change Management.
Rona Zlokower co-founded Media Power Youth in 2000 with Dr. Selma Deitch, pediatrician and creator of Child Health Services (now a practice of Manchester Community Health Center) and Dr. Robert Nordgren. The original program, Media Smart, was designed to address the increasing influence of media on children’s health and behaviors. Through Rona’s 18 years of leadership, Media Power Youth developed a continuum of media literacy education from early childhood through young adulthood, tackling health issues ranging from nutrition and substance use to violence prevention. Media Power Youth became the first New Hampshire organization to have a program, Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices, listed on SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. In 2016, Media Power Youth received the Nonprofit Impact Award from the NH Center for Nonprofits for its leadership in media literacy. With her 40 years of experience in cultivating public/private partnerships across the healthcare, corporate and nonprofit sectors, Rona continues to consult with Media Power Youth on media literacy and community partnerships.
Rona has a BS from Syracuse University and a Masters in Communications Management (MCM), from Simmons College, Boston.
Kim has spent more than two decades working in both media and education, most recently as a Communication professor at Pine Manor College in Boston where she taught for seven years. She continues to teach Media and Journalism courses as an adjunct instructor, educating students not only about the history of communications but also the impact it has on our society.
Prior to her teaching career, Kim worked in both the newspaper and TV industries and as marketing communications consultant. She was an executive producer at WCVB-TV, Channel 5 in Boston and the first managing editor hired by Boston Metro when the newspaper started in 2001.
Kim has a bachelor’s from Bates College, a master’s in Broadcast Journalism/Communication from the Newhouse School at Syracuse and a doctorate in Education from Northeastern University.