TEA Committees

TEA DEA&I Committee members

Matt Barton


"Since joining the TEA I have been keen to further the conversation and take real action to improve inclusivity across our industry and find ways to open the doors both literally and figuratively to a wider audience, I hope I can help this committee drive the TEA forward to be a gold standard in our industry that others strive to emulate."

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Michael Blau

Adirondack Studios

"In my years serving the TEA and in my role last year as the TEA International Board President it was clear that the TEA needed to formalize our DEA&I policies and actions; establishing a formal standing committee was essential. I am dedicated to learn from and support others in our industry toward better ways to address DEA&I issues."

Tel: 518-638-8000 ext. 260

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"A diverse and inclusive environment is one where you are confident that you can bring all your whole self to work and be treated equally with your peers and this is a true testament to what the TEA stands for."

Tel: +971529220219

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Jeanette Lomboy

Vice President, Site Portfolio Executive
Walt Disney Imagineering

"Passionate about diversity and inclusion, I joined the TEA DEA&I Committee to do my part to help further and progress related initiatives, both within TEA and the themed entertainment industry overall."

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Jo Phoa

Senior Manager, Design and Show Quality
Walt Disney Imagineering

"Born and raised in Asia, but heavily influenced by both Asian and Western cultures, I hope to contribute my perspectives and views, learn from others that come from different upbringings, backgrounds and cultures, and together create a better world."

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Dan Picard

Principal Designer
mdsx, llc

"The TEA has provided so much to me professionally and personally over the years, and it was time for me to give back and participate in helping to inspire and aid others. "

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Romee Popelier

Owner & Concept Engineer at RP Rides
Popelier, Romee

"To support and being a role model for the LGBT community in the Themed Entertainment Industry."

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Clara J Rice

Global Director, Marketing & Communications
RWS Entertainment Group

"I joined the DEAI Committee because I believe that the people represented in our governance, marketing, programming, and storytelling should reflect the diversity not only of our member companies but of the millions of visitors those companies serve."

Tel: T: +1 513 309-0478

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Gene Rogers

Vice President - Global Live and Location Based Enertainment
Lions Gate - Location Based Entertainment

"I have been lucky to have opportunities come to me that not all underrepresented people have, and I want to make sure that the next generation, whether it's my kids or other people's kids, have more opportunities than I did."

Tel: 310-255-5704

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Marcel Santos

Principal Designer and CEO

"I joined the DEA&I Committee to ensure that our industry is accessible for as many people at a grassroots level and that we are seen, heard and are represented in the themed entertainment industry."

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Cynthia Sharpe

Principal, Cultural Attractions & Research
Thinkwell Group

"The TEA has an opportunity to really set the bar for our industry in a way no one else can, and the DEA&I Committee is a key part of making the TEA an inclusive, equitable organization as we look to our future."

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Melody Sivri

Sivri, Melody

"It's always been a passion of mine to champion my loved ones growing up, and over time the realization that there are people that have voices that aren't heard made me aware of our collective responsibility to acknowledge and listen to one another."

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Alex Tyrrell

Project Producer

"A diverse mix of voices leads to a better discussion, decisions and outcomes for everyone, I'm looking forward to working on the committee to support our global association."

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