LEADERSHIP

 
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Lori Bajorek

President

Lori Bajorek is president of the National Esports Association (NEA), through which she champions greater support for the wellness and academic success of esports athletes. She has pioneered a governance structure for esports in education, including establishing academic standards for initial eligibility.

Bajorek partners with Microsoft to bring her esports programs to colleges across the country and now is expanding her K-12 focus. She currently works with the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) to bring esports to college campuses across America. 

Bajorek also serves president of ArtsROC, a not-for-profit enrichment program that focuses on alternative learning for K-12 students, under which the NEA is a division. With a decade-long proven concept to her credit, she has developed what is considered the first educational programs for esports. This pioneer status, advocacy, and expertise has resulted in her being a sought-after speaker at national conferences as well as with the media, including NPR.

Bajorek’s entrepreneurial background includes work with Fortune 500 companies, including Progressive Insurance and Metropolitan. She earned a degree in child psychology from the University of Buffalo. Bajorek and her husband, Ronald, have two children, Alia, age 22, and Trip, 17.

 
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Dresden Engle

VP of Communication & Collaboration

Dresden Engle is a nationally award-winning communications professional with 30 years of experience in the field, including journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising, and social media. She has earned national awards for media relations, writing, blogging, PR campaigns, social-media campaigns, and videos.

Dresden works extensively with local, national, and international media and has secured lead features in The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal, with the Associated Press, and on ABC World News, CBS News Sunday Morning, and NPR. She has managed media events in New York City, Hollywood, and European cities.

 
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Tracy Armstrong

Director of Hospitality

Tracy Armstrong is a proven leader who has developed and managed highly motivated and successful sales teams throughout her career. She has planned and managed hundreds of conventions and conferences worldwide.

Clients benefit from her in-depth expertise of the tourism industry and event planning coupled with the extensive business-related partnerships and personal contacts she has forged during more than 30 years in the industry.

 
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Lisa Goldstein

VP of Policy

Lisa Goldstein, M.S., joined the National Esports Association as vice president of policy in early 2014, after 20 years of increasing responsibility at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her mission is to represent the needs for diversity and inclusion for all gamers.