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 21, and Trip, 16.
Executive Vice President
Brandon Dawson is a seasoned Student Affairs professional with seventeen years of experience
in the field of higher education. Brandon brings with him knowledge and skills to manage and
implement services and activities around student engagement, student conduct and crisis
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Justice from the State University of New York College at Cortland, and a Master of Liberal Studies - Educational Leadership degree from Manhattanville College. He is currently writing his dissertation for his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northcentral
University. Brandon has served in numerous leadership roles including Dean of Students at Elmira College, Vice President of Student Affairs at Endicott College, and Dean of Students at Manhattanville College. Brandon has certifications in BASICS, Clery Compliance from the Clery Center, Sexual Assault Investigator Training from Boston University, and is active member of various student affairs national organizations. Alongside his professional roles,
Brandon enjoys spending time with his family - his wife Brooke and their three children; Parker (7) and twins Mackenzie and Miles (5).
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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VP of Gaming & Development
Esports Producer | Director of Technology
A technology enthusiast, David Morse works professionally in the video production, web design, and computer hardware industry. He has worked with institutions, organizations, and companies including the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, State University of New York at Fredonia, Eastman School of Music, Elmira College, Blackmagic Design, Rode Microphones, and Elgato Gaming.
Specializing in live production and broadcast, David has designed and implemented live production setups and systems for the Brighton Central School District, Jewish Family Service of Rochester, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), Eastman Community Music School, Hochstein School of Music, State University of New York at Fredonia, and the Rochester Cello Society.
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.
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.