WISE NYC Metro Chapter Leadership


Van Adams


Van is the President of the VanAdams Sports Group where for the last 15 years she has represented a number of iconic sports celebrities and executed marketing campaigns for their personal celebrity and/or business ventures. Van has produced upscale hospitality events for athlete and corporate clients in Super Bowl, MLB, and NBA All-Star cities across the nation. She was a Business Connect participant with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, a program providing increased opportunities for local small business owners to conduct Super Bowl business. Additionally, she was a keynote speaker and featured panelist as a marketing expert for the program. An advocate for women in business, 

Van is the creator and producer of Gathering on the Greens®, an initiative that encourages women to seek opportunities beyond the office grow their professional networks. Van is a Top 25 Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners award recipient and was one of 17 participants in the inaugural Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth’s Executive Leadership Institute. In addition, Van is a former adjunct professor and regular contributing writer and guest speaker for various industry outlets.


Ryan Kirwan


By day, Ryan is the Associate Director, Alumnae Engagement and Giving School of the Holy Child. She has an extensive background in event planning, sales, public relations, and fundraising. Previously, Ryan served as Development Officer, Community Engagement and Athletic Initiatives at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Prior to that role, Ryan was Associate Director of Development for Athletic Events and Annual Fund at Fordham University where she was responsible for executing more than 80 events annually, budget management and driving revenue through various fundraising efforts. In addition to holding the office of Secretary for WISE NYC Metro, Ryan supports the chapter's special events initiatives.

Nachamah Jacobovits
Vice President, Communications

Nachamah Jacobovits

Vice President/Communications Chair

Nachamah heads a strategic marketing and communications consultancy focusing mainly on the financial services field, in which she has held a number of senior executive positions. Most recently, she headed public relations in the Americas for Newedge, a leading global brokerage firm. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Fimat USA and Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the New York Mercantile Exchange. While at the Exchange, she introduced a sports marketing program that included a five-year title sponsorship of the annual interleague series between the Mets and Yankees – the first corporate sponsorship of a regular season series in MLB history; the introduction of a live ticker feed of energy prices during Astros games and activated events at Minute Maid Field and a title sponsorship of the 2004 MLB All-Star Futures game.To her credit, Nachamah has organized events ranging from a September 11th memorial service for an audience of 3,000 including the governor and mayor of New York to ground-breakings and product launches. Prior to joining the NYC Metro Board of Directors, Nachamah volunteered on WISE national and NYC Metro communications committees.

Christine Vicari

Christine Vicari


By day, Christine is Vice President of Labor Finance at the National Football League’s headquarters in New York City. She is an accomplished Finance executive with a 15+ year career specializing financial strategy and risk assessment. Over her 11 years at the National Football League, Christine now leads the Labor Finance group, which oversees the league economics and strategy that factors into the calculation of the Salary Cap. Prior to the National Football League, Christine worked for Arthur Andersen, where she was part of the enterprise division, focused primarily on auditing technology clients.

Board of Directors


Katie Cifarelli


By day, Katie is an Account Executive for Disney Advertising Sales with 12+ years experience creating and selling creative solution. For WISE NYC Metro, she oversees corporate member recruitment, membership growth and retention strategy, and engagement activities such as quarterly networking Member Meet-Ups.


Nicole Smart

Professional Development

By day, Nicole is the founder and president of Smart EDI Solutions LLC with 15+ years experience in labor relations, diversity + inclusion, and human resources. For WISE NYC Metro, she leads the way on professional development initiatives such as Dine + Learn, Financial Fitness, and Book Club.


Malir Burks


By day, Malir is a Senior Account Manager with the Solomon Group with nearly two decades of experience in sponsorship sales and account management, + experiential marketing. For WISE NYC Metro she spearheads the chapter's sponsorship efforts and creates avenues to increase the chapter's revenue generating opportunities.


Na'eema Thompson

WISE Within Mentoring

By day, Na'eema is Vice President, Global Experiential Marketing at Citi with more than 10 years of events marketing, special event production, and management experience.
For WISE NYC Metro, she manages the WISE Within Mentoring program and the chapter's annual Speed Mentoring Roundtable event.


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