Delivering holiday happiness 365
Holiday Channel® is a digital media and entertainment company focused on holidays. Our cross-platform news and entertainment network for “ALL THINGS HOLIDAY, ALL YEAR ROUND.” offers
a quick and easy way for people to find holiday inspiration, entertainment, and products conveniently all in one place.
We are a lifestyle platform that delivers the hottest holiday trends and the best holiday tips and tricks across entertainment, party planning, food & beverage, home décor, fashion, travel, pets, gifts, crafts and more. Holiday Channel® connects a global audience with holiday content, commerce, and community,
to celebrate life every day.
We founded Holiday Channel® to inspire, celebrate, and unite people through holidays. We created an inclusive place where people can find optimistic and diverse storytelling, experiences, and points of view. Around the world, people celebrate holidays in their own special way with family traditions and customs. By celebrating cross-cultural commonalities and differences, holidays hold the power to educate and bring people together.
We believe holidays encourage happiness, gratitude, and togetherness. We further believe film, digital media, and social media are powerful mediums to bridge cultures and inspire change. By combining these, Holiday Channel® has the opportunity to make a positive impact worldwide.
To be the world’s premier online holiday company, bringing a global portfolio of holiday inspiration, entertainment, and amazing products together with a great online experience.
We are PASSIONATE.
We are POSITIVE.
We are INCLUSIVE.
We embrace CHANGE.
We have FUN.
To spread the power of optimism
and holiday spirit through positive,
purposeful, and celebratory content.
Meet the team paving the path to the future of a cross-platform network for all things holiday, all in one place, all year round.
Founder & CEO
Reesa Ryder is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Holiday Channel®. Reesa brings 30 years of business management and leadership experience in PR, government affairs, event planning, and human resources. She earned an MBA from Chapman University, a BA from UCLA and graduated from Georgetown University’s International Business Executive Program. Her multicultural experience includes traveling to 30+ countries on 5 continents and working for Coca-Cola in Barcelona, Spain. Reesa also holds an accreditation from Public Relations Society of America and a certification for CORO Foundation’s Public Affairs Leadership Program. Favorite Holiday Movie:Valentine’s Day Favorite Holiday Food:Thanksgiving Dinner — all of it! Favorite Holiday Drink:Hot Spiced Cider
Chief Content Officer
Romell Foster-Owens is the Chief Content Officer for Holiday Channel. She is responsible for content strategy, original programming, and the creative teams. She is an Emmy-award winning producer, director and writer for motion pictures and TV. Romell is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including being selected for Robert De Niro’s Tribeca All Access Program in 2004 and Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Master Workshop in 2009. Romell received an MFA from American Film Institute and a BA from San Diego State University. Favorite Holiday Movie:A Christmas Story Favorite Holiday Food:Peach Cobbler Favorite Holiday Drink:Margarita
VP, RETAIL PARTNERSHIPS
Tamilyn Bonney is the Vice President of Retail Partnerships for Holiday Channel®. In this role, she leads affiliate sales, retail and partnership marketing. Tamiyn’s professional career in entertainment spans from global retail and partnership marketing to consumer products and digital marketing. She has led major promotions for both film and TV properties for 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, DreamWorks, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. Tamilyn has managed licensing and merchandising strategies for mass retail accounts like Walmart, Target, and Amazon. Tamilyn holds MA and BA degrees in Behavioral Science. Favorite Holiday Movie:Christmas in the City Favorite Holiday Food:Macaroni & Cheese Favorite Holiday Drink:Red Velvet Ice Blended Mocha
Steven Jaksch is the Finance Director for Holiday Channel®. He leads the company’s financial operations, accounting and tax functions. Steven has 20 years of financial expertise at Charles Schwab and Miracle Mile Advisors. A trusted advisor and high performing wealth manager, he has managed $300M in assets. Steven holds a California State insurance license and Series 7, 67, 9 and 10 securities licenses. He earned an MBA from Chapman University, where he graduated with honors and was awarded valedictorian. Favorite Holiday Movie:A Christmas Story Favorite Holiday Food:Stuffing Favorite Holiday Drink:Hot Buttered Rum
Sr. Content Director
Kripa Koshy is a Senior Content Director for Holiday Channel®. With more than 10 years of global experience developing and producing multi-platform content, Kripa has led creative teams for premium news shows, docu-series, food reality, lifestyle TV and digital media networks with up to 55 million reach. Kripa has held director, producer, show runner and executive producer positions at AETN’s History Channel, Times Network, CNBC, Ping, and Food Food. Kripa earned an MBA-MFA in Producing for Film and TV from Chapman University, an MA in Broadcast Journalism, and a BA in English Literature. Favorite Holiday Movie:Home Alone Favorite Holiday Food:Appam & Chicken Stew Favorite Holiday Drink:Bailey’s Irish Cream
Sr. Business Development Director
Nick Purdom is the Business Development Director for Holiday Channel®. Nick has 15+ years of experience in strategic relationship management, sales management and business development. He is a top producer with exceptional results in start-up, growth-phase and highly competitive dental and medical device markets. Nick has held leadership positions with Southern Implants, Straumann and Keystone Dental. Nick received an MBA from Chapman University and a BA from University of Maryland. He is responsible for Holiday Channel’s non-sponsorship business development. Favorite Holiday Movie:National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Favorite Holiday Food:Eggs La Strada Favorite Holiday Drink:Eggnog with Bourbon
Sr. Team Lead, Social Media
Hannah Looper is a Social Media Senior Team Lead for Holiday Channel®. She maintains our company social media presence through multiple social media accounts. Hannah launched Holiday Channel’s Instagram social channel and leads our Pinterest social channel. She creates meaningful content including social copy and graphics to increase brand awareness and user engagement. As a senior team lead, she implements and monitors Holiday Channel’s social strategy across multiple platforms. Hannah is a Communications major at Chapman University. Favorite Holiday Movie:Elf Favorite Holiday Food:Candy Corn Favorite Holiday Drink:Apple Cider
Sr. Team Lead, Social Media
Madison Garcia is a Social Media Senior Team Lead for Holiday Channel®. She launched Holiday Channel’s TikTok social channel and leads our Instagram social channel. Overseeing the digital customer experience, Madison develops unique social content to build communities, grow brand awareness, and increase user engagement. Madison graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Chapman University. Favorite Holiday Movie:Halloweentown Favorite Holiday Food:Candied Sweet Potatoes Favorite Holiday Drink:Lemonade
Team Lead, Social Media
Anna Vogt is a Social Media Team Lead for Holiday Channel®. She launched Holiday Channel’s Instagram social channel and leads our new Pawlidays 365™ Instagram and Facebook social channels. Overseeing the digital customer experience, Anna develops unique social content to build communities, grow brand awareness, and increase user engagement. Anna is a Communications major at Chapman University. Favorite Holiday Movie:Polar Express Favorite Holiday Food:Sweet Potato Pie Favorite Holiday Drink:Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Social Media Coordinator
Allyson Nicholas is a Social Media Coordinator for Holiday Channel®. She develops social content to build communities, grow brand awareness, and increase user engagement. Allyson attends University of California, Santa Barbara where she is majoring in Theater and minoring in Japanese. Favorite Holiday Movie:National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Favorite Holiday Food:Sweet Potato Casserole Favorite Holiday Drink:Apple Cider
Team Lead, Data Analytics
Roy Smith is a Data Analytics Team Lead for Holiday Channel®. He leverages and aggregates data to foster connectivity, community, and conversation. Roy graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a concentration in Marketing, and a minor in Economics. Favorite Holiday Movie:Home Alone 2 Favorite Holiday Food:Turkey Favorite Holiday Drink:Eggnog
Team Lead, Social Media
Victoria Castro is a Social Media Team Lead for Holiday Channel®. In her role, she leads our Twitter social channel and collaborates with other social teams, video production, and data analytics. Victoria creates graphic based content and creative social copy to increase user engagement. Currently, Victoria is a senior at California State University, Fullerton, majoring in Graphic Design. Favorite Holiday Movie:How The Grinch Stole Christmas Favorite Holiday Food: Favorite Holiday Drink:Mexican Hot Chocolate