Meet the #BlackRosie Team
Who We Are
Erica L. Ayala
Founder & CEO
Erica created the idea of #BlackRosie in 2020 and rebranded to #BlackRosie Media in 2022 after participating in the
Builders + Backers Idea Accelorator program.
Chanel Keenan is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Communication and a minor in Education. She is a passionate advocate for all.
In October of 2020, Chanel was named the first-ever Intersectionality Consultant for the newest NHL franchise, the Seattle Kraken. Her role was created to ensure accessibility and inclusion throughout the organization and its partnering facilities.
Chanel is at the intersection of many identities, as she is a disabled woman of color.
R. Renee Hess
A Southern California native, R. Renee Hess works in community engagement for La Sierra University, is an adjunct professor of sports journalism with University of Memphis, and, in 2019, launched the Black Girl Hockey Club, a nonprofit organization that focuses on equity and inclusion for Black women in ice hockey.
In October 2020, Renee’s work was profiled in the New York Times and in June, 2021, she was named one of three finalists for the NHL's Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award, for individuals who have positively impacted the community, culture or society through the sport of hockey.
Renee is a fan of being a fan and loves traveling to hockey games, listening to music that makes her cry, and hanging out in the sunshine with her dogs. Her most memorable moment as a writer includes interviewing Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura, “Star Trek: The Original Series”) at WonderCon and then telling her mother about it.