What is Patch?
Patch is an innovative way to find out about, and participate in, what's going on near you.
We're a community-specific news, information and engagement network driven by passionate and experienced media professionals.
What Can You Do on Patch?
- Contribute content! Patch welcomes and encourages community members to post directly to the site.
- Keep up with news and events
- Learn more about local businesses and the people behind them
- Participate in discussions
Who’s Behind Patch?
Patch is run by professional editors and salespeople. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories. If you see us around town, don't be afraid to say hi and tell us what you want to see on Patch!
Where You Come In
We hope that our sites will strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions and add events to the community calendar. So get to it!
Executive Management Team
Your Face Here
Do you have a deep repertoire of experience, including having faced challenges similar to the ones Patch will face in its future? Are you deeply committed to connecting communities (and brands) with news, storytelling, and social information? Are you disciplined and detail-oriented, with a sense of humor? If so, send a paragraph on the challenges you have faced as a leader, and how you measure people and hold them accountable to email@example.com.
Charles “Charlie” C. Hale
Executive Chairman of the Board
Charlie Hale is President of Hale Global. AOL Inc. and Hale Global partnered to spin out Patch in January 2014. For thirteen years, Hale Global has been helping talented teams transform software and information organizations through product innovation, operational support, and team-building. Charlie is currently a Director of QL2 Software LLC and RivalWatch LLC. Charlie holds an MBA, with Honors, from Harvard Business School and a BA from the Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was the Opinion Editor for his high school newspaper, the Milton Measure.
Warren St. John
Warren St. John is the Editor-In-Chief of the Patch editorial team. He is the author of the national bestsellers "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania" and "Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference." A former reporter for the New York Times, he has also written extensively for The New Yorker, the New York Observer, and Wired. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, attended Columbia University and now lives in New York City.
Nikhil (Nick) Sonpal, CTO at Patch and Innovation specialist, is an experienced software architect, bridging the gap between man and machine with his intuitive and custom built mobile and software solutions. As an entrepreneurial leader, Nick brings a unique vision to Patch, using his portfolio experiences in the airline and automotive industries, non-profit organizations, and online retail giants to create a successful hyper-local, social platform.
Tara May Tesimu
VP of Product Strategy
Tara May Tesimu works collaboratively with the Patch team and Patch users to shape a strategic vision for the product. She is passionate about Patch’s mission to create a platform where the voice of all community members is valued. Previously, Tara coordinated Patch’s engagement strategies and helped lead the launch of the Chicago Patches in 2010. Prior to Patch, Tara helped launch TribLocal, the Chicago Tribune’s hyperlocal effort. She also worked as a reporter and editor in daily newspapers, winning an Associated Press award for her coverage of breaking news in New Mexico.
Sales Leadership Team
VP of Sales
Patrick Purcell is the Vice President of Sales for Patch. He manages all divisions of the Patch Sales teams. Prior to Patch, Patrick was the Director of Retail Advertising for the New York Post. He is from the Boston area and is a graduate of Boston College.
Senior Director of Sales
Andree Sanquini is the Senior Director of Sales for Patch. She has been leading sales teams for more than 16 years. She has extensive online and offline media and advertising sales leadership experience, focused on Local, Regional and National, outside and inside sales channels. Prior to Patch, Andree worked in Sales at Newsday.
Senior Inside Sales Manager
Jeff Pappert is the Senior Inside Sales Manager for Patch. He manages the Inside Sales division with teams located in Boston and NYC offices. Prior to Patch, Jeff was the Director of Outside Sales for EF College Break and a Senior Regional Sales Manager for Studentcity.com. Jeff was born in Rochester, NY. He graduated from the University of Buffalo and resides in the Greater Boston area.
Editorial Leadership Team
Assistant Managing Editor
Ryan Sartor is the Assistant Managing Editor for Patch. He got his start as a Local Voices contributor for Milford, CT Patch and soon became the site's Local Editor. At Patch HQ, Ryan offers editorial and logistical support for Editorial Director Warren St. John and editors out in the field. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and has written for numerous publications, including The Bygone Bureau, The Rumpus and Identity Theory.
Brian Slupski is the National Editor for Patch.com and previously was an Associate Regional Editor for the Chicago Patches and editor of Palatine Patch. Brian is passionate about bringing information to communities in new and innovative digital forms. Brian worked for more than a decade in daily news in the Chicago suburbs.
Associate Editorial Director
Dennis leads our teams in the Midwest, Central Plains and Pacific Coast states. Before joining Patch in 2010, Dennis got some ink on his hands in stints with Sun-Times Media and the Copley Chicago Press, where he led investigative and public service reporting teams that changed laws, helped people and put a few bad guys in jail. Outside of work, he's an always hopeful yet frequently dismayed Cleveland Browns fan. He also maintains an extensive collection of power tools, Bactine and Band-Aids.
Associate Editorial Director
Todd leads our teams in the Southeast. Along with two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, his work has been recognized with The George Polk Award and The Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism, two of the most prestigious honors in journalism. In addition, he has been named Times-Mirror Journalist of the Year and has been an honoree and featured panel speaker at national conferences of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Todd was a London-based European correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, covering both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Associate Editorial Director
Liz leads the Patch teams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The first person on the ground in those areas, Liz grew Patch throughout these three New England teams beginning in 2010. An award-winning editor and reporter, hyper-local community journalism has been Liz’s passion for as long as she can remember. In her 23-year journalism career, Liz has managed several community newspapers in south suburban Boston and was also the executive editor of Design News, a leading technical publication for design engineers. A New England Press Association winner for her reporting and column writing, Liz also is proud to have led a team that captured two FOLIO Eddie Gold Awards, including one for best online news coverage, as well as a Jesse H. Neal Award finalist in 2008. Outside of work, Liz is mom to a toddler and enjoys writing, reading and gardening.
Senior Regional Editor
Tom leads our team in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is an award-winning journalist and web producer who helped establish Patch’s presence at the Jersey Shore. Tom led Patch’s much-acclaimed coverage of Hurricane Sandy as the storm devastated New Jersey’s coastline. Tom now coordinates comprehensive local and regional coverage with a strong team of dedicated editors. He has 25 years of experience at The Record of Bergen County, N.J., The Star-Ledger, The Press of Atlantic City, The Asbury Park Press and other publications. He has taught journalism classes at Rutgers University, where he was once recognized as the best adjunct professor at the college’s School of Communication and Information. His first book, “A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness,” was released by Hazelden Publishing in 2011. Tom was one of six people in the nation to win the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship in 2004.