Astra Academy 2019

Members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) elected two specialty toy industry leaders to its Executive Committee and four to its board of directors at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy today in Pittsburgh. The new representatives are:

  • Chair-elect: Amy Saldanha, CMR, CPE, kiddywampus, Hopkins, Minnesota;
  • Secretary: Nick Tarzia, Stamford Toys, Stamford, Connecticut; and
  • Directors: Jeanie Crone, Schleich USA Inc, Charlotte, North Carolina; Corey Funkey, CPE, Smart Toys and Games Inc., San Francisco; Lisa Orman, KidStuff Public Relations, Black Earth, Wisconsin; and Brad Ruoho, Legacy Toys, Duluth, Minnesota.

Christine Blumberg, CPE, of Roberts Blumberg Giacobbe in Guilford, Connecticut, assumed the role of chair of the ASTRA Board of Directors. She has served as chair-elect for the past year.

“ASTRA is so fortunate to have committed professionals who volunteer their time to lead this important organization and generate innovative ways to help members grow their toy businesses,” says ASTRA President Kimberly Mosley. “ASTRA has always been member-driven, and our creative, engaged Board of Directors has always been one of our great strengths.”

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Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik was the Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book from 2020-2022. She was also a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider.