Storm Adds Four to Front Office Staff

November 4, 2008

SEATTLE - The Storm announced today the addition of four employees to two departments: ticket sales and service and communications and community relations.


Zachary Fraser joins the Storm as the Director of Ticket Sales and Service. Prior to joining the Storm, Fraser managed sports marketing for One Communications, a telecommunications company headquartered in Rochester, NY, and also served as general manager of the Orem Owlz, the Pioneer League affiliate of the MLB’s Los Angeles Angels. A native of Fairport, NY, Fraser graduated from Utah Valley State College in 2005.

Teresa Wippel is the new Director of Communications and Community Relations. Wippel has spent nearly three decades as a communications professional in weekly and daily newspaper journalism, government public information, employee communications, corporate public relations, marketing communications and Internet publishing. She worked in public information for the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (now King County Metro), served as director of editorial services for technology start-ups Go2Net and InfoSpace and as managing editor of ParentMap, a Seattle-based parenting magazine. She is a journalism graduate of Seattle University.


Jennifer Carroll rejoins the Storm as the Public Relations Manager after spending the past 10 months working in freelance public relations for clients including Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and Spun, a contemporary women’s organic cotton clothing line. Originally hired as the coordinator of public relations for the Storm in 2003, Carroll served in multiple roles for both the Sonics and Storm organization, including public relations manager and corporate communications manager. Carroll graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2001 with a degree in journalism. She earned a certificate in sports management from the University of Washington in 2004.

Chauntelle Johnson joins the Storm as the Community Relations Senior Coordinator after three years with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. While at the WIAA, Johnson handled marketing and community outreach programs, as well as assisting with corporate partnerships. She also served as an intern for the Sonics & Storm Community Relations Department in 2005, and has actively been involved with the teams’ in-game auctions to benefit the Sonics & Storm Foundation. A 2005 graduate of Missouri State University, Johnson looks to graduate from Seattle University in 2009 with a master’s in sport administration and leadership.

About the Seattle Storm: The Seattle Storm is one of seven independently-owned teams in the WNBA, the world’s preeminent women’s professional basketball league. Established in 2000, the Storm is committed to bringing outstanding professional basketball to a diverse and rapidly growing fan base. The team also plays an active role in promoting literacy, health and fitness, support for women and girls and youth basketball in local communities.