2018 Judges

Jeana Tahnk

Family Tech Expert

Jeana Lee Tahnk (@jeanatahnk) is a self-proclaimed techno-geek and has been immersed in the technology industry for 15 years, both as a writer and PR practitioner. With three kids of her own of varying ages, she has integrated various levels of tech into her parenting toolkit.

She covers the latest and greatest gadgets for outlets like POPSUGAR, Parenting, Mashable, The Huffington Post and Cool Mom Tech, and has also shared her commentary in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and more. She is always looking for helpful (and easy-to-use!) tech that makes families lives more organized, efficient and fun.

Jane Francisco

Editorial Director, Hearst Lifestyle Group

Jane Francisco is the Editorial Director of the Hearst Lifestyle Group overseeing Good Housekeeping, as editor-in-chief, as well as Redbook, Dr. Oz The Good Life and Woman’s Day. She was appointed editor in chief of Good Housekeeping in November 2013. As Editor of Good Housekeeping, Francisco oversees all content for the magazine, which reaches over 30 million readers each month in print, online and socially. Unique to the brand Francisco also oversees the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI), a state-of-the-art testing facility that evaluates thousands of products and digital properties each year and tests for the Good Housekeeping Seal. Everything appearing in the magazine and website have been vetted by GHI. Francisco has been in the magazine industry for over 20 years holding key positions as EIC of CHATELAINE, the leading women’s lifestyle media brand in Canada, EIC of Style at Home, a founding EIC of St. Joseph’s Media’s Wish (appointed editorial director of the company’s Lifestyle Group adding oversight of Gardening Life and Canadian Family), and launch EIC of the beauty and health-focused Glow. Earlier in her career, Francisco was marketing director at Fashion magazine and worked with Futurebrand creating the image and strategy for new brands in the U.S. and Canada. She also co-created the acclaimed national arts and culture magazine Venue. Jane splits her time in NYC and Toronto with her husband and son.

Laurie Jennings

Deputy Editor & Director

Laurie Jennings is deputy editor at Good Housekeeping and director of the Good Housekeeping Institute. She heads up a variety of content initiatives, from lifestyle packages to product testing. Laurie also leads special projects and editorial innovations for the brand, including GH’s entry into voice-enabled content for Amazon Alexa and Google Home and the monetization of editorial through e-commerce. Her first victory at GH was relaunching the magazine’s health section. More recently she has conceptualized and directed editorially driven business opportunities, marketing initiatives and strategic content partnerships, including a new concept space, the Kitchen of the Future Powered by Miele; print and digital programs with Walmart, Microsoft and The Honest Company; as well as special events like Good Housekeeping’s upcoming Green Summit and Innovation Day, Raising the Green Bar.

Prior to working at GH, Laurie was the executive editor and health director at Chatelaine, Canada’s largest women’s magazine. Under her leadership, its health section was nominated for several National Magazine Awards, winning two. She also led Chatelaine’s parent company Rogers’ most successful stand-alone iPad app, Chatelaine 10-Minute Fitness, which hit #1 in 49 countries.

Today Laurie is one of Good Housekeeping’s primary public faces, appearing frequently on TV and radio, including national shows. She speaks regularly at conferences and other special events. She keeps active with yoga, spinning and running, having completed the New York City Marathon in 2013. Follow her on Twitter @lauriejennings, on Instagram @laurieajennings and on Pinterest @ladylauriej.

Vanessa Miller

Product Manager/Business Development

Vanessa Miller, a tech obsessed mother of two, account product manager and business development specialist for Best Babie Inc.. Our mission is to improve the lives and futures for children by distributing and bringing to market the best products through advanced technologies.

Vanessa currently manages the Top baby and kid brands for national distribution. She is also responsible for acquiring the markets top STEM Robots and bringing these products to mass market; further influencing our educational markets and this emerging segment to grow.

With a degree in Merchandise Product Development and extensive back ground in sales, Vanessa is a true expert in today’s competitive market and able to forecast the future of baby, kids, and electronic products.

As a working mom, she found the need to find the best products for her family that made her feel safe, daily activities easier, and having a great user experience. Her goal is to identify these superior products in the marketplace and get them in the hands of mom and dad.

Rachel Rothman

Chief Technologist and Director, Engineering Department

Rachel Rothman is the Chief Technologist and Engineering Director for the Good Housekeeping Institute, the legendary consumer product evaluation laboratory founded in 1900. At Good Housekeeping, Rachel oversees consumer product testing methodology, implementation, and reporting for the six labs at the Institute, with product tests ranging from textiles and kitchen gadgets to health and beauty related items. She also manages the Good Housekeeping Seal and Green Good Housekeeping Seal product clearance and is responsible for all consumer tech, home improvement, auto and toy coverage in Good Housekeeping magazine and various brand extensions.

Rachel has had the opportunity to evaluate thousands of products during her Good Housekeeping tenure, including toys for the annual Toy Awards, dozens of cars in conjunction with Car and Driver, and countless innovative, breakthrough products.

She has appeared as an expert on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox Business, MSNBC, and Anderson Live, among other live appearances. She has also been a featured speaker at global conferences like CES (the largest consumer tech tradeshow), the Women in Innovation Forum, the World Science Festival, the Women in STEM Summit, and the FemTech Innovation Summit.

Rachel has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, and Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, and previously had roles in Public Relations for Sony Pictures Entertainment and its affiliate agency Allied Advertising.

As a female engineer, it is Rachel’s goal to create an encouraging, inspiring ecosystem for men and women of all ages to excel.

Selena Tedesco

Product Testing Analyst

Selina Tedesco is a product testing analyst at Good Housekeeping Institute‘s Media & Tech lab. Previous to Good Housekeeping, she worked on product development at Goby, Hasbro, and Quirky. She has a degree in Product Design and Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Lexie Sachs

Senior Textiles Analyst

Lexie Sachs is a Senior Textiles Analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Her work includes evaluating and reporting on consumer products for editorial consideration as well as the Good Housekeeping Seal and Green Good Housekeeping Seal programs. She sits on textile-testing committees to develop industry standards and is often consulted as a textile expert by other media outlets for shopping recommendations and care tips. Lexie’s background includes product development and merchandising in both the fashion and home industries. She has a BS in Fiber Science from Cornell University.