CRN Recognizes Five SonicWall Standouts on the 2024 Women of the Channel List

SonicWall is proud to announce that Michelle Ragusa-McBain has been recognized among the Elite Women of the Channel Power 100 by CRN for the year 2024. This prestigious list celebrates the most influential and innovative women leaders across the IT channel.


SonicWall  announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Michelle Ragusa-McBain, Global Channel Chief to the 2024 Women of the Channel Power 100, an elite subset of prominent leaders selected from the CRN® 2024 Women of the Channel list, which included four more SonicWall employees – Christine Bartlett, CMO, Katie Ralph, Director of Solutions Engineering (EMEA), Alice Strange, Senior Territory Account Manager and Trisha O’Rourke, Senior Sales Manager.

Every year, CRN highlights women from vendor, distributor and solution provider organizations whose vision and leadership have a beneficial influence on the technology industry. The CRN 2024 Women of the Channel honorees are creative, strategic leaders who show ongoing commitment to using their skills to innovate and drive success for their partners and customers.

From within this impressive group, the annual Power 100 recognizes some of the most influential women leaders from technology vendors and distributors who consistently contribute their advocacy and expertise to advancing the channel.

Every woman on the Power 100 is an inspiration to industry peers and shows deep dedication to improving outcomes and opportunities for their own organizations and the full IT channel ecosystem.

Michelle has made an immediate impact at SonicWall. She has keynoted the largest and most influential technology conferences including Channel Partners, CRN, CompTIA, IT Nation and Kaseya. She is a passionate advocate for Women, Diversity and Inclusion in Technology, and serves as Chair Emeritus of Advancing Women in Technology for CompTIA. Previously she sat on the board of CRN’s Women of the Channel – she’s also a Co-Founder of Tech Worlds Half non-profit, a longstanding member of the National Women in Technology Group and, most recently, serves as Florida Leader for the Alliance of Channel Women.

“It is a great privilege to honor the remarkable achievements of these women leaders in the IT channel,” said Jennifer Follett, VP, U.S. Content and Executive Editor, CRN, at The Channel Company. “Each woman on the list has demonstrated a deep commitment to innovation and leadership that advances their organizations and drives transformation and success across the IT channel.”

Christine Bartlett, CMO

In a short amount of time, Christine has helped reignite SonicWall’s marketing strategy to align with its commitment to be a 100% channel company. She has been pivotal in developing key messaging for two critical growth acquisitions: Solutions Granted, Inc. (security services/MSP) and Banyan Security (cloud security) and has been responsible for the development and implementation of business marketing strategies.

Katie Ralph, Director of Solutions Engineering (EMEA)

Katie is an industry-recognized thought-leader and event speaker, and a people-focused and passionate cyber evangelist with a strong technical foundation. Previously named a ‘Top 10 Women in Cyber’ winner, she has held positions as a dedicated specialist in cyber, in addition to life as both a vendor and customer. Katie is the face of SonicWall EMEA for partners and will continue to engage with them in 2024.

Alice Strange, Senior Territory Account Manager

As a Sr. Territory Account Manager for SonicWall, Alice acts as a trusted advisor to Florida customers across multiple verticals. Over the course of the last year, Alice has worked closely with SonicWall customers and partners to drive adoption of SonicWall’s security platform, with specific focus on vital solutions outside of the firewall, necessary for true edge-to-endpoint protection.

Trisha O’Rourke, Senior Sales Manager

Trisha is the Senior Channel Sales Manager at SonicWall. A self-motivated leader and relationship builder, Trisha is focused on creating lasting professional connections with partners and customers. She guided SonicWall’s West Channel team while continuing to lead the largest accounts in generating year-over-year growth.

The 2024 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine, with online coverage starting May 13 at


Bret Fitzgerald
Bret Fitzgerald is a dynamic marketing and public relations executive who specializes in the IT industry — specifically B2B software. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Fitzgerald has consistently generated metric-driven results and considers himself lucky enough to work with industry leaders in the tech, retail, hospitality and online marketing industries. Fitzgerald strategically oversees multiple PR agencies worldwide and all of SonicWall’s global PR efforts.