Social Marketing and Communication Center

Who We Are

Our staff offer a unique blend of expertise in the fields of health communication, social marketing, public relations, formative and evaluation research, coalition building, technical assistance and training, outreach to health professionals and at-risk populations, creative materials design, and online product development.



John Strand, MEd
Vice President and Director
Katherine Banks
Finance Manager
Sarah Beistel
Program Associate
Allison Bozniak
Public Relations & Marketing Specialist
LaVerne Canady, MPA
Deputy Project Director
Carole Craft
Science Writer
Ashante Dobbs, MS
Communications & Marketing Program Officer
Carolyn Fearing, MA
Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist
Kate Fink
Program Officer
Jesse Gelwicks, MA
Research and Evaluation Officer
Lisa A. Gilmore, MBA, MSW
Senior Technical Manager
Donna Grande, MGA
Deputy Center Director
Kara Hager
Program Associate
Eileen Hanlon, MHS
Marketing & Communications Officer
Kristina Hartman, MHS
Research & Health Communication Specialist
Ashley Hill
Public Relations Program Officer
Derek Inokuchi, MHS, CHES
Senior Research & Health Communication Officer
Nicole Johnson
Research and Health Communication Associate
Michelle Jones-Bell, MA
Health Communication Research
LaJuan King-Thompson
Officer Finance Associate
Bithiah Lafontant, MPH
Senior Marketing and Communications Officer
Rebecca Ledsky, MBA
Senior Technical Director
Tom Lehman, MA
Associate Director, Research
Leslie Lewis, MA
Digital Media Officer II
Jennifer Lubrani
Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist
BJ McDuffie, MA
Communications & Marketing Associate
Yeeli Mui, MPH
Marketing & Communications Officer
Mari Nicholson, MHS
Senior Marketing and Communications Officer
Melissa R. Otero, MA
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager
Sanda M. Pecina, MA
Deputy Director of Public Relations
Todd Phillips, MS
Deputy Center Director
Laura Planas, MPH
Research & Health Communications Officer
Joy Pritchett, MS
Senior Program Officer
Marie Rienzo, MA
Communications & Marketing Program Officer
Elizabeth Ryan, MPH
Project Director
Willis Shawver
Senior Program Associate
Melissa Talbot
Deputy Project Director
Lisa Tensuan, RN, BSN
Senior Program Manager
Courtney Thompson
Marketing & Communications Associate
Shea Van Horn, MS
Senior Communication & Marketing Specialist
Tatyana Williams
Finance Director
Michelle Wolfson
Program Assistant