A self-proclaimed health literacy geek and an expert in clear communication, Stacy is responsible for leading CommunicateHealth’s content and creative excellence. Since co-founding the company at the age of 30, Stacy has been recognized as an innovative business leader by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Healthcare News, among other media outlets, discussing a variety of issues from entrepreneurship to health behavior change.
Since co-founding CommunicateHealth in 2009, Xanthi has been driving company strategy and operations, transforming the organization into a nationally recognized multimillion-dollar consulting firm. Under her leadership, CommunicateHealth has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies by Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines 3 years in a row. A veteran public health advocate, Xanthi spent 20+ years working on the front lines with state and local health agencies. She draws on this experience to serve a diverse client portfolio that spans Fortune 500 companies and community-based nonprofits.
Sandy is a leading expert in the design and development of consumer health campaigns and accessible digital products for audiences with limited health literacy skills. She’s a passionate advocate for human-centered design with extensive experience overseeing and conducting formative and usability research with diverse audiences. Sandy delivers value to clients like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) — improving and simplifying the user experience for millions of health care consumers. As Chief Executive Officer at CommunicateHealth, she supports the overseeing of all corporate-level operations and provides health communication strategy across more than $30 million in consulting contracts.
Alex is a skilled operations professional with a background in politics and IT — and a passion for making sure her colleagues have what they need to be happy and productive. We dig her positive attitude, her wealth of tech know-how, and her willingness to roll up her sleeves and find creative solutions to tricky operations challenges.
Alyssa is a dedicated and knowledgeable financial specialist with nearly a decade of experience. She excels at analyzing complex data in spreadsheets, budgets, and reports. Her enthusiasm shines through in her detail-oriented approach and the positive attitude she brings to the CH team.
Andrea is a talented writer and editor with a passion for public health and a knack for translating complicated medical research into plain language. She’s dedicated to making even the toughest health topics understandable and approachable. Andrea crafts clear, concise, and engaging health content that is accessible to low-literacy audiences — and a pleasure to read for everyone else.
Ashley is an enthusiastic communicator who is committed to making health information relatable, fun, and accessible to all populations. She’s passionate about starting new and meaningful conversations about health through her work and incorporating a social justice framework to address health disparities. Ashley is always thinking of how we can better serve our end user and creating sustainable opportunities of change through her work.
Ashley is a passionate health communicator and plain language writer who brings creative ideas, innovative strategies, and strong attention to detail to all her tasks. Whether she’s managing complex projects or creating an award-winning health campaign, Ashley’s empathy and her belief in health equity make her a true champion for the end user.
Blythe is a gifted health writer and editor (and resident Deadhead) who transforms complicated medical information into original, plain language content. She specializes in sexual health, and her friendly tone and conversational style make this tricky health topic a lot more approachable.
Briah is a skilled communicator who is dedicated to promoting health equity by sharing timely, actionable health information. She facilitates productive conversations with clients to explore their priorities and identify effective communication strategies that align with key goals. With a background in content development for diverse audiences, Briah is always thinking a step ahead — and keeping end users’ needs in mind.
Brittaney excels at developing multicultural communication and dissemination strategies to help people live healthier lives. With more than 12 years of experience across public health and healthcare, Brittany brings extensive expertise in the art and science of health communication. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues from diverse backgrounds — from research experts and technology enthusiasts to visual creatives and media mavens — to translate complex health information into digestible content that inspires people to take action.
Brittany is a UX researcher who specializes in studying mental models and using data to solve complex problems. With a background in journalism, education, and fashion retail, Brittany blends a human-centered design approach with a deep knowledge of UX best practices. At CommunicateHealth, Brittany conducts UX research to ensure our health communication products are clear and easy to use.
Cat understands that presenting health information digitally is both a modern necessity and a complex challenge. With experience in accessible technology, health insurance, and web design and development, she’s right at home supporting CommunicateHealth project teams in exploring ways to use innovative technologies to promote health and well-being.
Vice President, Director of Employee Experience and Operations
Cheryl is an energetic leader who’s passionate about building relationships and creating an environment that helps employees thrive. Drawing on 20 years of experience as an operations and human resources leader, Cheryl strives to develop a diverse and inclusive team where everyone can belong, learn, and succeed. Cheryl specializes in all facets of human resources, strategically building processes and systems, and culture development, so she’s right at home in leading our employee experience team!
Chris leads the CH Development team in creating innovative and accessible digital products. He’s a problem solver with more than a decade of experience designing, building, and maintaining dynamic solutions. With wide-ranging experience in health insurance systems, health data management, and public health analytics, Chris values learning and improving processes to better meet users’ needs.
Claire is an enthusiastic project coordinator who keeps tasks rolling and team spirits high. With a background in sexual health and communication, she is committed to creating health materials that meet audiences where they’re at. When she’s not coordinating client deliverables, you can find Claire trying to sneak puns into CommunicateHealth’s portfolio.
Connie is a dedicated, detail-oriented project coordinator with a background in research and health psychology. Experienced in working with diverse populations, she’s passionate about making health information easy to understand and accessible to everyone. Connie keeps project teams on track by coordinating client communication, data collection, and research logistics.
Corinne is a brilliant health communicator — and a total research geek. With more than a decade of experience in communication consulting, mixed-methods research, and intervention design, she always has her target audience in mind. She’s a go-to moderator and skilled research strategist who brings a bit of sunshine to every project.
Cynthia is a skilled, detail-oriented financial specialist. Whether she’s working through budgets and spreadsheets or double-checking deadlines to make sure invoices are submitted on time, Cynthia’s positive attitude and collaborative style make her an essential member of CommunicateHealth’s finance team.
David is a creative thinker with a knack for designing intuitive user interfaces and engaging infographics. Drawing on his experience developing health tech innovations in refugee communities, he always keeps his end user’s needs in mind. In his spare time, you can find him pitching his next app ideas at health hackathons.
Dena is a skilled project manager with 18 years of experience in health communication and social marketing. She leads interdisciplinary teams through every aspect of communication planning, from research and strategy to product development and community engagement. Dena is a passionate advocate for public health — and just the woman you want at the helm of your next communication campaign.
Elise is an innovative visual problem solver with a passion for getting to the root of an issue. The user and the bigger picture drive the holistic design solutions she crafts for clients. She is enthusiastic about being a lifelong learner and employing a less is more approach to design (and life).
Emily is a social media expert who uses online platforms to advocate for public health issues. Whether she’s drafting tweets, researching the latest Instagram trends, or organizing a new social media strategy project, Emily always brings a positive attitude and digital marketing know-how to the table.
Fred is a seasoned user experience designer, a creative thinker, and a problem solver. He takes pride in delivering accessible interfaces that are fun to use. Fred has played a variety of roles on digital design projects of all sizes throughout his career. These experiences, combined with his background in communication, make him an indispensable member of the team.
Jaime is an expert project director with an unwavering commitment to health literacy and more than a decade of national health communication campaign experience. Her sharp strategic vision and joyful energy help her lead multidisciplinary teams in creating communication products and campaigns that are clear, accessible, and engaging.
Senior Methodologist, Research and Evaluation (Quantitative)
Janel is a highly skilled quantitative and qualitative researcher who is endlessly curious about health communication. With more than a dozen years of applied research and strategic communication experience, she helps clients create — and validate — communication-based solutions to challenging health issues. Janel loves interacting with people from all backgrounds and working with them to improve their health.
Jason is a front-end developer who prides himself on creating clean, responsive, intuitive websites. While he accepts (and even embraces) the constantly changing landscape of web development, he always stays focused on the essentials — keeping sites fast and accessible for all users on an increasing variety of devices.
With experience developing health and wellness communication campaigns across a broad range of industries, Kathleen is a seasoned writer who creates plain language health content that educates and inspires. She’s passionate about promoting health literacy and ensuring that online health information is accessible to diverse consumer audiences, including those with limited literacy skills.
Katie believes in the power of accessible public health information to combat health disparities. With a background in education, gender studies, and public health, she brings a multi-dimensional perspective to all her communication work. Whether she’s coordinating tasks across teams or double-checking deliverables, Katie approaches the job with diligence and empathy.
Senior Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Employee Experience
Katie’s dedication to CommunicateHealth’s staff and core values can’t be beat! With a background in public health and previous experience as a health communication manager for our clients and project teams, she truly knows the ins and outs of the company. Katie leads HR and operations initiatives at the corporate level, skillfully incorporating input from staff and leadership at every step along the way.
Kelsey is a digital content enthusiast who believes small design choices can play a big role in supporting health literacy. As a product associate, Kelsey supports the CH team in developing digital content and evaluating the success of online communication initiatives. With experience in public sector health information technology policy and analytics, Kelsey is committed to crafting solutions that meet users’ health information needs.
Kesha is a friendly and enthusiastic project coordinator with a passion for health literacy and health equity. With a background in public health and mental health, she is committed to creating plain language products and campaigns that inspire people to take charge of their health. When she’s not at work, Kesha loves to travel — she has an impressive collection of mugs from all over the world!
With expertise in health communication and contract management, Kim is a double threat — and a valuable asset to her project teams. At CommunicateHealth, Kim manages large-scale digital communication projects. Her conversational style and sharp instincts make complex projects an absolute breeze for teams, clients, and end users alike.
Laura is a versatile digital artist with a background in both animation and video game design. Her wide-ranging design interests inspire her to learn new skills and stay on the cutting edge of the field. Informed by a “simple is best” philosophy, Laura crafts straightforward, elegant design solutions that make health information accessible — and beautiful.
Luisa is passionate about using health education to empower people to make healthy choices. With a background in global health, she has experience working on health campaigns with diverse populations. At CommunicateHealth, Luisa helps our project teams stay organized by coordinating tasks and facilitating communication among team members.
Lydia is talented researcher with a background in public health, international studies, and minority health. With boundless enthusiasm, curiosity, and a passion for using health communication research to help vulnerable groups achieve better health outcomes, Lydia supports CommunicateHealth research teams on a wide variety of project management and research tasks.
Matt is a web developer who enjoys solving unusual problems. He draws on his experience of creating research websites in higher education in order to create clean, simple systems for maintaining complex sites.
Melanie is a skilled writer and editor with more than a decade of experience. She believes that clear health communication benefits everyone — and that it’s a powerful tool to promote health equity. Melanie is passionate about creating engaging, actionable health content that meets people where they are.
Mike’s responsible for transforming CommunicateHealth’s original ideas and designs into accessible, high-performance applications for the web. He’s worked in government, industry, and non-profit realms on topics ranging from environmental risk management to underwater robotics.
Michaela is a passionate communicator who leads teams in developing actionable and inclusive health communication materials. With a background in community outreach and university relations, Michaela excels at building relationships and finding creative solutions. Michaela believes health is a human right and seeks to connect people with health information and resources they can understand and use.
Michelle is a cheerful health communicator who believes health literacy is the key to inspiring people to improve their well-being. With a background in health promotion and workplace wellness, Michelle is committed to finding creative ways to promote health equity through inclusive communication. She’s passionate about using digital tools to advocate for environmental and social justice issues that affect the health of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) communities.
Mikaela is a project coordinator who believes that people’s health shouldn’t be negatively impacted by complex and hard-to-understand health information. A former CommunicateHealth summer intern, she has a background in both public health and communication, and a true passion for health literacy.
Mike leads the CH design team in crafting innovative and accessible digital products. Mike sets strategy for complex visual design tasks while working side by side with a team of talented designers, content strategists, researchers, and developers. Drawing on his extensive graphic design experience, Mike ensures that all design deliverables are strategic, consistent, aesthetically pleasing, and 508-compliant.
Nakeva is a seasoned public health professional and masterful research manager. She oversees a large portfolio of mixed-method studies, using health literacy and UX design best practices to guide all our recommendations. Nakeva’s sharp instincts help her solve tricky research problems — and her warm demeanor helps study participants and research team staff always feel at ease.
Nicolle is a stellar project coordinator and content creator who believes everyone deserves equitable access to the information and resources they need to lead healthy lives. With a background in public health and social media, she’s passionate about using the latest trends in digital communications to drive social change. Whether she’s drafting tweets or brainstorming outreach strategies, Nicolle is dedicated to helping people understand and use health information.
Nikole is a skilled project coordinator and researcher with a background in psychology and health promotion — and a passion for using research to tackle complex public health problems. Nikole supports CommunicateHealth research teams through every phase of the human-centered design process.
Olivia is a talented project coordinator who supports CommunicateHealth research teams through every phase of the human-centered design process. With a background in global health, Olivia has experience designing community-based health campaigns with diverse audiences. She is passionate about advancing health literacy and promoting health equity.
Osman is a meticulous Finance Associate with experience in financial reporting, budget planning, and project pricing and forecasting. His passion for improving financial literacy and making numbers easy to understand makes him a key member of CommunicateHealth’s finance team. With a positive, solutions-oriented approach, Osman is committed to helping staff understand the company’s financial and operational priorities.
Paola believes that health literacy is essential to maintaining a well-informed and healthy society. With a background in health promotion and equity and a love for languages and the Latinx community, she brings a diverse perspective to her role. Whether she’s coordinating tasks, editing deliverables, or taking meeting notes, Paola strives to deliver clear and consistent work with creativity, humor, and kindness.
Patricio is an experienced Spanish/English bilingual content strategist and certified plain language writer with 15 years of experience in content development, translation/transcreation, digital campaigns, social marketing, and strategic communication. Patricio excels at ensuring that Spanish health communication efforts meet the needs of the Latinx community in the United States and beyond.
Preston is a skilled front-end Drupal developer who builds elegant, accessible websites and digital products. Bringing a keen sense of empathy and compassion to the web development process, he excels at devising simple, user-focused solutions to complex problems.
Rachel loves digging for answers to tough research questions and collaborating with her colleagues on research reports, coordinating data collection, and keeping the research team on track. Rachel is passionate about helping teen and college-aged populations choose healthy behaviors. When she’s not in the office, you can find her perfecting her karaoke repertoire.
Rachel is passionate about building healthier communities by creating health information that people can understand and use. When she’s not assisting the team with project management and research tasks, you can find her at community photo shoots for CommunicateHealth’s new stock image website, Picture Public Health.
Rachel believes that health information can be beautiful — and fun! At CommunicateHealth, she leads talented interdisciplinary teams towards that goal, through creative strategy, precise planning, and a dash of good humor. You can usually find Rachel writing content, leading brainstorm sessions, managing budgets, or geeking out about the latest public health research.
With joie de vivre, Sami leads project teams in developing thoughtful, innovative solutions to tricky health communication challenges — on time and in budget. She’s a deft project director and talented public health professional who can manage even the most complex projects with ease.
Sara comes to CommunicateHealth with years of experience in digital project management, communication, and public health research. She enthusiastically navigates complex research projects, ensuring that her teams have the tools and support they need to do their best work. Sara strives to improve health literacy in people from all backgrounds through timely, high-quality research.
Vice President, Health Communication Program Director
Sarah co-leads CommunicateHealth’s largest program, providing mentorship and capacity building to more than 30 staff. She also oversees a client portfolio of more than $7 million, with a focus on leading multifaceted communication and dissemination efforts that require input and collaboration from diverse stakeholders. Sarah is passionate about environmental justice and about empowering people to use health data to drive decision-making!
With a background in industrial and organizational psychology and a passion for helping others do their best work, Sean is a key member of our Employee Experience team. In addition to coordinating hiring processes and onboarding for new staff, Sean pitches in where he’s needed to support a variety of Employee Experience initiatives.
Shiraz is a skilled health communicator with a passion for public health — and a keen interest in exploring the intersection between health literacy, culture, and society. With a background in global health and medical anthropology, Shiraz brings a multidimensional perspective to all her projects. She’s committed to advancing health access and positive behavior change.
Stephanie is a lifelong learner who’s passionate about communicating from an empathetic perspective. As a Product Associate, Stephanie brings multidisciplinary teams together to create inclusive and accessible web products. With a background in health promotion and data analysis, her strengths lie in identifying core issues and developing creative solutions.
Victor is an enthusiastic health writer with a background in clinical research and neuroscience. Victor believes that achieving health equity means removing the systemic obstacles that prevent people from making informed choices. He’s all about writing accessible plain language content with a special interest in sexual and reproductive health.
Yifan is a thoughtful, creative researcher with an interest in cross-cultural communication and health behavior theory — and a skilled quantitative analyst who’s never met an SPSS data file he couldn’t wrangle. He’s also a tech geek with a passion for using new technologies to create engaging, user-friendly products. When he’s not in the Rockville office, you can find him biking on Rock Creek Trail.
Yvanna believes that you can spark a passion for health in anyone if you give them the right inspiration. With experience that spans public health university instruction, community outreach, and research, her expertise is finding creative ways to reach diverse audiences and improve health inequities. Yvanna stands as a proud representative of the Latinx community — and a strong proponent of social justice and advocacy.