The Team

Meet the team. 

  • Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES
    President, Co-founder
    Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES
    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.
  • Xanthi Scrimgeour, MHEd, MCHES
    Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder
    Xanthi Scrimgeour, MHEd, MCHES
    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 Williams Hilfiker, MA
    Chief Experience Officer, Principal
    Sandy Williams Hilfiker, MA
    Sandy joined CommunicateHealth as Principal in 2010, bringing nearly two decades of experience in interactive design for health, usability and message testing, and all types of user research. Sandy is a leading expert in engaging people with limited literacy skills in the user-centered design process. She directs CommunicateHealth’s stellar UX team, delivering value to clients like the CDC, NIH, and the Veterans Health Administration — and simplifying the user experience for millions of healthcare consumers.
  • Adam Moorman
    Creative Director
    Adam Moorman
    Adam is a skilled visual communicator, and he takes pride in his graphic versatility. In his travels he has encountered and conquered: digital (web, email, user interface), branding and identity, traditional print, and design education. Adam’s goal is to provide our clients with a clean, clear, and precise design. Like most of his colleagues, he divides his time between CommunicateHealth’s visual and experience design teams.
  • Alana Johnson
    Social Media Manager
    Alana Johnson
    Alana is a driven community health advocate with a passion for health communication. When she's not coordinating multiple projects and ensuring clear communication across teams, you'll usually find her writing tweets using the latest health-related #hashtags.
  • Ayanna Williams
    Communication Associate I
    Ayanna Williams
    Ayanna is a skilled project coordinator who uses her outstanding logistical skills on everything from monthly reports to research recruitment. She’s also a talented Drupal coder with impeccable attention to detail. (What a rock star!) When she’s not chatting about public health, you can catch her bragging about her alma mater — Syracuse University. Go Orange!
  • Beth Pellettieri, MPH
    Health Communication Manager
    Beth Pellettieri, MPH
    Beth is an accomplished project manager with a background in maternal and child health. She’s adept at wrangling large, complex federal contracts, from website redesigns to content development and maintenance. Her superpower? Leading interdisciplinary teams that produce high-quality health communication products — on time and in budget.
  • Blythe Miller, MPH
    Senior Editor
    Blythe Miller, MPH
    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.
  • Clare Mather
    Communication Associate
    Clare Mather
    Clare is a talented health writer and savvy project coordinator with a background in public health communication. Whether she is writing plain language health content or coordinating tasks across project teams, Clare specializes in crafting communications that are clear, easy to understand, and mindful of her audience's needs.
  • Corinne Berry, MA
    Research Director
    Corinne Berry, MA

    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.

  • David Pearl
    Design Associate
    David Pearl
    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 Fisher, MPH
    Senior Health Communication Manager
    Dena Fisher, MPH
    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.
  • Deshani Gunathilake
    Social Media Communication Associate
    Deshani Gunathilake
    A skilled social media coordinator and plain language writer, Deshani's specialty is digital channel development and management. She is committed to improving health outcomes by using digital and social media channels to deliver easy-to-understand health information and products to consumer and professional audiences.
  • Elise McCabe
    Web and Graphic Designer
    Elise McCabe
    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 Brostek, MPH, CHES
    Health Communication Manager
    Emily Brostek, MPH, CHES
    Emily is a skilled project manager with more than a decade of experience in health education, patient advocacy, and health policy. She leads multidisciplinary teams through complex projects and ensures client requirements are aligned with user needs — all while keeping budgets and timelines on track. Emily is committed to empowering people with the information and resources they need to care for their health.
  • Fred Van Geloven, MS
    User Experience Designer
    Fred Van Geloven, MS
    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.
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  • Hannah Herrington, MPH, CPH, CHES
    Health Communication Manager
    Hannah Herrington, MPH, CPH, CHES
    Hannah is a skilled, results-oriented project manager with more than a decade of experience in public health, health education, and communication. She excels at leading teams in tackling tricky public health topics like chronic disease management and mental health. Her mission: to create user-friendly, actionable products that delight clients — and inspire people to take charge of their health.
  • Janel Schuh, PhD
    Senior Health Communication Researcher
    Janel Schuh, PhD
    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 Morris
    Web Developer II
    Jason Morris
    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.
  • Jeff Lee, MS
    Web Developer I
    Jeff Lee, MS
    Jeff provides essential back-end application development and database support for our products — the behind-the-scenes work that users rely on, even when they don’t know it. Jeff is devoted to meeting industry best practices and increasing efficiency in our work — and happy to be part of a team advancing public health.
  • Jenna Paulsen, MFA
    HR Specialist
    Jenna Paulsen, MFA
    Jenna is a skilled HR and Operations pro with a background in art and design. In addition to helping new staff members learn the ropes, she coordinates benefits and helps keep CH company policies up to date. She also jumps in on the occasional design, IT, finance, or general office support task, and she firmly believes that all-staff emails pair best with memes.
  • Jocelyn Cozzo
    Web Developer I
    Jocelyn Cozzo
    Jocelyn champions progressive enhancement and builds websites that are simple, elegant, and accessible across devices. She takes advantage of the latest features to enrich the user experience whenever possible. We’re pretty sure she dreams in code.
  • Kat Good-Schiff, MFA
    Senior Editor
    Kat Good-Schiff, MFA
    A technical writer and a poet, Kat applies best practices of health literacy, health education, and plain language to content development and maintenance for federal, private, and nonprofit clients. Whether it’s a series of fact sheets or hundreds of pages of web content, she’s always looking for editorial consistency and alignment with content strategy.
  • Katie Cheung
    Health Communication Manager
    Katie Cheung
    Katie’s dedication to the principles of public health makes her a fantastic asset to our team — as does her experience in community-based research, data analytics, and health writing. She supports content and research projects to make sure things run smoothly and the end product exceeds user (and client!) expectations.
  • Katrina Lanahan, MPH
    Senior Health Communication Manager
    Katrina Lanahan, MPH
    Katrina synthesizes user research findings and health behavior theory to create clear, actionable content. Her passion is creating that aha moment when a reader thinks, “I can do that!” Katrina has a background in research, program management, and curriculum development.
  • Laura Willwerth, MA, MFA
    Health Writer II
    Laura Willwerth, MA, MFA
    Laura is a talented plain language writer who enjoys turning complicated health information into approachable, friendly content. With a background in creative writing and teaching, she approaches all her projects with a focus on clear communication and actionable messages.
  • Lizzie Barnett, ScD
    Senior Health Communication Researcher
    Lizzie Barnett, ScD
    Lizzie is a Harvard-trained researcher and seasoned public health professional on a mission to create healthier communities. She excels at leading health promotion research initiatives, from developing measurement tools and mixed methods protocols to synthesizing and translating research findings. If you think she looks serious, it’s because tackling big public health issues is no laughing matter.
  • Luisa Ramirez
    Communication Associate I
    Luisa Ramirez
    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.
  • Mareika Phillips
    Graphic Designer II
    Mareika Phillips
    Mareika is an accomplished design professional with diverse experience — ranging from hand-drawn typography and illustration to web and user experience design. Her visual solutions are always innovative — a reflection of her passion for aesthetics balanced with sharp strategic insight.
  • Margaret Youngberg
    Operations Specialist
    Margaret Youngberg
    Margaret is at home keeping as many administrative plates spinning as possible. We think it may have something to do with her background in physics and music… She’ll happily fix your internet connection while answering the phone, getting invoices out the door, and explaining how an FSA works (again).
  • Matt Allen
    Technology Director
    Matt Allen
    Matt leads our stellar team of front- and back-end developers. He's passionate about user-centered design and emerging trends in web and mobile technologies. Matt draws on his experience in web development and accessibility standards to create clean, intuitive websites that make his clients (and us) happy.
  • Megan Lewis Freedman, MA, MCHES
    Project Director
    Megan Lewis Freedman, MA, MCHES
    Megan is our leading content strategist and a veteran CommunicateHealth team member. She directs the development, maintenance, and subject matter expert review of several award-winning federal government websites. Megan also writes, edits, and evaluates plain language print and web content.
  • Michael Mercurio, MFA
    Executive Assistant
    Michael Mercurio, MFA
    Michael provides executive support for our CEO, bringing to bear experience honed through years of working in higher education. Beneath his exterior of calm professionalism beats the heart of someone who enjoys talking through processes and organizing information — that, combined with his writer’s ear for language, makes Michael well suited for his role.
  • Michael Godin, MS
    Web Developer I
    Michael Godin, MS
    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.
  • Monika Ramnarayan, MPH
    Communication Associate
    Monika Ramnarayan, MPH
    With a background in research and program development, Monika supports project teams in creating health communication products that combine design thinking principles with public health approaches. Her strong coordination skills, flawless attention to detail, and commitment to promoting health equity make her a talented project coordinator — and a great fit for CommunicateHealth.
  • Ochen Kaylan, JD
    Senior Web Developer
    Ochen Kaylan, JD
    Ochen is a key player in back-end development — the magic that makes our websites and online tools tick. While he’s worked in web development and design for over 15 years, his resume is also dazzling in its variety. Ochen has professional experience in many fields, including design, journalism, and law.
  • Rachel Pryzby, MPH, CHES
    Project Director
    Rachel Pryzby, MPH, CHES
    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.
  • Rachel Oziel, MPH
    Communication Associate II
    Rachel Oziel, MPH
    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.
  • Rebecca Wright
    Content Strategist
    Rebecca Wright
    Rebecca believes that everyone has the right to health information they can understand. With a thoughtful approach grounded in user-centered design and health literacy best practices, she creates clear, engaging plain language health materials that are accessible to low-literacy audiences — and a pleasure to read for everyone else.
  • Sami Cohen, MPH
    Health Communication Manager
    Sami Cohen, MPH
    With joie de vivre, Sami provides cross-project support with her sharp plain language writing skills and keen sense of the research process. Her passion for public health policy and social justice shines through in her work.
  • Sarah Pomerantz, MPH, CPH
    Project Director
    Sarah Pomerantz, MPH, CPH
    Sarah is passionate about environmental justice. And it’s a good thing, because she directs our environmental health work. It’s Sarah’s job to oversee the research, design, and development of stellar communication products — for professionals and the public. She’s also a data nerd, lending her expertise to national initiatives like DATA2020.
  • Sean Arayasirikul, MSPH, PhD, CHES
    Senior Health Communication Researcher
    Sean Arayasirikul, MSPH, PhD, CHES
    Sean is a social and behavioral researcher who studies how racial, ethnic, and other minority populations make complex decisions about their health care. He’s committed to a “high-touch, high-tech” approach to our websites and digital tools — creating cutting-edge tech that’s approachable and empowering.
  • Stacy Allen, MS
    Health Communication Manager
    Stacy Allen, MS
    Stacy is a skilled project manager and usability researcher. She is dedicated to making public health resources accessible to everyone, particularly to underserved populations. As a content manager at CommunicateHealth, she oversees the development of the Spanish-language content for and contributes to several usability research efforts.
  • Vicki Chapman
    Web Developer I
    Vicki Chapman
    With more than 15 years of experience in front-end web development, Vicki is well-versed in modern technologies and web standards, including responsive design best practices. Her background in art gives her a keen visual eye and helps her create websites that are attractive, user-friendly, and accessible.
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  • Whitney Marmer, MPH
    Health Communication Manager
    Whitney Marmer, MPH
    With a background in community outreach and program planning, Whitney is a health communication all-star. In addition to coordinating teams and projects, she develops strategic social media and outreach plans that get the right messages to the right audiences at the right time. You can always find her working with an iced coffee in hand — even in the winter!
Meet our partners.

Janna R. White

Janna R. WhiteJanna creates stylish, accessible, and grammatically correct content that any reader will appreciate. She is the founder of Janna R. White Content and Editing, the co-editor of a book on contemplative science forthcoming with Yale University Press, and a total word nerd. She’s our resident copyeditor in shining armor. 

Noah Smith

Noah SmithNoah Smith co-founded Common Media in 2007 after completing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at Tufts University. Since then, Noah has built Common Media into an award-winning web development firm. Noah’s primary responsibilities are business development, solutions architecture, and company-wide technical direction.


Kelly McManus

Kelly McManusKelly is an uber-talented graphic designer with over 20 years of experience — and we're stoked to have her on our team. Clients dig Kelly's uncanny ability to develop brand identities that capture the essence of an organization or issue. And we dig her laid-back style and boundless creative energy.


Morgan Griffin

Morgan GriffinMorgan has spent his career in health communication, most recently as a content guru at CH, and before that as reporter and editor with WebMD. His ongoing mission: to root out baffling medical jargon wherever he can and to create guidance that’s both compassionate and clear.