I have 20 years experience in marketing and communications.
I am the former Communications Director for the Lupus Foundation of America. In this role, I oversaw a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $5-million cooperative agreement focused on reducing the time to diagnosis. I initiated a content marketing program, developed a patient storyteller series, and led advocacy communications for the Foundation.
Previously, I served as Senior Director of Communications for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). While at BIO, I led communications and marketing efforts for biotech start-up companies. In addition, I also oversaw a campaign to promote the BIO International Convention, including launching a video and podcasting on-site Buzz Center, negotiating a special section focused on the global industry with Scientific American, and building coalitions and partnerships focused on several health policy and business development initiatives.
Previously, I worked for several public relations agencies, primarily focused on healthcare clients ranging from global pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit patient groups, and advocacy organizations.
I have led campaigns that have won several professional awards, including the Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil and Public Relations Society of America-National Capital Chapter Thoth Award.
I have a Master’s Degree in Public Communication from American University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico. Twice a year I lead a creativity workshop at American University’s School of Communication.
I have a teenage daughter who is the light of my life.
You can check out my yoga blog at https://startwithom.blog/