The Society is pleased to announce our 2020 annual leadership positions. Selected from among our steering committee members, these individuals are helping the day-to-day work of advancing the Society and the field of health communications.

President: Terry Savage

Role: Assist with the development and implementation of the strategic plan; provide direction and oversight for the annual National Summit for Health Communication, including the event theme and core programming.

About Terry:

Terry also serves as Vice President and Associate Director at Westat. An expert in research-driven communication, Terry is a vice president and associate director at Westat, managing a team that focuses on social marketing, digital/social media, information dissemination, communications research, product and campaign development and implementation, partner/stakeholder engagement, multicultural communications, and website and application development projects. Prior to her role at Westat, she served as vice president at Eagle Design and Management, Low and Associates, and Berns and Kay. She has served on the Society’s steering committee since 2017. Terry holds a Master’s degree in Communication from Johns Hopkins University and in Women’s Studies from George Washington University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia.


Vice President: Michael Grela

Role: Provide direction for member services and membership management.

About Michael:

Michael also serves as Executive Vice President, Head of Reputation & Social Impact at Evoke KYNE. Michael is a passionate and creative health communicator with more than 10 years’ experience working with government, non-profits and the private sector to create lasting impact in health. He currently oversees client engagements in global public health, corporate reputation and social impact, serving as the agency’s in-house social impact specialist. As part of his role, Michael is responsible for shaping the agency’s own reputation-driving initiatives including social impact and corporate giving strategies, goals and programs. He also leads the agency’s Reputation team, which manages all Evoke KYNE communications, positioning/branding, awards and publications, thought leadership, social media and related employee engagement. Michael has experience working across many therapeutic areas including in Ebola, malaria, HIV/AIDS, oncology, hemophilia and tobacco control. During his tenure at Evoke KYNE he has overseen engagements in the U.S., Africa, and globally, including work with the CDC Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. Previously he was an account supervisor at Hill+Knowlton Strategies New York, where he supported U.S. and global engagements.


Member-at-Large: Shelly Spoeth 

Role: Enhance member services and identify areas for advocacy within the field.

About Shelly:

Shelly Spoeth also serves as Principal Associate at Abt Associates. Shelly Spoeth has more than 25 years of strategic communication and social marketing experience tackling complex health and social issues. While at major public relations firms, she worked for a decade with pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. She then worked as a consultant for government and nonprofit clients, including the CDC, on challenges ranging from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19. Spoeth has implemented, evaluated, and managed dozens of projects that improved health outcomes. Currently, Shelly is a Principal Associate at Abt Associates, a global research and evaluation firm. Prior to that, she led strategic marketing and communication planning at the American Cancer Society; served as a senior vice president at Porter Novelli, leading the Health & Social Impact practice managing large CDC communications contracts; and Hager Sharp, where she contributed to two major government public health initiatives – HPV is Cancer Prevention and Million Hearts.