Society for Health Communication Elects 2023 Executive Leadership Team


January 19, 2023The Society for Health Communication, a member-driven organization working to advance the science of health communication, has re-elected Michael Grela, EVP, Head of Reputation and Social Impact, Evoke Kyne as its 2023 President and Ashani Johnson-Turbes, PhD, Vice President and Director, Center on Equity Research, NORC at the University of Chicago as its 2023 Vice President, and elected Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, President and Co-Founder, CommunicateHealth as its new Member-at-Large. 

The trio will partner with the Society’s Steering Committee, Advisory Board and Executive Director Diane Brodalski to advance the mission and goals of the Society through networking opportunities, information and best practice sharing, educational trainings, webinars and events. Grela is responsible for overseeing its Steering Committee and partnering with Johnson-Turbes to set and achieve its long-term strategic, diversity, equity and inclusion, and overall growth goals. Robison will focus on organizational member engagement and retention, and management of its Advisory Board.

“Outstanding vision and leadership! I’m thrilled that Michael and Ashani will continue for another year in their roles and pleased to welcome Stacy as our new Member-at-Large,” said Jay M. Bernhardt, PhD, MPH, Founder, Society for Health Communication, and Professor and Dean, The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication. “With these leaders at the helm, I’m confident that the Society will expand its critical role as the leading voice for health communication, as it continues to deliver meaningful impact within the field and beyond.”

“Beyond the expertise and skills that this group brings, I’m especially proud that we have a culturally-diverse, Executive Leadership Team,” said Grela. “Representation matters and the unique perspectives and lived experience of this team is immensely valuable to our membership and the work we’re doing to advance the field.” 

The Society also welcomed several new Advisory Board members in recent months: 

  • Damareus Barbour, Account Director, Evoke Kyne

  • Roshni Devchand, Director, Health Communications, Karna

  • Lindsey Gardner, MPP, Associate Director, Public Health Solutions, Medscape / WebMD 

  • Maria Lapinski, Professor, Director of the MSU Health and Risk Communication Center, Michigan State University

  • Stephanie Miles, PhD, Managing Researcher, Health Communications Research and Strategy, Fors Marsh

  • Michelle Miller-Day, PhD, Professor, Graduate Programs Director, School of Communication, Chapman University

  • Mehrshad Nourani, Chief Technology Officer, Coleman Group

  • DeJuan Price, MBA, Director of Marketing and Communications, BETAH Associates

In 2023, the Society will continue its educational webinar series, sharing of relevant resources, best practices and opportunities across the field, as well as host its 7th Annual Summit for Health Communication, June 12-13, 2023 in Austin, TX, in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication, Health Communication Leadership Institute.

About the Society for Health Communication
The Society for Health Communication is a nonprofit organization bringing together health communication professionals and scholars to create meaningful connections, share knowledge and exchange best practices across disciplines, and advance the science of health communication. Since its founding in 2016, the Society has grown to nearly 4,500 individual members and more than 25 organizational members, representing academia, government, nonprofits and the private sector, connected in their mission to help foster trust in science, dependence on clarity, and the pursuit of health equity. We’re not just an organization; we’re a movement. To learn more, become a member or donate, visit You can also follow us on Twitter @HealthCommSoc andLinkedIn @Society-for-Health-Communication.

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