The Society is comprised of leading health communication professionals across various industries, including academia, non-profits, government, and the private sector. Our Steering Committee is actively involved in Society infrastructure and regularly interacts with our members.

Society Leadership

Diane Brodalski, Executive Director

Shahd Husein, MPH, Communication Manager

Tiasia Saunders, MPH, CHES, Community Manager

Jay Bernhardt, PhD, Founder and Steering Committee Chair


2023 Elected Leadership

Michael Grela, President

Ashani Johnson-Turbes, PhD, Vice President

Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, Member-at-Large

Learn more about our elected leadership.


Steering Committee Members

Brittaney Bethea, MPH, CCPH
Senior Communications Strategist
IQ Solutions

Jennifer Bishop, ScD
Director, Division of Health Promotion and Communication
Office of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tony Foleno
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Evaluation
Member, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council
Ad Council

Michael Grela
Executive Vice President
Head of Reputation Public Health & Social Impact
Evoke Kyne

Ashani Johnson-TurbesPhD
Vice President & Director, Center on Equity Research 
The Bridge at NORC

Mike MackertPhD
Provost's Teaching Fellow
Director, Center for Health Communication
ProfessorStan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations
University of Texas at Austin

Erin Norvell
Digital Director
CDC Foundation

Glen Nowak, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication and Professor
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia

Sung-Yeon Park, PhD
Professor, Lead, Division of Social Behavioral Health and Health Administration and Policy
School of Public Health
University of Reno, Nevada

Monica Ponder, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Communication
Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies
Howard University

Rachel Pryzby, MPH, CHES
Vice President, Health Communication Program Director

Stacy Robinson, MPH, MCHES
President and Co-Founder

Leslie Rodriguez, PhD
Senior Director, Public Health Programs

Terry Savage
Vice President

Shelly Spöeth
Principal Associate
Abt Associates


Advisory Board Members

Tesfa Alexander, PhD
Co-Lead of Public Health Department

Damareus Barbour
Account Director
Evoke Kyne

TaWanna Berry
Associate Director

Jennifer Berktold
Principal Research Scientist
NORC at the University of Chicago

Catherine Chao
Vice President, Strategy & Evaluation
Ad Council

Dana Chomenko, MA, PMP
Vice President, Public Health Research and Evaluation
BLH Technologies

Marguerite Clarkson, PhD

LeShaundra Cordier
Director, Communications Strategy

Kate Durocher
Principal Associate
Abt Associates

Shen Evans
Senior Public Health Consultant
Tanaq Health

Lindsey Gardner, MPP
Associate Director, Public Health Solutions
Medscape & WebMD

Vickie Gogo
Partner, Multicultural Communications
ICF Next

Molly Hartzog, PhD
Health Communications Specialist IV

Lenora Johnson, DrPH, MPH
Director, Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communication
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Karyn Madore
Communication Director
JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.

Lauren McCormack, PhD
Vice President of Translational Health Sciences Division

Grant McLaughlin, MA
Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting

Robin McClave, MS, CHES
Program Director, Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities
American University

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

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

Adam Moreau
Director, Client + Agency Relationships
Marketing Doctor

Pierce Nelson
Vice President, Communications
CDC Foundation

Mehrshad Nourani
Chief Technology Officer
Coleman Group

Claudia Parvanta, PhD
Professor, Director Florida Prevention Research Center

DeJuan Price, MBA
Director of Marketing and Communications
BETAH Associates

Shari Rager
Deputy Director
American Medical Writer's Association

Scott Ratzan, MD
Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives

Ruth Ann Spier, MS
Vice President
JBS International

Erin Turner
Director of Strategic Communications
Palladian Partners

Molly Rose Walker
Vice President, Unified Partnerships

Candice Watkins Robinson
Vice President, Health
Hager Sharp

Anna Zawislanski, MPH
EVP, Government Practice Leader
Crosby Marketing Communications


The Society would like to recognize and honor Dr. Tim Edgar, who was an inaugural member of the steering committee and founding member of the organization. Dr. Edgar's passing was a great loss to his colleagues, the Society, and entire field of public health.