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Meet our team

One of our core values is teamwork. we believe in the power of diverse people and ideas coming together to achieve goals. Each member of our team is experienced in specific areas of PR, marketing and healthcare subject matter.

How we work with you

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At KNB Communications, each new client is assigned an Account Lead.
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Then, we build out a dedicated core team. It may include roles like Media Relations Specialist, Social Media Account Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Graphic Designer, and a specialized Writer.
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We customize the team to fit the needs of the client, bringing in extended team members as projects dictate.
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The Account Lead provides one convenient point of contact for the client and provides updates on regular calls.

We consider our clients our partners; we become an extension of your team.

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Chintan Shah President & Managing Partner
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Chintan Shah President & Managing Partner

Education: Bachelor’s in Communications and International Studies from University of Wisconsin; MBA from Babson College.

Professional background: Prior to joining KNB, Chintan worked for IBM in New York City, focused on Power Systems sales, while working with clients in the healthcare, finance and media markets. Chintan also previously managed Americas marketing and sales for Unfors Raysafe, a medical radiation management company headquartered in Bildall, Sweden. Chintan is passionate about applying technology and innovation to solving problems, especially in healthcare applications. He is excited about marketing new products and services that help people live better lives through disruptive, but easy-to-use technology.

Expertise: Jeopardy fact: He is a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers and the Wisconsin Badgers.

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Yuliya Kutuzava VP of Client Services
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Yuliya Kutuzava VP of Client Services

Education: Bachelor of General Studies with a focus on Communications and Public Relations from the University of Connecticut.

Professional Background: Yuliya has more than 10 years of public relations agency experience in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer environments. She has worked with companies of all sizes to develop their communications strategies, identify key messages, and select the most appropriate tools for communicating with their target audiences. Yuliya translates technical language, concepts and solutions into easily understood, actionable programs for different stakeholders.

Expertise: Competitive/strategic planning, PR campaign management, media relations & training, content marketing strategy and content development, social media strategy, and project management.

Jeopardy Fact: A passionate gardener and conservationist.

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Beth Cooper Director of Marketing
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Beth Cooper Director of Marketing

Education: BBA in Marketing from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business; MBA in Management from Rider University; JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Professional background: Beth has over 17 years of professional experience, with a focus in the healthcare and marketing fields. Beth is responsible for conceiving and executing marketing strategies and tactics to drive growth and generate leads. In addition, she supports the PR team with amplification, overall brand development, and messaging in the marketplace to ensure KNB’s clients are leading the conversation in healthcare.

Expertise: Full-stack marketing, social media, and regulatory / legal compliance.

Jeopardy fact: Beth has lived in 4 countries across 3 continents and has traveled to 46 countries.

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Doug Haslam Account Director
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Doug Haslam Account Director

Education: Bachelor of Science from Emerson College in Boston

Professional background: Doug has decades of agency experience developing and running communications programs for a wide variety of clients in the health and technology space. Most recently, that included creating an extensive thought leadership content program and social media strategy for a newly-opened substance addiction treatment center, spreading awareness of substance and mental health issues.

Expertise: Client relations, public relations, social media, and content development

Jeopardy fact: Doug began his career in public radio, culminating in a role as Producer for NPR's Only A Game, where he got to speak to several fascinating people, including Yogi Berra, Oscar Robertson (about how he donated a kidney to his daughter), and Tracy Stallard, the pitcher who gave up Roger Maris' record-breaking 61st home run in 1961.

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Corrie Fisher Account Executive
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Corrie Fisher Account Executive

Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Florida; Master of Science in Health Communication from Boston University

Professional background: Corrie has experience in the healthcare field providing communications and public relations expertise to health providers for top research institutions and healthcare practices on the business-to-consumer side, and health system advertising on the business-to-business side. Corrie previously managed clients from nationally renowned HCA Healthcare and Mass General Brigham, formally known as Partners Healthcare. Corrie is passionate about healthcare, the evolution by modern health technology and the clients she serves at KNB that enable that growth for the field.

Expertise: Account and project management, healthcare, advertising, public relations, marketing

Jeopardy fact: I've met two former U.S. presidents as they were playing a round of golf in Martha's Vineyard the summer of 2015.

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Jemma Roche Marketing Coordinator
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Jemma Roche Marketing Coordinator

Education: B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Professional background: Marketing Coordinator

Expertise: Marketing, social media, content creation, and digital communications including email marketing and marketing automation.

Jeopardy fact: Dual citizenship with U.K.

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Mark W. Schlecht Director of Growth
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Mark W. Schlecht Director of Growth

Education: BA from Drew University and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers Business School

Professional Background: Mark has a combined 15 years of Sales and Business Development experience in Pharmaceuticals and Corporate IT Sales. He is responsible for managing the new business development efforts and cultivating sales strategy at KNB. Before joining, Mark worked with a number of Pharmaceutical companies engaging in Territory Development and acting as a liaison between Marketing and Sales Management. His goal is always to be a critical resource for clients to help them meet their business goals.

Expertise: Sales Management, Territory Development, Marketing Strategy, Generating strong Client Relationships

Jeopardy Fact: Mark enjoys playing guitar and collecting them. He has a collection of approx 10 Acoustic and Electric guitars.

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Kim Wick Media Relations
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Kim Wick Media Relations

Education: Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a Minor in Public Relations/Advertising from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Professional Background: Kim launched her career at St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan in community relations. While there, she did internal communications, media relations and event planning. Most importantly, and a lesson she’s valued since, she learned the importance of relationship building and found her love of healthcare.

Kim then joined the public relations office at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she started out in internal communications and quickly turned her sites on media relations. Much of Kim’s extensive media relations experience was gained while working at Froedtert where she lead the media relations team to promote and elevate the academic medical center’s high-priority medical programs through local, regional and national earned media story placements. The highlight of her career was bringing Richard Besser, MD, former chief health and medical editor of Good Morning America, to the Hospital to report on a new technology for epilepsy patients

Kim then joined Laughlin Constable, a full-circle communication agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she continued her work within the healthcare arena, including health advocacy, new product launches and health IT, garnering earned media for clients across the nation. During her time at Laughlin, her proudest moment was winning a Health Effie Award for a national health advocacy campaign for lung cancer.

Expertise: Kim currently holds the role of Media Relations Manager at KNB where she uses her extensive knowledge and experience in healthcare and health IT to get her client’s message heard across multiple platforms. As a seasoned media relations professional, our clients benefit from her deep understanding of how the media operates and her ability to creatively secure local, regional and national stories. By maintaining her relationships with the media, she presents our clients with the most favorable way possible keeping their message at the forefront of the public’s mind, and ultimately shaping our client’s brand image.

Jeopardy fact: Kim earned her Bachelor’s degree in in Environmental Science

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Pam Foote Content Writer
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Pam Foote Content Writer

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in English from Connecticut College; Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University.

Professional background: Pam got her start as a news writer and assignment editor in radio, parlaying that experience into a public relations career in government, information technology, publishing, and healthcare. She has worked for small and large PR agencies, and as a freelancer.

Expertise: Writing, account management, media and analyst relations.

Jeopardy fact: While serving as an assistant press secretary to the governor of Massachusetts, Pam was honored to meet President Jimmy Carter in Boston and Vice-President (later President) George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C.

Jeopardy fact: Pam loves Major League Baseball, and is a diehard Red Sox fan. She's visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame twice, once for Pedro Martinez’s induction ceremony. Pam has seen the Sox play in Boston, Cleveland and Ft. Myers (so far), and has also attended games in Oakland, San Diego, Montreal, and Cincinnati.

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Amanda Griffith Media Relations
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Amanda Griffith Media Relations

Born in Ann Arbor but raised outside of Philadelphia, Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations, with a minor in Australian studies, from Boston University, and her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Suffolk University.

As a media relations strategist, Amanda has spearheaded coverage efforts for companies big and small during her 25+ years in public relations. Specializing in healthcare IT, Amanda’s current and past clients have included HealthEdge, Luma Health, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, and HIMSS’ National Health IT Week.

As the daughter/stepdaughter of retired pharmaceutical and medical professionals, Amanda’s passion for healthcare runs deep and drives her dedication to telling her clients’ stories. When she’s not pitching reporters, Amanda’s a proud sports mom who plans date nights with her husband around basketball and hockey schedules.

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Stephen Alberts Paid Media
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Stephen Alberts Paid Media

I'm part of the KNB social media team and manage paid ads for clients. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a marketing degree, I started a career in the IT field. While working in IT, I managed that company's website and helped with their online marketing. As the years went on I developed skills in Search Engine Optimization, Google ads, Facebook ads and all aspects of paid media. Today I have over 10 years of experience in paid ads management and help clients grow their social presence with paid ads. My first job was working as a mate on a fishing boat when I was a teenager on the south shore of Long Island.

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Stephanie LaDue Social Media and Marketing
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Stephanie LaDue Social Media and Marketing

Stephanie has created and managed integrated marketing, public relations, and social media programs that deliver ROI for more than 15 years. Working across various industries, including healthcare, health tech, CPG, travel/tourism and food & beverage, she's developed a deep, integrated perspective about what it takes to motivate a target audience to action.

As the “woman behind the curtain” on many influential healthcare social media handles, she builds credible brands & thought leaders via meaningful contributions that add new insight and move conversations forward.

Stephanie earned her BS from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and her MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College. Over the years, she’s also developed an uncanny ability to adapt to extreme weather; as she’s lived in both the coldest and hottest cities in the contiguous U.S.

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Jennifer Mirabile Media Relations
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Jennifer Mirabile Media Relations

Jennifer is a strategic and results-oriented public relations leader with more than 15 years of experience counseling and representing high-growth technology companies in a variety of industries. She specializes in helping clients in healthcare and IT industries raise their visibility through innovative PR campaigns, communications planning, media relations, events, media messaging, content development, social media, and B2B and B2C media relations on both a global and national level. Jennifer holds a M.A. from American University in Public Relations and received her B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University.

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Kerri Reeves Communications and Content
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Kerri Reeves Communications and Content

Education: Kerri received a BA in English with concentrations in communications and business administration from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

Professional background: After brief stints as a newspaper reporter and journal production editor, Kerri was a writer and editor for print and online medical trade publications for over a decade. Her primary focus areas were speech-language pathology and audiology, and later, medical imaging and health IT. She acquired and wrote articles, managed Web content, and helped produce the publications.

Expertise: Kerri’s trade experiences connected her with many experts in the healthcare industry. She has continued collaborating with physicians, specialists, vendor representatives, and health management professionals to investigate story leads and generate content. She also specializes in marketing content generation including website copy, e-newsletters, social media content, press releases, and case studies.

Jeopardy fact: Kerri was bit by the travel bug early and visited half the U.S. states and nearly as many countries. Now, she’s raising three daughters outside Philadelphia and together they explore the great outdoors and the hottest drivable hotspots!

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Suzanne Shelley Communications and Content
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Suzanne Shelley Communications and Content

Education: B.S. (Honors) in Geology from Colgate University; M.S. in Geology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

Professional background: Suzanne has 32 years of professional editorial experience, with a focus on healthcare, pharma, life sciences, chemical engineering, petroleum refining, and power generation. Suzanne is the former Managing Editor of Chemical Engineering magazine, has been a long-time regular freelance Contributing Editor at Chemical Engineering magazine, Pharmaceutical Commerce magazine, and has provided technical writing, ghostwriting and editing services to a number of other industry-specific corporate entities, trade journals, and conference groups in the pharma/life sciences sector and chemical process industries..

Expertise: Researching and writing in-depth bylined feature articles, ghostwriting in-depth technology- and business-oriented White Papers, and ghostwriting targeted thought leadership pieces, Q&A profiles and online blogs.

Jeopardy fact: Suzanne is able to play exactly one song on the harmonica ~ Naturally, that song would be “Oh Susannah”).

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Jonna Howe Social Media

Education: Bachelor of Science from Norfolk State University’s School of Business and Master’s of Arts in Corporate Communication from Gonzaga University.

Professional background: Jonna is a content creator and strategist with expertise in content marketing and social media. She has worked at top consulting firms, where she partnered with clients to develop outreach strategies to generate awareness and drive growth.

Expertise: Health public affairs and content marketing.

Jeopardy fact: Outside of work Jonna is passionate about autism awareness and inclusion. She also enjoys spending time with family and eating gourmet donuts.

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Johnny Garcia Social Media
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Johnny Garcia Social Media

Education: BBA in Management from LIM College

Professional background: Johnny has over 8 years of professional experience, with a focus in the social and content creation ranging from celebrities to healthcare. Additionally, Johnny’s work has been seen in Vogue, Paper Magazine, Allure, Cosmo, E!, Good Morning America, and many other major platforms. Johnny is responsible for generating and designing social strategies to drive growth across all platforms for KNB. Furthermore, they support the KNB team through graphic design to ensure KNB’s clients remain ahead of the visual curve. 

Expertise: Social media, content creation, and visual story-telling

Jeopardy fact: Johnny is an avid archival, historical fashion collector.