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

Erin Norvell, Executive Director

Jennifer Salopek, Communication Manager

Shahd Husein, Communication Associate

Jay Bernhardt, Founder and Steering Committee Chair


2020-2021 Elected Leadership

Terry Savage, President

Michael Grela, Vice President

Shelly Spoeth, Member at Large

Learn more about our elected leadership.


Steering Committee Members

Tony Foleno
SVP, Strategy & Evaluation
Member, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council
The Ad Council

Michael Grela
Senior Vice President
Head of Marketing
Evoke KYNE

Nancy Harrington
Professor, Department of Communication
Director, Health Communication Research Collaborative
Associate Dean for Research, College of Communication and Information
University of Kentucky

Ashani Johnson-Turbes
Principal Scientist
NORC at the University of Chicago

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

Claudia Parvanta
Professor, Director Florida Prevention Research Center
College of Public Health
University of South Florida

Danielle Bartolo Perrell
Analytical Lead

Stacy Robison
President & Co-Founder

Terry Savage
Vice President

Shelly Spoeth
Managing Director, Mission Integrated Marketing & Communications
American Cancer Society, Inc.

Rachel Tyree
Communications Director
LA County Department of Public Health

Josh West
Associate Professor
College of Life Sciences, BYU


Advisory Board Members

Tesfa Alexander
Director, Division of Research & Evaluation (Health Communication)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Heather Cole-Lewis
Director of Behavior Science
Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions

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

Gary Kreps
University Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication
Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication
George Mason University George Mason University (GMU)

Scott Ratzan
Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives


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.