Rafiat Animashaun
Communications Associate
Rafi is interested in meaningful diversity and inclusion in the PR industry and beyond. Outside of the office, you can either find her in the gym or making the stories in her head come to life in her TV scripts.
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Jo Ann Antoine

Jo Ann Antoine
Art Director
Jo Ann uses her creativity to develop powerful visuals for social and behavioral health. In her spare time, she loves to travel and tell stories of her adventures through photography.
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crystal borde

Crystal Borde
Director
When she is not taking too many photos or feeding her brain’s pop culture encyclopedia, Crystal brings more than 12 years of strategic communications expertise to organizations engaging diverse communities.
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Catie Carreras
Editorial Associate
With a background in journalism, Catie is passionate about using the power of storytelling to educate and inform the public about important social issues. When she’s not taking photos, you can find her watching videos of penguins or immersed in the Washington Post.
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Carolyn Fearing

Carolyn Fearing
Associate Director
Carolyn has been working in social marketing and communications for 18 years. She is passionate about healthy living and health equity. After hours, she likes gardening, interior design, and long family walks with the dog.
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kate fink

Kate Fink, MA
Associate Director
Kate explores how technology can create meaningful change in the world when it reaches the right people at the right time. On the weekends you can find her tasting the latest DC-area craft brews with her husband.
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Faith James

Faith James
Senior Account Executive
Faith is a member of the digital media team with a passion for storytelling as a vessel for social change. She enjoys spending time with loved ones and finding the humor in life.
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scott rieder

Scott Rieder
Senior Account Manager
Scott blends the unique abilities of writing creatively, placing media stories like nobody’s business and possessing more sports knowledge than 95% of the population.
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Wendy Rubin
Editorial Director
Wendy brings her passion for semicolons and spelling to her writing and editing work at Vanguard. In addition to being a stickler for grammar and style, Wendy is committed to baking as often as possible and sharing too many pictures of her dog.
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sangeetha sarma

Sangeetha Sarma
Account Supervisor
Sangeetha uses her media strategy and outreach skills to get her clients’ stories in front of relevant audiences. In her downtime, she moonlights as a level 5 illusionist on her Dungeons & Dragons team.
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Irene Serrano
Assistant Account Executive
Irene is a recent graduate from American University slowly but surely diving into the PR world. With a strong passion for story-telling, she enjoys writing about personalities that make her Latin culture proud.
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Lisa Swanberg

Lisa Swanberg
Senior Vice President
Creating and improving information dissemination to the public has been the core of Lisa’s health communications work for nearly 30 years. She is passionate about getting the right information into the hands of people when they need it most.
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brittany vanderpool

Brittany Vanderpool, MPS
Event Manager/Senior Account Executive
Brittany is Vanguard’s events guru and a member of the digital team. When she’s not frolicking at sporting events in DC, she can be found on the sofa with her beagle and a good crime novel.
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Shannon Walsh

Shannon Walsh, MBA
Senior Account Manager
Shannon is a relationship connector who bridges the gap between different sectors to maximize social impact and influence behaviors.  She loves spending time in nature and reading historical biographies.
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