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
Vice President
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 Manager
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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LeAnne DeFrancesco
Vice President
LeAnne is a wiz with words and loves putting them together with thoughtful designs as part of her work leading Vanguard’s Design + Editorial team. Her passions lie in lifting up communities through the arts, literacy and education, and helping children and youth see and pursue their potential.
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Carolyn Fearing

Carolyn Fearing
Vice President
Carolyn has been working in social marketing and communications for 25 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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Brenda K. Foster
Senior Vice President
Brenda has devoted her career to supporting nonprofit organizations as they work to call our attention to society’s needs, social injustices and opportunities for inclusive communities. This multifaceted strategist thrives at the intersection of awareness, advocacy and action, and has applied her expertise to change how people think and feel about issues that affect us.
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erika gaitan

Erika Gaitan
Communications Associate
Erika is a member of the digital team with a passion for using communications as a tool to increase diversity and create inclusive spaces. In her free time, you can find her exploring a new restaurant in the DMV, watching National Geographic, or having a coffee date with friends and family.
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Faith James

Faith James
Senior Account Manager
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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Camille Jewell

Camille Jewell
Senior Account Executive
Camille comes to Vanguard with a background in journalism, bringing a passion for storytelling and communication. When she’s not writing, you can find her playing with her dog, enjoying the outdoors or spending time with loved ones.
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Hannah Rothman

Hannah Rothman
Senior Account Executive
Hannah is passionate about public health and social equity. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts and going to theater productions.
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Lisa Swanberg

Lisa Swanberg, MSLS, PMP
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
Senior Account Supervisor
Brittany is Vanguard’s events guru and a member of the digital team. When she’s not attending sporting events in DC, she can be found exploring local trails throughout the DMV with her boyfriend and their beagle, traveling with friends or binge watching Disney+.
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Anna Verhanovitz, MPH
Account Executive
With a background in engineering, Anna uses her systematic mind to connect the dots within the public health and PR industry. In her free time, you can find her on the soccer field with friends or cheering on the Washington Capitals.
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Shannon Walsh

Shannon Walsh, MBA
Senior Account Supervisor
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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