Management Team

StratComm Team

As a leading provider of program management and content development solutions, StratComm goes 'above and beyond.'

Here we work with each other, not for each other, and that enables us to seamlessly collaborate on creative and innovative solutions for the tough challenges that our clients engage us to tackle. Our valued clients can always expect personal attention any time from our directors, and our staff of project management and editorial professionals.

We were proud to recently publish a book titled The Medal of Honor: A History of Service Above and Beyond. Well, we always go "above and beyond" to make our clients happy — it’s what makes us happy.

 

Robert George, President and CEO

Bob George As president and CEO of StratComm, Bob manages client and subcontractor relationships, defines project scopes, and implements action plans. He is particularly involved in identifying and acquiring the appropriate resources needed for each client program that we manage, and oversees contract negotiations with those resources. He specializes in management of complex client and subcontractor relationships, overseeing highly successful programs at StratComm for USAID, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of State.

Bob founded StratComm (then called Boston Publishing Company) in 1978 after having been a vice president at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and prior to that, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat fighter/attack pilot in Vietnam. In the 1980s he oversaw the publishing of the landmark 25-volume Time-Life Books series The Vietnam Experience, which was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and sold more than 11 million copies. He has recently published the illustrated military history books Tall Ship Odysseys, The War of 1812 and The Rise of the U.S. Navy, The Medal of Honor: A History of Service Above and Beyond, and The Vietnam Experience: Reflections on an Era.

 

Carolyn Medeiros, Director of Client Services

Carolyn Medeiros

As Director of Client Services, Carolyn manages the relationships between our clients and StratComm’s project team members, including subcontractor staff. She oversees project budgets and schedules to ensure that milestones are reached, keeping clients informed of developments along the way. She is the lead manager for our Social Security Administration VHR program, and also heads the writers, designers, and web developers on project teams involved in content and website development for the Department of State, Department of Veterans Affairs, USDA, and Rolls-Royce Naval Marine. An experienced program manager, she led operations and client services teams at International Data Group before coming to StratComm in 2010.

 

Michele Tezduyar, Director of New Business Development

Michele TezduyarAs Director of New Business Development, Michele heads StratComm's new business capture and proposal development efforts. She also serves as chief project manager, ensuring that qualified resources are assigned to each project and facilitating regular communication among project team members and clients. Michele joined the StratComm team in 2013 after having run her own internet-based logistics and fulfillment company, bringing nearly 15 years of experience in new business strategy, e-commerce, project management, international logistics, and budgeting and accounting. With a background in engineering, it’s no surprise she enjoys engineering solutions to the complex challenges that our clients' programs present.

 

Jeff Borda, Director of International Operations

Jeff BordaAs StratComm’s Director, International Operations, Jeff brings 25 years of global experience and leads our Washington, DC office. Jeff joined StratComm in 2014 after a career working worldwide in operations of numerous premier companies within the private sector and several agencies within the U.S. government. Notably, he has held senior positions with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, the General Electric Company and BP. He has also driven development community initiatives for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and partnered with international organizations including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations. Jeff’s program management expertise is complemented by years of experience in strategic communications, public-private partnership development, transnational recruitment and HR management, as well as capacity building, training and stakeholder outreach. In addition, Jeff is proficient in both the Bahasa Indonesia and Spanish languages.

 

David Shapira, Director of Content

Photo of Dave ShapiraDavid leads our editorial department, overseeing writing, editing, and content development at StratComm and its book publishing imprint, Boston Publishing. He manages our contributing writers, editors, and subject matter experts and is the chief editor of all content that StratComm creates for public and private-sector clients, including the Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor, and Goldman Sachs. David also develops much of StratComm’s internal communications and was the senior editor on Boston Publishing’s books, The Medal of Honor: A History of Service Above and Beyond and The American Experience in Vietnam: Reflections on an Era. David joined StratComm in 2011 after spending much of his career in journalism and publishing project management.

 

Jen Azar, Project Manager

photo of  Jen AzarJen is a lead project manager for several public sector clients, including the EPA, and plays a large role in new business development, supporting acquisitions and contract management. With extensive experience in strategic planning and team building, she oversees the execution of highly complex projects for clients from launch to final delivery. Previously, Jen was Director of Brand Strategy & Services at Mind Over Media, and Director of Print & Creative Services at Carnegie Communications. Jen has managed projects of all sizes for public, private, and non-profit clients throughout her career.

 

 

Kayla Foley, Project Manager

Photo of Kayla FoleyKayla performs a significant role in many different client-facing and internal operations projects at StratComm. Supporting areas including business development, social media, and program management, Kayla has a hand in a variety of StratComm’s day-to-day activities. She manages projects for both private and public sector clients such as Babson College, RTI, Department of State, and the USDA, communicating daily with key stakeholders. Before joining the StratComm team, Kayla held positions as an account executive at a communications firm, and in account planning, marketing, and social media.  

 

Will Spencer, Regional Project Manager

Will Spencer

Will manages scheduling and communications for the Social Security Administration’s Verbatim Hearing Recorder (VHR) program for the Boston, Lawrence, Manchester, and Springfield offices. Will brings a wide range of experience, with a degree in communications. His previous positions in the IT, finance, and technology sectors have proven valuable in the scheduling and personnel management of VHRs and other daily operations responsibilities at StratComm.

 

 

Julie Freedman, Regional Project Manager

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Julie manages scheduling and communications for the Social Security Administration’s Verbatim Hearing Recorder program for the Hartford, New Haven, Portland, and Providence offices. Julie’s project and personnel management skills come from her background in education, where she led classrooms and designed lesson plans for students. An excellent communicator with a degree in psychology, Julie carefully coordinates the complex scheduling and day-to-day management of VHRs.

 

 

Cici Spaulding, Creative Technologist

Cici is the lead designer for website development, graphic design initiatives and communications internally and for our clients. With extensive graphic and web design and development and marketing and communications experience spanning a diverse cross section of industries, she plays a critical role in StratComm’s key service offerings. Leading StratComm’s creative direction, she is a key contributor to the broad range of projects at StratComm. Previously, she served as president of CS Design, and prior to that was a communications specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare, where she managed corporate communications. She has also been a gallery instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

 

Emily Poe, Managing Editor

Emily is the managing editor for the National Institutes of Health’s MedLine Plus Magazine. In this role, she oversees editorial operations for the quarterly magazine, which StratComm is contracted to publish. Emily plans and directs the publication of each issue, which includes generating article ideas and celebrity cover story articles, editing content, and managing writers. Emily has extensive experience producing content in the health care, technology, and policy spaces. Previously, she was communications editor at the American Gastroenterological Association, and has experience in a variety of other online, print, and newsletter publications.

 

Alison Lutes, Project Manager

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Alison supports programs for several of StratComm’s clients, including the National Library of Medicine and the Social Security Administration. Bringing more than 20 years of expertise as a marketing manager, Alison serves as both a project manager and liaison for our clients, ensuring each project is completed on schedule and within scope. She has proven experience, having managed multimedia programs for such companies as IDG, IBM, VMware, Dell, Google, and AT&T, and has held positions as an editor, producer, and publishing coordinator throughout her career. She utilizes this experience to provide our clients with exceptional, personal service. 

 

Lauren Griffin, Manager of Office Administration

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Lauren assists the senior management team in daily operations and supports key StratComm business areas such as marketing and communications, project management, personnel management, business development, and logistics. With her keen organizational skills and deep knowledge of operations, she is a valuable member of the growing StratComm team. She has a breadth of experience in all aspects of office management, including sales and marketing, bookkeeping, scheduling, file management, and facility and operations management.

 

 

Casey Kelly, Assistant Project Manager

Casey assists with scheduling and communications for the Social Security Administration’s Verbatim Hearing Recorder program for several offices in the New England region. Casey brings experience from her background in customer relations, office management, and publishing. At the University of Rhode Island, she was editor-in-chief of her college newspaper and founder of a student literary magazine. With her breadth of experience in several key areas, Casey is a valuable contributor to the growing SSA team.