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.
Content Project Management Team
VHR Management Team
Printing & Logistics Team
Robert George, President and CEO
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.
Michele Tezduyar, Chief Operating Officer
Michele oversees StratComm’s strategic mission as well as our daily operations, and in addition heads our new business capture and proposal development efforts. She drives StratComm’s organizational strategy, implementing cross-functional policies to achieve objectives and advance company goals. She monitors and maintains appropriate staff levels, ensuring that qualified resources are assigned to projects in order to maximize productivity. She holds a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering as well as an MBA in Computer Information Systems. Michele joined StratComm in 2013 after having owned a successful internet-based logistics and fulfillment company, bringing more than 20 years of experience in business strategy and planning, client management, international logistics, and finance.
Jen Azar, Director of Operations
Jen directs day-to-day operations at StratComm, managing our project management teams and resources across all programs, as well as our editorial, design, and web teams on content and website development projects. She also plays a large and integral role in business development and contract management. With extensive experience in program management, strategic planning, and team building, she oversees the execution of highly complex client projects from launch to final delivery while supervising budgets and schedules. Previously, she was Director of Brand Strategy & Services at Mind Over Media and Director of Print & Creative Services at Carnegie Communications.
Rick Hardy, Director of Human Resources
Rick is a seasoned HR professional with more than 20 years of experience in human resources, recruiting and management with expertise building infrastructure and recruiting key personnel for companies like StratComm that are experiencing rapid growth. Rick serves on the StratComm Executive Board and heads up all recruiting efforts for StratComm’s Verbatim Hearing Recorder program with the Social Security Administration; he also serves as StratComm’s benefits administrator. Rick has held positions as chief HR officer and director of HR in the finance and telecommunications industries; he holds two master’s degrees from Northeastern University.
Heather Barboza, Corporate Controller
As the corporate Controller, Heather is responsible for the management of StratComm’s financial operations – directing all accounting, bookkeeping, billing, and invoicing functions. She also oversees the daily accounting of our Social Security Administration program, including managing all financial aspects of our proprietary web application, DASH, which is a communication, scheduling, and invoicing portal developed specifically for this program. Previously, Heather was the Assistant Controller for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, bringing more than 14 years of process improvement expertise and federally funded contract experience. Heather is a key member of the company’s management team and plays a critical role in analyzing and assessing business development opportunities.
Jeff Borda, Director of International Operations
As 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
David 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.
Kibbe Edwards, Senior Graphic & Web Designer
Kibbe oversees StratComm’s graphic and web design initiatives, working directly with clients and managing our design team. Kibbe is a seasoned designer with more than 15 years of experience in graphic design, website design and development, and art direction. Kibbe has most recently held positions at Clarks America, where he supervised their e-commerce design team and directed digital creative projects, leading the launch of several websites and a complete digital marketing platform. Previously, he was a print and digital graphic designer at Entercom Radio Boston. Kibbe holds a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University and a graphic and web design certificate from Clark University.
Kayla Foley, Project Manager
Kayla 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.
Alison Lutes, Project Manager
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.
Will Spencer, Regional Project Manager
Will is the regional manager for our Verbatim Hearing Recorder (VHR) program for regions 3, 4, 9, and 10. He manages Assistant Project Manager (APM) staff assigned to these regions and oversees VHR scheduling, performance, credentialing, and training. He works directly with VHRs regarding proper procedures, and with SSA hearing offices, providing them with reporting on VHR staff. Will has played an integral role in the design and implementation of our DASH scheduling and reporting system. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from St. Lawrence University.
Julie Freedman, Regional Project Manager
Julie is the regional manager for our Verbatim Hearing Recorder (VHR) program for regions 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8. She manages Assistant Project Manager (APM) staff assigned to these regions and oversees VHR scheduling, performance, credentialing, and training. She works directly with VHRs regarding proper procedures, and with SSA hearing offices, providing them with reporting on VHR staff. An excellent communicator with a degree in psychology from Westfield State University, Julie plays a large role in contract management and coordinating invoicing between StratComm, VHR staff, and SSA regional offices.
Emily Poe, Managing Editor
Emily is the managing editor for the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus Magazine. 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.
Lauren Griffin, Manager of Office Administration
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
Andrew Donahue, Senior Assistant Project Manager
Andrew manages scheduling and communications for the Social Security Administration’s Verbatim Hearing Recorder (VHR) program in regions nationwide. He oversees a team of Assistant Project Managers and coordinates day-to-day management of VHRs. From the start of his career at StratComm, Andrew showcased his leadership, composure and strong work ethic. A graduate of Assumption College in Worcester with a degree in Human Services, Andrew previously worked at the Key Program in Worcester as an outreach caseworker.