A 23-year D.C. veteran, Anne Woodbury is a recognized healthcare strategist with a proven track-record of success designing and executing multifaceted public affairs and communication campaigns that incite transformational change.
Since she helped former Speaker Newt Gingrich create and manage the Center for Health Transformation in 2003, Anne’s expertise is sought after for her ability to build multi-stakeholder action-oriented coalitions and campaigns. She was involved with creating, launching and/or managing Advocates for Opioid Recovery (AOR), Council for Diabetes Prevention (CDP), Purchaser Value Network, DRIVE Health Initiative and National Obesity Care Week. Currently, Anne’s company CURA Strategies leads and manages AOR and CDP under her direction.
Anne’s consulting experience spans the industry. From non-profit organizations to Fortune 50 corporations, she has worked with medical device, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, health tech start-ups, home health providers, consumer groups, medical societies and health-related trade associations to make a positive impact on people’s health and wellness.
Anne co-founded CURA Strategies in 2016 to help healthcare transformational leaders succeed faster by helping them break down policy barriers and shape the influencer market for with their solutions. CURA Strategies is a bi-partisan, integrated, strategic communications and public affairs agency exclusively focused on health and wellness.
Anne brings over a decade of experience in leadership positions in the healthcare practice of FleishmanHIllard and opening and managing the D.C. office of TogoRun, a strategic healthcare communications agency. During this time, Woodbury led the team that served as communications agency-of-record globally for Philips Healthcare, a leader in clinical informatics, imaging, and home health monitoring solutions.
Prior to working in communications, Anne spent 12 years working with former Speaker Newt Gingrich, with whom she co-authored the book “Saving Lives & Saving Money: Transforming Health and Healthcare.” She was also on the founding team of the Center for Health Transformation, a diverse coalition dedicated to advancing health reform that was market-based, information-rich, and patient-centered.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Thy-Ann Nguyen has extensive experience planning and implementing strategic communications programs for clients across the health care spectrum, successfully executing numerous integrated communications initiatives, thought leadership campaigns, product launches, and issue-based campaigns.
In addition to overseeing company operations, Thy-Ann currently leads CURA’s work with the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Meeting and the City of Rockford Citywide Health Literacy Initiative and supports Travere Therapeutics and Alexion Pharmaceuticals. She has previously supported clients such as DynamiCare Health, BHG Recovery and PBGH.
Prior to joining CURA, Thy-Ann worked on a number of global clients such as Novo Nordisk, Abbott Vascular and Philips Healthcare, specifically in the areas of chronic weight management medications, home healthcare, clinical informatics, medical imaging, and cardiovascular care. She has also worked with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Society for NeuroInterventional Surgery, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) and West Health.
Senior Vice President of Government Relations
Scott Leezer is a seasoned strategic public affairs expert with over 10 years of bipartisan government relations consulting experience. Mission-driven to achieve success for his clients, Scott strives to make the world a better place for his transformational health care clients. Scott’s genuine understanding of public policy and political landscapes helps him to develop and implement strategic policy agendas that meet his client’s goals and objectives through relationships with key stakeholders. As Vice President of Government Relations at CURA Strategies, Scott provides comprehensive public affairs and government relations services to clients including MDxHealth, CareDx, Honor the Gift, and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Well-connected, passionate, and highly motivated, Scott’s commitment, specifically in the areas of heart disease and veteran health, earned him PR Week’s 2019 “Most Purposeful Agency Professional.”
Previously, Scott served as Director of Government Affairs at The Federal Group where he analyzed complex legislative and regulatory issues, monitored issues, conducted strategic planning and coalition building, and provided lobbying services for clients including, Mended Hearts, Inc., and the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association and American College of Nurse-Midwives. Earlier in his career, Scott served as a former health aide to Senator Dick Durbin, who is currently a member of Democratic Senate leadership.
Scott continues to be driven by his desire to make an impact on his community and the world through world-wide speaking engagements and getting results for his initiatives such as the organization he founded (FontanBloodPump.com). He also proudly presented at the “Advancing the Field Through Partnerships the Congenital Heart Patients and Families,” World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
Senior Manager of Government Relations
Michael Lisowski is a skilled government relations professional with nearly a decade of experience working on federal public policy. From drafting legislative language and passing bills, to coordinating with coalition partners, planning fly-ins, advocacy days, and roundtables, Michael has participated in all facets of the legislative process.
He gained in-depth knowledge of health policy while working for former Rep. Joe Heck, D.O. (R-NV-03), an emergency room doctor. As Senior Legislative Assistant, Michael forged bipartisan relationships to help move Dr. Heck’s legislative priorities through the 113th & 114th Congresses.
Enthusiastic about developing successful legislative solutions, he continued working with Dr. Heck at a boutique government relations firm helping corporate and non-profit clients break through federal bureaucracy to advance their policy goals. Michael’s innovative and comprehensive strategies helped deliver meaningful results through coalition building, Capitol Hill events, policy advisement, political strategy, and grassroots engagement. Michael also previously worked as a Congressional Affairs Manager for a large national medical association where he built important relationships with the staff and members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the House GOP Doctor’s Caucus, and the Senate HELP Committee.
As Senior Manager of Government Affairs at CURA Strategies, Michael is mission-driven to develop smart campaigns that achieve transformational change. He is passionate about helping clients share their stories with elected officials and other key decisionmakers in the most effective ways. With a bipartisan network of contacts in Congress and the Administration, Michael understands that collaboration is critical for delivering results.
Digital Marketing Manager
Anna Easterbrooks has a decade of experience leading and producing full-scale, integrated digital media campaigns serving clients from non-profits to corporations, for former U.S. Congressmen and Representatives to CEOs and authors. As an experienced digital media strategist, Anna specializes in maximizing digital footprints with a focus on content strategy and online community engagement, leveraging real-time data analytics and trends to execute successful long-term advocacy and awareness campaigns, as well as bolstering corporate communications efforts.
At CURA Strategies, Anna specializes in developing and executing organic and paid digital media campaigns. She is experienced in integrated digital communications content strategy, social media and online community management and engagement, as well as social media, blog and website consultation.
Prior to joining CURA Strategies, Anna worked for The Kennedy Forum, a leading mental health policy and advocacy non-profit founded by former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy. There, she led digital marketing efforts, bridging policy and advocacy with social and digital media content strategy. She also led the integrated launch of Advocates for Opioid Recovery’s social media platforms and website. She also directed social media strategy for Carahsoft, one of the largest government IT aggregators, where she co-authored a “3-Step Action Plan For Minimizing Social Media Risk” with Hootsuite, which was presented at GSMCON, a national social media conference.
Erin Buckley is a communications professional specializing in social media strategy and creative material development to help clients achieve their business and advocacy goals.
After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Editing and Media, she interned with CURA Strategies before being hired as an Assistant Account Executive and after a brief stint at another PR firm, returned as a Senior Account Executive. At CURA, she supports MDxHealth and the Pacific Business Group on Health, where she leads earned media efforts, social media strategy and execution, content development and stakeholder engagement.
Falen Petros is skilled at community relations, health communications and community education. Falen has a passion for health equity and minimizing health disparities.
At CURA Strategies, Falen provides day-to-day project management and communications support for the City of Rockford’s Community-wide Health Literacy Initiative – made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.
Prior to joining CURA Strategies, Falen worked with Child Care Resource and Referral agencies across the country to support children, families and child care providers in receiving and providing high quality child care. Falen’s professional experiences also include serving as a Health Educator at Inova Health Systems. Falen received her Masters of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion from Marymount University.
Senior Graphic Designer
Kellsie Brannen is a communications specialist, experienced in a wide variety of public relations disciplines, including graphic design, social media and copywriting.
At CURA, Kellsie provides day-to-day support for American College of Cardiology. She supported Mayo Clinic’s thought leadership initiative, conducting substantial research and synthesizing it into key strategies for the client. Kellsie also serves as the agency’s in-house graphic designer and is responsible for strategizing and developing platform-specific visual content across nonprofit and corporate accounts.
Prior to joining CURA, Kellsie worked with various non-profit, private, and government organizations, including at a prestigious internship for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Senior Account Executive
Alex Dinkel is skilled at leveraging public relations and government affairs expertise to successfully execute integrated communications campaigns.
At CURA, Alex provides day-to-day support for CareDx and manages social media for the Mental Health for US initiative. His duties involve project management, earned media monitoring and outreach, social media content development and engagement, stakeholder engagement and materials development.
Alex also serves as the Advocacy Manager for Advocates for Opioid Recovery, where he develops and executes advocacy campaigns and manages social media accounts.
Prior to joining CURA Strategies, Alex worked with The Federal Group’s government affairs team in the issue areas of cardiology and maternal health. Alex received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Political Science from Marquette University.
Senior Account Executive
Devon Atchison is a communications professional specializing in social media strategy to help clients achieve their business and advocacy goals. After graduating from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communication, she interned with CURA Strategies before being hired as an Assistant Account Executive.
Devon works with a variety of clients across the health care industry. She currently supports the Pacific Business Group on Health, MDxHealth, American College of Cardiology and the Honor the Gift campaign developing social media content and written materials in addition to assisting with measurement and reporting efforts.
Assistant Account Executive
Patrick Meade is a communications professional specializing in congressional outreach and advocacy, working with health care industry clients to achieve their advocacy and business goals.
After graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics, along with Economics, and having interned for two members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation, Patrick joined the CURA team, performing in-depth research on the incoming Freshmen Members of the 117th Congress for CURA’s Health Policy Profiles. Additionally, Patrick plays a key role in CURA’s new business sales funnel process, assisting in the pursuance of government contracts and acting as a point-of-contact for their CRM and email automation system.
As an Assistant Account Executive, Patrick supports the day-to-day government relations and communications efforts of CareDx, the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.
Assistant Account Executive
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and working as a paraprofessional in ABA therapy, Collin joined the CURA team. Collin is dedicated to providing in-depth research and helping in any way that he can.
As an Assistant Account Executive, Collin is responsible for using research to form and create media lists, activity reports and case studies for clients such as Columbia Lighthouse Project, City of Rockford Health Literacy Initiative, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation and the Juneteenth Foundation.