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 serves as the account lead for the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Meeting, DynamiCare Health, BHG Recovery, and provides media counsel for the Pacific Business Group on Health and CareDx.
Prior to joining CURA Strategies, Thy-Ann was a key account manager for the agency of record supporting Novo Nordisk’s obesity franchise. She was critical player on the communications team during the approval and launch of their first obesity drug, Saxenda®. She was also a member of the team that launched the first annual National Obesity Care Week™.
Thy-Ann started her career working on global clients such as Abbott Vascular and Philips Healthcare, specifically in the areas of 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.
Vice President of Government Relations
Scott Leezer is a strategic public affairs professional with years of bipartisan, government relations consulting experience. Scott was a former health aide to Senator Dick Durbin, who is currently the ranking member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as a member of the full Appropriations Committee.
Scott is the account lead for CareDx, the Pacific Business Group on Health and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. He provides comprehensive government relations services to companies, associations, municipalities, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations with a specific focus on health care.
Scott’s experience includes analysis of complex legislative and regulatory issues, issue monitoring, strategic planning, coalition building, political advocacy, and lobbying services.
With over 12 years of experience in the field, Laquan Austion excels at creating and implementing fully-integrated, high impact advocacy and public affairs campaigns. Laquan has worked on some of the most politically-charged issues at the both the state and federal levels.
Prior to joining CURA Strategies, Laquan worked for The Prosper Group a digital marketing agency where he helped lead the public affairs practice. His work included leading strategy and design for the company’s portfolio of advocacy clients, private sector companies, and candidates. From positioning and digital content development to implementing targeted paid campaigns and influencer engagement, Laquan is skilled at weaving together the most effective mix of strategies and tactics to move the needle on pressing public health issues.
He also led public affairs efforts and helped fight for legislation for one of the world’s largest rideshare companies and has significant experience with big data after serving as Vice President for the world’s largest political communications firm. While there, Laquan helped explore data options that sought to identify where the opioid epidemic might strike next in the US, and design action plan to curb impact.
Casey Dillon is an experienced digital communicator, specializing in leveraging real-time trends and long-term strategy to develop and execute successful advocacy and communications campaigns.
At CURA, Casey develops and directs digital communications strategies for nonprofit and corporate clients. She leads the Mental Health for US initiative, including the communications strategy, coalition building, policy platform development and event planning. She also serves as the Program Director for Advocates for Opioid Recovery, where she manages communications, media relations and grassroots advocacy efforts to break down barriers to evidence-based addiction treatment. Previously, she managed digital communications efforts for MDxHealth, The Kennedy Forum and PsychArmor Institute.
Prior to joining CURA Strategies, Casey worked for Mental Health America (MHA), the country’s oldest mental health advocacy nonprofit. There, she developed MHA’s social media strategy, bridged the policy and communications teams to develop an advocacy strategy, and planned and executed mental health policy meetings around the country.
Sarah Sonies is a strategic communications professional with deep experience in advocacy, public affairs and media relations. She brings both in-house and agency experience, working alongside stakeholders and clients to help shape messaging that resonates with national audiences. She’s worked on and developed campaigns for hospitals and health systems, philanthropy organizations, non-profits, and several federal agencies.
Sarah’s expertise includes strategic planning, policy analysis and media relations. She is skilled in developing messaging and strategy around high-level policy and advocacy issue areas. Prior experience includes leading development of a series of white papers centered around teaching hospitals and payment reform and Medicaid and Medicare policy papers and memos.
Prior to joining the team at CURA, Sarah worked at Vanguard Communications with clients in the health and wellness space to develop public health, corporate social responsibility, and policy change campaigns at the grassroots, industry and federal levels. She is passionate using the power of research and data to tell a compelling story that influences policy changes and improved outcomes.
Account Supervisor and 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 develops and executes organic and paid digital media campaigns for mental health organizations, including Behavioral Health Group and Advocates for Opioid Recovery. 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.
Senior Account Executive
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.
Senior Account Executive and 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.
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.
Andrew Wishon is experienced in message development, qualitative research, social media engagement and media relations.
At CURA Strategies, Andrew provides responsive support for Pacific Business Group on Health, including ongoing maintenance of two initiatives on surprise medical billing and affordable prescription drugs. Additionally, he assists event planning with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and supports the ERISA Industry Committee in media activities. Andrew also works closely with government relations at CURA and closely monitors the latest in media for client engagement opportunities.
Prior to joining CURA Strategies, Andrew worked with JPA Health Communications supporting biotech companies, nonprofits and NGOs in several national awareness campaigns and product launches.
Assistant 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.