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Meet the Harvard Medical School Office of Communications and External Relations. Our staff of strategic communications specialists, writers, editors and designers have decades of collective experience informing the public about educational, clinical and scientific advances.

Gina Vild

Associate Dean for Communications and External Relations
Chief Communications Officer

Gina Vild has been the associate dean and chief communications officer for the Office of Communications and External Relations at HMS since 2008. Under her direction, the office supports the School’s mission as a world leader in biomedical research and medical education, and as a thought leader that informs health care and global health policy with a focus on enhancing public confidence in the scientific enterprise. She is responsible for the overall communications strategy that ensures the School proactively contributes to national and international discussions about biomedicine and medical education. She also manages internal communications initiatives for HMS’s nearly 12,000 faculty, as well as for students and staff.

Gina has more than 25 years experience in communications, strategic planning, government relations and marketing. Before joining HMS, Gina served as director of marketing and communications for cancer and women’s health at Massachusetts General Hospital, and as director of communications for Dana–Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. She has also worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in state and local government, including having served as deputy communications director for Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. While living in England, she managed global accounts for an agency focused on consumer and healthcare marketing. Over the years Gina has led talented, award-winning teams in academia, healthcare and government, and has innovated around strategic communications, brand management, digital and social media as well as consumer and B2B marketing. Gina holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Hiram College in Ohio where she concentrated on communications and political science. She can be reached at gina_vild@hms.harvard.edu.

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Maria Fleming Buckley

Director of Editorial Services

Maria oversees the HMS communications office editorial team, which produces the weekly Harvard Medicine News, the HMS Dean's annual report, and Harvard Medicine magazine. It also produces all internal and institutional School communications. Previously, she worked as a television reporter and newspaper editor for more than 30 years, also serving as a communications director under former Gov. William Weld. Maria was also managing editor of Boston's award-winning news website WCVB.com for more than a decade. Maria has received numerous awards for her work, including an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and recognition for excellence in reporting and editorial writing from the Associated Press and the New England Press Association. She was also awarded nine Edward R. Murrow Awards for best broadcast news website from the Radio and Television Digital News Association. Maria holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She can be reached at Maria_Buckley@hms.harvard.edu.


Jill Carrico

Senior Graphic Designer

Jill joined the OCER team in late 2015. She serves as senior graphic designer, working on a wide range of projects including print, web, and tablet development for Harvard Medicine magazine. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in design and letterform with a minor in Gender Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her design work has earned several awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. In 2013, she was awarded a NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Award for her commitment to education, students, and the college community. A former adjunct faculty member with Bristol Community College, Jill continues to serve on the College’s Grimshaw-Gudewicz art gallery committee. In addition to her work in education and graphic design, Jill has developed communications strategies for a variety of profit and nonprofit organizations. She is deeply committed to the success of individuals in education, learning, and leadership. Jill can be reached at jill_carrico@hms.harvard.edu.


Bobbie Collins

Editorial Production Coordinator

Bobbie serves as editorial production coordinator for Harvard Medicine News. She copy edits news stories, decanal communications, web pages and publications such as the dean’s annual report and Harvard Medicine magazine. She covers news from HMS student affairs, Family Van and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Prior to joining HMS in 2014, Bobbie worked for Duke University as an editor and publications manager. She also was a communications consultant for the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport and former program and services director for the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon. Bobbie can be reached at barbara_collins@hms.harvard.edu.


Belinda Davis

Assistant Director of Internal Communications

Belinda joined OCER in 2017. She is responsible for managing broad-based communications strategies that inform and engage the HMS community and that expand the external presence of the School’s educational priorities. Belinda comes to HMS with over 15 years of marketing and communications experience in both corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she managed various communications campaigns for John Hancock’s insurance products. Belinda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, where she majored in communications. Belinda can be reached at belinda_davis@hms.harvard.edu.


Tyler Davis

Interactive Media Strategist

Tyler joined HMS in 2015. He is responsible for directing the School's social media strategy and assisting with projects that support the HMS brand digitally. Tyler came to HMS after working at a healthcare media relations firm in Columbus, OH. He also previously held positions in project management at Morgan Stanley, and in content strategy, production, and freelance writing at small businesses and academic institutions including the MIT Sloan School of Management and Suffolk University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University. Tyler can be reached at tyler_davis@hms.harvard.edu.


Paul DiMattia

Design Director

Paul joined HMS in 2010. He oversees the design of print, web and tablet publications including Harvard Medicine magazine, the Dean’s Report, and Harvard Medicine News. He crafts brand and design strategies for the HMS identity and website. Previously, Paul was a design consultant in New York and Boston who’s clients included both academic and consumer clients, creating publications and other materials for MIT, Tufts University, The University of Miami, Forbes, Inc., Boston Magazine, IBM and others. He also served as the design director for Forbes Custom Media. His work has been recognized numerous times by the Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, Print, Folio, and the Art Director’s Annual. For his work at HMS, he has received 9 CASE awards including the Robert Sibley Award in 2013, presented annually to the best Alumni Publication in the Country. He holds a BFA from UMass Amherst. Paul can be reached at Paul_DiMattia@hms.harvard.edu


Stephanie Dutchen

Writer/Editor

Stephanie joined the OCER editorial team in September 2013. She covers the Department of Genetics and the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and writes for the HMS website, Harvard Medicine News and Harvard Medicine magazine. Previously, she served as a writer-editor and digital content developer at the National Institutes of Health, where she received multiple Plain Language Awards for her stories and videos, and at a private medical website company in New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University as well as a Master of Science in Science Writing from MIT. She can be reached at stephanie_dutchen@hms.harvard.edu.


Rick Groleau

Senior Multimedia Producer

Rick joined HMS in 2008, working first with Harvard Health Publications and then the Wyss Institute before joining OCER. Previously, he worked for 17 years at Boston's public television station, WGBH, where he served as a multimedia and web producer and led the production of about 80 science-related interactive features. Rick has been actively involved in four Webby-Award-recognized web sites, one of which was the Webby winner in the Science category in 2012 (Wyss Institute). Rick holds an A.A.S. in Electronics Technology from Eastern Maine Technical College and a B.S. in Mass Communication from Emerson College. He can be reached at rick_groleau@hms.harvard.edu.


Susan Karcz

Assistant Editor, Harvard Medicine magazine

Susan joined HMS in 2011. She writes for and copyedits Harvard Medicine and for Harvard Medicine News. Susan has served in a wide range of editorial and project management roles, for both print and online publications. Susan was production coordinator at the New England Journal of Medicine, and also served as managing editor of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin, published by the International Nutrition Foundation. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. She can be reached at susan_karcz@hms.harvard.edu.

 

Jeordan Legon

Director of Interactive Media

Jeordan leads the Interactive team, which produces the Harvard Medical School website, the social media channels, email newsletters, apps and other digital initiatives. Previously, he worked as head of interactive and social media at Novartis and Roche in Switzerland. He also served as product manager of Yahoo! News and worked at AOL.com and CNN.com. A former journalist, Jeordan has been lucky enough to work on teams that have garnered a Webby, several EPpys and a Pulitzer prize. Jeordan attended the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California and studied management at the London Business School. He can be reached at Jeordan_Legon@hms.harvard.edu

 

Ann Marie Menting

Editor, Harvard Medicine magazine

Ann Marie has been a writer-editor at HMS since 2005 and, in 2011, became the editor of Harvard Medicine magazine, the award-winning alumni and research magazine for Harvard Medical School. Ann Marie also covers the HMS Department of Neurobiology and McLean Hospital. She has worked as a science writer-editor for academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and research laboratories as well as for a major publishing house. Ann Marie earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology and a Master of Arts in science journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She can be reached at ann_menting@hms.harvard.edu


Jake Miller

Writer/Editor

Jake joined Harvard Medical School in 2011. Jake covers research, education and care delivery, with a particular focus on global health and health care policy. Jake has written about science, nature, culture and health for newspapers, magazines and digital media since 1992. He is also the author of more than 30 books for children. Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University. Jake can be reached at Jake_Miller@hms.harvard.edu.


Sam Peasley

Sam Peasley

Interactive Media Strategist

Sam joined HMS in 2016 and is responsible for managing the HMS website and our email marketing efforts. With an extensive background in digital marketing and broadcast media, Sam’s previous role was directing the digital efforts of a leading radio station in Los Angeles. Some of his accomplishments include producing an industry leading social media presence, being recognized by Edison Research as one of Audio’s 30 Under 30, and developing creative social media campaigns that made optimal use of video. As a broadcaster, Sam had worked with a team that has earned an NAB Crystal Award as well as nominations for two NAB Marconi Awards. He holds a BA in Film and Digital Media from CSU Long Beach. Sam can be reached at Sam_Peasley@hms.harvard.edu.


Ekaterina Pesheva

Director of Science Communications & Media Relations

A “recovering” journalist herself, Ekaterina works with reporters, producers and editors seeking to tell stories about biomedical science and discovery in all their richness, complexity and fascination. Ekaterina joined HMS in 2016, after nearly a decade at Johns Hopkins, where she handled science communications and media relations for 20-plus pediatric specialties along with adult cardiology and cardiac surgery, general surgery and transplantation, orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Most recently, Ekaterina was a senior communications strategist and science communications adviser for Lurie Children’s Hospital at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. She has a master’s degree in journalism with focus on health communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Truman State University. Ekaterina worked as a columnist and medical reporter for the Suburban Journals and West End Word newspapers in St. Louis. She is a recipient of the 2003 Missouri Press Association Award for News Reporting. She studied linguistics and philology in her native country, Bulgaria, before coming to the United States. Ekaterina can be reached at Ekaterina_Pesheva@hms.harvard.edu.

 

Jeffry Stanton

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Jeffry joined HMS in 2015 and supports our Chief Communications Officer. Prior to joining OCER, he was a Senior Administrative Assistant at Prudential Capital Group as well as the Founding Artistic Director of Interrobang Theatre Project in Chicago. Jeffry holds a BFA in Acting and MA in Education from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. He can be reached at jeffry_stanton@hms.harvard.edu.