health enews staff

Adam Mesirow

Adam Mesirow, health enews managing editor, is manager of public affairs at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. A media relations specialist with more than seven years of experience securing high-profile media placements, he loves to tell a good story. Adam earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. He lives in Chicago and enjoys playing sports, reading TIME magazine and a little nonsense now and then.


hollyHolly Brenzahealth enews co-managing editor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with minors in communication and managerial studies. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, attending White Sox and Blackhawks games and playing with her cats, Demi and Elle.


jackieJackie Goldmanhealth enews contributor, is a public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Previously, she was the co-managing editor of health enews. She earned her BA in psychology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Jackie has 10 plus years experience working in television and media and most recently worked at NBC 5 in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, going to the movies and spending time with her family.


Sarah ScrogginsSarah Scroggins, health enews contributor, is manager of social media at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She has more than 9 years of public relations and marketing experience with a Masters degree in Communications with an emphasis in PR. Sarah loves spending time with her husband and her two pups. She loves keeping up with fitness trends and is training for the Chicago Marathon.


Amanda-GreepAmanda Jo Greep, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. She has almost ten years experience in communications and public affairs for nonprofits and health care organizations and holds a Masters degree in Health Policy from New York University.


Chris Vicik

Chris Vicikhealth enews contributor, is the director of public affairs for Advocate Health Care’s north region, which includes Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Good Sheperd Hospital in Barrington, and Sherman Hospital in Elgin. She has more than 20 years of health care marketing and public affairs experience with hospitals in the Chicagoland area. Chris has two college-age kids who have made her an empty nester. She enjoys playing racquetball, biking and running. Chris is a dog lover and spends a lot of time playing with her clever beagle, Zoey.


Eric Alvin

Eric Alvinhealth enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill. He has more than 20 years of experience in both internal and external health care communications, media relations, and creating online and print marketing content. He has a great love of classic cinema and is a big fan of Turner Classic Movies.


Evonne Woloshyn

Evonne Woloshynhealth enews contributor, is director of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Evonne began her career as an anchor and reporter in broadcast news. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in health care marketing in both Ohio and Illinois. Evonne loves to travel, spend time with family and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan!


Julie Nakis

Julie Nakishealth enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She earned her BA in communications from the University of Iowa – Go Hawkeyes! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the city and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks.

 


Kate Eller

Kate Ellerhealth enews contributor, is director of public affairs for Advocate Health Care’s South Region. She came to Chicago and Advocate in 2014 after living in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Texas. She enjoys road trips, exploring little towns and urban hiking with her shaggy dog around the city of Chicago. Even in the winter – there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.


Kathleen Troher

Kathleen Troher, health enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She has more than 20 years of journalism experience, with her primary focus in the newspaper and magazine industry. Kathleen graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, earning her degree in journalism with an emphasis on science writing and broadcasting. She loves to travel with her husband. They share their home with two dogs, a sweet Samoyed and a determined little Australian cattle dog.


Lisa O'Neil

Lisa O’Neilhealth enews contributor, is director of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. She loves spending time with her husband, three children and cocker-spaniel. In her spare time, you will most likely find her on the tennis court or on the back of her husband’s Harley, cruising the many scenic routes around the Northwest Suburbs.


Lisa Parro

Lisa Parrohealth enews contributor, is manager of public affairs at Advocate Children’s Hospital. A former journalist, Lisa has been in health care public relations since 2008 and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She and her family live in Chicago’s western suburbs.

 


Lynn Huntley

Lynn Hutleyhealth enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.


Mickey Ramirez

Mickey Ramirezhealth enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He claims to not be a writer…but occasionally he learns information that is just too important to keep to himself. He enjoys kimchi, honesty and a room with a view. When he grows up, he wants to be Anthony Bourdain.


Nate Llewellyn

Nate Llewellynhealth enews contributor, is director of public affairs and marketing at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. Nate began his career as a journalist and builds daily on his nearly 20 years of writing experience. He spends most of his free time following his wife to their two sons’ various activities.


Sonja Vojcic

Sonja Vojcichealth enews contributor, is a public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. She has several years of international public relations and marketing experience with a Master’s degree in Communications from DePaul University. In her free time, Sonja enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and keeping up with the latest health news and fashion trends.


Johnna Kelly

Johnna Kellyhealth enews contributor, is a public affairs and marketing manager at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. She is a former newspaper reporter and spent nearly 10 years as a public relations professional working for state and county government. During her time as a communications staffer for the Illinois General Assembly, she was integral in drafting and passing legislation creating Andrea’s Law, the nation’s first murderer registry. In her spare time, she volunteers at a local homeless shelter, enjoys traveling, photography and watching the Chicago Bulls.


Janine Sheedy, health enewscontributor, is a public affairs and marketing manager with Advocate Charitable Foundation. She holds a B.A. in communications from Loyola University New Orleans and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. She has more than seven years of communications experience, most recently serving as a public relations and marketing manager for the Illinois Hospital Association. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and Green Bay Packers football. On September 9, 2017, Janine will be running for the coveted Musky Queen title at Wills Northwoods Inn.


LeeAnn Atwood, health enews contributor, is public affairs and marketing manager at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. She has more than 20 years of communications and public relations experience centered on nonprofit health care and media publishing throughout the greater-Chicagoland area. LeeAnn is active in the community and sits on several boards, including the McHenry County Community Foundation and the City of Crystal Lake’s Historic Preservation Commission. She is an avid reader, enjoys international travel and spending quality time with friends and family.


Marrison Worthington, health enews contributor, is a public affairs and marketing coordinator at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge, Illinois. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and has several years of global corporate communications experience under her belt. Marrison loves spending her free time traveling, reading organizational development blogs, trying new cooking recipes, and playing with her golden retriever, Ari.


Kelsey Sopchyk, health enews contributor, is the public affairs coordinator for the Advocate Charitable Foundation. She earned her BA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa. In her spare time, you can find Kelsey working on puzzles, trying new sushi restaurants and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

 


Brittany Hunter, health enews contributor, is a specialist of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. She has a degree in Journalism from Ohio University and experience in communications, marketing and public strategies. She loves going to concerts, reading and exploring the city.

 


Jaimie Oh, health enews contributor, is the manager of public affairs and marketing at Illinois Masonic in Chicago. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has nearly a decade of experience working in publishing, strategic communications and marketing. Outside of work, Jaimie trains for marathons with the goal of running 50 races before she turns 50 years old.


Nathan Lurz, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. He has nearly a decade of professional news experience as a reporter and editor, and a lifetime of experience as an enthusiastic learner. On the side, he enjoys writing even more, tabletop games, reading, running and explaining that his dog is actually the cutest dog, not yours, sorry.


Cassie Richardson, health enews is a manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. She has more than 10 years of experience in health care communications, marketing, media and public relations.. Cassie is a fan of musical theatre and movies. When she’s not spreading the word about health and wellness advancements, she enjoys writing fiction.