Our Team

We use our cross-disciplinary expertise to change how people work.


Strategy Muse has a dynamic and flexible structure that allows us to draw upon diverse talents to assemble a team that fits your unique situation. Meet some of our people.


Morgan Marzec

Synthesizing design thinking, storytelling and change management, Morgan helps companies imagine new possibilities, break out of traditional problem-solving paradigms and employ creative approaches to their most pressing business challenges.

Morgan specializes in helping clients align their internal culture to advance their reputation objectives. For example, Morgan worked with SoCalGas to strengthen its reputation and advance fair and balanced energy policy at the state and national levels. Through this work, she developed a strategic campaign to manage SoCalGas’ thought leadership, visibility and civic engagements across multiple stakeholder groups. She then aligned and trained 500 leaders to serve as ambassadors, to consistently and effectively engage with stakeholders.

Before founding Strategy Muse, Morgan served on the executive management committee of Gagen MacDonald LLC, a Chicago-based consulting firm and recognized pioneer in employee engagement and strategy execution. There she led many of the firm’s flagship accounts, working with clients in areas such as M&A, corporate restructurings, enterprise systems implementations, culture shifts and operational transformation.

Over the course of her career, Morgan has worked in a variety of industries including agriculture, energy, pharma, healthcare, manufacturing, professional and financial services, industrial gases, chemicals, technology and airlines.

Some of her clients include Aetna, BASF, Deloitte, Edison International, Exelon, ITT, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, United Airlines and Walgreens. She is a graduate of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Future Leaders program and was named one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.


Art Center College of Design, Post Baccalaureate, Media Design Practices
Sarah Lawrence College, BA, Liberal Arts
Wadham College, Oxford University, UK, English Literature

Stephen Boatright

As a cultural geographer trained in qualitative research methods, Stephen has a heightened appreciation of the significant role that place, culture, and emotion play in the development of strong interpersonal relationships and attainment of organizational goals. Engaging with diverse arrays of stakeholders, he analyzes data to identify institutional strengths, weaknesses, and untapped potential in order to develop solutions for more effective and emotionally intelligent collaboration.

Before relocating to the West Coast, Stephen was a data scientist with New York City’s Department of Social Services, where he coordinated intra- and inter-governmental research and designed database management applications. For his PhD, he conducted an ethnographic research project on the home buying experience in major US housing markets, developing insight into the market need for more empathetic professional servicing. He has also coordinated multidisciplinary research on performance anxiety, facilitated instructional technology workshops, and built numerous academic websites.

Stephen has more than a decade of experience in curriculum development, public speaking, and group moderation. He is currently on the faculty at UCLA and Queens College where he teaches courses in cultural geography and urban studies.


Graduate Center of the City University of New York, PhD, Geography
Sarah Lawrence College, BA, Liberal Arts
New York University in Paris, European Studies

Kathy Grabski Hurry

Kathy combines her business experience and expertise in counseling and human development to help clients reach a deep understanding of how people think, feel, and behave. Clients turn to Kathy to help facilitate a stronger connection between employees, leaders, and their companies. Her insights-based approach facilitates healthy relationships, behavioral alignment, and resilient and supportive cultures that ultimately result in high-functioning and high-performing organizations.

Formerly a senior consultant with Hewitt Associates, Kathy specialized in helping organizations engage their employees in order to drive the right behaviors and achieve desired business results. She has worked across a broad spectrum of human capital issues, including: retirement, compensation/executive compensation, health, wellness, branding, organizational change, employee engagement, and communicating overall business strategy.

Kathy’s clients have included several Fortune 100 companies in the automotive, energy, banking, manufacturing, distribution, and insurance industries. Her experience includes: group facilitation, coaching, assessment, organizational change and development, HR strategy and program development, as well as psychoeducation and therapy in clinical settings and coaching in mindfulness.


Texas Woman’s University, MS, Counseling and Development
Northwestern University, MS, Integrated Marketing Communications
Indiana University, BS

Helen Andersen

With a passion for aligning and empowering leaders with the capabilities to be successful, Helen brings clients a powerful mix of coaching, communication, organizational development, and research experience.

She has designed and facilitated both in person and online training, as well as personalized, one-on-one coaching. Her approach focuses on guiding leaders to unleash their capability against competencies, organizational goals, and their unique desired future.

Helen has also led strategic communication and change leadership initiatives for large, global corporations. She believes in data-based interventions (both with individuals and organizations) and has conducted various audits for clients related to culture change, internal communications, and leadership competencies.

Clients also rely on Helen for executive talent management, succession planning, organizational design, and employee engagement.


Saybrook University, Mind-Body Medicine (Graduate studies on the PhD track)
Columbia University, MA, Social-Organizational Psychology
Rutgers University, BA, Economics

Coaching Credentials and Certifications

Associate Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation
Certified Professional Coach, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC)
Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, IPEC

Brendan Brown

A storyteller at heart, Brendan helps clients infuse their strategies with human meaning through visual narration, video production and motion graphics design. In the last six years, he has helped a number of clients transform their strategies into compelling stories, including Johnson and Johnson, Citi-Banamex, and Rosetta Stone. Recently, Brendan began applying his creative talents and storytelling skills in the learning and development space, where he is helping clients shape engaging, interactive training content. As part of an E-learning design team with one professional services client, he co-created an interactive platform which used motion graphics as the foundation to drive compliance training.

In addition to corporate work, Brendan lends his creativity and talents to support social initiatives. One project of note is his recent collaboration with international journalist Micah Garen to create content for the 2017 Social Progress Index. Brendan's strength in design is rooted in his strong listening skills and ability to translate complex concepts into simple and elegant visual solutions.


Loyola University of Chicago, International Film & Digital Media Studies, BFA

Karen Kallas

Karen is a corporate communications executive with 25 years of proven success creating, executing and evaluating internal and external communications programs for large corporations. Karen was most recently the Vice President of Corporate Communications at Office Depot, where she led communications during the successful integration of Office Depot and OfficeMax.

Karen has extensive experience counseling leaders–from CEOs to front-line managers–to deliver effective communications that advance company goals and objectives. She is a seasoned strategist, writer and storyteller who excels at developing compelling messages that resonate with all audiences. Her communications work has spanned numerous industries, including manufacturing, retail, business-to-business and associations.

Karen has served as spokesperson for two Fortune 250 corporations where she successfully navigated a number of high-profile crises and communications challenges.


Texas Woman’s University, MS, Counseling and Development
University of Northern Iowa, BA, Communications and Public Relations

Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay has spent her career building and championing brands. Lindsay merges her passion for design and culture with her ability to synthesize complex information and inputs into meaningful insights. She is a strong communicator who has inspired and led teams to produce award-winning creative. Prior to joining Strategy Muse, Lindsay was the creative director at the Kellogg School of Management, where she helped develop and led the creative group to reshape the brand with best-in-class creative.

With experience in marketing, branding and advertising agencies as well as in-house roles, Lindsay’s strong listening skills and an insatiable curiosity paired with years of experience allow her to work with senior level executives helping to set strategy while also inspiring creative teams to deliver meaningful, beautiful and effective creative.


IIT Institute of Design, Post Baccalaureate, Design Methodologies
University of Colorado, BA, English

Melinda Brunell

A trusted partner and advisor to leaders for more than 20 years, Melinda uses her expertise in communications, human resource development, change management and strategy execution to help leaders transform their organizations through their people.

Most recently, Melinda served as Senior Vice President, Organizational Capability, for National Dairy Council. There she led efforts to increase employee engagement and performance to support a radically new business strategy, through communication and training programs, talent management strategies and culture change initiatives.

Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer for Chicago-based employee engagement and strategy execution consulting firm Gagen MacDonald LLC. In addition to building the firm's own performance management and compensation systems, she worked with clients during merger integrations, reorganizations and business transformations.

Over the course of her career, Melinda has worked in a wide variety of industries, including professional, financial and environmental services, transportation, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and nonprofits. Clients have included Accenture, Bristol-Myers Squibb, International Truck & Engine Corporation, Kemper Financial Services and Waste Management Inc.


Cornell University, Certificate Program in Human Resources Studies
Washington State University, BA, Communications

Certificates and Accreditations

Accredited in Public Relations (APR), Public Relations Society of America
Certified in Korn Ferry Leadership Architect ® Competency Suite

Norah Lally

A creative and versatile writer and communications professional, Norah draws on her journalism background to find the most compelling stories to tell. She has built a rewarding career working with great companies to develop materials with a consistent and human voice that are effective in cutting through clutter, reaching target audiences, and prompting people to engage and take action.

Norah’s expertise in strategic communications and change management was honed in her roles as Director of Internal Communications at Technicolor and Global Communications Director at Jacobs Engineering. She was the recipient of a national Construction Writers Award for her pieces profiling returning military service members embarking on new careers in the skilled construction trades through the Helmets to Hardhats program. She was instrumental in launching the first Construction Industry Safety Week in 2014 and creating the communications for that highly successful awareness campaign. Accustomed to running complex programs with multiple stakeholders, Norah gained valuable experience at The Cooper Union’s engineering school where she managed a multi-year, multi-university grant from the National Science Foundation that encouraged innovation and collaboration between the art and engineering disciplines.

With her passion for using the written word to connect people and improve lives, Norah has also worked extensively in speech writing, nonprofit development and screen writing.


New York University, BA

Elizabeth Baran

Elizabeth is an established organization effectiveness consultant with over 15 years of experience. With expertise in change management, employee engagement and internal communications, she consults with executives on issues related to strategy and transformation, organization effectiveness and strategic communications.

Elizabeth’s industry experience is broad and includes: Food and Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Retail, Agriculture and Business Services.

Prior to working with Strategy Muse, Elizabeth worked for Cap Gemini Ernst and Young in Atlanta and New York; and for Edelman Change and Employee Engagement in Chicago.

Elizabeth is a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School and at the South Florida Museum. Elizabeth lives outside of Sarasota, Florida with her family.


Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, MBA
Bowdoin College, BA

Tony Larson

Tony believes that great design should turn heads while simplifying the ways we move through an increasingly complex world. Tony consistently pursues the rare synthesis of traditional art processes and cutting-edge digital technology as a means to elevating the experience level for every project he undertakes.

With an MFA in Studio Art and 10+ years of corporate design direction under his belt, Tony has fueled a vast body of work across double-digit disciplines from 360° brand identity packages to commercial video projects.

Tony's expertise lies in his ability to identify trends while generating new ideas around value-focused creative. He was brought on as Creative Director for the luxury eyewear brand SPY at a critical moment in the brand's 20 year history. Through a mixture of mining the company's DNA and creating partnerships with some of the most exciting designers and fashion influencers in pop culture, Tony handcrafted the SEE HAPPY campaign, which led to 13 straight quarters of YOY growth for the brand.

Tony's work has been featured in HOW Design Magazine and on ESPN.com and he is the recipient of the 2017 Karl and Beverly Benjamin Fellowship in Art from Claremont Graduate University.


Claremont Graduate University, MFA
California Institute of the Arts, BFA

Courtney Dubin

Courtney understands that engagement is an active endeavor and brings to her clients creative strategies that activate people around a shared purpose and culture. She has an insatiable curiosity for technology and is current on the latest best practices in digital communications. What makes Courtney truly great, however, is that it’s never about technology for the sake of technology. You can count on her to listen to and understand your organization, and then help you come up with creative solutions to move your strategy forward.

Currently, Courtney is leading youth engagement and digital strategy at the NFL and National Dairy Council-backed nonprofit GENYOUth, where she developed and runs the social entrepreneurship program, AdVenture Capital. She also oversees large-scale digital efforts for the organization, including the re-design launch of the Fuel Up to Play 60 website, the largest in-school health and wellness program in the country.

Previously, Courtney co-ran the innovation design studio Derring-do Design, which focused on reinventing college for the 21st century and through new student-centered models. She helped clients such as The Gates Foundation, Western Governors University, Johnson Country Community College, and Lumina Foundation for Education on initiatives that have helped students persevere and complete their degrees. Courtney has also designed and facilitated innovation workshops and creative experiences with Fortune 500 companies.

Courtney started her career in media and entertainment working at William Morris Agency in the famed agent trainee program, A&E, Discovery Communications, and FOX News, where she helped launch of the FOX Business Network and FOXBusiness.com as a member of the Editorial Committee. She’s been a featured panelist at SXSWedu, written for sites including the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and the Huffington Post, and serves on the Board of Directors of Curious on Hudson, which offers innovative learning opportunities for students in K-5 and middle school in the greater New York area.


Boston University, BS, Communications

Christina Mesiti

Christina is an experienced writer, researcher, and visual thinker who specializes in listening to a client’s expansive vision, asking questions, and organizing complex webs of ideas into vivid images and stories.

As an arts grant writer, researcher and curator, she synthesizes the concepts and feelings running through an artist’s work into cohesive grant proposals, pieces of art criticism, and curatorial statements. Most recently, she has been working alongside artists to develop their applications for national public art proposals and fellowships such as the Guggenheim and California Community Foundation Artist Grant.

As a Writing Consultant at Claremont Graduate University, she worked with master’s and PhD students in disciplines ranging from computer science to cultural studies to non-profit management. She worked not only to strengthen the individual writing voices of her clients, but also to develop clarity and organization in their thinking throughout the entire research and writing process. She views writing as a collaborative unfolding in which she and a client work together to discover the root ideas present in a work and manifest them in refreshing ways.

Christina is an artist herself and has shown her work in galleries including UCLA’s New Wight Gallery and Locust Projects in Miami, Florida.


Claremont Graduate University, MFA, Visual Art
Arizona State University, BA, Art History
Arizona State University, BFA, Visual Art

Josh Misthal

Josh has built his career as a creative director while immersed in fast-paced environments and collaborating with some of the largest marketers and established advertising agencies in the world, both on strategic and creative levels. Specializing in information design and branding, over the past 13 years he’s worked with global ad agencies, such as McCann New York, UM, FCB and KBS, as well as high-profile brands, including Bloomberg, L’Oreal, The United States Tennis Association and CBS. He’s also worked extensively in the realm of agency business development, contributing to account wins for brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Sony.

His experience in advertising jumps around the path a bit, never really in a straight line. But because he’s worn the proverbial hat over several disciplines, Josh has developed a unique perspective when it comes to crafting work that not only looks good, but also stays true to the message. This hybrid mindset lets him think about design and content from both practical and creative angles. His dual skill set involves a mix of being able to visualize and execute concepts from beginning to end, while constantly applying a broader lens of strategic thinking and project management to make sure client objectives are met.

In addition to design, Josh retains experience in strategy, copywriting, production, project management and media planning.

When he’s not at his computer, you can catch him traveling the world (he’s set foot on all 7 continents), exploring the great state of Colorado or obsessively consuming music.


Boston University, Bachelor of Science, Communications

Skye Moret

Skye specializes in data visualization and design strategy. With an MFA in Information Design and Visualization and a decade of experience in the sciences, Skye is well-versed in organizing complex data and discovering meaningful ways for people to engage with it.

Skye loves to explore and communicate different topics through data-driven design and visual storytelling. Her award-winning design work has been featured in Popular Science magazine and her scientific and journalism work can be found in publications ranging from Science to Slate to Green Teacher magazine.

Before formally diving into the professional world of data and design, Skye sailed 80,000+ miles on the high seas teaching and studying marine science. Through sharing her pioneering research on ocean pollution and her experience working for the U.S. Antarctic Program, Skye realized the surprising power of visualization in encouraging curiosity, insight, empathy, and interaction.

In 2016, Skye was a Visual Reporting Fellow for the GroundTruth Project, an international journalism organization focusing on narrative storytelling across media platforms. She continues to teach data visualization and communication at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Northeastern University, MFA, Information Design and Visualization
Oregon State University, BS, Biology

Alison Ohlhoff

Passionate about helping organizations foster better connections between their employees and the bigger picture, Alison creates clear and compelling communications that inspire target audiences, manage change and drive results. She’s a seasoned communicator who has specialized in employee, HR and executive communications for nearly two decades.

In more than 10 years as a consultant, she has served as a trusted advisor to several longstanding clients – including AkzoNobel, PepsiCo, Clorox, Univar and Hyatt – who count on her to deliver strategic, high-quality work that advances their business objectives.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Alison was the manager of employee communications for PepsiCo’s Quaker/Tropicana/Gatorade division, where she introduced key changes that increased employee engagement and connectedness to the division’s strategy. Before PepsiCo, Alison was a senior specialist on Clorox’s corporate communications team, responsible for the corporate website, company intranet and quarterly employee publication, in addition to spearheading communications to non-desk production employees.

Alison is active in her local community as a youth coach and non-profit board member.


Northwestern University, BS, Communication Studies

Liz Roch

Building on more than 20 years of experience in communications, Liz works to find the right mix between strategy, message and tools to support change, create active engagement, generate understanding and ultimately build commitment to the course a company and its leaders are charting.

Liz most recently served as the divisional vice president-executive communications and events at Walgreens. As the company navigated a significant transition from traditional pharmacy retailer into global healthcare company, she and her team developed new messaging and communications platforms, helped introduce new cultural initiatives and worked along with business units to develop major change efforts to drive focus to customer needs, service and performance. Through her eight years at the company, Liz provided advice, counsel and communications support through mergers, significant leadership turnover, cultural change and evolution, major business disruption, as well as business development.

Prior to joining Walgreens, Liz spent nearly 15 years at United Airlines, leading the communications team through a complex and challenging business environment, finishing her career at the company as the managing director-internal communications. At United, Liz was responsible for the strategy and execution of United’s corporate-wide employee, operations, customer experience, human resources and benefits communications. Along with other leaders from United’s Corporate Affairs, she planned and led United’s communications responses to September 11, bankruptcy, major product launches, and the countless operational issues that were the drumbeat of communications at United.


Northwestern University, BS, Medill School of Journalism

Amanda Samuels

Throughout her career, Amanda Samuels has led and advised on all aspects of strategic communications to help organizations successfully advance reputation, engage critical stakeholders and navigate significant business and operational transformation. With a focus on driving business results, she has extensive expertise in corporate affairs, brand and reputation management, media relations, issues management, employee engagement, organizational change and executive leadership visibility and positioning

Most recently, Amanda was Chief Communications Officer for the Kellogg School of Management. As a member of the senior management team she oversaw all aspects of communication for the school including external, internal and executive communications and a broad range of stakeholder outreach and engagement as the school completed a successful 7-year plan for transformation which encompassed completion of a $350 million capital campaign, construction and opening of a 415,000 square foot global hub, implementation of significant organizational change, launch of new brand positioning and global expansion in Asia.

Prior to Kellogg, Amanda served as a consultant with Gagen MacDonald where she led engagements with clients including The Hartford, Allstate, United Airlines, Navistar, Edison International, BASF, Grant Thornton, Novo Nordisk and Belkin.

Amanda also served as Managing Director, Communications for United Airlines prior to and during the $3 billion merger and integration with Continental Airlines. Amanda led integration communications for the company and oversaw enterprise employee communications for 46,000 employees pre-merger and more than 80,000 employees post-merger.


Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Certificate, Advanced Management Program

Heidi Sullivan

Heidi is a global marketing and product strategy executive with over 15 years of experience working with brands on their go-to-market strategy. She consults Strategy Muse’s clients on their marketing, product marketing, product development, social media and PR strategies.

Prior to joining Strategy Muse, Heidi was a Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing and Managing Director of Canada for Cision. During her tenure at Cision, the company completed seven acquisitions and she oversaw the integration strategies, grew revenue, developed the company’s blog and social presence, and launched new products.

Heidi was named one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, Influencer of the Year by The Hub in association with LinkedIn and one of the most influential people in PR by PRWeek’s Global Power Book.

Heidi was co-host of the popular Influence Pros podcast on Convince & Convert, which was named one of the top 20 marketing podcasts of 2016 by Hey.com. She frequently speaks at industry conferences and events on content and influencer marketing and the evolving social and traditional media landscape.


Cornell University, Certificate Program in Human Resources Studies
Washington State University, BA, Communications

Certificates and Accreditations

Accredited in Public Relations (APR), Public Relations Society of America
Certified in Korn Ferry Leadership Architect ® Competency Suite

David Polmer

David has a knack for connecting with clients, helping them craft and tell the story of who they are, who they want to be, and why it matters. He mixes analytical thinking with a creative design approach, often resulting in unexpected solutions that grab attention and, most importantly, produce results.

As the head of U.S. Cellular’s Executive Communications function, David helped leaders shape and share the company’s vision, mold the corporate culture, and redefine its brand. While there, David led the transformation of the Communications function to create a strategic platform for CEO and executive team, ensuring overall alignment of messaging through strategic communications plans and experiential events.

His communication background includes corporate and executive communications, leadership development, employee engagement, public relations and crisis communications.

A creative and compelling writer, David has also contributed to various print and online publications including the Chicago Sun-Times, BET.com and The Sporting News. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and on MSNBC.com.


Washington University in St. Louis, BA, English Literature

Claire Lundin

A true passion for the consumer and the ability to deliver marketing and brand strategy that drives results. Claire reasons from multiple perspectives linking consumer insight to opportunity to form creative ideas that are distinctive and drive business performance.

She has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience working with premier brands and organizations. She began her career on Wall Street working at several investment banks but decided to pursue the opportunity to actualize her analysis and a connection to the consumer. She graduated from the Kellogg School of Management where she honed her marketing skills and landed her first marketing job at Kraft Foods.

Claire joined L’Oreal and spent 9 years leading and building premier brands in the beauty industry. More recently, Claire returned to her alma matter, the Kellogg School of Management, where she transformed the marketing organization from a service organization to a strategic partner. In July of 2016, she became a partner in The Unfinished Sentence, a boutique marketing strategy consulting firm. She has counseled and advised clients on brand and marketing strategy across a range of categories and sectors.


Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, MBA, Finance and International Business
University of Michigan, BA, Economics and Communications


Tova Vance

Tova’s ability to ask insightful questions and view opportunities from diverse perspectives enables her to connect people to a mission and involve them in achieving objectives.

Clients turn to Tova for innovative strategies in employee engagement, culture change and leadership development. Recently, Tova helped Pfizer leverage its brand, history and vision to align leaders to drive change, sustain a culture of quality, and inspire employees to collaborate in anticipation of market needs.

She has worked to strengthen culture and increase employee engagement with  many Fortune 500 companies including ConAgra Foods, GE, Exelon and Phillips 66.

Previously, Tova served as an internal consultant at U.S. Cellular, where she led large-scale marketing and communication initiatives for the company’s executive team. Her achievements included marketing the national launch of the company’s new voice and data network, and leading a multi million-dollar change initiative that impacted all 8,500 employees.

Tova's work in education includes promoting Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication program through storytelling and increasing engagement of faculty, alumni and students through her orchestration of the program’s 30th Anniversary Symposium. Tova also provides strategic counsel and produces communication that helps underserved youth attain college degrees and advances the mission of the  education portion of the Comer Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization, in its efforts to seed ideas and support innovative programs that make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of individuals and their communities.


Northwestern University, MS, Communication
University of Oregon, BS, Public Relations

  • Strategy Muse’s ability to combine strategic thinking, creativity, and alignment with demonstrable business results is what separates them from other communication firms. I’ve yet to meet another firm like them.
    — Leila Bryner, VP, Internal & Executive Communications, Change Healthcare

  • Strategy Muse helped us design a pivotal Global Conference during a CEO transition. Invaluable thought partners, they brought extensive insights every step along the way, demonstrating a keen understanding of our strategic priorities and culture. The team assembled was exceptional ― smart, forward-thinking, able to pivot quickly, and quite simply a pleasure to work with as they delivered with grace under pressure.
    — India Simpson, Vice President Marketing Strategic Programming & Events, Heidrick & Struggles

  • Strategy Muse brings a unique skillset to any communications challenge. Their ability to combine critical, strategic thinking with creativity is beyond impressive. Patient, meticulous, supportive, fun –they are a true pleasure to work with.
    — Trisha Muse, Director of Community Relations, Utility Company