Announcing Ragan’s 2024 Class of Top Women in Communications

Meet the honorees of our annual celebration of women who are shaping the future of the profession.

Top Women in Communications

It’s time once again for Ragan to uplift our annual class of outstanding leaders whose contributions have redefined the way communicators connect, inform and innovate.

Ragan’s Top Women in Communications awards recognizes the trailblazing achievements of the women who have raised the bar for the rest of the comms world through their work developing high-performance, relentlessly creative work across internal and external communications, HR, public relations and beyond.

The women in our 2024 class have been unflinching in the face of both global and internal trials and daring in their moves to overcome today’s most urgent challenges. They have improved the practice of communications through their deft mastery of data, their cutting-edge commitment to leveling up tech stacks and their keen-eyed ability to strategize and look ahead. Equipped with an unrivaled grasp of audiences and industries not to mention the importance of empathy these top-notch professionals come prepared for any merger or restructure, any layoff or leadership change, any crisis or celebration.

From the women who champion DE&I both within and outside of their organizations, to those with their boots on the ground building systems and policies, to the executives leading the charge into the future, these dynamic individuals are changing the practice of communications for the better every day.

Read on for the full list of 2024 inductees, and learn how you can join us for a special awards ceremony on Feb. 28, 2024.

Congratulations to Ragan’s 2024 Top Women in Communications.

Bridge Builders

Melissa Buscher

Vice President, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer



Laci Hasenour

Vice President of Global Marketing and Global Brand Owner

Berry Global, Inc.


Kimberly Leidgertwood

Vice President, Internal Communications



Trish Nicolas

Executive Vice President, rf.engage

Ruder Finn


Yolanda Schufford

Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Beyond Finance


Gina Spatafore

Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Relations



Angela Sullivan

EGM/SVP of Communications



Racquel White

Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Royal Canin North America

Royal Canin North America


Crisis Navigators

Marisa Bluestone

Senior Director, Communications

Macmillan Learning


Kristy Campbell

Chief Communications Officer



Gina Czark

System Vice President Public Relations and Content Strategy

CommonSpirit Health


Atalanta Rafferty

Co-Founder and Senior Executive Managing Director



Sara Sendek

Managing Director

FTI Consulting


Data Dynamos

Jacqueline Boggess

Director of Communications

Corn Refiners Association


Alex Christian

VP, Research & Analytics



Karen Cyphers

Partner and Director of Research

Sachs Media


Sally Slater

EVP, Head of Innovation

The Bliss Group


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champions

Ti’Ara Brown

Manager, Brand Communications



Eliza Chlebeck

Vice President, Communications & Community

Andersen Corporation


Jewelyn Cosgrove

Vice President of Government and Public Relations



Gigi García Russo

Chief Innovation + Growth Officer



Madeline Hiller

Senior Account Executive

French/West/Vaughan (FWV)


Priscila Martinez

Founder and CEO

The Brand Agency


Leah Reynolds

Principal, Engagement Practice

Buck, A Gallagher Company


Jenny Wang

Senior Vice President

Clyde Group


Dynamic Do-ers

Holland Behn

Lead US PR Manager for Smartphones and Lifestyle – Mobile

Samsung Electronics America


Lenee Breckenridge

Senior Vice President of Communications


Cortney Collins

Director, US Communications and Employee Engagement at Haleon



Kenzie Freeman

Senior Program Specialist, Communications

Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO)


Erin Frostad

Employee Communications and Involvement Manager

Mohegan Sun


Reed Handley

Executive Vice President, Head of Growth, Financial Services Practice Co-Lead

The Bliss Group


Mayra Hernandez Bergman

Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Pepco Holdings


Megan Kessler

Chief of Integrated Marketing and Strategy

PAN Communications


Christina Leeds

Senior Director Public Relations



Stephanie McCay

Director, U.S. Communications

PCL Construction


Claire Nance

Head of Global Communications & Industry Marketing

Activision Blizzard


Jasmine Palmer

Supervisor, Brand Communications



Krysta Pellegrino

Chief Client Officer



Amy Persons

Senior Manager, Earned Media



Jordan Phillips

Senior Manager of Public Relations

Avocados From Mexico


Rania Rostom

Head of Global Communications & Marketing for GE



Stephanie Rufo

Senior Manager, Brand PR & Influence

PATRÓN Tequila


Julie Sculley

Director, Corporate Communications

Virgin Pulse


Athena Snow

Senior Manager of Public Relations & Giving

Coldwell Banker Real Estate


Steph Spanos

Senior Director, Corporate Communications & Operations

Exact Sciences


Kristina Spychalski

Head of Communications

Spire Global, Inc.


Michelle Trautman

Director, Marketing Communications



Nancy White

Senior Director, Communications

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association


Alison Zurcher

Director, Internal Communications

Seattle Children’s Hospital



Jodi Amendola


Amendola Communications


Dawn Buzynski

Assistant Vice President, Communications

Hy-Vee, Inc.


Katie Clark

Vice President of Communications

Mattress Firm


Anne DeAngelis

Executive Vice President, Employee Engagement

Zeno Group


Vanessa DeGier

AVP, Communications



Nina Devlin

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Keally DeWitt

VP Marketing & Public Policy

GAF Energy


Megan Doern

Public Relations & External Communications Leader

Deloitte Consulting, LLP


Theresa Dolge

EVP, Chief Media Relations Office

Evoke Kyne


Monique Fahlstedt

Senior Director, Internal Communications



Melanie Fatouros-Richardson

Vice-President, Communications and Government Relations



Brittany Geldmacher

SVP, Head of Corporate Brand & Communications



Erin Griffin

SVP of Marketing & Communications



Mara Hedgecoth

Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

APCO Worldwide


Suzanne Hendery

Chief Marketing, Communications & Customer Officer at Renown Health

Renown Health


Jennifer Hines

Chief Communications Officer

Tyler ISD


Jessica Hohn-Cabana

Senior Vice President of Global Communications



Katie Huang Shin


Big Valley Marketing


Ashley Kline Shapiro

Vice President, Publicity ABC Entertainment

The Walt Disney Company


Melissa Lander

Vice President, Communications

Trinity Health


Kate Laufer Gorenstein

Founder & President

KLG Public Relations


Lisa Lesniak

Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs Officer

Advocate Health


Amanda Marotti

Director, Strategic Communications & OCM

AWL Strategies, LLC


Johnna Muscente

Vice President of Communications & Public Relations

The Corcoran Group


Rebecca Nunez

Founder & CEO

The MRN Agency


Lauren Pearson Riley

Director of Communications

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Joellen Perry

Global Head of Public Relations



Dalya Qualls White

Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee


Melissa Sachs

Senior Vice President, Communications

Link Logistics


Lauren Triffler

Director of Corporate Communications

HARIBO of America


Hannah Vazzana

SVP, Chief Communications Officer

Hilton Grand Vacations


Heather Young

Vice President, Communications

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)


Mentors & Coaches

Samantha Anderson

Vice President



Cindy Auten

Senior Partner, Communications



Ellen Bremseth

Director, Strategic Communications



Elizabeth Erpelding

Head of Partner & Client Experience, Marketing and Communication

Albertsons Media Collective


Jessie Monroe

Communications Consultant

Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.


Susan Stipa

Executive Vice President

CG Life


Tech Leaders

Donetta Allen

Chief Social + Digital Officer



Rachel Pipan




Kelly Waltrich

Co-Founder and CEO


Stephanie Wilson

Director, Global Marketing and Communications




Diana Castellanos

Head of Marketing & Communications

Atlas Renewable Energy


Adrienne Chance

Senior Vice President of Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation



Karlin Keller

Senior Director, Employee Communications and Employer Brand



Erin Lickliter

VP, Associate & Clinical Communications

Bon Secours Mercy Health


Stephanie Lowenthal

Global Head of Communications



Tess Mattingly

Director, Brand Communications



Kelly Miller

Managing Director

FTI Consulting


Justine Sacco

Chief Communications Officer

Match Group


Christina Stejskal

VP of Global PR & Communications

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation


Jody Sunna

Vice President Corporate Communications

Philip Morris International


Nichole Tillman


Philadelphia Housing Authority


Cheryl Waide

Chief Communications Officer

Vote Run Lead


Sharlene Wells

Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Organizational Communications

Mountain America Credit Union



Sara Aiello

VP, Corporate Marketing



Rhiannon D’Angelo-Parsons

Director of External Communications & Media Engagement

Reynolds American Inc.


Gina Faridniya

Vice President, Spaces

Antenna Group


Tori Fernandes

VP, Corporate Communications

The Walt Disney Company


Sara Garibaldi


BODEN Agency


Jenna McMullin

Vice President of Communications

Lockheed Martin, Space


Marisol Mendez Peron

Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs



Jennifer Moreau

Vice President, Public Relations

Dollar General


Kristina Peterson-Lohman

Vice President, Global Communications



Amanda Schoch

Chief Communication Officer

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Tracy St. Pierre

Executive Vice President, Global Communications & Marketing

Universal Studio Group


Emily Williams

Senior Vice President

Global Strategy Group


Courtney Young

Director Hulu Originals Publicity



Jill Zuckman




Rising Stars (Age 30 and Under)

Kristen Blomstrom


The Levinson Group


Julia Brown

Director of Strategy

Kaplow Communications


Jessica Bryant

Account Manager

SourceCode Communications


Samantha Casamento

Senior Account Executive



Allison Chavez

Associate State Director of Communications



Amy Climenhage

Account Manager

Sachs Media


Sawyer Coffey Noel

Director of Communications and Marketing

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce


Kelsey Dalton

Senior Media Relations Specialist

City of Hope Orange County


Jane Ha

Manager, Communications

The Walt Disney Company


Sunjay Lee

Account Supervisor

Ruder Finn


Vianca Lopez

Account Manager

The MRN Agency


Samantha Miller

Senior Manager, Internal Communications

Xperi Inc.


Sabrina Negron


FTI Consulting


Annah Otis

Account Supervisor

The Bliss Group


Michele Owen

Communications Director

City of Muncie


Maredie Palmer

Digital Communications and Employee Experience Manager



Bailey Williams

Manager, Crisis Communications



Michaela Zukowski

Senior Manager, Publicity ABC Entertainment

Walt Disney Company

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