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Our Communications Team 

Bri Allison, Director of Communications

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Jessie Rubino

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Jessica Rubino is a junior at Baruch College in New York City. Her major is business communications with a focus on corporate communications This semester she has had the opportunity to gain experience working with social media platforms. She looks forward to a career in public relations after graduation. As Associate Director of Online Media Promotion, Jessie oversees our media strategy in using the major social media platforms. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring Central Park, and finding new coffee shops.

Sydney Stafford

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Sydney Stafford is a second year Communications major, minoring in Digital and Social Media Studies at San Diego State University. As Associate Director of Public Relations, Sydney oversees projects that will raise public awareness about our digital library, our online magazine, and our books. at The Power of the Patient Project: The National Library of Patients Rights She was born in San Diego and after living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the last 10 years, she is excited to be back in California. Some of her hobbies include spending time outdoors hiking and heading to the beach. She also enjoys staying active through running, exploring new restaurants in the area, and trying to travel as much as possible.

Lejla Hadzisalihovic

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Lejla Hadzisalihovic is beginning her career in public relations and advertising by working towards her undergraduate degree at Columbia College Chicago. To further her experience, she has taken on the role of Senior Communications Associate, joining our The Power of The Patient Project communications team. With a special interest in advertising, she provides the team with her expertise on how to use the strategies of advertising to raise public awareness of our digital library, our magazine, and our books.

Kealan Connors

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Kealan Connors has always wanted to help people in any way, shape, or form. From a young age, he has always been engaged within his community, from building walking/biking trails in his local parks to helping his friends. This desire led him to pursue a degree in communications from Southern Oregon University. Currently, at 22, he resides in Grants Pass, Oregon. He also holds an Associate's degree in Arts from Rogue Community College. He wants to work in a career where people are the focus, whether in health care, politics, or a nonprofit organization. His favorite hobbies are going on long walks with his yellow lab, Taffy, mountain biking, and generally, he loves to be outside. Right now, he is starting a new hobby in cooking.

Ava Atkinson

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Ava Atkinson is a third year Anthropology major at the University of Virginia. She has always been interested in doing meaningful work, and The Power of the Patient Project gives her the opportunity. Ava loves to travel, try new food, and is a member of the Surfing Club at UVA. She's excited to use her skills in writing and communications to help promote optimum patient care.

Alix Greenblatt 

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Alix Greenblatt is currently working for the CDC Foundation/NYSDOH as a facility surveyor in long-term care. She is also working on finishing her MPH program at the University at Albany with a certificate in Global Health. Her goals are to one day work toward improving health rights for women and to work toward ending the stigma behind mental illness. She enjoys baking and music. 

Dace Cross

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Dace Cross is an accomplished artist, prolific writer and jack of all trades. They believe in the power of unity and togetherness in communities and organizations alike. Through courses taken at college and experience working in the online world of media production, Dace has become a seasoned media producer, script writer and editor, taking on roles which guide the behind the scenes and materialize intrinsic ideals into reality. 

Sunny Kern


Sunny Kern is a rising junior at Baruch College pursuing a degree in Business Communication with a specialization in Corporate Communication. Having completed coursework in creative writing, journalism, and digital media, she has developed a strong understanding of storytelling and how to tailor messaging to specific audiences. She also has minored in Psychology, further providing her with a deep understanding of human behavior, motivation, and communication. In addition to her academic experience, she has been a social media intern in the Admissions Office of Baruch College, where she has been responsible for creating content on various platforms, managing social media accounts, and promoting school events. Sunshine is an important member of our communications team.

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