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Alan McCann

Alan McCann - Content

Background

Alan came to EmpowHER.com with more than 20 years of experience in technology business management, marketing and sales companies in both the U.S. and Canada, including powerhouses like ATI Technologies and DivX. McCann has extensive experience in the digital media and Internet industries leading efforts in start up, early-stage and public companies alike.

My Story

My passion for EmpowHER comes from the lifelong struggles that my wife, Geri, has had with endometriosis as well as the subsequent challenges she had getting pregnant. Thanks to her strength in advocating for herself and the blessing of finding an ob/gyn who dealt in fertility, we now have two teenage sons.

Todd Hartley

Todd Hartley - Content Development

Background

Todd handles EmpowHER's video content. Prior to joining the team he led internet projects for Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rick Dees and Jim Rome. He also hosted a popular talk show on two of the top stations in Phoenix, Arizona. Utilizing his Internet marketing secrets without paying for a dollar's worth of advertising, Todd has grown his site, PHXnews.com to 3 million hits per month.

My Story

My grandparents were married for 62 years and were like parents to me. I was very close to them. Three years ago my grandmother passed away on a Thursday morning and I spent the following two nights sleeping next to my grandfather in bed. Until the moment he went into cardiac arrest while lying next to me, I had never advocated for anyone's health before. I had no place to turn for answers, except the Internet. I've got mostly women in my life. My work is dedicated to them and all the other women who keep us healthy, happy and alive.

Kelley Howard

Kelley Howard - Sales

Background

Kelley has over 26 years of media sales experience, which spans radio, television, newspaper, and includes 10 years of online sales. Kelley most recently started the national online sales department at azcentral.com, which is owned by Gannett. While at azcentral.com, she drove significant revenue and also developed business in new categories that had not typically advertised online. Azcentral.com's national sales department was one of the top revenue producing sites for national business among all Gannett local newspaper web sites in the country.

My Story

I had been overweight most of my life. At age 41, I decided to stop the insanity of lifelong yo-yo dieting and pursue a more long-term solution to my weight problem, which was to seek out a doctor to perform weight loss lap band surgery. I ended up losing just over 100 lbs over a year and a half. When Michelle King Robson approached me about joining EmpowHER.com, I jumped at the opportunity to join a company that is committed to improving access to care for all women.

Ryan Sepiol

Ryan Sepiol - Creative

Background

Ryan has garnered over 15 years of Web and graphic design experience stemming from the early days of chat rooms, personal home pages and dial-up modems. He oversees all aspects of the EmpowHER image and brand, from the Web site to offline marketing and customer relations. Ryan formerly worked at a major Web site hosting company in the Phoenix area, where he was lead designer for several sites.

My Story

My love for art and computers lead me on the path to Web and graphic design. Throughout the years I've designed and worked on hundreds of sites. Most were fun or good for my career, but none of them truly helped others. I feel lucky to have found EmpowHER, where I can do what I love and make a difference in someone's life.

Murray Johnston

Murray Johnston - Development

Background

Murray is the Director of Development at EmpowHER, as well as the lead engineer. He has worked on and led the development of multiple large-scale web applications, processing orders totaling millions of dollars a month. Before joining EmpowHER, he was a lead developer for a multilingual, content managed e-commerce website fulfilling orders in six countries and multiple currencies.

My Story

I lost my mother to a rare brain dementia when she was 52. As the dementia progressed and we struggled to understand what was happening to her we craved access to clinical information and experiential testimonials. Ever since then, I've wanted to support efforts to put that information into the hands of patients and their families.

Angelica Mares

Angelica Mares – Content Production

Background

Angelica is responsible for all content, video and audio production on EmpowHER. She brings with her over fifteen years of management experience and nine years of online content development and design. Prior to EmpowHER, she worked in the student loan industry for over 12 years. Angelica also has also worked with several start up companies in the education and financial industries.

My Story

I've had ankle problems most of my life. I was 15 years old when I had my first ankle surgery and have had complications with it since. My ankle worsened as arthritis set in which lead to a complete ankle fusion in 2006. When faced with the life-altering decision of an ankle fusion, I realized that I had no one to talk to who had actually had the procedure and found limited research online about ankle fusion. EmpowHER has given me a voice to share my ankle fusion story with others who are faced with the same decision.

Joanna LeBlang

Joanna LeBlang - Marketing

Background

As a Marketing manager, Joanna has her hands in basically every aspect EmpowHER.com. Previously, Joanna worked at a major Web site hosting company where she handled the marketing management of several sites as well as marketing communications for the company. Prior to her work there, she established a highly profitable direct marketing division for a major student loan provider in Arizona.

My Story

I had a high-risk pregnancy and my doctor told me I needed a C-section. I was surprised that the doctor's office did not have any printed information about C-sections, and I had to gain most of my knowledge from asking friends who'd had one. Still, while researching on my own, I was surprised by how much I didn't know about this process. I also wasn't aware or prepared for the pain I had immediately after the surgery or in the months following it. EmpowHER answers these kind of questions and more for women. I'm thrilled to have a part in making a difference in the health and well-being of other women.

Tina Tran

Tina Tran - Community and Editorial

Background

Tina oversees an incredible team of medical guides and dozens of writers who are focused on providing women with health condition-specific information to the EmpowHER community. Prior to joining EmpowHER, Tina worked as an online reporter, producer, editor and news and operations manager for the No. 1 independent television station in the country. She is also an award-winning health reporter, served on the Arizona First Amendment Coalition, and was a judge for the Emmys in 2006.

My Story

Growing up in Arizona, I've always been an active person with a passion for cycling, running, tennis and yoga. I enjoy learning about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and sharing that information with others.

Michael Sherron

Michael Sherron - Software

Background

Michael is a software engineer for EmpowHER. He has been working in IT for over five years. He enjoys movies, live music, cooking, and video games. Michael has lived in the Phoenix area for eight years, but originally hails from Crown Point, Ind.

My Story

I'm grateful to be of service by using my love of technology to help people.

Kyle Dyer

Kyle Dyer - Software

Background

Kyle is member of the software development team for EmpowHER.com. Kyle has developed software for over ten years in a myriad of industries, including banking, investment banking, government contracts and e-commerce.

My Story

Although, I have been blessed with good health, not all of the women in my life can say the same. What I've learned from their experiences is that a person needs to be proactive in regards to her health including eating a healthy diet, exercising, staying informed on the latest health risks and monitoring her health through regular check ups. Most importantly she needs to be brave when a condition arises and tackle it head on.

Brent Larson

Brent Larson - Design

Background

Brent is responsible for graphic design and doing front-end web development. Brent came to EmpowHER shortly after he graduated Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in Graphic Communications.

My Story

Most of my life I've been surrounded by women so it's no surprise that I ended up working at a website for women. I kind of fell into web design in college when a student organization I belonged to wanted to create a website. I volunteered to figure it out and ended up liking it so much that I declared my major soon after. I have enjoyed working at EmpowHER because it allows me to do something I love and I get the extra satisfaction that my work can actually help people improve their health.

Katrina Innis

Katrina Innis - Editorial

Background

Katrina graduated from Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts with her Associate Degree in Tele-production. She moved to Tempe, Ariz., in 2006 to continue her education at Collins College where she received her Bachelor's in Film and HDTV in 2007. Katrina began using her education and skills as a video editor at EmpowHER as an intern, which later turned into a full-time opportunity for her.

My Story

By working at EmpowHER I have learned the importance of good health and advocacy. As I edit videos of doctors, health experts and women of all ages sharing their information and stories, I have been able to share this information with my family and friends. EmpowHER opened a door in my mind that allows me to understand why it's important to know the changes my body goes through as I get older and how to best advocate for my own health.

Shana O'Connor

Shana O'Connor - Administration

Background

Shana is executive assistant and office administrator and is responsible for supporting the company founder and CEO while coordinating various office management functions. She has a degree in Journalism with a focus in strategic media and public relations. Prior to EmpowHER Shana has had experience in magazine sales in Los Angeles as well as worked with Public Relations firms and Advertising Agency's throughout Phoenix.

My Story

I have always been passionate about health and fitness. I am an avid runner and have always worked out on a consistent basis. I ran competitively throughout high school and college and feel incomplete without daily exercise. I love the opportunity to share with others the importance of fitness and health in everyday life. It is inspiring to read real life stories and see the impact EmpowHER makes and will continue to make in women's lives. I am happy and excited to be a part of it.

Shannon Koehle

Shannon Koehle - Editorial

Background

Shannon Koehle graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and is currently pursuing an additional degree in nursing.

My Story

She revels in staying up-to-date on current events, particularly in the health field, and is dedicated to spreading a desire for recycling to keep our planet green.

Eric Jacobs

Eric Jacobs - Editorial

Background

Before I came to EmpowHER, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with honors and a degree in Electronic Media. I then worked for a production/marketing company in both Iowa and Phoenix for nearly four years. While there I gained tons of experience in virtually every aspect of production while working on projects for various clients including: Oprah, Dr. Phil, John Deere, ESPN, Pearson Education, and many more.

My Story

Even though I've been blessed with good health, I'm excited that I have found a great place like EmpowHER which is dedicated to such a positive cause. I believe that it is important to help others as well as use the skills that you have been blessed with in the best way possible. I'm happy to learn that a place like EmpowHER exists where not only the women in my life but women all over can come and find information and support.

Robert Lundberg

Robert Lundberg - Editorial

Background

Robert Lundberg is a copy editor at EmpowHER.com. He will graduate from Arizona State University with a BA in journalism in the Spring of 2010. Prior to joining the EmpowHER team, Robert spent seven years as a buyer/planner with NxtPhase, T&D, Inc. He is currently prepping for the LSAT and hopes to pursue law school in the fall of 2010.

My Story

My doctor gave me the bad news three years ago. I am pre-diabetic and I have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. "If you were fifty, I would say that you're probably going to die when you are seventy," he said. "But you are thirty, so you are probably going to die when you are fifty."

My wife and I have three kids and I don't want to leave them without a father. So I bought a bicycle and I've been riding ever since. I've dropped 40 pounds and my blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol have come down considerably. But there is work to do. My goal is to lose another 46 pounds by May of 2010. I want to receive my diploma weighing 200 pounds, a weight I haven't seen in over 12 years.