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Adam Burau
Adam Burau
With more than 20 years of professional writing experience, Adam Burau worked as a newspaper reporte…
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Alexis Kropp-Kwon
Alexis Kropp-Kwon
I’m originally from Dallas (not Texas) PA, and relocated home in 2011 after living in Philly for m…
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Alex Yorio
Alex Yorio
I am a Mercyhurst College graduate with a major in Communication, a minor in English and a penchant…
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Ali Mygrants
Ali Mygrants
New to the Pittsburgh area, Ali has joined Highmark, Inc. as a Wellness Coach! Prior to joining the…
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Alison Conte
Alison Conte
Alison Conte, word enthusiast, has been a professional writer for many, many years. She has worked a…
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Amanda Changuris
Amanda Changuris
I started the professional branch of my storytelling career as a TV and radio news reporter and anch…
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Amy Macklin
Amy Macklin
In addition to authoring “Growing Up Gluten Free: A Lifestyle Guide for Raising Your Gluten-Free C…
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Andrea Gibson
Andrea Gibson
Even when I was a suburban teenager, I’ve always felt most at home around horses. In the past, I h…
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Andy Nichols
Andy Nichols
I’m one of the babies of the bunch and a relative newbie to the team, as I just started in March 2…
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Angela Naderi-Blezard
Angela Naderi-Blezard
When I started at Highmark in 2008, I had the exciting opportunity to be part of the pioneering team…
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April Ginsburg
April Ginsburg
A Registered Dietitian by trade, I have been with Highmark for almost 7 years, mostly working as a W…
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Ariel Raj
Ariel Raj
I’ve loved writing since a young age, and have written about anything I can get my hands on: from…
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Atiya Abdelmalik
Atiya Abdelmalik
Although I’ve changed roles over the past 9 ½ years at Highmark, what has remained consistent is…
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Bailey Tisdale
Bailey Tisdale
Just a southern belle from the great state of Louisiana, who fell in love with a West Virginia mount…
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Becca Watts
Becca Watts
Born and raised in New Hampshire, I moved to Delaware to attend the University of Delaware (Go Blue…
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Becky Duncan
Becky Duncan
When I was in high school, I developed a passion for healthy foods. The grocery store was one of my…
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Ben Korman
Ben Korman
My writing career began at age 5 with a hand-drawn nonfiction book called “All About Sharks.&#…
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Bob Lee
Bob Lee
I am from Dayton, Ohio. I joined the Marine Corps at 17. My wish was to have a job I would not get f…
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Brent Bergamasco
Brent Bergamasco
I work in Marketing on the Consumer Experience team as the Customer Engagement Lead. Prior to this r…
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Bridget Mahoney
Bridget Mahoney
I am a Benefit Quality Coordinator at Highmark Inc., and have been with the company for six years. I…
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Brittany Gray
Brittany Gray
I am a busy, hard-working single mom with two daughters — who can never seem to sit down or stop m…
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Brooke Reitz
Brooke Reitz
My career began in advertising and public relations, but after joining the Highmark team in 2008, I…
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Bryce Walat
Bryce Walat
When it comes to writing, I’m what you might call a mix of “high tech” and “high…
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Cecily Zhu
Cecily Zhu
Born and raised in New York City’s ever-changing environment, I quickly noticed how people still g…
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Corey Florindi
Corey Florindi
I was born and raised on the banks of the mighty Lehigh River in Bethlehem, PA (Pennsylvania’s oth…
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Daelene Long
Daelene Long
As Senior Director of Clinical Operations, I oversee the Population Health Management department for…
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David Holmberg
David Holmberg
I was appointed president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Highmark Health in 2014. I’ve spent…
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David Misner
David Misner
A traveler’s heart and a curiosity to discover the unknown led me to move to Spain after high scho…
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Deepthi Harkar
Deepthi Harkar
I’m a busy working mom who juggles many responsibilities and challenges. I’m a registere…
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Don Bertschman
Don Bertschman
I spent the first 25 years of my career writing on more topics, for more clients, in more industries…
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Dr. Rhonda Johnson
Dr. Rhonda Johnson
Rhonda Moore Johnson is the medical director of Health Equity & Quality Services at Highmark In…
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Judith Black
Judith Black
I’ve been the Medical Director for Senior Markets at Highmark since 1998, providing medical insigh…
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Dr. P. V. Nickell
Dr. P. V. Nickell
I serve as Allegheny Health Network’s System Chair for the Department of Psychiatry and Progra…
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Oralia Dominic
Oralia Dominic
As an Health Equity and Quality Services (HEQS) Consultant at Highmark Inc., I spearhead HEQS’s he…
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Dr. Victor Prisk
Dr. Victor Prisk
I’m a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in dance medicine and foot & ankle…
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Dr. Marylou Buyse
Dr. Marylou Buyse
As senior medical director of senior markets for Highmark Inc., I play a vital role in supporting th…
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Erica Pirrung
Erica Pirrung
I’ve been working at Highmark for eight years as a digital communications analyst. With both a bac…
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Esmeralda Hetrick
Esmeralda Hetrick
Esmeralda Ybarra Hetrick is a Health Equity Consultant within Highmark Inc.’s Health Equity &…
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Genevieve Olson
Genevieve Olson
I am a member of Quartet’s marketing and communications team. In that role, I support and execute…
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Gina Dansak
Gina Dansak
In the role of Customer-First Ambassador here at Highmark, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to…
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Gregory Byrnes
Gregory Byrnes
I’ve been running my whole life and, as I got older, I knew I wanted to share the love I have for…
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Health & Wellness compiled by Dave Rossana
I have been with Highmark’s Health Promotion/Wellness Team for nearly five years. We provide progr…
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JaColby Kent
JaColby Kent
I worked for Capital Area Head Start as an accountant from 2008 through 2011, and have worked at Hig…
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Jaime Mary
Jaime Mary
I have been with Highmark for 15 years in a variety of roles, most recently Provider Communications.…
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Jane Brooks
Jane Brooks
Born in New Jersey and raised in the Pocono Mountains, I now call the Lehigh Valley home, having liv…
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Jasmine Davis
Jasmine Davis
For me, the average day looks like this: Wake up, read industry articles, blog, blog some more, cont…
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Jean Rush
Jean Rush
As executive vice president of government markets for Highmark Inc., I’m responsible for establish…
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Jennifer Antkowiak
Jennifer Antkowiak
I have a 20-year career as an award-winning TV News Anchor and host, most of which has been spent at…
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Jenny Sabol
Jenny Sabol
I joined Highmark Inc. in 2016 as a Project Manager in Clinical Services, coming from Allegheny Heal…
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Jess Bomgardner
Jess Bomgardner
Hello! I’m a communications analyst at United Concordia Dental, a subsidiary company of Highmark H…
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Jessica Orris
Jessica Orris
I am the over-educated “mom” of two dogs, with a bachelor’s in Hospitality Management…
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Jillian Darnell
Jillian Darnell
I joined Highmark this past fall as a Wellness Coach for the Health Promotion team. I’m passionate…
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Joan Kaylor
Joan Kaylor
I’ve been in private practice since 1994 and an LPC (licensed professional counselor) since the li…
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Joanie Barr
Joanie Barr
Over the past 15 years, I’ve taught fitness classes and coordinated wellness programs at many priv…
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Jodie Ruediger
Jodie Ruediger
My passion for community began when my husband was serving in the military. I was a Department of De…
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Joe Deemer
Joe Deemer
I’ve been involved in publishing for more than 15 years (longer if being a paperboy counts). I ini…
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Jonathan Edmonds
Jonathan Edmonds
I’m a native Pittsburgher, growing up in the eastern suburbs. I played soccer and swam through…
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Kara Malitsky
Kara Malitsky
As Director of Pharmacy at Highmark, I oversee the Pharmacy department for the northeastern Pennsylv…
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Karen Adams
Karen Adams
I started my career at Highmark in 2007 as a contractor. I was amazed by all of the various opportun…
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Kathy Parry
Kathy Parry
I’m passionate about food. Real food. I help others understand what real, whole foods are and how…
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Kelly DeAngelis
Kelly DeAngelis
My career as a writer started in an 8 a.m. microbiology class at the University of Delaware. I reali…
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Keren Gifford
Keren Gifford
My lifelong passion (and personal struggle) centers around what motivates people in their healthy be…
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Kevin Sunderman
Kevin Sunderman
My title reads “Communications Specialist,” for the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving…
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Khristan Shafe
Khristan Shafe
When I was trying to figure out what to be when I grew up, a college professor suggested that I thin…
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Krista Lardieri
Krista Lardieri
I currently work on the Diversity & Inclusion team at Highmark Health. As a program coordinator…
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Kristin Antosz
Kristin Antosz
Stories have been my life since I dominated the local library’s Book It competition at the age of…
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Kristin Beaver
Kristin Beaver
I’ve been part of Highmark Health’s internal communications team since 2010. This role gives me…
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Kristy Keller
Kristy Keller
Writing is my beloved child as an undergraduate student majoring in Communications with double minor…
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Kurt Spear
Kurt Spear
Kurt Spear is the Vice President of Financial Investigations and Provider Review (FIPR) for Highmark…
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Laura Crooks
Laura Crooks
As the Mind-Body Practitioner for Allegheny General Hospital, Laura Crooks teaches staff stress mana…
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Lauren Chanadet
Lauren Chanadet
I’ve been working at Highmark as a fitness pro since 2006. I began at our employee fitness cen…
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Leah Ahlin
Leah Ahlin
I’ve been at Highmark for seven years and currently work as the clinical manager of Highmark’s w…
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Leesa Sheppard
Leesa Sheppard
I’ve been employed by Highmark Delaware for over 31 years, having held various middle manageme…
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Leigh Curtin
Leigh Curtin
Leigh Curtin-Wilding has a Master’s in Health Communications and is a teaching facilitator at Bost…
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Leigh Wisotzkey
Leigh Wisotzkey
I became a writer in the 7th grade, when I realized I could tell a story on paper that kept my peers…
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Lily Kendall
Lily Kendall
I’m a woman, a wife, and a mom – occasionally spastic, usually silly, stretched by stress, and t…
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Lindsey Barton
Lindsey Barton
With a background in childhood, infant, and perinatal nutrition, as well as experience with childhoo…
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Lauren Skundrich
Lauren Skundrich
A graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a passion for fitness, I’m a Wellness Coach at H…
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Dr. Mark Wendling
Dr. Mark Wendling
I have been a practicing family physician in the Lehigh Valley for nearly 20 years, and continue to…
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Matt Stehl
Matt Stehl
I am a native Delawarean who loves the Blue Hens and everything about living in The First State. I h…
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Megan Emmons
Megan Emmons
I’ve been working at Highmark for over 10 years (yet I’m still only 22) in a variety of…
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Megan Karpinski
Megan Karpinski
As a Philadelphia transplant and relative newcomer to the insurance industry, I’m always learning…
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Meggan Hostuttler
Meggan Hostuttler
The last 23 months have been spent educating myself on healthy living, focusing on turning my health…
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Michelle Riches
Michelle Riches
Likes: Pittsburgh, improv comedy, pet rats, blog writing, overly complex vegan recipes, bikes. Disli…
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Pam Gurtis
Pam Gurtis
I graduated from George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and have…
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Paul Stefko
Paul Stefko
I’m your typical 30-something making his way in the world with his wits and his words. I strive to…
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Phil Tanner
Phil Tanner
I have been blessed with a tremendous passion for working with those journeying through the caregivi…
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Phyllis Barber
Phyllis Barber
I’m a native Pittsburgher who came home in 2000 after living in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve led Highma…
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Ryan McGregor
Ryan McGregor
Since May of 2014, I have had the distinct honor of being a part of the Highmark Inc. family as a Ph…
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Sam Nolan
Sam Nolan
As a recent college grad, I’m the baby of the bunch, but I’ve quickly developed a passion for th…
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Sara Oliver-Carter
Sara Oliver-Carter
During my past 16 years with Highmark, I have had many opportunities to grow a diverse perspective.…
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Shannon Hunter
Shannon Hunter
I’m a project manager at Highmark by day, and a graduate student working on a Masters in Communica…
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Sharon Tomasic
Sharon Tomasic
I’m a born-and-bred Pittsburgher who loves to travel, is obsessed with gardening and good food (my…
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Stacy Byers
Stacy Byers
I am a Highmark employee of over 13 years, working in Marketing, Digital Experience, and Social Medi…
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Stephen Jerzyk
Stephen Jerzyk
With two degrees and a handful of certifications in the field, it’s safe to say that fitness is my…
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Steve Bortner
Steve Bortner
As a longtime health care communicator, I enjoy writing, editing and planning communications to adva…
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Susan Boerchers
Susan Boerchers
I am the community relations manager for ProJeCt of Easton. As a communications professional with mo…
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Tammy Lee
Tammy Lee
I was born and raised in Philadelphia but spent the past few years of my life in L.A., earning my un…
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Terese Vorsheck
Terese Vorsheck
As Director of the Highmark Caring Place, I have the opportunity to blend my passion for children, m…
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Tony Sciulli
Tony Sciulli
I have worked at Highmark for 15 years and almost exclusively in positions that required me to encou…
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Trish Imbrogno
Trish Imbrogno
Born and bred in the wilds of northwestern Pennsylvania’s McKean County – you’ve probably neve…
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Whitney Hayes
Whitney Hayes
I hail originally from the mountains of Virginia and recently earned my MFA degree from Chatham Univ…
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Zonya Foco
Zonya Foco
Nobody motivates an audience more about the benefits of smart nutrition, everyday exercise, and comm…
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