Our Team

Empowering Communications’ team is highly experienced and talented group of individuals, capable of consistently delivering quality products that empower people and organizations, transform lives, and improve the performance of both our for-profit and non-profit clients.
Our team’s experience is truly global in that we have worked in numerous countries around the world.  We have had the opportunity to interact with individuals and communities at all levels of society. Our work has taken us into government ministries, the U.S. Congress, the headquarters of international health organizations, community radio stations and refugee camps.  We had the opportunity to interact with change leaders at all levels, such as prominent international and national figures, politicians, media representatives striving to make a difference and village health volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of those in their communities.  To this very practical experience, our team brings a deep understanding of the effective communication and behavior change methodologies to all of our work and a commitment to innovate to make a positive difference.

Gregory Pirio

 Gregory Pirio founded and directs EC Associates “Empowering Communications.  Dr. Pirio has been a global leader in the use of the media for constructive social change.  He has focused his professional activities on an array of health advocacy, public relations, branding, media, media development, behavior change communications, youth empowerment, strategic communications and distance education issues with a strong emphasis in the areas of health, governance and conflict resolution issues.  Dr. Pirio has also published extensively on public health and political issues including jihadism and peacebuilding. He also has extensive experience in journalism, media production and broadcasting as well as in business development, having led teams of broadcast journalists in producing daily radio shows and video productions.  Dr. Pirio has appeared on many BBC World Service and CNN International programs to discuss topics in which he is considered a leading international expert.
Dr. Pirio has worked professionally in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. He has a Ph.D. in African History  and a M.A. in African Studies (Both achieved from UCLA).


Jerome Aumente

Jerome Aumente is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication and Information (SC&I), Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. He devotes his time to writing and to regional, national and international assignments as a media consultant specializing in journalism and mass communications training and university curriculum development.
He has extensive experience in the international training of journalists; joint curriculum development with universities internationally and in the United States; as a trainer in health communication, the Internet and newer media technologies; investigative and enterprise reporting; business, economic and financial reporting. He has been a consultant to major foundations including the John and James L. Knight Foundation; the German Marshall Fund and the Ford Foundation evaluating professional training and mid-career programs for journalists. He has been a consultant to the U.S. State Department doing media needs assessments in Europe and as a program evaluator for journalism curriculum projects in Russia.
He was founding Director of the Journalism Resources Institute (JRI) and was founder and former Chairperson of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies.  Both units are in the School of Communication and Information, one of the first interdisciplinary schools founded in the United States, which he helped design at the request of the university   provost.
He has published four books with the most recent, “From Ink on Paper to the Internet”, an examination of newer media  technology and the Internet, winning the Society of Professional Journalists national award for journalism research in 2008. His earlier books examine journalism in Eastern Europe; the development of electronic publishing, and a guide for young people examining misinformation in the media.  


Marylene Dugas

Marylene Dugas, is a medical anthropologist (PhD University of Montreal) with a long history of working in underserved settings, including within West Africa, Central Africa and East Asian regions.  Much of her work has focused on designing interventions to achieve positive health outcomes through behavior change approaches in vulnerable communities. For example, she has designed and implemented HIV-related interventions with female sex workers in Benin and conducted formative research and devised implementation strategies for malaria prevention and early treatment-seeking behavior in the Central African Republic.
Dr. Dugas is also recognized as a leader in bioethical issues as they relate to clinical research and the introduction of new biomedical approaches, such as new vaccines, in disease prevention and patient care.  Her approach, located at the junction of Social and Health Sciences, contributes to the understanding of the problems associated with the introduction and use of innovative biotechnology in the international context and the development of tools to facilitate their effective introduction.”  Dr. Dugas has collaborated with WHO and IFRC, among other organizations.


Joyce Kramer

Joyce Kramer has consulted for UNICEF and has served as Director of Public Relations and Development for the National Association of People with AIDS and of the Maryland-based Health Education Research Organization.  Internationally, she has been architect of a communications and media strategy for a global consortium of HIV/AIDS organizations (The CORE Initiative) and has led international radio and TV campaigns around issues of HIV/AIDS and Polio Eradication.
Ms. Kramer has directed all aspects of public relations campaigns, including television, radio, World Wide Web, print media relationships, and in-house publications, and she has led a multitude of fundraising activities, including direct mailing, major events and solicitation of foundation, major donor and corporate support.
Ms. Kramer recently published Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50 with two co-authors.  In marketing the book, she has generated and participated in over 50 television and radio appearances, as well as in many print media interviews.  Ms. Kramer holds a BS (magna cum laude) in English and Psychology and a Master’s Degree with post graduate courses in education, English, psychology, and computer science.


Isis Quaresma-Cabral

Isis Quaresma-Cabral is a versatile and results-oriented professional who specializes in marketing, promotions, new business development activities, and corporate events planning and management services, within a wide range of sectors at both national and international levels.  Ms. Isis Quaresma-Cabral has delivered successful projects for a number of high-profile clients, including the University of East London, the Mobo’s Award, Audi Launch, Nia’s World of Fashion, Fashion:ID, UUU Paris, Knowledge Dock, Canary Wharf Group, Alerta, Women by the Well Ministry, among others.  

 


 

Annette Sheckler

Annette Sheckler is a seasoned professional in international development. She has worked across technical sectors including: democracy and governance, global public health, agriculture, nutrition, gender and communications. She has worked at some of the leading international development organizations, such as CARE, the Carter Center of Emory University, the Refugee Policy Group, the Africa-America Institute, Management Sciences for Health, and the International Institute for Food Policy Research. Early in her career, she worked for the AFL-CIO’s International Affairs Department. In addition to her non-profit work, Annette Sheckler served as a Senior Advisor to the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, DC as well as Special Advisor to the organization of African First Ladies (OAFLA) against HIV/AIDS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Annette Sheckler did her doctoral work at the University of Illinois in Political Science with a specialization in African Politics.


Lynn Fredriksson

Lynn Fredriksson, PhD, is a recognized international expert in the areas of global human rights, humanitarian aid and development, and U.S. foreign policy, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
At Freedom House, she directed the Southern Africa Programs, as well as the Emergency Assistance Program (including the Human Rights Defenders Fund, Lifeline: Embattled CSO Assistance Fund, Dignity for All: the LGBTI Assistance Program, and the Religious Freedom Fund).
Prior to that, Dr. Fredriksson served as Humanitarian Expert with the UN Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group based in Nairobi, Kenya. She was earlier the Researcher on the Horn of Africa with Amnesty International’s London-based International Secretariat, and AIUSA’s Advocacy Director for Africa. She has traveled and worked extensively in East, Central and Southern Africa, and has also worked in and on the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eurasia and Latin America.
Lynn holds an MA and a PhD in Political Science and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in Political Science and Russian from Williams College.