Arun Divakaruni, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, DWA Healthcare Communications Group
Arun was named Chief Executive Officer of Avant Healthcare’s parent company in early 2022. Since joining DWA in 2019 as Chief Science Officer, Arun helped deliver breakthrough solutions for the biopharmaceutical companies that DWA and its network of agencies support. In September 2020, Arun was promoted to CEO of Avant Healthcare, DWA’s medical and marketing communications agency. Arun received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCLA and has diverse experience supporting a number of products across several therapeutic areas, in addition to responsibilities over scientific reputation management and corporate positioning. A recipient of two Clio Awards, Dr. Divakaruni was named one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 in 2016. Arun earned his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was recognized for his achievements in scientific research in antibiotic target research and classroom instruction. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular, cell, and developmental biology from the same institution.
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Playing with my dogs.
I was once on an episode of The X-Files.
Because we improve medical care.
Double espresso, dash of cream, touch of sweetener.
Working with the amazing people at DWA.
Chef. I love food.
Trina Stonner, RN, MSN
President, Avant Healthcare Marketing
Trina is an industry veteran on both the client and clinical sides, and she serves both in her role as president of Avant Healthcare Marketing. Prior to joining Avant Healthcare in 2010, she spent 15 years with a major Midwest pharma company, where she led and collaborated in multiple global and US affiliate launch readiness initiatives that included KOL engagement, advisory boards, and peer-to-peer initiatives. Trina began her career as an advanced practice nurse and has broad therapeutic experience in oncology, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, and critical care. She earned her Master of Science degree from St. Louis University.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Reading, boating, walking, traveling, and outdoor summer music concerts.
In my previous life, I was a critical care nurse—I have “hung the bag,” carried the bag, and marketed the bag in the healthcare world.
The people that work here while still getting to stay in the healthcare world—which I love.
A cosmo martini is a real treat for me (as I feel hip drinking it), and I always love a New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
I love disco music—both listening and dancing to it.
I think I could really enjoy selling beauty products at Nordstrom but would be fun to be an attorney.
President, Avant Healthcare Solutions
As President of Avant Healthcare Solutions, Todd is responsible for the overall operations and health of the agency. He has years of biopharma marketing experience across many different therapeutic areas such as Cardiovascular, Immunology, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Vaccine, which makes Todd an active and engaged strategic consultant to the clients we partner with. He works to weave strategic thinking, executional prowess, and high-level collaboration into every discipline. Prior to joining Avant Healthcare, Todd worked in brand management, HCP,
payer, and consumer marketing for a major Midwest-based pharmaceutical company, where he was responsible for strategic brand development, risk management, and message evolution for launch and mature brands. He earned his Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
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I am a DIYer so I start every year off with a list of projects broken down by quarter.
I love to smoke meat and a huge fan of anything pork (ok, ok, so maybe that is a well known fact).
The mission of the organization and the passion of the people working here.
A pork shoulder that is stuffed with pork sausage and wrapped in basket woven bacon slow cooked and slathered with homemade BBQ sauce.
To be a part of Team of the Year…twice. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Marc Voorhees, Jr.
Executive Director, Analytics and Insights
Marc has seven years of experience leading analytics teams in the pharmaceutical industry with experience in modeling, clinical development, and supply chains. He has transformed teams from cost centers to value delivery operations and overseen the implementation of infrastructure development to lay the groundwork for the creation of data-driven organizations. He believes access to data and a compelling story drives businesses forward with insight and intention.
Marc has degrees from Michigan State University, New York University, and Southern New Hampshire University. In his spare time, Marc teaches data visualization and storytelling at several universities.
I am a big reader (science fiction and Egyptology), I am also big on home improvement, and I love going for a long relaxing drive on a cool night!
I am on the USA Rugby High Performance Referee Panel.
I believe in the culture and the mission. Every interview, every POV, every discussion I had with the company before joining was focused on mission, culture, and how we all work together. I love that we take what we believe in and translate it so cleanly to the client!
Hot chocolate, no whipped cream (caffeine makes me a bit squirrelly).
Michelle D. Moorman
Senior Director, Business Development
With 14 years of agency experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, Michelle serves as the company’s primary contact with prospective clients to assess customer needs and introduce Avant Healthcare’s core capabilities. Before joining the Avant Healthcare business development team, Michelle was an account director across multiple therapeutic areas within commercial and medical affairs teams, including women’s health, men’s health, dermatology, gastroenterology, neurology, pancreatology, and rheumatology.
Huntington, West Virginia
Netflix binger, advocacy volunteer, social butterfly, spa lover.
I am a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)—a child advocate.
It is the best of the best. We take care of our clients and employees, educate HCPs and ultimately serve the patient! It all feels good…
Venti, nonfat, double-dirty chai latte
To Kill a Mockingbird
If not this, I would want to be a Psychologist, Kindergarten Teacher, or Greeting Card store owner.
Vice President, Medical Services
Philippe is an award-winning expert in marketing communication and medical education, with more than two decades of experience in biological, diagnostic, and pharmaceutical product launch and promotion for major pharmaceutical companies. Philippe delivers superior strategic insights, sharp analytical skills, and extensive knowledge of multiple therapeutic areas including endocrinology, gastroenterology, hepatology, immunology, neurology, oncology, and psychiatry.
With 35 published original manuscripts for clinical reviews, journal supplements, educational monographs, and white papers, Philippe is an expert in scientific, multichannel content development. A graduate of The University of Chicago in medical writing and editing, he upholds the strictest ethical and quality standards, partnering with clients and leading medical teams to tell compelling brand stories supported by robust scientific evidence in a clinically-relevant manner.
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Fontenay-aux-Roses, France (southern suburb of Paris)
Read; binge-watch crime series (eg, Law & Order) with my wife; and hike with my golden retriever, Simba, and German shepherd, Bella.
I was a competitive swimmer in my teens, winning 26 gold medals in regional meets.
The people, their talent, and their friendliness.
Grande white chocolate mocha
Elton John’s Live in Australia (1987)
I played a central role in the launch of an antidepressant, which achieved the 4th best uptake in pharma history at the time!
Vice President, Client Services
Prior to becoming an integral part of Avant Healthcare marketing, Sarah spent several years in the marketing field, assisting both Fortune 500 and start-up companies with strategic planning and implementing annual tactical plans.
Sarah was initially hired into Avant Healthcare marketing as an Account Executive where she quickly excelled as a project manager, overseeing its largest prelaunch disease state education program series where her team partnered with multiple agencies and client teams. Today, Sarah develops multichannel marketing plans with entire client teams, including medical, marketing, PR, and advocacy, among others. She has deep and broad experience creating thought leader strategies and engagement plans for companies venturing into new therapeutic areas. Sarah invests her considerable strategic expertise in laying the groundwork for product launches and disease state campaigns before product approval. She has helped launch five multimillion-dollar brands in her tenure with Avant Healthcare.
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South Bend, Indiana
Boating, water skiing, travel, spending time with family/kids.
I went to France in fourth grade for three weeks on a school exchange program.
The people—they’re genuine, smart, selfless, and dedicated.
I don’t drink coffee—I acquired the taste for beer, but never coffee.
Anywhere that’s warm on the water—I loved Costa Rica.
I completed the Chicago Marathon.
My dream job would be to build a place where foster children feel safe, loved, and believed in.
Jeri Moody, CMP
Executive Director, Meeting Planning & Speaker Bureau Services
With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Jeri oversees the day-to-day functions and resources required to execute successful programs with a focus on maximizing staff utilization as well as assessing and assigning projects accordingly; all while keeping process and regulations in the forefront. She represents our Meeting Planning & Speaker Bureau division to external clients and ensures that all vendors and subcontractors are fully compliant with regulations.
Jeri graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Minor in Business Administration. She has been designated as a Certified Meeting Professional since 2011.
Traveling, driving country roads with the top off on the Jeep, and binge-watching TV (sports, documentaries, and reality TV are my go-to).
Besides working in a profession where everyone has the same goal: helping the end customer with a better way of life? It’s the people. The teamwork at Avant is unreal, where everyone is willing to step up and help whether you are super-busy or just having a bad day. The support is genuine.
Venti skinny vanilla latte or a glass of Pinot Noir.
Rome, Italy. I’m lucky enough to have traveled there several times through all of my jobs – even as a group tour director leading senior citizens! The people, the history, THE FOOD, the energy…there is nothing like it. Bellissimo!
I’ve always wanted to be a TV personality; I’m thinking a co-host of the Today Show would be perfect.
I consider the entire Avant Healthcare squad an all-star group who works hard, thinks strategically, collaborates extremely well, and most importantly, has shown us time after time what great actually looks like.