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!
Chief Operating Officer / Chief of Staff
As Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Chief of Staff (COS) for DWA Healthcare Communications Group, Kat Barrett is responsible for the overall business operations of DWA and its agencies. Within DWA, she oversees the People Team, Corporate Planning Office, Corporate Operations, Technology Team, and the AVAIL agency. Prior to her current position as COO/COS, Kat was President of Avant Healthcare.
Kat has been a part of DWA for fourteen years, serving in Executive- and Director-level roles, primarily within the Avant Healthcare agency. In her early career at Avant Healthcare, Kat oversaw the management of peer-to-peer channel strategy and multiagency tactical plans for a group of several pharmaceutical brands, including two billion-dollar brands. In addition, she provided operational leadership to her account and cross-functional team members to develop cross-channel deliverables that exceeded client expectations.
Prior to joining Avant Healthcare, Kat accrued seven years of sales, medical marketing and management experience with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and she also earned her Masters of Business Administration in Marketing.
Soccer/Dance/Basketball/Track/Cross Country/Band Mom, and with any time remaining, I like to curl up with a good book or watch a movie with my family.
I was the 1999 University of Kentucky Homecoming Queen (despite being a clear introvert).
The genuine company values and the passionate people I am blessed to work with every day.
Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, 80’s Music/Artists
Starting at DWA as an Account Executive (in 2008) and working my way to COO (2018)
Meteorologist (let it snow!)
Chief Creative Officer
With over 25 years in the business of creative, Patrick has led large teams across Arizona, Chicago, Detroit, and Indiana. He has also led the creative for global advertising agencies such as Big Yam®, J. Walter Thompson, TMP Worldwide Advertising, and DWA, to name a few. Producing award-winning creative work on cornerstone accounts for the likes of; Burger King®, Cleveland Clinic®, Delta Faucets®, Discover Card®, Eli Lilly®, Enterprise Rent-A-Car®, FedEx®, General Motors®, Ryder Trucking®, Kraft Foods®, Stanley®, ACACIA PHARMA™, and the Xerox Corporation®.
Originally from New York, Patrick is an honored graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising Design and Marketing. Patrick has won numerous industry awards in creative, is a published author, and has had his fine art exhibited internationally.
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I write. Short stories, novels and screenplays.
I was a ski instructor in high school
Large coffee. Black.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy, Klimt, Pollock, and Picasso
Winning any creative excellence award in our business is always fantastic, but becoming a published author in 2021 with my first novel, Charles, has been a huge accomplishment for me.
Automobile and Motorcycle Restorer
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.
Senior Vice President, People
Cindy Johnson is Vice President of the People Team at Avant Healthcare. With a strong legal background, she has a huge impact on the values-based culture of our organization and works to ensure that Avant creates a safe and productive workplace for all team members. Prior to joining Avant in 2021, Cindy spent 15 years aligning people strategy to business objectives and serving as in-house counsel. Cindy began her career as an attorney, providing advice and counsel to private and public employers on labor and employment matters. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Oxford, Ohio (home of Miami University)
I spend as much time as possible with my family, especially my two boys. I’m regularly seen around my neighborhood walking our German Shepherd, Luna, who I treat very much as one of my “babies.” Our family schedule revolves around sports. During fall and winter months, we travel for my son’s hockey games and get to visit new cities. During the spring and summer months, I enjoy outdoor sports like tennis, golf, and swimming!
First, I can honestly say that Avant places a higher emphasis on culture than any other company I’ve worked for. Second, I’m in awe of the creative, scientific, and strategic talents of our diverse team members who collaborate to create industry-leading content for our customers.
For me, it’s a giant soy latte in the mornings and the occasional Cosmo for happy hour!
My favorite smell in the world is the smell of fresh tennis balls when you open the can. It brings back wonderful memories as a competitive tennis player in my younger years!
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).
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.
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.
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.