PQMD Announces Additions to Team

Former PQMD Communications Assistant Now Director of Communications and Disaster Response; Measurement and Evaluation Professional Joins PQMD As Consultant

Sarah Viscardi Appointed PQMD’s Director of Communications and Disaster Response

Sarah Viscardi is now Director of Communications and Disaster Response for PQMD. She has worked as the Communications Assistant for PQMD since the spring of 2017. During her time with PQMD, she has supported member communications and development of newsletter and website content. She led the production of summary reports for the Global Health Policy Forums in Washington, D.C. and Geneva and served as point of contact for panelists for those events. In addition, she researched current topics in global health and development and frequently wrote updates shared on the PQMD website, social media and newsletter.

“Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge to the position and is well positioned to take on the leadership of our communications work,” PQMD Executive Director Elizabeth “EJ” Ashbourne said.  “Over the past two years she has proven herself a professional and positive member of the PQMD team, and we are excited to continue working with her.”

During her career, Sarah worked on public relations efforts for nonprofit professional trade associations in professional pest control and school nutrition. She also has experience in higher education, having worked in college admissions and in marketing for a specialized college entrance exam. Sarah graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in psychology and from Syracuse University with a MS in public relations.

Laura Hollod Joins PQMD As Consultant

Laura Hollod has joined PQMD as a consultant. In her role, Laura will help delivery the next version of the “Resource Guide to Evaluating Medical Product Donations”, or the Impact Toolkit.  Laura is an experienced measurement and evaluation professional who partners with organizations and enterprises to help them frame and measure their social impact.

Over the next few months, Laura will join PQMD staff and the Knowledge & Innovation Committee as we focus on our members and aim to transform PQMD’s current version of the Impact Toolkit into an online and interactive suite of tools, resources and guidance notes.

“Laura is a long-time friend of PQMD and we are forever grateful for her critical contributions to the first version of the Impact Toolkit while she was working with Johnson & Johnson,” Juliemarie VanderBurg, PQMD’s Senior Director of Global Health Policy, said. “Our team is stronger with Laura’s thoughtful, creative and professional commitment.”

Laura has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University, and began her career focused on evaluating public health programs with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) followed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Laura then joined Johnson & Johnson’s Global Community Impact team, providing measurement, evaluation and learning support to its portfolio including product donations, grant making, employee engagement, and more. Laura recently started her own consulting firm. She has unique insight to the PQMD Collective Impact 2030 goals and needs as a former member of PQMD’s RD&I Committee.