Editorial Team

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Telecom

Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin
Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin Editor-In-Chief, Energy

Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin

Editor-In-Chief, Energy

Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin is Editor-in-Chief of FierceMarkets’ Energy Group, which includes FierceEnergy and Smart Grid News. In her current role, Barb directs and oversees the editorial content in the newsletters and on the website, as well as providing editorial guidance for the Group’s eBooks, webinars and FierceLive! events. Barb has more than 20 years of experience as an editor in the energy industry, having launched Financial Times Energy’s web portal, Energy Insights, and the print publication, Energy Decisions, as well as writing and consulting for countless energy industry outlets. As a veteran journalist, Barb received American Business Media's Jesse H. Neal Best New Publication Design Award for Energy Decisions and recognition as a Jesse H. Neal Editorial Excellence Award finalist. Barb currently resides in Wisconsin.

Mike Dano
Mike Dano Editor in Chief

Mike Dano

Editor in Chief

Mike Dano is the executive editor for the FierceMarkets Telecom Group, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceCable, FierceWireless:Tech, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceOnlineVideo. Mike oversees the editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for more than a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver. 

Samantha Bookman
Samantha Bookman Managing Editor

Samantha Bookman

Managing Editor

Samantha Bookman is the editor of FierceOnlineVideo and managing editor of FierceMarkets' Telecom group. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the web editor for Horizon House's two trade publications, Telecommunications and Microwave Journal. When not covering the fast-evolving online video ecosystem, she can be found digging through the comics stacks at Outer Limits, hiking, or practicing martial arts. Based in Boston, Mass.

Sean Buckley
Sean Buckley Senior Editor

Sean Buckley

Senior Editor

Sean Buckley is the senior editor of FierceTelecom. He joined the FierceTelecom staff in July 2009 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the wireline section of the telecom industry. Before joining the FierceTelecom staff, Sean was the Editor-in-Chief for Telecom Engine from 2006 to 2009 overseeing both the former print publication Telecommunications Magazine Americas and its transition to a web-based publication. Sean also covered the public sector IT and mobile network infrastructure trends as a senior analyst at Current Analysis. In addition to writing about wireline industry trends, Sean enjoys playing with his two sons, reading history books, watching the Celtics, and listening to Grateful Dead concerts on Sirius Satellite Radio. Sean works out of his home office Dracut, Mass.

Daniel Frankel
Daniel Frankel Editor

Daniel Frankel

Editor

Daniel Frankel is the editor of FierceCable. He joined the FierceMarkets staff in May 2014 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the pay-TV section of the telecom industry. Before joining FierceMarkets’ Telecom Group, Daniel served as a senior writer for GigaOm, joining the San Francisco-based technology research and publishing company upon its acquisition of paidContent.org. In this job, Daniel covered the pay-TV industry and the migration of video services to the Internet. Daniel worked on staff at Variety for eight years, covering the home entertainment and television industries. He has also worked in corporate communications, serving clients including IMAX, Lionsgate and The Chernin Group for the boutique PR firm Principal Communications. Daniel is married with two pre-teen sons, and is an active youth sports coach, bicyclist and Mexican food consumer. He’s based near Downtown Los Angeles. 

Monica Alleven
Monica Alleven Editor

Monica Alleven

Editor

Monica Alleven is editor of FierceWirelessTech and pitches in as copy editor for several FierceMarkets Telecom Group newsletters. She previously was editor in chief of Wireless Week, where she held editorial positions covering everything from PCS auctions to noise-canceling techniques to base station technologies. Before covering the wireless industry, she worked at several community newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, where she honed her ability to stay awake through late-night planning commission meetings and school board sessions. Monica is based in Portland, Ore., and is on a mission to find a viable way to work from the beach. 

Anne Morris
Anne Morris Editor

Anne Morris

Editor

Anne Morris is the editor of FierceWireless:Europe. She has been working for telecoms print and online publications for over 15 years and has specialised in wireless industry news for much of that period. Most recently she has been contributing articles and research reports on fixed and wireless communications and technology as a freelance writer and editor for publications including Total Telecom, ZDNet UK, European Communications and others. Her interests include running, long walks and yoga, but these healthy activities are somewhat offset by an appreciation of good red wine. She is also a voracious reader, knows German well and is now trying to improve her French. 

Michael Carroll
Michael Carroll Managing Editor

Michael Carroll

Managing Editor

Michael Carroll joined the Fierce family in 2010 as European editor of TelecomsEMEA.net, before becoming managing editor of the combined FierceWireless:Europe/TelecomsEMEA newsletter when the titles were merged in January 2014. Michael has 15 years of experience writing for B2B and consumer titles. He has focused specifically on mobile devices since 2001 and is fast becoming an expert on connected cars. Before joining Fierce, Michael edited Informa Telecoms & Media's Mobile Handset Analyst newsletter, and was a reporter on the firm's 3G Mobile and Global Mobile titles. Michael also was a reporter for Motorcycle News, the UK's largest motorcycle newspaper. 

Eli RIchman
Eli RIchman Associate Editor

Eli RIchman

Associate Editor

Eli Richman is an associate editor for the Fierce Enterprise IT publications, working primarily on FierceBigData, FierceITSecurity and FierceContentManagement. Eli graduated from Earlham College in 2014 with a politics major and a journalism minor. While there, he served as editor-in-chief of Earlham’s weekly newspaper, The Earlham Word, and interned for Governing Magazine in Washington, D.C. After graduating, Eli completed a year of service as an Americorps VISTA in Boulder, Colorado, before joining Fierce Markets. He is originally from New York City and now works in the Washington, D.C., office.

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Technology

Laura Heller
Laura Heller Executive Editor, Retail

Laura Heller

Executive Editor, Retail

Laura Heller is the Executive Editor of Fierce’s portfolio of retail publication. She has been reporting on mass-market retail trends and initiatives since 1995 as a reporter for trade magazines, business outlets and Web sites including Forbes and The Week. She began her career covering the retail and consumer electronics industries for leading B2B publications including Discount Store News/Retailing Today, Drug Store News, Grocery Headquarters, Chain Store Age, Consumer Electronics Daily, Home Channel News, License! Global and Shopper Marketing Magazine. She has appeared on national TV and radio programs discussing retail trends including CNBC's "Closing Bell," ABC News Now and National Public Radio. Her blog – “The Point of Purchase” -- appears on Forbes.com.

Patrick Gorman
Patrick Gorman Editor

Patrick Gorman

Editor

Patrick Gorman is editor of FierceCMO. Before joining the Fierce team, he spent 10-plus years covering the experiential marketing industry and marketing technology solutions with Access Intelligence’s marketing and media group of business publications.

Lisa Barley
Lisa Barley Associate Editor

Lisa Barley

Associate Editor

Lisa Barley is an associate editor for the Fierce Technology group, primarily editing FierceRetail and FierceCMO. She has more than 10 years of editorial experience in consumer magazines, custom publications and web production. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, nature photography, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

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Life Sciences

Stacy Lawrence
Stacy Lawrence Editor-in-Chief

Stacy Lawrence

Editor-in-Chief

Stacy has been writing and editing about the business of emerging technologies for more than 15 years. Most recently, she was the biopharma business bureau editor with Elsevier. Prior to that, she was the finance columnist with biotechnology industry publication BioCentury. Stacy also has written for publications including Nature Biotechnology, San Francisco Business Times, New Scientist, MIT Technology Review, Business 2.0, and Wired. Stacy can be reached at [email protected] 

Tracy Staton
Tracy Staton Editor-in-Chief

Tracy Staton

Editor-in-Chief

Tracy Staton is the editor of FiercePharma and FiercePharmaMarketing. She has been a freelance writer for 8 years. Before that, she served as editor of the Dallas Business Journal, editor of Texas Business magazine, and a senior editor at American Way, the inflight magazine of American Airlines. She is based in Vermont and can be reached at [email protected], or find her on LinkedIn.

Eric Palmer
Eric Palmer Senior Editor

Eric Palmer

Senior Editor

Eric Palmer is a business and technology journalist with more than three decades of prize-winning experience as a reporter and editor with daily, weekly, monthly and online publications. He was healthcare reporter for The Kansas City Star before becoming deputy business editor for the daily newspaper. He spent 8 years as editor of The Kansas City Business Journal, which had a strong emphasis on the healthcare industry. He is an avid fly fisherman, cooks and collects wine, and likes to travel with his family. Eric is based in Kansas City and can be reached at [email protected]

EJ Lane
EJ Lane Senior Editor

EJ Lane

Senior Editor

Ed Lane is the senior editor for FiercePharmaAsia based in Singapore, covering the broad biopharma industry in Asia. He has previously worked as a senior correspondent in Southeast and South Asia. He holds an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Geography from Wayne State University.

Carly Helfand
Carly Helfand Editor

Carly Helfand

Editor

Carly Helfand is a news editor with FierceMarkets' Life Sciences group, writing for FierceVaccines, FiercePharma and FiercePharmaMarketing. Carly got her start covering pharma while earning her master's at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she concentrated in business reporting. She has completed journalism projects on four continents, and her work has appeared in various outlets such as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post's Wonkblog and Cape Town's Weekend Argus. Carly prefers watching pro hockey to nearly everything. She also plays the Irish fiddle. You can contact her at [email protected]

Ben Adams
Ben Adams Editor

Ben Adams

Editor

Ben Adams is a business, science and healthcare journalist who has worked as an editor for the UK publication Pharmafocus and as a group editor Pharmaceutical Marketing Europe, as well as a features and news writer for the BMJ and the Pharmaceutical Journal. He has an especial interest in market access, drug pricing and the ethics of the life sciences industry and has been heavily involved in ensuring the need for greater clinical study transparency remains on the agenda for the industry. On the personal side, he enjoys reading esoteric pieces of literary fiction from Charles Williams, Will Self, Ros Barber and Milan Kundera, and is currently awaiting the publication of his own set of literary juvenilia, coming to a second-hand bookshop no-where near anyone soon. Ben is based on the south coast of England and can be reached at [email protected]

Michael Gibney
Michael Gibney Production Editor

Michael Gibney

Production Editor

Michael is the production editor with FierceMarkets' Life Sciences group. He also writes for FierceDrugDelivery and FierceMedicalDevices. A graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, Michael has worked as an editor for Patch.com in Connecticut and a writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Montana. Michael lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys hiking, running and exploring the city's bookstores and movie theaters. He can be reached at [email protected]

Emily Wasserman
Emily Wasserman News Editor

Emily Wasserman

News Editor

Emily Wasserman is a news editor for FierceMarkets' Life Sciences group. Prior to joining Fierce, Emily completed her Master's at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She specialized in magazine journalism, and also worked as a Health and Science reporter for the school's wire news service. She covered topics ranging from America's obesity epidemic to genetically modified fish, and her work appeared in local and national publications. In her spare time, Emily freelances for Fodor's Travel and maintains a personal food blog. You can contact her at [email protected]

Amirah Al Idrus
Amirah Al Idrus Associate Editor

Amirah Al Idrus

Associate Editor

Amirah Al Idrus is a copy editor for the FierceMarkets Life Sciences group and a contributing writer for FierceVaccines. Before joining the Fierce Life Sciences team, Amirah completed a master's degree in journalism at the University of Maryland, where she concentrated in online and multimedia journalism. While at Maryland, she worked for the university's Capital News Service as a web designer and developer, and interned at the Washington Business Journal. She has covered issues ranging from Maryland politics and local business to finance in state prisons. When she's not working, Amirah spends her time running around D.C. and Silver Spring, visiting museums, and baking (and eating) pies. She can be reached at [email protected]

Eric Sagonowsky
Eric Sagonowsky Associate Editor

Eric Sagonowsky

Associate Editor

Eric Sagonowsky is an associate editor with the FierceMarkets Life Sciences team. Before joining Fierce in November 2014, Eric worked as a news reporter for theManistee News Advocate in Manistee, Mich., covering government and crime issues. Eric graduated from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 2012 with a degree in Online Journalism. On campus, Eric wrote for The Athens News and The New Political. In his free time, Eric enjoys outdoor recreation, following sports of all kinds and exploring the metro D.C. area. He can be reached [email protected] Follow @EricSFierce on Twitter.

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Healthcare

Gienna Shaw
Gienna Shaw Editor-in-Chief

Gienna Shaw

Editor-in-Chief

Gienna Shaw has been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years, including in the areas of health IT, clinical technology, healthcare social media, healthcare marketing and patient experience. A former senior editor for HealthLeaders Media, Gienna is also the author of three non-fiction books—two on hospital, health system and physician practice advertising and one on Celtic mythology. 

Ilene MacDonald
Ilene MacDonald Executive Editor

Ilene MacDonald

Executive Editor

Ilene MacDonald is senior editor for FierceHealthcare and its related publications.She has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she served as an editor at FDANews and as the associate editorial director at HCPro, Inc., where she helmed the company's revenue cycle publications and products. When she's not working, Ilene is busy taking care of her family, which includes her husband, two teenagers and a dog (a Bichon-Poodle mix). Ilene enjoys Zumba, reading, Scrabble, cooking and watching movies. 

Dan Bowman
Dan Bowman Senior Editor

Dan Bowman

Senior Editor

Dan Bowman oversees the editing of our three health IT publications: FierceHealthIT, FierceMobileHealthcare and FierceEMR. Prior joining FierceMarkets in February 2008, he worked as a sports copy editor for several newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Washington Times. 

Leslie Small
Leslie Small Senior Editor

Leslie Small

Senior Editor

Leslie Small is an editor for FierceHealthcare. Before joining Fierce, she worked as an editor for newspapers in Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Staunton, Va.; and the Delaware County Daily Times in her native suburban Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in journalism and political science from Penn State University and is an avid—if sometimes tortured—Philly sports fan. She enjoys exploring new places, trying new restaurants, visiting museums, reading, hiking and pretending to be a good snowboarder.

Evan Sweeney
Evan Sweeney Editor

Evan Sweeney

Editor

Evan Sweeney has been writing about healthcare for the past seven years, covering a range of topics including infection control, patient safety, healthcare security and physician credentialing and privileging. Evan got his start in journalism as a sports intern for the Syracuse Post-Standard while attending grad school at Syracuse University, and he's currently co-authoring a book about one woman's recovery from a traumatic brain injury. When he's not strapped to his laptop, you'll find Evan outdoors, usually hiking, golfing or running. 

Ron Shinkman
Ron Shinkman Editor

Ron Shinkman

Editor

Ron is former Los Angeles Bureau Chief for Modern Healthcare, where he focused on corporate governance issues. He has also written about healthcare and the insurance industry for the Los Angeles Business Journal, HealthLeaders Media and Trustee magazine. He’s a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a Master's degree in English/Creative Writing from California State University.

Judy Mottl
Judy Mottl Editor

Judy Mottl

Editor

Judy Mottl is an experienced technology journalist who has served as a senior editor, reporter, writer and blogger for InformationWeek, Investors Business Daily, CNET and Information Security Magazine, as well as other media outlets. As a senior editor at InternetNews, she covered the mobile device, smartphone and technology segments during the dawn of the smartphone. When she’s not reporting mobile healthcare news, she enjoys spending time at the beach with family, trying new recipes and reading the latest murder mystery.

Susan D. Hall
Susan D. Hall Editor

Susan D. Hall

Editor

Susan Hall spent more than 20 years as a newspaper writer and editor in Dallas and Seattle before making the leap online at MSNBC. Now living in Louisville, Ky., she has focused on enterprise technology as a writer and editor for IT Business Edge. Most recently she has written for dice.com and Enterprise Apps Today.

Marla Durben Hirsch
Marla Durben Hirsch Editor

Marla Durben Hirsch

Editor

Marla Durben Hirsch is an attorney who has specialized in health law for 28 years and has written about the many facets of healthcare for almost 15 years. She also is the editor for several other books, journals and publications, including the HIPAA Answer Book and The Health Lawyer, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section. She has won a number of awards for her coverage of healthcare news, and has been quoted in several publications, including the New York Times. 

Katie Dvorak
Katie Dvorak Associate Editor

Katie Dvorak

Associate Editor

Katie Dvorak is an associate editor for FierceHealthIT and FierceHealthcare. Prior to joining FierceMarkets in 2014, Katie worked at The Hill newspaper as a copy editor and page designer. Katie is a New Jersey native and Penn State University alumna. She enjoys exploring D.C., watching sports (Phillies, Nittany Lions football, OKC Thunder) and reading. 

Zack Budryk
Zack Budryk Associate Editor

Zack Budryk

Associate Editor

Zack Budryk is an associate editor with FierceHealthcare. Prior to joining Fierce, he wrote for such publications as Inside Higher Ed, Style Weekly, Capital News Service and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He enjoys reading and running--usually not at the same time. He holds a B.A. in print journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives with his wife and their two cats in Woodbridge, Va. 

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