Amy Bielski MBA
President and CEO
Ms. Amy Bielski, President and CEO, brings 15 years of professional experience managing complex Federal projects involving technology, communications, policy, and health. With a background in graphics and web design, Ms. Bielski worked with several firms before founding Ripple Effect. Several of the website projects she led have won awards, including the Vice Presidential Hammer Award and the Aesculapius Award for Health. She received her M.B.A. from Loyola University and was featured in the 2009 book, No One Path, for her perspectives on leadership. She also was recognized with 4 NIH Director’s Awards and received a Rising Star Award in 2002 from Women in Technology. Currently, Ms. Bielski serves as the project lead for prominent government projects and leverages her expertise in SharePoint and other Web 2.0 technologies to transform the way the Federal government communicates.
Chief Operating Officer
Janis Brose is the Chief Operating Officer at Ripple Effect Communications, Inc. She brings over 40 years of experience to providing technical assistance, program and logistics support, database management, and publications and graphics support to government clients. Her capabilities include project management, subcontract management, program evaluation, fiscal management, training, and staff supervision. Ms. Brose has managed numerous large, multifaceted support and technical services contracts, and has planned and managed more than 2,000 local, national, and international conferences for the Federal government. Ms. Brose’s background includes involvement in all aspects of budget development, cost control, and fiscal reporting, including detailed progress reports and staff projections. Throughout her career, Ms. Brose has provided leadership, training, motivation, and professional development for program logistics and technical publications staff, including project managers, researchers, conference coordinators, scientific and technical editors and writers, curriculum designers, database managers, desktop publishing specialists, graphic artists, Web site designers, and exhibit developers.
Jennifer Pohlhaus PhD
Dr. Jennifer Pohlhaus, Vice President, brings 13 years of professional experience in higher education, biomedical research, science and health policy, gender issues, and workforce studies. She transitioned from biochemistry into policy and government consulting through the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Dr. Pohlhaus has coordinated major initiatives for the NIH Director, including Women in Biomedical Careers and the Enhancing Peer Review Initiative. She is regularly consulted to produce technically authoritative materials for use by policy makers and the public, and she personally delivered a briefing to staff of the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Pohlhaus was recognized as a “Woman in Science” at NIH 2007-2008, and her success in managing high-visibility trans-agency projects is evidenced by receipt of 2 NIH Director’s Awards and 2 Extreme Dedication Awards.
Selected Professional Staff
Senior Technology Specialist
Dawn Holt PhD
Erica Husser PhD
Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst