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Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Talent Joins Weber Shandwick's Healthcare Practice

The Minneapolis office of Weber Shandwick today announced the hiring of Laura Aumann, Rebecca Lechner, Stacey Rammer and Sarah Van Nevel in the agency’s healthcare practice.

Rebecca Lechner joined the healthcare practice as an account supervisor. A former broadcast reporter, Lechner worked at Weber Shandwick from 2004-2009 in the financial services group, primarily on the U.S. Treasury’s Go Direct campaign. In late 2009, she went to Live Smoke Free/Association for Non-Smokers – Minnesota to work as a program coordinator for a statewide public health outreach program. In her current role at Weber Shandwick, she brings expertise in strategic communications, public health communications, grassroots outreach, media relations and account management skills. Lechner has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and is a current graduate student in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

Laura Aumann joined the healthcare practice as a senior account executive. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Aumann spent nearly three years working with a variety of clients in healthcare, consumer products, higher education and law. She began her career at GE Healthcare working with the public relations, marketing communications and community relations teams and also spent time in Chicago, working with Edelman’s healthcare group. Aumann graduated cum laude from Valparaiso University in Indiana with bachelor degrees in public relations and museum studies and has more than four years of experience in the public relations field. Laura provides daily account management, medical device and healthcare communications experience, national and local media relations implementation, message development and event/trade show support for clients such as Ecolab, Amedisys and the American College of Surgeons.

Stacey Rammer has joined the healthcare practice as a senior account executive. Rammer is rejoining Weber Shandwick from OLSON. Rammer previously worked in Weber Shandwick’s corporate, community and public affairs practice from 2006-2010 where she worked on clients such as the Mayo Clinic. Rammer brings public affairs for healthcare clients experience, which is an important component for clients such as Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the Society for Cardiovascular Intervention and Angiography, and American College of Surgeons. Rammer holds a bachelor of science degree in business entrepreneurship from Saint Catherine University.

Upon completion of her internship, Sarah Van Nevel joined the healthcare practice as an assistant account executive, where she provides research, media relations and organizational support to a number of healthcare clients, including the American College of Surgeons, the U.S. Army Medical Department and Ecolab. Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Van Nevel gained public relations experience through internships at the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies, the Minnesota Center for Photography and Nemer Fieger. Van Nevel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communications.