Steve Blanchard grew up near St. Louis and spent 16 years as a print journalist, covering a wide range of topics, from sports and entertainment to cops and courts. He joined the Moffitt team in 2015 as a PR account coordinator, just one month after his mother lost her battle with breast cancer. When not writing about the amazing advances in cancer research and treatment at Moffitt, Steve enjoys the Florida weather in his Jeep Wrangler, taking his dogs on long walks through area nature trails and spending his money at Florida’s many theme parks.
Sara Bondell, a medical science writer at Moffitt, got hooked on writing as a kid, filling yellow notepads with stories and observations. This Tampa native attended the University of Tampa and played on the national champion women’s soccer team. After transferring to Emory University, Sara earned degrees in Journalism and English and worked as a broadcast journalist in Georgia and Florida. She remembers useless pop culture trivia and movie quotes, loves all things buffalo chicken and in another life, would be a killer pastry chef. She loves traveling, but Sara’s favorite place is at home with her family and two rescue pups, Penny and Kenai.
Pat Carragher joined the Moffitt team as a PR account coordinator in 2020. He's always appreciated a great story, especially ones told in the form of a pro wrestling match or comic book. A New Jersey native with a communication degree from Stockton University, Pat spent two years riding the bench for his college lacrosse team before realizing he was better at writing about sports than playing them. He covered high school sports for a southern New Jersey newspaper before jumping to television news, where he spent the next decade, eventually landing in Florida. When he's not spreading the good word about Moffitt, Pat is spending time with his wife, Katie, and dog, Auggie, checking out the best breweries, beaches and parks in Tampa Bay.
Sarah Garcia is the senior social media coordinator at Moffitt. Her love for storytelling was kindled at a young age when her father would read her the newspaper each morning. Sarah is a Tampa native and earned a journalism degree from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). Sarah has spent a decade working in social media; she monitors Moffitt’s social and online presence and crafts social posts for Endeavor. When she’s not in the social realm, Sarah is spending time with her husband and two young children, riding her bike that goes nowhere or whipping up something new in the kitchen.
Nicholas Gould is Moffitt’s Lead Digital Imaging UX Designer with a background in commercial photography. In addition to still and drone photography, Nick has worked in television production as a videographer and editor. He has won numerous awards for his photography work, which has been featured in various publications. In his free time, you might find Nick on his DiamondBack bicycle, tackling a new trail. He enjoys traveling with his wife and their two daughters and employing his wood-working skills on home renovation projects.
Patty Kim is the director of PR at Moffitt. She started storytelling as a reporter for her middle-school newspaper and went on to reporting for The Tampa Tribune, News Channel 8 and TBO.com. She earned a degree in microbiology from the University of Florida and a journalism degree from the University of South Florida – but she bleeds orange and blue. (Go Gators!) Patty thrives on the adrenaline rush of skydiving (while being filmed for the History Channel), maneuvering rolls and spins in an aerobatics plane, and scaling Angel’s Landing at Zion. This hula-hoop champ also digs running, cooking, traveling and playing ultimate Frisbee.
Kevin Kirby is a multimedia specialist at Moffitt. A graduate of Briar Cliff University with a degree in Mass Communications, Kevin has been working in photography, graphic design and video production for 14 years. He believes capturing memorable and distinctive emotions are the central components of effective visual stories. When he’s not holding a camera, Kevin enjoys brewing his own craft beer or kicking off his shoes and enjoying what his friends consider “unwatchable and boring b-movies.” If you happen to see Kevin in the wild, you most likely will also meet his extremely fluffy puppy, Moxie.
Katie Kyne heads corporate communications at Moffitt. She joined Moffitt in 2018 after 12 years as a communicator at USAA, where she developed a great appreciation for our armed forces…and a love for breakfast tacos. Katie earned a degree in finance from Florida State University and a master’s in communications management from the University of Southern California. She and her husband are co-founders of the Be Fierce Foundation, a nonprofit they started in their daughter Aubrey’s memory to help kids with rare or undiagnosed medical conditions. Most weekends, Katie can be found cooking, traveling or catching a Rowdies game (COYR!). Internal comms nerd. Special needs advocate. Mom. Wife. Vegetarian. Coffee addict. Music lover.
Jeremy Peplow is the interactive media manager at Moffitt. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Jeremy has worked in digital media broadcasting, professional communications and media distribution for 17 years. He has received seven Emmy nominations and three Emmy awards for his documentary work with PBS. Jeremy believes good, clean design, paired with intentional and thoughtful content, should not just fill a screen, but showcase our true story and purpose. Before Jeremy had kids, he enjoyed working with reclaimed wood and restoring a 1956 Vespa. Today, he mainly wrangles tiny humans in his free time (all the time).
Kim Polacek brings more than 20 years of communications experience to Moffitt. In her role as senior public relations account coordinator, she provides counsel and develops communications for the Moffitt Research Institute, Office of Innovation and Industry Alliances and Government Relations. A proud graduate of Florida State University (Go Noles!), Kim began her career in television as a news producer in Tallahassee, Orlando and Tampa. She has earned the Accreditation in Public Relations and Certified Public Relations Counselor. When she is not sharing Moffitt news, Kim enjoys experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, tending to her garden and playing with her two Goldendoodles.
Lizette Robles is the corporate events and partnerships manager at Moffitt. She joined Moffitt in 2008. A graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in Telecommunications News and Sociology, Lizette was a reporter for WUFT TV-News, hosted a weekly entertainment show on AM850 WRUF radio, and worked as a producer for Bay News 9 en Español. A Tampa native, Lizette is an avid sports fan who cheers for all the local teams, but her true love is the Florida Gators. On her days off, you can catch Lizette at the dog park with her sweet yellow lab, Gringo.
Jonesa Rodriguez is a PR account coordinator at Moffitt. Before joining Moffitt, she spent several years at Federally Qualified Health Centers, where she developed a love for health care and helping others. Jonesa earned a degree in public relations from Florida A&M University and is currently working on her master’s in communication from Purdue University. When she isn’t out conquering the health care world, Jonesa enjoys spending time with her son and binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Amanda Sangster served in administration at Moffitt before plunging headfirst into the PR team as an account coordinator. A proud Nashville native, she won her first award for songwriting at 5, despite being completely tone deaf. With a degree in Speech Rhetoric, she moved to Tampa to study Communication, International Relations and Paralegal Studies at the University of South Florida. In her free time, Amanda volunteers at a local foster care center and explores the great outdoors, hiking the Appalachian Mountains or SCUBA diving off the Emerald Coast.
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