staff

Beth BattaglinoElizabeth Battaglino, RN
Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Battaglino, RN, brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and, as a practicing registered nurse, medical knowledge to her role as CEO of HealthyWomen, a non-profit organization providing women with in-depth, objective, medically-approved information on a broad range of women's health issues.

Beth has worked in the health care industry for nearly 20 years, helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women's health issues. These programs have run the gamut from heart health and cancers to migraines and oral hygiene. Her management and marketing expertise is particularly critical as HealthyWomen moves to expand its outreach to millions of women across the country through updated technology, wider program distribution and new public education and awareness efforts.

Beth is responsible for setting the strategic direction of HealthyWomen and building alliances with corporations, health care professionals and consumer groups. She also serves as the organization's chief spokesperson, regularly speaking at corporate, non-profit, community and media events.

In addition to her nursing degree, Beth holds degrees in political science, business and public administration from Marymount University and the University of Oklahoma.

Michelle Sawatka-Fernandez
Director of Business Development and Client Strategy
Michelle Sawatka-Fernandez, is the new Director of Business Development and Client Strategy for HealthyWomen.org. Michelle brings more than 20 years' experience in the communications industry working with client- and agency-side companies in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has conceived and built many reputation-enhancing campaigns that have focused on health and wellness for startups and industry giants. In her new role, Michelle brings her integrated marketing campaign perspective and communications experience to guide clients on the best way to reach female and professional audiences. Michelle believes that well-researched and insights-based campaigns can result in great content and campaigns for influencing target audiences. Outside the office, Michelle is involved in healthy cooking, memory keeping, cycling, yoga and enjoys raising her young family in New York's Carroll Gardens neighborhood.

Vera Sizensky

Vera Sizensky
Digital Director

Vera Sizensky comes to HealthyWomen after several years editing and producing content for the popular digital editions of SHAPE and Women’s Health magazines. Her keen understanding of what women want and need to know, paired with her digital expertise, offer HealthyWomen users an exciting, interactive way to stay in the loop. Nothing makes her happier than connecting with women who enjoy a grueling circuit workout and a delicious pinot noir with dinner. Vera earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and lives with her husband and daughter in Darien, Connecticut.

Marcia CroninMarcia Mangum Cronin
Managing Editor
Marcia Mangum Cronin brings three decades of varied editing experience to her managing editor role at HealthyWomen. She is first and foremost a professional wordsmith, always trying to ensure accuracy and clarity of content through good writing. Before joining HealthyWomen in 2005, Marcia had worked for many years as a writer, copy editor and supervising editor at newspapers (including the Los Angeles Times) and magazines. Marcia has a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and completed some business courses at Old Dominion University. She lives with her husband and two teenaged daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Julie BuchananJulie Leff Buchanan
Web Producer
Julie Leff Buchanan has been a member of the HealthyWomen staff for over three years. As web producer, she brings her Web design, coding and imaging skills to manage the technical aspects of HealthyWomen.org. Prior to joining HealthyWomen, she worked in the Web department at the Foundation Center and HarperCollins Publishers. She received her bachelor's degree in information systems management, with a specialization in Web design, from The College of New Jersey.

Kerri AKerri Agnello
Admnistrative Assistant
As consumer outreach coordinator for HealthyWomen, Kerri Agnello is the first person to greet HealthyWomen constituents who call or come by our office. With a positive attitude and a wealth of knowledge about HealthyWomen resources, Kerri makes sure our constituents find information to answer their health care questions. She also provides support to the entire HealthyWomen team on various research, marketing and web-based projects. Before heading to HealthyWomen, the Rutgers University graduate worked in industrial marketing and market research. She currently resides in NJ with her husband and two children.