David Gellar

Chief Ideas Officer

A graduate of Ithaca College, Dave spent his entire career in New England. Dave managed a myriad of Radio Stations from New Hampshire and Vermont to Cape Cod and Connecticut. In 2002 he founded a full-service marketing agency Quinn and Gellar in New London, CT where he led award-winning campaigns and grew small to medium size organizations throughout the country.

Dave joined The Day Publishing Company in 2009 where he led the advertising division to transfer from print to digital marketing offerings and where he would ultimately partner with Bence Strickland in founding D2 Media Solutions.

Today, Dave is the Chief Ideas Officer for D2 Media and Prevention Marketing. With an unpatrolled creative mind, Dave is responsible for the out-of-the-box campaigns that D2 Media and Prevention Marketing are known for. Coupling his experience in radio, print and digital marketing with a result oriented philosophy, D2 and Prevention Marketing are creating effective campaigns that not only look “pretty” but also actually see results for its clients.

“Ideas, creativity, and enthusiasm will take a business further than the greatest CEO or President. Without these ingredients ingrained in an organization’s DNA growth is destined to stagnate.” – David Gellar

Email: dave@preventionmarketing.com

Bence Strickland

Chief Strategies Officer

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Bence has been in the in the New England Market for twenty years. Bence started his career during the web boom working at a dot-com incubator in Atlanta, connecting Venture Capitalists with online entrepreneurs and leading teams to create their visions. In 2000 Bence joined Sonalysts Inc. in Waterford, CT where he worked with Fortune 500 organizations in transforming legacy digital systems to web-based platforms.

In 2006 Bence was brought to The Day Publishing Company to lead its magazine division where he met Dave Gellar. Together they created several successful organizations, the latest that of Prevention Marketing. Seeing a dire need in the New England market Prevention Marketing has become a preeminent marketing resource for agencies and organization needing to take their prevention and treatment messages to local markets.

Today, Bence is the Chief Strategies Officer for D2 Media Solutions and Prevention Marketing where he oversees all strategic efforts for the company’s clients. Working closely with company principals and directors D2 Media and Prevention Marketing creates meaningful messages in markets through result driven media devices.

“The first step of any successful campaign is to define success. Without knowing where you want to go you will always be lost.” – Bence Strickland

Email: bence@preventionmarketing.com

Bence Strickland, Prevention Marketing

Aaron Witko

Head of Digital Operations

Aaron has spent over 20 years of his career focused on IT and Digital business success. He led the digital effort at Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville CT, as the digital marketing manager/director for nearly 15yrs. Created the digital team at the University of Connecticut Alumni Association and sought international experience at GTech in Rhode Island as their Sr. Business analyst.

Carly Parker

Digital Content Curator

Carly is our digital content specialist. She joins the team with a background in all things digital marketing, from SEO to Social Media to Google AdWords. Carly is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
She is excited to be a part of a great team and to work with clients to help achieve their boldest goals.

Becca Frick

Sr. Website Developer

Becca is our Website Developer. She studied website development at the Community College of Rhode Island and aided in the development of her college’s website. Her goal while working with Prevention Marketing is to create functional, noticeable and aesthetically pleasing websites that meet the W3C standards for website accessibility.

Laura Bean

Social Media Guru

Laura is our Social Media Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a focus in Public Relations and Advertising. While attending Eastern, not only was she taking coursework in social media, but also took on an internship to manage social media marketing to prospective students.

Holly Hoffmann

Accounts Wrangler

Holly is our Digital Account Coordinator.  She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Marketing. Holly has a passion for analyzing how a company’s marketing strategy provides opportunity for growth and is intrigued by the numerous tactics businesses can use to interact with society.

Christine Miskell, DVM, MPH

After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, Christine went on to earn a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She spent 5 years working in the pharmaceutical industry where she was responsible for collecting, tabulating, analyzing and reporting on data from efficacy trials. Since joining SERAC in 2006, Christine has been responsible for tabulating, analyzing and reporting data from a variety of local and regional youth and adult surveys. Christine has experience with data management and analysis using various programs including MS Excel©, MS Access©, Statistica©, and SPSS©.

Michele Devine, M.A.

Michele has been the Executive Director of SERAC since 2005. Prior to coming to SERAC, she worked as a Counselor and Health Educator on a variety of college campuses and at a therapeutic high school. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in 1998. Michele has extensive knowledge and experience working with community groups, youth, and parents. She is certified to train a variety of evidence-based, data-driven prevention curriculums. She also has experience using data to develop goals and measure organizational outcomes for development and growth. She works closely with Regional and State organizations to address the need for more support and funding for prevention efforts.

Angela Rae Duhaime, M.A.

Master of Arts in Psychology, Specialization Community Psychology

Ms. Duhaime is currently working as an adjunct professor of psychology at Eastern CT State University. She has also worked for the Southeastern Regional Action Council since 2007 serving as a coalition coordinator, community educator, and providing administrative support. She also works in direct service as a clinician for substance use disorders, under Doug Lavine at Life Happens in Groton CT. She is an evidence-based trainer for several programs in substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention. Angela’s previous experience includes city and statewide advocacy work for youth and families in the area of mental health and substance abuse, most recently working on nonmedical use of prescription drugs for the City of Norwich. She is currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program at the UCONN Community Medicine and Health Center for Addiction Science. Her background experience and education encompasses the field of mental health and substance abuse across the spectrum of prevention, intervention, and treatment.

Research Conducted with Dr. Marc Goldstein
Family Predictors of Underage Drinking in Southeastern CT (2011)
County Level Variations in Social Trust and Life Expectancy (2007)