SMART + STRONG
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Smart + Strong
|Name: Trent Straube
|Editor-in-Chief / Cancer Health; Deputy Editor / POZ, Hep, Tu Salud and COVID Health
|Name: Doriot Kim
|Art Director / POZ and Cancer Health
|Name: Mark Robinson
|Art Director / Hep, Real Health and Tu Salud
|Name: Peter Staley
|Founder and Advisory Editor, AIDSmeds.com
Oriol Gutierrez: Editorial Director, Smart + Strong / Editor-in-Chief, POZ and Hep
Oriol Gutierrez is editor-in-chief of POZ magazine and POZ.com, a national award-winning magazine and website for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1992.
He is also editorial director of Smart + Strong, the publisher of POZ and POZ.com. He brings to Smart + Strong his passion for advocacy on behalf of people with HIV, as well as editorial experience since 1996.
His responsibilities also include serving as editor-in-chief of Hep magazine and Hepmag.com, Smart + Strong’s award-winning print and online brand for people living with and affected by hepatitis.
Since 2003, Oriol was managing editor of DiversityInc magazine, which covers diversity management in the workplace; executive director of the DiversityInc Foundation; and communications director for DiversityInc Media, LLC.
He co-founded LGNY Latino, the first bilingual Spanish/English LGBT U.S. periodical, as publisher and editor in chief in 2001. Earlier in his career, Oriol was executive editor of Pet Business magazine and business director of publications for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Oriol has previously freelanced for Smart + Strong, including work on several issues of POZ Focus and the first Spanish-language POZcast in 2007.
He often participates as a speaker, moderator or panelist at various conferences. He has appeared on NPR, Sirius OutQ and OutCast. He was named one of the “25 Most Influential GLBT Latinos” by MyLatinoVoice.com.
He is a graduate of New York University in New York City, with a B.A. in Print Journalism and an M.S. in Publishing. He is the former vice president of print and new media for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Find his blog at blogs.poz.com/oriol.
Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/oriolgutierrez.
Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/oriolgutierrez.
Jennifer Morton: Managing Editor, Smart + Strong
Jennifer joined Smart + Strong as managing editor in February 2004. She is responsible for the day-to-day editorial production of all Smart + Strong products.
Jennifer previously worked as the managing editor for publications including Brill’s Content, Cable World and Gear. Before working in publishing, Jennifer worked for the Jane Adams Center, a nonprofit community center in Chicago.
Jennifer recently served on the board of HIV + Aging Research Project–Palm Springs, which aims to improve the lives of those aging with HIV by studying the impact on long-term survivors. She previously served as the board vice president of Visual AIDS, a nonprofit organization that utilizes art to fight AIDS. She earned a BS in communications at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Liz Highleyman, Science Editor, Smart + Strong
Liz Highleyman is the science editor of Smart + Strong. She oversees all treatment and research content across all brands. She began writing for Smart + Strong publications in 2000 and joined the editorial team in 2017.
Liz has been a health journalist and medical editor for more than 20 years, covering HIV, viral hepatitis, cancer and other health issues. She has written for publications including the Bay Area Reporter, aidsmap/infohep, HCV Advocate, ACRIA’s Achieve, Positively Aware, The Body, the Well Project and MedPage Today.
She previously worked as an editor of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS (BETA) and as health editor for Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com), before becoming a freelancer in the early 2000s. She has been editor-in-chief of HIVandHepatitis.com since 2011.
Liz graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in cognitive science and continued her education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalist and the American Medical Writers Association.
Find her Cancer Health blog here.
Sean O. Strub: Founder and Advisory Editor, POZ
Sean Strub is well known as an activist, writer and entrepreneur. Sean has founded many successful fundraising, publishing and marketing organizations, virtually all in support of progressive social change efforts. He founded POZ in 1994. Sean’s companies have also launched POZ en Español, Mamm (for women impacted by breast and gynecological cancers) and Milford Magazine (a regional title distributed in the Delaware River Highlands area of northeast Pennsylvania).
He has written extensively on corporate social responsibility, smart growth and land development issues, direct marketing and AIDS, among other topics. Sean co-authored, with Dan Baker and Bill Henning, Cracking The Corporate Closet, (Harper Business, 1995) and co- authored, with Steve Lydenberg and Alice Tepper Marlin, the seminal guide to corporate social responsibility, Rating America’s Corporate Conscience, (Addison-Wesley, 1987).
Sean’s involvement in the social responsibility and ethical investment movements dates to the early 1980’s, when he worked with Alumni Against Apartheid and the Harvard Endowment for Divestiture through his direct marketing firm which specialized in social change and mass marketed fundraising techniques. Direct mail campaigns created by Sean have been labeled “slick” by The Wall Street Journal, “highly sophisticated” by The New York Times, and “inventive and unusual” by BusinessWeek.
Sean has also produced theatre and large-scale fundraising events. In 1992, at the Perry Street Theatre in New York, he debuted his production of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, written by and starring David Drake. The Obie Award-winning hit became one of the longest running one-person Off-Broadway shows ever.
In 1990, Sean was a Democratic candidate for the US Congress from New York’s 22nd congressional district, running as an openly (but incidentally) gay/HIV+ man. He was defeated by a former member of Congress by fewer than 600 votes.
He has received numerous awards and honors from AIDS organizations, community and professional groups, including the 1995 AIDS Action Foundation’s National Leadership Award, the 1996 Cielo Latino Companero award from the Latino Commission on AIDS and Los Angeles-based Being Alive’s Spirit of Hope award in 1997.
A native Iowan, Sean attended Georgetown and Columbia Universities. He lives in Milford, PA and New York City.
Jeremy Grayzel: CEO, Smart + Strong / CDM Publishing LLC
With more than 30 years of business and publishing expertise, Jeremy Grayzel formed CDM Publishing LLC in 2004 in order to purchase Smart + Strong, publisher of POZ magazine and other health care-oriented publications.
Prior experience include president of VNU eMedia Inc., the second largest business-to-business publisher in the United States; founder and CEO of GrayFire Information Services, a leading fax and internet developer that created customized publishing services aggregating content from over 100 major sources; and president and COO of Family Media Inc., a major consumer publishing company with 11 publications and a print circulation of over 10 million.
He has been a member of YPO/WPO since 1988 and served on the board of directors of the Metro New York Chapter. He is a past chairman of the Emerging Business Council of the Information Industry Association.
Jeremy earned his BS and MBA at New York University.
Ian Anderson: President, Smart + Strong
Ian Anderson joined Smart + Strong as Vice President/General Manager in June 2005 and was promoted to President/COO in January 2007. He has responsibility for all external and internal business management including technology and print production services, circulation and product development, edit, and business planning.
Previously, Ian spent six years at VNU eMedia (now known as Nielsen Business Media) as Director of Operations and then as Director of Product Development. Prior to VNU, he spent six years at Editor & Publisher magazine as Research Director and General Manager.
Ian earned his BA in Communications at Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey.
Diane Anderson: Vice President, Integrated Sales, Smart + Strong
Diane joined Smart + Strong in 2018 as Vice President, Integrated Sales. She has responsibility for integrated sales and client management for all the Smart + Strong titles.
Diane brings over 25 years of publishing sales experience along with her passion to help those affected by cancer. She has won the Hearst Spotlight award which honors individuals making significant contributions to Hearst, Conde Nast Sales Person of the Year award, along with a number of other magazine specific awards over her distinguished publishing career. Diane most recently spent seven years at Food Network magazine, one of the most successful magazine launches of the past decade, and worked on the launch of The Pioneer Woman Magazine, 2017 Ad Age Launch of the Year. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy at SUNY Empire State College.