Our Team

Lesley Curtis

Lesley Curtis

Founder

Lesley Curtis has worked as a researcher, educator, and writer in Europe, the US, and the Caribbean. She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University and is an expert in narrative structure in English and French. Her deep knowledge of stories—how to craft them, how they work, and their value—is on display in the multiple essays and books she has authored. Her works on literature, culture, and gender have been published by leading presses and have appeared in top-rated journals.

Lesley’s experiences showed her that many organizations and individuals alike do not optimally leverage the power of their own stories. She founded Sagely in 2017 to help them do just that. Since then, Lesley and the Sagely team have worked with entities large and small, on projects ranging from the University of California’s new information security policy to the nonprofit Back On My Feet’s new national website.

Jessica Martucci

Jessica Martucci

Senior Consultant

Jessica Martucci is a Senior Consultant with Sagely, where she manages their Accessibility Program and their Gender Equity Training and Assessment Program. A writer, historian, and bioethicist, Jessica is a research fellow at the Science History Institute’s Center for Oral History, leading the Science and Disability Oral History Project. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and was a postdoctoral fellow at their Perelman School of Medicine. Jessica is an expert in maternal health, public messaging, and issues of diversity and access in STEM. She has worked for multiple nonprofits and educational organizations advancing causes related to healthcare, equity, and the rights of the LGBTQI community.

 

Lisa Carver

Lisa Carver

Senior Consultant

Lisa Carver, Sagely Senior Consultant, is an experienced human resource advisor and entrepreneur. She specializes in employee assessments, instructional design, facilitation, professional coaching, and strategic planning. As a consultant, Lisa has worked with large companies, including PepsiCo, government organizations, including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Agency, and schools, including the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has also advised political campaigns and advocacy groups, including the Minimum Wage Increase Initiative, and has served as a speech coach for TEDx. Lisa is passionate about helping organizations improve. She creates sustainable solutions and is an expert in communication strategy. Lisa holds degrees in history, communications, and political science and is a certified trainer on multiple topics, including Leader Effectiveness, Workplace Diversity, and Customer Satisfaction.

 

Elizabeth H. Spencer

Elizabeth H. Spencer

Editorial Consultant

Elizabeth Spencer is Sagely’s Editorial Consultant who leads our technical writing projects. She is an experienced writer who specializes in web writing, content marketing, and copywriting. She holds advanced degrees in writing and language and educates others about how best to communicate their ideas. Elizabeth has developed content for multiple popular websites, including parenting and finance blogs. She specializes in finance and cybersecurity, focusing on how best to articulate complicated topics to lay audiences.

Ron Osborn

Ron Osborn

Senior Consultant

Ron Osborn is a Senior Consultant with Sagely. He has worked with humanitarian and human rights organizations in Kosovo, Guinea, and Sudan and has expertise in intercultural communication and conflict transformation. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the John Weidner Foundation. Ron was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College and a Fulbright Scholar to Myanmar. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southern California.

 

Chinua White

Chinua White

Web Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Chinua White is an illustrator and graphic and web designer with over a decade of experience developing logos, branding collateral, and assets for print and web environments. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign. Chinua has studied both design and computer programing, focusing on web and game development. He has worked with multiple start-ups and small businesses, using his expertise to enhance brand recognition and company efficiency.

Tina Aitala Engblom

Tina Aitala Engblom

Graphic Designer

Sagely partners with graphic designer Tina Aitala Engblom, who has spent nearly two decades working with multiple organizations, including nonprofits, schools, and healthcare providers in the Philadelphia area. She expertly designs marketing materials, logos, identity systems, publications, and social media and web graphics, creating synergy between image and word to produce striking and effective communications. Tina holds degrees in both design and psychology.

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