Founder and President
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 has worked with clients to help them communicate effectively and confidently. Her projects have included communication development and strategy for large entities, such as the University of California and the nonprofit Back on My Feet, and communication consulting for ambitious entrepreneurs and top-rated academics.
Photo Credit: Traci Elaine
Jessica Martucci is a Senior Consultant with Sagely, where she co-leads the Supportive Schools Program with founder Lesley Curtis. A writer, historian, and bioethicist, Jessica is also 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.
Supportive Schools Consultant
Rachel Simon is a consultant and trainer for Sagely’s Supportive Schools Program, where she uses her expertise in education, psychology, and gender studies to help organizations promote gender inclusivity and equity. As a consultant, she recognizes the personal and cultural benefits of building a welcoming community and skillfully guides individuals and schools along this path. Rachel also works as a psychotherapist in Philadelphia, specializing in work with queer and transgender youth. She holds two graduate degrees in education and social work from Widener University and a B.A. in psychology and LGBT studies from the University of Maryland. Her book, The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Book for Kids About Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families, will be available next spring.
Elizabeth H. Spencer
Elizabeth Spencer is Sagely’s Editorial Consultant, leading our content creation team. 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 also helps authors increase their public profile with customized marketing strategies. She 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.
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
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.
Social Media Consultant
Duchèn Hodge is a social media consultant at Sagely with extensive experience in making effective communication. As a student, he ran his own radio show and worked as an audio engineer. Now he advises clients on how to expand their audience online. Duchèn also has a contagious entrepreneurial spirit and loves creating on-brand messages and visuals.