Who we are

Jill Thompson-Hutson

CEO: Jill is a health policy professional with 20 years experience in researching, analyzing, developing and implementing successful public policy campaigns and initiatives. A resourceful, pragmatic and ethical leader and problem solver with a demonstrated commitment to improving community health through policy and systems change, Jill is a sought after trainer who works to develop and give people the tools they need to be successful in their work.

In communications work Jill has many years experience in implementing effective strategic communications plans specifically in the arenas of health and public health. She specializes in working with groups to employ tools such as value proposition canvas; audience, value & systems mapping; storyboards; story arch; and operations plans to achieve collaborative strategic communication plans.

Jill has worked for the American Cancer Society, Clackamas County, and the State of Oregon (most recently as the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section Policy Manager).  Jill has also been on the board and President of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate. In 2010, Jill received the Maurine Neuberger Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in Tobacco Control.

Robb Hutson

President: Robb has worked as a communication, political and organizational strategist.   Much of his work has been focused in strategic communication, political feasibility, political campaign strategy, capacity building, focus group facilitation, and strategic planning with communities, organizations, and corporations. Robb's public health capacity building, training and policy work has taken him as far away as communities located on the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea!  Robb is the organizer of the National Public Health - Marijuana Summit for the Rede Group.

Robb has studied, lived and worked in Japan, been a business owner, a marketing and media director for a large company, and helped to start several tourism based companies  prior to beginning his current work. Robb has been on the board of directors for the Oregon Public Health Association (current), Upstream Public Health (Vice Chair, current), Ski Oregon, The Clackamas County Tourism Development Council Marketing Committee, the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood Marketing Committee, The Oregon School-Age Coalition, the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, and Belmont Academy.

One of Robb's hobbies is photography. His photos have appeared in ads and in places such as Oprah Magazine, Ski Oregon Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Oregonian Newspaper and Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory Travel Planner.

Robb has a Bachelor's degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Master's degree from the University of Oregon.

Stephanie Young-Peterson

Senior Consultant: Stephanie is a skilled public health professional with 15 years experience working in the field of tobacco control.  While working at the Lane County, Oregon Public Health Division, Stephanie successfully lead over a dozen local health policy initiatives designed to reduce illness and death caused by tobacco products.  Policies passed and implemented include:   City of Eugene smokefree workplace and tobacco retail license laws, tobacco free K-12 and college/university campuses (including the University of Oregon, Fall 2012), smokefree public housing rules, tobacco free hospital and behavioral health treatment facilities, and tobacco free city/county property policies.  In addition to her local policy work, Stephanie has held an adjunct faculty position at the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management, teaching an introduction to Public Health class titled “Healthy Communities”.

Stephanie is passionate about tobacco control and about increasing people’s understanding of the importance of the field of public health.  She brings a thorough understanding of the critical nature of partnerships and community engagement to public health policy work.  Stephanie is a recipient of the Oregon Public Health Association’s Emerging Public Health Leaders Award and is a current board member of her local childhood obesity prevention coalition, Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth.

Even though Stephanie is a Beaver (she got her Master of Public Health at Oregon State University), she now lives with her husband and their two daughters in Eugene, Oregon (home of the Ducks!)  and forms the Willamette Valley Branch of the Rede Group. 

Emily Drum

Consultant: Emily Drum is a master of public health candidate at New York University with a focus in public health nutrition. Her public health work has included research and evaluation, community assessment, curriculum-building, policy analysis, and grant writing for a variety of public health issues, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education, health literacy, tobacco control, worksite wellness, immigration, and urban agriculture. She is the co-founder of Nutrition Without Borders, a student-led initiative that has worked with international organizations such as the World Food Programme, the SDG2 Advocacy Hub, and Kitchen Connection. She is currently producing a short podcast series about SNAP.

Emily's public health practice is informed by 15 years of professional experience in journalism, communications, marketing, and book publishing, where she was the editor of New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning works of nonfiction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is passionate about improving the way public health stories are told. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Erin Charpentier

Design Director & Graphic Designer: Erin Charpentier is an artist, graphic designer, and serial collaborator. She has a background in the nonprofit sector and lots of experience in publication design and data visualization. Erin has an active creative practice, and her artwork has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and Tacoma Art Museum in Washington.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston Massachusetts and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Portland State University in Portland Oregon. Erin works from her office in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.


Alex McFerrin

Associate:  Alex McFerrin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health at Oregon State University along with a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship.  Prior to beginning her work with Rede Group, Alex interned here! While interning at Rede she gained experience working with public health policy and applying her knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data analysis to various projects. She has really begun to build her skills as a top notch analyst!

     Kate Marsi

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Senior Analyst: Kate is a seasoned public health professional with a wealth of experience working both domestically and abroad. She hails originally from the Northeast US, and has worked in a variety of public health settings, including state government and non-profits, and on a variety of public health issues, including infectious disease prevention and surveillance, domestic health policy, and healthcare education and delivery in rural Tanzania.

Kate has a special interest in improving health outcomes across diverse populations through effective policy implementation, the psychology of changing health-related behavior, and the interconnectivity between public health and social justice.

Kate holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Health degree from Oregon State University.

Ariel Weiser

Visual Design Director: Ariel is graphic designer and visual communications specialist. She is experienced in creating info-graphics, data visualizations, marketing collateral, and event branding.

Ariel holds a BFA in Art & Design as well as a BA in Psychology, both from the University of Michigan, and finds most of her work at the intersection of art, design, and psychology.

She is also the co-founder of Desert Island Studios, an independent studio collective located just a few blocks from the Rede Group office, which she uses mostly for motion graphics, shorts, and installations.

See more of her work here.