About Us

Jill Thompson  •   Principal//CEO  



Jill is a health policy professional  with 19 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.

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 B. 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 MA  •   Principal/President  



Robb has worked as a political and organizational strategist.   Much of his work has been focused in communication, political feasibility, political campaign strategy, capacity building, focus group facilitation, tourism development and strategic planning with communities, organizations, and corporations. Robb's capacity building work has taken him as far away as communities located on the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea! Robb has also worked extensively on worksite wellness projects with governments, tribes, and organizations to create healthier work environments through policy change.

Robb hasstudied, 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 (for a large company) prior to beginning his current work. Robb has been on the board of directors for the Oregon Public Health Association (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 MPH   •   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. 

David Sparks  •Director of Design



David Sparks is a homegrown Portlander who has been a business owner and graphic/web designer. He grew up in Gladstone, Oregon and studied Art and Spanish at The University of Oregon before starting Island Graphics in 1997 which became Hawthorne Media in 2010. David is now a part of the Rede Group team helping the company to create materials that look as good as the content and research being presented. 

David is also the person behind our eLearning/Distance Education projects, bringing the various multimedia aspects of the training together with the content our clients desire.