Meet the innovative individuals who power our creative communications and outreach:

Virginia Quiambao Arroyo
Partner and Chief Operations Officer  

“20 years ago, I visited a friend’s older sister at her workplace, a trendy PR powerhouse on K Street in Washington, DC. I still remember how excited she was to tell me all about what public relations professionals do and how she thought I’d be great at it. I decided right then and there to major in communications at Old Dominion University. From interning at ODU’s development office, to the media relations firm in New York City where I landed my first media pitch, to the small, woman-owned business in DC where I spent over a decade supporting federal government contracts, through my own challenges—and let’s call it an ‘evolving’ understanding of what public relations should look like—I remain committed to helping clients and stakeholders communicate effectively. I founded Avid Core to better achieve this commitment to myself and the individuals and communities I’ve worked with throughout my career. I live in Woodbridge, VAmy hometownwith my parents, husband, pre-teen, and toddler. We spend most of our weekends traveling the east coast watching my oldest play softball for Hampton University. “

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Amanda Roberts 
Partner and Chief Marketing Strategist  

“Ever since I was the editor of my high school newspaper, and throughout my career, I’ve loved being close to the sources of information and being able to tell stories in a way that addressed all perspectives. It was this love for information sharing that led to me to pursue a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Ithaca College. I’ve combined my communications expertise with my passion for fairness and objectivity to help my federal government and private sector clients reach new audiences and encourage public involvement. Along the way, I have developed a robust understanding of federal government contracting, project management, and business development. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, my cat, and my two young children, who constantly test my empathy and communications skills.”  

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Stephanie Mace
Vice President, Digital Services

“As the unofficial family administrative assistant and gadget guru, I quickly learned the importance of clear communication, new technology and building relationships. Shortly after graduating from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing, I was able to launch my career in public service. My first project gave me the opportunity to travel across the country and meet fascinating people that wanted their voices to be heard. This sparked my passion for connecting people to find solutions. Since then, I’ve worked with various agencies to help promote innovative technology and improve users’ digital experiences for nearly 20 years. When I’m not on my devices, I am chasing the next adventure with my husband, daughters and dog.”

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Ashley Dobson
Director, Operations & Strategic Communications

’Live with Regis and Ashley!’ That’s what my mom called it when I would bring in my toy microphone and host my own show, interviewing everyone from my stuffed animals to any friend of my parents that happened to stop by. Since graduating from Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism,  I’ve worked as a journalist across the South and in DC, crafted social media strategies, and spearheaded communications training at nonprofits and associations, but my core values and focus have remained the same as they were in my parents’ living roomI want to get to know your ‘why’ and help you communicate with impact.” 

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Andrew Curtin
Strategic Communications Specialist

“When I was in high school, I read The Hot Zone, a thriller about several real-life virus outbreaks that nearly became global pandemics. I remember being completely captivated. Eventually I majored in English-Literary Theory at the University of Rhode Island, where I studied just how small differences in the way we use words can make a big impact in how effectively we communicate and captivate our audience. This keen attention to detail has served me well throughout my career, from my work at a legal aid nonprofit for immigrants and refugees, the United States Senate, a national urban development nonprofit, and a consulting group specializing in stakeholder outreach for energy and water infrastructure projects. I joined Avid Core to help people tell their stories with the same power to captivate as a real-life thriller.” 

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Tremayne Nez
Strategic Communications Consultant

“When I was a kid, I remember sitting on the living room floor listening to my great grandfather tell stories of the time he spent in the Korean War. He was a purple heart recipient and an incredible storyteller. Storytelling is at the core of Navajo culture and much of our traditional knowledge is oral history passed down from generations. I am excited to be a part of the Avid Core team and to share stories and connect storytellers to positively impact lives. As a recent graduate, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside my local city mayor in spearheading opioid prevention seminars and intern with a national non-profit tribal housing office in Washington, DC. I am grateful for these opportunities and experiences in my young career and look forward to the many more in the future.”  

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Michael Chan-Lok
Strategic Communications Intern

“Like many students entering college, I was initially unsure of what career I wanted to pursue. I went from declaring as a business major to criminal justice (thanks to an episode of Law & Order: SVU), and even considered psychology. While working as a bartender to get through school, a customer who frequented my bar told me my personality was well suited to public relations and how my job as a bartender would help set me up for it. After graduating from George Mason University with a degree in communications and a concentration in public relations, I began my career with the communications department for Inova Health Systems before joining the Washington Spirit, the professional women’s soccer team in Washington, DC, as a writer. Though I initially worked on social media content creation and marketing campaigns, my role shifted into the team’s community engagement efforts, revealing my deeper desire to build and maintain mutually beneficial community relationships. I’m bringing that same passion to the Avid Core team and look forward to sharing in their commitment to taking a genuine and authentic approach to helping others share their stories and communicate their objectives in effective and meaningful ways. ” 

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