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.”

Pronouns: she/hers, ella

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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.”  

Pronouns: she/hers, ella

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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.”

Pronouns: she/hers, ella

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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.” 

Pronouns: she/hers, ella

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Sarah Cox
Senior Communications Specialist

As a young arts student, I was fortunate to live near Washington, DC and have parents who appreciated the great resources the city had to offer. I distinctly remember visiting The Phillips Collection and my father excitedly pointing out a Paul Klee. I was unimpressed. My perspective aligns more closely with my father’s now, and I’m happy to report my own seven-year-old is more receptive to the nuances of different styles and movements. Like me, she only has a favorite color to be succinct when asked. Her real favorite “color” is the rainbow wheel we make at least weekly, using Adobe Illustrator. There’s beauty in every color, every style, and every story. That’s what makes working with Avid Core so rewarding. We build stories that empower and connect communities and individuals. I’m proud to support the team with my almost 20 years’ experience uniting creative elements into cohesive, impactful packages. Also, I’m happy to send you a rainbow wheel on request.”

Pronouns: she/hers, ella

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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.”  

Pronouns: he/his, él

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Susan Hernandez
Strategic Communications Intern

“Throughout college I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my degree in political science, but I knew I wanted to make a difference. This desire to make an impact led me to explore a career in outreach and communications. I wanted to help people learn about the projects in their communities. Although this may seem like a completely different career path, my political science degree allows me to implement my research skills and knowledge of the impact of political systems into outreach and communication. Joining Avid Core gives me a chance to be part of a team that focuses on reaching underserved communities and informing those who have typically not been made aware of major programs or projects.  I’m learning how to make connections through writing and have the opportunity to do what I always wanted — to reach the unreachable.”  

Pronouns: she/her/ella

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