Our Team

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

Virginia Quiambao Arroyo

Virginia Quiambao Arroyo

Partner and Chief Operations Officer
Amanda Roberts

Amanda Roberts

Partner and Chief Marketing Strategist
Stephanie Mace

Stephanie Mace

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Ashley Dobson

Ashley Dobson

Director, Operations and Strategic Communications
Sarah Cox

Sarah Cox

Senior Communications Specialist
Breana Day

Breana Day

Project Management Specialist
Rossana Gonzalez

Rossana Gonzalez

Operations Specialist and Assistant Project Manager
Alex Russell

Alex Russell

Communications Specialist
Susan Hernandez

Susan Hernandez

Strategic Communications Intern
Tremayne Nez

Tremayne Nez

Strategic Communications Consultant

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, VA—my hometown—with 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.”

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.”

Stephanie Mace

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

“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.”

Ashley Dobson

Director, Operations and 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 room—I want to get to know your ‘why’ and help you communicate with impact.”

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.”

Breana Day

Project Management Specialist

“'The rising matriarch' is what you would hear my family call me. ‘Jill of all trades’ is how my friends describe me. I have always been one to be in the mix, willing and ready to take control and contribute in any way that I could. While pursuing my degree in Business Management, I acted as an assistant project manager at the U.S. Census Bureau and, most recently, as a task order lead and manager at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I love meshing my gifts of organization and streamlining with the goals of an organization to explore and adopt creative solutions. I find joy when I can shape and influence the growth of a person or place that I have had the pleasure of being connected to and I strive for a legacy of impact. Outside of the workplace, I enjoy traveling and making memories with my three minis (my children). I coach a competitive dance team while also finding the time to bake. So, from me, you are guaranteed some good organization, a shimmy, and a cupcake!"

Rossana Gonzalez

Operations Specialist and Assistant Project Manager

“As a young child in Cuba, I wasn’t used to seeing women in high-regarding positions. When my family and I relocated to the United States as refugees, I remember being starstruck by women in leadership. I would play pretend “businesswoman” as one of my favorite pastimes and my love of business and project management has only grown since that time. Being part of the Avid Core team is the ultimate manifestation of that childhood dream and then some. Engaging and working with our team is always insightful and empowering. Seven-year-old me would be proud!”

Alex Russell

Communications Specialist

"My career path has seen a lot of twists and turns, but at the end of the day, the one craft I consider integral to my being, both personally and professionally, is the art of writing. The written word has meant a lot to me for a long time. Finding authors I still love to this day helped me get through high school; being able to express myself through writing allowed me to better grasp various concepts and themes in college while taking aesthetics and art history courses; and writing in my spare time, from poetry to short prose, lets me discover new ways of communicating my ideas and feelings. After interning or contributing at various places, I worked at a locally-owned newspaper in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. While what I do at present is nothing like being part of the weekly news business, my appreciation and respect for the craft of writing and for all the benefits that come from clear, equitable communication have led me to Avid Core. With Avid Core, I'm given the opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience to a very different sort of writing, learning new things along the way, and helping push forward a variety of dialogues and projects in the DMV region and across the nation."

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.”

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.”