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Our Core Team

The BrightLeaf Group team is led by experienced professionals recognized as subject-matter experts in strategic planning and communications.

  • Strategic advisors & coaches
  • Web & app developers
  • User experience & service designers
  • Accessibility experts
  • Writers & editors
  • Data visualization, graphics & infographic designers
  • Content strategists
  • Social media specialists
  • Project management professionals
  • Jane Scott

    Founder and CEO

    Jane Scott Founder and CEO

    Jane has been developing leading-edge solutions in strategic communications for over 30 years, working closely with local and global clients across a wide range of industries. As an entrepreneur and CEO, Jane has grown BrightLeaf Group from a one-woman, home-based business to a substantial, multi-talented company serving clients throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. As the primary account executive, she oversees innovative customer solutions, enabling an expert team that delivers the highest level of customer service in our industry. Her experience at BrightLeaf Group includes working with Fortune 500 and other clients in the health, technology, energy, consumer and government sectors.

    She is a speaker and leader contributing to international professional organizations that focus on communications, technology and continuing education for entrepreneurs and their teams. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the top-rated Birthing of Giants, an intensive three-year CEO continuing education program at MIT.

  • Kay Johnson

    Client Success Director

    Kay Johnson Client Success Director

    Kay Johnson is an accomplished Client Services professional with a passion for technology and creating positive change. She has spent many years assisting businesses, government agencies, foundations, and other nonprofits that address critical societal challenges in education, technology access, sustainability, and social equity.

    Kay creates positive change for her clients with her combined expertise in communications, technology, marketing, branding, and business development. She is skilled in leadership, EQ/IQ balance, relationship building, inclusion and diversity, market research and marketing, program management, and client advocacy. Her interests include sustainability, technology, and new tools (AI, AR/VR, Digital Twins).

    Previous roles have included Executive Director of a nonprofit, Global Program Director, Account Director/Senior Strategist, VP Growth Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer, VP Client Success, and VP Business Development.

  • Joanne Severn

    Contract Manager

    Joanne Severn Contract Manager

    Joanne manages agreements between BrightLeaf and its customers, prime contractors, subcontractors, vendors and others. She brings over 27 years of experience in Contract Management and Procurement in public and private sectors, and has specialized in complex Information Technology (IT) products and services.

    Joanne managed major IT contracts including, the official website of the State of Texas, and the Data Center Services program, which included contracts valued at over $1 billion. This contract management included monitoring vendor performance, monitoring Service Level Agreements, reporting, developing RFPs, negotiating, managing awards and overseeing Statements of Work.

  • Sabrina S. Watkins

    ESG Advisor, Global Executive

    Sabrina S. Watkins ESG Advisor, Global Executive

    Sabrina Watkins brings practical counsel drawn from many years of working with C-level and sustainability leadership to advance global corporate ESG policies and strategies. Focusing on investor priorities, Sabrina strengthens relationships between companies, investors, and activists. She constructively bridges business and activism to deliver more integrated environmental, social, and economic results.

    Sabrina retired from ConocoPhillips in 2017 after nearly a decade as global head of sustainability, with responsibility for corporate policies, positions, implementation strategies, results, and reporting. She worked closely with the board, executive team, and investors. During her tenure, the company reduced over 7 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, saved over $100 million, and reduced shareholder concerns all within an efficient implementation framework. During her first 20 years in the oil and gas industry, she held engineering to senior management roles in regional assets, production, procurement, drilling, health, safety, and environment for onshore and offshore locations. She then led teams for early-stage innovation, upstream and downstream emerging technologies, and upstream technology strategy before leading corporate environmental technology.

    Her recent public speaking has addressed sustainability performance, carbon asset risk, socially responsible investor (SRI) engagement, action alternatives to fossil fuel divestment, transparency, and the importance of ecological economics in decision making.

    Sabrina serves on the boards of Future 500 and Presidio Graduate School. She previously served as Board Chair of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and as an advisor to Councils of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Lab and the Global Environmental Management Initiative.

    Sabrina earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School.

  • Lynnette McIntire

    ESG Communications Advisor, Global Executive

    Lynnette McIntire ESG Communications Advisor, Global Executive

    Lynnette provides advisory services in ESG reporting strategy, executive thought leadership, issues management, materiality, and stakeholder engagement. Her 15 years of advisory work draw on her technical knowledge of reporting frameworks and her deep understanding of the operational, governance, human capital, and financial aspects of ESG. 

    She has coached hundreds of C-level and other executives in ESG/sustainability strategy and reporting as a consultant, Senior Teaching Fellow (Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship), and Senior Fellow of Social Innovation (Babson College Lewis Center). 

    Lynnette has written more than 20 GRI reports. She has led more than 20 materiality assessments and co-authored an often-cited Harvard Business Review article with the UPS CFO who now serves on the SASB Board of Directors. Having written TCFD reports and CDP submissions, Lynnette also advises on decarbonization plans and communications, She has served as a featured speaker at notable ESG conferences.

    In global leadership positions at UPS for 17 years, Lynnette served as the Director of Global Reputation Management, Sustainability Communications, Executive Communications, Supply Chain Communications, and Public Relations programs. She collaborated with the UPS Investor Relations team on ESG responses and disclosures as a liaison with investors, third-party ranking entities, and shareholders. 

    Prior to UPS, Lynnette managed marketing communications for FedEx (AsiaPacific) and spent a decade with various Public Relations firms, posted in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and the U.S. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.

  • Ed Garner

    Innovation & Technology

    Ed Garner Innovation & Technology

    Ed Garner is a digital services team leader with 20 years of experience in software development for corporate, government, higher education, and K-12 clients. He oversees BrightLeaf’s IT systems, leads in solving business and technical challenges, and mentors our creative and technical teams. Ed has held roles including Director of Learning Technology and Software Developer for large technology companies, as well as Principal Engineer, Vice President, and Director of Technology. His responsibilities have included content management, quality assurance, and implementation of Project Management Institute (PMI) principles. Ed earned a B.A. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jack Spellman

    Senior Captioning Manager

    Jack Spellman Senior Captioning Manager

    Jack has experience with closed-captioning production and operations dating to the 1980s, managing offline and real-time captioning production teams and coordinating the efforts of staff and freelance independent contractors to provide captioning for a wide array of producers and broadcasters. He assists BrightLeaf customers with setting up and managing offline and real-time captioning of events for in-person and remote audiences (including symposia, conferences, graduations, and sports events), television broadcasts, and live to the web.

    Before joining BrightLeaf, Jack worked for the National Captioning Institute (1980-83, 1985-89) and the Media Access Group at WGBH (1990-2008), where he helped develop operational procedures and created captioning for network broadcasts, and opened and managed NCI's New York City captioning facility, which produced captioning for commercials as well as network and cable broadcasts. Jack also helped develop real-time captioning production of national and local news and sports broadcasts, initially under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Education and later independently, for the Media Access Group, eventually being named operations manager of the Group's real-time captioning office.

  • Mark Macdonald

    Senior Digital Project Manager

    Mark Macdonald Senior Digital Project Manager

    As a Sr. Project Manager, Mark’s role is to ensure that our team has the talent, resources and client interaction necessary to deliver positive digital experiences. He is well-versed in website and software development and has experience with several content management systems (CMS), including WordPress, Drupal and Craft.

    Mark co-founded and operated a successful custom software and web development company for over 24 years prior to directing the company through acquisition in 2020. He has managed hundreds of websites and web-based application development projects for clients in both the public and private sectors.

  • David Espinoza

    Accessible Publications Project Manager

    David Espinoza Accessible Publications Project Manager

    David Espinoza oversees the development of accessibility-compliant documents for corporations, government agencies, and non-profits.

    David has 25 years of experience in publications project management, accessibility testing/remediation, production, and deployment. He has developed production processes and implemented new technologies for corporations including Harcourt, Educational Testing Services (ETS), and Pearson. He also has built successful publishing departments designed to meet evolving client needs efficiently.

  • Roger Glenn

    Web Development

    Roger Glenn Web Development

    Roger brings over 20 years of experience in responsive front-end and back-end development, database and CMS integrations, and app development. His specialties include Responsive Web Design (RWD), mobile websites, HTML5, CSS3, PHP/MySQL programming, LAMP stack development, information architecture, relational database design, accessibility, unobtrusive JavaScript, jQuery and search engine optimization (SEO).

    Working with multiple content management systems such as Craft CMS, ExpressionEngine and Statamic, Roger follows widely adopted best practices and future-proof workflows such as mobile first and modular design. He also designs performance into websites to intelligently balance visual aesthetics with practical metrics such as page speed, page weight and perceived performance. Roger works closely with our UX/UI and visual designers and is familiar with many design prototyping tools.

    Roger has worked with diverse organizations including ACL Live at Moody Theater, Bausch & Lomb, Capital Area Council of Governments, Disney, Harris County Appraisal District, Home Depot, KKR, Laura Mercier, LBJ Presidential Library, Texas Women’s Health Program, Walmart Canada, and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Emily Sharp

    Visual Design

    Emily Sharp Visual Design

    Emily offers over 20 years of creative design experience across a broad range of corporate and government clients and projects. Her design concentration lies in accessible web, mobile and interactive design, print design, motion and still graphics, illustrations, and photography. Emily leads our design team in producing accessible online publications and other online materials using the latest interactive formats.

    Her experience includes corporate-level communications work for our global and local clients, including Capital Area Council of Governments, Coca-Cola, Dell, Dynegy, Hanger, Schlumberger, Seton Hospital, Texas Women’s Health Program, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The University of Texas, and many emerging technology companies. Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from The University of Texas at Austin (Dean’s List, Art and Design Scholarships).

  • Leslie Kameny

    Visual Design

    Leslie Kameny Visual Design

    Leslie is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director with an eye for innovation and for delivering relevant and strategic design solutions. She brings over 20 years of design experience to BrightLeaf Group, leading our teams toward award-winning results. Leslie's areas of expertise reside in print design, web and interactive design, brand identity, and content creation for high-profile clients. Her work spans such varied fields as sustainability, education, technology, healthcare, life science, transportation and finance.

    Leslie’s efforts are guided by the belief that good design helps to facilitate social change. She has worked with executive management at high-profile clients including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, American Heart Association, IBM, KKR, Olympus Corporation and The Colin Powell School at the City College of New York.

    Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in addition to studying the intersection of art and function at Boston University, with continuing studies to adapt to the ever-changing world of communications design and literacy.