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Rita Mhley, President, Mhley / Davis & Associates, Inc.
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Rita Mhley  founded MD&A in 1979 and over the years has captured several awards for communications programs, including a 2004 Magellan Award for Pro Bono Communications Services. Effectively targeting messages to reach specific audiences is her special forte. She has worked successfully with international clientele (including China’s Broad Air Conditioning and America/Japan’s IODP-MI), prestige local clients (The White House, The Kennedy Center, Holladay Corporation, and Woodmont Country Club), and national associations (American Society of Civil Engineers, American Gas Association and Water Systems Council).

Prior to founding MD&A, she served as information officer with the USDA Forest Service along the east coast, Maine to Kentucky, promoting the value of forestry research to national audiences. Through her efforts, the USFS gained exposure in numerous media outlets, including NBC’s TODAY show, CBS News, The New York Times, and wire services. She moderated a weekly radio program, “People, Cities & Trees,” on WNYC in New York City, and produced a monthly segment of “Over the Garden Fence” through WRC-TV, Washington, that aired nationally.  

She is the editor of numerous periodicals and author of several books, including a Maine forest resource guide, the 75-year history of Woodmont Country Club, and The Water Systems Handbook, a textbook on water wells (Spring 2006). She currently chairs the Independent Public Relations Alliance, a section of the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (www.ipralliance.com) and previously co-chaired that group’s launch of a community service project. She holds a BA in English from Rosemont (PA) College and an MA in Communications from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.


Donna Kolis, Senior Art Director

Donna Kolis,  who has been praised as “consistently creative!”, is at the top of her profession, having earned numerous awards for her art direction and design work. Prior to joining MD&A in 1991, she was Senior Art Director at Rives Smith Baldwin Carlberg + Y&R and Art Director at Metzdorf Advertising in Houston, Texas. While there, her clients included: Allegro Ballet, Bluebell Ice Cream, Conoco Chemicals, Dr. Pepper Company, First City National Bank, Four Seasons Hotels, Gulf Oil Corporation, Hermann Hospital, Houston Natural Gas, The Houston Symphony, Westin Oaks Hotel, and Willowbrook Mall. More recently, her proficiencies with pen and ink and watercolors have been superseded by her exciting computer graphics that take shape in compelling campaigns whose components include corporate identifiers, brochures, books, magazines, tabloid newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, invitations, posters, ads, packaging designs, and more.

Her awards include: Gold/Silver/Bronze Medals: Art Directors Club of Houston / Houston Grand Prix; Awards of Excellence: Art Directors Club of New York / Communications Arts Magazine / Clio


Judith T. Cullen, Electronic Publisher / Associate Graphic Designer

Judith Cullen,  who holds a BA in English from San Jose (Calif.) State University, has worked on staff at MD&A since 1985. Experienced and confident with numerous office applications with a primary focus on desktop publishing, she is well versed in various computer technologies and publishing software applications. She designs newsletters, handbooks, and collateral materials for conferences, meetings, and other activities, and has a ready supply of fresh graphics at her fingertips. She also serves as MD&A administrator.

Additionally, she managed the pre-press responsibilities for several books published by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and Binney & Smith.

Prior to her association with MD&A, she worked for IBM where she first gained her computer training, experience and enthusiasm for mastering numerous computer applications.
 
She has been extensively involved with her local church where she has been a member for 30 years, serving as a Parish Council officer for more than 15 years, and recently assumed responsibility for posting parish information to the church’s website. She regularly volunteers for the local schools, and served with the PTA on both the school and county level.


Anita Susi, Senior Writer

Anita Susi has extensive experience as a journalist. She holds a BA in English from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she worked for weeklies such as the Franklin News-Record and the Somerset Messenger-Gazette, and dailies including the Woodbridge News-Tribune and the Newark Star-Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper. At the Star-Ledger she covered local news and environmental issues in the Middlesex County bureau. She also worked as a copy editor at the News-Tribune, and as news editor of the Franklin News-Record, winning a NJ Press Association editorial writing award. After moving to Maryland with her family, she worked for the Montgomery Journal, developing and writing a weekly Rockville section. At the Maryland Center for Assault Prevention, she presented safety workshops in local schools.
 
Anita joined MD&A in 2000, writing articles for the American Gas Cooling Center magazines, Cool Times and EnergySolutions, as well as for Gas Technology and Energy Decisions magazines. She has researched and completed numerous case studies for the Energy Solutions Center web site. Other credits include the Wellcare® Pocket Guide and the Water Systems Handbook for the Water Systems Council.
 
Anita writes poetry, gardens, and occasionally leads Sunday services at her church.