Avalere Health
An Inovalon Company

Strategic Communications

Be Heard

The healthcare marketplace is very demanding, with a growing need to “show”, not just “tell” your story. Avalere ensures that our clients’ engagement efforts win attention, inform opinion, and inspire action in a crowded marketplace. We know what matters most to audiences and our up-to-the-minute perspective on the trends, values, and policies driving healthcare change helps us position organizations as leaders. From audience-specific message strategy, to in-depth content analysis, and effective training, we deliver communications services that drive businesses forward. We pair an audience-centered focus with unparalleled marketplace knowledge and policy expertise to provide insights, solutions and measurable results.

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Claire Sheahan

Senior Vice President


Claire Sheahan, Senior Vice President, helps clients integrate top-flight communications strategies with their business and policy plans. Claire leads the Avalere Communications practice, serving clients across the healthcare spectrum. With more than 18 years of experience in public relations, public affairs, and corporate communications, she capitalizes on the latest marketplace insights to provide communications services that provide show, not just tell clients stories. 

Claire comes to Avalere with both in-house and communications agency experience. She grew and then led the Fleishman Hillard healthcare practice in Washington DC, serving clients in the pharmaceutical, payer, device, non-profit, and government sectors. She also has spent years working on managed care and generics issues, having served as public affairs manager at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and leading communications at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. She also contributed to national public health and public safety campaigns at GMMB, an integrated communications firm. 

Claire holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MSc with Distinction in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics.

Melyssa Nocar



Melyssa Nocar, Director, Avalere Communications leads managed markets marketing initiatives to help provide solutions for clients to communicate their value to customers.

Prior to joining Avalere, Melyssa was Account Supervisor Managed Markets, for MediMedia, an ICON plc Company, where she partnered with clients across multiple business units and therapeutic categories to develop communications plans and content to educate and inform target audiences. Prior to that, as Account Supervisor for Cline Davis & Mann, she served as the key contact for pharmaceutical client’s brand team, managing the development of promotional HCP and DTC initiatives. Prior to that, as Senior Account Executive and Account Executive for GSW Worldwide, supporting pharmaceutical client’s brand team efforts.

Melyssa has a BS in Communications Studies, Public Relations from Liberty University.

Ken Williams

Vice President


Ken Williams, Vice President, is a senior strategist and award-winning designer with a focus on the intersection of business and innovation. In this role, he helps clients solve their most complex problems, improving how they engage with their key customers in the context of a rapidly evolving healthcare marketplace. 

Previously, Ken was founding Principal of Kwake Design, a full-service strategy, communications, and design agency. He served on the Executive Board and was National Premedical Chair at the American Medical Student Association and worked in Communications at the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Editor, emeritus of gnovis, a peer-reviewed journal in communication and technology theory.

Currently, Ken is an Executive MBA student at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK). He holds an MA (hons) in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a BA (hons) in Philosophy from New College of Florida/University of South Florida. He has completed additional graduate course work at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a post-bacc at both the University of Maryland, College Park and Georgetown.

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