The Dark Intelligence Group Team

Robert L. Michel

Robert L. Michel

President & Editor in Chief

Phone: (512) 264-7103
Deborah Lucas Michel RN

Deborah Lucas Michel RN

Vice President

Phone: (512) 264-7103

Deborah Lucas Michel RN is the Vice President for the Dark Intelligence Group based in Spicewood, Texas since 2000. She is responsible for Audio Conferences, Human Resources, Contract Monitoring, and financial oversight. She has a nursing degree and a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from USC. Nurse Debbie is a psychiatric nurse with expertise in Quality Management, Program Development, and Case Management. When not working, she does volunteer work for community based services, trains Engel, enjoys sailing, and dancing. She can be reached at djlucas@darkreport.com or directly at 512-264-7103.

Robert Croce

Robert Croce

Executive Publisher/General Manager

Email:  bcroce@darkreport.com
Phone:  (512) 264-7103

After almost 18 years as an executive in B2B publishing, Bob joined The Dark Intelligence Group in September 2018 to run daily operations and assist founder Robert Michel with a plan for future growth. Bob’s stops as a publishing company leader include health care information and training companies HCPro and Carlat Publishing, and Wellesley Information Services in the IT space. While at HCPro as Group Publisher, Bob was a part of a management team that helped that company through 10 years of super growth, leading to two private equity recapitalizations. A Boston area native, and graduate of Northeastern University, Bob splits his work time between our Spicewood, TX, main office, and his home office in the Boston area, where he lives with wife Maureen and their two “cheagle” puppies named Sully and Murphy.

Mary Harris Hoffman

Mary Harris Hoffman

Director of Marketing

Email: mhoffman@darkreport.com
Phone:  (512) 264-7103

After almost 7 years of professionally meeting all of TDIG’s marketing needs as a private contractor, Mary joined The Dark Intelligence Group in February 2019 as the full-time Director of Marketing. In addition to continuing to run all of TDIG’s marketing programs, as the chief marketing leader Mary now contributes to decision-making and strategy, and is integral in helping the company achieve its goals for nurturing an effective and professional marketing plan and department. Mary’s background includes more than 20 years of experience in B2B publishing. Prior to her relationship with TDIG, Mary had her own marketing consultancy for 14 years, and before that spent 10 years in senior level marketing positions for Oakstone, one of the country’s largest healthcare publishers. Mary is a graduate of Mississippi State’s MBA Certificate Program with a concentration in marketing, and earned her BA with a dual major in Business Administration and Marketing from Birmingham-Southern College.

Liz Carey

Liz Carey

Managing Editor of Specialized Content

Email: lcarey@darkreport.com
Phone:  (512) 264-7103

Liz Carey joined The Dark Intelligence Group in February 2019 and works as Managing Editor of Specialized Content. Liz is responsible for Dark Daily’s sponsored white paper and webinar program. Liz most recently served as Senior Editor of HomeCare Magazine, which is part of Cahaba Media Group in Birmingham, AL, and she previously spent 13 years with Oakstone Publishing. Liz has more than 15 years of experience in developing and managing editorial and creative programs for B2B digital and print publications, in addition to a range of educational products and tools. She is a former newspaper reporter and editor and is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BA in English and Communication. Liz is based in Birmingham, AL. Outside of work, she enjoys roller skating and watching Pittsburgh sports with her family. Liz is assisted in the office by her leopard gecko, Jeffrey.

Chris Garcia

Chris Garcia

Manager of Broadcast Media

Phone: (512) 264-7103

Chris Garcia has been with The Dark Intelligence Group since 2015.  Chris oversees (TDIG) broadcast media division which includes Dark Daily webinars, customer relations and is involved in onsite operations at the company conferences.  Chris is a graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, and served as an officer is the US Navy for several years.  Chris is located at the Spicewood office and can be reached at chris@darkreport.com and at 512-264-7103.

 Jude Broderson

Jude Broderson

Digital Marketing Specialist

Phone: (512) 264-7103

Jude Broderson is a Digital Marketing Specialist for The Dark Intelligence Group. He is based in Seattle, WA. and has been with the company since 2001.  Over the years as the business has grown, Jude’s involvement has grown; he currently is the primary support to the Marketing services of the company and he oversees the digital marketing campaigns and websites user experience. He has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. Jude can be reached at jbroderson@darkreport.com or call 512-264-7103

Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst

Sales Executive Lead Generation Programs

Phone:  (727) 483-7325

Jim Whitehurst joins The Dark Intelligence Group as a Senior Sales Executive. Jim Brings with him over 25 years of experience in the laboratory industry, selling highly-complex laboratory, revenue cycle, document imaging, web portal and connectivity solutions to both commercial and outreach laboratory marketplaces. Prior to TDIG Jim was the the Director of Sales at tevixMD and was responsible for all sales, marketing and business development activities. Prior to tevixMD Jim worked as Vice President of Sales at ASPYRA LLC where he was he is responsible for all sales and new business development activities. Prior to ASPYRA, Whitehurst worked as VP of Sales for Halfpenny Technologies selling connectivity, web portal and mobile reporting solutions for laboratory service providers. 

Timothy Rice

Timothy Rice

Senior Sales Executive

Phone:  (508) 410-3539

Timothy Rice is a Senior Sales Executive with the Dark Intelligence Group. Tim is currently engaged by the Dark Intelligence Group to sign attendees to the Executive War College, the Precision Medicine Institute Symposium and the Lab Quality Confab. He is also managing subscriptions for the Dark Intelligence Group. Tim has successfully managed subscriptions and ad sales for 3 magazines prior to working for the Dark Group. His work has centered around building relationships with current and new customers. Tim feels the focus of the relationship should not only be to strengthen his company’s ties to the industry but also provide valued information and networking between his customers. Good customer relations shouldn’t be only about making money, it’s about providing service and networking.

Outside of work, Tim spends time with his wife of 25 years and teenage daughter. Living in a small town in central Massachusetts allows him to enjoy painting, drawing in charcoal and gardening. When no one is looking he enjoys his secret passion of listening to the blues.

Sue Calabro

Sue Calabro

Customer Care Specialist

Email: scalabro@darkreport.com
Phone: (512) 264-7103

Sue joined TDIG in February 2019 as Customer Care Specialist for The Dark Report. She has more than 25 years of experience in customer service and came to the Dark Group to assist subscribers with questions, and provide information for potential subscribers and those signing up for our 14-day free trial .

She spent 15 years in similar customer service roles at healthcare publisher HCPro, Inc., and at The Greeley Company, a consulting company that assists hospitals in the area of medical staff leadership, credentialing, and quality. Sue’s role as a customer service professional has always been to serve the best needs of customers, and she is always just an email or a phone call away.

Sue works remotely from her home office North of Boston, where she resides with her husband, Guy, and their two beautiful grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Lea King

Lea King

Executive Assistant/Accounting

Phone:  (512) 264-7103

Lea has been with The Dark Intelligence Group since July 2018.  She handles all  Executive Assistant duties for Robert and Debbie Michel and Bob Croce, heads up the Accounting Department, as well as all aspects of the day-to-day business operations. Lea has over 35 years in the administrative and accounting field, and comes to TDIG from San Angelo, TX.  Lea is located at the Spicewood, TX, office.

Potentially Fatal Fungus Invades Hospitals and Public Is Not Informed

Clinical laboratories and microbiologists will want to be on the alert for this deadly infectious agent that has killed patients through blood infections Healthcare continues to struggle with the issue of how much to disclose to the public when new and deadly...