The Dark Intelligence Group Team
Deborah Lucas Michel RN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or directly at 512-264-7103.
Executive Publisher/General Manager
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.
Director of Marketing
Kristen joined The Dark Intelligence Group (TDIG) in March 2021 to leverage 20+ years of healthcare marketing experience to help TDIG continue to deliver exceptional services to our customers and to expand our reach to even more clinical laboratory and pathology professionals. Before joining TDIG, Kristen guided the marketing of several healthcare consulting, information, training, and staffing organizations including The Greeley Company, HCPro, and Medicus Healthcare Solutions. Throughout her career, Kristen has thrived on rolling up her sleeves to partner with internal and external teams to plan and execute programs across all marketing channels, including online marketing, advertising, direct and e-mail marketing, trade shows, telemarketing, and public relations.
A native of Wenham, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Maine’s Colby College, Kristen planted roots in Kingston, NH with her husband, James, daughter, Chloe, and Golden Retriever and officemate, Haley. In her spare time, depending on the season, you’ll typically find Kristen in the great outdoors skiing, cycling, swimming, boating, running, or sunning … or in a cozy corner with her nose in a book.
Phone: (512) 264-7103
Liz Carey joined The Dark Intelligence Group in February 2019. She is responsible for developing content and new products in several areas, including special reports, white papers and webinars. Liz previously 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.
National Sales Director
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.
Phone: (616) 502-0850
Michael McBride is Managing Editor of Dark Daily and The Dark Report. He has been writing/editing magazine and website content on clinical laboratory medicine, pathology, healthcare information technology, and related topics for three decades. He also has edited 12 fiction novels for various authors. Michael is former Editor-in-Chief of Health Management Technology magazine, Technology Editor for Medical Economics magazine, and Editorial Director for Pandamoon Publishing.
Customer Care Specialist
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.
Phone: (512) 264-7103
Adam Curtis has a litany of experience in corporate financial management and corporate administration from experience in corporate roles with the likes of Washington Mutual, Deloitte Consulting, and AMD, to name a few. Along with financial and business savvy, Adam brings a technical skillset poised to drive process improvement and process automation. Adam graduated from the University of Dallas with a BA in Business leadership and is currently a CFA level 1 candidate. Adam has been married to Amanda Curtis for 18 years. They have 3 children: one daughter and two sons. They also recently celebrated the birth of their first grandson!
Accountant and Executive Administrator
Phone: (512) 264-7103
Amanda joins The Dark Intelligence Group with over 20 years experience working in executive supporting/accounting roles. She has been an executive office manager, retirement plan administrator, and bookkeeper. Amanda lives near The Dark Report headquarters in Spicewood, TX with her husband and twin sons. She also has a grown daughter who lives in Dallas. Amanda is also a certified personal trainer, part-time wedding coordinator and venue manager.
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