The Dark Intelligence Group Team

Robert L. Michel

Robert L. Michel

President & Editor in Chief

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.

Scott Wallask

Scott Wallask

Editorial Director

Email: swallask@darkreport.com

Scott has more than 25 years of writing, content marketing, and conference planning experience in the healthcare, software, and life science industries. A former newspaper reporter, he graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.

Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst

National Sales Director

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. 

Ron Rohrer

Ron Rohrer

Phone:  (317) 446-0225

Ron has more than 25 years of sales leadership experience excelling in the microbiology/infectious disease market.  He has successfully pioneered multiple novel technology launches.

Ron is a forerunner in cultivating and capturing new standards for diagnostic medicine.  He introduced and grew the following:  First generation molecular with Gen-Probe, First generation MRSA and CDIFF PCR testing with GeneOhm Sciences, Multiplex PCR launch with Biofire Dx, Mass Spectrometry at Bruker, and Host Immune Response technology.

Ron is a graduate of the University of Dayton.  He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Lisa.  Together they have raised three children and celebrate eight grandchildren.  Ron enjoys coaching sports, Indy cars, biking, boating and camping.

Liz Carey

Liz Carey

Managing Editor

Email: lcarey@darkreport.com
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.

Michael McBride

Michael McBride

Managing Editor

Email: michael@mcbrideimedia.com
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. 

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.

Amanda Curtis

Amanda Curtis

Accountant and Executive Administrator

Phone:  (512) 264-7103

Amanda has 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 SpicewoodTX 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.

Ashleigh Harris

Ashleigh Harris

Operations Assistant

Phone:  (512) 264-7103

Ashleigh Harris joined The Dark Intelligence Group in September 2022. She has recently moved into the Operations Assistant role. She works closely with Amanda Curtis to oversee daily business operations and promote The Dark Intelligence Group on Social Media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Ashleigh serves as the webinar technical team during live webinar broadcasts. Ashleigh graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M – Central Texas with a Bachelors Business Administration with specializations in Human Resources Management and Management & Marketing. She has over 15+ years’ experience in Health Care, with her primary roles being in the business office and acting as a medical assistant to Ophthalmologists and Optometrists. Ashleigh currently lives in Marble Falls, TX with her husband and three children. Outside of work, she enjoys fishing and spending time at the beach or lake with her family.

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