Meet Our Team 2018-01-24T13:47:02+00:00

Our Backstory

In the 1990s, the three partner owners of Melwood Global — John Boit, Jon Tapper and David Guarino met as competing newspaper reporters covering the hotbed of Massachusetts government and politics at the State House Press Gallery. They later went their separate ways to pursue their own goals; Boit as a correspondent in the former Soviet Union, Tapper in Geneva to the United Nations press office and Guarino covering two presidential campaigns and later serving as a government and political spokesman.

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Meet Our Team

John Boit
John BoitSenior Founding Partner
John is a former foreign correspondent who has traveled to more than 40 countries. John is a skilled writer who loves crafting punchy pitches and tight op-eds that earn media coverage.
Jon Tapper
Jon TapperSenior Founding Partner
Jon is a former journalist and a long-time media specialist who co-founded Melwood Global to ensure the great work being done in the world is known through smart storytelling.
David Guarino
David GuarinoSenior Partner
David Guarino is one of the leading media, communications and public affairs professionals in New England, respected as a local, state and national political reporter of 12 years, a seasoned government and political press secretary and strategist for some of the region’s top leaders, brands and causes.
Cady Susswein
Cady SussweinVice President
Cady Susswein has been working at the intersection of media, international development and social change for the last decade. A Vice President at Melwood, she runs the DC office and most of the firm’s international work.
Amanda Munger
Amanda MungerSr. Account Executive
Amanda is a former political spokeswoman, with a passion for reputation management and crisis communications. She takes all of her positive energy and throws it into every project given.
Kelleigh Welch
Kelleigh WelchAccount Executive
A former journalist and skilled editor and designer, Kelleigh combines her knowledge of the media with her interests in art, museums, the environment, and education, bringing a unique perspective to the team.
Stacey Murray
Stacey MurrayAccount Executive
Before joining Melwood as an Account Executive, Stacey worked at The Daily Iowan, a college newspaper with 30,000 daily subscribers.
Jess Silva-Hodges
Jess Silva-HodgesAccount Executive
A product of the social media age, Jess is particularly adept at leveraging new media to raise the public profiles of Melwood’s clients.
Maxine Janerka
Maxine JanerkaAccounts Coordinator
Maxine wears many hats at Melwood, serving as researcher, web developer and designer, and writer.

Our Work