Sallyann Koontz is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, comprising the Department of Pediatrics as well as pediatric divisions in other departments throughout Hopkins Medicine. In this role, her goal is to raise awareness—among the public and inside John Hopkins—of the pioneering work happening in the Children’s Center and make sure the world knows about the amazing things that occur there every day.
After graduating from Goucher College with a degree in philosophy, Sallyann worked in advertising for over 20 years, starting as a print traffic coordinator and rising through the ranks to find her place as a management supervisor in account services at some of the largest advertising agencies in Baltimore and Philadelphia. She performed consumer research and analyzed data to help develop marketing plans—skills that help her in creating a vision for communications at the Children’s Center.
In 2013, Sallyann joined the Johns Hopkins Medicine Internet Strategy team as a project manager. While mastering the art of herding projects to successful completion, she garnered a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the Internet as a communications tool—both its strengths and weaknesses. She also learned the intricacies of navigating the complex world of Hopkins Medicine, another skill that pays dividends in her current role.
When not crafting communications strategies at work, Sallyann enjoys everything having to do with sports, cooking, gardening, cleaning or tidying up. She and her husband are the proud owners of a grand champion show dog and a second that she hopes will soon be one. She has two children who occasionally come home for money and to do their laundry.
Accolades include a Prism Award from the American Advertising Federation (AAF), District II, and “best smile” from her high school senior class. She is an active volunteer for the AAF of Baltimore and chaired the AAF ADDY award show in 2004.