“Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.”
- Seneca

Ellen Coleman

President & CEO

As the President and Chief Executive Officer, Ellen Coleman is the leader of the organization and is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the overall path and direction of the firm in collaboration with other leaders and the team. She provides strategic counsel to key clients as well as thought leadership in specific areas, including patient engagement.

Ellen brings considerable experience to clients working with patients with life-threatening and chronic illnesses as well as having a well-rounded view of the entire patient journey. Prior to joining VOZ, she was the Executive Vice President of EmergingMed, overseeing advocacy relations and patient-facing services for individuals with cancer searching for clinical trials.

Before joining EmergingMed, Ellen spent eleven years as the Associate Executive Director for CancerCare, a national non-profit that provides professional counseling, education, and financial assistance to cancer patients and their families, and she also worked at Johnson & Johnson. She served for ten years in the hospital setting as a medical social worker caring for people with HIV at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and assisting neurosurgery patients at Westchester County Medical Center.

Ellen has supported the Drug Information Association (DIA) work on their accredited patient engagement training module as well as their research on return on engagement metrics. She has received numerous awards, including the Ronald and Patti Rosenfeld International Fellowship; the Outstanding Career Achievement Award, sponsored by YWCA Woman of Achievement; and the Ohio Department of Health’s Director’s AIDS Service Award for Outstanding Service to People with AIDS.

Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University, a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s executive MPH program. She has published and presented frequently on the psychosocial aspects of life-threatening illnesses, including two book chapters. She serves on the board of the Cancer Support Community’s Research and Training Institute and on Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health alumni advisory board.