Thursday, 07 December 2017 21:11

Two New Hires for PEP

April Drugan (at left) and Emily Cortez. Photos provided. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric marketing and communications agency, announced the hiring of Emily Cortez as an account director and award-winning creative designer April Drugan.

In her role as an account director, Cortez is responsible for managing clinical trial recruitment and retention projects.

Cortez has more than 15 years of experience as an advertising account executive, with a specialty in clinical trial projects. Before joining PEP, she was a vice president, program director at TBWA\WorldHealth, Omnicom Health Group in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she was a clinical trial recruitment services manager at Radiant Research also in Chicago. Over her career, she has managed various pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trial accounts with a focus on patient recruitment, patient materials, clinical trial communications and compliance, advertising and media planning.

Cortez earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and public relations from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

In her role as an associate creative director, Drugan is responsible for producing and supervising PEP’s high-level, quality work, from development and presentation through execution.

Before joining PEP, Drugan worked as a senior art director at Abelson Taylor, a healthcare marketing agency in Chicago, Illinois. She also was an art director at GSW, a healthcare advertising firm in Columbus, Ohio. Her clients included such pharmaceutical companies as Takeda, Sanofi-Aventis, Genentech, Eli Lilly, Abbott, Astellas, and Mallinckrodt.

Drugan earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design and art education, with honors, from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has won 18 healthcare advertising industry honors for her work including Effie, Rx Club, MM&M, PM 360 Pharma Choice, Global, and Aster awards.

For more information, visit the website

Read 758 times


  • COURT Trevor L. Klock, 32, of Buffalo, was sentenced March 8 to five days jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Saratoga Springs. Eric M. Jukna, 36, of Mechanicville, was sentenced March 8 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Malta.  Carl E. Allen, 28, of Milton, pleaded March 2 to felony criminal mischief. Sentencing scheduled for April 27.  Catherine D. Fish, 37, of Victory Mills, pleaded March 2 to felony DWI. Sentencing scheduled April 19.  Thomas J. Dingmon, 26, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded March 2 to two felony counts burglary,…

Property Transactions

  • TOWN OF BALLSTON  15 Lancaster Court, $499,000. Timothy and Amber Miller sold property to Douglas and Martha Melville.  31 McMaster Street, $310,000. Kevin Vilardo (by Atty) and Christine Vilardo (Ind and as Atty) sold property to Daniel and Chelsea Leatham. 69 Lake Hill Road, $185,000. Earl Zip sold property to Eugene and Shannon Clark. 4 Apple Street, $314,000. Phillip Heinrichs sold property to Jennifer and Benjamin Krohn. 329 Moonlight Drive, $257,000. Thomas Benuscak sold property to Phillip Brown.  Lot 15 MacKenna Court, $545,954. John Paul Builders LLC sold property to Thomas and Erin Lavertu.  CHARLTON 239 Stage Road, $232,000. Geoffrey…
  • NYPA
  • Saratoga County Chamber
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau
  • Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association
  • Saratoga Mama