Janet Chihocky, JANSON Founder & CEO
Janet Chihocky launched her career in the late 1980s with a global aerospace company and was heavily involved in the communications and marketing efforts for the company’s space launch vehicles and satellite programs. At the age of 27, she started JANSON Communications with a focus on aerospace and, eventually, the Department of Defense market (DoD).
As the CEO of JANSON, Janet leads the team of over 25 strategists, analysts and communications professionals while serving as a lead strategist for several of the firm’s accounts. She is an advisor to military leaders and civilian executives and is a focused expert on such topics as brand positioning, market intelligence and strategic communications. Janet is also one of a few select business leaders invited to teach a military commander’s course for the Institute for Defense Business on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Janet leads the company’s new business development initiatives and stakeholder relationship management efforts and takes an active role in strengthening each client’s brand and communications strategies to ensure they help communicate their readiness value and drive measurable outcomes for their missions.
Barbara Agen Ryan, Vice President and Senior Adviser
A nurse and 20-year Army veteran, Barbara Agen Ryan serves as JANSON’s vice president and senior adviser. Barbara is a powerful, effective liaison and negotiator who has developed and retains deep-rooted relationships with government, military, academia, film and non-profit leaders and organizations. She possesses a unique ability to listen, define the core challenge and bring people together to successfully deliver creative, actionable solutions, a unique gift showcased time and again over her decades of experience in defense health; strategic, operational and tactical communications and marketing; and motivational leadership and support for Soldiers, service members and their families. She is a Registered Nurse and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has earned two master’s degrees and holds certificates in patient advocacy, risk communications and organization development.
Barbara served in a number of capacities in the U.S. Army, culminating in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the role of Chief of Staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. during the Global War on Terror and one of the most difficult and defining times in Army medical history. Among the many ground-breaking solutions created and implemented under her watch at Walter Reed were the Patient Advocacy Service, which was subsequently implemented in every Army medical treatment facility, and a successful marketing, rebranding and communications initiative. After retiring from the Army, Barbara, as a GS-15 civil servant, led the training, education and communications efforts for the 43rd Army Surgeon General’s System for Health Vision and Performance Triad Initiative. She later served as chief of staff for OptumServe, a UnitedHealth Group federal contracting entity.
At JANSON, Barbara will help direct, communicate and deliver evolutionary and revolutionary solutions that empower organizations to create lasting results and impact, as well as oversee internal team alignment and management, contract compliance and client relationship support and management.