As the nation's primary supporter for research in the physical sciences, the DOE Office of Science (SC) has an unparalleled opportunity - and responsibility - to generate awareness, understanding, and support for scientific discovery and basic energy research. SC's Office of Communications and Public Affairs is charged with providing strategic counsel and tactical support for:

  • Message iteration and refinement: We articulate and disseminate enterprise-level messages about basic research for use by SC and DOE leadership and stakeholders.
  • Content identification and generation: We systematically identify opportunities to develop new content and share existing content about SC's research portfolio.
  • Media placement and amplification: We help media outlets understand and report SC-sponsored basic research.
  • Public engagement and participation: We identify SC's key publics and understand their information-seeking behaviors in order to keep them informed about our work.
  • Environmental scanning: We regularly monitor media, legislative, and stakeholder communications to advise senior office and agency officials about emerging news and public affairs issues and concerns.

General Inquiries

Phone: (202) 287-5813
Twitter: @doescience


Rick Borchelt
Phone: 202-586-4477

Rick Borchelt is director of the Office for Communications and Public Affairs. He also manages the community of practice initiative, identifying and sharing best practices and communications insights from the science communication literature.

Project Manager, Stakeholder Outreach

Kate Bannan (Contractor)
Phone: 202-586-7814

As a project manager for stakeholder outreach, Kate is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications and outreach programs for the office's external stakeholders, with an emphasis on universities.

Communications Specialist

Michael Church (Contractor)
Phone: 202-586-6710

Michael leads the editorial process for the Office of Science research highlights—short summaries of significant scientific discoveries. Working closely with the program managers, he reviews content, tracks progress, and promotes highlights. As a member of the communications team, he helps to identify, write, and edit original material designed to engage and inform Office of Science stakeholders.

Media and Outreach Specialist

Allison D'Amora (Contractor)
Phone: 240-255-8401
Email: allison.D' 

Allison works with key media, amplifies content and develops outreach strategies to ensure Office of Science news reaches key audiences.

Deputy Director

Allison Eckhardt
Phone: 202-287-6990

Allison leads OCPA's outreach and media team to identify Office of Science research stories and engage interested audiences through multiple platforms. She also works with the media to facilitate stories, and with senior program and scientific staff to prepare for interview opportunities. She also monitors news and trade publications for issues and stories of interest to the Office of Science, and works with the national laboratories under SC stewardship on honing pitches to national media.

Media and Outreach Specialist

Cassie Hill (Contractor)

Cassie is the communications liaison for the 10 Office of Science national laboratories. In this role, Cassie manages and tracks information, news releases and stories from our labs and partners.

Science Writer

Katie Jones

Katie Elyce Jones is a science writer for the Office of Science in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, on detail from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She writes original content for the Office of Science website. Katie has a decade of experience writing and editing about science and energy at several Department of Energy national laboratories. She has written on topics in supercomputing, particle physics, energy technologies, climate change, and more.

Communications Specialist

Sandra Allen McLean
Phone: 202-586-4344

Sandra is responsible for identifying, curating, or creating lay-language content about Office of Science-funded research for DOE web sites, popular and trade media, and stakeholder education. She develops for public use narratives on research, especially R&D conducted jointly between labs or between labs and other research partners, or using the Office of Science user facilities. She also serves as liaison to program specialty areas.

Web Communications Specialist

Dean Pettersson (Contractor)
Phone: 202-287-6991

Dean manages and maintains the Office of Science website. As part of the editorial team, he ensures that the content on those communications channels is refreshed regularly, and conducts frequent environmental scans in order to find articles and technologies that can be amplified and featured. Dean also gathers and analyzes site metrics, creating regular web reports and making recommendations for optimizing site usage based on those results. Finally, Dean serves as the first point of contact for website visitors, responding to emailed questions and/or redirecting them to appropriate parties.

Project Manager, Public Engagement

Keegan Sawyer (Contractor)
Phone: 919-824-3809

Keegan coordinates the Science Public Engagement Partnership, a collaboration between the Department of Energy, Office of Science and the Kavli Foundation to deepen the understanding of effective public engagement around basic research, explore how to improve this practice, and provide tools for scientists and communications professionals who support them. She is also responsible for developing and implementing a federal science public engagement community of practice.

Project Manager, Social Media

Shannon Brescher Shea
Phone: 202-586-6044

Shannon leads OCPA's content team to find and tell unique stories about the Office of Science's research. These stories, which span multiple laboratories or disciplines, provide science stakeholders with a broad understanding of the Office's mission and accomplishments. After writing or editing these pieces, she collaborates with the outreach team to strategically publicize them through traditional and new media outlets. She also leads the community of practice for the national laboratories' science communicators, the Science Public Outreach Community (SPOC).

Communications Specialist

Natalie Soldan (Contractor)
Phone: 202-287-5813

Natalie is OCPA's editorial workflow manager, managing laboratory input for the weekly Science News Dashboard report to senior DOE management and making sure news gets play on the Office of Science website. She also coordinates external publicity in the media and on the Hill for DOE's National Science Bowl. Through her environmental scans she keeps a pulse on Office of Science news, from both internal and external sources. Natalie is a program analyst - researching, evaluating, and measuring the effectiveness of disseminating Office of Science products.

Team Lead, Internal Communications

Roxanne Fournier Stone
Phone: 301-903-1892

Roxanne is charged with promulgating organizational, operational, and federal resource information of interest to the Office of Science employee community. She curates and approves content for the SC intranet; coordinates the employee speaker series; facilitates virtual town halls for senior management; and develops, reviews, and approves communications for internal broadcast. Through ongoing interface with management, staff and SC customer groups, Roxanne continually seeks to improve employee engagement, internal communication, and situational awareness within the Office of Science.