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Our Team

Our Team

Meet The Ratings Experts!


Steve Allan

Steve Allan

Programming Research Consultant

Steve brings a wealth of programming knowledge and experience to the Research Director team. He has programmed in Washington, DC, Boston, Detroit and Cincinnati and held corporate programming positions for AM/FM and Clear Channel. He is a self-described “data geek” and understands the needs and challenges of programmers in today’s radio environment. He is primed to help our clients exploit their ratings opportunities. Steve has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland.

Karen Blanks

Karen Blanks

Sales Research Consultant

Like all our Research Consultants, Karen will help your station drive revenue. She entered the broadcast industry in 1989 as Research Assistant at WPGC-FM. Her experience includes Assistant Research Director and Executive Programming Assistant for WPGC-FM, Local Sales Coordinator at WJLA-TV, and National Sales Coordinator at CBS Radio, all in Washington, D.C. Karen joined Research Director in 2005 as Sales and Programming Research Assistant and in 2007 was promoted to Research Consultant. 

Kathryn Boxill

Kathryn Boxill

Radio Sales Research Manager

Kathryn has been an advertising professional since 1990, first on the agency side with Goldberg, Marchesano, Kohlman, Inc. and then as Media Buyer at Mattress Discounters. She joined the Research Director team in 1996. Here she helps clients drive revenue by providing consultation, training, and terrifically effective sales presentations. Kathryn earned a B.A. in Broadcast Management from Howard University.

Annie Bukowski

Annie Bukowski

Research Specialist

Annie joined Research Director, Inc. in 2015. She works with the Sales Research Consultants to create customized sales presentations for radio stations in top markets across the U.S. She also plays a key role in servicing several specific clients. She earned her B.S. in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University.


Nicole Casper

Nicole Casper

Research Assistant

Nicole joined the team in 2015.  Her responsibilities include report generation and quality assurance.  Nicole has worked in the Washington, DC area in various administrative roles.  She received her BA in Political Science from West Chester University.

Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle

Production Manager

Anne brings analytical skills and creativity to her role as Production Manager, making sure that our clients receive high-quality materials in a timely fashion. She joined Research Director, Inc. in 2007 after positions as Marketing Manager for an independent publishing company and in the Promotions Department at WBIG-FM in Washington, D.C. Anne also helps design, develop, and implement internal production systems and serves as webmaster. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland.

Caroline Gergely

Caroline Gergely

Research Assistant

Caroline joined Research Director, Inc. in 2017. Her responsibilities include report generation and assisting with editing sales presentations. Caroline’s background is in marketing for government contractors, and she previously interned at several broadcasting companies, including the Voice of America and 98 Rock. She earned her B.A. in Communications at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with minors in English and Art History.

Susan Hebden

Susan Hebden

Research Assistant

Susan joined Research Director, Inc. in 2015. She assists with data entry, report preparation, and special projects. Susan has worked as a Project Leader/Senior Programmer at various banks in the Baltimore area. She earned her BA in Mathematics at Bucknell University.


Barbara Krebs

Barbara Krebs

Quality Assurance

Barbara has been with Research Director, Inc. since 1999. With a sharp eye for detail, she proofreads and edits the numerous reports and presentations that the company provides to its clients. She is also an occasional blogger for the company’s web site. Before joining Research Director, Inc., Barbara was a marketing officer for First Virginia Banks, Inc., in Falls Church, VA, and was a manager/writer for the RTC Group in Washington, DC. She has a BFA in Theatre Arts from East Carolina University.

Morgan O'Connor

Morgan O'Connor

Research Specialist

Morgan joined Research Director, Inc. in 2008. She helps the Sales Research Consultants create customized sales presentations for radio stations and helps do the analysis when a new book releases. Morgan earned her B.A. in Communications from Salisbury University with a minor in English. Before joining Research Director, she held positions as Marketing Coordinator for Cypress Creek Therapy Associates, Photographer/Editor/Studio Tech for WBOC-TV, and Production Assistant for ESPN.

Davon Rush

Davon Rush

Research Assistant

Davon joined Research Director, Inc. in 2017. He works with the Sales Research Consultants to help deliver accurate and valuable information to all clients and radio stations. He obtained his B.A in Communications from Bowie State University with a minor in Music Technology.

Justin Smith

Justin Smith

Research Assistant

Justin joined the company in 2016 to help with data processing, and then became a Research Assistant in 2017. He supports the Sales Research Consultants in analyzing data and creating sales presentations to showcase our clients’ strengths and competitive advantages. He has worked previously analyzing polls and trends for Congressional leaders. He received a B.S. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.


Nakia Smith

Nakia Smith

Sr. Sales Research Consultant

Nakia has been a hugely valuable asset for Research Director’s clients since 2001, completing hundreds of important projects for radio and television stations and providing ongoing consultation and training. She earned her B.S. from North Carolina Wesleyan College in Physical Education with a minor in Computer Information Systems.

Nicole Somerville

Nicole Somerville

Sales Research Consultant

Nicole was an experienced media professional when she arrived at Research Director in 1998, having worked for five years as Sales Administrative Assistant at radio stations WXZL-FM and WYRE-FM, and as Administrative Specialist in regional marketing and regional advertising sales at Jones Communications. Here at Research Director, she helps clients drive revenue by delivering consultation, training, and impactful sales presentations that reinforce our clients’ competitive strengths.

Matt Weaver

Matt Weaver

Research Specialist

Matt joined Research Director, Inc. in 2017. He has a B.A. in Communication-Arts from Salisbury University. His role includes supporting the Sales Research Consultants by creating customized presentations that highlight our client stations’ strengths. He also plays a key role in servicing our non-radio station clients. He previously interned in the Promotions Department at WMZQ-FM in Washington,  D.C. and worked as a Research Associate at Arbitron. He is a rabid D.C. sports fan and will one day be vindicated when one of his teams finally wins a championship in his lifetime.