Alison Matthiessen

Alison Matthiessen is an accomplished public relations and communications professional, who currently serves as an account manager for SVM PR & Marketing, an integrated B2B and B2C public relations and creative marketing services that supports companies in digital health, life sciences, and AI/big data spaces. Prior to the agency, she worked at a health technology company, Bamboo Health. Alison spent over a decade serving in various communications roles at her alma mater, Virginia Tech. She found a love of healthcare at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine where she most recently served as director of communications. She also supported the Office of the Provost, using her communications strategy and tactics to bolster undergraduate education initiatives. Alison earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). Prior to public relations, Alison began her career in journalism as a television news producer for WFXR and WSLS-10 in Roanoke, Virginia. She is married with two children and enjoys running, hiking, swimming, lifting weights, and reading books (especially historical fiction).

Being a parent is tough, but I did it with a supportive spouse and extended family, steady employment, a home, and many other privileges. That’s not the case for so many parents or those who find themselves in the role of a parent. CHIP gives those families a support system through health, education, and resources to help families through critical early childhood years, helping them enter school healthy and ready to learn.