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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

Sr. Sales Research Consultant

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.

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 B.A. in Political Science from West Chester University.


Gail Dean

Gail Dean

Quality Control

Gail joined Research Director, Inc. in 2021. For several years, she has been helping small businesses and nonprofit organizations ensure that their writing projects are error-free. She has detailed experience proofreading proposals, presentations, finance reports, board documents, website content, newsletters, and marketing materials. Gail earned her B.S. in Accounting from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA, and started her career as a CPA with a large international accounting firm.

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.

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 B.A. in Mathematics at Bucknell University.

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.

Hayden Waugh

Hayden Waugh

Sales Research Consultant

Hayden joined Research Director, Inc. in 2019. Beginning his Broadcasting career at Entercom Charlotte, he gained a well-rounded knowledge of the industry by wearing several different hats in the Promotions, Programming, and Sales departments over his five years with the company. Having spent years assisting Sales teams toanalyze and pitch research materials, Hayden brings practical knowledge and insight to his role as Research Consultant. He earned his B.A. in Electronic/Broadcast Media from Appalachian State University.

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.