Glendale Communications Group

Who We Are

Sam Huff

Sam Huff has more than 40 years of experience in public relations, public affairs and corporate, scientific and medical communications, conducting consistently successful programs for a broad range of clients. He began his career in radio and television, and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in journalism from The Ohio State University. During the Vietnam War, he was responsible for a newspaper serving more than 400,000 troops, and then worked in advertising before joining Abbott Laboratories as manager of public affairs. He later accepted a senior account management position with Burson-Marsteller, the world's largest public relations firm, and served as public relations director for G.D. Searle & Co., a major pharmaceutical company, for 11 years prior to founding Glendale Communications Group. He has received numerous awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Award for mass communications from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Esquire Corporate Social Responsibility Award while at Abbott and the Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology for excellence in patient education.

Andrew Huff

Andrew Huff has more than two decades of experience in journalism, public relations and communications, and is widely recognized as a leading expert on digital communications and PR. He received a B.A. journalism from The Ohio State University and a certificate in medical writing and editing from the University of Chicago. In addition to public relations work for the Northern Trust, Ace Hardware, Skil-Bosch Power Tools, Ann Sather Restaurants, BioSante Pharmaceuticals and many others, he was the co-founder, editor and publisher of Gapers Block, an award-winning Chicago-centric news and events online magazine from 2003 through 2015. He has developed online content for corporate clients such as American Express, Kenneth Cole, Clinique, Allergan, A&E and Starwood Hotels, and has taught online journalism at Columbia College and Loyola University in Chicago. In 2009 he was named to Crain's Chicago Business' 40 Under 40 list of young business leaders.

Mary Erhard

Mary Erhard has more than 35 years of medical and scientific communications and public relations experience. She received a B.A. in French from DePaul University and began her career as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining the American Medical Association, where she served as staff editor of the medical journals Archives of Dermatology and Archives of Ophthalmology. In addition to medical writing and editing, she has organized medical education conferences, administered research grants and conducted extensive media relations with both medical and consumer health publications.

Barbara J. Palombo

Barbara Palombo has more than 35 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, public relations and corporate communications. Prior to joining Glendale Communications in 1993, she was communications director for the National Easter Seal Society, where her responsibilities included communicating national corporate sponsors' cause-related marketing efforts, coordinating pre- and post-telethon activities, and producing training materials. She has a B.A. in communications from Loyola University Chicago, with an emphasis on print and broadcast journalism. She began her career as a newscaster for radio stations in Indiana and Michigan, and also served as a newspaper feature writer in New England.

Emma Terhaar

Emma Terhaar has experience working in content strategy and communications. Her focus is in healthcare communications, from pediatrics and family medicine to ophthalmology and dermatology. Emma has written blog posts for Pathways.org and the National Rosacea Society, news features for the South Bend Tribune, and book reviews for Gapers Block. She is currently the literary section editor of the Third Coast Review. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English and Spanish literature and a concentration in creative writing.