The Roaring Twenties begins with a change in leadership at Corona Insights

One of the most important things that we’ve learned in our twenty years of business is that things change.  Attitudes change, issues change, technology changes, our clients’ needs change, and … well, everything changes if you watch it long enough.

And as we kickoff the new year, we’re excited to announce another change. As of January 1st, long-time Principal David Kennedy is the first non-Raines employee to be appointed as the company’s CEO.  Congratulations, David!

David Kennedy, Principal
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Wrapping up 20 in ’19

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary in 2019 we profiled one client and one Coronerd (i.e. Corona staff person) per month, as well as the Coronerd’s charity of choice, to which Corona donated $500 on their behalf.

Here’s a look back at our profiles from 2019. Thank you for following along throughout our 20th anniversary year!


It has been a great year of revisiting our clients, many of which have been an integral part of Corona’s 20 years. One of the best parts of our jobs is learning about our clients’ worlds – from airports to museums, and from government to nonprofits – we love learning about, and contributing to, the work being accomplished in our communities.

Click on each logo below to read their interview.


Corona wouldn’t be where it’s at today without our dedicated team. Without our people, there is no Corona. So, we wanted to reintroduce you to our team, what makes them tick, and what they bring to Corona.

Click on each staff person’s image below to learn about each Coronerd.

Matt Bruce, Associate
Kevin Raines, CEO and Principal
David Kennedy, Principal


As our work is community focused, we wanted our celebration to also be about our community. So along with highlighting our staff, we made a donation in honor of each team member to a charity of their choice. Check out their selections by clicking each organization’s logo below.

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An Interview with Webb Strategic Communications

Have you ever had those friends where you’ve known them so long that you can’t even remember how you’ve met? When we were recently chatting with Ginny Williams, Principal, and Andy Cohen, Accounts Supervisor, of Webb Strategic Communications, we realized we couldn’t pinpoint our initial work together. No surprise given that we have worked for, and alongside, Webb for the better part of our 20 years.

In that time, both our firms have evolved, both in the nature of our work and in name. Webb Strategic Communications formerly known as Webb PR, and Corona Insights formerly known as Corona Research. Both rebranding efforts reflected the need each company saw to provide more complete, and more strategic, offerings to clients.

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Havre de Grace Arts Collective

In honor of Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the outstanding people and organizations making a positive contribution to our community.

Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For December, Kate Darwent selected Havre de Grace Arts Collective. We chatted with Kate to learn more about this organization and why she chose them.

Kate’s Charity of Choice is the Havre de Grace Arts Collective. She began volunteering there shortly after moving to Maryland with her husband. The organization reopened a newly renovated opera house in town and manages its arts programming. They also run a coop art gallery, public art program and more. It is a cornerstone of the local arts community. “Since I volunteer with them, I know how far $500 will go,” remarked Kate.

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Seven Years of Growth and Impact

Kate Darwent, PhD, Coronerd

Our final interview of the year coincides with a Corona-versary. Kate Darwent celebrates seven years with Corona on December 10th. With an MA and PhD in Social Psychology, and a minor in Quantitative Psychology, Kate was originally hired for her quantitative research expertise. As Kate recalled, “my primary expertise when I started was more pure quantitative work such as designing surveys and data analysis. Since then I have expanded my expertise to include evaluation and strategic planning. I’ve also learned a lot about qualitative methods as well.” Along the way she’s earned promotions to Senior Associate and now Director.

Kate is known for her interest in working on a variety of different projects – she describes herself as “topic agnostic” – and stretching to gain new skills. One of the things she enjoys about Corona is “being encouraged to jump on projects that interest you for whatever reason. I’ve really benefited from all of that exposure to different services. I’d had zero exposure to these things in graduate school.”

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In honor of Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the outstanding people and organizations making a positive contribution to our community.

Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For November, Jim Pripusich selected GiveWell. We chatted with Jim to learn more about this organization and why he chose them.

As a quantitative data wiz at Corona, it is no surprise that Jim has been a longtime fan of GiveWell, an organization dedicated to uncovering global health and development efforts where a donated dollar goes furthest in saving and improving lives.

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Staff Interview: Jim Pripusich

In this month’s staff profile, Jim talks about Corona’s late night knitting parties and more.
Jim and Lauren

In addition to an excellent ability for sensing when the Corona Staff require a fresh pot of delicious coffee, Jim brings to our team a joy for research. With his inquisitive mind and passion for building the right methods, Jim is always willing to rack his brain for the perfect approach towards better understanding any given situation. Jim’s background in political science provides him a strong foundation in thinking creatively about complex questions and how Corona may build a more holistic picture of any given situation through combing qualitative and quantitative research approaches. According to Jim,

My favorite work involves asking difficult questions and getting creative with research designs. I love to see how a full story emerges when we come at a problem from different angles and employ multiple methods.

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Robin Albert, Summit County, Colorado

Corona does a lot of work with clients in the Denver metro area, but we really love the clients who help us to get out and learn about other areas of the state.  Whether we are conducting needs assessments, economic impact studies, intercept surveys at county fairs, or simply measuring resident opinions about public matters, our clients have always managed to give us challenging and interesting topics to dive into across Colorado.

Robin Albert, Summit County

One such client that we have worked with for years is Summit County Public Health, whom we have worked with for nearly 15 years on projects ranging from measuring opinions about alcohol and substance abuse, to health needs assessments, to targeted studies to understand how to better reach underserved populations in the community.  This month’s interviewee, Robin Albert, has been there for it all, so we were excited to find some time to chat with Robin about her work and the long-term partnership between Summit County and Corona Insights.

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Colorado Media Project

If you’d like to learn more about how Coloradans access arts and culture, and how the news media interacts with the arts, we’ve got some good news for you.  The Colorado Media Project has been working Colorado Public Radio, Denver, and Rocky Mountain Public Media to study these issues (with support from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Gates Family Foundation), and Corona Insights was part of the team. 

We conducted a large statewide public survey that’s chock full of interesting information.  You can go here to learn more and to read our report on the topic, as well as the results of a community listening project conducted by Hearken, a firm that develops engagement strategies for newsrooms.

Welcome, Caitlin!

We are delighted to introduce our newest Associate, Caitlin McAteer

Caitlin and W.

Caitlin specializes in evaluation and strategic planning, and has hit the ground running at Corona, already providing insight and analysis on a variety of projects spanning our market research, evaluation, and strategy practices. She brings to our team a deep well of training and experience in helping mission-driven organizations use data to guide and strengthen their work. She holds a master’s degree in Public Service as well as a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Math. We know she will be a great resource for our clients and we’re thrilled to add her to our team!

See our staff pages to learn more about Caitlin and the rest of our Corona team!