Our Team

Patricia R. Bayerlein

Patricia R. Bayerlein

Patricia brings over 20 years of experience in international marketing and communications to her current work at Gagen MacDonald in engaging employees and preparing leaders for significant change.

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Alexis Bogdan

Alexis Bogdan

Alexis has over ten years of experience helping companies enhance their communications through design. Having worked on both the agency and corporate side of business, she has extensive experience developing innovative communications that inspire people to act.

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John A. Bock, III

John A. Bock, III

John Bock, who has more than 21 years of experience as a finance professional, joined Gagen MacDonald in 2002 and is responsible for finance and accounting for the firm. John has worked in a range of service industries, with a majority of his experience in the communications and advertising industry.

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Greg Brooke

Greg Brooke

Greg has built a reputation for being able to simplify complex business issues into clear, concise and actionable communications that drives positive change.

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Crystal Calloway

Crystal Calloway

Crystal approaches clients with a naturally curious intuition, a drive for efficiency and a heart for making meaningful change stemming from her experience in government and media. Since joining Gagen MacDonald in January 2015, Crystal has used her experience to support clients across a number of industries, including oil and gas, pharmaceutical, health insurance, human…

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Paul Capelli

Paul Capelli

Paul is an award-winning corporate and agency communications executive with over 20 years of leadership experience at both emerging and established companies. His highly acclaimed corporate communications, marketing PR and community affairs initiatives helped evolve organizations to operate in an ever-increasing global, digital, and socially-driven landscape.

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Greg Carlisle

Greg Carlisle

Greg Carlisle is an award-winning marketing and communications professional with more than two decades of experience helping companies develop creative and impactful internal and external communication strategies to motivate employees, increase revenue and drive change.

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Kathleen Connolly

Kathleen Connolly

With more than 20 years of strategic corporate and agency communications experience, Kathleen Connolly specializes in working with complex organizations undergoing significant change. Kathleen has served as a senior communications leader at Fortune 500 companies, Sears, Roebuck and Co. and OfficeMax, Inc. In those roles she worked closely with executive leadership to develop and strengthen…

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Amy Dietz

Amy Dietz

Amy builds on her background working for The Coca-Cola Company to design impactful strategies that reach every employee. She understands the intricacies and complexities of a large, corporate environment and has a passion for improving the total employee experience.

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Jillane DeBow

Jillane DeBow

With more than 20 years of experience in corporate communication and consulting roles, Jillane has a passion for helping businesses engage employees to deliver strategic results. She’s a thinker, planner and roll-up-her-sleeves-and-get-it-done type of teammate.

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Peter Debreceny

Peter Debreceny

Peter has more than 35 years experience in all aspects of public relations and integrated communications, performing those functions across both the United States and globally. Peter specializes in change-leadership strategies, social responsibility campaigns and providing strategic counsel to senior leadership at companies of all sizes.

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Jeff DeMarrais

Jeff DeMarrais

Jeff DeMarrais most recently served as IBM’s Chief External Relations Officer, where he was responsible for global media relations and resetting the company’s external narrative for the Watson, IBM Cloud and innovations brands. For the past 25 years, Jeff has been merging his love of social media with his passion for communications, establishing him as an executive with his feet in both worlds.

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Ariel Durgana

Ariel Durgana

Ariel brings her passion for the human side of business, love for problem solving and background in education to help the clients of Gagen MacDonald break down complex business concepts into action-driven results. With extensive experience in higher education, community outreach and business sustainability, Ariel strives to create impactful business solutions for the employees and…

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MaryCay Durrant

MaryCay Durrant

MaryCay has 30 years experience empowering business performance by igniting the “Natural Leader Within.” Her proven paradigm of Leading Naturally guides people beyond diversity and engagement to purpose and perspective.

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Janey Evans

Janey Evans

Drawing on 30 years of health care experience in education, leadership and organizational development, Janey complements the Building Capabilities team with her skills as an engaging coach, consultant, trainer and facilitator. She has helped hundreds of leaders and teams across the country by providing coaching, leadership training and development, retreat facilitation and conflict resolution.

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Ann Fahey-Widman

Ann Fahey-Widman

Ann Fahey-Widman, is a nationally award-winning communications practitioner. Ann has more than 25 years of experience developing and leading strategic corporate communications and reputation management programs for FORTUNE 500 companies, as well as for associations and non-profit organizations. She spent the last 15+ years managing corporate communications efforts for major health care/pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer/Hospira,…

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Adam Fuss

Adam Fuss

With more than 10 years of corporate communications experience, Adam has developed a passion for helping organizations and their teams successfully navigate periods of change and uncertainty.

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Maria Gemskie

Maria Gemskie

Maria is a highly skilled communications professional by trade, yet her clients and colleagues know her as an expert problem solver and a passionate business evangelist. Throughout her career, she has drawn on her strategic communications expertise to help firms achieve their business objectives and strengthen relationships with stakeholders within the company and throughout the…

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Susan Germaine

Susan Germaine

Susan complements the Building Capabilities team with 25 years of corporate business experience. She is an expert in leadership development, organizational effectiveness and employee engagement, and has reserved a special focus in her work for serving the leadership of middle-market companies.

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Christie Gilmore

Christie Gilmore

Christie is an imaginative corporate storyteller, with a passion for turning complex and abstract topics into something personal and compelling.

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Tiffany Goode

Tiffany Goode

Tiffany Goode brings over 10 years of consulting experience in the creation and execution of transformational organizational strategies, change management communications, building a sustainable culture, and continual improvement.

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Hillary Goodman

Hillary Goodman

With more than a decade of strategic organizational and change management communications experience, Hillary’s devotion to solving business challenges large and small has led to several award-winning programs for her clients.

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Dionne Gomez

Dionne Gomez

Dionne brings cross-cultural communication expertise and a strong understanding of change communications and employee engagement to Fortune 500 companies in the public/private sector. She is currently working on an internal communications transformation and executive positioning initiative at a leading Fortune 500 chemical company to motivate employees and ignite the company’s high-performance culture during a time of…

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Barbara Govednik

Barbara Govednik

Barbara Govednik’s 25+ year career has focused on creating effective communications and effective communicators. As a communication consultant, writer and editor, she helps corporate executives talk with their employees during times of change, helps workers at every level understand and embody the business strategy,

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Corinne Graper

Corinne Graper

Always up for a challenge, Corinne is passionate about helping organizations take big ideas and turn them into a reality that betters their business, engages employees and improves society. She has over 12 years of experience in corporate communications and social responsibility – working for some of the country’s leading brands. Her expertise includes internal…

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Lauren Haas

Lauren Haas

Lauren is a committed and talented creative who brings a fresh approach to design and internal communications. She is passionate about ensuring her clients receive something truly unique to their brand and values. With her knack for typography, events, illustration and print design, Lauren infuses digital trends in her projects to work in tandem with…

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David Hagar

David Hagar

David brings nearly 30 years of experience to the Building Capabilities team in designing and facilitating learning events, serving as an executive leadership and team alignment coach, and providing mediation and conflict resolution assistance to his clients.

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Jennifer Hahn

Jennifer Hahn

Jennifer Hahn is a Corporate Communications expert with more than 20 years’ experience leading internal communication strategic initiatives, thriving in both corporate and consulting settings.

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Meredith Henry

Meredith Henry

With over a decade of experience, Meredith specializes in applying change and communication theory to solve business challenges. Drawing on her background in consulting and many years working in-house at McDonald’s Corporation, she has expertise in message development, creating strategic alignment, and facilitating change leadership within organizations. She has served as change lead for numerous…

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Jane Hoffman

Jane Hoffman

Jane brings her sense of adventure, high energy, and passion for storytelling to translate complex business strategy into transformative results for internal stakeholders. With her Southern flair and deep international experience, Jane brings cultural awareness and sensitivity to Gagen MacDonald’s work with multinational companies to help tell their story creatively in a way that generates…

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Amanda Hurst

Amanda Hurst

Amanda Hurst brings 10 years of experience in project management, operations, and client relationship management to Gagen MacDonald’s Building Capabilities practice. Her exceptional attention to detail and virtual team collaboration management provides successful client engagement. She coaches organizations to become task oriented and produce results.

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Mark Lesser

Mark Lesser

As a Principal Consultant and a behavioral strategist, Dr. Mark Lesser provides organizational and strategic business transformations with over 13 years as a change maker, and 20 years as a project manager.

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Paige Lillard

Paige Lillard

Before beginning her partnership with Gagen MacDonald, Paige served as Vice President of Global Business Transformation at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, a division of Time Warner, the capstone of 26 successful years. She left Turner to pursue a portfolio career focused on providing strategic direction and advisory services to companies undergoing transformational change.

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Amber Lineback

Amber Lineback

With more than 16 years of experience, Amber brings a unique combination of skills in organizational effectiveness, leadership development, employee engagement, communications, culture building, coaching, and facilitation.  Her passion for heartfelt leadership and communication makes her a great partner to her clients. Amber’s most recent roles in organizational effectiveness for Piedmont Natural Gas, have showcased…

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Megan Lubniewski

Megan Lubniewski

Megan is an enthusiastic communicator dedicated to delivering clear and engaging solutions for her clients. She’s a strategic thinker, strong writer and a passionate problem solver with a keen focus on humanizing complex subjects and issues.  Before starting her consulting career at Gagen MacDonald, Megan honed her communication expertise and strong understanding of employee engagement,…

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Maril Gagen MacDonald

Maril Gagen MacDonald

Maril is a nationally recognized leader in communications and strategy execution. She has pioneered a discipline that collaborates with corporate leaders to optimize business performance by engaging and mobilizing stakeholders behind a company’s strategic goals, its culture and its brand. Her clients include some of the most recognized brands in the world.

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Morgan MacDonald

Morgan MacDonald

Morgan thrives on jumping into complex situations and distilling information down in ways all audiences can understand, and feel. Her passion for gathering information, coupled with a heightened awareness for others, allows Morgan to ensure all stakeholders are aligned.

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Morgan Marzec

Morgan Marzec

Synthesizing design, storytelling and organizational change management, Morgan helps clients imagine new possibilities, break out of traditional problem-solving paradigms and develop creative approaches to their most pressing business challenges.

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Rebekah Metts-Childers

Rebekah Metts-Childers

Rebekah is a passionate communication leader, who works to connect the big picture with the details of a company, its industry and broader world events. With a background in global, strategic communication — both in-house at Takeda Pharmaceuticals and from an agency perspective at a global communications consultancy, Rebekah partners with her clients to listen, challenge and help grow and communicate their ideas.

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Judith Muhlberg

Judith Muhlberg

Judith Muhlberg is experienced in dealing with ambiguity and the situations that cause it: major strategy shifts, crises, mergers and acquisitions, leadership transitions, regulatory “reform,” competitive disruption and culture change.

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Kristin Nehls

Kristin Nehls

Kristin is a passionate and enthusiastic communications aficionado whose understanding of corporate solutions, culture and corporate management helps propel client initiatives in the consulting space. With a background in social and digital communications, Kristin is on the forefront of new technologies, with a particular penchant for educating and informing in this realm. Most recently Kristin…

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Jim Ondrus

Jim Ondrus

Jim brings over 30 years of experience in leadership development to the Building Capabilities team. He is driven to make a difference with the clients he serves as a personal adviser, coach and facilitator, and is passionate about building a sense of collaboration between teams for the benefit of employees, the organization and the community. Most recently he developed and implemented a successful personalized group coaching process.

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Steve Panowyk

Steve Panowyk

Steve is dedicated to enabling high-performance leadership at the individual, team and organizational levels. He brings more than 30 years experience in strategy creation and execution, leadership, team alignment, storytelling and culture change.

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Jessica Pantages

Jessica Pantages

Jessica Pantages has more than fifteen years of experience in all aspects of marketing communications having worked for multiple companies in aerospace, consumer goods, healthcare, manufacturing and technology industries. Throughout her career she has worked around the globe including assignments in Europe, the Middle East and India. Prior to Gagen MacDonald, Jessica was vice president…

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Malkia Payton-Jackson

Malkia Payton-Jackson

Malkia brings almost 20 years of diverse experience to her work on the Gagen MacDonald team. She has managed small and global communications projects in science, biotechnology, and health care industries and supported strategy for clients across the corporate spectrum from small businesses to Fortune 500. Recently, Malkia was an Enterprise Communications Manager for a…

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Megan Petrusich

Megan Petrusich

Megan brings her sense of adventure, curiosity and passion for problem solving to Gagen MacDonald’s clients to translate complex business strategy into transformative results. At Gagen MacDonald, Megan has been working with a leading tax and consultancy firm to drive employee engagement, utilizing her project management and change communication skills to ensure business results. With…

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Molly Rauzi

Molly Rauzi

Molly Rauzi has over twenty years of experience leading large, complex organizational initiatives. As a consultant and chief information officer, she provides expert counsel to our clients who are undergoing rapid change.

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Gary Ross

Gary Ross

Gary Ross has more than 25 years of communications and journalism experience.  He has led strategic internal communications programs, national PR campaigns, and corporate social responsibility initiatives for leading organizations.  He has served as a trusted communications advisor for senior executives through crisis situations, M&A transactions, labor issues and more.  Gary believes that successful strategic…

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Kristal Sauer

Kristal Sauer

Kristal Sauer brings a strong understanding of the challenges of the corporate environment to the consulting space. Most recently, Kristal has supported a $2 billion global diversified manufacturer of engineering and technical solutions to launch a global, multi-year HR transformation that enables the company’s business strategy for growth and strengthens its performance culture.

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Kevin M. Scarbrough

Kevin M. Scarbrough

Kevin Scarbrough brings exceptional storytelling and visual expertise to Gagen MacDonald, devoting his time and energy to focusing on the details, so his clients, such as ITT, MillerCoors and Johnson & Johnson, don’t have to.

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Sherry Scott

Sherry Scott

Sherry serves as the president of Gagen MacDonald and is a recognized industry leader. She has deep expertise in supporting clients undergoing business transformation, helping to address the human struggle of change and drive reputation from the inside-out.

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Dan Scotti

Dan Scotti

As a member of the Building Capabilities team, Dan brings a wide array of experience originating from his time in the military. He is an accomplished organizational leader, performance problem solver, and broadly experienced human performance professional. Dan has served in leadership roles in the telecommunications, financial services and government sectors.

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Ann Simon

Ann Simon

With three decades of communication experience, Ann has an extensive background working with Fortune 500 companies to provide counsel and deliver communication programs that strengthen organizational alignment around the company strategy and culture to improve business performance.

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Heather Slowik

Heather Slowik

Heather is an accomplished communications professional and business analyst with over ten years of experience as a key contributor in both large and small organizations.

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Ann Stowe

Ann Stowe

Ann offers senior-level communications insights, strategy, campaign development and implementation to her clients. She focuses on creating new conversations, motivating action and making an impact through partnering with organizations that are changing the way we think, live and engage. Ann brings over two decades of success in corporate communications, brand building and leadership to her…

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Michael Swenson

Michael Swenson

Mike Swenson helps businesses drive success by leveraging, influencing and creating effective communications. He has led communications in some of the world’s most respected companies as they faced major challenges and seized opportunities to reposition themselves in the marketplace. Mike focuses on enabling organizations to achieve success through clear strategy and effective communications. For the…

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Brad Trask

Brad Trask

Brad believes everything communicates. He is a proven corporate communications executive with unparalleled global experience and significant strengths in aligning systems and unleashing high-performing teams to drive business strategy and produce results for some of the world’s leading brands.

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Sergio Torres

Sergio Torres

With over 16 years of Advertising and Marketing experience, Sergio brings a unique collection of talent, including Creative Direction, Design, Copywriting, Film Direction and Editing. His background includes experience on both the agency and client sides of the business, making him a valuable addition to Gagen MacDonald. Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Sergio worked at…

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Tova Vance

Tova Vance

Tova draws on deep expertise in communication and change management to help organizations develop thriving cultures and achieve business objectives. She is an innovative strategist with a passion for engaging leaders and employees.

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Madonna Walsh

Madonna Walsh

A native of Chicago, Madonna Walsh is a writer and corporate communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience.   She has conducted public relations and internal communications activities on six continents working across multiple practices and industries, including FMCG and B2B.  The most notable is aerospace where she primarily worked on NASA, U.S. and…

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Franziska Weber

Franziska Weber

As a dedicated English- and German-speaking communications professional, Franziska draws from her agency and in-house experience in developing and executing integrated strategies that engage employees and build reputation from the inside out.

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Meg Wheaton

Meg Wheaton

Meg Wheaton has helped build powerful brands for more than twenty years. Her ongoing quest to thoroughly understand audiences, opinions and behaviors allows us to create meaningful, lasting and impactful communications.

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Dan Wiseman

Dan Wiseman

Dan brings more than 30 years of consulting, training and coaching experience to the Building Capabilities practice team. He is passionate about the areas of organization development, change management, leadership development, and strategic planning for both profit and nonprofit organizations. He has been proud to work with many Fortune 500 organizations over the years, as well as over 50 libraries and nonprofit organizations.

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