Our Team

Steve Astle

Steve Astle

Steve Astle is a business strategist and communications practitioner who specializes in helping organizations manage the dynamics of innovation and disruption as they transform themselves for long-term competitive advantage. He has over thirty years of experience building and leading high-performing teams in corporate, consulting and agency settings, and has advised iconic businesses that include Bloomberg,…

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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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John A. Bock, III

John A. Bock, III

John Bock, who has more than 25 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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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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Karen Bundy

Karen Bundy

Karen is a senior change management and culture consultant with a background in human resources. She is responsible for providing advice related to business transformation, M&A, operations, talent and other strategic change initiatives. Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Karen was a senior member of Mercer’s change management business and the global M&A culture practice lead.…

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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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Anne Conway

Anne Conway

Anne joined Gagen MacDonald in early 2019, striving to use her knowledge of organizational principles and her experience in project and change management to provide the best service possible to each client. In addition to her seven years of administrative experience in healthcare and higher education, she also brings a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational…

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Miranda Creech

Miranda Creech

Miranda is driven by a spirit of curiosity, tenacity, and rigor to improve strategic communication operations for both her team and clients. Having worked within the complexities of the data security, medical, and logistics industries, she is uniquely equipped to streamline and transform crucial processes while keeping a pulse on the client experience. Before joining…

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Casey Croslin

Casey Croslin

As an industrial organizational (IO) psychologist, Casey Croslin possesses the unique perspective of applying psychology to improve performance in the workplace. She contributes to an organization’s success by understanding and measuring human behavior to improve employees’ satisfaction in their work, increase employers’ ability to select and promote the best people, and make the workplace better…

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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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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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Molly Dorkey

Molly Dorkey

In joining Gagen MacDonald, Molly brings strength in managing complex and dynamic projects and an unbridled enthusiasm for helping clients navigate change. Her current client work includes supporting a global health care leader engage employees around a new purpose and strategy. Molly‘s primary responsibilities include managing complex project plans, crafting compelling stories to align key…

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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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Maria Gemskie

Maria Gemskie

Grounded in the belief that strategic communication is at the core of effective leadership, Maria is an accomplished senior consultant with a passion for and commitment to helping organizations and leaders achieve their business objectives and strengthen their stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally. With proven success and experience tackling complex communications challenges across a…

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Chandler Goodman

Chandler Goodman

Chandler Goodman puts his creativity to work to help Gagen MacDonald’s clients translate complex business strategy into compelling employee engagement campaigns. Chandler approaches any client challenge with his quick wit and a smile.

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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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Jordyn Greenberg

Jordyn Greenberg

Blending her experience shaping and launching differentiated brands with her educational background in decision science and professional writing, Jordyn applies a unique combination of skillsets to internal strategy, culture and engagement, communications and people management. At Gagen MacDonald, Jordyn brings vision, enthusiasm and smarts to the table to create impactful change for client teams who…

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Lauren Haas

Lauren Haas

Lauren is a talented and passionate creative who brings a fresh approach to design thinking and internal communications. She is committed to her clients receiving work that is truly unique to their brand and values. With her knack for typography, print design and event experiences, Lauren infuses digital trends in her projects to work in…

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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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Johanna Herrmann

Johanna Herrmann

Johanna brings more than a decade of experience helping some of the world’s largest and most valuable brands build their reputation and deliver results. With a blended skillset across corporate communication, brand PR and journalism, Johanna applies her breadth and depth of expertise to shape holistic strategies that truly work with internal and external stakeholders.…

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Jane Hoffman

Jane Hoffman

Jane helps global companies transform from the inside out by empowering key stakeholders around a human-centric strategy that turns moments into movements, drives business results, increases engagement, bolsters reputation, and builds advocacy at scale. Since joining Gagen MacDonald in 2013, Jane has overseen a diverse portfolio of projects focused on M&A support, designing and executing…

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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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Lauren Jacobs

Lauren Jacobs

Lauren Jacobs uses her strong time management, effective communication and keen attention to detail to provide exceptional project management services to the Gagen MacDonald team. She’s responsible for workflow and budget management and the planning and execution of projects for the firm’s Fortune 500 clients. She has supported several client projects including the development and…

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Kyle Kappler

Kyle Kappler

Kyle Kappler brings a passion for cohesive, creative communications, as well as expertise in project management and business development to every account she touches. At Gagen MacDonald, Kyle created and entered into a sales enablement role, where she manages the process for all proposal and budget development from start to finish as well as managing…

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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 Manion

Morgan Manion

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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Liana Mora

Liana Mora

Liana brings to Gagen MacDonald more than a decade of experience managing websites, building out organizations’ digital identities, and telling stories of complicated work in innovative, resonant, and human-centered ways. Originally a social media specialist, her career has included work in both the financial and nonprofit sectors. She is propelled by a love of storytelling,…

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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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Lynsie Napier

Lynsie Napier

Lynsie has over a decade of experience working within fast paced agencies and in-house design groups. She understands the full scope of a project, can flesh out the story behind it, and communicate that story with beautiful, compelling graphics. She believes creative strategy combined with modern aesthetics are the key to communicating complex ideas. Lynsie…

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John Onoda

John Onoda

John Onoda, who has held chief communications positions for The Charles Schwab Corp., Visa USA, General Motors, and Levi Strauss & Co., has been a strong advocate, practitioner and advisor of strategic communications for most of his long career. He joins Gagen MacDonald as a senior corporate counselor and will help advise the firm’s clients on corporate character, culture and business transformation.

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Ashley Parer

Ashley Parer

The core of Ashley’s character and work is driven by her passion to connect with others and ability to build and nurture meaningful relationships. Her innate curiosity inspires her to understand multiple perspectives of a business issue and is a driving force in how she tackles complex business challenges. Ashley strikes a balance in being…

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Shea Parker

Shea Parker

Shea brings a penchant for process improvement, drive for delivering exceptional client service and ambition for elevating the human experience to Gagen MacDonald. Through comprehensive project management and keen attention to detail, Shea enables her team to focus on client needs and extend their reach in the transformation of major global organizations. Prior to joining…

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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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Miranda Pence

Miranda Pence

At Gagen MacDonald, Miranda uses her past experiences and skill set to deliver project management support for clients. With a drive to always improve and to exceed expectations, Miranda brings her passion for process efficiency to her work every day. She uses her focus on client service excellence and strong interpersonal skills to create an…

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David Polmer

David Polmer

David has a knack for connecting with clients, helping them craft and tell the story of who they are, who they want to be, and why it matters. He mixes analytical thinking with a creative design approach, often resulting in unexpected solutions that grab attention and, most importantly, produce results. As the head of U.S.…

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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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Bob Rybarczyk

Bob Rybarczyk

Bob Rybarczyk’s 25-year career in communications has provided him a breadth of experience that allows him to effectively develop and deliver messaging in various business environments. As a deeply experienced storyteller and editor, Bob specializes in translating complex concepts into messaging that target audiences can easily understand, digest and convert into action. He also is…

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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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Nick Sarillo

Nick Sarillo

With experience in organizational culture design, leadership development, and internal communication, Nick brings a unique blend of knowledge and experience to help organizations tap into the potential of their people. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Nick developed an early passion for business operations, with a keen focus on leadership effectiveness and culture. To support…

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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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James Sharpe

James Sharpe

With more than 30 years of experience—including leadership development and talent consulting roles at Northwestern Mutual, Korn Ferry, and IBM—James brings a deep understanding of the art, science, and technology innovation required to transform human performance into tangible individual and organizational action. He joins Gagen MacDonald as a senior leader and helps clients across the C-suite…

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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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Lindsay Theile

Lindsay Theile

Lindsay Theile has a 14-year track record of developing and executing thoughtful, integrated, global communications strategies. She brings energy, curiosity and creativity to her work and, in her 14-year tenure with GE, developed a reputation for creating strong partnerships with business CEOs to drive holistic communications campaigns. Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Lindsay led communications…

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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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Lauren Underhill

Lauren Underhill

Lauren Underhill brings her passion for interpersonal communication and client relations to deliver outstanding results amid organizational complexity. From her experience addressing diverse client needs and journalism degree, Lauren has an intense curiosity and drive for problem-solving, and a propensity for storytelling. Since joining Gagen MacDonald, Lauren has activated a wide variety of internal communication…

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Greg Voeller

Greg Voeller

With more than 25 years of experience in leading global change management and employee communication programs for Fortune 500 companies, Greg has helped a number of organizations and their stakeholders successfully drive change to achieve and sustain their desired outcomes. Joining Gagen MacDonald in 2017, Greg provides strategic organizational communications, change leadership and change effectiveness…

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Anna Vonderhaar

Anna Vonderhaar

Combining her background in data analytics and psychology with her positivity, curiosity and drive to help companies improve their total employee experience, Anna is passionate about using data to develop effective strategic plans and support behavior change. At Gagen MacDonald since 2017, Anna utilizes her behavioral science background to partner with clients to create programs…

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Martha Watt

Martha Watt

With more than 30 years of marketing, sales and consulting experience, Martha Watt has developed a strength for building valuable solutions that help Fortune 1000 corporations with complex human performance challenges. Martha is also passionate about working with organizations to ensure and continually improve the client and employee experience. In her role with Gagen MacDonald,…

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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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Quyen Yuen

Quyen Yuen

Quyen Yuen brings 15 years of communications experience across a variety of industries, including consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies, to Gagen MacDonald. She thrives on creating leadership, reputation, women’s empowerment and sustainability campaigns that result in purposeful engagements for employees, consumers and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald, Quyen was intimately involved in the…

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