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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Susan Barbee

Susan Barbee

Susan joined Gagen MacDonald in 2016 as HR Business Partner to continue building a people strategy and enhance the employee experience. Susan specializes in creating systems and bringing structure to help companies attract and hire the right people, motivate them, develop them and retain them. Drawing upon her diverse background in HR, Operations and Organizational…

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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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Claire Bennett

Claire Bennett

Claire is a passionate problem-solver and strategic communications professional who has worked across industries to provide strategic positioning and messaging counsel during high-profile, multifaceted organizational change initiatives. She brings a commitment to efficiency and a zeal for distilling complex situations and producing clear, engaging communications to inform and move audiences. Prior to joining Gagen MacDonald,…

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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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Alice Boertje

Alice Boertje

With over a decade of experience, Alice is a highly-conceptual Creative Consultant who successfully translates complex business goals and strategies into innovative results. She is passionate about creating visually-stunning, forward-thinking design solutions that work across platforms and touch points to reach people. Alice combines her experience in agency and corporate settings to deliver big ideas,…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ashley Duffey

Ashley Duffey

Ashley brings her positivity, drive for improvement, and passion for collaboration to Gagen MacDonald. By connecting ideas, needs, and opportunities for growth, Ashley provides crucial support and project management for her team to successfully engage clients. She thoughtfully anticipates and balances the needs of clients, team members, and stakeholders to build trust and deliver results.…

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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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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

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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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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Dionne Gomez

Dionne Gomez

Named among PR News’ 2017 Rising Stars 30 & Under, Dionne brings cross-cultural communication expertise and a strong understanding of change communications and employee engagement to Fortune 500 companies in the public and private sectors. Since joining Gagen MacDonald in 2014, Dionne has channeled her skills toward M&A initiatives for two leading Fortune 500 companies. Dionne and…

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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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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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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 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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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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Nick Halkias

Nick Halkias

Nick is a creative communicator, blending his backgrounds in improv comedy, coaching, teaching and passion for organizational change. Nick is a results driven, growth-oriented leader and facilitator who applies his diverse skillset to uplift people and organizations to reach their full potential. Nick is an experienced coach and educator, having worked with students and student…

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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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Kelsey Jaekel

Kelsey Jaekel

Kelsey brings her passion for simplification and process improvement to every one of her accounts. Her strategic thinking and keen attention to detail help her to execute on responsibilities including financial analysis, project planning and implementation, market research, and new business proposals. Prior to joining Gagen, Kelsey was a Communications Project Manager at Zurich. In…

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Jess Kacmar

Jess Kacmar

With a decade of corporate and agency marketing experience, Jess is passionate about building compelling brands through unearthing the unique value of each company and using this knowledge to create a consistent, impactful message across functions and teams. She joined Gagen MacDonald in 2017 as the marketing communications lead, working to increase brand value and visibility…

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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 client relations to every account she touches. At Gagen MacDonald, Kyle has provided project management, planning and execution support for our firm as well as several of our Fortune 500 clients. Her recent work includes supporting the restructuring…

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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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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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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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Jennifer Minder

Jennifer Minder

With more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications with world leaders in health care, Jennifer’s interests are centered on developing and leading purpose-driven organizational communications, culture improvement, and employee engagement strategies and programs that deliver positive, sustainable results. Joining Gagen MacDonald in 2018, Jennifer currently provides strategic communications support for one of the…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig comes to Gagen MacDonald with 30 years in communications roles at blue chip companies in the U.K. and the U.S. He is a strategic communications leader with global experience in internal communications, change communications, employee engagement, vision development, media relations, and organizational transformation. Before joining Gagen MacDonald, Craig was Head of Internal Communications at…

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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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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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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. Before joining Gagen MacDonald, Lauren held several roles in communications. Lauren entered the…

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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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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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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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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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