The Fearey Team

They say a chain is only as good as its weakest link. Lucky for us, every link is solid at Fearey. Our team is what defines us, by bringing experience, talent, enthusiasm and authenticity to every project. We are the movers and shakers of the industry. We love what we do and we love doing it together. We never settle. There’s a reason we’ve been recognized as one of Washington’s Best Workplaces, and it has a lot to do with who we are working with every day. Interested in working at Fearey?

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Aaron Blank

CEO & President, Partner

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Aaron Blank

CEO & President, Partner

Aaron has been engaged in the conversation since the late 1990s, where he discovered his love of media while working at local radio stations. After five years as a radio reporter, anchor, producer and promoter in New York and Connecticut, he and his wife, Lacey, ventured west to begin his career in PR. Soon he caught the attention of industry legend Pat Fearey and the rest is history. Two decades later, as CEO and owner of Fearey, Aaron leads with tireless enthusiasm and contagious drive. In 2014, he became the next generation owner of the firm. He takes his breakfast at 4:30 AM and never eats lunch alone. You can find him working to connect the next business with tomorrow’s leader.

Personal philosophy: do something amazing every day and be fearless!

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Chris Guizlo

Vice President

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Chris Guizlo

Vice President

Chris is at the cusp of what’s next when it comes to the digital world, and we’re thankful for it. When he’s not answering questions about podcast strategy or live streaming events, you can find him pitching media and writing blog posts for clients. His unique background in Washington D.C., both in political affairs and as a Communications Manager for the American Heart Association, provides a point of view that is invaluable to the work we do every day. He has the ability to immerse himself in his clients’ worlds, becoming a subject-matter expert who is genuinely invested in their business.

After work you can often find Chris enjoying a pint at a local microbrewery, trying to jumpstart his adult league hockey career, playing with his dogs, London and Wellington, or traveling around the country for airline miles.

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Jacque Seaman

Vice President

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Jacque Seaman

Vice President

Jacque is a social impact PR professional who has worked with leading nonprofit, corporate, health, startup, and consumer clients touching a wide range of issues from education, to HIV/AIDS and breast cancer, to children and families, to climate change, to global poverty and more. She specializes in media relations, communication strategy, campaign development and content creation. A self-proclaimed student of media, Jacque has a keen understanding for what makes a compelling story and how to shape an impactful narrative on behalf of her clients.

Jacque’s strategic communications career began in New York City; after nearly seven years working on Madison Avenue, she decided to move back to the west coast to be closer to family. Outside of the office, you can find Jacque enjoying the outdoors, planning a trip to a tropical island, or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen. A native-Oregonian, Jacque graduated with her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Portland State University.

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Christine Nettles

Director

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Christine Nettles

Director

Christine wears all of the hats. Whether it’s human resources, IT, finance or operations, she is the mighty engine that makes the office run. If someone needed stitches, we’re pretty sure Christine could handle it.

When she’s not saving the day at Suite 1212 you can find her making magic in the kitchen, sailing around the Puget Sound or planning her next travel adventure.

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Jesse Rehm

Creative Director

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Jesse Rehm

Creative Director

Jesse is a Seattle native who has spent the last 17 years living throughout the country. As Fearey’s first in-house Creative Director, she is bringing extensive knowledge of creative design and brand strategy to each account. She has experience working on digital brand strategy, loyalty marketing, and building creative for clients like Dunkin’, The Home Depot, Verizon and Alaska Airlines.

When the work day is done, Jesse spends time with her family outside as much as possible. Biking, skiing, camping – anything for some fresh air.

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Jill Wiggins

Director of Community Marketing

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Jill Wiggins

Director of Community Marketing

Jill leads the Community Marketing effort for Fearey, which supports our region’s largest employer in their efforts to be a community partner, resource provider, and coalition builder across the company’s South Lake Union headquarters in Seattle and beyond. It’s a role that perfectly suits this senior leader who has worked to build relationships, reputation, and revenue across the fields of sports, events, and broadcast media throughout her career.

A Southern California native, Jill has called the Pacific Northwest home for more than 20 years. She left commuting on the 110 Freeway, spending time at SouthBay beaches, and going to USC football games for urban living in Greenlake, listening to live music, and wearing her USC gear at Husky football games.

May Wildman

Account Supervisor

May Wildman

Account Supervisor

Well-versed in both traditional public relations and social media, May is passionate about all things communications. She boasts PR experience in a diverse range of fields including hospitality, events, food and beverage, film and mining. Her expertise includes media and influencer relations, PR strategy and social media management. Matching brands and organizations with compelling stories that speak to their core audience is what gets May up in the mornings. A graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, she grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. She is half Japanese and loves Japanese culture. Outside of the office, you can find her brunching at the latest restaurant hotspot or exploring the great outdoors.

Kyle Wall

Account Supervisor

Kyle Wall

Account Supervisor

Kyle is an Account Supervisor at Fearey. Prior to joining the Fearey team in 2018, he spent more than 8 years in publicity and communications in New York City, with a focus on technology and music business. Clients have included companies such as Mixcloud, Bandsintown, 7digital, and Music & Memory as well as artists such as Kenny Chesney, Chicago, Dr. John and The Polyphonic Spree. He loves finding new stories to tell about clients, or new ways to tell old stories.

Kyle graduated from Penn State University with bachelor’s degrees in marketing and journalism, and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania (yes, like The Office). In his spare time, he writes, records, produces and releases his own music as Wharfer; enjoys hiking and writing/reading in coffee shops; and is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan — as well as a reluctant New York Knicks fan.

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Nikki Arnone

Account Supervisor

Nicole Arnone, Account Supervisor

Nikki Arnone

Account Supervisor

Nikki Arnone is an Account Supervisor at Fearey. She’s an East Coast native who decided she preferred the scenery of Seattle and made the move here in 2018. Nikki’s public relations, writing and marketing experience spans a wide variety of industries, from tech startups to climate nonprofits to entertainment and live events. She has a passion for helping clients develop strong messaging and tell their stories in the most compelling way possible. She also has a passion for new office supplies and good list-making.

Prior to joining Fearey, Nikki was a Senior Manager at Inflection Point Agency (IPA), where she led PR efforts for mission-driven clients in the clean energy tech space. A few of her favorite client stories appeared in Vox, Fast Company, Bloomberg and TIME, and the highlight of her time at IPA was helping to lead the launch of a global climate coalition alongside a former U.S. Vice President.

Aside from her years working in communications, Nikki has a largely creative background in the performing arts. She spent several years in New York City surviving the audition grind, and — on a good day — appearing in various musicals, commercials, and more. After transitioning away from performing, Nikki landed a gig marketing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and the rest is history.

When not at work, you can find Nikki on her yoga mat, working on her own writing and soaking up whatever bits of sunshine Seattle will offer.

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Sara Umeda

Senior Account Manager, Community Marketing

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Sara Umeda

Senior Account Manager, Community Marketing

A Seattleite, born and raised, Sara has always loved this city for its scenic views, robust food scene, and innovative energy. With a bachelor’s degree in sociology and communications from the University of Washington, she has made a career focused on building community through strong relationships and with compassion.

Sara brings diverse experience in community engagement, marketing and event planning from her beginnings in radio promotions and catered events, to her large-scale community and social impact work for the Downtown Seattle Association and Plymouth Housing. As the Senior Account Manager of Community Marketing, Sara supports one of the region’s largest technology companies and their efforts in the local community, finding creative ways to bring vibrancy to South Lake Union and beyond.

Outside of work, you can find Sara with the people she loves most – family and friends. She is grounded in her cultural roots, and the highlight of each summer is the weekend she spends as a dance leader at the Seattle Bon Odori festival. Sara is brunch-obsessed, dedicated to working out and always ready to cheer on her favorite Seattle sports teams.

Erin Dubots

Erin Dubots

Account Executive

Erin Dubots

Erin Dubots

Account Executive

Erin is an Account Executive at Fearey. Born and raised in upstate New York, she moved to the West Coast to follow her passion for lifestyle PR and digital marketing. She enjoys writing and storytelling — especially through imagery and brand identity. She previously interned in travel and tourism, nonprofit PR and book publicity, bringing a unique perspective to the Fearey team. When she’s not at work, you can find Erin drinking too much coffee, planning her next travel destination and endlessly searching for a bagel as good as those in New York.

Bailie Pelletier

Account Executive

Bailie Pelletier

Account Executive

Originally from the Midwest, Bailie ventured out west to join Fearey as a Production Assistant. She is a recent graduate from the superior college in the state of Indiana – Purdue University. (Boiler Up!)

After gaining both in-house and agency experience, she decided that agency-life is more her style. Bailie enjoys graphic design, copy writing, social media messaging /analytics and traditional media relations. Her favorite aspect of public relations is how it allows her creative side to flourish.

When she is not at work, you can find Bailie exploring everything her new home in the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She enjoys reading, hiking, walking around the city and spending time with her friends.

Lucia Gruber, Account Executive

Lucia Gruber

Account Executive

Lucia Gruber, Account Executive

Lucia Gruber

Account Executive

Lucia Gruber is an Account Executive at Fearey. She is a brand storyteller who is dedicated to innovation and creativity. Raised in Washington, she is a graduate of Western Washington University with a B.A. in Communication Studies.

Prior to joining Fearey, Lucia spent time in Washington, D.C. at Ketchum where she specialized in the consumer-packaged goods industry. Clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as Clorox, IKEA, Maytag and Ulta Beauty. Her experiences have built a strong skillset in solutions-oriented thinking and team coordination.

In her spare time, Lucia loves to be running or hiking around the Pacific Northwest, developing new vegan recipes or daydreaming about adopting a dog.

Katie Lindquist, Account Coordinator

Katie Lindquist

Account Coordinator

Katie Lindquist, Account Coordinator

Katie Lindquist

Account Coordinator

Katie is a Account Coordinator at Fearey. After choosing an interdisciplinary major at Colorado State University, Katie spent her undergrad exploring a wide variety of perspectives and topics. She saw that the common thread running through her favorite subjects was public relations! With an ignited passion for writing, storytelling, and PR strategy, Katie spent the past two years diving into her career, doing in-house PR for CSU’s Career Center, assisting in PR projects for a nonprofit and earning a place on the Public Relation Society of America’s executive committee for the New Pro’s national chapter.

When she’s not catching media placements and pondering blog posts, Katie enjoys spending time with her friends, discussing her favorite coffee brewing methods and crafting the perfect playlist to accompany a drive in the mountains.

Karin Ellefson

Production Assistant

Karin Ellefson

Production Assistant

Karin is Midwest born and raised, but after graduating in December 2020, she is ready to take on the Pacific Northwest. Originally from the Twin Cities, Karin found herself at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied advertising and public relations. (Go Big Red!)

During her time at school, Karin was able to have experiences doing public relations and advertising for both in-house teams and traditional agencies. She has a passion for writing, connecting with brands and for people, whether that be from working with social media, through client relations or building relationships with her coworkers.

Karin will be calling Seattle home in the next few months, where she is excited to explore the city, hiking, and enjoying new scenery. When Karin isn’t working, you can find her running, reading, traveling or spending time with her friends and family.

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Nandi Butcher

Senior Consultant

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Nandi Butcher

Senior Consultant

Nandi brings more than a decade of experience working with government, non-profit and for-profit health care organizations. She specializes in brand development, integrated marketing communications and community engagement for the organization’s ever-expanding roster of clients. She is a big fan of running, chocolate, smart conversations and a good laugh.

Stephanie Mudgett, Senior Consultant

Stephanie Mudgett

Senior Consultant

Stephanie Mudgett, Senior Consultant

Stephanie Mudgett

Senior Consultant

Stephanie has been bringing her energy, critical thinking and innovative ideas to crisis, corporate and executive communications for 30 years. The Seattle native has extensive experience working with Fortune 50 brands, C-suite executives, technology companies and venture capitalists.

A majority of her career was spent in communications at The Boeing Company, and she remains an aviation enthusiast to this day. A storyteller and writer at heart, she brings to our Fearey team her skills in media relations, strategic messaging, reputation management and government affairs.

Theresa Stone

Creative Designer

Theresa Stone

Creative Designer

Theresa Stone, well-known for her strategic imagination in aligning business goals with creative strategy and expression, has successfully led brand design and marketing engagements for clients such as Rachael Ray’s non-profit foundation, Yum-o!, Microsoft, University of Washington, Stanford University, Global Partnerships, WithinReach, Qualcomm Life, John Legend’s Show Me Campaign and ParentMap. Her experience across a variety of industries—including technology, healthcare, retail, consumer products, professional services, education and foundation and non-profit organizations—enables Theresa to bring real-world understanding and results-proven perspective to clients who seek to develop deeper relationships with their customers.

Theresa has been a hands-on product designer and entrepreneur herself, launching Me Giant, a line of children’s apparel; after two years of successful management, she sold the operations.

She earned her Master of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington in 2010 and holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of Washington. Upon completing her Masters degree, Theresa now sits on the MCDM Advisory Board and Four Peaks Leadership Team.

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