The Fearey Group Team

They say a chain is only as good as its weakest link. Lucky for us, every link is solid at The Fearey Group. 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 The Fearey Group?

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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 The Fearey Group, 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.

Emiko Hashisaki

Emi Hashisaki

Director

Emiko Hashisaki

Emi Hashisaki

Director

After spending over a decade in San Francisco working on multi-disciplinary public relations, marketing, advertising and branding efforts for public health, transportation, and environmental conservation issues, Emi is thrilled to be back in home in Seattle, serving clients with strong regional ties. She specializes in using integrated communication strategies to help clients address challenges both large and small.

When she isn’t in the office, Emi spends her free time running around North Seattle with her dog, Olive. She also enjoys taking pottery classes, snowboarding, hiking, camping, sailing and traveling.

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 The Fearey Group. 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 coffeeshops; and is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan — as well as a reluctant New York Knicks fan.

Nikki Arnone

Account Supervisor

Nikki Arnone

Account Supervisor

Nikki Arnone is an Account Supervisor at The Fearey Group. 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.

Maya Dartiguenave

Senior Account Executive

Maya Dartiguenave

Senior Account Executive

Born and raised on the east coast, Maya made the move to the Pacific Northwest after earning her graduate degree from the University of Florida. Since then, she has gained communications and marketing experience in a number of industries, including mortgage, nonprofit, and audio entertainment. A creative writer by nature, Maya values compelling and entertaining storytelling, and taking the road less traveled when it comes to problem-solving.

Outside of the office, you can find Maya reading, writing, trying out a new crafting project, and actively rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles, who she proudly considers to be the superior bird of the NFL. (Sorry, Seahawks fans.)

Lauren Mansur

Account Executive

Lauren Mansur

Account Executive

A lover of language and embracer of fluidity, Lauren’s adaptability helps her take on communications projects with ease. Some days, she might be working her word muscles by crafting social media content and blog posts for clients. Other days, you can find her advising on communications plans or content strategy.

This adaptability also helped when Lauren moved from one Washington to the other (ahem, better) one. Originally from New Hampshire, she spent time working for environmental nonprofits and a graduate program in Washington, D.C., after which she landed in political communications in Seattle, eventually making her way to an LGBTQ nonprofit and into HIV/STI prevention within King County. Grounding Lauren’s work is a passion for helping others and a sense of curiosity, driving an interest in figuring out what resonates with different audiences and thoroughly understanding clients and their goals.

Outside of the office, Lauren can be found pondering volcanoes and public health, backpacking and bird watching simultaneously, listening to concerts from behind very tall people, catching up on long-form journalism in a frenzy and affirming the cuteness of Seattle’s many sidewalk corgis.

Erin Dubots

Erin Dubots

Account Coordinator

Erin Dubots

Erin Dubots

Account Coordinator

Erin is an Account Coordinator at The Fearey Group. Born and raised in upstate New York, she moved to the West Coast to bring her passion for PR to The Fearey Group, joining the company first as a Production Assistant. She enjoys writing and storytelling, has experience in graphic design and loves developing brand identities through social media. 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 Coordinator

Bailie Pelletier

Account Coordinator

Originally from the Midwest, Bailie ventured out west to join The Fearey Group 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.

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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.

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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