Fearey 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, Owner

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Aaron Blank

CEO, Owner

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. 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!

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Laura Tufts

Vice President

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Laura Tufts

Vice President

Laura brings more than 25 years of communications and marketing experience working with non-profit and for-profit businesses in health care, real estate, higher education and hospitality sectors. She specializes in development of complex communications strategies, crisis communication protocol and execution, event planning, brand development, integrated marketing communications and community engagement. Having spent most of her career on the client side, she brings a balanced perspective to the team.

She is a big fan of her husband and three kids, and she thinks driving soccer carpool is one of the best jobs in town — and she can’t get enough of cheering her kids on from the sideline. She loves enjoying a hot cup of coffee in the morning and a glass of crisp sauvignon blanc in the evening. When not in the office you can find her walking, peddling or paddling Greenlake, sweating it out in a hot yoga class, tending to the flowers in her garden or having a laugh with friends.

Personal Mantra: Celebrate the moment, enjoy life and find happiness everywhere.

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Christine Nettles

Administrative Director

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Christine Nettles

Administrative Director

Chris 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 Chris 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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Chris Guizlo

Director

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Chris Guizlo

Director

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, taking in a Seahawks game, playing with his dogs, London and Wellington, or traveling around the country for airline miles.

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Jacque Seaman

Director

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Jacque Seaman

Director

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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Audrey Tanberg

Senior Social Media + Digital Strategist

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Audrey Tanberg

Senior Social Media + Digital Strategist

Audrey is a seasoned social media professional with over 15 years of marketing experience. From content creation to community management, she develops strategies using data, current trends and best practices to successfully reach and engage with audiences on social media. Her background in social media includes marketing retail, non-profit, healthcare, food and beverage, travel and tourism, hospitality, economic interest groups, bloggers, interior design, entertainment and community events.

When not geeking out on the newest trends in social media, you can find her baking cookies, standing up for racial and social justice, throwing a ball for her dogs or playing board games with her wife and two kids.

Kayla Blevins, Senior Account Executive

Kayla Blevins

Senior Account Executive

Kayla Blevins, Senior Account Executive

Kayla Blevins

Senior Account Executive

Passionate about all things advertising and PR, Kayla thrives in fast-paced environments. With a background in sports, healthcare, nonprofit and retail, she brings a wide variety of experience. A tenacious worker, she gets her hands dirty in everything from heading up PR campaigns to developing strategy and social media initiatives. Her pull-no-punches attitude creates the kind of honest communication we love here at Fearey. She was trained in the trenches of the University of Missouri School of Journalism with a focus in strategic communications and also holds a minor in business.

Outside the office, you’ll likely find Kayla in the mountains. An avid backpacker, she prefers to spend her weekends above 10,000 feet.

Hannah Olson

Senior Account Executive

Hannah Olson

Senior Account Executive

Hannah is a strategic storyteller with experience in public relations and nonprofit development. She has led communication and fundraising campaigns across diverse industries that focus on impactful community and employee engagement, and built brand awareness for B2B and consumer tech companies. Her expertise lies in content development, client and media relations and corporate social responsibility.

Hannah moved to the Bay Area right after graduating from University of Oregon’s Journalism school. As a Portland-native, however, she couldn’t stay away from the beautiful PNW and she’s been in Seattle for the past three years. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys “hiking” around Seattle neighborhoods – sometimes it’s even on a real trail, finding the latest and greatest happy hours, and catching up with her book club over brunch.

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Olivia Fuller

Account Executive

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Olivia Fuller

Account Executive

Olivia is a passionate multimedia communicator with experience in journalism, audio and video production and social media. She assists with public relations at The Fearey Group as an assistant account executive. She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her degree in journalism and political science with a minor in international studies. During her college years, she interned at the Seattle Globalist, My Edmonds News and KING 5 News and served as the executive producer of The Daily Video at UW. As a Colorado native and resident of Seattle, her recipe for survival depends on outdoor adventures, music shows and coffee.

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Madalyn Chau

Assistant Account Executive

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Madalyn Chau

Assistant Account Executive

Madalyn is a creative strategic communications professional, who brings her diverse and unique work experience to our Professional Services and Real Estate team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations and visual communication design from Eastern Washington University and was a co-founding member in reinstating Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) there. Soon after graduating, she flew across the world to England and spent a year earning her master’s degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Leeds.

Prior to The Fearey Group, Madalyn gained nonprofit communications experience working for Pacific Science Center, United Way of Snohomish County and YWCA Spokane, supporting and project managing a variety of projects in social media marketing, media outreach, brand awareness and integrated marketing communications.

In her spare time, you can find Madalyn at the dog park with her shepherd mix, Marley, exploring the great outdoors or at hot yoga. She loves traveling and enjoys immersing herself in different cultures. Madalyn is inspired by art, painting, and interior design, and enjoys cooking and photography. Madalyn is also a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy, pomegranates, popcorn and a nice glass of vino.

Bobby Whittingham

Assistant Account Executive

Bobby Whittingham

Assistant Account Executive

Bobby is a communication enthusiast and recent PR grad from the University of Oregon. He has intense passions for all things social media and connecting people to brands through storytelling. Prior to The Fearey Group, Bobby interned for the University of Oregon’s athletic department during the football team’s 2015 National Championship run. He was drawn to The Fearey Group’s equal love for social media and looks forward to strengthening his PR skills and growing with the talented team.

When Bobby isn’t developing media lists you can find him attempting to expand his personal Twitter following, jogging along the Burke-Gilman Trail or cheering on ‘DA BEARS’ at a local watering hole.

Kristin Peixotto

Production Assistant

Kristin Peixotto

Production Assistant

A recent graduate of the University of Oregon, Kristin Peixotto (Pea-show-toe) is a strategic communicator focused on engaging publics through the power of technology. Kristin comes to us with a wide range of experience. Past roles have included internships at scholastic Books, Sustainable Seattle, Verve Northwest Communication, and more.

In her free time Kristin is lifting weights at the gym, spending time at the horse stables, or visiting her parents in Gig Harbor.

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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.

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Laura Ray

Senior Consultant

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Laura Ray

Senior Consultant

Laura knows the architecture, engineering and contractor world better than anyone. And her passion for sustainability runs through every Fearey initiative. Her built clients have included Perkins+Will Seattle, Sellen Construction, Studio Meng Strazzara and the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Prior to joining Fearey, she served as PR Director for Callison Seattle and Senior PR Manager overseeing PR efforts for NBBJ globally. She moved to Seattle 15+ years ago to help open the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project while at another agency. Laura lives in the artsy Fremont neighborhood in Seattle with her husband and two children.

When’s she’s not working, you can find her running, biking, hiking, paddling, skiing or remodeling their mid-century modern bungalow. Laura also served on the Board for Design in Public, an extension of the AIA Seattle.

 

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.

Justin Anderson

Videographer

Justin Anderson

Videographer

Justin creates videos and podcasts for our clients and for The Fearey Group’s website content channels, from filming to editing to media management. When he’s not filming, you can find him playing music around town.

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