0

ABOUT

WHO ARE WE?

There’s no question – we’re a bit different than other agencies. We have the expertise, clout, and reach of a large agency, combined with the agility, creativity, and client service associated with the best boutique firms. And we’re addicted to a get-it-done approach. We intentionally select projects that are supported by a client’s emotional investment and sense of urgency. The stronger your commitment, the more powerful our resolve.

BUILD

Ready for a little less conversation, and a lot more action?

BUILD
BREAK THROUGH

Some breakthroughs just happen. Others take a great PR firm. It's now or never.

BREAK THROUGH
REPAIR

Crisis got you all shook up? You’ve come to the right place.

REPAIR

Our Team

Adele Gambardella-Cehrs
Adele Gambardella-Cehrs
CEO & Founder
About Adele
Adele Gambardella-Cehrs is the author of SPIKE Your Brand ROI: How to Maximize Reputation and Get Results. As CEO of Epic, Adele has overseen the development of numerous award-winning local and national PR campaigns. A recognized authority in the public relations field, Adele is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Crisis of the Week Column. She has been quoted in Forbes, Washington Business Journal, PR Week and the Washington Post and has appeared on CNN Headline News, NPR and Fox Business Network Happy Hour. Adele enjoys cooking, swimming and watching classic films with her husband Erik and being with her son Christian and daughter Sienna.
Vanessa Hanson
Vanessa Hanson
Sr. PR and Marketing Director
About Vanessa
Vanessa has nine years of experience working on award-winning campaigns. She started her career at a PR firm where she worked on award-winning campaigns for nonprofits, associations and government clients such as Glass Packaging Institute, National Apartment Association, State Department and Fulbright Scholar Program. Moreover, she secured media in the New York Times, Huffington Post and appeared on the Today Show and Telemundo as a spokesperson. She has also led award-winning social media campaigns, managed re-branding efforts for large associations and corporations and coordinated successful media relations events. As a Spanish native Spanish speaker, she has translated campaign materials and provided voice-overs for training and promotional videos. Vanessa is a lover of food, office supplies and all things comfort. She enjoys spending time with her husband, shopping, discovering new local spots and usually starts her days at the barre.
Erin Classen
Erin Classen
Senior Account Executive
About Erin
With nearly five years of experience under her belt, Erin joins the Epic team straight out of the NASCAR world, where she worked with clients such as Sprint, 3M and XFINITY. Erin is no stranger to high-pressure, demanding situations. Having been part of a team that represented Sprint week in and week out at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events across the country, she is able to adapt and adjust to anything that’s thrown her way. She managed all social media channels for 3M Racing – the NASCAR branch of 3M – as they sponsored Jeff Gordon in his final season. In addition, she also worked with the title sponsor of NASCAR’s second tier, XFINITY, helping to secure placements in national publications, and on national motorsports-focused shows like NBCSN’s NASCAR America and FS1’s Race Hub. Despite being an admitted workaholic, Erin takes advantage of her free time. When she’s not traveling around the country visiting friends and family, she enjoys trying new restaurants, reading and binge-watching her favorite shows!
Alex Booze
Alex Booze
Account Executive
About Alex
As an Account Executive, Alex provides our clients with written content, public relations strategy, social media management and marketing assistance. As an experienced PR and communications professional, Alex brings nearly a decade of communications experience to Epic. She received a degree in News/Editorial Journalism and Broadcast in 2009, and a Masters of Public Administration and Political Communication in 2010. Throughout her career, she has worked with numerous media outlets such as Fox News, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN, MTV News, and the Associated Press, among others. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Washington Examiner, The Hill, Daily Caller, .Mic, and others. When she’s not traveling the world for her food and travel blog, East Coast Contessas, you can find her strolling the busy sidewalks of New York City on weekends in search of unicorn lattes and rainbow bagels, scouring the shelves at a local bookstore to add to her Ronald Reagan collection, or planning her next big travel adventure
Brian Carter
Brian Carter
Director of Digital Media
About Brian
Brian Carter is the #1 bestselling author of The Like Economy, LinkedIn for Business, Facebook Marketing, and The Cowbell Principle. He is respected as an international authority on how organizations can generate bigger business results. Brian pioneers and executes results-focused strategies and tactics. In 2011, Brian and his students were the first to achieve and publish case studies of Facebook marketing sales and profits at a time when most marketers believed Facebook profits were impossible. His clients achieve results 50% to 400% above average. Over the last several years, he has again thrilled the industry by proving Facebook marketing also works well for B2B.
Jennifer Cohen
Jennifer Cohen
Director of Events
About Jennifer
Jen Cohen Crompton has extensive experience with small businesses, including founding her own business, Something Creative, in 2008. Since joining Epic, Crompton has worked to create and launch Binge Marketing 2017. This one-day retreat with high-profile marketers is an innovative un-conference lead by thought leaders such as Charlene Li, Dorie Clark and Cameron Craig.
Freddie McKenna
Freddie McKenna
Creative Director and Copy Writer
About Freddie
Freddie is Epic PR’s veteran creative director and copywriter, with broad expertise across all media and most categories. She’s convinced parents to buy Little Tykes toys, boomers to join AARP, urban audiences to tune in to WHUR and military families to choose GEICO insurance. Freddie has sold HRT therapies to women over 50 and LEVITRA to their husbands. She’s moved high-end furniture and pushed inexpensive vacuum cleaners. She’s sold non-stick cookware, antidepressants, gourmet cupcakes, carbon airplane rakes, costume jewelry and facial hair remover for men. For Freddie, marketing is about building a bridge between the product and the person, and that means understanding both. In her spare time, she likes to hike, do yoga, rant about politics, make jewelry and go flea market shopping.
Jackie Lewis
Jackie Lewis
Account Coordinator
About Jackie
Jackie Lewis is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with degrees in Journalism and International Politics. As account coordinator. she assists the Account Executives in creating media lists, press releases, and social content. Jackie's background in data, research and media monitoring is a resource we tap for Epic's clients. Jackie has an intense love for all things relating to dogs, food, and Kanye (yes, she knows).
Pat Gibson
Pat Gibson
Association Consultant
About Pat
Pat Gibson is a senior executive with a passion for turning organizational vision into reality. With deep experience working in both start-up and turnaround situations in nonprofit associations and for-profit companies, she has proven abilities to develop internal capacity to deliver on strategic initiatives, including analysis, planning and budgeting, scaling to multi-site organizations, and communicating effective messages to target audiences. Pat is an avid cyclist and loves to travel with her husband and two sons.
Stefanie Zonnekeyn
Stefanie Zonnekeyn
Executive Assistant for the CEO
About Stefanie
Stefanie has six years of experience working for a health and beauty industry at a global company based in Belgium called A.S. Watson. After assuming her role as a buyer’s assistant for six-months, she was promoted to the position of commercial planner. Her knowledge of the European retail market and expertise in social media helped her clients garner success. Raised in Belgium, she started her career as a manager’s assistant for one of the biggest commercial retail businesses in the world and quickly moved up the ladder. Stefanie is fluent in three languages including Dutch, English and French. She moved to the United States in November last year with her husband and daughter Ilina. When she isn’t at the office she enjoys spending time with her family and getting to know the American culture. She loves discovering new places in Washington D.C. and occasionally she loves a great night out with her husband.
Brendan Kownacki
Brendan Kownacki
Producer
About Brendan
Brendan is an experienced and innovative producer who is working daily to push the boundaries of content utilization in public communication. Kownacki leverages his background producing network news and connections in the entertainment industry to combine informational and public affairs messaging with celebrity influencers and a visually significant approach, to make sure viewers won't look away. Brendan shares his expertise broadly, both to serve clients and to educate groups on the power of communications. His clients include media outlets, the music industry, food policy initiatives and numerous veterans groups; including work on Prince Harry's 2016 Invictus Games where Kownacki and his team spearheaded the celebrity ambassador program and produced content throughout the games. Kownacki has contributed to several documentaries, produced TV commercials, corporate videos, and was among the production team responsible for the long running PBS political roundtable show Think Tank. In 2009, Brendan worked with national television networks including ABC News, MSNBC and FOX Business Network, and MTV to simultaneously deliver coverage of the 2009 Inaugural events to national and international audiences. Since 2011, Brendan has served as the Senior Contributor for Hollywood on the Potomac, a Washington D.C. lifestyle website that looks at the intersect of power, politics, advocacy and celebrity culture in the Nation’s Capital and all over the world. Brendan has contributed written and video pieces to the site on topics ranging from the Kennedy Center Honors, George Clooney's initiatives to stop Genocide in the Sudan to President Barack Obama's arts programs and everything in between. Kownacki is also an annual guest lecturer in the School of Communication at American University, his Alma Mater.