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Team Taft

Our Team

There’s no substitute for experience, expertise, and passion. By design, Team Taft is a blend of seasoned communications pros, the next generation of innovative problem-solvers, and a network of subject matter experts from the top levels of corporate, nonprofit, and government communications.

The Team

Hannah Bealer

DIGITAL MANAGER

Hannah is a natural-born storyteller whose work appears in digital form, to the delight of Taft clients looking to get their stories told in ways that enhance their brands and build strong online communities.

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Meghan Bianco

SENIOR MANAGER

Meghan’s inside game is as strong as her outside game. She provides high-level external and internal communication strategies, making sure that — no matter who the audience is — Taft clients’ mission and products are accurately and compellingly portrayed.

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Lydia Blandon

SENIOR DIRECTOR

With more than two decades working in global corporate communications at some of the world’s most notable life science and financial brands, Lydia is a proven strategic and creative thinker.

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Elliot Bloom

SENIOR CONSULTANT

The man is a pro’s pro (and a prose pro, too). None of that is surprising, given Elliot’s deep and broad experience in all facets of strategic communications, branding, crisis management, and all-around ability to come up with great ideas.

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Aaron Brown

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Aaron has spent 15 years helping brands find their true voices — and then figuring out how to make sure they are heard.

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Caitlin Chase

SENIOR MANAGER

Caitlin puts her considerable talents to use supporting strategic planning, media outreach, and internal communications for ReThink Energy NJ, Bristol Myers Squibb, and other Taft clients.

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Sheila Cort

SENIOR DIRECTOR & COACH

Executives across the country think of Sheila as “coach.” That’s how she delivers through Taft ClearPoint®, strengthening the leadership communications skills of individuals and teams.

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Ted Deutsch

CEO

Ted doesn’t just drive successful client service and Taft’s overall growth. He also rolls up his sleeves to give the firm’s staff and clients the benefit of nearly 25 years’ experience in corporate communications and public affairs.

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John Ellis

SENIOR CONSULTANT

This guy knows how to win over a room. After a career that included professional acting in New York, John provides Taft clients with the benefits of his interest and expertise in speech, locution and organizational communications.

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Edgar Enriquez

SENIOR ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Edgar brings a background of devising and cultivating public relations strategies for clients in healthcare, engineering, law, and public utilities focused on attracting and sustaining coverage in a crowded and competitive media landscape.

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David Ferraro

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Thousands — if not millions — of people have seen David’s creative work and been moved to action as a result. His thing is designing engaging, memorable, and effective communications pieces that advance client objectives.

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Erika Joseph Bergen

CONSULTANT

Erika’s passion is bringing teams of people together to meet clients’ needs, unlock opportunities, and drive maximum collective performance.

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Jesseka Kadylak

SENIOR MANAGER, DIGITAL MEDIA

Her title says it. Jesseka keeps Taft clients up to the minute on the latest trends in Twitter, Facebook, and social media platforms you haven’t heard of yet.

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Bob Laverty

SENIOR CONSULTANT

From the very beginning of his career — he started out as a hospital pharmacist — Bob’s passion has been helping educate people about their health.

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Connie Ludwin

VICE PRESIDENT

The skills and energy she tapped to create an award-winning model for the first statewide collaboration of Boys & Girls Clubs in the country, Connie now puts behind Taft’s clients.

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Laura McCormick

SENIOR MANAGER, ACCOUNT OPERATIONS

Behind the scenes of any successful endeavor, there’s someone making sure everything gets done on time and on budget. At Taft, that’s Laura.

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Kassy J. McGourty

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Kassy’s passion is to make the complex simple in healthcare. She translates the intricacies of diseases, treatments, and processes into language that informs and inspires.

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Mark S. McNulty

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

“Dollars and sense” are Mark’s department, and it’s a good thing, too. He has overall responsibility for Taft’s financial, risk management, and IT operations.

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Jordan Mehan

ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Jordan brings her skills and smarts to Taft, where she conducts and organizes research, drafts compelling news releases, and monitors media coverage and performance analytics.

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Kylie Nixholm

ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Kylie creates top-notch social media, uses her video and media relations skills, and provides project management support and other guidance for Taft’s clients.

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Jayne O’Connor

VICE PRESIDENT

Jayne’s career has put her at the frontlines of political battles and cutting-edge healthcare innovations. The common thread is that she is a shoulder-to-shoulder partner who helps clients.

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Oliver Quinn

SENIOR CONSULTANT

You can’t fake gravitas; Oliver is the real thing. This long-time veteran of Newark and New Jersey business and public affairs advises our clients on compliance and ethics, dispute resolution, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion.

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Jon Shure

SENIOR DIRECTOR

Thanks to a career communicating about policy and public affairs, Jon has a knack for getting complex points across in clear, relatable language. The key: meeting people where they are so you can get them where you want them to go.

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Jemia Kinsey Singleton

SENIOR MANAGER

An expert in reaching diverse audiences, Jemia Kinsey Singleton’s provided communications advice and support to various local and national brands and organizations.

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Mara Connolly Taft

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR EMERITA

A penchant for finding just the right creative expression made Mara a national branding and marketing expert who helped create iconic brands and put several megabrands on the map.

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Pete Taft

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER

A journalist’s curiosity and a drive to help others find their truest voice have been hallmarks of Pete’s extraordinary career.

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Carmella Vindigni

BOOKKEEPER

For the Taft team, the client comes first. Carmella runs a close second, at least when it comes to getting in time cards and expense reports. She makes sure the bills get paid and all of Taft’s financial records are up to the minute.

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Lisa Williams

SENIOR MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES

Lisa plays an integral role at Taft, overseeing and managing HR functions such as recruitment, employee development, and DEI initiatives, as well as the firm’s community service and team-building activities.

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Career Opportunities

When you work for Taft, family comes first, with clients a very close second. We get birthdays off. We take time for service and fun days, together. We collaborate well and play nicely in our sandbox. And we make a big difference for our clients.

We’re currently accepting applications for the following positions.

Communications Internship

Lawrenceville, NJ/07/01/2021

We’re looking for an awesome and ambitious Communications Intern who thinks outside the box to help convey ideas, accomplish missions, and inspire meaningful change for both our corporate and nonprofit clients. This position calls for a...

Administrative Assistant

Lawrenceville/07/01/2021

Our ideal Administrative Assistant is a go getter from start to finish — who pitches in to fill gaps and ensures no detail goes overlooked. And there’s a lot more to the job than that! Do you enjoy being an integral part of the team, facing...

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Our Work

Finding the right voice and telling the right story is a powerful combination. See how we've helped businesses and nonprofits reach their goals.