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

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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Elliot Bloom

SENIOR DIRECTOR

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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Sheila Cort

DIRECTOR & SENIOR COACH

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

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Jenna DeMato

SENIOR ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

It’s no surprise that Jenna hit the ground at Taft running, considering that she earned her chops at ScarletPR, a student-run public relations agency at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

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Ted Deutsch

PRESIDENT

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 DIRECTOR

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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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 PROJECT MANAGER

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 COUNSELOR

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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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 COUNSELOR

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

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

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

CEO

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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Anne Wallentine

CONSULTANT

Anne is a skilled writer and communications strategist whose keen creative eye and strategic insights have helped numerous Taft clients achieve their goals.

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Lisa Williams

MANAGER, OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES

Whatever happens at Taft, Lisa is in the middle of it. Her significant organizational skills keep projects running smoothly and she makes sure paperwork never slows the firm down.

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Career Opportunites

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.

Senior Manager or Director*

Lawrenceville, NJ/09/23/2020

The world is changing before our eyes. Today’s “new normal” is tomorrow’s old news. Our clients want more than a quick fix or a glib line. They want to make a difference. They have a sense of responsibility, not just to their financial...

Freelance Corporate Comms: Pharma

Lawrenceville, NJ/07/16/2020

Is corporate comms your thing? No business succeeds if the people working there aren’t all on the same page when it comes to understanding and being able to communicate the mission. Much of Taft’s work involves helping companies achieve...

Public Relations Internships

Lawrenceville, NJ/07/14/2020

Gain experience at Taft! Taft Communications, a Lawrenceville-based communications firm, is looking to hire a part-time intern for the fall. Taft is a mid-sized and dynamic communications firm specializing in the healthcare and pharmaceutical...

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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.