Team

With close to 200 years of combined experience, our collective expertise covers nearly every business and consumer technology industry. We’re proud to not be a “revolving door” agency – our seasoned team is in it for the long haul.

Wynne Ahern :

Wynne Ahern

Wynne Ahern is a communications strategist with nearly 20 years of corporate, brand and product communications experience in the technology industry. Wynne is the founder and CEO of CommStrat, a boutique public relations firm primarily servicing consumer and enterprise technology startup companies. Over the course of her career, she has positioned, launched and marketed hundreds of products and companies in a wide variety of market segments including consumer, FinTech, mobile, media and education technology, among others.

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Jessica Cheney :

Jessica Cheney

Jessica Cheney has more than a decade of technology experience managing public relations campaigns including account management, content development, media relations, digital strategy, product launches and event planning for a wide variety of industries. At CommStrat, Jessica works with education technology, B2B, and consumer companies.

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Linden Kohtz :

Linden Kohtz

Linden Kohtz has nearly a decade of PR experience representing brands in emerging technology, consumer lifestyle, personal finance and mobile spaces. She specializes in managing PR campaigns including account planning, messaging and positioning, strategy, content development, media relations and product launches.

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Liz Helton :

Liz Helton

Liz Helton has more than seven years of PR experience within the consumer and B2B tech space, representing companies with an emphasis in wireless, consumer electronics, mobile applications, family lifestyle, pet technology and real estate. She specializes in media and client relations, overseeing campaigns and managing day-to-day operations of accounts.

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Jenny Russo :

Jenny Russo

Jenny has more than twelve years of consumer public relations experience. She has numerous relationships with top-tier media covering consumer and emerging technologies including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Fortune and Re/code. At CommStrat Jenny works with consumer companies.

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Allie Gavan :

Allie Gavan

Allie is an accomplished, results-oriented public relations professional with extensive experience representing lifestyle, culinary, hospitality, and destination clients on both coasts. Prior to joining CommStrat, Allie directed the Food and Beverage and Consumer Brands group at Cinch  PR. At Cinch PR, Allie led accounts including Freemark Abbey Winery, La Crema Winery, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sequoia Grove Winery, Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, and Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Proper Hospitality, The Barlow,  Dirty Habit, Charlie Palmer’s Burritt Room + Tavern, Blu Kicks and Kenu, among others.  A media relations specialist and expert communicator, Allie has a knack for identifying and securing unique press opportunities for both emerging and established brands.

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Kathleen Williams :

Kathleen Williams

Kathleen Williams is an entertainment marketing professional who operates with the belief that strategic leveraging of pop culture can catapult a brand’s awareness in the public psyche to new levels. Her 23 years in public relations and entertainment marketing for consumer, technology and fashion brands have given her a keen understanding of the power entertainment and pop culture serve as vehicles to promote brands.

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Jamie Simmons :

Jamie Simmons

Jamie Simmons has more than 20 years of experience securing print, radio, television and online coverage for a variety of clients, predominantly in the consumer technology arena. Over that time, he has developed ongoing working relationships with media professionals around the country. Since joining CommStrat, Jamie has focused on media relations for emerging technology companies as well as consumer food-related products with an emphasis on outreach to consumer media and mommy blogs for clients including the Flip Video and Linksys products of Cisco, Animoto, Nuvyyo (maker of Tablo), SnapBox, as well as Godiva Coffee and The MELT Restaurant chain.

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Jan Wiedrick-Kozlowski :

Jan Wiedrick-Kozlowski

Jan Wiedrick-Kozlowski has specialized in media and analyst relations for more than twenty years. In addition to CommStrat, she has worked for a number of agencies including Eskenzi PR, UpStart Communications, Hain PR and Activa PR.

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Liz Youngs :

Liz Youngs

Liz Youngs, who has over 22 years of experience in public relations, handles media, analyst and speaker relations for her clients, developing highly targeted and effective PR outreach programs. With a deep focus on security, mobile, cloud and networking, some of the clients Liz has been involved with over the years include: GuardianEdge Security, Red Seal, NFR Security, Curriculum Associates, CK-12, Clever, Cotendo, Cisco, BEA, Centrify, Dasient, Bridgewater, Newbridge Networks, MITEL, Regulus Group, Google, Codian Videoconferencing, Porticor, Vectra Networks, Avi Networks, Vidder, Gemini Solutions and many others.

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Alina Tichacek :

Alina Tichacek

Alina Tichacek has experience in all facets of public relations, including content development, media relations, digital strategy and social media marketing. With her years of managing publicity for a variety of industries – everything from arts & entertainment to health & wellness and technology – she draws the best practices of each industry together to create the ultimate PR package. At CommStrat, Alina works with B2B, consumer, and education technology companies.

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