Walker Sands

Meet Our Team

Our team members are our greatest asset.

Our ability to deliver outstanding results for our clients starts with our team of smart, capable PR experts. We come from a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds that range from ex-journalists and former McKinsey consultants to in-house professionals for brands that include The Huffington Post, Tellabs, and Groupon.

As unique as we are individually, we share a mutual passion for technology and doing excellent work for our clients and partners. We pride ourselves on our strategic, integrated approach to public relations and the results it delivers.

Get to know your Walker Sands team below.

Executive Management

Mike Santoro, President/Principal

Mike Santoro


Ken Gaebler, Founder/Principal

Ken Gaebler


Ellen Hanson, Chief Operating Officer

Ellen Hanson

Chief Operating Officer

Corporate Team

Will Barthel, Business Development

Will Barthel

Vice President of Business Development

Trish Bautista, Executive Assistant

Trish Kalchbrenner

Executive Assistant

Courtney Beasley, Marketing Manager

Courtney Beasley

Marketing Manager

Chicago Public Relations Team

Tim Morral, Senior Copywriter

Tim Morral

Director of Editorial Content

James Richter, Content Strategist

James Richter

Content Strategist

Kelsey Gunderson, Account Executive

Kelsey Gunderson

Content Strategist

Jeff Stehlin, Content Specialist

Jeff Stehlin

Content Specialist

Andrew Cross, Account Director

Andrew Cross

Senior Account Director

Will Kruisbrink, Account Director

Will Kruisbrink

Senior Account Director

Dave Parro, Account Director

Dave Parro

Senior Account Director

Bobby Chilver, Senior Account Executive

Bobby Chilver

Account Director

Sarah Dietze, Account Executive

Sarah Dietze

Senior Account Executive

Allison Dreiband, Senior Account Executive

Allison Dreiband

Senior Account Executive

Annie Gudorf, Account Executive

Annie Gudorf

Senior Account Executive

Erin Jordan, Account Executive

Erin Jordan

Senior Account Executive

Meg Avril, Account Executive

Meg Avril

Account Executive

Beth Kempton, Account Executive

Beth Kempton

Account Executive

Maggie Nichols, Account Executive

Maggie Nichols

Account Executive

Meghan Spork, Account Executive

Meghan Spork

Account Executive

Matilda Swartz, Account Executive

Matilda Swartz

Account Executive

Sarah Brandon, Senior Media Relations Specialist

Sarah Brandon

Account Executive

Kaitlin Mansour, Account Executive

Kaitlin Mansour

Account Executive

Jennifer Mulligan, Senior Media Relations Specialist

Jennifer Mulligan

Account Executive

Payal Shukla, Senior Media Relations Specialist

Payal Shukla

Account Executive

Tyler Balkin, Media Relations Specialist

Tyler Balkin

Media Relations Specialist

Katie Beyer, Media Relations Specialist

Katie Beyer

Media Relations Specialist

Becca Courtney, Media Relations Specialist

Becca Courtney

Media Relations Specialist

Sydney DeLosh, Media Relations Specialist

Sydney DeLosh

Media Relations Specialist

Claire Deneen, Media Relations Specialist

Claire Deneen

Media Relations Specialist

Bridget Devine, Media Relations Specialist

Bridget Devine

Media Relations Specialist

Kiara Goodwin, Media Relations Specialist

Kiara Goodwin

Media Relations Specialist

Rachel Gulden, Media Relations Specialist

Rachel Gulden

Senior Media Relations Specialist

Theresa Ianni, Media Relations Specialist

Theresa Ianni

Media Relations Specialist

Annika Jacobsson, Media Relations Specialist

Annika Jacobsson

Media Relations Specialist

Alex Mamach, Media Relations Specialist

Alex Mamach

Media Relations Specialist

Brittany Martin, Media Relations Specialist

Brittany Martin

Media Relations Specialist

Kate Nettenstrom, Media Relations Specialist

Kate Nettenstrom

Senior Media Relations Specialist

Anna Shymanski, Media Relations Specialist

Anna Shymanski

Media Relations Specialist

Strategy Team

Digital Strategy Advisor

Prash Pokala

Strategy Advisor

Digital Strategy Advisor

Sunil Soman

Strategy Advisor

Chicago Web Design Team

John Fairley, Director of Web Services and Social Media

John Fairley

Vice President of Web Services and Social Media

San Nayak, Senior Programmer

Sanketa Nayak

Senior Programmer

Jillian Kent, Web Designer

Jillian Kent

Senior Designer

Ann Hagner, Junior Web Designer

Ann Hagner

Junior Web Designer

Daniel Laloggia, Digital Marketing Manager

Daniel Laloggia

Digital Marketing Manager

Dan Park, Digital Account Executive

Dan Park

Digital Account Executive

Colleen Garvey, Interactive Marketing Specialist

Colleen Garvey

Interactive Marketing Specialist

Allison Lautz, Interactive Marketing Specialist

Allison Lautz

Front End Developer

Katie Donabedian, Digital Marketing Specialist

Katie Donabedian

Digital Account Executive

Quinn Sharp, Digital Marketing Specialist

Quinn Sharp

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist

Nate Ude, Interactive Media Developer

Nate Ude

Development Team Lead

Adee Feiner, Digital Content Specialist

Adee Feiner

Digital Content Specialist