SHERRY MATTHEWS

CEO/FOUNDER

A close friend once told Sherry she was “just a little watchdog for society, barking at the corner of truth and democracy.” You can count on Sherry to be on the frontlines when it comes to social justice, health, transportation, and the environment. Her first book (wewerenotorphans.com) is about the abuse of children under state care.

WARDALEEN BELVIN

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Wardaleen oversees contracts, budgets, accounting, and analytics and is the chief advisor on public service campaigns nationwide. Her wicked sense of humor puts clients at ease and delights everyone she meets.

KAREN PURCELL

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/MEDIA AND OPERATIONS

Calm, collected, and always-focused Karen has negotiated for millions of dollars in free media and has developed tracking systems to prove clients are getting their money's worth. She also wins the award for longest-tenured employee at Sherry Matthews Group: She's been with the agency since 1984.

CHARLES WEBRE

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/CREATIVE

After a successful 15-year career in New York, London, and Paris with some of the world's top agencies and clients, Charles returned to his Texas roots and his first ad agency employer. His talent and boundless energy amaze and inspire his clients, and he’s won nearly every major creative award there is.

KLAUDIA MARINO

Director of Research/Strategist

If you have a challenge and want fresh thinking to attack it, Klaudia’s your go-to-person. Her mantra is focus: take your stand and own it like nobody’s business.

JOSÉ MARRERO

Senior Vice President/Director of Creative Strategy and Multicultural Marketing

José was born in Cuba, raised in Virginia, studied in Mexico City, and got to Texas as fast as he could. Whether he is strategizing, directing or writing, his keen sense for what makes people different and what they share helps craft resonant multicultural campaigns from coast to coast.

ROBERT NASH

PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR

When Robert talks, media listen. The giant seat belt he wrapped around the Texas Capitol is just one of his many ideas that’s generated buzz plus millions of dollars in free media.

COLIN GILLIGAN

DIRECTOR/DIGITAL STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT

Family man, dancer, dreamer who nerds out on data, emerging media, current events, and handbells.

SHELLY LEIBHAM

CHIEF OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Shelly’s background in law, politics, and hospitality makes her an expert in tackling all things administrative. Similar to herding cats, which she does in her spare time.

KENNA SWIFT

VICE PRESIDENT/ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, D.C.

Kenna heads up the DC office and is the go-to expert for traffic safety/transportation issues in the northeast region. Her award-winning, results-driven work on everything from quirky walking billboards to social media means loyal, happy clients.

CAROLINE WALLACE

Vice President, New York

Caroline focuses on health, social justice, and education campaigns for clients fighting the good fight. After 15 years as a communications pro for brands big and small, Caroline earned her master’s in public health and moved exclusively into cause marketing.

TOM GRODEK

ART DIRECTOR

Tom’s many talents earn kudos from clients and staff, and he creates the agency’s much-loved animated holiday card every year. Besides being a cause marketing maestro, he’s a children’s book author and illustrator.

DANDI WRIGHT

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Dandi always goes that extra mile and often handles the most challenging work on behalf of our transportation, health and social justice clients. The results? Happy clients, award-winning work, an engaged audience, and extra-caffeinated co-workers.

CHRIS SHARMAN

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Chris wins clients’ respect and loyalty as well as industry awards, setting national records for campaign results. Count on him to keep everyone pointed in the right direction for results. He also rides his bike to work.

DIANNA HOWELL

VICE PRESIDENT/SR. ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Dianna is a natural-born juggler, as she manages projects as diverse as traffic safety, social justice and public health. Her leadership on the challenging Covid campaign for Texas’ 30 million people has been impressive and unflagging.

LAURA TOWNSEND

VICE PRESIDENT/SR. ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Short story writer, poet, and mom.

GWEN WILLIAMS

VICE PRESIDENT/SR. ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Once worked political campaigns in Athens, Geneva, and Florence…Alabama that is.

LIZ WILDE

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Believes that any problem can be solved in slippers and a cardigan.

KEVIN COLLINS

VICE PRESIDENT/DIGITAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Loves the interactivity of interacting with all things interactive.

RICH TERRY

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Behind Rich’s easygoing demeanor lie a fierce creative force and a way with words that captures hearts and minds. He’s won virtually every major industry award but deems his greatest accomplishments his client and colleague relationships and his campaigns’ effectiveness.

GRETCHEN HICKS

VICE PRESIDENT/DESIGN DIRECTOR

Gretchen may bake the best pies of anyone on a staff of cooks and gourmands, but she’s best known among clients for her stunning creative and design work. The “Liberty” campaign for Covid has won the hearts of New Yorkers in every borough and at every level of leadership.

MATT MOWAT

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Matt's talent for creating and cultivating big ideas has won him a slew of awards. He's a master at using all forms of media to motivate virtually any audience.

JULIE PIPPIN

DIRECTOR OF BROADCAST

Julie, once the undisputed queen of video/audio production, now heads the agency’s California office and brings her many talents to clients from coast to coast. She also sings, acts, and can handle details with the best of them.

MARILYN CARTER

CREATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR

After 20+ years in the publishing world, Marilyn shifted gears to dedicate her talents to cause marketing.

WALLY WILLIAMS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Had a hard time coming up with a sentence about himself even though he's a copywriter.

DEBBIE LA ROCHE

CONTROLLER

Loves her three dogs and RVing.

LAURA TUMA

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Lifelong Texan, former sportswriter, volunteer extraordinaire, and darn good cook.

GWEN RICE

PRINT PRODUCTION MANAGER

A full-sized vintage letterpress conveyed with her house. Seriously lucky.

ANGIE NELSON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Cyclist, foodie, animal-lover, and Okie all the way.

PAULA MAYBERRY

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING AND HR

Avid reader and NBA enthusiast.

EMILY BAKER

VICE PRESIDENT/OUTREACH DIRECTOR

A long time volunteer for many good community causes.

CHRISTOPHER STAYTON

SENIOR WEB DEVELOPER

A self-described computer nerd who scores high in talent.

CAROL GIBSON

SENIOR INTERACTIVE PRODUCER

She's never met a shelter dog she didn't like.

KATHY HOINSKI

MEDIA SUPERVISOR

She's crazy for breakfast tacos and live music.

SARAH MUYSKENS

ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

Highly organized. Eats M&Ms in a particular order (um, don't ask).

ADRIENNE DEALY

PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR, D.C.

Adrienne has dedicated her career to social issues and cause marketing. Whether it’s addressing student mental health in New York school districts, opioid poisoning in Washington state, air quality and pedestrian safety in Washington D.C., or traffic safety in Texas, she is passionate about change and loves a good challenge.

KELLY CUNNINGHAM

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Avid baseball fan and member of Austin's two-step dance community.

RODNEY HULL

IT GURU

Loves to coach youth sports and play the banjo.

SUSAN SULLIVAN

OFFICE MANAGER

Loves the outdoors and used to be a DJ.

KRISTIN PATTERSON

SENIOR DIGITAL MEDIA PLANNER

Avid competitive board game player who enjoys traveling to Park Place on the Pennsylvania Railroad.

CHARLIE DUNN

DIGITAL STRATEGIST

Asks the big questions such as: Can we #hashtag this?

DESTINY DREHER

DIGITAL CONTENT STRATEGIST

Was always “too social” growing up. Really worked out for her that she can have a career in that now.

ULF KASTNER

IT SERVICES

Born in Vienna of Swedish descent, Ulf refuses to drive a car but is determined to someday travel into space.

GARRETT FORBES

ASSOCIATE DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR

If content is king, Garrett is the court jester.

BINA CHAUHAN

DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER

She's lived in New York and Los Angeles and spent a season performing Shakespeare in Alaska.

KEVIN GREENBLAT

PRODUCTION ARTIST

Dedicated to cause marketing for 20+ years, Kevin’s passion is raising awareness of water as a limited, precious resource. When not at work, he travels Texas taking photos.

LINDA BROWN

MEDIA PLANNER/BUYER

Current number cruncher. Former spin instructor who thinks candy is dandy.

HILARY PITTMAN

PRODUCTION ARTIST

Loves spending the whole day in nature.

DENNIS MANALO

ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

A devotee of public transit while living in Chicago, Paris, and New York, he’s now a perfect match for our Cap Metro account.

SANDRA LIPCHAK

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Loves watching food shows, hates cooking.

GARRETT RUFFANER

ACCOUNT MANAGER

History, outdoor, running, podcast, and sci-fi enthusiast.

KATE KUYKENDALL

ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Avid climber with a fear of heights and a great sense of irony.

CHRIS WELHAUSEN

DIGITAL PRODUCER

Accepts the fact that the bulldogs are more photogenic than he is.

HILLARY PLOCHECK

TRAFFIC MANANGER

Spends a lot of time advocating for women and dreaming up ways to make her coworkers laugh.

CHAD KAISER

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Basketball, sociology, and rock climbing fan. Talents include finishing your last few bites and reaching things on the top shelf.

MARGARET VAN CLEVE

ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR, NEW YORK

Margaret works in English but chooses to speak to her cat in French.

VALERIE CRUZ

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Foodie, dog mom, and book lover from Puerto Rico with a passion for advertising.

CASON PILLOID

PRODUCTION ARTIST

He’s got 20 years of agency, corporate, and association experience. He also makes toys—lot of them—and teaches others how, too.

GABRIELLE SILVA

MEDIA BUYER

A rare born-and-bred Austinite, she’s visited three of the seven wonders of the world.

CHRIS PETTIT

ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

Grateful to be surrounded by fantastic people. And cute dogs.

PATRICIA RAMOS WHITE

CREATIVE SERVICES

eBay addict. And she makes the best Italian lasagna ever.

BOB BUCKALEW

LONE STAR NEWS NETWORK FOUNDER

Bob founded our Lone Star News Network—which makes our agency the only marketing firm with its own 20-year-old public service network of radio and television stations. Former producer for NBC's Today Show and NBC Nightly News in New York, Bob earned more than 40 awards for excellence in television, including an Emmy. He is indeed a winner.

MADDIE WEHRMANN

JUNIOR COPYWRITER

Maddie is daunted by summarizing a lifetime of experiences and questionable decisions in two sentences. When she’s not overthinking things, she spends most of her time copywriting.

CHRIS KOSKOVICH

DIGITAL MEDIA BUYER

Loves listening to classic rock and studying classical history.

SHELBY MILHOAN

MEDIA COORDINATOR

Created an Excel sheet even for her plants. Gardener, crafter, and cat lady.

JANET LEA

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/ACCOUNT SERVICES

You'd think Janet comes from a family of circus performers the way she knows how to juggle a dozen projects at once, balance budgets on a tight-wire, and win the applause of clients and colleagues. Janet makes things happen, and she always goes the distance for her clients.

REX PETEET

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DESIGN

An award-winning graphic designer since 1982, Rex's work has helped brand clients around the globe. He’s been immortalized in the Library of Congress, New York City Poster Museum, and the Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art, and his designs have appeared in just about every industry publication.

BEAU LEBOEUF

CHIEF OF STUFF

Not stuffy, despite his title. Can stand on his head.

AVE BONAR

PHOTOGRAPHER/COPYEDITOR

Photographer extraordinaire who bakes her own bread from a starter that's been in her family since 1923.

ALEX SHIPP

ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Board game nerd, outdoor enthusiast, avid dog petter, speedy bicyclist.

JEFF SALZGEBER

MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR

Former CNN producer who relocated to Austin for its thriving arts scene.

DENISE GAMINO

PROJECT EDITOR

Dubbed a "Velcro journalist" for collecting good stories anywhere she went during her long newspaper career.

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