We share good judgment, intelligence and the pride and determination to get the work done right. As to our specific resumes, you might be surprised.
Copywriter, Wordsmith, Alpine Enthusiast, Bread Maker
Jon joined Gard in 2019 after five years as the Portland Business Journal’s commercial real estate reporter. A longtime writer, he is also the author of the book On Mount Hood.
When he’s not at the keyboard, Jon is likely heading to or from the mountains — or some other natural wonder of the great Northwest — with his wife and two kids.
Senior Account Manager, Doer, Nature Lover, Kombucha Maker
Senior Account Manager
Natalie joined the firm in 2018 after running her own public relations firm, doing communications and grant writing for environmental nonprofits, and working as an environmental journalist in D.C.
Natalie is passionate about rivers, nutrition, karaoke and her family. She is also known for being exceptionally honest, so if you want the truth, ask Natalie.
President and CEO, Ex-ballerina, Foodie, Peloton-addict
President and CEO
Liz joined Gard in 2010, after previously working as a political and nonprofit consultant. She leads and manages the firm, and personally specializes in strategy, crisis management and public affairs.
A former professional ballet dancer, Liz danced in Seattle and Portland before trading pointe shoes for pumps. Currently she serves on the board of the Portland Business Alliance. She has served on the board of the Portland State University Foundation and is a past board chair of p:ear, a non-profit that works with homeless youth.
Director of Public Relations, Storyteller, Professor, Cider Maker
Director of Public Relations
Scott joined Gard in 2016. Before that, he was a college professor, marketing director for Rogue Ales and the director of communications for Portland State University.
Scott has a Ph.D. in English literature and creative writing from Ohio University. An entrepreneur in his spare time, he founded a cider business, Ulee’s Light Cider.
Senior Partner, Founder, Copywriter, Beachcomber
A copywriter by trade, Brian started the firm in late 1979 to specialize in corporate, public policy and crisis communications.
Brian and Rhonda have five children and, to date, four grandchildren. Brian likes to read, Rhonda likes to be with her grandchildren, and they both like to spend time in Manzanita.
Media Strategist, Writer, Reader, Foodie
A native Oregonian, Shirell has a penchant for defining an audience and driving marketing and advertising strategies that deliver results. She has extensive background in media, marketing, and advertising, and she’s held senior roles in broadcasting, technology, nonprofit and higher education.
An avid reader, foodie, and lover of the arts, Shirell enjoys exploring Portland’s diverse entertainment scene. She also has a fondness for travel and spending time year-round at the Oregon Coast.
Bookkeeper, Runner, Reader, Wishful Traveler
Anne joined Gard in 1987. She previously worked at Transamerica Financial as a loan manager and at Waldenbooks in customer service.
She spends her spare time trying to keep up with three active daughters through road races, hiking, biking, and hitting the gym.
PHP Developer, Musician, Reader, Pedestrian
Arthur started working with the web team in 2018. He is a full-stack developer, equally comfortable tweaking fonts or databases.
A native of the Southeast, Arthur has lived in Portland for 15 years, where he is a performing and recording musician.
Director of Operations, Diver, Food Science Nerd, Traveler
Director of Operations
Tanya’s first stint with Gard started in 1997 and found her managing several of the firm’s defining clients. She left in 2015 to explore the digital world and gain valuable experience in custom software and websites for Fortune 100 companies — experience she brought back to Gard with her in 2019.
When she’s not in the office, Tanya, a native of Ukraine, is likely hiking to a waterfall, swimming, paddling a kayak or cooking up something in her kitchen.
Creative Director, Sheep Farmer, Barn Builder, Dog Aficionado
John was the senior art director for the firm from 1993 to 2000, and then rejoined in 2005 to head the creative department. He designs, writes copy, and directs TV, radio, print and digital advertising.
John and his wife opened Portland’s first dog (but don’t call it “doggy”) daycare in 1999, which his wife still manages.
Digital Producer, Photographer, Animal Lover, Time Traveler
Jenna joined Gard in 2011. An accomplished photographer, videographer, social media expert and web developer, she helps implement successful digital strategies. She previously managed a veterinary hospital, where she wrangled pets and paperwork.
Jenna has explored every coastal town in Oregon, and she knows more about Star Trek than anyone else in the office (with the possible exception of Brian.) Picard is her captain.
Graphic Designer, Seamstress, Bargain Hunter, Maker of Things
Katie has worked as a graphic designer for Gard since 2008. She previously worked in Japan helping teach English to Japanese students.
Outside of designing for work (and for fun), Katie enjoys reading a good book, cooking a new recipe, and sewing a one-of-a-kind garment. And she loves finding exactly what she didn’t need at thrift stores and estate sales.
Director of Strategy, Author, Reader, Music Fan
Director of Strategy
Scott joined Gard in 1989. He specializes in messaging and strategy, and has extensive experience in the fields of healthcare, energy and traffic safety. His creative work has won awards in all media.
Scott is the author of an award-winning novel, Wire to Wire, and a music website that has provided content for the BBC and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Director of Web & Digital, Artist, Author, Critical Thinker
Director of Web & Digital
Julia joined Gard in 2015. She previously ran her own web design company, and is an expert web strategist, information architect and user experience (UX) designer.
Julia's degrees are in visual art and philosophy. Originally from New Zealand, Julia has lived in Portland for over 25 years. A former college professor, she's also a published novelist and exhibiting visual artist.
Senior Account Manager, Reader, Globetrotter, Political Enthusiast
Senior Account Manager
Andrew joined Gard in 2016 after working as a senior account executive for corporate and government clients at a public relations firm in Atlanta.
Andrew grew up in Tokyo and Atlanta, which explains the toss up between shoyu ramen and barbecue chicken for his favorite food.
Project Manager, Cookie Eater, Night Owl, Perfectionist
Aubree joined Gard in 2019. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism and public relations, and previously worked as a social media manager for a local nonprofit.
Aubree grew up in Colorado and Portland, which explains her love for the outdoors and snow. She loves all types of dessert, attending concerts, and exploring Portland’s food and brewery scene.
Lead Developer, Musician, Closet Luthier, Bike Lover
Andrew joined Gard in 2018. His work experience includes building accessible websites for a community college, working in a brand management studio and building store fronts for clients at an eCommerce start up.
A lifelong musician, Andrew is also a confirmed tinkerer who enjoys working on guitars, building guitar pedals, and perfecting the art of hand winding guitar pickups.
Senior Account Manager, Theatre Maker, Singer, Drafter of Lists
Senior Account Manager
Alexis joined Gard in 2018 from San Francisco where she had most recently worked in digital advertising at Twitch and Rotten Tomatoes/Flixster.
A U.C. Berkeley graduate with a degree in architecture, she’s produced, worked and performed in theater for over 15 years. Alexis also privately coaches public speaking and serves on staff at PDX Women in Tech as a copywriter.
Administrative Assistant, Dancer, Student, Sci-Fi Lover
Teri started at Gard in 2019 executing miscellaneous office duties as well as assisting the bookkeeper. Previously she’d supported her Polynesian dance group in assistant managerial duties by day and sewing costumes by night.
As a transplant from Hawaii, she took love of dance with her to the Pacific Northwest and in 2017 placed first with her dance group at the 3 days of Aloha Festival. Currently she’s focused on completing her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Portland State University and consuming every type of instant ramen she can.
Of Counsel, Runner, Dancer, Champion Pie Baker
Valarie joined the firm in 1982 after working for a local CPA firm, and another focused on research and consulting.
A University of Oregon graduate with a degree in dance, she’s been a singer, a dancer and a choreographer for local and regional dance and theater companies.