Our Team

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.

Jon Bell

Copywriter, Wordsmith, Alpine Enthusiast, Bread Maker

Jon Bell

Copywriter

jbell@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5074

I am a true believer in the power of the written word – when it is written thoughtfully, creatively and sincerely.

Jon Bell

As Gard’s Copywriter, Jon uses his more than 20 years of experience in journalism, writing and communications to craft compelling, effective copy for Gard and our clients. His writing spans the spectrum, from messaging and advertising to public relations, web content and more. Jon writes press releases, communications plans, messaging maps, social media posts, web pages and just about every other kind of copy our clients need.

Having been on the journalist side of the public relations equation for two decades has given Jon valuable insight into how the media works, how messages resonate with audiences and what makes for the most effective communications.

In addition to his role as copywriter, Jon also supports Gard's account managers serving their clients.

A graduate of Michigan State University and the author of the book On Mount Hood, Jon joined Gard in 2019 after five years as the Portland Business Journal’s commercial real estate reporter. When he’s not at the keyboard, he is likely heading to or from the mountains — or some other natural wonder of the great Northwest — with his wife and two kids.

Read more in Jon's Employee spotlight »

Read Jon's latest post: Journalist, traveler, Bieber believer: Meet Gard's summer intern

I am a true believer in the power of the written word – when it is written thoughtfully, creatively and sincerely.

Jon Bell

Colleagues Say

Jon is an incredibly reliable and thoughtful wordsmith. He’s jumped into everything from helping draft strategic crisis plans to reviewing copy for marketing. It’s great to see someone crafting at the level that Jon does.

Natalie Bennon

Senior Account Manager, Doer, Nature Lover, Kombucha Maker

Natalie Bennon

Senior Account Manager

nbennon@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5017

Stories are powerful tools. They can convey your organization’s values, accomplishments and raison d’etre – all while entertaining your audience.

Natalie Bennon

A former environmental journalist in Washington, D.C., Natalie joined Gard as a Senior Account Manager in 2018. In her role, Natalie plans and executes public relations and communications strategies for our clients. She also helps define their key messages and attributes and identifies their best stories to tell via the news, social media, their websites, advertising and other places that reach their target audiences.

Natalie works with clients across a range of sectors, including food and beverage, nonprofit, environmental and manufacturing. She also served on the team that succeeded in getting the right attention, at the right time, in the right places – including positive national news coverage – for The Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief + Resiliency.

Prior to joining Gard, Natalie ran her own public relations firm and worked in communications and grant writing for environmental nonprofits. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English and the University of Oregon with an M.S. in strategic communications, Natalie loves river rafting, camping, karaoke and cooking.

Read more in Natalie's Employee spotlight »

Read Natalie's latest post: New Creative Chair is Shaking Things Up at the Oregon Symphony

Stories are powerful tools. They can convey your organization’s values, accomplishments and raison d’etre – all while entertaining your audience.

Natalie Bennon

Colleagues Say

“Smart. Sharp. Observant. Natalie always asks the right questions – questions that others might not think to ask – and she brings a unique perspective when we’re sizing up how best to help a client in any situation.”

Meaghan Burns

Account Manager, Community Builder, Adventurer, Nacho Connoisseur

Meaghan Burns

Account Manager

mburns@gardcommunications.com

503.552.5011

Every person and organization has a story to tell. I love helping craft that story to maximize its impact and determining the best way for it to reach its intended audience.

Meaghan Burns

A skilled and long-time public relations professional, Meaghan joined Gard in 2021 as an account manager. She works with Gard’s team and PR and advertising clients to set strategy, develop communications plans, write, pitch and take on just about anything else involved with account management.

Meaghan has a passion not only for determining the key messages for clients, but for finding the best ways to get those messages in front of the public, be it through the media, social media, advertising, marketing or community relations.

She earned a bachelor’s in human services from Virginia Tech and a master’s in communications from the University of Denver. Prior to joining Gard, Meaghan ran her own successful PR firm and worked for several other successful agencies in Portland and Denver.

An outdoor enthusiast, Meaghan attempts to keep up with her family, be it skiing on Mount Hood, camping, hiking, horseback riding, biking in the great outdoors or paddle boarding around our magnificent waterways.

Every person and organization has a story to tell. I love helping craft that story to maximize its impact and determining the best way for it to reach its intended audience.

Meaghan Burns

Colleagues Say

Meaghan brings a unique energy and creativity to solving client problems. She finds opportunities for clients that they did not expect but love exploring. And when it’s time to seize those opportunities, she follows through with hard work and tenacity, meeting or exceeding client expectations.

Liz Fuller

President and CEO, Ex-ballerina, Foodie, Peloton-addict

Liz Fuller

President and CEO

lfuller@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5067

Our clients are doing amazing work to shape and drive our community. We have the privilege and responsibility of supporting them, and we take the work seriously.

Liz Fuller

Liz joined Gard in 2010 as an account manager. She became President and CEO in 2017 and 2020, respectively. Today, Liz leads and manages the firm, while also specializing in strategy, crisis management and public affairs. A strong believer in community involvement, Liz also enjoys shaping the firm’s ongoing commitment to giving back.

A graduate of Portland State University with a degree in English Literature, Liz currently serves as the as Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications on the Portland Business Alliance Board, where she is able to help advocate for the region. Many of Gard’s clients care about public policy, and as a business leader, Liz does as well.

A former professional ballet dancer, Liz danced in Seattle and Portland before trading pointe shoes for pumps. She also spent time as a political and nonprofit consultant. Liz has served on the board of the Portland State University Foundation and is a past board chair of p:ear, a nonprofit that works with homeless youth. When she’s not at Gard, Liz is most likely on an adventure with her family, cooking some delicious food or enjoying an arts performance.

Read Liz's latest post: Liz Fuller on Taking a Stance

Our clients are doing amazing work to shape and drive our community. We have the privilege and responsibility of supporting them, and we take the work seriously.

Liz Fuller

Colleagues Say

“Liz Fuller approaches every client, every colleague and every situation with an infectious good humor. She balances a lightness of approach with a keen eye on reality, and this helps clients and colleagues alike feel that any problem is solvable.”

Scott Gallagher

Senior Director of PR and Marketing, Storyteller, Professor, Cider Maker

Scott Gallagher

Senior Director of PR and Marketing

sgallagher@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5003

Everyone, every client has a story to tell. The hardest question to ask is, Who cares? The trick is determining what is the right story, who wants or needs to know it and how best can we share it with them.

Scott Gallagher

As Gard’s Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Scott is a storyteller who works with our team to create narratives and perceptions that help clients achieve their goals. A former college professor, marketing director for Rogue Ales and the director of communications for Portland State University, Scott collaborates with all of our team members – creative, web design, public relations, marketing, social media and advertising – to share those stories far and wide.

Scott also works closely with clients so that they can maximize the benefits of partnering with Gard, a full-service firm with expertise in multiple mediums and communications tools. In addition, he enjoys Gard’s pro bono work, which helps nonprofits succeed and supports a variety of communities.

Scott has a Ph.D. in English literature and creative writing from Ohio University. An entrepreneur in his spare time, he also founded a cider business, Ulee’s Light Cider.

Read more in Scott's Employee spotlight »

Everyone, every client has a story to tell. The hardest question to ask is, Who cares? The trick is determining what is the right story, who wants or needs to know it and how best can we share it with them.

Scott Gallagher

Colleagues Say

Scott is a consummate PR professional. Having worked with him as a journalist and now as a colleague at Gard, I can say that Scott is the kind of PR pro you want on your side: smart, creative, tough, personable, and someone who makes his clients look good.

Brian Gard

Senior Partner, Founder, Copywriter, Beachcomber

Brian Gard

Senior Partner

bgard@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5023

The designer and philosopher Gyorgy Kepes wrote that “the beholder searches for order.” Our job is to bring order, in the fullest sense, to the presentation of our clients’ brands, reputations and interests to their various audiences.

Brian Gard

A copywriter and creative director by trade – and a strategist by inclination – Brian started the firm in late 1979 to specialize in corporate, public policy and crisis communications. He enjoys realizing opportunities for Gard’s clients, as well as protecting and defending their ability to operate in their best interests.

A graduate and now life trustee of Willamette University, who also holds a master’s in literature from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, Brian also appreciates and enjoys the operational and financial side of the business. He believes you can do great work, but if you can't do it profitably and if you fail to maintain proper reserves of people, cash and determination, then you won't do that great work for very long. Having led the firm for nearly four decades, Brian is now the firm’s senior partner.

From a long list of highlights after 40-plus years in the business, Brian points to Gard’s three decades of work in transportation safety as among the best it has done. In 1990, the firm managed the campaign that passed the adult safety belt measure in Oregon. It had been expected to fail and has since been credited with saving more than 300 lives every year. That accomplishment is what Brian considers the most meaningful to date.

Brian and his wife, 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.

Read Brian's latest post: The Power of an Unassuming Leader

The designer and philosopher Gyorgy Kepes wrote that “the beholder searches for order.” Our job is to bring order, in the fullest sense, to the presentation of our clients’ brands, reputations and interests to their various audiences.

Brian Gard

Colleagues Say

“Brian is one of the most strategic and thoughtful thinkers I have worked with. He cares deeply about providing the best advice to clients, and his passion and expertise shows in the work.”

Naureen Khan

Associate, Eco-Warrior, Bollywood Dancer, Bigfoot Seeker

Naureen Khan

Associate

nkhan@gardcommunications.com

503.552.5004

Building connections and learning from them is the best way to gain different perspectives.

Naureen Khan

Naureen joins Gard as an Associate, supporting account managers and the public relations team. Her work includes creating media lists, conducting market research, drafting pitch materials and tracking client coverage.

Naureen graduated from Portland State University with a degree in marketing and international business. Throughout her time at university, she worked a total of seven jobs and had various roles with student organizations, including President of the Badminton Recreational Club and a dancer for the Pacific Islander Club. She was also a part of a field study that travelled to Japan to learn about earthquake and crisis preparedness. Post-university, Naureen worked as a homeowner consultant at Vacasa, and she also currently works as contract Government Relations Associate for Friends of Frog Ferry, an initiative to bring a ferry service to Portland.

Whenever she gets a breather in her schedule, Naureen likes to spend time converting her place to be more sustainable and discovering hidden wonders throughout Oregon (potentially finding Bigfoot?).

Building connections and learning from them is the best way to gain different perspectives.

Naureen Khan

Colleagues Say

Naureen is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. While working multiple jobs to help pay for college, her natural communications skills were quickly recognized all allowed her to graduate with PR experience far beyond the typical graduate.

Anne Mangan

Bookkeeper, Runner, Reader, Wishful Traveler

Anne Mangan

Bookkeeper

amangan@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5028

Quietly work hard, and if you’re still working in the same place after a long time, you are successful.

Anne Mangan

Anne is one our longest-serving employees, having come to Gard in 1986. She is our Bookkeeper, and her work entails entering data and billing out services to our clients with as much accuracy as possible. Anne also strives to be as easily available to help with system or client billing questions and concerns. Striving for accuracy, Anne does this in hopes that our clients will have fewer questions or concerns in regard to their billings.

Prior to joining Gard, Anne 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.

Quietly work hard, and if you’re still working in the same place after a long time, you are successful.

Anne Mangan

Colleagues Say

Managing the books is not a task for the faint-hearted. Tracking billing, making sure our clients are getting what they need and when they need it can, at times, be a Herculean task. Thank goodness we have Anne to make it look easy.

Arthur Parker

Web Developer, Musician, Reader, Pedestrian

Arthur Parker

Web Developer

aparker@gardcommunications.com

The internet has plenty of room, and I want to help everyone find their place in it.

Arthur Parker

Arthur worked with the Gard team for many years before officially joining in 2021 as Lead Web Developer. He is primarily responsible for turning designs into websites. As such, he chooses the right tools and then uses those tools to build the website. Or, if a client's website has a unique need and there's no off-the-shelf solution available, Arthur builds a custom tool to do the job.

Arthur likes to think that building a website is like building a house: If it has the right foundation and structure, then future changes and customization can be made easier.

A graduate of Emory University with a degree in philosophy, Arthur is a long-time web developer with more than 20 years of experience. He is a native of the Southeast, but he’s lived for 17 years in Portland, where he is a performing and recording musician.

The internet has plenty of room, and I want to help everyone find their place in it.

Arthur Parker

Colleagues Say

Arthur Parker is one of those rare developers who can focus on details while also stepping back to understand how those details fit into the big picture of clients’ strategies.

Tanya Partem

Director of Operations, Diver, Food Science Nerd, Traveler

Tanya Partem

Director of Operations

tpartem@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5073

Choose to do the right thing. Every day. And, put your best effort in.

Tanya Partem

As Gard’s Director of Operations, Tanya’s mission and passion is to help sustain the firm as a financially stable, reliable workplace, provide the team with the tools and information to carry out their duties and maintain a healthy work/life balance. All of these help with retention, which in the end serves our clients and helps promote long-term, fruitful partnerships.

Tanya also oversee Gard's media strategy and planning work. She works closely with clients, as well as our account and creative teams, to define campaign goals, create strategies and execute buys that reach the right customers, in the right place, at the right time – all with an eye on maximum efficiency. She also knows her way around information technology. She’s never met software she didn't like or couldn't figure out, which is probably why Tanya also enjoys training her colleagues on software tools and sharing any tips and tricks she’s learned along the way.

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.

Tanya is an avid nature lover who’s made it her mission to step up the greenery in the Gard office. 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.

Choose to do the right thing. Every day. And, put your best effort in.

Tanya Partem

Colleagues Say

Tanya Partem is truly a big-picture thinker. She’s multi-talented and is able to dive into details in many different areas, while also being able to see the whole of any situation.

John Plymale

Creative Director, Sheep Farmer, Barn Builder, Dog Aficionado

John Plymale

Creative Director

jplymale@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5070

I love the collaboration of our team, the electricity of that first brainstorm session. I relish a tough challenge and enjoy digging deep to come up with a creative solution, even if it seems an impossible task at first. I like to think I work well within a box, pushing its walls and corners to their limits.

John Plymale

John has had two distinct chapters at Gard, first as Senior Art Director from 1993 to 2000, and then he rejoined the firm as Creative Director in 2005. Self-described as part control freak and part renaissance man, John is a writer, designer and editor who helps clients get to the heart of what they want to say, simplifying and packaging their messages to reach their audience in unique and compelling ways.

At Gard, John directs designers, writers, artists and production teams in house and in the field in the development of all forms of media, including video, audio, digital and print. He designs, writes copy and directs TV, radio, print and digital advertising. John also occasionally writes song lyrics for our clients and works with musicians to create entertaining, yet informational, ear worms.

In addition to serving on the marketing committee at Solve, John co-owns a popular dog training school, opened in 1999 as Portland’s first dog daycare.

Read more in John's Employee spotlight »

Read John's latest post: Successful Rebranding Begins at Home

I love the collaboration of our team, the electricity of that first brainstorm session. I relish a tough challenge and enjoy digging deep to come up with a creative solution, even if it seems an impossible task at first. I like to think I work well within a box, pushing its walls and corners to their limits.

John Plymale

Colleagues Say

John is our long-time creative director and one of our key strategists. He is a superb graphic designer, brilliant writer of headlines and disciplined producer. His talent is remarkable, but for John its purpose is to serve the needs and goals of our clients. He likes it best when their success is remarkable.

Jenna Rose

Digital Producer, Photographer, Animal Lover, Time Traveler

Jenna Rose

Digital Producer

jrose@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5008

I believe there is an artist within all of us, and it’s our job to nurture the artist not only within ourselves but in others. We can lend a hand to pull them out, encourage them, and help them grow. If we aren’t helping each other’s inner artist, we aren’t doing it right.

Jenna Rose

An accomplished photographer, videographer, digital media strategist and social media expert, Jenna serves as Gard’s Digital Producer. In that role, she produces cross-platform media, such as streaming video, TV ads, radio ads, animated graphics and more, working closely with our creative director on strategy. From pre-production planning to post-production editing, she is involved in every stage of the process.

Jenna also manages our clients' digital media campaigns – Google, social, e-newsletters and others – and she is responsible for strategy, monitoring and reporting. An expert video editor, she is also our in-house photographer and regularly provides photo services for clients, most often event photography for public relations. Jenna enjoys working with diverse talent and production companies of all sizes, and she loves hiring voice talent because she can hire anyone across the globe.

After managing a veterinary hospital, where she wrangled pets and paperwork, Jenna joined Gard in 2011. A graduate of the University of North Texas with a B.A. in anthropology and psychology, she 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 Gard.) Picard is her captain.

Read more in Jenna's Employee spotlight »

Read Jenna's latest post: Agency Work/Life Balance

I believe there is an artist within all of us, and it’s our job to nurture the artist not only within ourselves but in others. We can lend a hand to pull them out, encourage them, and help them grow. If we aren’t helping each other’s inner artist, we aren’t doing it right.

Jenna Rose

Colleagues Say

“Jenna can accomplish just about anything you ask of her. If it’s not in her current wheelhouse, it soon will be.”

Katie Sakurai

Graphic Designer, Seamstress, Bargain Hunter, Maker of Things

Katie Sakurai

Graphic Designer

ksakurai@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5052

I believe that good design is essential; it combines function and beauty in a way that elevates the message and helps bring credibility to a project.

Katie Sakurai

Katie has been a graphic designer at Gard since 2008. She works hand-in-hand with our creative director and the rest of the team to bring concepts to life in print and digital formats. Her clean style and attention to detail helps maintain brand consistency across multiple channels for each of Gard’s clients.

Katie specializes in combining all of the elements – the copy, images and brand style – to create cohesive designs that align with the overall strategy and project goals. She prepares files for printing and delivers digital assets to clients, working directly with printers and other vendors to ensure the highest level of quality from start to finish.

Before joining Gard, Katie helped teach English to students in Japan. She has degrees from Pacific University in Japanese Studies and Portland Community College in graphic design.

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.

Read more in Katie's Employee spotlight »

I believe that good design is essential; it combines function and beauty in a way that elevates the message and helps bring credibility to a project.

Katie Sakurai

Colleagues Say

Katie is not only the fastest graphic designer I’ve ever met – arguably the fastest in the industry – she’s also the most reliable. In the 10 years I’ve worked with her, she has never, ever been late on a deliverable.

Scott Sparling

Director of Strategy, Author, Reader, Music Fan

Scott Sparling

Director of Strategy

ssparling@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5063

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.

Read Scott's latest post: Video: Moda and Lillard score with an assist from Gard

Colleagues Say

“Scott can write about any topic in a thoughtful and concise manner, and he always keeps in mind how a piece relates to the overall strategy for a client. He asks excellent questions that can bring to light issues that may have been overlooked in the past while also solidifying the goals the client wants to achieve in the future.”

Julia Stoops

Director of Web & Digital, Artist, Author, Critical Thinker

Julia Stoops

Director of Web & Digital

jstoops@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5075

When you make something for someone to use, it’s important to remember that they’ll always approach it differently from you. Always. My motto is, be kind to the user. Make their interactive experience as easy as possible, so they can focus on the content and not on how to navigate it.

Julia Stoops

In her role as Gard’s Director of Web & Digital, Julia provides strategic planning and design for large, complex web projects for clients in mission-critical sectors, such as government, healthcare and energy. This involves creating the information architecture, user experience and user interface design – all three of which she considers her craft – and conducting usability testing.

As a user experience designer, Julia’s mission is to understand and advocate for her clients' audiences, because meeting those audiences' needs and goals is crucial to a successful interactive experience. She's also committed to elegant design, and her background in visual art makes her sensitive to the power of aesthetics on the web.

Julia joined Gard in 2015 after running her own successful web design company. Originally from New Zealand, she has lived in Portland for more than 25 years, and every spring she falls in love with the flowers all over again. Julia has degrees in visual art and philosophy, and both disciplines inform her web design work. She’s a former college professor, and she's also a published novelist and visual artist.

Read more in Julia's Employee spotlight »

Read Julia's latest post: Healing the whole person: The first tribal opioid treatment program in Oregon

When you make something for someone to use, it’s important to remember that they’ll always approach it differently from you. Always. My motto is, be kind to the user. Make their interactive experience as easy as possible, so they can focus on the content and not on how to navigate it.

Julia Stoops

Colleagues Say

Julia Stoops is a genius at creating beautiful websites that are user friendly. This is both an art and a science, but she really brings the art to it more than any other web designer I’ve ever met.

Angela Tait

Media Buyer, Amateur Chef, Aspiring Traveler, Dog Lover

Angela Tait

Media Buyer

atait@gardcommunications.com

The media landscape is perpetually changing. You must be willing to learn and evolve to stay relevant.

Angela Tait

Angela joined Gard in 2021 as a Media Buyer. She works with the team to plan and execute media strategies to ensure the client’s message is effectively reaching the desired audience. By staying on top of market trends and ever-changing media consumption habits, she helps to create more responsive and relevant media campaigns. Maintaining vendor relationships is a pivotal part of Angela’s role and is essential for negotiating and maximizing media budgets.

Angela comes to Gard with 20 years of experience as a buyer/planner. A graduate of the University of Oregon, she has an extensive background in various media channels, including TV, radio, print, out of home, digital and social media.

When not strategizing, Angela enjoys hiking with her pup Milo, cooking for friends and family and planning her next adventure.

The media landscape is perpetually changing. You must be willing to learn and evolve to stay relevant.

Angela Tait

Colleagues Say

Angie is one of those people who immediately strikes you with their competency and self-directedness. She can come into a project, assess it quickly, ask insightful questions – and be off to the races in no time.

Andrew Thompson

Senior Account Manager, Reader, Globetrotter, Political Enthusiast

Andrew Thompson

Senior Account Manager

athompson@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5010

It’s fascinating to work with clients across multiple time zones, industries and cultures. I enjoy diving deep into an issue and helping our clients navigate new challenges to their business in real time.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew is a Senior Account Manager at Gard who manages a range of corporate and nonprofit accounts. He works with the Gard team to ensure our clients get quality strategic communications advice, whether they need positive media coverage, digital advertising or stakeholder communications. Andrew also helps clients manage crisis situations, which often involves collaboration with outside attorneys.

A member of the Portland Business Alliance’s Leadership Portland class of 2021, Andrew joined Gard in 2016 after working as a senior account executive for corporate and government clients at a public relations firm in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL).

He grew up in Tokyo and Atlanta, which explains the toss-up between shoyu ramen and barbecue chicken for his favorite food.

Read more in Andrew's Employee spotlight »

Read Andrew's latest post: The Future of News – What Do Audiences Want?

It’s fascinating to work with clients across multiple time zones, industries and cultures. I enjoy diving deep into an issue and helping our clients navigate new challenges to their business in real time.

Andrew Thompson

Colleagues Say

“Andrew Thompson is truly one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, and his empathy lends well to his work in PR. He can anticipate client needs before they do, and he is an incredibly reliable and hardworking account manager.”

Alexis Wong

Senior Account Manager, Theatre Maker, Singer, Drafter of Lists

Alexis Wong

Senior Account Manager

awong@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5016

I would say my job is like good makeup: If you don’t notice anything being done, then it’s being done right.

Alexis Wong

In her role as Senior Account Manager, Alexis maintains the professional relationship between clients and the rest of the hardworking strategists, creative heads and production people here at Gard, building impactful messaging and advertising campaigns. With SEO and content being huge drivers of attention today, Alexis also specializes in UX Content Design/Writing and enjoys collaborating with the team on Gard’s website builds.

Alexis is also part of Gard’s EDI Committee. In that role, she keeps an eye on our Diversity Growth and ensures that diverse voices are heard and recognized on our team and in our efforts.

A U.C. Berkeley graduate with a degree in architecture, Alexis joined Gard in 2018 from San Francisco, where she worked in digital advertising at Twitch and Rotten Tomatoes/Flixster. She has produced, worked and performed in theater for more than 15 years, privately coaches public speaking and serves on staff at PDX Women in Tech as a copywriter.

Read more in Alexis' Employee spotlight »

Read Alexis's latest post: Gard rides along during distracted driving month

I would say my job is like good makeup: If you don’t notice anything being done, then it’s being done right.

Alexis Wong

Colleagues Say

“I am always in awe of Alexis’ ability to catalog and memorize each aspect and dimension of her work.”

Teri Yamauchi

Administrative Assistant, Dancer, Student, Sci-Fi Lover

Teri Yamauchi

Administrative Assistant

tyamauchi@gardcommunications.com

503-221-0100

While I haven’t quite figured out my life’s mission statement, I think that aiming to complete every job to the best of my abilities is a good place to start.

Teri Yamauchi

As an accounting undergraduate at Portland State University, Teri is able to put her knowledge into action by being an Administrative Assistant at Gard. She is in charge of executing miscellaneous office operations as well as assisting the bookkeeper with media reconciliation and occasional data entry work. She describes her work as “. . .like taking care of a second home.”

Before coming to Gard, Teri supported her Polynesian dance group in assistant managerial duties by day and sewing costumes by night. As a transplant from Hawaii, she brought her love of dance with her to the Pacific Northwest, and in 2017 she 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.

While I haven’t quite figured out my life’s mission statement, I think that aiming to complete every job to the best of my abilities is a good place to start.

Teri Yamauchi

Colleagues Say

“Teri is one of those self-reliant and conscientious people you can really depend on to get something done quickly and done right.”

Valarie Grudier

Of Counsel, Runner, Dancer, Champion Pie Baker

Valarie Grudier

Of Counsel

vgrudier@gardcommunications.com

503-552-5004

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.

Colleagues Say

“I’m in awe of Valarie’s ability to retain – and apply – the vast amount of information related to financial, tax and HR disciplines. That, and the role she played for almost 40 years in keeping Gard a fair, even-keeled, welcoming place to work.”