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RunSwitch was formed in 2012 by Steve Bryant, Gary Gerdemann and Scott Jennings, seasoned communications and political professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience in issue advocacy, media relations and political consulting.
We are experts on issues that impact government regulated industries. We adhere to a model of personalized service that makes the quality of our work unparalleled. At RunSwitch, you have access to our most senior staff when you need it.
He has strong media, state government, business community and healthcare industry relationships in Kentucky and is a veteran of numerous issue advocacy campaigns for clients in the pharmaceutical, utility, long-term care and insurance sectors. Steve has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and national organizations such as Allstate, Aramark, Boeing, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Honeywell, Pfizer, PhRMA, the US Chamber of Commerce and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) among others.
Since founding RunSwitch PR, he has led a variety of successful media and issue advocacy campaigns, including successful efforts to help to defeat legislation that would require a prescription for certain cold medicines and numerous issue campaigns to protect and expand patient access to care.
Before RunSwitch, Steve built his own public affairs firm, B|K Public Affairs, which he successfully operated for several years in Kentucky. Prior to that, he helped Louisville-based Peritus Public Relations grow from a small firm with one office to a regional presence with offices in five states. His work for Peritus included managing major national issue campaigns and statewide initiatives in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
Prior to moving to Kentucky in 2007, Steve worked with PR-giant Hill & Knowlton in Florida’s capitol city of Tallahassee where he consulted on some of the state’s most high-profile issues including property insurance, nuclear power, affordable housing and real estate development. He advised one of the nation’s largest insurers after hurricanes ravaged the southeast from 2003 to 2005, coordinated a statewide advocacy campaign to build support for nuclear power and provided crisis communications counsel to a major New Orleans university after Hurricane Katrina.
Steve is a graduate of Florida State University.
Steve serves as Communications chair for the American Diabetes Association in Kentucky.
Founding Partner, RunSwitch PR (Present)
Founding Partner, BJK Public Affairs (2010-2012)
Senior Director, Peritus Public Relations (2007-2010)
Account Execcutive, Hill & Knowlton, Inc. (2004-2007)
Account Coordinator, Geiger & Associates Public Relations (2000-2004)
For more than seven years, Scott and his partners have been among the leading public relations and public affairs operatives in the midwestern United States, waging successful issue and grassroots campaigns for key issues at the state and federal level. Scott has engaged in a number of the highest profile public policy battles, ranging from the fight over Obamacare to the campaign to stop card-check to keeping pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine available for over-the-counter purchase. He is also a skilled crisis communications professional, helping companies navigate tough situations that spill into the media.
Prior to founding RunSwitch in 2012, Scott’s career took shape on many public affairs, public relations, and political campaigns.
Most recently, he served as the 2012 Ohio State Director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, managing an organization that shattered all grassroots goals and previous efforts by any Republican candidate in the Buckeye State.
The 2012 effort was Scott’s third presidential campaign. He served in both Bush-Cheney campaigns, first as Kentucky Political Director in 2000 and then as New Mexico Executive Director in 2004, managing one of two states that flipped from blue to red. Following his service in the 2004 campaign, Scott became Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy White House Political Director. In his post at the White House, Scott served as a liaison to members of Congress, state and local officials, and key business, political and community leaders nationwide.
Scott has also served in senior positions on several highly targeted races including U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Brett Guthrie, and numerous Kentucky State Senate races. In 2014, Scott served as Senior Advisor to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a Super PAC that spent $7 million helping reelect Senator McConnell. He also served in a similar role for the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a 501(c)4 non-profit dedicated to educating Kentuckians about critical issues. That group spent millions of dollars on issue advertising in Kentucky in 2013 and 2014.
After leaving the White House in 2007, Scott joined Peritus Public Relations as Director of Strategic Development. He helped grow the business by 300% during his tenure with the firm, while leading the public affairs and crisis communications practice.
Scott was born on October 26, 1977, in Princeton, Kentucky. He grew up in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville in 2000. In 2008, Scott was named by Business First of Louisville as one of the city’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He is a member of the 2014 Leadership Kentucky Class.
Scott is married to the former Autumn Stiff of Whitesville, Kentucky, and they have two sons, Everett and Winston, and one basset hound, Rufus, who was rescued by the family in January of 2010.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Louisville.
Graduate, Leadership Kentucky Class of 2014
Board Member, Alice Lloyd College
Volunteer, McConnell Center for Political Leadership
Volunteer, Aubrey’s Song Foundation
Volunteer, Prospect City Parks
Founding Partner, RunSwitch Public Relations (2012-present)
Columnist, Louisville Courier-Journal, (2013-present)
Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC, Senior Advisor and Spokesman (2013-2014)
Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, Senior Advisor and Spokesman (2013-2014)
Senior Advisor and Ohio State Director, Mitt Romney for President (2012)
General Consultant, Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer re-election campaign (2012)
Media Consultant to the Kentucky state Senate campaigns of Joe Bowen and Mike Wilson (2010)
Senior Communications Advisor, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s Re-Election Campaign (2008)
Senior Advisor and General Consultant, U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie’s campaign committee (2008-present)
Senior Strategist, Peritus Public Relations (2007-2012)
Special Assistant to the President and Deputy White House
Political Director (2005-2007)
Executive Director, Bush-Cheney for President New Mexico campaign (2004)
Political Director, Ernie Fletcher Gubernatorial Campaign (2003)
Political and Communications Director, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s
re-election campaign (2002)
Communications Director, Republican Party of Kentucky (2001)
Press Secretary, Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus (2001)
Staff Member, Presidential Inaugural Committee (2001)
Political and Communications Director, Bush-Cheney for President
Kentucky campaign (2000)
Broadcast Journalist, WHAS Radio (1996-2000)
Prior to RunSwitch, Mr. Gerdemann was Senior Vice President of Peritus leading the firm’s public relations teams in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and Alabama. Under his leadership, the agency grew from a single office in Kentucky to six offices in five states while revenue quadrupled. His teams won more than four dozen industry awards and attracted a range of national and international clients.
Prior to Peritus, Mr. Gerdemann was Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Gap, Inc., the largest specialty retail apparel company. Based in San Francisco, Gerdemann led a seven person business and financial communications team responsible for all external corporate communications including the company’s first ever corporate social responsibility report. Before Gap, Mr. Gerdemann was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Los Angeles-based Homestore.com, Inc. and prior to that he led business and investor communications for eToys.com, Inc.
Before moving to California, Mr. Gerdemann was Director of Strategic Communication Development for Atlanta-based Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest energy companies. Mr. Gerdemann led development of a company-wide communication strategy that included financial, investor, media and internal communications as well as governmental relations. Prior to Atlanta, Mr. Gerdemann joined Denver-based Boston Chicken, Inc., and (later renamed Boston Market) to create and develop the company’s internal and external communications functions. He was later tapped to join the 24-member startup team that created the Einstein Bros. Bagel brand. While there, Mr. Gerdemann led all aspects of corporate communications for Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp., a $350 million subsidiary of Boston Chicken. He designed and executed a communications strategy to support the company’s Initial Public Offering, subsequent add-on offering and senior subordinated debenture raising more than $291 million to fund growth. He hired and directed regional PR agencies to support the opening of more than 200 retail stores in more than a dozen markets.
Before Boston Market and Einstein Bros, Mr. Gerdemann was Director of Worldwide Public Affairs for KFC Corp. in Louisville and led all internal and external communications for 9,000 KFC restaurants worldwide. Before KFC, Mr. Gerdemann was Manager of Public Relations for Pepsi-Cola in New York where he led consumer public relations efforts for Mountain Dew, Mug Root Beer and the Pepsi/Lipton joint venture. He also supported many consumer initiatives including the launch of Crystal Pepsi, SuperBowl XXV and the NCAA Collegiate Basketball Championship. He was a primary media spokesman handling more than 1,200 media calls per year.
Mr. Gerdemann is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, a former licensed Emergency Medical Technician by the state of New York and the owner of a federally-registered trademark (Registration #3133611).
Mr. Gerdemann serves on the Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation, Louisville and serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America, Bluegrass Chapter.
Founding Partner, RunSwitch PR (Present)
Vice President, Peritus Public Relations
Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Gap, Inc.
Director of Strategic Communication Development, Southern Company
Fugate served seven years in Frankfort as the chief political aide to former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. He directed Grayson’s communications office, legislative affairs, and local elected official outreach. Grayson is widely considered to be Kentucky’s most effective Secretary of State in the Commonwealth’s history. Fugate led Grayson’s effort to pass several legislative packages and directed the communications effort that was regarded as one of the best of its kind in the nation.
Fugate has also served as Executive Vice President of Congressman Hal Roger’s Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY and as the Director of Alumni and Annual Giving for Kentucky’s prestigious Governor’s Scholars Program. He recently owned his on strategic affairs firm where he led public relations and government relations campaigns, including the management of a statewide association.
An accomplished communicator, Fugate has presented media training to the Kentucky County Clerk’s Association, The Election Center, and the International Association of Clerks and Recorders. He has also presented social media training to the National Association of Secretaries of State and has served as their communications director for their summer conference.
In 2007, Fugate was recognized with the Jennifer Schaff Memorial Award. This honor is presented to the outstanding government communicator in Kentucky by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been recognized as Business First’s 40 under 40 and Velocity Magazine’s 14 Next Generation of Leaders for Louisville. He has been recognized with numerous awards from the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators, among others. In 2011, he was honored by Centre College with the 2011 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.
Fugate is a Cum Laude graduate of Centre College and earned his master’s degree from Vanderbilt University where he concentrated on government relations, communications, and fundraising.
Les serves in the Fund for the Arts NeXt! program where he sits on the Allocations Committee and the Louisville Theatrical Association Liaison Group. He also serves as Dean of the Volunteer Development Institute for the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, as an at-large member of the Jenny Wiley Theatre Board of Directors, and as a member of the KY Oral Health Coalition.
Owner and Principal, Fugate Strategic Affairs (2012)
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office,
The Center for Rural Development (2011)
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State,
Office of the Secretary of State (2007-2011)
Director of Communications and Executive Advisor,
Office of the Secretary of State (2004-2007)
Director of Alumni and Annual Giving,
Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (2002-2003)
Rachel began her career in public affairs as an intern for the March of Dimes Louisville where she assisted in their annual Lobby Day at the Capital and helped organize their largest fundraiser, the March of Dimes March for Babies. In 2009, Rachel took an internship at Peritus Public Relations where she was quickly hired on full time as an Account Coordinator. From there she joined B|K Public Affairs in 2011 as an Account Executive where she gained additional experience in political campaigns, event planning, video editing and social media. Rachel joined RunSwitch when the company formed in 2012.
Rachel is from Houston, Texas and moved to Kentucky to attend Bellarmine University in Louisville. While studying at Bellarmine, Rachel served as the President of the Political Science Club and on the Executive Board of the Student Government Association.
Rachel is a graduate of Bellarmine University.
Rachel serves as the Step Out Walk PR Chair for the Louisville Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
Account Director, RunSwitchPR (Present)
Account Executive, B|K Public Affairs (2011-2012)
Account Coordinator, Peritus (2009-2011)
Public Affairs Intern, Peritus (2009-2010)
Public Affairs Intern, March of Dimes Louisville (2009)
Born in Paducah, KY, Tres is 2002 graduate of Center College in Danville, KY. He began his career working on political campaigns in Virginia, where he grew up. Before moving back to Kentucky in 2004, Tres also worked for Morris Communications Events in Augusta, GA, where he helped organize and manage major special events like the August Futurity and the Border Beer Bust Beer Festival.
In 2006, Tres ran the State House campaign for Mike Farmer in Lexington. The following year, Tres worked for Billy Harper’s campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor in Kentucky before moving to the Republican Party of Kentucky after the primary where he served as Deputy Victory Director and Deployment Director. In the winter of 2008, Tres managed the successful State Senate special election campaign of Brandon Smith, widely viewed as one of the greatest upsets in Kentucky’s political history.
After serving as Field Director for Congressman Brett Guthrie’s victory in an open seat contest in 2008, Tres moved to Peritus Public Relations where he handled public affairs campaigns and media relations for FACES of Coal, the Community Financial Services Association of America, National College and others.
Tres is a graduate of Centre College.
Tres serves as State Chairman of the Kentucky Young Republicans.
Senior Consultant, RunSwitch PR (Present)
Senior Account Representative, Peritus Public Relations (2008-2012)
Field Director, Brett Guthrie for Congress (2008)
Deputy Victory Director, Republican Party of Kentucky (2007)
Ben is a consultant for RunSwitch and has a decade of experience in healthcare, public affairs, public relations, and issue advocacy campaigns. He has created numerous health-related trade associations and is experienced in building communities around issues impacting businesses and organizations. Ben has also built two monthly newspapers focused on healthcare issues in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Ben is an expert at raising awareness around issues through community and relationship building. He has strong contacts in the biotechnology and healthcare industries as well as in state government. He is experienced in breaking down complex issues and developing grassroots efforts to influence policy makers.
Before joining RunSwitch, Ben created and grew IGE Media. He served as the founder for the Kentucky BioAlliance, a trade association focused on supporting the biotech industry in Kentucky. He also founded the Association for Corporate Growth – Kentucky and the Louisville Angel Investor Network. Ben is the Publisher for Medical News and Medical News for You. Prior to IGE Media, Ben helped build the Health Enterprises Network and created new programs to connect healthcare executives and build a community around critical industry issues.
Ben is experienced in public affairs, issue advocacy, media and communications, marketing, advertising, and relationship building.
Ben is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Kentucky.
Ben serves on the Executive Committee of the Venture Club of Louisville and the Louisville Healthcare Fellows. He is also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Corporate Growth and Council for State BIO Affiliates. In addition, he recently chaired the Culture Committee for the State of Entrepreneurship Report.
Account Executive, RunSwitch PR (Present)
Founder, IGI Media
Founder, Kentucky BioAlliance
Founder, Association for Corporate Growth
Charissa is an Account Director at RunSwitch and brings to our team the determination, tenacity, and skill set required to meet the most challenging public relations and communications needs while achieving meaningful results for our clients. In her current role, Charissa draws from more than 7 years of experience developing and executing award-winning public relations and communications strategies to serve clients including Long John Silver’s and Isagro USA. In addition to garnering national, trade and local media coverage for Long John Silver’s, Charissa leads social media strategies for the national restaurant brand while driving content curation across its social media channels.
Charissa has generated hundreds of stories for both corporate brands and non-profit organizations in national, regional, and local media. In addition to fielding daily media inquiries, training company spokespersons, and educating reporters, she has led multiple state-wide media tours, engaged the public in grassroots advocacy campaigns, and developed comprehensive marketing and branding strategies that yielded tangible results.
Charissa’s work has garnered seven (7) awards from the IABC/PRSA Landmarks of Excellence, two (2) Hermes Creative Awards, a Parthenon Award and a Golden Arc Award. She was also recognized as a “Hot Ten” Louisville young professionals by the Louisville Advertising Federation in 2010.
Charissa graduated with honors from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism/Mass Communications (ACEJMC accredited) and Spanish.
Charissa is a member of the Louisville Advertising Federation and Public Relations Society of America (Bluegrass Chapter). Her volunteer experience includes The Cabbage Patch Settlement House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.
Account Director (Present)
Manager of Public & Donor Relations Communications,
The Cabbage Patch Settlement House (2012- 2013)
Director of Marketing, The Academy of Preachers (2011- 2012)
Account Supervisor, Peritus (2011)
Senior Account Representative, Peritus (2010- 2011)
Account Representative, Peritus (2008-2010)
Account Coordinator, Peritus (2007- 2008)
As a student leader at Western Kentucky University, Kaylee began building a network throughout the 2nd district of Kentucky. In 2009, Kaylee joined Congressman Guthrie’s inaugural team, and she continued building her grassroots network through local party apparatuses and as Chairman of the Southern Kentucky Young Republicans.
In 2012, Kaylee went to work on campaigns full time. Kaylee first worked on a statewide campaign in Texas, Roland Sledge for Railroad Commissioner. As the Southeast Texas Field Director she was in charge of running a grassroots program in a region which included Houston. In 2012, Kaylee joined the Romney for President Campaign in Ohio as Special Assistant to the State Director. In the most targeted state in America, Kaylee helped manage more than 150 staffers statewide. She assisted with coalition building, media relations, event planning, and carrying out the most robust grassroots program ever seen in a Republican campaign to date.
Following the November election, Kaylee joined RunSwitch PR as Chief of Staff handling media relations, media buys, coalition building, and office management before joining Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign in Iowa. The campaign team was in charge of building the largest and most innovative grassroots team ever seen in Iowa, finding supporters at the precinct level across the state. Kaylee’s region included Des Moines and all of Polk County, the capitol and largest county in Iowa. The Governor’s field team was an integral part of turning out Republicans to the off-year caucuses in January 2014 and building a grassroots team to support the entire 2014 Republican ticket in Iowa.
Following a successful Iowa caucus season, Kaylee returned to RunSwitch PR as Account Director and Chief of Staff. She manages several client projects and specializes in grassroots programming, coalition building, and media planning and buying.
Originally from Illinois, Kaylee moved to Kentucky in 2005 to attend Western Kentucky University. Kaylee and her dog Governor have traveled the country but now call Kentucky home.
BA in Political Science – Campaign Management
BA in Communication Studies, Western Kentucky University
Account Director/Chief of Staff, RunSwitch PR (Present)
3rd Congressional District Field Director,
The Branstad Committee (2013-2014)
Chief of Staff, RunSwitchPR (2013)
Special Assistant to Romney for President
State Director, Ohio (2012)
Southeast Texas Field Director,
Roland Sledge for Railroad Commissioner (2012)
Staff Assistant/Constituent Services Representative,
Congressman Brett Guthrie (2009-2012)
Intern, Congressman Ray LaHood (2007)
In her capacity at RunSwitch, Annie provides expertise on matters that impact government-regulated industries, drawing upon her experience breaking down complex policy issues and developing grassroots strategies to influence legislators. Since joining RunSwitch, Annie has worked on a wide variety of public policy issues, including matters impacting the health care industry and legal reform. Her ability to distill complex policy matters being debated in Washington and Frankfort has helped move the ball forward for RunSwitch clients.
Annie came to Kentucky after a distinguished career on Capitol Hill. Annie most recently served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-06) where she developed and executed the office’s strategic initiatives, policy objectives, communications plans, and constituent services. With her boss serving on the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, Annie was Congressman Gerlach’s chief policy advisor on health care issues. Under her leadership, Annie established and implemented an aggressive outreach program resulting in more than 1.7 million new constituent contacts. Additionally, Annie is a respected political operative, directing all political activities including campaign organization, fundraising, media, and issue development for one of the most targeted members in the House of Representatives. Annie earned the reputation of being a force on Capitol Hill – a respected policy expert and political strategist. One of her proudest moments on the Hill was being recognized as one of the Top Ten staffers in the Pennsylvania delegation by PoliticsPA, the most-read political news source in the Keystone State.
Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, Annie served as Associate Director of Advocacy and Education for the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC), executing grassroots advocacy campaigns on health policy at the federal, state and local level for the Philadelphia region’s leading health care provider advocate. At DVHC, Annie assisted in developing the association’s policy initiatives and organized outreach programs for members and legislators.
Annie and her husband Greg reside in Louisville, Kentucky.
Annie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Villanova University in 2003 and received the 2003 Fritz Nova Medallion for being first in her class for academic excellence in political science.
Annie serves on the Public Relations and Advocacy Committees for Family Scholar House and is Secretary of the Board of the Happy Birthday Park. She is a member of the Fund for the Arts’ NeXt! leadership development program and is also a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Louisville Center’s Focus Louisville program.
Senior Consultant, RunSwitch PR (Present)
Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (2010-2013)
Legislative Director, U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (2008-2010)
Legislative Assistant, U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (2005-2008)
Executive/Staff Assistant, U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (2005)
Associate Director of Advocacy and Education,
Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (2003-2005)
Lauren is a communications professional who specializes in media relations, social media, strategic planning and brand development. Fresh off an educational background of journalism, advertising and political science, Lauren brings a new perspective on how to blend and target messages to a client’s need. She now begins her communications career through a public relations and political affairs lense. She brings with her experience from several branding platforms, including local, smaller market campaigns in Bowling Green, Ky and higher profile national campaigns spearheaded from Nashville, Tenn.
With a dual degree in Advertising and Political Science, and in-depth studies in News-Editorial Journalism, Lauren is knowledgable in a wide array of political and communications issues. She specializes in social media, brand management and stategy implementation.
Lauren began her career as an intern for the Kentucky State Fairboard, where she managed sponsorships and events clients for the 2012 Kentucky State Fair. In 2013, she took an internship with TBWA\Chiat\Day in Nashville, Tenn. where she executed multi-platform advertising initiatives, compiled competitor trend reports and implemented a social media content calendar plan. She spent her last semester of undergrad interning for Werkshop Branding in Bowling Green, Ky. where she assisted in brand management of locally based clients, particularly in social media, as well as a complete rebirand for Service One Credit Union to be implemented in Fall 2014. From there she joined RunSwitchPR as an Account Coordinator in 2014.
Originally from Louisville, Lauren moved to Bowling Green to attend Western Kentucky University. While studying, Lauren was a member of the Talisman, WKU’s yearbook, from 2011 to 2013, serving as a writer, graphic designer and Managing Editor for the 2013 school year. She also served as Kappa Delta Sorority’s Vice President Public Relations in 2013, was an executive member of College Republicans and participated in AdFed.
Lauren is a graduate of the Western Kentucky University with dual degrees in advertising and political science.
Girl Scouts of America
Family Enrichment Center of Bowling Green
Prevent Child Abuse America
Account Coordinator, RunSwitch PR (2014-present)
Managing Editor, Western Kentucky University Talisman (2011 – 2013)
Branding & Social Media Intern, Werkshop Branding (2013)
Account Management Intern, TBWA/Chiat/Day (2013)
Sponsorships & Events Intern, Kentucky State Fair Board (2012)
Managing Editor, Western Kentucky University Talisman (2012 – 2013)
Jena Patterson comes to RunSwitch after a two year stint as a political staffer on the reelection campaign of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
On the McConnell campaign Jena utilized her skills in public relations and communications to organize grassroots coalitions across Kentucky. She assembled on-the-ground campaign efforts that led to the largest and most successful political ground-game in Kentucky’s history.
Additionally, Jena aided the campaign in strategy on voter targeting and event planning. Jena applies these skills to her work at RunSwitch, using her unique, high-pressure experience to deliver results for our clients. Jena’s event experience included planning concerts, fundraisers, and large rallies.
In 2012, Jena interned with the non-profit “Center for Neighborhoods” in Louisville where she worked on neighborhood outreach and development projects. She aided the organization with social media and external communications, and she worked side-by-side as her organization partnered with other non-profit groups.
Originally from Paris, Kentucky, Jena graduated from Bellarmine University magna cum laude in 2014. During her time at the university, Jena was a team member in Residence Life, a member of the national leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa, and she served in leadership roles in College Republicans, the Catholic Students Association, the Environmental Club, and the Bellarmine Writing Club. She won awards for her scholastic work in geographic information systems and earned honors as the top student in her major. Jena currently serves as the state chair of the Kentucky Federation of College Republicans (KFCR).
Jena is a graduate of Bellarmine University, where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies.
Kids Against Hunger
Supplies Over Seas
Louisville Young Republicans
Account Coordinator, RunSwitch PR (2014-present)
Chair, Kentucky Federation of College Republicans (2014-present)
Political Assistant, McConnell Senate Committee ’14 (2013-2014)
Intern, Center for Neighborhoods (2012)
Before joining RunSwitch, Tyler served as Ohio Deputy State Director for the 2012 Romney for President general election campaign, where he oversaw countless campaign events and helped implement a record-breaking voter contact operation that surpassed all previous GOP efforts in the Buckeye State.
During the hotly-contested GOP nominating contest, Tyler played a key in role Governor Romney’s New Hampshire’s “First in the Nation” 2012 primary victory. Tyler subsequently served as a Field Director in 7 other states throughout the Republican presidential primary season.
Prior to joining the Romney campaign in the fall of 2011, Tyler was a Senior Account Executive at Peritus Public Relations, where he produced award-winning, multi-state media and grassroots campaigns for clients in the agriculture, consumer products, real estate, health care, energy, and infrastructure sectors.
Before Peritus, Tyler helped launch the Chertoff Group, a security and risk-management firm founded in Washington, D.C. by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former CIA Director Michael Hayden.
Senior Consultant, RunSwitch PR (Present)
Founder, Glick Strategies LLC
Deputy State Director, Romney for President (2012)
Field Director, Romney for President (2011)
Senior Account Representative, Peritus Public Relations (2009 – 2011)
Special Assistant, The Chertoff Group (2009)
Deputy Production Manager, Freedom’s Watch (2008 – 2009)
Before joining RunSwitch, Terri Studer served as SW Ohio Regional Director for the 2012 Romney for President campaign, where she helped oversee campaign events, coordinated coalition outreach programs, and built volunteer networks, working with state and county political groups and campaign teams to organize grassroots voter contact efforts throughout region.
Previous to the 2012 Presidential campaign, Terri was a member of campaign teams for the Ohio Republican Party and for Governor John Kasich.
Terri currently serves as Campaign Coordinator on the Executive Board of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, as well as sitting on the Agriculture Committee for the National Federation of Republican Women.
A graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER program, Terri serves on OFBF’s leadership team, specifically in areas of outreach and education.
At RunSwitch, we engage our well-honed communications skills to meet your needs.
The work we perform at RunSwitch typically falls into one of two categories: public affairs and public relations.
Our Clients engage us to analyze, strategize, and execute approaches to manage everything from community relations to serious policy issues.
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