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business, legislative, communications, and marketing goals. We deliver what matters most in business or politics: a winning strategy.
Unparalleled expertise to achieve your objectives through strategic communications.
Decades delivering effective solutions quickly for high-level issues in fast-moving environments.
Leveraging our networks and expertise, we cut through the clutter, identify what’s important, and shape a vision that leads to victory.
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.
Steve has strong relationships with media, state government, the business community and the health care industry in Kentucky. He has been at the forefront of several major state and federal issues, including efforts to defeat legislation requiring prescriptions for cold medicines, promoting legal liability reform, and numerous issue campaigns to protect and expand access to care in Kentucky and beyond.
He has put his skills to work for numerous Fortune 500 companies and national organizations such as Allstate, Anheuser-Busch, 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.
In 2010, Steve built his own public relations firm which he successfully grew and operated for several years before merging with his partners to firm RunSwitch. Prior to that, he helped another Kentucky PR firm grow from one office to a regional presence with offices in five states in just three short years.
Prior to moving to Kentucky, Steve worked with PR-giant Hill & Knowlton in Tallahassee, Florida 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 in support of nuclear power and provided crisis communications counsel to a major New Orleans-based university after Hurricane Katrina.
Steve is a graduate of Florida State University.
Steve is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Louisville Program and a member of the 2015 Business First of Louisville 40 Under 40 class. He 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)
Scott Jennings is RunSwitch co-founder and partner, providing senior level communications, public affairs, political and crisis communications counsel for national and international clients. When it comes to blending grassroots campaigns, communications tactics, and political strategy, Scott is one of the most experienced and successful operatives in the country.
Scott and his partners are among the leading public relations and public affairs operatives in the country, waging successful issue and political campaigns at the state and federal level. If a battle is raging in the U.S. or state capitol, Scott and his team are often in the middle of it, fighting passionately for their clients’ views. He is also a valuable crisis communications professional, his skills forged during years of high-level political and corporate client service.
Prior to founding RunSwitch in 2012, Scott’s career took shape on many public affairs, public relations, and political campaigns.
In 2012, he served as 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. 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, and his office advised the president on numerous issues.
Scott has served in senior positions on several highly targeted races, helping U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (’02, ’08, ’14), Congressman Brett Guthrie (’08-present), and numerous local Kentucky candidates.
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 a Louisville PR firm as Director of Strategic Development, growing the business by 300% during his tenure. Before politics, Scott was an award-winning broadcast journalist for WHAS Radio from 1996-2000.
Scott was born on October 26, 1977, in Princeton, Kentucky. He grew up in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Louisville. 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 writes a regular column for the Louisville Courier-Journal which appears every third Wednesday. You can regularly find him quoted by CNN, The New York Times, the Associated Press, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, National Journal, National Public Radio, U.S. News & World Report, and other news outlets.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Louisville, and the U of L McConnell Center for Political Leadership
Bingham Fellows Class of 2015
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
Business First of Louisville “Top 40 Under 40”
Founding Partner, RunSwitch Public Relations (2012-present)
Senior Advisor, Jeb Bush for President (2015-present)
Columnist, Louisville Courier-Journal, (2013-present)
Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC, Senior Advisor and Spokesman (2013-2014)
Kentucky Opportunity Coalition 501(c)4, Senior Advisor and Spokesman (2013-2014)
Senior Advisor and Ohio State Director, Mitt Romney for President (2012)
General Consultant, Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer re-election (2012)
Media Consultant to Kentucky state Senate campaigns of Joe Bowen and Mike Wilson (2010)
Senior Communications Advisor, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s Re-Election (2008)
Senior Advisor and General Campaign Consultant, Congressman Brett Guthrie, (2008-present)
Director of Strategic Development, 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 (2004)
Political Director, Ernie Fletcher for Governor of Kentucky (2003)
Political and Communications Director, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election (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 (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. He is a graduate of Leadership East Kentucky, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, and Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows Program and is currently participating in the 2015 Leadership Kentucky Class.
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 a variety of volunteer roles most notably serving as a member of the board of directors for the YMCA of Kentucky, as an at-large member of the Jenny Wiley Theatre Board of Directors, and as a member of the KY Oral Health Coalition. Les is a member of the Westport Road Church of Christ.
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)
Ben is a Senior Vice President 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 Acree is an experienced communications professional specializing in consumer public relations, communications and marketing for RunSwitch PR’s corporate clientele.
Charissa draws from nearly a decade of experience to lead award-winning strategies and deliver meaningful results for clients including Amazon, Isagro USA, Your Community Bank, Dare to Care Food Bank and Norton Commons.
Over the course of her career, Charissa has developed plans to support product registrations, helped to launch and expand a national non-profit organization and generated broad consumer awareness for a national restaurant brand. She has generated hundreds of stories for her clients in national, regional and local media outlets and logged thousands of miles on media tours to build better relationships between the media and her clients.
Charissa brings a unique, creative flair to our team and develops and delivers ideas that are tailored, unique and impactful. She serves as an integral members of each of her clients’ internal teams, routinely meeting with senior leadership to contribute ideas, insights and plans that support their overall marketing objectives.
Charissa specializes in paid and organic social media strategies. She recently led our team in developing all social media for a Top 200 restaurant brand. In this capacity, Charissa wrote all social media content plans for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. In addition to overseeing the posting of daily content to each social media platform, Charissa worked alonside her client to implement processes for responding to online customer comments and inquiries in a timely manner, elevating important issues or customer inquiries to the client for further action.
During the summer of 2014, Charissa oversaw a PR and social media campaign designed to drive consumer awareness for this same brand through paid and organic reach. In a two-month period, her PR strategy generated more than 575 stories in 60 DMA markets and garnered more than 17 million Facebook impressions. On Twitter, the campaign exceeded total engagement goals by more than 300%. Combined, these efforts moved the brand’s social media ranking from #190 to #21.
Charissa’s work has garnered numerous awards from the IABC/PRSA Landmarks of Excellence, Hermes Creative Awards, Parthenon Awards and Golden Arc Awards. 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 an active member of the American Advertising Federation of Louisville, where she serves on both the Membership and Communications committees. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (Bluegrass Chapter) and is the 2014 and 2015 Communications Chair for March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction. Her prior volunteer experience includes The Cabbage Patch Settlement House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.
Account Director (January 2014-March 2015)
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)
With dual degrees in economics and political science, Rachel is knowledgeable on a wide range of policy issues on the national and state level, specializing in forming nontraditional alliances between individuals, organizations and other stakeholders who share common goals.
Rachel began her career at Peritus Public Relations in 2009 where she worked on various high-profile public affairs and public interest campaigns. In 2011, Rachel joined B|K Public Affairs as an Account Executive where she gained additional experience the health care policy sector. Rachel joined RunSwitch PR when the company formed in 2012. While at RunSwitch Rachel has helped assist in various contentious state policy issues including the passage of legislation that allows schools and public entities to obtain, store and administer epinephrine auto-injectors, and legislation that increases access to the life-saving medication Naloxone and Good Samaritan provisions in the heroin legislation introduced during the 2015 General Assembly. More recently, Rachel has assisted the Millennial Restaurant Group in the opening of several Blaze Pizza restaurants in multiple states and recently worked with the Louisville favorite, Yang Kee Noodle, as they opened their second location.
Rachel is originally 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 as a Vice President of the Student Government Association.
Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Bellarmine University with dual degrees in economics and political science.
Rachel participated in Leadership Louisville in the fall of 2014 and helps assist in PR activities for the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana. She previously served as the Step Out Walk PR Chair for the Louisville Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.
Rachel was recognized in the Advertising Federation’s “Hot Ten” in 2014.
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)
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)
Lauren specializes in graphic design, media relations, social media campaigns, and brand development. She brings with her experience from several branding platforms, including local, smaller market campaigns and higher profile national campaigns.
Prior to joining RunSwitch PR in January 2014, Lauren began her career with the Kentucky State Fair Board, where she managed sponsorships and events for the 2012 Kentucky State Fair. In 2013 she executed multi-platform advertising initiatives, compiled competitor trend reports and implemented a social media content calendar plan at TBWA\Chiat\Day in Nashville, Tenn. She also spent time working with Werkshop Branding in Bowling Green, Ky. where she assisted in brand management projects, with a focus on social media, as well as a complete rebrand for Service One Credit Union.
Lauren is a key member of the RunSwitch team, offering graphic design and creative services to clients. She also plays an integral role in implementing the overall media strategies clients have access to via RunSwitch PR.
Originally from Louisville, Lauren moved to Bowling Green to attend Western Kentucky University. 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.
Advertising Federation of Louisville
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Account Executive, RunSwitch PR (2015-present)
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)
Prior to joining RunSwitch, Emily oversaw social media strategy for My Personal Puzzle, where she utilized her understanding of social media campaigns, customer service and graphic design to market and encourage sales for the e-commerce company.
Emily also worked with the Washington County Community Foundation, promoting economic development in rural Washington County, Indiana. She assisted in interviewing and developing content including promotional videos, infographics and other communications materials to support the Foundation. Emily also interned for Renfro Productions and Management, a company overseeing the largest consumer trade show in the Midwest. During her time with Renfro, Emily developed a comprehensive social media marketing plan for show vendors and also gained experience in vendor communications and website development.
At RunSwitch, Emily works hands on with social media content, media monitoring, event planning and media relations for a variety of clients.
Emily attended Ball State University, where she was involved with Cardinal Communications, Ball State’s PRSSA Teahan Award-winning, student-run creative communications agency. As an account coordinator for Cardinal Communications, Emily gained valuable public relations skills, including event planning, brand development and marketing strategy.
Emily is a graduate of Ball State University, where she earned a degree in Public Relations.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Louisville Advertising Federation
Focus Louisville Class of 2015
Account Coordinator, RunSwitch PR (January 2015-present)
Intern, RunSwitch PR (Fall 2014)
Social Media Contractor, My Personal Puzzle (Summer 2014)
Intern, Renfro Productions & Management (2013-2014)
Intern, Washington County Community Foundation (2012, 2013, 2014)
Jena Patterson comes to RunSwitch after a two year stint as a political staffer on the 2014 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. Jena puts her political background to work with many public affairs clients by utilizing her understanding of government to move forward with issues important to clients.
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 is a graduate of Bellarmine University, where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies.
Kids Against Hunger
Supplies Over Seas
Dare to Care
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)
While studying at the University of Louisville, Sean paired his education with internships in the field office of United States Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-2nd District), the Washington D.C. Office of United States Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and RunSwitch PR. While working in Senator McConnell’s office, Sean felt drawn toward education, labor, and transportation legislative issues.
For more than three years, Sean was the Digital Journalist for the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit that recruits Kentucky’s best and brightest for a full-tuition scholarship at the University of Louisville. While in that role, Sean developed content for social media platforms, produced and directed video promotions, and executed long-term recruitment and public relations strategies. He overhauled the Center’s approach to social media and oversaw paid advertising across multiple platforms.
Sean was unanimously selected by his peers to serve as Chair of the McConnell Scholars for the 2014-15 year where he represented the concerns of the 40 scholars to the Director of the Program. He also served as a National Campaign Ambassador to Harvard’s Institute of Politics, an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow, and developed a simulation for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
A native of Owensboro, Ky., Sean moved to Louisville to attend the University of Louisville where he studied political science and history. Sean served as Vice Chair of the College Republicans, participated on University advisory boards, and wrote opinion editorials for the independent student newspaper.
Sean is a graduate of the University of Louisville.
Habitat for Humanity
Louisville Gas & Electric’s Project Warm
McConnell Scholars Program
Edward Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Account Coordinator, RunSwitch PR (2015-present)
Public Affairs Intern, RunSwitch PR (2014)
Digital Journalist, University of Louisville’s McConnell Center (2011-2014)
Legislative Intern, Office of United States Senator Mitch McConnell (2013)
Field Intern, Office of United States Congressman Brett Guthrie (2012)
Teaching Assistant, Daviess County Public Schools ESL Summer Program (2012)
In her capacity at RunSwitch, Annie provides expertise on matters that impact government-regulated industries, drawing upon her experience breaking down complex policy and regulatory 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, executed, and managed the office’s strategic initiatives, policy objectives, communications and outreach 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, advancing all legislative initiatives and working collaboratively with countless stakeholders to implement legislative strategies. 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 relations, and issue development for one of the most repeatedly competitive congressional races in the county. 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) of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. At DVHC, Annie executed grassroots advocacy campaigns on legislative priorities at the federal, state, and local level for the Commonwealth’s leading health care provider advocate. Annie assisted in developing the association’s policy initiatives, provided proactive analysis and guidance on policy issues, and organized outreach programs for members and legislators.
With more than a decade of public policy experience, Annie has a keen understanding of how to develop, execute, and advance legislative and political priorities to advance an organization’s goals.
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)
Principal and Owner, Dutton Strategies LLC
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)
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.
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