Departments

Alex Drechsler

Alex Drechsler

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Alex earned a Communications degree with an emphasis in Journalism from Santa Clara University with an outstanding GPA. She also minored in Entrepreneurship. Alex enjoys writing, and puts her skill to use in drafting, reviewing and editing communications for Blue clients. She also has excellent organizational talents, and is excited about learning new skills and gaining practical experience in the world of employee communications from Blue’s senior consultants. She received an Honorable Mention for her Plaridel Award entry for Best Youth Voice, which honors reporting or commentary by young people about their broader communities.

Aliya Thomas

Aliya Thomas

Communications Director

Aliya earned a degree in journalism in 2008 and has since accumulated over a decade of experience in print and online media, marketing, communications, and social media. Whatever the communication vehicle, Aliya is passionate about creating engaging content that positively impacts others. She has spearheaded social media campaigns for emerging organizations, served as Editor-in-Chief for a national publication, and collaborated with major brands to successfully execute sponsorship activations. Aliya also has experience in the non-profit sector and enjoyed devising creative approaches to reach fundraising goals and sustain community engagement. She enjoys connecting with others and has trained community volunteers and organization stakeholders on communications best practices. She also has experience in the field of education focusing on coordinating all details of the curriculum planning process and managing the internal and external communication of important policies to the campus community.

Angeles Stuart

Angeles Stuart

Project Manager

With nearly two decades of communications experience, Angie understands that communicating how a benefit plan works can be as important as the plan itself. Angie excels at creating clear and effective communications that educate employees about their benefits, stress the importance of planning and build employee appreciation. Her featured speaking engagements include the Profit Sharing Council of America’s Western Pension Conference and the Journal of Financial Marketing and Advertising’s Western Symposium. Also a well-rounded financial professional, Angie is an SEC-licensed broker and holds a life agent designation.

Beverly Gadient

Beverly Gadient

Sr. Writer

Beverly specializes in employee benefits and other HR-related communications. She focuses on writing engaging content to help employees make informed choices, embrace organizational change and take desired actions. Beverly enjoys collaborating to create practical and creative communication solutions targeted for each client’s unique situation and audiences. She loves the details, guarding technical accuracy while making complex ideas easy to understand. In her more than 30 years of experience, Beverly has won multiple IABC Quill Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and Communicator Awards.

Brendi Rawlin

Brendi Rawlin

Public Relations Director

Brendi is cool, calm, and collected in any public relations scenario. She’s a pro at crafting unique story angles and finding an engaging hook, but she’s also able to navigate any crisis and support companies to clearly communicate and engage their employees. She brings 20 years of experience in developing and managing strategic communications and media relations campaigns, facilitation of branding and market positioning initiatives, as well as media and message training. From managing multimillion-dollar accounts and counseling Fortune 500 corporations to launching start-ups for clients, Brendi has developed a reputation among her clients as a strategic and creative thinker, expert writer, and crisis counselor. She has earned over a dozen industry awards for public relations, including several Silver Bernays awards.

Emily Hoffman

Emily Hoffman

Communications Specialist

An eye for creativity, attention to detail and excellent client service skills…. these are just a few of the talents Emily displays as a Communications Specialist. At Blue, Emily wears a lot of hats: she strategizes and develops tactics to support Blue and its clients. She’s involved in the development, review, implementation and measurement of operational activities. Emily also enjoys writing and generating dynamic content for social media, newsletters and email marketing. All in all, she is an energetic achiever who excels at many different marketing and communication tasks. Emily graduated, cum laude, from Malone University, with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts/public relations.

Hannah Egner

Hannah Egner

Communications Manager

Hannah is a creative strategist with a passion for storytelling. She helps leaders and organizations drive change more effectively by taking a people-centric approach to messaging and engagement. Hannah has more than nine years of consulting experience in corporate and HR communications, organizational change management, leadership development and culture transformation. She is at her best when working in a collaborative environment to solve for creative challenges and bridging the gap between big picture thinking and day-to-day project management. In addition to consulting, Hannah is currently pursuing her M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Kaiden Thomas

Kaiden Thomas

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Kaiden has a knack for creativity and the ability to follow an idea from conception to execution. His interests lie in video production and keeping up-to-date in the latest social media trends and algorithms. He is also passionate about graphic design and has designed merchandise for some of the biggest influencers on Instagram and TikTok. Kaiden studied at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation in Los Angeles, California.

Kathy Kibbe

Kathy Kibbe

Vice President of Innovation

Kathy is a recognized industry go-getter who champions Blue’s Change Management, Innovation, and Workforce Strategy Communications lines of business. During her 30 years of communications consulting, clients across various industries have partnered with her in solving the most complex workforce challenges. Kathy has led large, successful consulting teams to communicate corporate transactions (such as mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, IPOs), employee engagement and value proposition, internal branding, global communications management and more. Kathy knows that innovative communication is the powerful catalyst that leads to measurable improvements and optimal results.

“I have been fortunate to see firsthand how effective workforce communication and engagement can both create value for companies and positively impact people’s lives — whether they are trying to find their place in complex transactions or managing their day-to-day lives.”

Luke Odom

Luke Odom

Marketing Intern

Luke is a recent high school graduate with an innovative and original way of thinking. He has a knack for learning new skills quickly and enjoys complex puzzles and daunting challenges. Luke started a business called Go Do Stuff, encouraging people to get out of their comfort zone and learn new things. Luke has been accepted into the Entrepreneurial Program at San Diego State University, where he will be attending in the Fall.

Maria Marianetti

Maria Marianetti

Project Manager

Maria has been working with businesses to clearly and concisely communicate health and wellness plans and programs for 20 years. Her strengths include proofreading, copyediting and writing. She crafts strategic messaging that helps organizations creatively tell their stories. She is conscientious, friendly and reliable, and reviews Blue drafts to ensure clear, concise, consistent, error-free and grammatically accurate writing. Maria also enjoys research, and thanks to her strong attention to detail, can effectively coordinate multiple projects — all the while delivering quality deliverables on time and within budget.

Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman

Change Management Director

Marty brings a 30-year career with experience in both corporate work and consulting. Most recently he worked at a Fortune 500 company in several capacities — as the Director of Total Rewards as well as the Director of Change Management and HR Communications. In consulting and in his corporate roles, Marty developed and implemented change and communication strategies in support of benefit redesign, annual enrollment, health and well-being strategies, mergers & acquisitions and HR transformation (including Human Capital Management system implementations). He enjoys creating communication campaigns that capture employees’ very distracted attention, lead employees to action and create change through an ongoing communication drum beat. His communication approach can be summed with the saying, “A thunderstorm gets attention, but a soft rain makes the grass grow.”

Mary Endress

Mary Endress

Communications Manager

With an eye for good design and an ear for great copywriting, Mary has been creating communication campaigns for Fortune 500 companies for more than 20 years. Skilled at writing, media strategy and creative direction, Mary believes that communication excellence is a perfect marriage of thoughtful planning, effective writing, and great visuals. A Canadian-born, American resident, Mary has worked on both sides of the border, giving her in-depth technical knowledge of both U.S. and Canadian workplace benefits. She also has a first-hand understanding of the expat experience. Recognized by the IABC, Mary has won several Gold Quill awards for her work and serves as an awards judge, helping to promote and reward excellence in business communications around the globe.

Melissa Cruz

Melissa Cruz

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Organization, creativity and passion are just a few of the skills that Melissa brings to the Blue team. At Blue she assists leadership with social media management, internal marketing and communications efforts and a variety of operational initiatives. A graduate of Texas State University, Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and public relations and a minor in business.

Mika Barnett-Ohori

Mika Barnett-Ohori

Project Manager

Mika takes pride in never missing a deadline: delivering her work with intention, quality and urgency. At Blue, she facilitates project development, strategy and execution. With her knack for organization and attention to detail, there isn’t a task she won’t take on. Mika brings a wealth of benefits knowledge to Blue, including three years as a Benefits Analyst at Lockton. She graduated with a Business Management degree and a minor in Finance from California State University, Northridge. She recently received the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation, showcasing her knowledge of employee benefits and retirement. Mika’s passions outside of work include tutoring for under-served elementary students in the Los Angeles United School District, practicing yoga and rollerblading.

Pam Little

Pam Little

Founder and CEO

Pam founded Blue Communications Agency in 1997 and serves as both the head and the heart of the organization. She has been consulting with businesses for over 25 years, helping them navigate significant benefit, compensation, organizational, workforce and business changes with effective communications strategies. Pam uses her deep understanding of how employees learn to create programs and processes for Blue clients to support and achieve their business goals. And in the process, she’s won over 80 awards for communications excellence throughout her career, including five Gold Quills and Best Internal Communications Program of the Year from the American Business Association (ABA) and the International Business Association (IBA). Pam acts as coach, advisor and mentor to a diverse staff of creative and driven professionals to ensure that Blue delivers strategic, innovative and engaging employee communications solutions on time and on budget … always.

Sheilesha Willis

Sheilesha Willis

Vice President Managing Director

Sheilesha is a friendly, smart and experienced leader who is committed to excellence in everything she does. That makes her the perfect person to manage and support key client accounts at Blue. She’s also instrumental in the development of our Organizational Change Management line of business. Her experience extends beyond benefits, and includes diversity, HR operations, training and development, HR analytics, and shared services. She has a passion for and a great understanding of well-being in corporate America and around the world. And did we mention she earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior focusing on cultural diversity, inclusion and leadership? What great knowledge and insight Sheilesha offers to our clients at Blue!

Silvia Sanguinetti

Silvia Sanguinetti

Engagement Coordinator

Put simply, Silvia’s support keeps Blue performing at its best. As Engagement Coordinator, her work helps to strengthen many areas of Blue’s operations. She also supports our Leadership team and assists with marketing efforts through content development, social media support and thought leadership projects. The work she does touches just about every aspect of our agency, and her passion for research and writing helps with everything she does. Give her a challenge, and she is on it 100%! Silvia graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Sociology, with an emphasis in Pre-Law.

Traci Sexton

Traci Sexton

Managing Director and Lead Content Director

Traci can simplify complex subject matter and bring harmony to challenging projects. She specializes in developing strategies and writing exceptional copy for all types of media. She is a team player who manages projects with dedication to meeting deadlines. Traci develops and implements effective communication strategies through a variety of channels to engage and educate employees about getting the most from their HR resources. She has more than 20 years of experience partnering with clients to coordinate complex project implementations, analyze problems and identify clever communications solutions. Traci has also won multiple awards for her work.