Jean Komendera

Jean Komendera, President

Jean has nearly 30 years of high-level account management and strategic planning experience with international and regional advertising agencies. Her first position was at Grey Advertising where she started in the mailroom. Here, Jean received some great career advice from the chairman of Grey, Ed Meyer. He told her to be like a sponge and to learn something new each and every day. Throughout her career, she’s worked hard to remain curious, adapt to rapid-fire changes and bring the courage to take on challenges with fresh perspective and enthusiasm. Her role at Gold Dog is chief problem solver and cheerleader. Under Jean’s leadership, Gold Dog has grown steadily.

Jean has helped enhance the brand performance for numerous clients including Federal Realty Investment Trust, Forest City, Oracle, Cable ONE, Crowell & Moring LLP, JBGR Retail, National Geographic Magazine, The George Washington University, Bausch & Lomb, Jeep/Renault, Kodak, The George Washington University Health Plan, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, The University of Virginia Heart Center, and Ralston Purina. Committed to her community, she has also done pro bono work for several organizations including The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, and the Washington Humane Society. Jean has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Christina Ortiz

Christina Ortiz, Creative Director

Christina has been an art director for over 17 years, working in agencies in Rochester, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her account experience includes Federal Realty Investment Trust, Quincy, Kodak Motion Picture Film, Xerox, StrongHealth, Highland Hospital, Aspen Dental, Shaw Carpet, Bausch & Lomb, Crowell & Moring LLP, MTX Wealth Management, and Finnegan Henderson LLP. Ideas and inspiration drive Christina. Her sense of design and creativity has brought her numerous accolades throughout her career, including over 40 advertising awards.

Erin Sarro

Erin Sarro, Creative Director & Senior Writer

Erin has over 15 years of experience as an agency creative director and senior-level writer. She has given a unique and powerful voice to clients such as Papa John’s Pizza, The International Spy Museum, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, Mally Cosmetics, The George Washington University, MedStar Health, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and Federal Realty Investment Trust. Erin has won numerous regional and national Addy Awards including two Best In Shows. When she’s not telling brand stories, she’s telling bedtime stories to three pretty great kids.

Tracy Elston

Tracy Elston, Art Director

Tracy brings over 15 years of art direction experience to the Gold Dog pack, though she’s been creating since the first day she picked up a crayon. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from State University of New York at Oswego and hasn’t stopped learning since. Her account experience includes Federal Realty Investment Trust, Forest City, BMW, MINI, La-Z-Boy, and Northrop Grumman. Coffee is her fuel, The Golden Girls is her guilty pleasure, and listening is her key to success. When she isn’t designing, she’s thinking about designing, and when she isn’t thinking about designing she’s teaching her preschooler about teamwork, sports, and Star Wars while answering the question “why” quite a bit.

Molly Magnarelli

Molly Magnarelli, Account Executive

Molly is an Account Executive at Gold Dog and has a background in marketing communications, public relations, and journalism. She has experience bringing a small public affairs firm into the 21st century via digital media, as well as helping design a new public face for the firm through social media, website design, and brand marketing. She is a Washington, DC native with a passion for creativity, a visual storyteller with an appreciation for detail, and a pizza fanatic. A people-person at heart, she values building relationships and connecting with others to create something extraordinary and out-of-the-box. Molly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Journalism from Miami University. Molly enjoys traveling and exploring new cities (she particularly loves places with warm weather and a beach) and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes.

Lisa Reifschneider

Lisa Reifschneider, Digital Account Executive

Lisa is a Digital Account Executive at Gold Dog with a background in data integration, analytics, and project management. She has experience managing and maintaining CRM platforms such as Salesforce and MindBody Online, utilizing and consolidating reports and client operations processes nation-wide. Lisa has an eye for detail, is savvy with spreadsheets, and always brings flair and creativity into her work. A former collegiate gymnast, Lisa has a passion for movement. Whether it’s running and hiking, doing handstands, or playing with her dog Lucy, she loves to spend time outside and stay active. She has lived everywhere from Maryland and Virginia, to Bermuda, and Colorado. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland.

Kristina Billingsley

Kristina Billingsley, HR and Business Director

Kristina has been with Gold Dog Communications since 2013 as the HR and Business Director. She provides organization, supervision, and assistance behind the scenes for the Gold Dog team. Kristina is a military spouse and a mother of three, and enjoys the balance of life and play. She holds a BA in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio, Account Executive

Emily has ten years of account management and planning experience, having worked in full-service agency environments, executing everything from brand development to broadcast, social, and digital media. She manages with precision, spreadsheets and to-do lists are the tools of her trade. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with a variety of clients including Federal Realty Investment Trust, MetLife, Scripps Networks, Coopervision, W. F. Young, Manning & Napier, PAETEC, Monroe Community College, and Canandaigua National Bank. Emily has a BA degree in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University, and a furry Bernese Mountain Dog.

John Quigley

John Quigley, Technical Director

John has over 18 years in web design experience and is owner of a design, interactive, photography studio based in Portland, Maine. He has worked with clients and athletes including Octagon Sports Marketing, United States Ski and Snowboard Association, Michael Phelps and Bode Miller. John has partnered with Gold Dog Communications over the past ten plus years on many web and interactive projects. He has helped direct and develop websites for clients including Crowell & Moring LLP, Bethesda Row, Bernstein Management Corporation, The Pearl, Finnegan Henderson LLP, Pike & Rose, Pentagon Row and Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center.

Dave Hannigan

Dave Hannigan, Digital and SEM Director

The answer to “How do I get people to see me on Google?” starts with Dave, as he is Google Certified and spends most of his time optimizing client accounts ranging from real estate and technology to healthcare and education. With experience spanning Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), client strategy, and more, he will dive as deep as you’d like into the details of the analytics, but his reporting demonstrates that he appreciates the value of plainspoken success stories.

Pete Fazio

Pete Fazio, Art Director

Pete designs in and across all media, from brand development to interactive design. His work has appeared in a wide range of venues including design publications like Communication Arts, Print and Wired magazines—to the shelves of stores through BIC Pens he has designed. Pete also is a front-end web developer. Everything he knows about coding and the web is self-taught. He’s been learning something new every day since 1993. The same goes for why he knows how to take apart a lawnmower and fix it, or even his ’69 Austin Healey Sprite that he disassembled and rebuilt. Pete loves little British cars, British motorcycles, and British TV shows. He’s owned a 1972 Mini Cooper, a 1969 Austin Healey Sprite, and now, a 2011 Harley Nightster and a bad little Honda Ruckus scooter.

Summer

Summer, Mascot

Summer’s responsibilities include keeping a calm demeanor in the face of daily crisis and spreading smiles.

Chrissy Ortiz

I’m inspired by …

my grandmothers hands. memories show in every beautiful line. etchings of experience and lines of warm character.

– Chrissy

Jean Komendera

I’m inspired by …

big cities.

The ambition and the stories of the people that make their way through the streets. The constant ability to reinvent. The boldness to push higher into the sky. The steadfast older buildings that refuse to be overshadowed. I am constantly surprised by the raw energy.

– Jean

Kristina Billingsley

I’m inspired by …

the beauty and innocence through the eyes of a child.

– Kristina

Emily Fazio

I’m inspired by …

clean lines. Mid-century print design and contemporary architecture, Charley Harper to Orla Kiely to Dwell.

– Emily

Emily Fazio

I’m inspired by …

the beauty in nature. From magenta rhododendrons in the spring to florescent yellow leaves in the fall, a walk down my street is the perfect source of inspiration.

– Emily

Jean Komendera

I’m inspired by …

paintings by Mark Rothko

Rothko’s bold color fields convey so much emotion with such simplicity. While I love wearing black, I never thought 14 black paintings could be so inspiring. The Rothko Chapel in Houston transcends religion and delivers a solid dose of peace and harmony.

– Jean

John Quigley KEXP

I’m inspired by …

music. It has always been my lifeline and kexp has fueled my days since I first discovered them in 2005. Priding themselves on their “daily mix tape” motto, it takes me through many periods of life filled with emotion.

John Richards (John in the morning) inspires me, with his open heart and humble persona. If you ever have the chance to listen to his annual “Mom Show” on November 13th – you will never view radio in the same way again. It’s a piercing tribute to all those who have lost loved ones and for him November 13th is the day he lost his Mom to cancer.

– John

Jean Komendera

I’m inspired by …

my son Reid. He inspires me to try to jump higher and remember that it’s all about heart and effort.

– Jean

Emily Fazio

I’m inspired by …

sea glass, for its history and color.

– Emily