Jennifer is the publisher of The Alaska 100 as well as principle partner and president/CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations. She is in charge of ensuring that everything the agency produces is strategic, consistent and exceeds client expectations. She is often involved at the planning level of new projects and manages several of the agency’s clients herself. She excels at articulating concepts, helping clients define their goals and translating them into solid public relations campaigns.
As a manager, she is a strong believer in a cohesive agency structure and a vibrant culture. She spends a great deal of time and resources ensuring her team understands the importance of work/life balance and pursuing their passions to sustain a creative atmosphere in the agency. She also loves coffee, good shoes and sunshine.
Liz is editor of The Alaska 100 as well as vice president at Thompson & Co. Public Relations. Prior to heading up T&C’s Houston office beginning in 2016, Liz spent nearly four years in the agency’s Anchorage office. She offers a wide range of clients senior counsel and expertise in account planning as well as more tactical communications and media relations support.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina. Away from the office, you are likely to find Liz exploring the outdoors, rooting for her favorite football teams, reveling in live music or hiding behind a book, magazine or newspaper.
Gary has been with Thompson & Co. since 2005. He is an expert at identifying story angles and opportunities, and is constantly looking at the social media scene to ensure Thompson & Co. clients receive ink not only in traditional media outlets but also on blogs and on social media sites. Gary oversees the agency’s new media programs and is responsible for developing strategies that make agency clients stand out in the digital age. In addition to plotting social-media strategy, Gary leads several of the agency’s top accounts. Prior to his tenure at Thompson & Co., Gary served as the marketing communications manager at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska’s top ski resort, and was chief of press for the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine Championships.
Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from Drew University, New Jersey and is a board member of the Public Relations Society of America Alaska chapter.
Meghan has led Thompson & Co.’s New York office since 2006 and handles national media relations for the agency’s clients. A former journalist with a passion for travel, she has excellent writing skills, story concepts and insider knowledge of the media industry. She talks with editors and writers at the nation’s largest publications on a daily basis securing coverage and organizing media events and briefings in New York for the agency’s clients.
Prior to joining the agency, Meghan worked as a journalist at National Geographic Traveler and CosmoGIRL! magazines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Spanish language certificate from Ohio University. In her spare time, she volunteers for several non-profits and serves on the steering committee for Young Professionals for CARE.
Ally Day is a contributor to The Alaska 100. Ally is also a senior account manager at T&C, where she manages a wide variety of the agency’s clients, including travel accounts, telecom and health care. In addition to overseeing media outreach, community relations and social media development on behalf of clients, Ally is adept at formulating strategic public relations plans and balances her hit-the-ground-running attitude with her detail-oriented personality in helping clients achieve their individual goals.
Ally also helps lead T&C’s media training program, which serves clients and community members interested in learning more about how best to navigate media requests and interviews. Born and raised in Anchorage, Ally received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada and a certificate of completion from the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver.
Stephanie is a contributor to The Alaska 100 as well as an account manager at T&C. She hails from Florida but lived in Colorado for a number of years before moving to Alaska in 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida after an internship in New York and a stint studying abroad in Greece and Spain. In her free time, Stephanie loves to cook and snowboard. She’ll try anything once and is always ready to explore all that Alaska has to offer.
A contributor to The Alaska 100, Bri is originally from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She left the comforts of home in 2011 and made the trek north to join the T&C in Alaska. Bri has worked on a wide range of accounts at T&C, gaining valuable knowledge in the travel and tourism industries, statewide and nationally, and also works daily with local, regional and national media.
Bri earned bachelor’s degrees in both public relations and Spanish from the University of Idaho and in her spare time, is found either curled up with a good book or out exploring the trails of Alaska by shoe or ski.
Emily’s lifelong love of writing steered her toward public relations, and she puts her skills to work every day as a contributor to The Alaska 100 and account executive at T&C. Emily graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications. She’s a lover of bluegrass music and has spent many summers teaching bluegrass camps around Alaska. These days, she spends her summers squeezing in as many bluegrass festivals as possible.
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Shannon left home and headed for the Aloha State after graduating high school. She’s returned to Alaska with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Shannon joined Thompson & Co. in September 2014 and now also serves as a contributor to The Alaska 100. When she can, she loves to spend time with her family, cook and exercise.
Raised in Healy, Alaska, Kailee has a love for writing, graphic design and client relations, which led her to join the T&C team shortly after graduating from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in journalism and public communications.
In addition to contributing to The Alaska 100, Kailee serves as an account coordinator, drafting social media content, designing graphics, coordinating media queries and distributing press releases. In her free time, Kailee can either be found painting or reading a good book.
A contributor to The Alaska 100 and account coordinator in T&C’s Anchorage office, Kelsey grew up in the town of St. Marys, Kansas. She moved to Alaska after graduating from Benedictine College with a degree in journalism and mass communications. From one small town to another, Kelsey now resides in Girdwood, Alaska. She spends most of her free time discovering and exploring all the views, coffee stands and thrifty shops her new home has to offer.
Brad directs the digital and creative strategy for T&C with over thirty years of experience across a broad range of consumer and business-to-business categories. He is an accomplished, award-winning creative director, developing and executing all aspects of integrated marketing communications campaigns designed to exceed strategic marketing objectives.
Brad’s brand experience is complimented by his fresh perspective on content marketing, digital asset creation and creative thinking. Originally from Indiana, he has lived in many parts of the U.S and holds a fine arts degree from Valparaiso University. A father and brand-new (extremely proud) grandfather, he enjoys exploring Alaska by hiking, kayaking and camping.
Megan E. O’Malley
Megan works as an account coordinator in Thompson & Co. PR’s Houston office. T&C serves clients in a wide range of industries from travel and tourism to the arts and sciences. Megan’s responsibilities include creating blog and social media content, drafting and distributing news releases and assisting with media relations and reporting.
A graduate of the University of Alabama with a major in public relations and a minor in event planning, Megan is an avid writer and also has a passion for special events. She returned to her home state of Texas after college and worked for an oil and gas trade association and a local web publication before joining T&C. She is a member of the Junior League of Houston and volunteers with Dress for Success along with other local nonprofits.
Topics: Travel and Tourism, Oil & Gas, Education, Events and Community
Raised in Helena, Montana, Ashleigh Ebert fell in love with Alaska after originally vowing to only stay for two years. Ashleigh joined T&C in 2017 after seven years with KTUU-TV in Anchorage. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in central Asian studies.
In addition to contributing to The Alaska 100, Ashleigh serves as an account executive at the agency, where she wears many hats. In a given day, you’ll find Ashleigh pitching Alaska to travel and tourism journalists, coordinating media queries and distributing press releases. In her free time, Ashleigh enjoys hiking with her dog Dexter, exploring new places in Alaska or having a nice dinner out in downtown.
Sarah Erkmann Ward
In addition to contributing to The Alaska 100, Sarah is the president of Blueprint Alaska, an advocacy consultancy located in Anchorage. She thrives off working with clients that want to raise their profile, drive change and be part of the public conversation.
Sarah is a lifelong Alaskan with years of experience in strategic communication and public affairs, including high-profile ballot measures and statewide candidates. In 2012, Sarah was named one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40, and as the Public Relations Society of America Alaska chapter’s “Communicator of the Year” in 2017.
Sami Jo Bailey
Jovell’s knack for photography and keen understanding of social media brought him to the Thompson & Co. team in the early part of 2019. Since then, he’s been using his photographs, as well as his words, to share the stories that intrigue. On a weekend, you’re likely to find him in the Anchorage Museum or one of the neighboring boutique galleries in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.
Thomas specializes in digital content. He brings a lifetime of online experience to T&C and The Alaska 100. After obtaining a journalism degree with an emphasis in strategic communications, he’s been exploring that field in various ways – from covering sports through words and film, to working in corporate communications at a major telecom company. Each stop has further developed his skills in creating and managing digital content. Thomas uses those skills to help clients optimize their online presence. Outside of the office you’ll find him climbing rocks, dunking basketballs, riding bikes and winning Ultimate Frisbee championships.
Heather excels in the area of marrying marketing dollars and public relations to create a cohesive brand. As a committed young professional, Heather serves on the American Cancer Society’s Associate Board of Ambassadors Anchorage chapter and is active in the Anchorage Chamber’s Young Professional group. Heather has tried almost every backcountry sport possible in Alaska and has mastered none of them, but enjoys every second she gets to explore the state.