Team

Management Team

  • Julie Simon

    Senior Vice President

    Julie Simon brings 10 plus years of experience in television news. For more than a decade she was on the front lines covering dangerous wildfires on the Nevada/California border, Hurricane Rita on the Texas coast, and rebuilding efforts for a new generation in Communist Vietnam On a lighter side, she’s covered tryouts for American Idol […]
  • Valery Lodato

    Vice President

    Valery Lodato brings 12 years of local and national news media experience to the Orca Team. An Emmy award-winning television producer, Valery joined Orca after working as the Senior Executive Producer at KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. There she supervised the daily news product and dozens of producers and reporters.Before her move to Phoenix, […]
  • Wendy Roberts

    Vice President & Managing Director, Public Relations

    Wendy Roberts is a skilled marketing and public relations professional with a rich career background. Prior to her 9+  years at Orca , Wendy was the Director of Marketing & Promotions  at R AZOR, a national men’s lifestyle magazine , where she was in charge of leading the team responsible for the publication’s national marketing agenda, […]
  • Tana Siebold

    Creative Director

    Orca’s Creative Director is one of our leading publicists in the food, beverage and personal health space. Tana has secured phenomenal national press for top brands such as Genesis Today, Blue Diamond Nut Thins, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, Hero Nutritionals, San-J Asian marinades, Betty Lou’s all-natural snacks and many others. Her contacts and relationships in […]

Publicity Team

  • Staci Torgeson

    Publicist

    Staci Torgeson’s career includes experience in media relations, marketing, promotions and event coordination.  She thoroughly enjoys becoming a member of her clients’ team and finding the timely angles that will help their business shine with the media.  Her qualifications include work in the hospitality, entertainment, non-profit, and business industries.  Through the years, she has worked […]
  • Lacy Gambee

    Senior Publicist

      Lacy Gambee joined Orca Communications after years of working in the television news industry. Most recently, she worked as an Investigative Producer for the NBC Affiliate in Tucson, Arizona. There she also served as the Special Projects Producer where she coordinated media coverage for various companies and organizations around the country. Lacy graduated from […]
  • Krista Loew

    Senior Publicist

    Krista Loew is a former television news anchor and award-winning reporter who brings 15 years of broadcast experience to Orca Communications. She’s worked in television markets including in Knoxville, Tennessee, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona where she received countless awards for her weekly crime-stopper reports. The years she spent reporting the news, hosting programs, and building […]
  • Michelle Molison

    Publicist

    Michelle Molison brings more than a decade of television news experience to the Orca Team. Michelle joined Orca after working as an Anchor and Reporter in television markets including Arizona, Colorado, and Nebraska. During her time in TV news, Michelle has covered presidential elections, wildfires, snow storms, high profile court cases, crime, and health stories. […]
  • Eva Bowen

    Publicist

    Eva is a 20-year broadcast journalism veteran.  Most recently she was the Executive Producer of the live internet radio talk show “Outreach Today” on the VoiceAmerica Channel. From 2005-2010 she was the Executive Producer at ‘Sonoran Living Live” on KNXV-TV.  Prior to becoming EP, she was a senior producer for two years and a news […]
  • Jennifer LaVoie-Trimble

    Publicist

    Jennifer LaVoie-Trimble brings a combined experience in media relations, media monitoring and media sales for over 14 years. She has publicized a former Miss America, the Arizona Cardinals and Super Bowl XXX for the National Football League. As a published writer for athletic publications, she also championed public relations for a cheerleading organization in Columbus, […]
  • Mary Parra

    Publicist

    Mary brings a variety of skills to the Orca team. A 20-year veteran in print and broadcast media, she knows what producers, editors and hosts want. Most recently as a health and medical writer, her work has appeared in local, regional and national print publications. Mary is a former television news producer, having worked on a morning […]
  • Allyson McCormley

    Publicist

    Allyson is a public relations specialist who is passionate about the way businesses and entrepreneurs benefit from exposure to the media through public relations outreach. Allyson has more than a decade of experience working in both television news and public relations and has formed many strong relationships with national and regional media contacts during this […]
  • Martin Stein

    Publicist

    Martin has over eight years of experience in public relations and social media marketing for a wide variety of clients, ranging from award-winning tech startups and cutting-edge digital currency groups to major Las Vegas nightclubs and even an international online dating corporation. He has placed clients’ stories in an array of media outlets, including The […]
  • Natalie Hays

    Social Media Strategist

    Natalie loves all things ‘social’ and enjoys the challenge of finding new and creative ways to increase companies’ social profiles.  She is a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in English and Media Studies. In college, Natalie held several leadership roles with Phi Sigma Pi, a gender inclusive honors fraternity. Texas State has […]
  • Tabitha Ziegmann

    Publicist

    Tabitha Ziegmann is an alumna from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has a diverse background in marketing, journalism, public relations and photography. In her spare time, she loves to read, create greeting cards and do nail art. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Tom.
  • Vivian Wolf

    Publicist

    Vivian Wolf is a long time journalist with a background in both TV and radio news. Over the past 20 years she has worked as a news anchor/reporter and producer across stations in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. After years of working in the news industry, she knows how the media works. That media experience helps […]

Business Development Team

  • Kim Krigsten

    Account Executive

    Kim Krigsten has made the move from television to public relations and brings a wealth of experience to the Orca Communications team! She is a former TV news reporter and anchor with more than 20 years of media experience. Kim graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She began her […]
  • Lisa Kelly

    Account Executive

    Lisa Leigh Kelly brings 20 years experience in television newsrooms around the globe. Her reporting has landed her on national news outlets including The Today Show, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel. Notable news stories include covering the events of 9/11 from Ground Zero in New York and Princess Diana’s funeral in London. Lisa also spent […]
  • Kate Kukler

    Account Executive

    Kate Kukler brings over 20 years of local, national and international media experience to the Orca Team. She began her career in Atlanta as a Producer/Writer of daily business broadcasts for CNN and CNN International. As a Senior Writer/Producer for CNN Marketing and Promotions, Kate supervised and produced image campaigns for all of the Turner […]
  • Melissa Beckman

    Account Executive

    Melissa Beckman made the switch to public relations after a dozen years in front of the camera as a TV reporter. Her journalism career took her from the edge of deadly sinkholes to the Super Bowl to the beach as tropical storms and hurricanes rolled in. Melissa began her career at the ABC station in […]
  • Amanda Green

    Account Executive

    Amanda is a former TV producer with more than a decade of newsroom experience. Her hometown of Orlando, FL is one of the hottest news markets in the country.  She’s produced everything from lifestyle shows to terror attacks, but her passion is with consumer news. She loves finding new products and technologies and sharing them […]

Administration & Technology Team

  • Laura McGeary

    HR/IT/Financial Assistant

    Laura McGeary is self driven individual with a variety of talents in the business and finance arena.  She has spent the last 8 years of her career managing 25 valley locations for a local mortgage company.   Her primary job functions included overseeing day to day operations along with the corporate Human Resource, Accounting, and Branch […]
  • Melissa Ireland

    Executive Client Coordinator

    With an extensive careerbackground in Retail Marketing, Small Business Marketing, Client Coordinationand Public Relations, Melissa is well-equipped for her role as Orca’s ExecutiveClient Coordinator in which she prepares our new clients for their upcoming PRcampaigns. Melissa serves as a liaison between new clients and our publicistsproviding both with pertinent information prior to the campaign launch.  […]
  • Sean Corgan

    IT Specialist

    Sean Corgan has a diverse background in Information Technology.  He has worked for over ten years in the industry, and has been involved with Information Technology his entire life.  His past experience involved being a master technician for a major computer retailer.    He has a CompTIA A+ certification and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, […]