Orly Telisman, FounderBrings to each project more than a decade of experience in journalism, public and media relations, crisis management, social media, and promotional events. She develops on-target public relations/strategic communication plans and delivers them with excellence. She consistently assesses progress, course corrects as necessary, and manages unexpected opportunities with care. Clients consistently describe her as vivacious, attentive, tenacious, and results-driven.
Orly provides expertise and talent that catapults organizations to the next level. Prior to founding her own firm, Orly served as the Media Relations Director for Encyclopedia Britannica, the Manager of Media Relations for The Field Museum, and nearly a decade of on-air journalism as a reporter and anchor for PBS, FOX and NBC local news.
Deborah Gladney, Account Director
Deborah Gladney is a seasoned public affairs and communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in designing communication strategies and programs.
She is currently the principal and founder of Gladney Consulting where she provides public relations support for organizations seeking assistance in the areas of media relations, multicultural marketing, communications planning and/or stakeholder engagement.
Gladney previously served as a communications manager for Koch Industries where she had primary responsibility for the company’s business communication and multicultural marketing efforts. Before joining Koch, Gladney worked as an account manager for Outreach Strategies, a communications and public affairs firm, where she led client engagement on community and social justice issues. Gladney received her B.S. in broadcast journalism from Kansas State University and an M.A. in public communication from American University in Washington, D.C.
Grace Valtos, Associate
Grace is a recent Graduate of American University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Originally from the Chicago area, Grace wanted to experience life in the nation’s capital and chose to study in Washington, DC. Throughout her time on the east coast, she held positions in social media and public relations at three communications agencies. While studying abroad in London, she interned at an entertainment PR firm working on various television and film accounts.
Tracy Marks, Head Writer
Brings more than 20 years’ experience in strategic communication. Projects include communication plans, crisis communication, website content, press releases, blogs, editorial/articles, speeches, annual reports, capital campaign materials, and more.
Described as “one of the best writers and editors in Chicago,” clients commend her for her enthusiasm, compassion, fast learning curve, and expertise distilling heady information into user-friendly, inspirational editorial. A communication consultant for nearly 12 years, Tracy has been a member of the Orly Telisman Public Relations team since 2011.
Samantha Berrafato, Account Manager
Before joining the Orly PR team, Samantha worked as an Account Executive securing coverage for B2B and consumer tech companies. She was an intern with the American Red Cross and Weber Shandwick before graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Public Relations in 2016.
Samantha’s previous experience gives her the opportunity to learn and connect with reporters across many industries including insurance, tech, retail, finance, and consumer products. She personally secured placements for clients in publications such as CNN Money, Forbes, Business Insider, and Fast Company.
Samantha is thrilled to bring a new perspective to our clients and transferring her skills to the lifestyle and nonprofit sectors we work with!
Cassandra Guenterberg, Graphic Designer
A 2005 graduate of UW-Milwaukee, Cassandra is an experienced graphic designer who helps us and our clients share their message clearly and through impactful designs. Whether it’s via print, social, or online design, Cassandra creates eye-catching, engaging materials for clients in a variety of spaces. In her spare time, she’s cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers (we won’t hold that against her) and is training for a national championship in steinholding.