The Team

Knowledgeable, Experienced Team

With Lisa Wolfe as the lead and the key client contact on all accounts, the L. Wolfe Communications team includes professionals with expertise across the public relations/communications spectrum. Each member of our team has many years of public relations/communications experience, with specific experience in education, technology and consumer public relations. Lisa has spent years at the forefront of digital communications – spearheading the public relations leap into the virtual world – and the L. Wolfe team has found many new technology tools that give classic public relations practices new relevance and create outstanding opportunities for our clients to engage directly with their key audiences. We are always on the lookout for new platforms, channels and technologies that will deliver value to our clients.  ...

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Lisa A. Wolfe

Lisa A. Wolfe

President Lisa brings more than 25 years of communications, journalism and public relations experience to L. Wolfe Communications, with particular expertise in the education and library markets. Her strengths include strategic planning and counsel, accounting management, media relations and writing. In addition, she has extensive experience in print, broadcast and electronic publication development, including managing three professional journals, an association publication program and a variety of newsletter and annual report projects.  Career highlights include: Launching and building an independent public relations agency focused on the education and library markets. Today, L. Wolfe Communications’ extensive client list boasts companies such as Pearson, the largest education company in the world, and the widely respected Inspiration Software. Leading the team that managed Microsoft’s K-12 and higher education public relations worldwide, including developing the company’s positioning for the role of technology in education, managing all education-technology analyst and media relations, launching products in the education market and planning and implementing speeches and special events involving company executives. Building a national awareness of laptop learning with Microsoft’s “Anytime Anywhere Learning” program. The three-year public relations program for this initiative resulted in more than 1,800 placements and 100 million impressions, with coverage in publications such as Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and all major education trades. Writing two editions of Library Public Relations, Promotions, and Communications: A How-To-Do-It Manual, published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., now used as a textbook in library school programs. Designing and managing the public information campaign for Spokane Public Library’s successful $30 million bond issue campaign, the first-ever in the fiscally conservative city’s history. Winning three John Cotton Dana Awards for Outstanding Public Relations. Before starting L. Wolfe Communications in 2000, Lisa was a senior vice president at Grant/Jacoby, Inc., heading the agency’s Microsoft team, which was responsible for the company’s education public relations and all public relations activities for the company’s Midwest Region (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin). As Microsoft’s “agency of record” for education public relations, Lisa and her team at Grant/Jacoby developed the company’s positioning for the role of technology in K-12 and higher education; managed all education-technology analyst and media relations (consumer and technology and education trade); launched products in the education market and Midwest consumer market and planned and implemented speeches and special events involving company executives, such as Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Prior to joining Grant/Jacoby Public Relations, Lisa led public relations efforts in school districts and public libraries. A graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Lisa holds a master of arts in organizational development and a bachelor of arts in journalism. Lisa has served on a variety of local and national boards and committees. She is a film buff, voracious reader and big Gonzaga basketball fan. Lisa loves to entertain both at home and when she travels. She lives in Chicago, where L. Wolfe Communications is...

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Amy Rechner

Amy Rechner

Amy Rechner combines more than 15 years’ experience in the consumer and retail public relations field with a successful career as a writer. In addition to the feature articles and case histories written for her public relations clients, Amy has published two nonfiction books exploring the factual basis for selected children’s literature, as well as a children’s book targeting pre-school through kindergarten ages. Amy’s specialties include all types of writing, media relations, event planning and execution, and issues management. She is a consultant and speaker on children’s literature and book promotion. Under the name Amy Dolnick, she published Between Deep Valley and the Great World: Maud Hart Lovelace in Minneapolis (1994) and Future in a Handbasket: The Life and Letters Behind Carney’s House Party (2002). Under the name Amy Rechner, she authored Out and About at the Aquarium (2004), part of a Capstone Press series, which is distributed exclusively to schools and libraries. Amy’s most recent public relations position was with CKPR, the public relations division of advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt Company. At CKPR she worked for a variety of clients including ConAgra Foods, Mills Corporation shopping malls (Gurnee Mills) and Zenith Electronics. Prior to joining CKPR, Amy was manager of media relations for Loyola University Chicago, where her responsibilities included proactive media relations; message and image development for the university and senior administration; special event publicity and planning, and crisis communications. She has a strong background in consumer, education and business-to-business public relations, with experience on such diverse clients as Microsoft, Xerox Business Services, VisionTek, Gurnee Mills Mall/Mills Corporation, Andes Candies, Geo. A. Hormel Co., Morton’s of Chicago and Borders Book Shops. She began her public relations career as director of Marketing and Advertising for Mid-America Festivals Corp., producers of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and A Victorian Christmas shows. A Victorian Christmas, which was held in a historic Minneapolis shopping mall, laid the foundation for her expertise in events and retail public relations, leading to marketing/PR management positions with upscale shopping centers and retailers in the Twin Cities. A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Amy holds a bachelor of arts in speech-communication from the University of Minnesota. She lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and...

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Shaun Wiley

Shaun Wiley

Shaun Wiley is a communications professional with a broad marketing and public relations background, including experience in event planning, media relations, crisis communications and community relations. Shaun’s experience includes serving as communications director for Metro Chicago for the American Heart Association. She directed communications strategy for the market, including media relations and media and corporate sponsorship cultivation and activation. Additionally, she developed messaging for use at American Heart Association buzz events and fundraisers. Shaun came to the American Heart Association from SWG&M Advertising, where she was public relations specialist with a focus on promoting the agency to external and internal audiences through media relations and internal communications. Among her media successes are Adweek, Austin American Statesman, Washington Post, Washingtonian, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Today’s Chicago Woman, Crain’s Chicago Business, Black Enterprise, Latino Leaders, numerous community newspapers, websites, education trade magazines and the Chicago, Austin and Washington, D.C., television markets. Before SWG&M, Shaun was part of Lisa Wolfe’s team at Grant/Jacoby. Among her clients were the Microsoft Education Group, AvalonBay Communities, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and Culligan. Shaun began her career as community relations coordinator for a major book retailer, before moving on to a two-year stint with a small marketing communications firm. She holds a bachelor of science degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Miami,...

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Elisa Taylor

Team Assistant Elisa supports the entire L. Wolfe team by organizing and coordinating press events, conferences, award submissions and more. She keeps the team in line and makes sure we stay on schedule and budget. She’s a big part of why everyone at L. Wolfe is so well prepared for every situation, whenever, wherever we go! Oh – and Elisa frequently collaborates with Molly and now Polly on outside expeditions!

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Molly S. Wolfe

Molly S. Wolfe

Director of Security and Human Resources Molly joined L. Wolfe Communications in July 2004. Our youngest and most inexperienced team member, she began as an office assistant when she was just eight weeks old. Over the years, she has risen in the organization and is now director of Security and Human Resources. Her duties include guarding the office from her post at the front window, ensuring that Lisa takes outdoor breaks during the day, and emptying the trash. But, mostly, she is in charge of the entire team – and can sometimes be heard barking orders when we are on conference calls. Unfortunately, she has yet to master typing or answering the phones. In addition, she has a rocky relationship with the media and was voted “Most Unsociable Co-host” at a holiday party by the “Chicago Tribune” in January 2006. Nonetheless, Molly is a valued member of the L. Wolfe Communications team and puts in many hours both supervising staff and monitoring the office security and now supervising and training the still quite “untrained” L. Wolfe Communications Intern, Polly. Molly’s hobbies are hanging out with her friend Mac, running in the yard to keep her girlish figure, sunning herself on the deck and travel. She has been on more than 25 flights as well as countless car trips in the company’s Mini Cooper. She lives at L. Wolfe Communications, of...

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