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the people in Red Shoes.






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  • Lisa Cruz
    Lisa Cruz
    President & Founder
    Lisa Cruz has more than 18 years of experience in public relations. This includes working for a variety of industries such as health care, construction, manufacturing and more – from both the corporate and the agency side. Her strengths are in media relations, social media engagement, message development, crisis communications, planning, relationship building, creativity and enthusiasm. She is able to figure out how to take a national story and turn it into a resonating pitch or intriguing content. A little insight to what makes Lisa tick? It should be noted that maintaining the status quo is never good enough for her.
  • Maria Nelson
    Maria Nelson
    Senior Account Executive
    Maria Nelson has extensive experience in media relations, crisis communication and internal communication. An employee of Red Shoes PR since 2009 and a public relations practitioner for more than a decade, Maria specializes in strategic health care communication. Maria graduated from Marquette University and is on the board of directors for Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley and Fox Cities Community Health Center, and is on the board of trustees for Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Green Bay. She also volunteers for St. Therese Church.
  • Karen Schlieve
    Karen Schlieve
    Vice President
    With more than nine years of full-service agency PR experience, Karen Schlieve has worked with clients in a variety of industries including construction, health care, financial, education, non-profit, government, professional services and more. With a passion for a fast-paced work environment, she has successfully led numerous crisis communications projects including company embezzlements, environmental issues, labor disputes. Karen is a well rounded PR professional who excels in campaign research and planning, media relations and thinking strategically about a client's social media and online presence. Her attention to detail and determination are crucial in exceeding the goals of a PR program. Karen also has an uncanny ability to read a situation for what it is and make sound recommendations. As a graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Karen is on the board of directors for the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network. She also serves as the publicity chair of the Public Relations Society of America - Northeast Wisconsin Chapter and is involved with the Pulse Young Professionals Network marketing committee.
  • Sara Montonati
    Sara Montonati
    Account Executive
    Sara Montonati is an account executive and serves as the primary contact for several clients, handling the execution of the tactical and strategical elements of their public relations efforts. With more than three years of experience in PR, Sara has worked in a variety of industries including financial, construction, health care, restaurant, non-profit and public affairs. Her passion for PR and all that comes with it – writing, social media, crisis communications, brainstorming, media relations, creative thinking and deadlines – is her motivation to excel daily and exceed client expectations.
  • Michelle Yandre
    Michelle Yandre
    Assistant Account Executive
    Michelle Yandre joined Red Shoes PR in January 2012. She specializes in media relations and social media consultation. Michelle has spent the last two-and-a-half years building working relationships with members of the media and has secured multiple interviews for various clients, resulting in TV, radio, newspaper and magazine coverage throughout Wisconsin and beyond. Michelle is passionate about diving into her work head first and embracing challenges as they come.
  • Deniz Cakmak
    Deniz Cakmak
    Account Coordinator
    Deniz Cakmak joined Red Shoes PR in June 2013. As an account coordinator, she supports client teams in social media, online content development, media relations and more. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Deniz brings a background in social media, photography and graphic design. She previously worked as a social media and graphic design intern for UW Oshkosh Admissions, and was co-student director for Campus for Awareness and Relationship Education (CARE) at the university.
  • Scott Becher
    Scott Becher
    Scott works out of our Madison office. He has more than 15 years of experience in PR with a focus on government relations, media relations, social media, crisis communications and communications strategy. He was Chief of Staff for former Wisconsin State Assemblyman Steve Wieckert and is widely known throughout the Madison community. Scott also has a national network of media contacts that he has worked with over the years to place clients in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and many others. He has lived in Madison for more than 20 years and is a native of Neenah.
  • Karilyn Robinson
    Karilyn Robinson
    Karilyn Robinson joined Red Shoes PR in January 2014 and has worked in publishing, marketing and public relations since 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, where she majored in Journalism with emphases in visual media and advertising. As an assistant account executive, she plays a supporting role in client services, media relations and is a go-to for copywriting and editing. Karilyn is passionate about words and cares about creativity and the greater good. She believes that good writing can and should make a positive impact on someone every day.