Our Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media Staff

Long Island Office

         John C. Zaher :. Founder/President/CEO

Public Relations/Marketing/Social Media

Hank Russell :. Public Relations Director
Candice Votke :. Legal Accounts Executive
Katie O'Leary:. Assistant Account Executive
Kelsey Nagle :. Account Executive
John Zalocki :. Legal Content Coordinator
Sabrina Lombardi :. Legal Content Coordinator

Branding & Design

Laura Larson :. Creative Director
Melissa Erickson :. Graphic Designer

Web Development

Hannah Perez :. Web Development Director
Samantha Garcia :. Search Engine Optimization Specialist
Steve Gerbino :. Web Development Consultant

Video Production

Terence Dollard :. Video Production Consultant
Robert Zaher :. Video Production Consultant

John C. ZaherJohn C. Zaher, Founder/President/CEO

email johnzaher@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 107
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John Zaher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University at Stony Brook and then worked for Republican National Committee and as a staff member on Rick Lazio's campaign for U.S. Congress. In 1993, John joined Congressman Lazio's staff as a Special Assistant.

In August of 1994, he joined TCI Cable of Brookhaven (later Cablevision of Brookhaven) as its Community Affairs Manager and later as Franchise/Government Relations Manager, earning numerous honors from the New York Cable Television Association for public service programs.

John graduated from Touro Law Center's evening Juris Doctorate program Cum Laude. His graduating paper, Exploring Councilmanic Districts for Long Island's Towns, was published by the Suffolk Law Journal. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 1999. John served as Press Secretary in Suffolk County District Attorney's Office beginning in 1999 and for the Nassau County Executive in 2001.

In addition to his law degree, John holds a Masters in Political Science/Public Policy from the University at Stony Brook in December of 2000. He teaches Political Science and History at Suffolk and Nassau Community Colleges.

John formed the Public Relations and Marketing Group in January of 2002.  The firm provides integrated services to attorneys and other professionals, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, retailers, restaurants, destinations, other corporations and political candidates.  The firm launched PR4Lawyers, a division of the company, in 2012. 

Hank RussellHank Russell, Public Relations Director

email hrussell@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 110
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Hank Russell earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University. He has more than 15 years experience as a writer, editor and proofreader. His first job was sports editor of The Long-Islander. In 1991, he was named Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association Newspaperman of the Year.

He joined Volt Information Sciences as a proofreader in 1993. In July 1994, he earned Volt’s “Catch of the Month” award. He spent the first three years as a proofreader and two years as a trafficker. He also spent another year as a proofreader and copy editor for Wilen Business Media.

Between 2000 and 2006, Hank worked for a series of magazines as an assistant, associate and managing editor. He has also freelanced for numerous scientific and medical imaging magazines, and, in 2008, was a contributing writer and poetry editor for The North Atlantic Review. Before joining PRMG, Hank was a political reporter for Suffolk Life.

Candice VotkeCandice Votke, Legal Accounts Executive

email candice@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 106
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Candice began her pursuit of the marketing and public relations industry while enrolled at SUNY Oswego, where she acted as the Public Relations Student Manager for SUNY Oswego’s annual Telefund for three consecutive years. After having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communication, she nurtured a rigorous career as an independent consultant for a Long Island-based interior design company and as a Communications Assistant at a successful full-service public relations and marketing firm. 

Due to her hard work and dedication at The Public Relations and Marketing Group, Candice was quickly promoted to Legal Accounts Executive, where she manages twenty clients for sister-company PR4Lawyers. 

Katie O'Leary, Assistant Account Executive

email katie@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 106

Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Journalism from Marist College while also working toward an ABA-approved Paralegal certificate. Katie has written for multiple electronic and print publications and is experienced in managing professional social media accounts. During her time as an undergraduate student, Katie served as a social media intern for The Shark Group in New York City as well as an editorial intern for Hudson Valley Magazine in upstate New York. 

Kelsey Nagle Kelsey Nagle, Account Executive

email kelsey@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 112

Kelsey Nagle earned dual Bachelor's Degrees in Media and Communications and Business Administration with a marketing concentration from Muhlenberg College. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of social media management, Web development and communications. While earning her degree, Kelsey interned for the Huntington Historical Society as an event coordinator and for Muhlenberg's Athletic Communications Department.

As an Account Executive for the Public Relations and Marketing Group, Kelsey is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities for PRMG’s hospitality, restaurant and entertainment clients.

John ZalockiJohn Zalocki, Legal Content Coordinator

email jzalocki@theprmg.com

John Zalocki is a second year law student at the City of New York School of Law. During the time he was earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven, John worked within the Deputy Commissioners Office of Public Information for the New York City Police Department. Since that time, he has worked as a paralegal for several law firms in various areas of the law.

Sabrina LombardiSabrina Lombardi, Legal Content Coordinator

email sabrina@theprmg.com

Sabrina Lombardi is a 2L J.D. candidate at Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University specializing in health law. She graduated from Iona College with a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Pre-law. Before joining the firm, Ms. Lombardi interned for Canon USA as a procurement contracts intern where her responsibilities included researching a myriad of legal issues and drafting language for service level agreements as well as identifying opportunities to leverage spend and consolidate agreements. Prior to that, Ms. Lombardi was a legal intern for NBCUniversal at the Stamford Media Center where she worked alongside legal counsel for the Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos shows. Also, she was an in-house staff counsel intern for Tower Group Companies where she worked on insurance defense matters. Ms. Lombardi also interned for the Honorable William J. Condon in Suffolk County – 10th Judicial District. Ms. Lombardi actively volunteers in the Patchogue community and has taken part in mission trips to places such as Puerto Rico. She is a member of a variety of clubs and organizations such as the South Asian Law Society Association, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Zeta Chapter Honor Society, and the American Bar Association.  

Laura LarsonLaura Larson, Creative Director

email laura@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 103
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As a graduate of Farmingdale State College, Laura Larson holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications. Highly skilled in the Adobe Creative Suite, she has been designing professionally since 2005. Ms. Larson produces much of our web design, print advertising and brand identity graphics. She is also experienced with TV graphics and storyboarding. Additionally, Ms. Larson holds her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Dowling College.

Melissa EricksonMelissa Erickson, Graphic Designer

email melissa@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 103

Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree from Farmingdale State College in Visual Communications. With a broad range of graphic design experience, she is a valuable part of our design team. She also specializes in video production and photography, which is a growing industry needed in todays creative market. 

Hannah PerezHannah Perez, Web Development Director

email hannah@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 111
view resume

As a graduate of Stony Brook University’s Computer Science program, Hannah is a skilled website designer and developer specializing in HTML, CSS, PHP, WordPress and Drupal. Being detail oriented, she ensures each website is programmed using the latest industry standards with attention to responsive layout and optimization for search engines.

Samantha Garcia, Search Engine Optimization Specialist

email samantha@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 115

Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Computer Science and Mathematics. She came to PRMG with a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of search engine optimization. Samantha handles the SEO efforts for all PR4Lawyers and PRMG websites. 

Steve Gerbino, Web Development Consultant

Steve Gerbino graduated with a degree in business administration from Nassau Community College and a degree in Computer Programming and Information Systems degree program from Farmingdale State College. He is experienced in web development, linux server administration, networking, database administration, IT, and content management software.


Terence Dollard, Video Production Consultant

Terence Dollard is a ten-year veteran of television production. In that time, he has worked in all phases of production and in many genres. Terence has produced and directed a dramatic feature, numerous commercials, music videos, documentaries and an award show.

Combining real world experience with a strong visual style, Terence offers clients variety, professionalism and quality in their video projects.

In 2000, Terence earned his Master of Fine Art degree in Television Production, and his Masters thesis, “Set List,” an hour-long dramatic feature, won the Graduate Production Award from Brooklyn College.

Since joining the PRMG, Terence has concentrated on documentaries, commercials, and satisfying the needs of the PRMG's clients.

Robert Zaher, Video Production Consultant


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