Our Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media Staff

Long Island Office

         John C. Zaher :. Founder/President/CEO
         Dan DiSanto :. Office Manager

Public Relations/Marketing/Social Media

Hank Russell :. Public Relations Director
Vanessa Bishop :. Senior Account Executive
Candice Votke :. Legal Accounts Executive
Kelsey Nagle :. Account Executive
Ryan Sirico :. Digital Advertising Coordinator
Emily Withers :. Communications Assistant
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
Linda Newton :. Web Developer
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. 


Daniel DiSantoDaniel DiSanto, Office Manager

email dan@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 114

Daniel DiSanto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Lehigh University (1978), as well as an MBA in Management Information Systems from New York Institute of Technology. He spent 3 years working as an accountant before transitioning into a computer programmer/systems analyst working on accounting and inventory systems for 9 years. After working as a stock broker for 18 months, he went into retail by purchasing an office/art supply store, which he eventually transitioned exclusively into art supplies. He is also a licensed real estate agent. With experience in the retail, computer technology, and accounting industry, Dan is a valuable asset to PRMG’s clients in these industries.


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.


Vanessa BishopVanessa Bishop, Senior Account Executive

email vanessa@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 109
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Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print & Electronic Journalism from LIU Post, from which she also earned a minor in Public Relations. With more than a decade of experience in the media industry, she has worked as Public Relations Assistant for LIU Post’s former Director of Public Relations, as a Copy Editor and Publisher’s Assistant at the Fire Island News and in a variety of roles for a public relations firm in the professional audio/video sector. Through her years of experience in the communications industry, Vanessa has developed a broad knowledge base that includes public relations, internal communications, brand building/ management, traditional journalism and broadcast. Her public relations and marketing tasks have spanned across industries such as higher education, professional audio/ video, broadcast, music, hospitality, professional services, non-profits and more.

As Senior Account Executive for the Public Relations and Marketing Group, Vanessa is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities for PRMG’s roster of clients, which includes professional services, entertainment venues, non-profit organizations and restaurants, among others.


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. 


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.


Ryan SiricoRyan Sirico, Digital Advertising Coordinator

email ryan@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 109

Ryan Sirico received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University, where he studied Rhetoric & Political Science. He has 3 years of experience in the marketing industry, particularly working with integrated digital marketing campaigns. Ryan’s creative approach enables him to see things from multiple perspectives to reach a common goal.


Emily WithersEmily Withers, Communications Assistant

email emily@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 109

Emily Withers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Geneseo, where she studied English Literature and Anthropology. She has eight years of experience as a writer and editor in newspaper and literary magazines, and two years experience in public relations copy writing. Emily has a creative, engaging approach to social media, as well as experience building social media presence for independent fashion designers from the ground up.


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
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A 2006 graduate of Stony Brook University’s Computer Science program and skilled Web developer who specializes in HTML, PHP, Drupal and WordPress. She oversees a team of developers to ensure the maintenance and creation of all client websites created, and that each is properly optimized to take advantage of greater placement in search engine rankings using the latest industry standards.


Linda NewtonLinda Newton, Web Developer

email linda@theprmg.com
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 111

Linda Newton graduated from Farmingdale State College with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Programming and Information Systems and also holds an Associate’s degree from Suffolk Community College. She is knowledgeable in web and software development, utilizing skill sets such as data structures, object oriented programming, project management and database.


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