Our Public Relations, Marketing and Social Media Staff
Long Island Office
Public Relations/Marketing/Social Media
Hank Russell :. Public Relations Director
Vanessa Bishop :. Senior Account Executive
Candice Votke :. Legal Accounts Executive
Sarah Vaden :. Assistant Account Executive
Ryan Sirico :. Digital Advertising Coordinator
Emily Withers :. Communications Assistant
Megan Ricca :. Marketing Assistant
Branding & Design
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 on 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.
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 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.
A graduate of LIU Post, Vanessa holds a B.F.A. in Print & Electronic Journalism. With more than a decade of experience in the media industry, she has worked for LIU Post’s Director of Public Relations, the Fire Island News and, most recently, in a variety of roles for a PR firm in the professional audio/video sector.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 106
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.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 112
Sarah Vaden received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communications and a minor in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University.
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.
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.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 115
Megan Ricca is a graduate of Nassau Community College with an A.A.S in Marketing & Merchandising. She has three years of Marketing experience specializing in being a Marketing Advisor for small businesses, focusing on Social Media and Damage Control. Helping small businesses grow their Social Media following, making sure all listings online are correct and any reviews written are responded to. She has two years of writing experience with creating blogs and content such as power points, and email blasts for small business to learn from.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.