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
Hannah Havemann :. Account Executive
Dan Denning :. Account Executive
Gina Nelson :. Account Executive
Kayla Keller :. Assistant Account Executive
Dakota Marquez :. Assistant Account Executive
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 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 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 Votke 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. 109
Hannah Havemann earned her Associates Degree in Literature from Suffolk Community College after an early release from high school and later obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing at the City College of New York after studying for several years in the north-western Rocky Mountains.
Formerly the Manager of Business Development for a Long Island-based IT company, Hannah possesses an extensive background in public relations, content generation, and marketing strategy.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 101
Dan Denning earned a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Textual studies and Advertising at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He has previously worked at both nonprofit organizations and large companies where he gained experience in blogging, social media management, SEO, public relations, and brand strategy. As an assistant account executive, Dan helps manage the day-to-day activities for PRMG’s healthcare, nonprofit, and professional industry clients.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 112
Gina Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing at Stony Brook University. Soon after completing this degree, Gina continued her education, receiving a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, specialized in Marketing, also from Stony Brook University.
Gina has worked as a Marketing Consultant and Social Media Coordinator, where she further developed her skills in advertising and implementation of business strategies and tactics.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 114
Kayla Keller earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and minored in Writing & Rhetoric and English at Stony Brook University. She previously worked at a small public relations agency in Long Island where she obtained experience writing press releases, managing social media, pitching to journalistic outlets, and more. Kayla has an extensive background in public relations as well as generating content, writing, and editing.
Her responsibilities as an Assistant Account Executive are to help manage the daily activities for PRMG’s hospitality, restaurant, and entertainment clients.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 108
Dakota Marquez earned a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications from SUNY Old Westbury. In addition to obtaining a degree, she previously worked for a promotional events agency as a brand ambassador. She also wrote restaurant reviews for an online publication that covered both food and drink from all over Long Island. Dakota has knowledge and experience in public relations, writing, branding and marketing.
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. Laura produces much of our web design, print advertising and brand identity graphics. She is also experienced with TV graphics and storyboarding. Additionally, Laura holds her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Dowling College.
phone 631.207.1057 ext. 116
Isabella Staples is currently attending New York Institute of Technology. She is highly skilled with video and photography, excelling in video editing through the Adobe Creative Suite. As the Multimedia Producer, Isabella works with clients from across the board at PRMG, shooting video and still photography, as well as producing commercial and promotional content.
As a graduate of Stony Brook University’s Computer Science program, Hannah Perez 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.
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.