Team

Todd Fromer

Todd Fromer

Principal

Todd is a Managing Partner at KCSA and oversees the firm's investor relations practice.

Todd specializes in the implementation of proactive investor relations programs for public companies, including crisis communications and IPOs. He has led successful corporate communications campaigns for more than 100 micro- and small-cap companies and has provided strategic communications counsel to hundreds of C-level executives.

Todd has been the recipient of the Silver Anvil award and The IABC Ace Award for Business Communications.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business from Hofstra University. In is free time, Todd is a songwriter and plays lead guitar in a blues band.

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Todd Fromer

Principal

Lewis Goldberg

Lewis Goldberg

Principal

Lewis is a Managing Partner at KCSA and oversees the firm's public relations practice.

For more than 20 years, Lewis has worked to implement eminence, thought leadership, and public affairs programs designed to build business and garner fairer valuations.

Lewis developed a campaign mentality working in national, state and local politics for U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He designs programs with a specific business objective in mind, a targeted timeframe, attention to maximizing limited resources and a measurable ROI.

In 2015 Lewis helped found KCSA’s cannabis practice and has become recognized as one of the most effective strategic thinkers in this growing field. He is the co-host of KCSA’s weekly podcast, The Green Rush, and speaks regularly at conferences on the use of strategic communications to achieve specific business objectives.

He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Rutgers University. Lewis is a fan of Rutgers, the Mets and Jets and tends to root for sports teams that have a long and storied history of losing. Lewis can be followed on twitter @LewisDG where you will most probably hear about politics, sports, music, cannabis and wine.

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Lewis Goldberg

Principal

Jeffrey Goldberger

Jeffrey Goldberger

Principal

Jeffrey Goldberger is a Principal of KCSA who oversees the firm's Integrated Communications Services offering and its Capital Markets practice delivered through IPO/APO One™.

For more than 25 years, Jeffrey has provided strategic counsel to both private and publicly-traded companies. His expertise includes corporate messaging and strategic counsel, as well as transactional (IPO, secondary and M&A) and crisis communications. Jeffrey is a frequent contributor to IR Magazine, covering topics that include the evolution of investor relations, the importance of building a strong board of directors and the pitfalls of operating a micro-cap company.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For a decade, he actively participated in triathlons and was a finisher of Ironman Wisconsin and Ironman Switzerland. In 2011, Jeffrey co-founded Tri-Cycle Rentals, the triathlon industry’s original race-day bike rental company (acquired by American Bicycle Group, parent company of Litespeed and Quintana Roo Bicycles). He had hopes to compete in an Ironman every five years but happily got distracted chasing around his two daughters, Olivia Madison and Lucy Jane.

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Jeffrey Goldberger

Principal

Joseph Septon

Joseph Septon

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining KCSA, Mr. Septon was the Director of Finance & Operations at UrbanDaddy, a rapidly growing digital media brand, delivering consumers unique and local lifestyle recommendations via the web, email and mobile platforms. During his 2 years there, Mr. Septon not only restructured the organization but was able to double revenue each year and secure funding at a significant valuation. Preceding UrbanDaddy, Mr. Septon was the Controller of Guidepoint Global, a primary research firm that provides investors and business decision-makers with on-demand access to industry experts. While there, he restructured the financial and operational infrastructure of the organization. In 2009, he was key in the acquisition and integration of Vista Research from Standard & Poor’s. Earlier, Mr. Septon grew through the ranks from Junior Account to Staff Account to Senior Accountant at Fortent Americas, formerly known as Searchspace, which established itself as an industry pioneer and leading provider of modern statistical-based Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) technology for the world’s top-tier financial institutions. While there, he prepared and analyzed budgets, forecasts, and financial statements for the board of directors, which consisted of members from Warburg Pincus’s Private Equity Group.

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Joseph Septon

Chief Financial Officer

Philip Carlson

Philip Carlson

Managing Director

Phil Carlson is a Managing Director of Investor Relations at KCSA. He has developed proactive investor relations and communication strategies for several multi-national, micro and small cap companies in various sectors including technology, healthcare, financial services and natural resources. Phil also leads KCSA’s Cannabis Investor Relations practice. Through his extensive network, Phil has helped position his cannabis clients as thought leaders in the emerging cannabis industry. He has secured speaking engagements at premiere conferences and has organized several cannabis industry panels which have included himself as well as his clients. Phil is a Wall Street and Investor Relations veteran having worked at firms such as JPMorganChase and Merrill Lynch. His experience includes IPOs and reverse mergers, implementing retail and institutional road shows, and providing strategic counsel to clients. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Kent State University.

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Philip Carlson

Managing Director

Danielle DeVoren

Danielle DeVoren

Managing Director

As a Managing Director in Public Relations, Danielle DeVoren is a key member of the firm’s leadership team, helping to run the PR practice and serving as a trusted strategic advisor to clients across a range of industries.

For nearly 15 years, she has counseled clients – from technology startups to multinational conglomerates – use public relations to move their businesses forward, influence public policy and create new markets.

Her experience spans from working with a global leader in vision care and eyewear to spearheading the launch of the world’s largest and fastest free Wi-Fi network – LinkNYC.

Danielle currently oversees the firm’s advertising and financial technology practices, working closely with clients to help craft communications strategies to capitalize on these rapidly growing sectors, enabling her clients to use PR to support their growth strategies.

Danielle holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Pennsylvania State University (We Are!). She lives in Hoboken with her husband and son, loves Saturday mornings at the farmer’s market, any type of wine from Italy and reading magazines in print (yes, she likes to flip through actual pages).

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Danielle DeVoren

Managing Director

Anne G. Donohoe

Anne G. Donohoe

Managing Director

Anne G. Donohoe is a Managing Director in public relations at KCSA. She has been with the company for more than a decade. Her work spans many different industries including financial services, technology, media & advertising, professional services, consumer products and cannabis. With a passion for innovative companies with good stories to tell, she has honed her skills in strategic planning, writing, media relations, messaging and content creation.

Anne helped launch the KCSA Cannabis Practice and leads the cannabis team in the Los Angeles office. Her voice can be heard on The Green Rush, a podcast about the business of cannabis, which she not only hosts but co-created and co-produces.

Anne received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Monmouth University in New Jersey. She spent most of her life on the east coast, but relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 to open and lead the KCSA LA office. When she and her husband are not competing (from their couch) on Jeopardy!, they can be found rooting for the Clemson Tigers and the Wisconsin Badgers.

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Anne G. Donohoe

Managing Director

Jon Goldberg

Jon Goldberg

Managing Director

Jonathan Goldberg is a Managing Director and Media Director in public relations at KCSA. In this position, Jonathan works closely with clients to develop and execute tailored public relations campaigns as well as strategize media campaigns for all of KCSAs clients. His clients include billion dollar publicly-traded companies, private fintech companies, as well as biotech firms.

Prior to joining KCSA, Jonathan worked in broadcast journalism, starting his career at ESPN, followed by Fox News Channel, and ultimately one of the co-creators of CNBC's Fast Money.

Jonathan holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters Degree in Communications from Syracuse's Newhouse School of Communications.

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Jon Goldberg

Managing Director

Caitlin Kasunich

Caitlin Kasunich

Managing Director

Caitlin Kasunich is a Managing Director in the public relations department at KCSA. In this position, Caitlin works closely with both B2B and B2C clients across a range of industries – from technology and biotech to hospitality and education – to develop and execute tailored, integrated public relations campaigns. Prior to joining KCSA, Caitlin worked in-house at Lincoln Center in the public relations department, as well as worked as a freelance reporter covering hyper-local news start-ups for Columbia Journalism Review. Caitlin holds a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Communication / Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Caitlin Kasunich

Managing Director

Valter Pinto

Valter Pinto

Managing Director

At an early age, Valter Pinto found a passion for finance and particularly the stock market, fascinated by how businesses were built, how companies accessed the capital markets, valuations, and how senior executives told their story. Throughout his career, he has had the privilege of working closely with C-Level management teams of public and private companies, globally, with a specific focus on those with valuations under $500 million.

Valter’s expertise is in the capital markets, with deep relationships both on the buy-side and sell-side. A generalist, Valter has experience across all industries including technology, healthcare, biotech, cybersecurity, media, internet, resources, and cryptocurrency. For over 15 years, Valter has provided strategic advisement to clients on proactive institutional marketing, messaging and preparing for IPO, RTO and public/private offering.

Valter looks at every company with an open mind. All are at varying states of maturity and each with their own vision of the world. Throughout the years Valter has been able to leverage his knowledge and passion for the market to develop unique communications and marketing strategies. While tactics vary and are always evolving, his high-level focus remains the same; formulate the right strategy, deliver the right message and ultimately market to the audience that will help you achieve your goals as a public company or soon to be public company.

Prior to joining KCSA, Valter was a Partner at a boutique financial communications firm based in NYC. In December 2016, he and his Partner merged their business with KCSA, a leading Public Relations, Investor Relations and Social Media agency. Today, Valter is Managing Director in the Investor Relations Department.

Valter is fluent in Portuguese, played Division I soccer, and currently resides in Westchester County with his wife and daughter.

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Valter Pinto

Managing Director

Kris Krane

Kris Krane

Director of Cannabis Development

Kris Krane is CEO and Principal of Kranewreck Enterprises, where he works as an independent consultant to the cannabis industry.  In this capacity he serves as a senior advisor to a licensed social equity retail cannabis dispensary licensee in Boston, MA, a vertically integrated production, cultivation, and retail operator in Maine, and a vertically integrated licensed cannabis operator in Michigan.

Kris is also a principal owner and President of Anderson Leonard Pharmaceuticals, a licensed cultivator, producer, and exporter located in the Republic of North Macedonia. 

Until July 2021, Kris Krane served as President of 4Front Ventures, a cannabis company designed for long-term success and built upon battle-tested operating capabilities at scale, experienced and committed leadership, a strategic asset base, and a commitment to being a magnet for talent.  4Front is recognized as one of the leading Multi State Operators in the legal cannabis industry, operating cannabis dispensaries, cultivation and production facilities across the United States.

Kris also served as President of 4Front subsidiary Mission Partners, which has operated medical and adult use cannabis dispensaries under the Mission brand in Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  Mission’s reputation for excellent operations with an advocacy focus resulted in CNBC featuring the brand and reporting live from Mission’s store on the South Side of Chicago for an entire day in February 2020.

After completing an acquisition of Cannex in 2019, 4Front became the largest wholesaler/producer in Washington State, and is currently completing a build out of a state of the art production facility in Southern California. 4Front’s cultivation and production division Brightleaf is in the process of bringing it’s proven market leading brands from Washington to 4Front’s operations in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

4Front’s subsidiary, 4Front Advisors, is recognized as one of the nation’s leading medical marijuana dispensary consulting firms, dedicated to ensuring the highest standards of operations in the industry.  4Front Advisors experienced unparalleled success in helping clients navigate the complex regulatory process necessary to obtain medical cannabis business permits in state regulated markets, assisting clients in procuring over 50 dispensary and cultivation licenses in seven states in highly competitive application processes. 

Under Mr. Krane’s leadership, the company developed some of the most professional best practice operating standards for retail dispensaries, largely based on professional standards from the retail, hospitality, and medical cannabis industries. Since Kris Krane and his partners founded the company in February 2011, it grew from a start up with three staff members to a nationally recognized Multi-State Operator with over 500 employees that is publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Kris is a regular speaker on the cannabis conference circuit.  He has spoken at every Marijuana Business Daily Conference since it’s inception in 2012 through it’s most recent 25,000 plus attendee conferences in Las Vegas.  Kris has also been a featured speaker at dozens of conferences, including investor and banking focused events like Canaccord, VIII Capital, Benzinga, and ArcView, cannabis business focused conferences like Green Flower Media, Cannabis Business Executive, Green Market Report, and The Cannabis Conference, and policy focused conferences organized by NORML, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the Drug Policy Alliance, and Americans for Safe Access.

In recent years, Kris has become a sought after expert on the developing international cannabis market.  He is a partner and owner in Anderson Leonard Pharmaceuticals, a company recently licensed by the government of North Macedonia to cultivate cannabis and produce cannabis infused products for export to global medical cannabis markets.  This license represents one of less than 100 that have been granted on the European continent.  He has been a featured speaker at international conferences, including delivering keynote addresses at the Marijuana Business Daily Latin America Conference in Bogota, Colombia and the ArcView Investor Forum in Vancouver, Canada.  He has also spoken at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin, Germany, the Medical Cannabiz World Summit in Malta, the Help Not Harm Medical Cannabis Summit in Dublin, Ireland, and the ArcView Investor Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

Kris writes a regular column on cannabis politics and industry for Forbes Magazine.  His work has been profiled in media outlets including The New York Times, CNBC, Fox Business Network, Forbes Magazine, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today.  Kris has been personally profiled in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, in part in recognition of the work Kris and 4Front did in assisting the passage of Question 4, the ballot initiative that legalized cannabis for adults in Massachusetts, as well as in MG Magazine for his work as a pioneer in advocacy based entrepreneurship.  Kris also is a regular guest and co-host of the popular Marijuana Today podcast, which ranks among the top 2% most downloaded podcasts on iTunes.

Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as Director of Client Services for CannBe, where he helped develop many of the best practices that have become the backbone of 4Front Advisors’ operations.  Kris got his training in the medical cannabis industry at Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA, which at the time was the largest medical cannabis dispensary in the country.  While at CannBe, the company helped open or revamp some of the more successful dispensaries in Northern California, including Harborside San Jose, SPARC in San Francisco, and Elemental Wellness in San Jose.

Kris has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s drug policies, having served as associate director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws from 2000-2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006-2009.  At NORML, Kris was responsible for tracking marijuana legislation in all 50 states and coordinating grassroots networks to support the organization's reform efforts.  As the organization's chapter coordinator, Kris helped increase the number of NORML chapters to over 120 nationwide.

During his tenure at SSDP the organization experienced rapid growth at the chapter, national and international levels, increasing from chapters on 40 college campuses in 2006 to over 200 when Kris left the organization in late 2009.  During this time the organization led a successful Congressional campaign to scale back the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, the law that automatically denies federal financial aid to students with drug convictions, removing the penalty's retroactivity and restoring aid to tens of thousands of students. In his capacity as SSDP Executive Director, Kris appeared on television news programs including Fox News Weekend Live and Today in New York, and has been featured on National Public Radio, Court TV Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, The WWRL Morning Show with Armstrong Williams, and dozens of local radio shows nationwide.

Kris continues to stay involved in the advocacy side of the cannabis issue.  In summer 2020 Kris was appointed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to the Governor’s Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee.  He served on the drafting committee for the 2016 ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis for adults in Massachusetts and Arizona, and played an advisory role in the successful Massachusetts initiative, for which 4Front in-kind donated office space at it’s downtown Boston office to serve as campaign headquarters. Kris has formally and informally advised legislators and regulators in states across the United States, as well as regulators in a handful of countries around the world.  Kris currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer of the Board for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and serves as Vice-Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association. At the state level, Kris has served on the board of directors of the Cannabis Business Alliance of Illinois, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association and the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association.  He also served as Associate Editor of the 2011, 2013, and 2015 editions of the ArcView Market Research Reports, the most comprehensive and widely quoted reports on the size and scope of the legal marijuana market.

Kris currently lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois with his wife Jennifer Janichek, an adjunct professor at Harry Truman College and Wilbur Wright College in the Chicago community college system, and their two young children Lillian and Theodore.  Kris is an avid fan of major league baseball fan and has been a lifelong suffering New York Mets fan.  He is a seasoned traveler and enjoys experiencing new places and cultures whenever he gets the opportunity.

Kris Krane

Kris Krane

Director of Cannabis Development

Elizabeth Barker

Elizabeth Barker

Senior Vice President

Elizabeth is a Senior Vice President in the Investor Relations department at KCSA. She works with public micro/small/mid-cap clients, advising them on a wide range of issues, including corporate positioning, reputation management and day-to-day investor relations. She assists with their IR programs by conducting investor outreach and targeting, as well as drafting press releases and earnings materials.

Elizabeth brings her expertise in corporate advisory, which cuts across both banking and investor relations practices, from the UK and USA. Prior to joining KCSA, she worked at other boutique Investor Relations firms and investment banks such Webb Capital and Deutsche Bank.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York in the United Kingdom

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Elizabeth Barker

Senior Vice President

Abby Berger

Abby Berger

Senior Vice President

Abby Berger is a Vice President of Public Relations at KCSA. Abby brings more than 15 years of experience to advising clients, managing teams and applying a holistic approach to strategic planning, media relations and message development. Her clients include established leaders and high-growth disruptors in fintech, biotech, consumer goods, automotive and other industries.

Prior to joining KCSA, Abby held senior roles with several PR and integrated marketing firms where she elevated global enterprises, challenger brands and mission-driven organizations across diverse sectors. A skilled writer and strategist, Abby began her career in the public sector as a communications consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies.

Abby holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and public advocacy from Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and a master’s degree in public communication from American University.

Abby Berger

Abby Berger

Senior Vice President

David Hanover

David Hanover

Senior Vice President

David Hanover possesses over 20 years of Equity Investment Management/Research experience in the small cap arena. He had previously been a Senior Equity Analyst for a top-ranked long-biased small cap hedge fund for over seven years. Prior to this, he was the Portfolio Manager of a technically-based hedge fund and a fundamentally based hedge fund for a family office. He has also Co-managed a small cap growth mutual fund and has been an Equity Analyst on a top- ranked mutual fund in Israel. He began his career in Prudential’s Accelerated Career Entry (PACE) program.

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David Hanover

Senior Vice President

Joshua Greenwald

Joshua Greenwald

Senior Vice President

Joshua Greenwald is a Senior Vice President at KCSA representing publicly traded companies, private financial businesses, and technology startups. He is an experienced communications professional with more than 20 years of industry experience in corporate, financial, real estate, hospitality, and consumer public relations.

Mr. Greenwald was previously Director of Communications & PR at leading global private equity real estate firm Thor Equities. Prior to that, he was Group Head of Real Estate at Rubenstein Public Relations, where he oversaw and executed public relations programs on behalf of numerous real estate and financial clients. He also headed the hospitality division at LaForce & Stevens, directing media relations campaigns for high-profile restaurants and hotels. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Greenwald was a real estate and business reporter for The Advocate newspaper in Connecticut, as well as a freelance writer for Gourmet, The Daily News, Fodor’s, and Time Out New York. In addition, he worked as a chef at top New York City restaurants including Danube and Eleven Madison Park.

Joshua Greenwald

Joshua Greenwald

Senior Vice President

Kristi Papanikolaw

Kristi Papanikolaw

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets

Kristi Papanikolaw is head of Capital Markets at KCSA.  In this position, Kristi works closely with the IR Team and our clients to make introductions to the investment community and sell-side.  Having started her career as a NY Silver Market Maker at Mocatta Metals, now ScotiaMocatta,  she then found her passion within the equity markets.  Kristi has over 20 years of experience in institutional equity markets, which started at Lehman Brothers.  From there, she went on to Natexis Bleichroeder, opening and running their Boston office, as she did at Merriman Curhan Ford.  She had also worked at Wunderlich Securities, William O’Neil and Telsey Advisory Group.  Throughout her career, Kristi became known for her ability to ‘greenfield’ accounts selling all types of equity products and in just about every vertical and market cap.  Kristi is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.

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Kristi Papanikolaw

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets

Tim Regan

Tim Regan

Senior Vice President

Tim Regan developed his capital market and corporate advisory expertise through deep institutional buy-side and sell-side relationships in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia. With a focus on emerging growth companies, he has experience across various sectors including TMT, alternative energy, oil and gas, healthcare, biotech, cannabis, financials and industrials.

Prior to joining KCSA, Tim was an Investment Advisor and Institutional Salesperson for firms including Oppenheimer & Co., ThinkEquity, Maxim Group and Hudson Financial Partners Capital Markets. In these roles, he advised companies on capital markets transactions, C-suite investment matters, corporate treasury management and retirement and employee benefits.

Tim holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, where he played Division I Lacrosse.

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Tim Regan

Senior Vice President

Allison Soss

Allison Soss

Senior Vice President

Allison Soss, Senior Vice President, works closely with pre-IPO and publicly traded companies providing them with full service investor relations and strategic advisory programs. Allison has experience with clients in a range of industries including technology, software, internet, ad tech, healthcare, consumer and financial services. Prior to joining KCSA in 2015, Allison worked at The Blueshirt Group and at KMPG in the Economic Valuation Services group providing transaction and reporting related advisory and valuation services to companies in the financial services, telecommunication and media sectors.

Allison holds a M.S. in Finance from the Villanova School of Business and a B.S. in Mathematics from Villanova University.

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Allison Soss

Senior Vice President

Katelyn Tumino

Katelyn Tumino

Senior Vice President

Kate Tumino is a Senior Vice President in the public relations department at KCSA. In this position, she works closely with the firm's clients in the media / advertising technology and financial services sectors to develop and execute tailored public relations campaigns.

Prior to joining KCSA, Kate worked at Rubenstein Public Relations where she built relationships with a wide variety of media contacts at newspapers, online and television outlets.

Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her dog Jax and is a professional at binge watching TV series.

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Katelyn Tumino

Senior Vice President

Kristin Cwalinski

Kristin Cwalinski

Vice President

Kristin Cwalinski is VP of media and broadcast at KCSA, bringing more than a decade of financial news experience to the firm.  She works closely with clients across the firm to strengthen their media messaging and strategy, as well as gain exposure to major media networks. Prior to joining KCSA, she worked at CNBC for more than 7 years, where she ran “Power Lunch” and “Fast Money” as a Senior Producer.  Prior to that, she was a producer on “Countdown to the Closing Bell” at Fox Business Network. During her career, she’s driven the coverage of retail traders, cannabis and cryptocurrency at major networks as well as working on talent development for on-air personalities.  Kristin received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College for Broadcast Journalism and Politics.

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Kristin Cwalinski

Vice President

Scott Eckstein

Scott Eckstein

Vice President

Scott Eckstein is a Vice President of Market Intelligence in the investor relations department at KCSA.

Throughout his career, Scott has worked with companies in multiple industries ranging from micro and small-cap companies to Fortune 500 leaders. He brings 20 years of investor relations experience in both agency and corporate roles. His background includes strategic consulting, message development, institutional targeting, investor marketing and corporate communications.

Scott began his career at KCSA in the investor relations practice. He later worked at companies such as Thomson Financial and The Financial Relations Board, where he provided advisory services and developed targeted institutional and retail branding programs for a wide range of organizations, before returning to KCSA.

Scott holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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Scott Eckstein

Vice President

Annie Graf

Annie Graf

Vice President

Annie Graf is a Vice President in the public relations department at KCSA. She is based in Los Angeles, California.

In this position, Annie works closely with B2B and B2C clients in all life-stages to develop and execute tailored, integrated public relations campaigns that not only increase the visibility and credibility of the brand story but the profile of individual professionals. Through extensive content creation and strategic research and planning, she earns coverage for her clients across all types of media channels, creating productive and enduring media relationships.

Prior to working in public relations, Annie was a practicing attorney in the state of Florida for several years where she worked across a variety of sectors.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University College of Law.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, surfing, snowboarding, and traveling. Fun fact: Annie played lacrosse in college and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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Annie Graf

Vice President

Erika Kay

Erika Kay

Vice President

Erika Kay is a Vice President in the investor relations department at KCSA.  In this position, she works with a number of pre-IPO and publicly traded companies across a wide range of industries to support their communications needs and raise awareness of their business within the investment community.

Erika has been with KCSA for over 10 years and has helped dozens of companies increase their market share by creating creative and strategic communications platforms.  Prior to working at KCSA, Erika worked at Morgan Stanley as a Project Manager within the Insurance Operations Division.

Erika graduated Cum Laude from the University of Vermont and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Erika Kay

Vice President

Anu Kher

Anu Kher

Vice President

Anu Kher is a Vice President in the public relations department at KCSA. She is based in Los Angeles. In this position, Anu works closely with B2B and B2C startup and mid-cap companies to develop and execute tailored earned media campaigns.

Anu has more than a decade of experience in media relations, brand visibility campaigns and journalism. With a thorough understanding of the media landscape and a journalist's approach to storytelling, she likes to dig in and help emerging brands and entrepreneurs uncover, finesse, and share those stories with the world.

Prior to joining KCSA, Anu was at a Senior Account Supervisor in the Corporate Affairs Group at Edelman in Los Angeles.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from New York University.

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Anu Kher

Vice President

Aaron Paine

Aaron Paine

Vice President

Aaron is the VP of Social at KCSA.

For the last 15 years, Aaron has stood at the vanguard of the digital and social spaces. Creating campaigns and launching brands on both B2C and B2B sides of the fence. More importantly, his strategies and executions yield results. 

From Champion Apparel, Lucky Brand, Avion Tequila, Keds and Polaroid to Time Warner, PayPal, Novartis and Pennsylvania Power, Aaron's has repeatedly utilized his outlook, love for the space and desire for connective reasoning to achieve the goals of some of the world’s top brands. He brings a clear understanding of both the traditional and digital processes that sets him apart from the field. Aaron describes his holistic approach as the creation of digital and social ecosystems that, once established, continue to sustainably live and thrive independently.

When not working, Aaron can be found hiking, cooking or kayaking with his 7 year old. When not doing any of the aforementioned, he can even can sometimes be spotted fighting crime on the rooftops of New York City.

Laura Schooler

Laura Schooler

Vice President

In this position she works closely with the firm's clients in the media / advertising technology sector to develop and execute tailored public relations campaigns that not only increase the visibility and credibility of the brand story, but also the profiles of executives and senior leadership. She earns coverage for her clients across all kinds of media channels, creating productive and enduring media relationships.

With vast in-house, independent and PR/IR agency experience, her unique background combines high-level professional / financial services with corporate and “grassroots” entertainment, media, advertising, tech, government, and sports. This provides her with the perspective to lead PR programs within highly regulated organizations that have significant financial responsibilities, while also developing innovative initiatives with creative personalities amidst the constantly changing technology and media landscape. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Laura is a baseball fanatic and can be found watching at least 150 Yankee games a year. 

Laura Schooler

Laura Schooler

Vice President

Charles Whiteman

Charles Whiteman

Vice President

Charles Whiteman has 20+ years-experience in the institutional investment banking and institutional fund management fields. Mr. Whiteman served as Managing Director of Roswell Capital Securities and Director of Institutional Private Equity for Roswell Capital Partners, LLC. Also during his tenure, Mr. Whiteman served as Director of Investment Banking, Private Placements and Institutional Sales with the primary responsibility for managing the firm’s efforts focused toward public issuer development and institutional investor relationships. From 1996 – 2001, Mr. Whiteman served in various supervisory capacities at Swartz Investments, LLC. During this time, Mr. Whiteman provided oversight and direction to the firm’s Corporate Finance/Investment Banking professionals. From 1992-1996, Mr. Whiteman was with SunTrust Bank Corp. Positions held at SunTrust were Commercial Loan Officer responsible for new business development in the Southeast US, Corporate Banking Representative and Credit Analyst. Mr. Whiteman received a BBA – Finance from Georgia State University.

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Charles Whiteman

Vice President

Nick Alvarez

Nick Alvarez

Senior Account Director

Nick is an investor relations and corporate communications specialist with six years of experience working directly with C-Suite executives to implement investor relations plans. 

Prior to KCSA, Nick was a strategic communications consultant in the Healthcare and Technology sectors for multiple IR firms, including ICR, MS-IR LLC, and KilmerLucas. Before that, he developed and implemented overall IR program initiatives at Endo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ENDP), with responsibility for press releases, earnings presentations, earnings scripts, and internal IR presentations, as well as planning and preparation for investor conferences and institutional targeting.

Nick began his career as an Advisory Analyst at NASDAQ, where he built and maintained relationships with clients and worked closely with CFOs, CEOs, Finance & Treasury Heads, and Investor Relations teams to assist in their investor relations efforts.

Nick brings a breadth of investor relations experience to KCSA, as well as enthusiasm for serving client needs. Nick holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Temple University.

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Nick Alvarez

Senior Account Director

Raquel Cona

Raquel Cona

Account Director

Raquel Cona is a Senior Account Executive at KCSA.

Prior to joining KCSA, Raquel worked at a boutique public relations agency where she managed accounts for some of New York City's most prominent residential real estate projects and brokerages working on a project-specific and corporate basis. While there, she was tasked with creating/launching strategic PR campaigns and partnerships while managing day-to-day account work. She brings proven success in media relations, securing top-tier press placements for clients on a national and international scale in both print and online media.

Raquel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Hofstra University.

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Raquel Cona

Account Director

Rich DiGregorio

Rich DiGregorio

Account Director

Rich DiGregorio is an Account Director and one of the earliest entrants into the field of public relations for the cannabis industry. Prior to joining KCSA, Rich was Head of Client Services for a leading cannabis and psychedelic-specific PR Firm, where his client work and media relationships spanned all corners of the cannabis industry. With a focus on B2B, biotech, market research, and technology, Rich helped launch several new enterprises and publicize IPOs for some of the most recognizable names in the cannabis industry today. 

Prior to his work in public relations, Rich was a senior ad tech sales executive. Rich holds a bachelor's degree in Music & Business Administration from Indiana University.

In his spare time Rich is an avid drummer and is credited on dozens of recordings for New York area artists and bands.

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Rich DiGregorio

Account Director

McKenna Miller

McKenna Miller

Account Director

McKenna Miller is an Senior Account Executive at KCSA. After working in Entertainment PR for over 3 years at agencies such as ID PR and Jonesworks, she decided to follow the "Green Rush".

Over the past year, McKenna has helped public and private companies learn how to participate in the cannabis conversation and counseled them how to reach capital markets, consumers, and regulators.  Previously to joining the KCSA team, she worked on the media side for the Daily Marijuana Observer, an investor-focused cannabis outlet.

McKenna holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Marist College. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and boxing.

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McKenna Miller

Account Director

Nick Opich

Nick Opich

Account Director

Nick Opich is a Account Director working in the Public Relations department at KCSA. As part of the Cannabis business team, Nick advises clients on a number of fronts including developing brand messaging, refining and advancing media strategies and securing meaningful print and broadcast media coverage. His clients are involved in all aspects of the cannabis industry including cultivation, extraction, packaging, compliance and branding. Nick holds bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Arizona State University.

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Nick Opich

Account Director

Jenny Robles

Jenny Robles

Account Director

Jenny Robles is an Account Director with over five years of experience in corporate communications, public affairs, and client management across various business-to-business industries, including professional and financial services, technology, human resources, medical cannabis, and advocacy/philanthropy.

Jenny is responsible for creating strategic corporate communication plans, as well as ensuring the successful execution of client PR programs. She brings proven success in media relations, securing top-tier press placements for clients on a national and international scale in broadcast, print, and online media.

Jenny is a member of the KCSA team awarded PR Daily's 2019 Best Viral Campaign. Before joining KCSA, Jenny was a marketing intern for BMW of Manhattan and MINI of Manhattan.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Baruch College, where she was Director of Public Relations for PRSSA’s New York chapter.

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Jenny Robles

Account Director

Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Account Director

Andrew Young is an Account Director in the public relations department at KCSA.

With over a decade of experience with global tech and consumer brands such as Amazon, Samsung, MoMA, and Van Cleef & Arpels, Andrew works to deliver media and marketing opportunities that allow brands to reach new consumers and establish presence beyond their endemic verticals. As an Account Director at KCSA, Andrew leads media strategy and outreach for clients across key business sectors and media types, ranging from leading national newspapers through to hyper-targeted B2B and financial outlets. He is primarily based within KCSA’s media and technology practice but provides strategic and creative council across all divisions of KCSA.

Andrew majored in Communication and Media Studies at Monash University, Australia before moving to New York City in 2008, where he currently resides. In addition to his role at KCSA, Andrew is on the social committee of the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York, one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the United States.

Andrew Young

Andrew Young

Account Director

Kristen Gawenus

Kristen Gawenus

Senior Account Executive

Kristen is an Account Executive at KCSA on the Digital and Social Media Team. In this role, she puts to use her strong writing skills with the ability to draft concise and engaging content for different platforms, along with a passion for staying in-the-know on all things social media. She also serves as a community management lead for client channels, compiles analytical reports on social media performance and has a creative eye for producing intriguing graphics.

Before joining KCSA, Kristen was the Marketing and Member Services Coordinator at a private country club where she successfully spearheaded social media campaigns and maintained a strong social brand presence across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Kristen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Public Relations from York College of Pennsylvania.

Shana Marino

Shana Marino

Senior Account Executive

Shana is an Account Executive on the Public Relations team where she works on technology, adtech, healthcare and cannabis clients. Shana has her B.S. in Corporate and Public Relations from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

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Shana Marino

Senior Account Executive

Sandy Shakoor

Sandy Shakoor

Senior Account Executive

Sandy Shakoor is a Senior Account Executive in the public relations department at KCSA. In this position, Sandy develops pitches, press releases and strategic plans; builds relationships with media to secure client coverage among top-tier, local and trade publications; and conducts research on industry news and trends for both B2B and B2C clients across a range of industries – from automotive and biotech to cannabis and psychedelics. Prior to KCSA, Sandy worked at Lansons Intermarket, Peregrine Communications and Kellen Communications supporting integrated public relations campaigns for clients across the financial services and technology sectors which included Invesco, RBC Wealth Management, Stifel Financial, NASDAQ, Cadian Capital Management, Transit Wireless, Tech Mahindra, NEXTHERA Capital and more. Before entering the PR profession, Sandy worked as a NYS certified early childhood educator for over 5 years.

Sandy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and holds an Intensive Certificate in Global Affairs from New York University. She also completed an intensive certificate course in Business Foundations from The Wharton School of Business. She is fluent in French, Hindi and Tamil. Her hobbies outside of work include interior decorating, indoor gardening, and traveling.

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Sandy Shakoor

Senior Account Executive

Brittany Tibaldi

Brittany Tibaldi

Senior Account Executive

Brittany Tibaldi is an Senior Account Executive in the public relations department at KCSA.

As an account executive, Brittany develops pitches, press releases and strategic plans; builds relationships with media to secure client coverage among top-tier, local and trade publications; and conducts research on industry news and trends for B2B clients across various industries including technology, adtech, data analytics, biotech and cannabis.

Prior to KCSA, Brittany was an Account Executive at a communication firm crafting press materials, managing multiple social media channels and securing media placement for clients in the educational field.

Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from James Madison University.

Outside of KCSA, Brittany enjoys the company of her family and friends, watching sports and reading the latest thriller novel.

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Brittany Tibaldi

Senior Account Executive

Erica Conover

Erica Conover

Account Executive

Erica Conover is an Account Executive at KCSA, working across their adtech, fintech and cannabis practices.

Throughout her professional career, Erica has worked for several leading firms across the public relations, communications, and marketing & advertising industries, playing a key role in securing media placements that increased brand awareness and helped generate new business partnerships. Erica began her public relations career in Zeno Group’s consumer marketing division, where she worked across their food & beverage, CPG and entertainment practices. She then went on become the inaugural Public Relations Manager at social media analytics platform, ListenFirst Media, where she played a pivotal role managing media relations, writing website content and running their social media channels. More recently, Erica worked as an Account Executive in SHIFT Communications’ B2B practice, where she was responsible for generating trade and top-tier media coverage, tracking KPI’s and creating press materials for the firm’s technology clients. 

Erica’s interest in public relations formed at an early age and inspired her to attend Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. During her tenure at Marist, she served on the executive board of Marist’s award winning PRSSA Chapter and as Public Relations Chair for her sorority, Tri Sigma. 

Erica currently resides in Boston, MA. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants across the city, and attending as many Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox games as possible.

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Erica Conover

Account Executive

Matthew Cossel

Matthew Cossel

Account Executive

Matthew Cossel is an Account Executive with the PR team with a focus on Psychedelics and Cannabis. Matthew works with clients on communications strategy, messaging and securing media placements across digital, print and broadcast outlets. He has worked in PR since he left the United Nations where he was previously a consultant with the Department of Global Communications’ Civil Society Unit. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Global Studies from Lehigh University.

Matthew Cossel

Matthew Cossel

Account Executive

Gionna Fanti

Gionna Fanti

Account Executive

Gionna Fanti works with our public relations team in New York City as an Account Executive. She grew up on Long Island and received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at the State University of New York at Oswego. Gionna’s favorite pastimes include finding new cozy coffee cafes around the city, reading best sellers and traveling. 

Gionna Fanti

Gionna Fanti

Account Executive

Michaela Fawcett

Michaela Fawcett

Account Executive

Michaela Fawcett is an Assistant Account Executive on KCSA's public relations team.  

Michaela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.

Michaela Fawcett

Michaela Fawcett

Account Executive

Lindsey Goldberg

Lindsey Goldberg

Account Executive

Lindsey Goldberg works with our public relations team in New York City as an Assistant Account Executive where she works on adtech, healthcare, and psychedelics clients. She grew up in Westchester, New York and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Management from Tulane University. In her free time, Lindsey loves to spend time with her family and friends, traveling, and checking out the trendiest restaurants in NYC.

Lindsey Goldberg

Lindsey Goldberg

Account Executive

Samantha Prete

Samantha Prete

Account Executive

Samantha (Sam) Prete grew up in Staten Island, New York, only a short ferry ride from the big apple. She graduated from Manhattan College, Class of 2018 where she majored in Communications and completed PR internships at well-known companies such as Comedy Central and Rogers & Cowan PMK. Sam always had a passion for television and film, therefore she began her career in entertainment public relations only two weeks after graduating. After 3 years working in film public relations, Sam has decided to broaden her horizons and switch over to KCSA where she works on cannabis, psychedelics, and adtech accounts. 

Samantha Prete

Samantha Prete

Account Executive

Christopher Tygar

Christopher Tygar

Account Executive

Christopher Tygar is an Account Executive in the public relations department at KCSA. 

As an Account Executive, Chris develops pitches, builds media lists and maintains constant communication with clients; assists managers in crafting media outreach strategies and tactics; and conducts research on industry news and trends for B2B clients across various industries including technology, adtech, media and cannabis. 

Prior to KCSA, Chris has serviced clients across the travel, lifestyle, hospitality, education, construction, tech and cybersecurity industries an Account Coordinator managing multiple accounts, building media relationships and crafting press materials. 

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from Rowan University.

Outside of KCSA, find Chris on the golf course, enjoying a new restaurant with friends, hanging with his cat, Jameson, or watching his favorite sports teams – the Miami Dolphins and New York Mets. 

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Christopher Tygar

Account Executive

Cassidy Zuber

Cassidy Zuber

Account Executive

Cassidy Zuber is an Account Executive at KCSA on the Digital and Social Media Team. In this role, she works closely with clients across a myriad of industries, most commonly cannabis and psychedelics. By operating through a critical and creative lens, Cassidy develops high-level strategic plans, which serve as the basis for all initiatives. She also handles day-to-day content and graphic creation for different platforms, compiles reports on social media performance and serves as a community management lead.

Before joining KCSA, Cassidy worked in Public Relations, primarily servicing plant-touching and ancillary cannabis companies. She supported the program infrastructure for all accounts, kept a pulse on the media and market landscape, monitored and reported client coverage, conducted media outreach, and handled award and editorial opportunities. Cassidy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Public Relations from The University of Maryland.

Cassidy Zuber

Cassidy Zuber

Account Executive

Christina Baviello

Christina Baviello

Assistant Account Executive

Christina Baviello works with our public relations team in New York City as an Assistant Account Executive. She has received her bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Marist College and is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Marist College.  

Starting out as a public relations intern at KCSA, Christina has brought in experience from several other internship roles consisting of positions at NBCUniversal, a B2B healthcare corporation, a publishing company, and a non-profit focused IMC firm.  In her free time, Christina enjoys being in the company of her family and friends, indulging in the traditions of her Italian heritage, and playing and watching sports. 

Christina Baviello

Christina Baviello

Assistant Account Executive

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Will Link

Assistant Account Executive

Jasmin Guinanao

Jasmin Guinanao

Accounts Receivable/Payable and Office Manager

Jasmin Guinanao is the Accounts Receivable/Payable and Office Manager for KCSA Strategic Communications. Assisting the KCSA Chief Financial Officer, Jasmin helps to ensure the daily financial and office operations.

Jasmin holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in management information systems.  While not in the office, she is an avid traveler, enjoying the experience of new cultures and food.

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Jasmin Guinanao

Accounts Receivable/Payable and Office Manager

Alyssa Brady

Alyssa Brady

Receptionist/Executive Assistant

Alyssa Brady is the Receptionist at KCSA.  Her work involves directing phone calls, a variety of clerical and administrative tasks. In addition, Alyssa organizes, schedules meetings and appointments for the partners Todd Fromer and Lewis Goldberg all while assuring office upkeep.

Alyssa holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Queens College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones and traveling.

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Alyssa Brady

Receptionist/Executive Assistant

Janine Colon

Janine Colon

Administrative Assistant

Janine is an administrative assistant at KCSA in the Capital Markets group.

Janine has experience in tutoring writing, conducting academic research, and supporting marketing and sales for a corporate event company.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Central Florida.

In her free time, Janine likes to go hiking with her dog and fiancé and explore new areas.

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Janine Colon

Administrative Assistant