Sarah Gallagher, Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Sarah brings 15 years of experience in brand management, communications strategy, website development, and public relations for both small businesses and globally-recognized brands. As a certified marketing automation expert, Sarah has a keen understanding of how to build campaigns that leverage digital body language to drive qualified lead generation. She manages a creative team of marketing specialists and graphic designers with an impressive portfolio of work—including webinars, social media campaigns, newsletters, websites, promotional videos, advertising campaigns, media campaigns, and print collateral. Her team has extensive experience developing targeted outreach plans to further clean air and transportation initiatives.

Sarah’s main role is to develop and lead strategic marketing and outreach plans for both clients and GNA’s in-house events. While at GNA, she has led creative projects for several organizations, including Shell, the Port of Los Angeles, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, SoCalGas, Parkland Fuels, Hexagon Composites, and Caterpillar, as well as the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, the Rethink Methane Symposium, and the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit.

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Website Design & Development
  • Marketing Collateral Content & Design
  • Copy Writing/Editing
  • Print and Digital Advertising
  • Email Marketing
  • Event Logistics
  • Branding & Identity Development

Past Experience

Communications & Public Relations Manager, Transamerica Insurance & Investments
Transamerica is one of the largest global providers of insurance and investment products. In this role, Sarah positioned Transamerica’s sales executives as “thought leaders” in the financial industry by securing media opportunities and developing targeted digital and print advertising campaigns. In addition, Sarah managed large-scale email and e-newsletter communications to agents and distributors in domestic and Asian markets. Working with Maddock Douglas, “The Agency of Innovation,” she helped lead Transamerica’s innovation team, which was tasked with developing employee engagement activities that would help spur the “reinvention” of outdated insurance sales processes and products.

Director of Communications & Marketing, Zenith Insurance Company
Zenith is a national workers’ compensation carrier with a focus on safety and wellness for the agricultural, hospitality, restaurant and healthcare industries. In this role, Sarah led a creative team of six that leveraged marketing research—focus groups, surveys, user interface testing—to create multi-channel marketing campaigns focusing on the benefits of insuring with a specialty workers’ compensation carrier. She was responsible for website strategy, digital and print advertising, public relations, executive presentations, the annual report and 10K, email marketing, and social media. Sarah also served as the co-chair of the corporate sustainability team.

Education

  • MA in Communications from the University of Southern California
  • BS in Business Administration from Capital University

Professional and Non-Profit Affiliations Current

  • Member, Coalition for Clean Air
  • Member, Heal the Bay
  • Member, Young Professionals in Energy
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Kimberly Klonoski, Director of Events

Kimberly oversees logistic production for GNA’s largest annual conferences including the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit as well as one-day symposiums, internal events, and meetings. Kimberly manages all areas of event logistics, including food and beverage, travel, collateral, staffing, contracts, registration, technical and audio visual production, security, room blocks, and team building. Working closely with the heads of Communications & Marketing and Business Development, Kimberly ensures each and every component of an event is executed seamlessly.

Areas of Expertise

  • Attendee Experience Management
  • Collateral Development
  • Event Budgeting & Contracting
  • Event Production & Logistics
  • Meeting & Conference Planning
  • Online Registration & Implementation
  • Vendor and Contract Negotiations
  • Vendor Sourcing
  • Trade Show Planning

Past Experience

General & Events Manager, Sea Island Home and the Kitchen
Kimberly served as lead catering and private events salesperson. She managed customer relations, vendor relationships, venue inventory, and revenue reconciliation. She oversaw the day-to-day business operations of the store, restaurant, and events. In addition to helping this startup business develop daily operation practices, she implemented marketing and sales processes to drive revenue growth.

Education

  • BA in Speech Communication, Public Relations from Valdosta State University.
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Audrie Bieganowski, Events Coordinator

Audrie coordinates GNA’s event registration and assists with logistic production for GNA’s largest annual conferences including the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and the High Horsepower (HHP) Summit, as well as one-day symposiums, internal events, and meetings. Audrie assists the Director of Events in all areas of event logistics, including food and beverage, travel, collateral, staffing, contracts, registration, technical and audio visual production, security, room blocks, and team building.

Areas of Expertise

  • Conference & Event Planning
  • Database Management
  • Food & Beverage Coordination
  • Event Agenda Development
  • Event Logistics
  • Hotel Management

Past Experience

Client Services Assistant, Grand Valley State University
Audrie managed Grand Valley State University’s Alumni House & Visitors Center. She was responsible for conference and event logistics, as well as hotel accommodations at the house. As an event and hotel venue manager, she was able to broaden her knowledge in areas such as facilities management, food and beverage coordination, guest relations, and staffing.

Education

  • BS in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University
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Barbara Brentano, Audience Development Manager

Barbara oversees a campaign of marketing, outreach, and communications efforts on behalf of American Honda Motor Company for the promotion of the Civic Natural Gas sedan in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. She develops business opportunities with public and private fleet customers and tracks industry developments with the goal of increasing awareness and promoting sales of this advanced technology vehicle.

Barbara identifies and participates in natural gas industry events, trade shows and other events where it is beneficial for American Honda to exhibit the Civic Natural Gas sedan. She is constantly focused on the development of fleet business opportunities and has a solid network of industry contacts to support this work. During her tenure at GNA, Barbara provided on-site management for two of the nation’s largest and most successful truck fleet modernization programs–the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Truck Replacement Program and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Trucks Program. In this role, she directed a staff of bilingual advisors at two outreach centers located at each port complex and acted as a key liaison working with the port trucking community, the regional regulatory agencies, and the ports. Barbara worked with harbor trucking companies as well as individual harbor drivers to facilitate the process of applying for grants for equipment replacement and was responsible for the logistical operations of each center, in addition to managing communications issued on behalf of the two programs.

Barbara speaks conversational Spanish.

Areas of Expertise

  • Alt Fuels Education & Training
  • Community and Stakeholder Outreach
  • Email Marketing
  • Event Logistics
  • Grant Administration
  • Market Research/Surveys
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Public Speaking

Past Experience

Producer, TV Commercial and Film Production
Barbara has experience in all aspects of television commercial film production, where she managed multi-disciplinary teams of creative and technical personnel. She was responsible for strategically guiding the process from initial client briefing through execution and delivery of a finished commercial, acting as the key client contact. Production and filming took place across the US and in multiple countries over her twenty years of work in this field. She was the first American producer to successfully negotiate with Moscow for a major American film studio to film within the walls of the Kremlin.

Graphic Designer, Peace Corps, United States Government
Barbara spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica working with women’s artisan groups and a vocational high school to develop and market artisanal products that could be sold to improve their personal economic situation. During her tenure, the vocational high school in Alajuela produced and earned more from the sale of their products than had been realized in the previous ten years.

Education

  • Coursework at California State University, Long Beach
  • Coursework at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Professional and Non-Profit Affiliations Current

  • Steering Committee, Working Harbor Committee, New York (2010-Present)
  • “Clean Trucks Innovation Award” The Port of Long Beach (2012)
  • “Employee of the Year” Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (2009)

Speaking Circuit

  • Pittsburgh Clean Cities Workshop, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” January 13, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Florida State University, Civic Natural Gas Press Event, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” January 30, 2012, Tallahassee, FL
  • NGV America Energy Symposium, , Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” February 6, 2012, Harrisburg, PA
  • Philadelphia Clean Cities Workshop, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” March 20, 2012, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rhode Island Clean Cities Alt Fuel Vehicle Expo, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” April 6, 2012
  • NAFA NYC Day at New York International Auto Show, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” April 10, 2012, New York, NY
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Compelling Case for NGVs, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” April 18, 2012, Rochester, NY
  • SAE World Congress, Light Duty Vehicles Ride and Drive, Demonstrator: “Civic Natural Gas” April 24, 2012, Detroit, MI
  • Chicago Clean Cities, Green Drives Alt Fuel Vehicles, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” May 10, 2012, Chicago, IL
  • Clean Fuels Ohio, Green Fleets Event, Demonstrator: “Civic Natural Gas” September 12, 2012
  • Pittsburgh NGV Day, Presenter: “Civic Natural Gas” September 21, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Clean Cities Odyssey Day, Demonstrator: “Civic Natural Gas” October 18, 2012, Indianapolis, IN
  • AltWheels Fleet Day, Presenter: “Honda Civic Natural Gas” October 22, 201
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Charlene Hayee, Manager, Database Marketing

Charlene manages all of the database operations at GNA. Her work reflects how GNA’s data is ultimately leveraged for marketing, CRM, and outreach efforts. Charlene also manages the back-end integration of the database with all internal tools and systems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Database Management
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Search Engine Advertising (SEA)
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Audience Development
  • Salesforce
  • SQL / Non-SQL

Past Experience

Database Consultant / OCM Lead Analyst, Southern California Edison (SCE)
As one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, SCE delivers power to 15 million people in 50,000 square-miles across central, coastal and Southern California. Charlene provided data analytical approach to organizational change for new technology integration to approximately 700 stakeholders touching nearly 14 million customers. She provided analytical support and over hundreds of different key inputs to all stakeholders across the company.

Data QA Consultant, Google
Provides remote support on query content research, machine learning (spam filtering), translations, and UX data analysis for the Google Ads team, reviewing complex data sets and providing an analytical and human perspective.

Education

  • BA in International Relations/ Statistical Political Science from the University of California Riverside
  • The Caltech-JPL Summer School on Data Analytics from the California Institute of Technology

Professional and Non-Profit Affiliations Past

  • Volunteer, Humane Society (2014-2016)
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Rodger Lueras, Creative Manager

Drawing on twenty years of experience in print, interactive, and graphic design, Rodger provides a diverse blend of talent and creativity focused on assuring innovative, consistent, and successful design solutions. Rodger is responsible for print and web projects including the design and production of print ads, large scale event graphics, high profile websites, and landing pages.

Rodger’s primary responsibilities include the design and development of GNA’s FleetsandFuels.com and HHPInsight.com, premier resources for breaking news and current events within the transportation and alternative fuels industries. Rodger also contributes to the creation of print and digital advertising, event materials, and signage for GNA’s conferences and events.

Areas of Expertise

  • Branding & Identity Development
  • Website Design & Development
  • Marketing Collateral Content & Design
  • Print and Digital Advertising
  • Newsletter Content & Design
  • Print Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Tradeshow Booth Design

Past Experience

Lead Event Designer, Abel McCallister Designs, Inc.
Rodger was responsible for the designed all graphic components for high-profile brand events, including Red Carpet Premiers, Product Launch Promotions and Trade Shows. Clients included Fox Network, Warner Bros., Pepsi Next, Mountain Dew and Motorola.

Lead Marketing & Promotions Designer, EarthLink Inc.
Rodger led the design and development of company’s new online products, print promotions and partnerships, including TimeWarner, Verizon, and PeoplePC. Responsibilities included redesign of corporate Website Network, Rich Media Ad Campaigns, Targeted Email Promotions and Product Packaging.

Education

  • Coursework at California State University, Long Beach
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Rich Piellisch, Editor, Fleets & Fuels and HHP Insight

Rich Piellisch is editor of two GNA news publications, Fleets & Fuels and HHP Insight.

Fleets & Fuels dates to 1994 when it was established as a biweekly newsletter covering advanced technology and alternative fuel vehicles. Fleets & Fuels provided coverage of gas and propane vehicles, hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and various biofuels, all with an emphasis of “who is selling what to whom,” as well as contact information for the people behind the deals and contracts. Fleets & Fuels became part of GNA in 2012.

HHP Insight provides similar information in the area of natural gas for high horsepower applications: ships, trains, mining vehicles as wells as the powerful engines that make modern oil and gas production possible.

Areas of Expertise

  • Database Management
  • Copy Writing/Editing
  • Event Agenda Development
  • Reporting, Writing and Editing

Past Experience

Editor, Fleets & Fuels at August Pacific Press, and Fleets & Fuels ShowTimes
Fleets & Fuels was founded by Rich Piellisch under the auspices of August Pacific Press in 1994. He also edits ShowTimes, a daily news magazine for major clean vehicle exhibitions, including the NTEA Work Truck Show and ACT Expo.

Senior Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology ShowNews
Rich Piellisch still serves as a contributing Senior Editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology’s ShowNews magazine, which provides daily news at the international commercial air shows. Paris, Farnborough and Singapore are the majors, though Piellisch has also supported Aviation Week in Berlin, Dubai, Geneva, Santiago, Zhuhai, and nearly half a dozen US venues.

Education

  • BA in English from Boston College
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Tan Sackett, Senior Creative Manager

Tan manages the creation and implementation of identity and branding campaigns for events and projects produced, managed, or supported by the events and marketing department. She and the graphic design team are responsible for a spectrum of tasks beginning with original concept development and ending with the successful production and distribution of all print and online promotional materials. She ensures consistency of branding across all products in all formats and for all functions and purposes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Branding & Identity Development
  • Copy Writing/Editing
  • Email Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing Collateral Content & Design
  • Photography
  • Print Production
  • Website Design & Development

Past Experience

Web/Graphic Designer, Alpha Retail Technology, Inc.
Tan developed and maintained the company website, created print and digital advertisements and print collateral, and provided graphics for the company’s retail software packages.

Instructor, University of Colorado et al
Tan taught courses on a wide variety of graphic design topics and software packages. As an instructor, her duties included drafting lesson plans, maintaining office hours, grading projects, and providing student evaluations to department heads and counselors within the multimedia program. Tan also advised students on job searches after graduation.

Education

  • BEnvD in Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder

Professional Awards and Recognition

  • GNA Employee of the Year, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, 2012
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Kylie Taylor, Program Specialist, Events & Marketing

Kylie provides support in agenda development to the CEO and Program Manager for conferences and summits produced by GNA. She collaborates with clients, GNA’s technical team, and others in Events and Marketing to create relevant, informative, and engaging programs for industry focused events. To manage content, she schedules high level committee meetings and organizes pre-conference panel calls. Additionally, Kylie works to secure speakers for both conferences and webinars organized by GNA. She manages speaker research, the speaker data base, and tracks invitations, confirmations, and presentations leading up to events. Kylie works to ensure all conference materials are up-to-date including agendas, programs, and event summaries.

Areas of Expertise

  • Event Agenda Development
  • Technical & Policy Webinarst
  • Project Researcht
  • Community & Media Outreacht
  • Air Quality Improvementt
  • Waste to Power

Past Experience

Outreach & Education Coordinator, AS Coastal Fund
Kylie led the outreach and education efforts of the Associated Students’ Coastal Fund. She worked on developing advertising strategies, creating email newsletters, web page design, and event coordination. In doing so, she focused on educating both individuals and organizations in the local area on issues involving the Gaviota, Goleta, and Santa Barbara coast line. She also worked to secure new applicants for the organization’s grant funds. With her efforts, applications for Major and Minor grants doubled in the Fall 2014 quarter.

Education

  • BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara
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Alexis Wiley, Manager, Communications and Marketing

Alexis provides strategic communications support for GNA’s events and marketing department. She leads public relations efforts for GNA corporate initiatives and for a series of leading alternative transportation conferences. Alexis also works closely with GNA’s director of events and marketing to develop and manage an array of GNA marketing campaigns.

For GNA’s annual events such as the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit, Alexis spearheads event marketing, partnerships, and outreach efforts to drive awareness of and advocacy for these leading alternative fuel conferences.

Areas of Expertise

  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Media Relations
  • Branding & Identity Development
  • Website Design & Development
  • Marketing Collateral Content & Design
  • Press Release Development & Distribution
  • Email Marketing
  • Copy Writing/Editing

Past Experience

Account Manager, Consensus Inc.
Alexis managed and implemented strategic community outreach and public relations efforts for transportation, environmental remediation, and land-use projects in complex political and community environments. She oversaw large-scale PR efforts and participated in the development of new business pitches and client proposals.

Manager, PUSH PR
Alexis provided strategic counsel to clients on corporate positioning, media strategies and creative content development, in addition to playing a key role in the formation and launch of PUSH PR. She supported new business efforts and lead initiatives to grow the firm to provide innovative digital and creative solutions for marketing and public relations programs.

Education

  • BA in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Public Relations and Integrated Media Certificate, UCLA Extension
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