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Mary Jo Fasan, Founder / Principal
With a deep appreciation for the arts and culture, Mary Jo Fasan launched Jo Chicago in 2004 after 15 years in corporate marketing and public relations. Mary Jo previously served as a director of brand marketing communications at Marriott International’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in the development of integrated communications programs, media relations and strategic partnerships. In realizing her vision for Jo Chicago, the firm has grown to become one of the leading authorities on programming that puts a focus on news, events and information that define and celebrate how we live. The firm’s repertoire of clients includes all areas of lifestyle, including art, design, architecture, hospitality, homebuilding, health, beauty, fashion, film, media and food and wine. Mary Jo also maintains active participation in industry interests. She is a member of the Board of Directors for DIFFA/Chicago and will serve as the co-chair of the organization’s 2017 Gala.
Leslie Friebert, Vice President,
Director of Strategy
Leslie Friebert’s background encompasses consumer marketing and public relations. For more than 12 years, Leslie has worked both in-house and at leading agencies, which has led to her vast knowledge and extensive range of experience managing accounts for a wide range of consumer products and goods. Before joining Jo Chicago, Leslie was participating in strategic program development and spearheading program implementation at Weber Shandwick. She was also selected to join exclusive daily creative campaign development sessions devoted to ideation around a variety of new business and client work across the agency’s global network. Over the course of her career, she has assisted and led the development of an array of integrated public relations programs that include traditional and digital media relations, social media, celebrity and corporate partnerships and events and trade show management. She has worked with a variety of beverage, beauty, retail, tech and other consumer brands – including Pulsaderm, Blue Chair Bay Rum, Refined Haystack, Bacardi, glaceau vitaminwater, American Express, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, ALDI, Gaiam and Ultra Diamonds – and has consistently delivered results to the utmost satisfaction of her clients. Leslie enjoys traveling, practicing yoga and swimming, spending time with her friends and family over a delicious meal and going out to see live music. She is on the Executive Board for the Public Relations Society of America, Sports and Entertainment committee.
Amanda Glandon, Content Supervisor
Amanda Glandon brings more than six years of marketing strategy and content creation experience to the Jo Chicago team. With creativity, strategic thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit, she has built and executed high-level marketing programs for organizations in industries ranging from education to technology to interior design. Prior to her role at Jo Chicago, Amanda created content for large agencies and organizations like IEG and SIRVA, and crafted and launched strategies for startups like Load Delivered Logistics, digedu and Refined Haystack. She relishes in finding new ways to engage with clients’ unique audiences through content, and loves to listen closely, converse constructively and ultimately bring a brand’s essence to life through words.
Jessica DeLong, Account Supervisor
With more than seven years of experience in media, events and marketing, Jessica brings an array of skills to the Jo Chicago team. Prior to her current role, she played an integral role in campaign development, media and influencer relations and event execution for Gatorade and Propel. In addition, she’s worked with clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, food and beverage, non-profit and higher education, including Ulta, Abbott, Beech-Nut, Panera, Le Cordon Bleu and thyssenkrupp. Jessica relishes in creating new relationships and helping clients deliver their best work, and in her free time, she enjoys reviewing films.
Ciara Merouan, Senior Account Manager
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Ciara Merouan moved to Chicago in 2015 to accelerate her career in public relations. Prior to joining the Jo Chicago team, she worked in public affairs, where she specialized in crafting targeted messaging campaigns and account research for both public affairs and corporate clients. Ciara’s background encompasses marketing, event management and public relations. While in Ireland, she worked for Focus Ireland, the country’s largest national non-profit organization that provides services for people experiencing homelessness. During her time there, she was involved in national fundraising campaigns, donor messaging and the launch of the organization’s first retail branch. Ciara has also served internships with Weber Shandwick’s Chicago office and Motion PR. She has public relations experience with multiple consumer brands, including McCormick Spices and has worked on the national campaign for Project Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K event providing non-profit partners with fundraising opportunities across the nation. Ciara graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, with an honors degree in Public Relations and Media. Since graduating, Ciara has worked with agencies across Edinburgh, Dublin and Chicago.
Mary Mullen, Senior Account Manager
Mary Mullen hails from Florida where she attended Florida State University to study Humanities with minors in English and Communications. After graduating in 2012, she moved to Chicago and has called the city home ever since. Her diverse background working with exciting brands such as Shake Shack, Modern Luxury and The Everygirl makes Mary a natural fit on the Jo Chicago team with its roster of design and lifestyle clients. She truly believes in treating each business as if it was her own and always seeks to provide her clients with sound counsel and winning outcomes. This outlook combined with her sense of humor, joie de vivre and passion for forming warm relationships is what drew Mary to the world of public relations and Jo Chicago.
Laura Kenat, Social Media Account Coordinator
Chicago born and Michigan raised, Laura found herself back in the Windy City after studying marketing and psychology at Western Michigan University. Before joining Jo Chicago, Laura worked with a variety of brands to create and curate content while promoting brand awareness and online reputation. Her portfolio of work contains national publications such as the Chicago Tribune and spans markets ranging from interior design to beauty, health and other lifestyle interests. With an appreciation for all facets of a brand’s personality, Laura maintains a strategic direction and consistent, authentic voice across social media platforms to engage desired audiences and develop strong brand advocates.
Kylie Kreischer, Account Coordinator
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Kylie has once again found her home in Chicago - this time in the heart of the big city. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa, where she studied Journalism & Mass Communications, Leadership Studies and Communication Studies. Before joining Jo Chicago, Kylie gained impactful experiences ranging from PR to marketing to event planning from both agency and corporate perspectives. During an internship with a public relations firm, Kylie discovered her appreciation for lifestyle PR clients, and at Ulta Beauty, she expanded on this passion by diving into the world of beauty. Her educational and professional experiences have ignited her passion for creative storytelling, strategic messaging, and developing impactful relationships.