Meet the Newberry Team

Elisabeth N. Galligan, APR, ATM-B, CL Founder/President 

Betty GalliganBetty is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. Her philosophy of client service is based in part on the Society’s Code of Professional Standards and “do good work, clients will follow.” Prior to founding Newberry, she was vice president of a Providence-based agency. Previously, she worked for  several small and medium-sized agencies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts where she developed strong skills in all facets of public relations, copywriting, print production, and account management. She holds a bachelor of arts degree (1986, cum laude) in communications and theatre from Rhode Island College (Providence). Her academic and subsequent professional achievements led to her listing in college, business and international Who’s Who directories. Betty is a twice-past president of PRSA’s Southeastern New England chapter (1996 and 2002) and has served as assembly delegate, strategic planning and  public relations committee chair for the chapter. She is current past chairman of the board of the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the board for Literacy Volunteers-R.I., past president of East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club, Board of Governors member and communications committee chair for the Hope Club, a member of the PRSA Counselor’s Academy, and a twice-past president of East Bay Toastmasters Club. She has earned the Advanced Toastmaster-Bronze (ATM-B) and Competent Leader (CL) designations from Toastmasters International. She is a published author of business/humorous articles in national periodicals, a public speaker and seminar leader on various topics, and an award-winning copywriter.

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Ashton Acciari, Account Coordinator


Ashton is a graduate of Manhattanville College with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a minor in studio art. During college, Ashton held the position of counselor assistant to the associate director of admissions. He worked for marketing and business development firms in Westchester, New York dealing with strategy and growth. Ashton is Google Adwords Certified and is currently Membership Liaison on the board of Advertising, Marketing, and PR of Rhode Island (AMP-RI). He has experience in design through illustration of children's books and product package design. He also displays original art throughout galleries in Rhode Island.


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Gianna Sollitto, Account Coordinator

Gianna is a graduate of Bryant University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (2018) in communication and a double minor in marketing and professional & creative writing. She has completed three internships during her undergraduate studies where she gained a comprehensive understanding of marketing, non-profit development and fundraising, and public relations. She later served as assistant editor of the Bryant University College of Arts and Sciences Magazine and digital marketing and public relations coordinator at a digital marketing company in RI. In her freetime, Gianna sings with Bryant University’s ‘The Bottom Line’ a capella group; who recently attained the honor of runner-up in the Northeast Region International Championship of Collegiate A Capella quarterfinals. She is Hootsuite platform certified, and her writing has been featured in two creative writing journals.

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Rebecca Thompson, Account Coordinator

Rebecca received a Bachelor of Arts degree (2017) in communications from Rhode Island College, with a concentration in public relations. She completed a summer internship at Newberry PR & Marketing after graduation, and officially became an employee in October 2017. During Rebecca’s undergrad she was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, where she served as both the Public Relations Chair and Recruitment Chair.




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Candace Brooks, Production Manager


Candace is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with an Associate of Arts in Human Service Management and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She has over fifteen years of experience in customer service. Since 2015, she has worked in web design, managed ecommerce sites, and provided personalized virtual and office assistance to small businesses across the state of Rhode Island. Candace is proficient in PhotoShop, Gimp, WordPress, web design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, SharpSpring, Constant Contact, and photo editing. In her freetime, Candace is a musician. She serves as the frontwoman of the Grammy nominated "The Candace Brooks Band", who have received Motif Magazine’s 2009 “Album of the Year” and Limelight Magazine’s 2009 “Female Vocalist of the Year.”

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