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Elisabeth N. Galligan, APR, ATM-B, CL

Founder/President

BettyBetty 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 and to be an Alumni Honor Roll award recipient for the Communications Department of RIC. Betty is a twice-past president of PRSA’s Southeastern New England chapter and has served as national assembly delegate, strategic planning and public relations committee chair for the chapter. She is current president of the Association of Marketing Professionals-Rhode Island, past chairman of the board of the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the board for Literacy Volunteers-R.I., twice past president of East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club and current Assistant Governor and Public Image Chair for District 7950, past Board of Governors chair and communications committee chair for the Hope Club, a member of the prestigious national 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 was recognized by Providence Business News as a Leader and Achiever (2021) and Achievement Honoree (2011), and was honored by the City of East Providence in 2023 as a Remarkable Woman. 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.

Candace Brooks-Cafarella, B.S.

Creative Production Manager

CandaceCandace plays a central role at Newberry PR and Marketing, where her responsibilities include project management, vendor relations, creative direction, and scheduling/trafficking for the public relations and marketing departments while also managing human resources for the agency. Heading up the Podberry Division of NPRM, Candace serves as creative director, sound engineer and producer for all podcast recordings in our Pawtucket podcasting studio. Her responsibilities extend to overseeing NPRM’s robust internship program, professional development training, and information technology.

Candace earned an associate of arts degree in Human Service Management, a bachelor of science in Psychology, a diploma in Advanced Graphic Design, and is Advanced WordPress Certified. Candace has 23 years of experience in customer service and web design and is proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Procreate, Premiere and Constant Contact.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Candace is a renowned singer/songwriter and served as the front woman of the multi Grammy-nominated “The Candace Brooks Band.”  Her musical accomplishments include Motif Music Award nominations in the categories of Best Female Vocalist for three consecutive years, Band of the Year, and Album of the Year in 2008. In 2009, the band had nominations in the categories of Best Live Act, Best Album by Group, and won Band of the Year and Best Female Vocalist at the Limelight Magazine Music Awards.

Steve Laxton

Account Executive

Steve

Before becoming an integral part of Newberry Public Relations & Marketing, Steve accumulated nearly 25 years of valuable experience as the Assignment Manager for WPRI-TV in East Providence.

During his tenure at WPRI-TV, Steve played a pivotal role in shaping the station’s daily newscasts and contributed significantly to the coverage of various critical events. He collaborated closely with reporters, photographers, producers, and senior management, demonstrating a keen understanding of news production and editorial coordination. His expertise extended to the station’s comprehensive coverage of diverse topics, including weather updates, local elections, and special events. Notably, Steve was directly involved in reporting on significant stories such as Operation Plunderdome, the Station Nightclub Fire, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Steve received the 2012 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Award of Excellence and Appreciation, underscoring his commitment to public service and community engagement. Furthermore, his dedication to excellence within the WPRI-TV team earned him the title of WPRI Employee of the Year in 2014.

Steve’s journey in media and communications began with his graduation from Rhode Island College in 1998, where he earned a degree in Communications. Armed with a solid academic foundation, he transitioned seamlessly into the dynamic world of broadcast journalism, making a lasting impact on the field.

Outside of his professional commitments, Steve channels his creative energies into music. In his spare time, he plays the guitar for a local “dad punk” band called Completely Destroyed.

Ann Revell-Pechar

Account Executive

Ann’s professional journey began with the founding of Revell-Pechar, Inc., a marketing/PR firm initially established in Seattle where she played a crucial role in growing the firm to 44 employees and overseeing successful reinventions in Baltimore, Atlanta, and currently, Wilmington, NC.

Proficient in developing and executing business and communications strategies that deliver tangible results, Ann focuses on aligning processes for optimal outcomes. Specializing in message development, content strategy, and corporate positioning, she has earned a reputation for seamlessly blending creativity with strategic vision.

Throughout Ann’s career, collaboration with over 150 companies has played a crucial role in enhancing marketing communications, issues management, content development, and public relations programs. Additionally, she has made significant contributions to positioning and introducing more than 175 new products to the market, catering to a global clientele in the US, Canada, India, Brazil, and Israel.

Ann excels in raising awareness through strategic positioning, messaging, promotion, publicity, marketing, ad strategy, communication, and social media.

Nolan Wills

PR & Marketing Assistant

NolanThroughout his time at the University of Rhode, studying under The College of Business as a Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design major, Nolan pursued real-world experience between his interests in the creative realms of fashion and publishing. It was the different experiences within these areas that led him to discover that marketing and communication were areas of both intrigue and budding strength.

In late 2016, an early interest in photography culminated with winning an international photography contest organized by the luxury Italian fashion house Versace, called “7 Bags for 7 Cities.” His original photo of the Empire State Building was selected and used to promote their new line of “Palazzo Empire” handbags. The brand also selected Nolan’s photo as the basis for one of seven limited edition custom bags, which was exclusively sold at all New York City Versace flagship locations. Inspired by the exposure to the fashion scene in Milan via the contest, Nolan went on to work and internship at local fashion, lifestyle, and news publications. For the next few years, Nolan worked as a graphic designer and creative director of a local boutique modeling agency’s biannual online fashion magazine, StyleUp. In mid-2019, Nolan went on to fully dabble in journalism, writing lifestyle articles and interviews for Newport Life Magazine, Newport Weddings Magazine, and Newport Daily News. From late 2019-2021, Nolan worked for Newport, Rhode Island-based Loren Hope Designs as their Marketing Coordinator, working closely with the ultra-feminine, high-end costume jewelry brand to create original content. During his employment, Nolan wrote copy for products, blogs, and social media, became proficient in utilizing Shopify, and helped successfully market and sell over a dozen capsules and seasonal collections containing countless branded bijoux products and home accessories.

Meet Our Mascot

EinsteinOur beloved avian team member Einstein, is an African Grey parrot who brings joy to the office with his vibrant personality and lively vocalizations. Some of his repertoire includes imitating Betty’s voice,  making an amazingly accurate phone ring sound, counting and saying “Let’s go Bruins.”

 

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