Meet Our Pack
Fetching Communications associates all have an affinity for pets and pet-issues. We are seasoned professionals with specialized skills in all facets of marketing communications. Learn more about our team below by selecting each photo:
President and Founder of Fetching Communications
“Wizard of Paws”
Location: Tampa, FL
Like many of us, Kristen Levine developed an emotional connection with animals at an early age. Her volunteer work led to a fifteen-year career as the Public Relations Director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Tampa Bay, Florida, where she played a critical role in promoting pet adoption and pet lifestyle education.
Kristen's knowledge of pet lifestyle concerns and family dynamics coupled with her understanding of public relations led her to found Fetching Communications in 2002. Her goal: To develop the nation's first and only marketing and public relations firm wholly dedicated to serving the pet industry.
Today, Kristen is a popular columnist for NBC Universal's Petside.com and the Tampa Tribune newspaper. She has logged over 1,000 live television and radio interviews, including appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News Channel, USA Today, Fox News.com, ABC News Radio, EFE America, AOL Latino and regular spots on WTVT, Fox 13 News in Tampa Bay, Florida. Kristen is also a frequent contributor to pet and veterinary trade magazines nationwide.
As a speaker, Kristen brings her 140 dog-years of experience in the pet world, passion, and magnetic personality to every person or audience she engages.
Kristen is married and lives in Florida with her dog, pygmy goats and a pair of miniature donkeys.
Visit Kristen's media/speaker website at www.kristenlevine.com.
Kristen secured a spot on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleading squad, one of the National Football League’s most elite squads. She proudly represented the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons at games, community events and was even selected to travel to the Middle East to entertain U.S. soldiers.
Kristen holds a U.S. Patent for the Hot Reel, a retractable device that protects animals from harm while they pass through electric fencing systems.
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Phone: 877.70 FETCH x102
In Memory of Buckley Brown Levine
Co-Founder of Fetching Communications
The late, great Buckley "Buck" Brown co-founded Fetching Communications in 2002 with president (and mom) Kristen Levine. The handsome and quirky labrador-chow mix was adopted by the Levine's at the SPCA Tampa Bay in 1996. His oddly serious personality led him to be labeled "All Business Bucky'", thus making him a perfect at-work partner for Kristen. "Whether he was chasing squirrels, barking at bikers or just trying to stay close to me, Buck was always very focused determined and unflappable--great qualities for an entrepreneur," recalls Kristen. "He was literally with me when I conceived Fetching Communications and his constant companionship (and comic relief) helped me take the company from a one-woman, one-dog operation, to what it is today."
Buck also inspired the company's dedication to promoting pet adoption and to highlighting the virtues of the mixed breed dog or cat.
Interactive Account Executive
“Dances with Schnauzers”
Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL
When not catering to her miniature schnauzer Baxter's real-world needs, you can find Lauren immersed in the virtual-world of social media, tracking the newest networking trends and mastering the next generation of industry-changing viral marketing strategies. Whether it's crafting engaging, interactive content; elevating product awareness; growing brand recognition; or strengthening a client's online presence, Lauren's seven years as an advertising and public relations professional has equipped her with expert, cutting-edge insight for transforming media monologues into revenue-generating dialogues.
Lauren’s talent for public relations extends beyond her professional life and into her personal endeavors. After winning the “Date a Hot Scot” contest, sponsored by Visit Scotland, Lauren penned and distributed press releases, gave interviews, and participated in photo shoots to promote the trip—resulting in media coverage on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Phone: 877.70 FETCH x109
Location: Parker, CO
As our resident marketing systems and process guru Stephanie’s extensive background in branding campaigns makes her an invaluable resource for Fetching Communication's clients. After more than 15 years of leading in-house marketing teams for national brands such as Claire's Boutiques, Cox Target Media, and Pulte Homes, Stephanie joined the Fetching Communications team in 2005. A results retriever, Stephanie spends her time identifying technology solutions and teaching our clients new tricks for tracking the impact of their marketing programs sales.
Think training your dog is hard? Try training a roomful of short attention spanned sales reps. Stephanie has done exactly that, developing and implementing training programs for Cox Target Media, Val-Pak Direct Marketing Systems, and Carol Wright Promotions.
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Phone: 877.70 FETCH x108
“Best of Breed”
Location: Tampa, FL
Kelly brings many years of television producing experience to create paws-itively stellar media relations campaigns for Fetching Communications’ clients. After beginning her professional career at WPHL-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kelly pursued her dream of working in Hollywood as a show producer for “E! News” on the E! Entertainment Television network. As the developer, writer, and line producer of top-rated E! News specials, she covered the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Kelly Farnan conducted one-on-one interviews with numerous celebrities including Michael Douglas, Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, Katie Holmes, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Matthew McConaughey.
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Phone: 877.70 FETCH x104
Location: Tampa, FL
Terry Zelen is a seasoned creative director with 20+ years of experience in advertising and marketing. A technology evangelist, Terry produces cutting edge work that combines strategic branding with functional, easy-to-use design. Terry's talent also shines in his print work, having received numerous accolades from the American Advertising Federation for his depth and breadth of work for clients throughout the United States.
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Client Service Director
“Leader of the Pack”
Location: Harrington Park, NJ
Liz is a public relations expert with more than 15 years of experience in managing client accounts. That's almost 80 dog years! As a prized member of our pack, Liz manages our public relations team nationwide and provides strategic advice to Fetching’s clients on branding, media relations, website content, and social networking. Before joining us, Liz worked for a legal PR agency, a top education company, and a global PR agency. Skilled in social media marketing, website content development, search engine optimization, and all forms of traditional and Web 2.0 media outreach, Liz also has experience providing crisis communications advice for clients before, during and after sensitive situations. Liz earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctorate (JD) from Emory Law School.
As a law firm publicist, Liz earned the honor of being one of the "Top Legal Consultants You Need to Know" by one of the legal industry's most respected trade publications.
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Phone: 877.703.3824 x105
Client Service Associate Director
“Media Relations Bulldog”
Location: Tampa, FL
Dave oversees several of Fetching's consumer product accounts. He specializes in media relations and has extensive consumer and corporate experience. Throughout his career, Dave has been involved in many different facets of public relations including executive media trainings, desk side media tours, crisis management and event planning.
Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Florida. He is the proud pet parent of Miles Davis, Cool Cat, who is a tuxedo Maine Coon.
In addition to media relations, Dave has a passion for cooking/baking. He was the chef/owner of in-dulj Gourmet Sweets Co. in Tarpon Springs, Florida, from 2010-2011
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Phone: 877.70 FETCH x103
Client Service Associate Director
“Faithful, Frisky Publicist”
Location: Denver, CO
Audrey has more than 20 years combined experience as both a public relations professional and television newsperson. Her hybrid background makes her an expert in media relations and one of her favorite things is to introduce and get exposure for clients to all our media friends. Her specialties also include media training, crisis communications as well as audio/video production and broadcasting. Her background includes television news positions in Chicago, Denver and Honolulu and her PR experience includes serving as a director of public relations for The Ritz-Carlton organization and leadership positions at several agencies. She’s also produced corporate, sales and web videos for well-known brands including Pepsi, Quaker and Miller Brewing. Audrey graduated cum laude from Ohio University. Her home is shared with her husband, Richard, dog Minster and their cats Nicolai, Ralph and Shelley.
Audrey is ashamed to admit she has turned into a bona fide golf addict. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her and Richard on a golf course, slicing, hooking and shanking their way happily up the fairways. She has never had a hole-in-one but knows she will someday!
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Phone: 877.70 FETCH x107
Senior Account Executive
Location: Raleigh, NC
During her six years in the PR industry, Meredith has worked with B2B and B2C clients in a wide variety of industries, including major international brands such as Butterball and Georgia-Pacific Professional. In addition to traditional public, community and media relations, Meredith’s specialties include crisis communications, social media and tradeshow/event support.
Meredith received her BA in Communications with a Public Relations concentration from North Carolina State University.
Meredith’s passion for traveling prompted the Rhode Island native to attend college halfway down the east coast in Raleigh, N.C., where she also spent a semester studying abroad in Australia and touring the South Pacific before beginning her career with a PR agency in Raleigh. After a brief move to Tampa, Meredith is now back in Raleigh where she lives with her two rescue dogs, Milo and Ari.
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Phone: 877.70 FETCH x106