Our Team

Michelle Lyng

Founder & CEO​

Michelle Balch Lyng has 22 years experience in strategic communications and reputation management relating to executive positioning, community engagement, issue management, corporate communication, and crisis communications.

Wendy Aiello

Wendy S. Aiello has lived and worked in the Colorado market for more than 35 years. Aiello’s career includes work in traditional corporate communications, business to business marketing, digital communications and crisis communications.

 

Jaime Gardner

Business Development and Communications Director

Jaime Gardner has over 20 years experience in the public and private sector.  She spent almost seven years working in a variety of positions for the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management, both in Colorado and DC.

John (Chip) Taylor

Vice President

John (Chip) Taylor has worked in the Colorado public policy and government relations environment for three decades.  He is an expert in issue management, effective messaging, and coalition building.

Devan Crean

Manager

Devan Crean has over a decade of experience in marketing and communications, working with private businesses, public organizations, and nonprofits.

John Brackney

Director of Engagement

John Brackney has 26 years of experience in Public Policy and Community Problem Solving. He is an expert in community engagement, relationship building and community investment.

Jessica Koerner

Senior Associate​
Jessica Koerner has over a decade of digital communications and public relations experience. She has worked with private businesses, public agencies and nonprofits, and on election and legislative campaigns to successfully impact policy and behavior change.

Madeleine Bendalin

Senior Associate​

Madeleine Bendalin graduated from CU Boulder in December 2020 with a BS in Strategic Communication, emphasizing in Public Relations. She was promoted to senior associate in January 2022. 

 

Henry Eisler

Senior Associate​
Henry Eisler graduated from Emory University in May 2021 with a BA in History and Philosophy. He was promoted to senior associate in January 2022.   
   
                                                                                    

Jasmin Chan

Associate​

Jasmin joined the Novitas Communications team as an associate in May 2022. Jasmin graduated from American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, specialization in Gender, Race, and Politics as well as a minor in Justice, Law, and Criminology.

Jared Petsche

Producer​

A native Coloradan, Jared Petsche is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and minor studies in History, Religious Studies & Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, he has worked in the film/media industry, state government and in non-profit.

Virginia Ovejero

Hispanic Insights and Spokesperson​

Virginia Garcia Ovejero Pivik has provided Hispanic insights and communications for more than 20 years. Her vast experience includes public relations, media relations, writing, and editing.