Abel Communications, an award-winning public relations firm, announced the hiring of four new employees to support the agency’s continued growth. New hires include Emily McDermott, Michelle Subbiondo, Nick Brandon Jones and Katie Beecher.
McDermott joins as a senior account director with 15 years of PR agency and nonprofit communications experience. She has successfully led PR programs for a variety of clients with an emphasis on integrated communications strategies including paid, earned, shared and owned media. McDermott currently serves as vice president of the PRSA Maryland Chapter and received the chapter’s Paul E. Welsh Award in 2019 for developing and implementing creative and effective solutions to the most challenging issues in public relations. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in communications.
Subbiondo joins Abel as a senior account executive following seven years at Living Classrooms Foundation, most recently as director of communications. At Living Classrooms, Subbiondo provided the foundation with project management, media relations, social media, and marketing leadership and implementation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications with a specialization in advertising and marketing from Towson University.
Jones, Abel’s newest account executive, earned a Bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Loyola University Maryland. He also holds a Master of Arts in communications from Johns Hopkins University. Jones most recently worked for Johns Hopkins University as a grants and contracts specialist, providing editorial, research, financial and internal communications support.
Beecher joins Abel as an associate account executive after spending a year as a staff writer for Mid-Atlantic Media. Her former role included writing articles and providing social media support for five local publications – Baltimore Style, Montgomery Magazine, Baltimore’s Child, Frederick’s Child and Washington FAMILY. Beecher graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in writing.
“We’re thrilled to welcome such innovative and passionate individuals to the team,” said Greg Abel, founder and chief executive officer of Abel Communications. “Emily, Michelle, Nick and Katie each bring a unique background and new areas of expertise that will allow us to continue to pursue new opportunities as we grow with both our current and new clients.”
These hires follow a successful year that saw Abel Communications awarded the PRSA Maryland Chapter’s “PR Team of the Year” for 2020 along with three additional industry awards. The Abel team was notably recognized for its relentless commitment to client success and community engagement.
About Abel Communications
Abel Communications is a full-service public relations firm, delivering strategic communications programs for its regional and national clients. We provide strategic counsel to help clients navigate that vast intersection of media relations, content development, social media and digital strategy. We are not just a publicity shop. We unleash the power of relationships and connections. We deliver great ideas and get results for clients including Loyola University, National Apartment Association, UnitedHealthcare and GardaWorld. For more information, visit https://www.abelcommunications.com.