History will be kind to me,

for I intend to write it.

-Winston Churchill

Linda Varrell, APR
President/CEO
 

Nationally accredited in public relations, Linda Varrell founded Broadreach Public Relations in 2006 as a way to help businesses and organizations raise their profiles. A 25-year veteran of the financial services industry, Linda has a track record of initiating and leading high-impact growth and improvement strategies for diverse organizations and has demonstrated her expertise in strategic planning, brand development, media relations, community and employee relations, crisis communication and project management. She has led numerous initiatives that have increased the market visibility while creating goodwill for organizations and their target audiences. Linda is regularly tapped to speak at C-level events and industry-specific conferences. Linda holds a master of science in organizational leadership and is pursuing an MBA. Linda is active in the community, focusing on youth development and community service, serves as the Chair of USM Corporate Partners and President of the Maine Public Relations Council. Linda lives on Maine’s Littlejohn Island with her husband and their golden retrievers. Send an email to Linda.

 

Jason Sulham
Vice President/Strategy Director 

As the firm's Senior Strategist, Jason leads the development of client project strategy, ensuring that a comprehensive plan has been tailored to achieve each client’s unique objectives. Jason also leads the firm’s public affairs offerings and advises clients on crisis communications matters. Since 1999, Jason has worked extensively on high profile strategic communications and crisis communications efforts for a diverse list of clients that include corporations and non-profit organizations of international prominence. Prior to joining Broadreach, Jason founded North Public Affairs – a full-service public affairs firm. Other experience includes work with the United States Congress, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the New Hampshire Legislature. Jason graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Active in his community, he coaches youth hockey and is on the board of directors of Community Partners, Inc. which provides services to Mainers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jason lives in Cumberland, Maine with his wife, Katie, their son, Henry and daughter Eleanor. Send an email to Jason.

  

 

Paula Stanton
Senior Client Manager/PR Strategist

As a client manager, Paula leads the strategy and day-to-day activities for assigned clients, ensuring that the appropriate activities are executed to maximize organizations opportunities for visibility. Paula has nearly a decade of experience in public relations and media for clients across New England and the Southeast. She recently joined Broadreach from Kennesaw State University in Metro-Atlanta, where she directed public relations, branding, and strategic communication for all business programs. Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a graduate studies certificate in Digital and Social Media from Kennesaw State University. Send an email to Paula.

 

Dana Lundy
Operations Officer 

As the Operations Officer, Dana provides Broadreach with the leadership, management, implementation and vision for operational controls and systems to support the administration and operations of the company. With expertise in organizational and program design and development, Dana has an extensive history of working with businesses and nonprofit organizations, specializing in work with arts, early education and human services entities.  Dana holds an MA in Administration from Wheelock College, a BA in Psychology from Bates College, and a Grantwriting Certificate from the University of Southern Maine. Dana grew up in Western Massachusetts, moved to Maine in 1980, and currently lives in Portland with her husband, Mark. Send an email to Dana.

 

Josiah Petrin
Client Manager

Josiah serves as the daily point of contact for several assigned clients, developing and executing visibility strategies aligned with client goals and demonstrating success through analytics-based reporting. Josiah also serves as a mentor to junior staff, including apprentices and interns. He joined Broadreach in 2015 from global corporate communications firm Sard Verbinnen in New York City, where he provided support on several high-profile crisis communications initiatives. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics magna cum laude from the University of Southern Maine, where he  interned in the University's Office of the President. A native of Kennebunk, Josiah resides in North Waterboro with his wife. Send an email to Josiah.

 

Emily Colt
Senior Client Associate

As a Public Relations Specialist, Emily assists with client and media relations, strategic and tactical planning, and social media development and execution. Emily joined Broadreach from Chicago-based global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, where she served on a global consumer technology team developing brand management programs for a variety of clients, including product launches, layoffs, and activations. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Emily worked with the Foundation of the Undefeated in Newport Beach, California. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Cedarville University and is a native of Arizona. Send an email to Emily.


Meg Handlin, APR
Client Manager/Senior Strategist

As Senior Client Manager/PR Strategist, Meg designs and implements multi-channel strategic communications plans that increase client visibility to support employee recruitment, business expansion, leadership and new product development. She serves on the Maine Public Relations Council Board and is an active community volunteer. Meg holds a Bachelor of Arts from Assumption College in Worcester, MA and has earned the Public Relations Society of America professional APR accreditation. Send an email to Meg.

 

Marnie MacLean
Multi-Media Strategist/Senior Storyteller  
Send an email to Marnie

 

 

Emily Goldthwait
PR/Social Media Associate
Send an email to Emily.