Get to know the leaders that make up Jill Schmidt|PR.

Jill and her team have been in the media relations business for over 30 years with experience in a wide range of industry sectors including high-tech solutions, consumer electronics, food products, medical devices and general businesses of all kinds.

Jill Schmidt
Jill Schmidt, President, has been in the public relations business for 30 years. She is an expert in media relations with a strong track record and solid relationships with key members of the press developed over her career. She and her team regularly secure top media placements in print, broadcast, online and other outlets for their clients, from major newspapers, business publications and trade magazines to The Today Show and Good Morning America.
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Stephanie Jimenez
Senior Vice President
Stephanie Jimenez, Senior Vice President, manages an aggressive, results-driven account team that provide strategic counsel to her clients. She is responsible for account management, media relations, corporate communications, event support and social media. She supports her clients to provide them overall strategic direction, campaign counsel, and generate ideas that move the needle and maximize their results. She has placed many strategic stories in both national media, regional and trade publications while building relationships with key editors and producers. She works very closely with media of all types on a daily basis to secure the coverage for different clients ranging from, technology to consumer electronics, home products and much more.

Rena Cohen
VP Strategy & Senior Writer
Rena Cohen, VP Strategy & Senior Writer, provides strategic direction and client writing services backed by decades of advertising, print journalism and public relations experience. She moved from newspapers to the dark side (PR) 20 years ago and has worked with Jill Schmidt ever since. Her writing and strategy services have landed major stories for clients, and her journalism work earned a mountain of awards including national honors for investigative reporting, education reporting and feature writing. When she’s not writing, she grabs her binoculars and heads out on birding expeditions – whether in local forest preserves or in exotic destinations like Namibia and Botswana.

Aly Nardini
Vice President
Aly Nardini, Vice President, brings passion, commitment and positive energy to the Jill Schmidt|PR team. Aly is responsible for leading account teams, developing PR strategies, media relations, client relations and social media.

Jim Capalbo
Vice President
Jim Capalbo, Vice President, at Jill Schmidt|PR, adds a dynamic quality and strong media influence to the agency. His public relations experience and passion for securing stories make him an asset to the team. Jim has worked on media campaigns for high-tech companies, apps and consumer goods. He has secured placements ranging from top business publications to local TV segments in almost every regional market. Jim studied at Western Illinois University where he served as a four year player and captain of the men’s tennis team. In his spare time he enjoys golf and fishing.

Matt Bevenour
Account Supervisor
Matt Bevenour, Account Supervisor, brings his powerful list of media contacts and journalistic expertise to Jill Schmidt|PR. He has strong relationships with producers and reporters covering consumer goods and celebrity stories. His enthusiasm and tenacity are the secret to his success. Matt is a graduate of DePaul University. He is an avid tennis player and boater and has a black belt in shopping.

Brandon Kazimer
Account Supervisor
Brandon Kazimer, Account Supervisor, brings a fresh outlook and diligent approach to Jill Schmidt|PR. In addition to his media relations and PR know-how, Brandon uses his outgoing personality to find new and interesting clients to join the JSPR media team as clients. Brandon studied at Western Illinois University where he served several leadership roles in Dance Marathon and his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In his spare time, he likes to attend Chicago sporting events with trips to Wrigley Field always topping his summer to-do list.

Elizabeth Ritter
Elizabeth Ritter, Consultant, brings a diverse background leveraging PR processes to accelerate growth and enhance visibility for clients ranging from early-stage start-ups to large, Fortune 200 enterprises. Her client background includes a wide range of B2B and B2C clients, along with a specialization and interest in B2B tech companies occupying niches such as IoT, Big Data, enterprise cloud, GNSS, AI and telecommunications. Intellectual passion, a strategic mindset, and experience working with many different vertical markets combine to drive multi-faceted campaigns that brand clients as both product innovators and industry thought leaders. When not working with tech companies, she’s quick to jump in on food & beverage PR projects – expanding her knowledge and love of food, while compensating for any skill gaps in the kitchen.

Sarah Guffey
Sarah Guffey, Consultant, brings nearly a decade of Public Relations experience to the Jill Schmidt|PR team with specialties in creative strategy, media relations, media training, and copywriting. In her decade in the trenches Sarah has worked with clients in a vast array of industries from consumer goods, food/beverage, and fashion to healthcare, entrepreneurism, and technology. Her media relations portfolio is packed with earned placements in both local and national outlets including TIME, Forbes, CNN, TechCrunch, Real Simple, and the TODAY Show. Sarah is a graduate of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL where she double majored in Mass Communication and English. In her spare time Sarah loves spending time with her family, frequenting her local library branch, and flexing her interior design & DIY muscles.