The Teak Team: Agents for Change

The Teak Difference

We’re not just a public relations agency. We are a purpose-driven team, committed to improving the world. Serving our clients is an honor, and we are invested in their success. As partners, we contribute to solving the social, environmental, and health issues that impact our lives and our collective future.
  • An undiluted focus on socially responsible, sustainable initiatives and enterprises
  • A Conscious Capitalist agency and New England’s only B Corp certified PR firm (one of the few across the nation) – our purpose aligns with the clients we serve
  • A team of experienced reporters and producers who have developed trusted relationships with the media
  • An agency work ethic of partnership, persistence, compassion, integrity, accountability, and tenacity
  • Demonstrated value from 20 years of work – long-standing client relationships that have generated revenue and results

Jackie Herskovitz Russell

President

Herskovitz Russell founded Teak Communications in 1997 in an effort to generate good news overall, and more specifically, to bring positive and profitable media attention to nonprofit organizations and socially responsible companies. As a former reporter for daily newspapers, including the Eagle-Tribune and Connecticut Post, she understood the power of the media and wanted to leverage it to help nonprofits and responsible businesses grow, raise money, change public policy, and continue their good work. Setting the pace for this progressive public relations firm, Herskovitz Russell accepts the promotional responsibilities of companies and organizations whose ethics and values are aligned with the Teak mission.  Herskovitz Russell holds a BA from Skidmore College and an MAT from Boston University with a specialization in teaching high school English.

“Do the right thing.”

Diana Brown McCloy

Vice President of Public Relations

McCloy draws upon her journalistic sensibilities to develop communications strategies that generate media attention, increase public recognition, and drive participation and revenue for corporate and nonprofit clients. McCloy spent the better part of her career as a journalist, writing health and lifestyle feature stories for the Boston Globe, the Eagle-Tribune, and a variety of consumer magazines. She also worked in marketing and publicity for a small Massachusetts book publisher. She brings intelligence, grace, an impeccable work ethic, enthusiasm, and creativity to Teak. Her BA was earned at Boston University.

“High thoughts yield high results.”

Teak's VP, Public Relations

Allison Epstein

Senior Account Executive

Bringing a nonprofit, donor relations and event perspective to her clients, Epstein actively and passionately leads accounts and events that focus on children’s welfare, the environment, education, and health care. Epstein is an excellent writer, organizer, and advocate for her clients. She brings to Teak a deep understanding of nonprofits, as she earned a BA in media communication at the College of Charleston and a Master of Science in nonprofit management, with a concentration in organizational communication, from Northeastern University.

“Work hard, play hard.”

Deborah Halperin Colbert

Senior Account Executive

Colbert has a passion for sharing great stories about people and organizations making a difference in the world. She brings to Teak more than 20 years of television journalism experience. At New England Cable News, she produced fast-paced newscasts, the New England Dream House home and garden show, and segments on news, medicine, fitness, fashion, and movies. Her love of media, learning, and the power of communication to create social change has continued to grow since she earned a BA from Brown University and a MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Caitlin Drown

Account Executive

Drown is passionate about nonprofits and helping organizations make a difference in the world. Having worked in digital strategy, advertising, corporate marketing, and nonprofit communications, she brings a unique blend of experiences to her role. With a strong interest in utilizing social psychology principles in communications efforts, Drown is committed to raising awareness to her clients’ work through innovative communications plans. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University. Drown is a certified Climate Reality Leader after attending the Climate Reality Project’s training in Denver in March 2017.

“Live with purpose, love with passion.”

Tricia Tiedt

Account Executive

Tiedt brings both news and PR experience to the Teak team. As a former Assignment Editor at WCVB-TV and Media Relations Specialist, where she served as the public information officer for police and fire departments and media liaison throughout New England, Tiedt knows how to work 24/7 on breaking news, how to make complex information understandable to audiences far and wide, and how to show compassion when sharing some of the most troubling or disturbing news there is. She earned a BA in English with a concentration in Journalism from Boston College.

 “Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

Jainie Winter

Account Coordinator

Winter has a passion for storytelling and creating innovative communication strategy aimed to promote and benefit organizations striving to make a difference. Her background in international journalism, public relations, and nonprofit communications allows her to bring a unique mix of experiences and skills to the role. Winter works with the members of the Teak team to service clients and promote their good work to the public. She received a dual Bachelor degree in Strategic Communications and Journalism from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

“Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t believe you can go wrong”

Erica Riordan

Account Coordinator

Riordan contributes to the Teak team on so many levels, from social media and marketing to media outreach and events. She keeps her Teak colleagues organized and their clients well-served. She is completing a BS from Suffolk University.

“It’s better to be the one that smiled than the one that didn’t smile back.”

Tucker

Chief Energy Officer

Tucker’s main priority is making sure we are all upbeat and productive. Tucker runs a tight ship and helps keep office energy up. He ensures the Teakettes are on their toes and focused. There is no slacking when Tucker is running the office!

“Woof! Woof!”

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