WHO WE ARE

Our Team

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Richard Seaton
Founder

After working independently as a writer and consultant in the early to mid-1990s, Richard founded Impact Marketing + Communications in 1997. At the time, Impact was engaged almost exclusively with organizations addressing HIV/AIDS. But Richard believed that cause-based organizations deserved the kind of top-flight resources that for-profit entities often take for granted. In fact, he has stressed, from the beginning, that these organizations don’t need the same resources that commercial enterprises do, they need more — because people’s lives are often on the line. Since that time, the firm has expanded both in terms of the services it offers and the organizations it serves.

A native of rural Tennessee, Richard came to Washington in 1984 and then moved to Italy for a number of years where he worked in business development. Along the way, he picked up a love of all things Italian — the wine, in particular — and also the belief that life is, indeed, beautiful. Very beautiful. Today, he lives with his partner and foxhound in Washington’s Logan Circle neighborhood, but can often be spotted in the region’s airports from where he feeds his most serious addiction: travel.

 
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Sarah Cook-Raymond
President & CEO

Sarah is a seasoned communications professional with extensive editorial, production management, accounts management, and marketing campaign development expertise. Her report for the White House received the “Best Custom Publication” award by The Association for Women in Communications, and her research has been featured at conferences across the country, including the National Communications Association Conference.

Sarah came to Impact in 2005 after working as a Technical Writing Specialist for the Research Foundation of New York State and as an adjunct professor of English and the humanities for the State University of New York. At Impact, Sarah’s primary roles are the oversight of day-to-day operations including contracting, clearances, finance, project management, and human resources, and as editor-in-chief.

Sarah’s involved with Impact's project teams, always ensuring they meet the highest quality standards while maintaining adherence to project goals and timeframes. Sarah also assists clients with concept and brand development, writing, research, targeted messaging, and public relations. She serves as a senior account executive on multiple projects, including the communications deliverables related to the $2.35 billion federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Sarah has a B.A. in English writing from St. Lawrence University, where she graduated magna cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and an M.A. in English and communications from the State University of New York, Potsdam where she graduated with distinction.

Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Little known facts: I love to cook and am learning conversational Korean.

Favorite Brand: Adidas. I’m a soccer girl at heart (25+ years playing the game) and a brand loyalist. I only wear Adidas cleats. I appreciate their marketing campaigns—the core message is always a love of the game.

Best part of working at Impact: The people. I’ve been blessed to have such a talented and inspiring group of individuals as co-workers and as clients. We’re all passionate about what we do and that kind of excitement is infectious.

Advice to my younger self: Pay attention and follow your bliss!

 
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Darrell walker
Senior Graphic Designer

Darrell Walker is a seasoned graphic designer with diverse experience providing creative direction, brand development, and graphic design across various media. Darrell has degrees in graphic design and photography from Morgan State University where he focused on the art of visual communication. He has a broad range of client work experience including print, web, and multimedia that have provided him with the ability to find effective solutions to complex design problems. Darrell is happy to be working for a company that supports agencies doing social good.

Favorite quote: “Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.”—Neville Brody

Little known facts: I am a big sci-fi lover and an avid athlete. 

Favorite Brand: Nike. I am always impressed by its use of sharp creative imagery and its tight purposeful use of negative space.  

Best part of working at Impact: Knowing that lots of the things I create help to inform, educate, and attract people to causes that seek to have a positive effect on a range of social issues. 

Advice for others: Learn as much as you can from people who are different from you. And treat everyone with respect and kindness.

 
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Jennifer Heiser
Communications + Content Strategy Specialist

Jennifer Heiser is a professional who has worked in communications across a variety of fields and has a background in nonprofit management. Jennifer’s strengths lie with her social media and content strategy expertise. Jennifer holds her undergraduate degree from Towson University. Jennifer brings programmatic and subject matter acumen in the fields of public health, health disparities, and from her time as an HIV prevention specialist. She has also volunteered across nonprofits for years and enjoys tackling tough subjects. Jennifer is committed to helping Impact expand its reach and support new causes and agencies.

Favorite quote:  “ I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find that you are not. I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald

Little known facts:  I went to a performing and visual arts middle and high school. I thought I was going to be a lighting or makeup artist for the theatre. I love the hospitality industry. I am functionally hard of hearing and use ASL as well as spoken English. 

Favorite Brand:  Chipotle. Growing up in Colorado, I used to eat at the original, and it has been really neat to watch the company grow into what it is today while maintaining its vision, and ideals. I also admire their use of marketing to spread messages regarding socially responsibility in an approachable way. Plus, it’s so delicious!

Best part of working at Impact:  The collaborative environment, and the ability to contribute to projects that are part of important conversations and topics in contemporary society. 

 

 

 

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Shiloh Crawford III
Director of Photography and Videography

Shiloh Crawford III has won multiple awards as a videographer, photojournalist, and lifestyle photographer over the course of his career. As a director of photography and videography, Shiloh’s work has spanned dozens of genres, including documentaries, narrative film, commercials, educational resources, music, reality television, and travel features. Video and photo clients have included The Associated Press, the Department of Health and Human Services, National Geographic, Conde Nast, Oprah’s OWN Network, Time Warner, Lifetime, Nike, Rolling Stone, Getty Images, Cox News Media, and Global TV. Shiloh prides himself in being active in all aspects of content creation, from concept development through post-production. 

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Mike Jon Hull
Producer and Video/Sound Editor

Michael (Mike) Jon Hull is Impact’s primary producer and video/sound editor, as well as an expert interviewer. Mike’s work with Impact has ranged from creating video trailers, educational videos, video formatting and compression, and documentary-style multimedia films, to audio sound editing, audio interviews, and audio and music mixing. Mike’s video editing work has been featured in CBS nightly news broadcasts in the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as Network News Service, Yahoo, and Telemundo.

Mike's primary software competencies include Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro/X, Adobe Premiere, Soundtrack Pro, multiple FTP clients, Compressor, Red 4K Encoder, Sony XDCAM Transfer, JES Deinterlacer, and SquareSpace Internet design.

 
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Nancy McKeithen
Editor

Nancy McKeithen is Impact’s primary editor. She began working with Impact in 2003, and has provided expert editing, writing, and print and online design services to Impact's clients ever since. 

Nancy lives in Bakerton, W. Va., with Millie, a tricolor English Springer Spaniel she rescued. She writes poetry and enjoys cross-country and international motorcycle riding, "from the pillion." Recently, she created a free regional online arts and culture e-zine that is published bimonthly and distributed to approximately 2,000 subscribers.

Nancy studied creative writing and graphic design and received a bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University.

 
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Brett Schenker
Programmer and Social Media Strategist

Brett Schenker brings over a dozen years of technology consulting experience to Impact. Brett’s work has included advising associations, government agencies, and multimillion dollar corporations on website layout, design, and programming; social media strategy and guidelines; Web-based platforms; usability tests; and email marketing strategy. Brett has also advised on technology policy including broadband expansion, net neutrality, and copyright and intellectual property. He was involved in key aspects of policy developing for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and the Protect IP Act.

Brett’s past experience has also included work as the special assistant for then-Senator John Kerry; as the database administrator for Mark Warner’s Forward Together PAC; and deputy internet director for Senator Chris Dodd for President. He’s also served as internet/database director for Virginians for Brian Moran; email deliverability specialist for Salsa Labs, a management and online fundraising software firm; and as a legislative staffer for the Erie County Legislature.

Brett has a B.A. in political science from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and has completed extensive coursework in computer technology.

 
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Cynthia Stock
Senior Designer

Cynthia has more than 20 years of experience in publication design. She started her career as a contractor for the Agency for International Development and was responsible for the design and layout of the AID administrator’s annual report. She then headed the desktop publishing unit in the World Bank’s publication department where she oversaw the design and layout of more than 70 books each year. In 1995, she started her own publication design firm and has worked for a variety of clients including the Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center Press, the American Fisheries Society, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Association of Social Workers. In 2011, she joined the Impact team and has worked on several publications for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cynthia has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina.

Favorite quote: “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris

Little known facts: I’m obsessed with typography and love reading about type and typographers. I also play the violin and mandolin and enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles.

Favorite Brand: I find the Container Store irresistible. They always have cleverly designed products. And I can spend hours looking at their wrapping paper.

Best part of working at Impact: Working with our managing director, Sarah. She’s unbelievably focused and detail-oriented, and she’s dedicated to producing high-quality publications.

Advice for others: Learn as much as you can from people who are different from you. And treat everyone with respect and kindness.