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John Graves

John
Graves

CEO
Dennis Lonergan

Dennis
Lonergan

President
John has been a partner in Eidolon Communications for more than twenty years, during which time he has developed strategy and management programs for a wide-range of non-profit accounts, many of which he put in the mail for the very first time, including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Restoration Project, Legal Action Center, and Poetry Society of America. Prior to forming Eidolon, John was National Program Director of the American Social Health Association, where he stewarded ASHA’s winning bids for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s AIDS Hotline and National AIDS Education contracts; he personally directed the establishment of the CDC AIDS Hotline in New York when it was launched in 1985-86. He was chair of the board of directors of Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, guiding its growth from a small neighborhood-based STD clinic to the largest gay and lesbian primary care health facility in the world. Dennis brings more than 30 years of experience to his role at Eidolon Communications, where he serves as creative strategist, message specialist and principal writer for its clients. He co-founded Eidolon with partner John Graves in 1987 after a stint as a freelance journalist and copywriter and as a senior writer for The Kamber Group, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm. Prior to joining Kamber, he was deputy press secretary for then-U.S. Rep. S. William Green (NY-18), and a political advertising producer. Dennis has created and written award-winning packages for the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Campaign, Consumer Reports, United Nations Foundation, the Trevor Project and other organizations, and written for four Democratic presidential campaigns. He was co-chair of the board of directors of GLAAD/NY for two years, during which time he co-founded the GLAAD Media Awards. He is a former member of the board of directors of SAGE, Services and Advocacy for Gay & Lesbian Elders and an adult literacy tutor for Literacy Partners in New York.
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Amy Ricigliano

Amy
Ricigliano

Vice President,
Client Services
Gerri

Gerri
Zimbardi

Director,
Client Services
Amy brings 10 years of experience in managing nonprofit direct response programs. Prior to joining Eidolon, she was Director of Online Advocacy and Fundraising at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, overseeing PPFA’s national and affiliate collaborative online fundraising and advocacy as well as the integration of online and offline communications. Before moving into that position, Amy was Director of Direct Response Marketing at PPFA, managing and developing both direct mail and online fundraising strategy and execution. Prior to joining PPFA, she was Director of Membership and Marketing at the Jane Goodall Institute; Account Manager at Craver, Mathews, Smith and Company; and Program Manager at The Avalon Consulting Group. Gerri got her start in fundraising over fifteen years ago working for North Shore Animal League America, having held positions in direct marketing and planned giving. Prior to joining Eidolon, she worked at Condé Nast Publications as a New Business Marketing Manager, and at Sanky Communications for a decade. She has raised funds for a variety of causes, and in positions ranging from Account Executive to Operations Manager. Gerri also served as a board member for the Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association and is actively involved in several local non-profit organizations in her hometown on Long Island.
Kevin

Kevin
Ward

Senior Designer
Amy Rothe

Amy
Rothe

Digital Strategist
Kevin has a degree in graphic design from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, as well as a B.F.A. from Florida State University. He has been with Eidolon Communications for nine years and worked extensively with such clients as The International Rescue Committee, Consumer Reports, The Maritime Aquarium in Connecticut, ORBIS International, The Trevor Project, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association. Amy has nearly ten years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications and has worked for a variety of organizations in the civil rights, arts and environmental sectors. She specializes in digital media and marketing including website development, email marketing, social media, blogging and more. Prior to joining Eidolon, she managed direct mail and online giving and outreach initiatives at Charles River Watershed Association, an environmental nonprofit serving the Greater Boston area. Amy received a B.A. in History and Nonprofit Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Kira Girin

Kira
Girin

Manager, Data & Analytics
Annie Shaver

Annie
Shaver

Manager, Data & Analytics
Kira graduated from Pace University in 2010 with a degree in Marketing, and has been working in direct marketing ever since. She has a passion for helping others which led her to pursue a career working in fundraising. Prior to joining Eidolon, she was a Direct Marketing Assistant at Covenant House International.   A native of Mechanicsville, VA, Annie has a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University. During her graduate studies Annie interned with several nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh, PA area. After earning her Master's, Annie was the Marketing Manager for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the Eidolon team, Annie was a Data Analyst for Elliott Marketing Group, a corporation that focuses on database marketing programs for nonprofit arts organizations. Annie currently lives in Richmond, VA and enjoys spending time with family and being an active member of the local arts scene.
Allison Boutin

Allison
Boutin

Account
Coordinator
Emily Gilbert

Emily
Gilbert

Account Manager
 
Allison graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, IN, with a BA in Peace and Global Studies. While in college, she volunteered for several non-profits, including Heifer International and YMCA. Prior to Eidolon, she worked in production for Direct Response advertising, though she held on to a passion for non-profits. That passion and her experience with marketing led her to Eidolon. Currently, she is a volunteer mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC program, and fosters kittens in her Harlem apartment.   Emily has a B.A. in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland and an M.A. in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. Prior to joining Eidolon, she worked at Agora Publishing, Whittier & Associates and Sanky. She’s a devoted runner, reader and caretaker of many kitties and one Shiba Inu.
   
 

Emily Bissinger

Emily
Bissinger

Account
Manager
  Emily joined Eidolon Communications as Account Manager in January 2016. She comes to us from National Audubon Society, where, as manager of Appeals and Sustainers, she helped steer them through several major transitions in their direct marketing program and membership model. Emily is on the Board of Advisors for Engage Globally, a nonprofit that supports community led education projects in developing nations. In her spare time, she enjoys taking art and design classes, gardening, and hiking with her dog Sadie. She is a graduate of Manhattan College, where she majored in International Studies and minored in Environmental Studies.
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