Vice President of Public Relations 


 I’ve performed on stage at the Ordway and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!”

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Our dynamic Vice President and creative head has over 30 years of experience in creative campaigns, media relations, copy writing and the production of marketing materials, video and online promotions. Her savvy media skills have helped her to book CEL clients within local, regional and national media, including CNN, National Public Radio, Good Morning America, USA Today and the Washington Post. CEL clients benefit from Kari’s background as a TV news assignment editor and producer at KSTP/TV (ABC) and WCCO-TV (CBS).

Her uncanny ability to uncover newsworthy media angles is a skill that is lauded by news reporters and editors. Kari has written articles that have been published in local and national magazines and has shared her public relations expertise by speaking to groups across the country.



Kari and her husband Ian are empty nesters and spend as much time as possible at their lake home in Northern Minnesota where they enjoy martinis on the deck. Their daughter Britt is following in her mother’s footsteps as an account manager for a public relations firm in downtown Chicago.



  • Serves on the AWE Advisory Board, a women’s philanthropy program at Augsburg College. Kari named the organization and worked with college staff to create the brand.
  • Served as a class agent, Alumni Board member, Augsburg Now magazine advisory board member and industry educator within public relations classes.
  • Utilizes her public relations skills to support community outreach at Como Park Lutheran Church.

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