About Us

Stokes+HERZOG is a full service advertising, public relations and marketing company in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We offer professional video production and graphic design to help you build your brand.

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Stokes+HERZOG is a full-service advertising, public relations, marketing and video production company based in beautiful Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Sarah Stokes and Chris Herzog spent almost two decades working in television news. In that time, both reported, anchored and directed newsroom operations in several midwestern markets. They’ve also developed and produced promotional campaigns for selected stations.
It’s that experience that can help your business get noticed by the media and by your customers. Stokes+HERZOG brings a unique experience for knowing what media outlets are looking for and why some stories get noticed while others are ignored. Our skilled team has the talent to write those stories with the editorial precision of experienced journalists.
We can help you develop a marketing plan with emphasis on paid and free media exposure. As your off-site marketing department, we’re just as hands-on as an in-house team. We’re ready to handle any media crisis to help maintain your company’s reputation and your customers’ confidence in you.
We’ve earned the trust of tens of thousands of viewers over the years and we want to help you build your brand with potential and existing clients. From positive community relations and social media strategy to networking and advertising, we’ll help you build a better brand.
Our Team
Chris Herzog
Owner & Senior Strategist

Chris Herzog has a BS in Public Relations. Before starting the business, Chris worked in television news for 20 years as an anchor, producer, and reporter in Texas, Missouri and Wisconsin. He has won numerous awards for his work from the Wisconsin and Missouri Broadcasters Associations. As a strong advocate for Stokes+HERZOG clients, Chris uses his strengths as a strategic planner, a creative ideas generator and big-picture strategist.

In his free time Chris likes to see western Wisconsin from the cockpit of an airplane, explore the open road on his Harley and play a round of golf. He enjoys spending time with his two wonderful children and his amazing wife, Sarah.

Sarah Stokes
Owner & Senior Strategist

Sarah Stokes has BA in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Political Science. Sarah worked in television news before starting Stokes+HERZOG with her husband. She is an expert in the areas of strategic planning, media relations, writing, editing, event planning, problem solving, on-camera talent, social media expertise, community relations and ad development.

Sarah loves to connect people to solutions. She pours her heart into time with their young son and daughter and has a huge heart for philanthropy. Sarah left TV news in 2013 to launch ownership of a women’s magazine called Queen of the Castle. Sarah grew the magazine to 7 times its size and sold the magazine in 2016 to focus more on the growing agency needs at Stokes+HERZOG. She loves flowers, time with friends and exploring the outdoors.

Taylor Pelissero
Account Director

Taylor Pelissero has a BA in Mass Communication-Public Relations and a minor in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her writing and editing skills and her ability to problem solve make her a great asset to the team. She works on special event planning for our clients, as well as social media, client relations, website updates, and much more. Taylor's strengths include being driven to succeed, efficient in her work and inquisitive by nature.

In the summer you can find Taylor near the water, soaking up the sunshine with a good book, and in the winter you can find her somewhere warm. She loves finding a new TV show to watch on Netflix or working on her latest craft.

Amber Havnen

Amber Havnen has a BA in Communications of the Arts (Graphic Design) and Studio Art (emphasis on painting) from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She has 10 years of experience as a Graphic Designer and brings clean, creative designs to the table. Amber is detail-oriented and excels at designing highly professional and beautiful work for our clients, even in the tightest of deadlines.

Amber loves the great outdoors and, during the summer, you will find her hiking, playing tennis, kayaking or fishing with her husband. She is known for having an unhealthy obsession with popcorn and also enjoys scary movies, puzzles, cooking, reading and singing.

Jack Hajewski
Videographer & Editor

Jack Hajewski has a BA in Communicating Arts — Digital Cinema and a minor in Sports Management from the University of Wisconsin - Superior. He worked in television news for 5 years before starting at Stokes + HERZOG. Jack is detail-oriented, and is stretching his creative abilities and experimenting with new technology and tools which are constantly changing.

On his off-time, Jack can be found golfing, traveling near and far, watching Manchester City, catching up on Netflix and spending time with his wife, Nicole and two cats, Palmer and Tiger (Yes, they are named after professional golfers).

Lindsey Overby

Lindsey Overby has a BS in Media Studies-Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Lindsey works on all aspects of our clients’ social media platforms. She brings a fresh approach to pages like LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Facebook. She stays on top of social media trends to leverage our clients’ brands in the most relevant ways.

In the summer, you can find Lindsey enjoying the lakes of Wisconsin, spending time with her family and friends, and enjoying the warm weather. She loves exercising, trying new recipes from Pinterest, and finding a great show on Netflix.

Morgan Lecheler

Morgan Lecheler has a BBA in Marketing Analytics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as well as receiving the Advanced Business Communication Certificate upon graduation.

Morgan played varsity softball at UW-Eau Claire and continues her passion for sports participating in sand volleyball and softball leagues. During the summer, she can most likely be found at the library, traveling with friends, or spending time with family at a baseball stadium.

Taite Schoettl

Taite Schoettl is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is majoring in Integrated Strategic Communication and minoring in Marketing. As a PR Associate, Taite puts her creativity and writing skills to work for our clients.

On hot summer days, you can find Taite floating down the river with friends or escaping up north where she enjoys boating, fishing, and paddle boarding with family. Taite enjoys reading, exercising, coffee dates, and binge watching new TV shows on Netflix.

Sarah Strumberger
PR Assistant
Joe Grosskreutz
Junior Graphic Designer

Joe Grosskreutz is a junior Graphic Communications student at UW-Eau Claire. He is originally from La Crosse, WI and also serves as a Graphic Design Intern for the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

When not busy at work or school, Joe enjoys spending time outdoors, making art in his free time, and traveling.

Our Services
Advertising Concept Design
Graphic Design
Press Releases
Special Event Planning
Commercial Video Production
FAA Approved Drone Operation
Website Creation and Consultation
Marketing Analysis & Strategic Planning
Media buying
Media Relations & Training
Social Media Strategy & Execution
Spokesperson Services
Crisis Communications
Blog Writing
Writing Services
On Camera Talent Coaching
Social Media Photography & Graphic Design
Television News Consulting