About Us

Stokes+HERZOG is a full-service advertising, public relations, marketing, and human resources consulting 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. 
With our proven marketing strategies, our team will 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. Our PR professionals are ready to handle any media crisis to help maintain your company’s reputation and your customers’ confidence in you. Need more qualified job candidates? Teaming your experience with the STOKES|HERZOG HR consulting professionals will give you the edge in reaching the best candidates first!
As a PR firm, 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 marketing team has the talent to write those stories with the editorial precision of experienced journalists.
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 marketing 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.

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).

Katie Prigge
Graphic Designer

Katie Prigge has a BA in Design Arts and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her background includes experience in print design, digital media design/planning, and packaging design. Katie's strengths include being efficient, her dedication to her work, and her ability to be both creative and analytical in her design choices.

Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family, thrifting, and binging Youtube in her free time. She loves trying new restaurants and making new recipes; her current favorite recipe is butternut squash pasta.

Kayla Burger
Project Manager

Kayla Burger has a BS in Cross-Media Graphics Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stout. She has experience working with a wide variety of graphics-related projects for companies large and small, locally and nationwide. Kayla’s strong attention to detail and a desire to connect with and understand people aids in her ability to output meaningful work for clients.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, curling, bowling, creating anything with a pencil in hand and inventing tasty concoctions. She is always on the lookout for the next best truffle recipe.

Abby Swiecichowski
PR + Marketing Representative

Abby Swiecichowski has a has a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communication - Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her positive energy and hardworking attitude are a great addition to the team. She enjoys working with social media and event promotions.

In her free time, Abby likes to go shopping with her friends, especially at Target. She always knows the latest celebrity gossip and loves sharing it with everyone.

Catherine Bormann
PR + Marketing Coordinator

Catherine Bormann has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She continued her studies at Fanshawe College where she received a 2-year concentrated degree in Broadcast Journalism. Catherine is an award-winning Broadcast Writer and Reporter with the ability to work effectively under pressure in a deadline-oriented environment. Personal strengths include being self-motivated, hardworking and results-oriented. She expanded her resume taking on a new role as PR + Marketing Coordinator and has not looked back. She specializes in social media marketing, digital marketing and e-commerce business management.

Catherine is a proud Canadian that loves Tim Hortons, says "eh" and is obsessed with Toronto sports teams. In her free time, she loves volunteering at WPR and being with her three beautiful children, and amazing husband, Scott.

Melissa Vojtasek
Executive Assistant

Melissa Vojtasek has an Associate of Arts as an Administrative Professional from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. She also has her real estate sales agent license. With her ongoing educational background and experience in the field; her organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong written and verbal communication skills she is a wonderful addition to the STOKES|HERZOG team.

You can find Melissa at her camper on the creek, fishing, kayaking, or shooting her bow. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, reading, spending time with her two children and provides holistic healing at the Center.

Our Services
Advertising Concept Design
Graphic Design
Press Releases
Special Event Planning
Video Production
FAA Approved Drone Operation
Website 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
Content Creation