MEET THE TEAM
Natalie Judd is an entrepreneurial communications executive with nearly three decades of experience focused on providing results-driven strategies. She enjoys a national reputation for her work with associations and is known for unique insights, out-of-the-box strategy development and her passion for client success.
Natalie has been the primary architect on numerous general market and Latino campaigns for companies such as Clorox Corporation (multibrands), Johnson & Johnson, National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Black & Decker, Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, Wisconsin Energy, BITS, The American Red Cross, Vme Media, Galileo Global Advisors, American Epilepsy Society, The Institute of Management Accountants, Commission on Dietetic Registration, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Pitney Bowes Financial Services and Unilever (multibrands) among many other clients.
Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and is certified in Investor Relations from the University of Connecticut. She has also received extensive education in capital campaign management and fundraising with the University of Indiana, School of Philanthropy.
Janette Baxter is a public relations and marketing communications leader ready to utilize hands-on agency and corporate B2B and B2C media relations and content development experience in financial services, insurance, energy/utilities, construction, building, consumer DIY, social services, transportation, and gaming/tourism to activate strategies and content to drive engagement and deliver results. She has expertise in navigating complex challenges and building partnerships.
Gillian Mattern is a forward-thinking creative who is passionate about outside-the-box media, advertising, and brand development. With experience working with small, local start-up businesses, Gillian puts passion and collaboration at the forefront of her B2C and B2B work.
Before jumping aboard Big Voice Communications, Gillian worked closely with K.L.W. Design Co. and Roasted Coffee Company to assist with web content development, branding, social media campaign development and content creation. Whether developing a brand identity, designing graphic work or copy, she believes that making purposeful creative decisions is the key to creating messages with long-term viability that encourage connections between a brand and their customers.
Gillian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, Media and Screen Studies from Southern Connecticut State University with a background in Spanish and Psychology. Bringing diverse perspectives and culturally relevant ideas to the table is something that she prioritizes in her day-to-day role as a team member at BVC. She continues to exercise her writing skills by maintaining a blog site where she shares nuanced, narrative-driven essays about American culture through the lens of a curious young adult.
Jennifer Walus is a marketing expert with more than twenty years of experience, and has a strong record of developing national and regional public relations campaigns for both the general and Hispanic markets across a wide range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, food, travel and tourism, public affairs, corporate social responsibility, and healthcare. In addition, she possesses extensive experience in retail marketing, business-to-business, and food and beverage communications.
Before joining Big Voice Communications, Jennifer helped lead Edelman’s midwest team, having launched its multicultural practice in Chicago and having served most recently as Vice President. During that time, she grew the group to include Walmart, Burger King, Cingular, SCJohnson, Shell, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), Butterball Turkey, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), Kimberly-Clark and many of the Unilever Home and Personal Care brands – most notably Dove and its Campaign for Real Beauty.
Jennifer grew up in Leesburg, Virginia, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in romance languages and a minor in biology. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian, and is proficient in French.
John Begert specializes in strategy, content and storytelling for media, education and non-profit clients and has held senior marketing posts at some of the world’s best-known brands.
As CMO for V-me - public TV’s first-ever national Hispanic network - he developed the brand positioning and visual identity, and led all marketing, digital communications, and partnership initiatives. Earlier, as Head of Programming and Marketing for Discovery Networks Europe, he oversaw six channels in two dozen countries, and launched Discovery Channel France. Prior to Discovery, John took Disney Channel into Latin America as Head of Marketing and Programming and led an award-winning re-brand of all international Disney channels.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA in marketing from the Columbia Graduate School of Business.