Crisis Communications

Even well-managed institutions face certain crises requiring dedicated public relations assistance. In a time of crisis, expert guidance can be invaluable in helping to protect your institution’s reputation while you focus on recovery and managing the crisis’ physical and legal aspects. For members with both general liability (GL) and educators legal liability (ELL) coverage, our ProResponse® program includes crisis communications support.

Take advantage of this benefit when you need expert communications guidance to help you through difficult times. Application of this benefit does not have to be tied to a liability occurrence or wrongful act by your institution.

United Educators (UE) members may select a crisis communications firm of their choice as long as the provider has crisis communications experience and doesn't provide legal services or legal advice.

The following list includes pre-approved crisis PR firms:

The Abernathy MacGregor Group, Inc.

New York, N.Y.

Rhonda Barnat, Managing Director
Primary phone: (212) 371-5999
Cell phone: (917) 912-6378

Fleishman-Hillard International Communications

St. Louis, Mo.

Ken Fields, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner
Primary phone: (314) 982-0556
Cell phone: (314) 640-2529

AKCG – Public Relations Counselors

Glassboro, N.J.

Chris Lukach, CEO
Primary phone: (856) 866-0411, ext. 115
Cell phone: (201) 615-5861

Mike Gross, President
Primary phone: (856) 866-0411, ext. 117
Cell phone: (856) 793-5372

G.F. Bunting

San Francisco, Calif.

Ralph Frammolino, Senior Executive
Primary phone: (800) 434-3381
Cell phone: (213) 800-2445

Bennet Group

Honolulu, Hawaii

Joan Bennet, President and CEO
Primary phone: (808) 531-6087, ext. 101

McDowell Communications Group

Hartford, Conn.

Duby McDowell, President
Primary phone: (860) 247-9100, ext. 101
Cell phone: (860) 729-2200

The Castle Group

Boston Office
Sandy Lish, Principal/Founder
Primary phone: (617) 337-9500
Cell phone: (617) 285-5878

Atlanta Office
Philip Hauserman, Vice President
Cell phone: (404) 808-5531

Polaris Public Relations

Boston, Mass.

Karen Schwartzman
Primary phone: (617) 437-9990

Fineman PR

San Francisco, Calif.

Michael Fineman, President
Primary phone: (415) 392-1000, ext. 21
Cell phone: (415) 309-3811

RW Jones Agency

Los Angeles Office
Sean Rossall, CEO and Managing Partner
Primary phone: (323) 999-5201
Cell phone: (310) 210-7586

New England Office
Maggy Ralbovsky, Executive Vice President and Managing Director
Primary phone: (603) 756-4111
Cell phone: (603) 313-7707

Pittsburgh Office
Scott Willyerd, President and Managing Partner
Primary phone: (724) 260-0198
Cell phone: (614) 204-7438

Finn Partners

Washington, D.C.

Chris Messina-Boyer, Senior Partner
Primary phone: (202) 821-7750
Cell phone: (202) 884-7302

Sard Verbinnen & Co.
Primary phone: (212) 687-8080

George Sard, Chairman and Co-CEO

Paul Verbinnen, Co-CEO



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