Marketing complex products and services to hard to reach target audiences is what we do

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We are experts at delivering complex messaging to small target audiences. We offer PR and marketing services to businesses, state / national associations, government agencies and non-profits. We are one of the few Midwest firms that have in-house video, web development, photography, graphic design and other creative services.

Kathy Schaefer, partner

Skills & Tasks:

Project management, FAA Certified Drone Pilot (this bird can fly), grant writing, accounting, publishing, health and science research.

On any given day:

Kathy manages workflow of C&R projects. She serves as editor for numerous state and national industry publications. She provides art direction, graphic design and photography. In addition to grant writing she also manages and handles grant evaluation, accounting, and reporting.


Her career includes being a hospital administrator, association public policy advisor and news media spokesperson. In the late '90s and early 2000s, she managed a staff of more than 140 skilled and unskilled workers on two hospital campuses for McLaren Regional Hospitals. Kathy graduated with a BS in Dietetics from Michigan State University and began her professional career as a Registered Clinical Dietitian specializing in Surgical and Intensive Care.

Joe Ross, partner

Skills & Tasks:

Creative director over the firm’s film, print, and web media; lead marketing strategist and manages C&R's stock portfolio.

On any given day:

Joe is the firm’s jack-of-all-trades. When he’s not leading a project, he plays a supporting role to C&R staffers. Joe also serves as our firm’s salesman, pitching our media campaigns to primary media and arranging executive-level sales meetings for our clients.


During the past decade, he launched technology companies and added health care and economic development to his range of expertise. He has extensive experience in producing publications, Internet strategies and traditional campaigns for Midwest-based companies. He served on the Chicago Economic Roundtable of the Federal Reserve for 12 years and was nominated as “Newsmaker of the Year” in 2008 by Booth newspapers. He is the past Chairman of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Health Policy Committee and he served as an adviser to the Michigan Hospital Association’s Board of Directors. Regarding his academic achievements…he’s a college drop out.

Lisa Ferra

On any given day:

Lisa is C&R’s leading graphic designer producing corporate and industry magazines; as well as brochures and Internet graphic elements for website and social media channels.


She’s worked with a number of Michigan’s leading businesses and associations such as the Michigan State Medical Society, Sparrow Health System and political organizations on both sides of the aisle. Lisa is a constant-learner which is no surprise because she’s been self-taught for like… forever.

Matt Williams

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• Software engineer

• Programmer analyst

• Full Stack Developer

Abby Marko

Su Ha

Lydia Ballard

• PR events coordinator

• Social Media Marketing

• Video production assistant producer

• Web and Graphic designer (in training)

• Web and Graphic designer

• Social Media Marketing

• Graphic Designer at MSU

• Video editing and shooting (in training)

• Graphic and Web Designer

• Magazine photographer

 • Videographer

• NBC TV editor/shooter (past)

Madison Walsh

Allison Clemons

Spencer Irvine

• PR

• Digital analyst and Social media marketing

• Ford Customer Service Rep (past)

• Writer for VIM Magazine

• Graphic Designer

• Web Designer

• Videographer

• Live Director

• Professional Referee (Past)

Kaishi Chahbra

Irina Balyan

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• Journalist

• Research Writer

• Graphic Designer

• Web Designer

• Html/CSS Coder

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