Our Team

We're a talented and hard-working team of advertising, marketing, business and creative specialists ready to piece together a marketing plan that meets your goals and works within your budget.

Jim Fogler

Jim's passion for marketing is backed by decades of experience and relentless dedication, leading our team of professionals to diligently uphold the highest standards. With the PreeFreeMedia team, we’re committed to being northern Vermont’s most trusted source for news, information and marketing solutions. Driving innovations and evolving technologies, we fuse data and insights to provide integrated solutions that connect with your best customers in the moments that matter -- to get results for your brand like no one else. Jim and his family have made Burlington home since 2010. He’s a huge Catamount fan and can be seen playing hockey at Cairns Arena when he’s not chasing his son around a Lake Monster’s game.

(802) 660-1800
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Tammy Johnson
Director of Advertising

Every region has one sales leader who knows the market like no one else, someone who keeps an unwavering focus on client satisfaction, someone who never stops finding new ways to drive results. In northeast Vermont, that person is Tammy Johnson. Using a combination of strategic thinking, team building, and creativity. She also was the 2013 United Way Community Campaign Chair, volunteering for American Cancer and the Boys and Girls Club to name a few

(802) 660-1819
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Liza Smith-Vedder
Sales Manager

Liza has tried her hand at everything from construction banking to corporate training, but finds herself happiest working Advertising. Her first degree was in Media Arts at SUNY Purchase. Later, she went on to receive her master’s degree in historic preservation. Though she has lived in over three dozen places and two countries, Burlington is the place her heart calls home. In her spare time you will find her hiking with her two dogs at Indian Brook, playing guitar poorly, and traveling to hear live music.

(802) 660-1822
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Steph Levesque
Digital Sales Manager

Steph is our Digital Sales Manager. She has over 5 years of experience in digital advertising, media planning and project management. Originally from New Jersey (yeah, that's right, Jersey!), she relocated to Vermont in April of 2015. When she's not hard at work, you can find Steph in the kitchen cooking up a feast or consuming some sort of delicious saison. Rumor has it she has some pretty sweet connections to Vermont's beer scene (her partner works at Hill Farmstead).

(802) 660-1834
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Pam Swartz
Media Solutions Specialist

Pam's 35 years of marketing and advertising experience have helped clients both small and large achieve their business goals. Her knowledge, dedication, integrity and professionalism are admired by many. A native Vermonter, Pam enjoys biking, boating, skiing and spending time with her husband and their dog Bailey.

(802) 660-1821
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John Black
Media Solutions Specialist

John Black has been a member of the FreePressMedia team for over 20 years now. He is energetic and enthusiastic about providing innovative solutions to his clients based upon key market knowledge, to achieve their business goals and objectives. His commitment and dedication to his clients and their success are often acknowledged. His understanding of the Education, Retail and Business to Business segments enabling him to provide the right solutions. He spends his spare time with his wife and two college-age children, and he enjoys reading and participating in sports and physical activities.

(802) 651-4827
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Melanie Hess
Multi-Media Account Executive

As a New Hampshire native, Melanie stayed in the Green Mountains after earning a degree in Business from Champlain College in 2013. Melanie has had many roles at the Free Press over the last two years but currently is the advertising consultant for the Burlington territory including restaurants and breweries. When she is not working, you can find Melanie and her puppy Harley outside hiking & biking in the warmer seasons and snowboarding in the Winter.

(802) 881-9944
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Dave Heney
Automotive Multi-Media Specialist

Dave has been with Free Press Media since November, 2015. Originally from Essex, and a 2006 graduate of St. Michael's College, he recently moved back to Vermont after spending 9 years on the beautiful North Shore of Massachusetts. He enjoys spending quality time doing various activities with his family, playing sports, and anything outdoor related.

(802) 651-4830
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Deanna Dahlgren
Multi-Media Account Executive

Deanna is a marketing & advertising professional with over 13 years of experience. A Flatlander, she is a Purdue University graduate and a transplant from Chicago, Illinois. Deanna is still a ‘City Girl’ at heart, but has grown to love the VT outdoors, especially during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Outside of the office, Deanna enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, boating and antiquing.

(802) 660-1829
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Christine Perry
Multi-Media Account Executive

Christine has spent over 20+ years in the newspaper/advertising agency business. And believes that newspaper ink runs thru her veins.  As a teenager, she delivered Newsday door to door.  When she is not working, you can find Christine and her husband Donald vacationing and enjoying the beaches of South Florida. In the summertime, she is just across the lake at her home in Willsboro Point, NY. She enjoys her two cats, Smokey and Mr. Handsome and volunteering in her community clubhouse as an usher. 

(561) 221-5291
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Leann Kosior
Multi-Media Account Executive

Leann spent the last several years in New York City, first studying at Parsons the New School for Design and then moving on to the world of pharmaceutical advertising. In her spare time she runs, and Instagram’s the views from her runs. She’s currently training for the NYC Marathon in November. In addition, she avidly reads and collects books, which turned out to be a 200lb problem when moving out of her NYC apartment.

(802) 660-1852

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Alaina Edwards
Multi-Media Account Executive

Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Alaina earned her B.S. in Marketing from Montana State University. She then specialized in digital campaign execution and e-commerce before moving to Vermont in early 2017. When not in the office you can find Alaina spending time with her husband and yellow lab, Henry. She is anxiously awaiting her first child early 2018.

(802) 660-1859
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Nick Gentile
Digital Account Manager

Nick is a native Vermonter with passion for helping small businesses succeed in todays ever changing digital world. In his free time you will find him hiking with his camera or camping in the woods.

(802) 660-1838
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Mike Trioli
Digital Sales Specialist

Mike is a native of Massachusetts who spent some time out West before returning to New England and settling in Vermont. He has a diverse background in sales from retail management to the digital landscape. He has always had a passion for working with people and small businesses. As a Digital Sales Specialist he can utilize his sales skills and his passion for the evolving digital world all in a day’s work. Out of the office he is an avid Hiker, Mountain Biker and skier. Most of his free time is occupied by his Golden Retriever Millie Grace.

(802) 660-1864
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Matt Dubois
Senior Designer

Matthew Dubois works closely with our in-house production team, as a seasoned designer he works on projects ranging from print advertisements to HMTL 5 email blasts. He is a plaid enthusiast, and lives in Essex Junction with his wife. In his free time he likes to go skiing and do home improvement projects.

(802) 651-4861
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Flynn Conti-Reilly
Advertising Coordinator

Flynn has been with Free Press Media since April of 2017. She grew up in Vermont, but spent a couple of years in the North Shore of Massachusetts working for J.Crew, after graduating from the University of Vermont in 2015. Flynn usually has a steady supply of candy at her desk, and thoroughly enjoys listening to music on her R2-D2 cassette player. In her spare time, she can be found playing video games, or out looking for a new brunch place.

(802) 660-1847

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Silas Cutler
Advertising Coordinator

Silas joined Free Press Media in October 2017 with a diverse background in industries such as transportation, telecom, higher education, and more. His prior work includes a multitude of consulting, technical, design, and marketing roles working with companies of all sizes. Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley region, Silas has a degree in Marketing and Event Management from Champlain College. When he’s not making marketing happen, Silas is an avid traveler.

(802) 660-1847

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Kristie Armstrong

Kristie Armstrong
Advertising Coordinator

Kristie has been with Free Press Media since December 2017. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Lyndon State College in May 2010. Originally from Northfield, Vermont. She loves staying active and has multiple games a week playing a few different sports such as; soccer, hockey, and broomball. She also enjoys spending time with her fun-loving husband Tyler and watching him compete in CrossFit events throughout the year.

(802) 660-1810

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Lucia Llona
Account Manager

Lucia has been with Free Press Media since June of 2017. She graduated with a degree in Public Communication from the University of Vermont in May 2017. Originally from Shelburne, Vermont, she loves spending time with her family and chocolate lab Marley. Aside from her passion for marketing, she also has a big interest in music, and design.

(802) 651-4817
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Kasia Abrams
Consumer Marketing Manager

Kasia is originally from Warsaw, Poland. She received her Masters in International Business from the University of Warsaw. While studying abroad at Le Moyne College, she fell in love with the U.S. and her husband, and her husband fell in love with her and her cooking. Before moving to Burlington, Kasia interned at a Life Style Magazine in New York City and later worked as a Marketing Coordinator for an International Educational Company.

(802) 651-4891
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Laurie Wheatley
Rate Analyst

Laurie has been with Free Press Media for 29 years. Born and raised in Vermont. In her free time you can find her spending time with her husband and daughter at their camp in the Northeast Kingdom.

(802) 660-1877
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Diane Stech
Accounting Specialist

Diane has been at the Free Press for 8 years. She is a Vermont native but has lived in both Chicago and North Carolina. Diane has an Accounting degree from Trinity College and is an Accounting Specialist for Advertising. She has one son and a granddaughter and presently lives in Essex Jct.

(802) 651-4890
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