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 Fogler

President

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

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 Moran

Steph Levesque

Digital Sales Manager

Steph Levesque 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

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

John Black

Media Solutions Specialist

John has been a member of the Free Press Media team for 19 years now. He is energetic and enthusiastic about providing innovative solutions to his customers based upon key market knowledge, to achieve their business goals and objectives. His commitment and dedication to his customers and their success are often acknowledged. He spends his spare time with his wife and two college-aged children, and he enjoys reading and participating in sports and physical activities.

(802) 651-4827
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Melanie Hess

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

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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Leann Kosior

Leann Kosior

Multi-Media Account Executive

Leann spent the last 7 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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Zach Nelson

Multi-Media Account Executive

Zach joined Free Press Media in February 2017 with over seven years of marketing and advertising experience. Originally born in Boston, he moved around for most of his youth and has lived in several states across the country. He settled on Vermont a few years ago and is kept by the great community and lifestyle (the breweries help too). When he is not helping businesses grow, Zach and his wife like to go to area beaches with their dog Dexter. He loves to golf, but as he will tell you his game is a work in progress.

(802) 651-4820
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Alaina Edwards

Multi-Media Account Executive

Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Alaina spent the last six years in Bozeman, Montana where she 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 fiancé and yellow lab, Henry.

(802) 660-1859
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Nick Gentile

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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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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Abby Silin

Advertising Coordinator

Abby is a native Mainer who made her new home Burlington back in 2013. When she’s not out running or exploring the trails of Vermont, she can be found outside drawing, or reading a good book. Abby took on the role of Advertising Coordinator in May 2016 and enjoys learning how the newspaper and marketing campaigns come together.

(802) 660-1810
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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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