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 Free Press Media 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 lived in the Burlington area 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.

  • Tammy Johnson
    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.

  • Steph Moran
    Steph Moran
    Digital Sales Manager

    Steph Moran 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Julia Austin
    Julia Austin
    Media Solutions Specialist

    Julia embarked on a lifelong career in marketing and advertising upon graduating from UMass Amherst back in 1989. When she's not helping local businesses solve their marketing challenges with the Advertising department at Free Press Media, you'll find her serving as Board Chair for First Night Burlington or enjoying the great outdoors on snowshoes in her hometown of Westford, VT or on a sailboat on Lake Champlain.

  • Glenn Woytowich
    Glenn Woytowich
    Media Solutions Specialist

    Glenn was born and raised in Burlington and has a passion for the community that he works and plays. With a BS in Marketing from UVM he enjoys seeing his clients thrive as a result from the programs he creates. When he's not playing a gig with his band, or skating with his beer league hockey team, he's probably at home playing dad with his new daughter, Rosie.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deanna Dahlgren
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marianne Green
    Marianne Green
    Media Solutions Specialist

    Marianne is an Account Manager with over 19 years experience in Advertising. The Hunter College graduate and Queens, NY native has grown to love the Vermont lifestyle. She moonlights as the Free Press' resident hockey expert (Go Isles!) and is easily found at local rinks cheering for her boys' teams.

  • Abby Silin
    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.

  • Michele Gibson
    Michele Gibson
    Advertising Coordinator

    Michele is currently an Advertising Coordinator at Free Press Media. She graduated with a BS in Graphic Design, and has over 20 years of Graphic Design experience, as well as 8 years of wide format print experience. You will find her using her design skills around the office, answering print questions, along with taking care of her Auto clients’ print and design needs. Michele and her husband picked up and moved to the Burlington area three weeks after they visited Vermont for their Honeymoon. She enjoys quilt and crochet design, gardening, and having fun with friends and family.

  • Matt Dubois
    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.

  • Kasia Abrams
    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.

  • Laurie Wheatley
    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.

  • Diane Stech
    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.

  • Bianca Hanks
    Bianca Hanks
    Distribution Coordinator

    Bianca serves as the Distribution Coordinator for the Burlington Free Press. She attended college for Business Administration and has worked for Free Press Media for almost 9 years, now. She keeps a handle on the fast paced environment while helping clients with their circulation needs, and making sure that all of our subscribers stay connected on a daily basis. She and her very cute dog, Lola, love greeting customers as they enter the door!

  • Zach Nelson
    Zach Nelson
    Media Solutions Specialist

    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.  

  • Alaina Edwards
    Alaina Edwards
    Digital 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.

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