Our Team

We’re smart, savvy professionals who bring individual expertise to an integrated team environment. We deliver real results (and have fun doing it).
Kevin Stickney

Kevin Stickney

Founder, Strategic Communications
Kevin brings decades of expertise in PR and corporate communications, hailing from the engineering and energy arenas. He also has served in the Peace Corps, as an ESL teacher, and on a rural farm co-op. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Union College, and an M.A. in linguistics from Harvard University Extension. His family’s Golden Retriever, Barley, is afraid of water, mirrors, and cardboard boxes.

  • Mastery of the Written Word 99.9%
  • Crisis Communications 98%
  • Leaving Rogue Coffee Mugs Around the Office 90%
Houssam Aboukhater

Houssam Aboukhater

Managing Partner
A bona fide business manager with an impressive background in international hotel and restaurant operation, private equity, and manufacturing, Houssam has a track record of successfully helping businesses grow. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of San Diego, is a travel aficionado, and is the youngest in a family of four boys.

  • Management Knowledge 97%
  • Business Development 93%
  • Twitter 30%
Angela Carter

Angela Carter

SVP, Chief Operating Officer
Drawing on her years of experience with small business management and non-profit community relations, Angela brings efficiency to Calypso’s daily operations. She earned her degree from the University of New Hampshire and supervises Calypso’s renowned intern program. A compulsive volunteer and stickler for organization, Angela requires that beds be made before anyone leaves the house.

  • Office Efficiency 100%
  • Mentorship 95%
  • Fashion Sense 91%
Tory Mazzola

Tory Mazzola

Director, Strategic Communications
With experience across corporate, political, and crisis communications, Tory brings a cross section of expertise to Calypso, ranging from media engagement and PR, to executive profile management and investor relations. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he also holds an M.A. from the Naval War College. Despite drinking decaffeinated coffee, Tory somehow is a three-time IRONMAN 70.3 finisher.

  • PR Experience 98%
  • Story Amplification 93%
  • Hockey Availability 100%

Caitlin Evvard

Inbound Manager
Caitlin is a master of inbound marketing, content strategy, search engine optimization (SEO), social media strategy, and email marketing. She holds a B.A. in communications from Keene State College, and has been exploring the digital world since her father bought her a computer when she was seven.

  • Social Strategy 99%
  • HubSpot 99%
  • Apple pie baking 100%
Elizabeth Baldacci

Elizabeth Baldacci

Director, Business Development
A seasoned PR pro, Elizabeth combines agency expertise with an extensive sales background that deepens Calypso’s capabilities in Maine. She has more than two decades of sales experience and was inducted into the Guardian Financial Hall of Fame following her successful leadership. Although, this Hall of Famer was once caught by security breaking into her daughter’s summer camp.

  • PR Experience 99%
  • Market Strategy 90%
  • Hurdle-clearing Ability (literal or figurative) 100%
Carter Foster

Carter Foster

Social Media Coordinator
With experience in writing, design and production, Carter is a valuable member of Calypso’s inbound marketing team. He previously worked in healthcare, public television and academia. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Carter received his B.A. from The Evergreen State College and moved out to the Granite State to get his M.F.A. in writing from the University of New Hampshire. He spends most of his spare time with a book in his hands and a cat on his lap.

  • Social media 97%
  • Writing 100%
  • Love of Rain 85%
Kelsey Ó Ciardha

Kelsey Ó Ciardha

Associate Art Director
Kelsey is adept at applying her skills in web design, print design, and branding to meet clients’ communications needs. Before transitioning to design, Kelsey worked in magazine writing and earned a B.S. in journalism from Boston University. She’s also an oversized-dog enthusiast (the hyphen being critical).

  • Design 99%
  • Writing 95%
  • Modern Dance 80%
Marc Checket

Marc Checket

Associate Art Director
A talented designer, illustrator, and photographer, Marc spent more than a decade as an art director and designer in the advertising industry in New York City before moving to NH for the fresh air. He holds a degree in graphic design from the Pratt Institute and has never been to a Chuck E. Cheese.

  • Design 99%
  • Writing 75%
  • Love of Zombies 100%
Robyn Sealock

Robyn Sealock

Writer/Project Associate
Robyn’s background in business writing, database maintenance, and event coordination make her a valuable asset to Calypso’s writing team and the ideal project manager. She holds a B.S. in accounting from Southern NH University and demonstrated her love of adventure when she and her husband got married in a helicopter over Niagara Falls.

  • Project Management 95%
  • Writing 97%
  • Harley Handling 100%
Laren Smith

Lauren Smith

Senior PR Manager
Lauren landed at Calypso after honing her PR skills at a Minneapolis agency. She’s a pro at writing, editing, media relations, and social media management. No under-achiever, Lauren holds bachelor’s degrees in both creative advertising and history from Drake University. In her spare time, she draws little monsters and sells them online.

  • Social Ad Campaigns 91%
  • Media Outreach 94%
  • Midwestern Accent 23%
Jesse Manfra

Jesse Manfra

Video and Animation Designer
Jesse expertly translates Calypso client stories visually, bringing his background in documentary filmmaking, non-linear editing, and branding and copywriting to bear on the agency’s creative work. He holds a B.A. in visual media arts from Emerson College. Jesse once hung out at Carly Simon’s house, where he ate yogurt and talked about healthcare.

  • Shooting 90%
  • Production Experience 86%
  • Height Advantage 97%
Steve Shapiro

Steve Shapiro

Strategic Advisor
With more than 35 years of executive management, private equity, and management consulting experience, Steve has focused on translating business and financial strategies into practical and profitable solutions. He holds an M.B.A. from Cornell and a B.A. in economics from Trinity College. Steve is always looking forward to his next hole-in-one.

  • Executive Management Experience 98%
  • Financial-Savvy 96%
  • Ability to Rock a Jean Jacket 87%
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