Nadel Phelan, Inc. specializes in comprehensive public relations.

Nadel Phelan, Inc. specializes in comprehensive public relations and marketing for a roster of clients ranging from venerable industry giants to mid-sized businesses and innovative startups. For over 25 years, Nadel Phelan has combined high-level industry knowledge with in-depth technology experience to provide its clients with the services necessary to establish and maintain awareness in the global marketplace.

We Are Holistic

We provide a full spectrum of marketing services, enabling us to plug in where you need specialized support or deliver the whole enchilada – just tell us what you’re looking for.

We Are Experienced

For over two decades, we have catalyzed industry knowledge with technology fluency to help our clients reach the global marketplace - essential for a competitive advantage.

We Are Independent

We’re privately owned and operated, enabling us to move quickly, customize our services to match your needs and act as a true extension of your team. Flexible and poised to make it happen.

Our Team

Cara Sloman

Cara leads the Nadel Phelan team in planning and executing award-winning media relations and digital marketing programs that exceed our clients’ business objectives. Over the past 20 years, she has shaped Nadel Phelan’s brand, services and reputation for quality and results.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

On the trails with my noble steed or working in the garden.

Current philosophy

The future is whatever we decide to make it. Inspiration is to live every moment to its fullest, breathe deeply and keep going!

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Fred Nadel

Fred oversees all aspects of finance, operations, human resources and has managed small and medium sized companies for the past 35 years.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Listening to high performance audio or tracking down the coolest lathe-turned and sculptural wood art.

Current philosophy

Find the simple, elegant solution whenever possible –
if that’s not working, do more research, paddle upstream and find a better perspective.

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Paula Phelan

Paula Phelan is our CEO, founder and original creative spirit. With a Ph.D. in psychology and stints at AT&T, Hewlett Packard, Veritas and several successful early-stage tech startups, Paula has set our inspiration, drive and core values at Nadel Phelan.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Photographing, writing, painting and solving the riddles of the Universe.

Current philosophy

Consume input voraciously, synthesize and create massively.

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Peggy Tierney Galvin

Peggy works hand-in-hand with our clients to develop and execute integrated marketing strategies and programs. She balances client needs and priorities with our cross-functional teams to provide strategic perspective and effective solutions. Peggy helps brands differentiate themselves through creative, content-driven campaigns that deliver measurable business results.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Exploring the Santa Cruz mountain redwoods with my husband and son, talking plot with girlfriends at book club or checking out Humble Sea’s latest hazy IPA.

Current philosophy

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

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Lisa Christensen

Lisa brings her unique style and expertise to Nadel Phelan to keep all systems running smoothly. With 25+ years of accounting experience and 25+ years in HR and Office Management, Lisa’s down to earth and cheery disposition is the heartbeat of our office. During her career, Lisa has managed offices for international retail and software firms.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Outdoors, pursuing my passions for creating art, gardening and hiking.

Current philosophy

Live, Laugh, Love, and be kind to everyone.

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Sean Wood

Sean is responsible for business development and technology market research at Nadel Phelan. He is passionate about identifying emerging trends and innovative companies that are changing market landscapes every day.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

On adventures with my family, driving the California coast or sailing Monterey Bay

Current philosophy

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

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Shannon Tierney

Shannon has a proven track record of delivering outstanding results for global businesses as well as high-growth companies. She is passionate about media relations and engaging with the press about hot topics and key industry trends that allow organizations and industry leaders to rise above the competition.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Running (literally) around Santa Cruz, spending time with my family at Crossfit West, taking endless photos of my dog, Maggie May and torturing/delighting my coworkers with puns.

Current philosophy

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
– Julia Child

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Jessica Pasko

Jessica made the transition into PR after more than a decade as a journalist, including with the Associated Press. She’s an alumna of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Graduate Journalism. (Go Wildcats!)

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Exploring everything that the west coast has to offer, especially all of the farmers’ markets. In addition, I enjoy reading, watching documentaries and spending time with my adopted dachshund mix, Ruby Tuesday.

Current philosophy

Everyone (and every company!) has a story worth telling

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Laura Schaub

Laura specializes in analyst and media relations, project management and social media. Laura grew up in Silicon Valley and has worked in high-tech marketing communications, advertising and public relations for her entire career. Her greatest satisfaction comes from making and keeping meaningful connections with clients, colleagues, friends and family.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Taking long walks by the sea or in the mountains, photographing natural beauty and pondering what makes our country tick and how I can help make it better.

Current philosophy

“Continue helping and promoting others until I see the white light.”

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Katrina Porter

Katrina has a demonstrated history of working with B2B tech companies, from bootstrapped startups to global tech leaders. Her specialty is in helping clients hone their message and crafting compelling storylines that will resonate with press. Katrina holds a B.S. in Public Relations from San Jose State University.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Near the ocean.

Current philosophy

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

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Shyna Deepak

Shyna is NPI’s resident social media maven and master of all things graphic. Her background is in B2B tech PR and digital marketing. Shyna holds a BFA in digital media and emphasis in Communication Design & Photography.

When I’m not at work, you can find me

Hunting for the best views all over the Bay Area, camping in a remote location, listening to music, or scouring garage sales and thrift shops for vintage finds.

Current philosophy

GUIDING (WORK) PHILOSOPHY
GSD (“Get Stuff Done” is the clean version)

GUIDING (LIFE) PHILOSOPHY
The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment. – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Kara Luk

Meticulous and detail-oriented, Kara delivers exceptional tactical service and value managing day-to-day client activities including press outreach and media monitoring. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She is passionate about working with technologies that are shaping our future.

When I’m not at work, you can find me
  • Practicing calligraphy
  • By the beach
  • Seeking out my next taco
Current philosophy

Growth happens outside of your comfort zone.

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Heath Davis Havlick

Heath is Nadel Phelan’s content strategist. She distills clients’ subject matter expertise into engaging content that promotes thought leadership and greater market awareness. Heath has an honors degree in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and has won writing awards in journalism.

When I’m not at work, you can find me
  • Studying and teaching the Enneagram
  • Writing
  • Paper crafting
Current philosophy

To whom much is given, much is required.

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Specialization

Nadel Phelan, Inc. specializes in comprehensive public relations.

Nadel Phelan, Inc. specializes in comprehensive public relations and marketing for a roster of clients ranging from venerable industry giants to innovative startups. By combining high-level industry knowledge with in-depth technology experience, Nadel Phelan provides its clients with the strategic and tactical services necessary to establish and maintain the global marketplace awareness essential to obtaining and preserving a competitive edge

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