Leadership

Jenni Kerben

Chief Financial Officer

phone 407.571.6762

As Chief Financial Officer, Jenni exercises financial oversight over all of Global-5’s projects. She draws upon more than 20 years of accounting and financial management experience to develop budgets and provide full cost accounting for each project. Her careful monitoring of budgets, hours billed and expenses incurred ensures that Global-5’s clients receive regular invoices and detailed reports of all work performed. She oversees staff travel expenses to ensure compliance with federal, state and local requirements. She also manages vendor relationships so that Global-5 and its clients receive the best value and customer service when purchasing supplies, services and equipment. Additionally, Jenni has worked for certified public accounting firms handling public and private business clients of all sizes as well as individual clients.

A Nebraska native, Jenni graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. She is also a member of the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame.

Chris Addison

Senior Vice President and LMS Practice Leader

phone 407.758.3537

Chris Addison is a highly versatile program manager with extensive experience overseeing projects for a variety of clients. Beginning during his days in the U.S. Navy, Chris has been involved in all aspects of technology training. As president and CEO of Simulation and Training Systems (STS), Chris has been responsible for overseeing and supporting the implementation of learning management systems for commercial and government clients including ExxonMobil, Northrop Grumman and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Chris Patton, APR

Vice President, Director of Staff Operations

phone 407.571.6782

With more than a decade of experience as a public information officer in county government, Chris understands the unique needs of government agencies in the field of public relations. As a former newspaper editor and reporter, he also enjoys interacting with the media and helping to shape public opinion. His most memorable experiences as a reporter include a construction tour of the $1.4-billion Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and on-the-scene response to a train derailment disaster in West Knoxville, Tennessee. He also covered the 2001 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He has lived in Florida since 2001 but still loves his hometown, Detroit.

C.J. Stankiewicz

Vice President, Director of Creative Services

phone 407.571.6796

C.J. is a national award-winning digital artist, web designer, photographer and videographer. He oversees all technology development, graphic design and video production services and printing services. He also developed custom project management systems used by Global-5 and creative and print production teams at other organizations. In his 21-year career he has worked with many high-profile clients and directed the artwork for several magazines, album covers, television commercials, and product design. He has directed the development of branding and marketing collateral for both the I-4 Ultimate and Beyond the Ultimate projects, as well as the Florida 511 Traveler Information System, the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot Program, Safe Mobility for Life and Construction Career Days.

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, C.J. earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida in Film & Computer Animation, with a minor in Computer Science.

David Parks

Vice President, Director of Public Information

phone 407.571.6765

Dave serves drivers daily by giving them the information they need to stay safe on the road and arrive at their destinations on time. As a trusted source of information, he draws on more than 15 years of communications experience that began in news and talk radio. On the radio, he painted pictures for listeners every day, explaining how the news affected their lives. He brings those same skills to his current role providing public information and outreach for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). He has served as a construction public information officer for FDOT on nearly 70 miles of interstate highways.

A Pennsylvania native, Dave graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania before making Florida his home. He is a recipient of the National Transportation Public Affairs Workshop Newsletter of the Year award and the Florida Public Relations Association Award of Distinction for his work on the Interstate 75 Roadway Expansion (iROX), FDOT’s first design-build-finance project.

John Hamill

Vice President, Director of Business Operations

phone 407.571.6771

John has been spearheading the expansion of multi-modal transportation networks across the United States for 8 years. Prior to joining Global-5, John oversaw a $350 million annual revenue portfolio of accounts as Senior Business Manager at CSX. He engaged in contract management, business development, operations coordination, logistics consultation, and – most importantly – ensuring the delivery of the customer’s needs. Also, he was responsible for administering training to new hires, interns, and leadership development associates – providing them with coaching and professional development opportunities. John began his career as a commercial management trainee and sales representative. He took advantage of a fast-track-to-management opportunity to become a marketing manager where he prepared financial reports, conducted market research and analysis, strategic planning and economic forecasting for short and long-term transportation initiatives in support of several industries.

John began his collegiate career playing linebacker for the back-to-back undefeated and conference champion Case Western Reserve University Spartans. After a few years of success on the football field and in the classroom, John transferred to his home state to complete his undergraduate education at the University of Florida. John also earned his Masters of Business Administration from Florida State University.

Mike Wacht

Vice President, Director of Industry Intelligence

phone 407.571.6764

An expert storyteller in a variety of media, Mike enjoys working on the cutting edge of communication technology. Drawing on a background that blends newspaper journalism, corporate communications, and professional photography, he knows how to engage a variety of audiences in relevant and accessible ways. He has conducted Spanish-language outreach for several major Florida transportation projects and led the development of a first-of-its-kind system for delivering automated highway construction alerts.

Mike has received national awards for his coverage of Florida’s recovery from the 2004 hurricane season and for his photos of postwar Angola. He is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a master’s in strategic communication, Washington and Lee University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and the New York Institute of Photography. He volunteers as a voting precinct clerk in election years. He is also an active member of Mensa.

Staff

D’ante McCain

Public Information and Community Outreach Specialist

phone 407.571.6770

D’ante McCain joined the Global-5 team with a strong background in digital media and marketing. He is organized, energetic and highly motivated. His strong interpersonal and communication skills make him a versatile outreach specialist for a variety of public information projects at Global-5. D’ante holds a bachelor’s degree in integrative general studies from the University of Central Florida with a minor in digital media.

Daryl Magera

Full Stack Web Developer

phone 407.571.6793

A versatile programmer and web developer, Daryl delivers digital products and services that consistently exceed our clients’ expectations. His responsibilities include front-end user experience (UX) web design, maintaining web content management systems, server-side application development and database management. He is adept at testing and debugging; cross-platform compatibility and optimization; developing application programming interfaces (APIs) and RESTful services; search engine optimization; and ADA/508 compliance. He also provides graphic design support for Global-5’s public outreach efforts. When he is not busy learning the latest coding techniques, Daryl enjoys watching and playing soccer.

Ed Hernandez

Graphic Designer

phone 407.571.6794

Ed is a graphic designer at Global-5 and works with the team to design and produce graphics for all our clients. He creates various collateral pieces such as detour maps and handouts for the public outreach programs. He also provides photographic support for all Global-5 projects. He has won various awards for his graphic design including multiple awards of excellence from the National School Public Relations Association.

Ed has a Masters in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Rollins College.

Fidela Balamani

Senior LMS Administrator

phone 706.224.2112

Fidela Balamani is an experienced learning management systems (LMS) analyst with skills in LMS administration, interface management, quality control and instructional design. Her experience as a teacher and communicator has been instrumental in building her background in LMS. A talented photographer, Fidela spent her early days exploring the world and being influenced by the beautiful imagery and cultures of all those she encountered. She now integrates those experiences into her vision and delivery of information.

Gabriel Smith

Senior Outreach and Media Consultant

phone 407.571.6798

A graduate from Stetson University with a B.A in Communication and Media Studies, Gabriel is passionate about using all methods of communication to deliver information with honesty and integrity.

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Gabriel never stayed in one place too long. He has moved with family numerous times to stops in Vermont, Ohio and Alabama, before ultimately settling in Florida. These frequent moves ignited a passion for travel, which Gabriel still enjoys today.

Before joining Global-5, he was a technical recruiter with Apex Systems. He’s also worked as a marketing intern at the Museum of Art, DeLand.  In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys writing for both a sports news website and a non-profit aiming to combat global poverty.

At Global-5, Gabriel seeks to continue sharing his passion of fun and open communication by keeping the public alert through presentations and outreach.

Hannah Weary

Public Information and Community Outreach Specialist

phone 407.571.6786

Hannah is graduate of Stetson University, where she earned a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in political science, international studies and global development. She previously worked as an assistant campaign manager for a state senate campaign and a legislative advocate for the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties. She also interned for two years in a state senator’s district office. A native of Volusia County, Florida, she enjoys spending time with friends, visiting new places, going to theme parks, kayaking and trying new experiences. She values working in public relations because it gives her the opportunity to connect with people about the things that matter most to them.

Kathy Yarosh

Video Production Supervisor

phone 407.571.6778

Whether she is planning a production schedule, scouting a location, writing a script, or editing video, Kathy loves her work, and it shows in the quality of her creations. She has won Silver and Bronze Telly awards for Outstanding Television Production as well as a Southeast Regional Emmy award for Outstanding Television Production—and continues to produce outstanding video projects for our clients every day.

Kathy grew up all over the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States. After attending the University of Central Florida, she landed an internship at Orlando’s CBS affiliate, where she worked on hundreds of television projects. She subsequently produced programs for ABC, PBS and the Travel Channel. She is also an amazing cook whose original recipes have appeared in national magazines. You may have even tried one!

Katie Wigle

Public Information and Community Outreach Consultant

phone 407.571.6799

After graduating with a B.S. in advertising from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Katie honed her skills in sales, marketing, content development and social media management in the hospitality industry. Today, she puts those skills to work for Global-5’s clients in the transportation sector. Her recent contributions include research and planning for a statewide traffic safety marketing campaign.

Jay Hamburg

Senior Consultant

phone 407.571.6767

A former newspaper reporter with 29 years of experience in daily journalism, Jay enjoys untangling a jumble of information and communicating it to others in a clear, engaging way. He spent most of his newspaper career in Tennessee and Florida, where he covered transportation for the Orlando Sentinel and wrote a question-and-answer column for commuters. Since joining Global-5 in 2015, he has written for many of the websites and newsletters that Global-5 maintains, manages or supplies with editorial content.

Jay insists his writing process consists of three simple steps: writing, rewriting and running out of time. Nevertheless, he was once one of three national finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He has also won two national APEX Awards of Excellence in Business Communications.

Jeff Brown

Senior Consultant / Content Developer

phone 407.571.6797

Jeff enjoys the challenge of communicating complex subject matter in a clear, concise way. A former senior editor of Civil Engineering magazine, he has authored hundreds of news stories and feature articles about transportation, technology and infrastructure projects around the world, including a popular series on landmark achievements in the history of civil engineering. His current areas of interest include intelligent transportation systems, smart cities and connected vehicles.

Jeff grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and graduated from Duke University in 1992. His work has garnered national and regional awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors, Trade Association Business Publications International and Awards for Publication Excellence.

Jerame Rief

IT Manager and Security Specialist

phone 407.571.6784

As Global-5’s information technology (IT) manager, Jerame specializes in IT business integration, system administration, redundant network designs, data replication and off-site high availability. He has implemented state-of-the art server and network systems and multi-tiered data protection systems for fast recovery and data archiving. He also creates safe networks by deploying firewalls, VPNs, intrusion prevention systems and spam/virus filtering. Jerame led Global-5’s transition to a new IT system to keep up with its growing capacity and security needs.

Jerame’s expertise encompasses a wide array of hardware and software including Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, SQL Server 2014, IIS 7.5, Red Hat Linux and CentOS Linux 7, 10 GigE and Fibre Channel deployment, WatchGuard firewalls, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization deployment. He is also a Microsoft Dynamics GP certified partner.

John May

Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist

phone 407.571.6767

John May comes to Global-5 bringing a strong background in strategic communication, public relations and journalism. He was a public affairs and media relations officer for the US Army where he developed his skills. John works with the I-4 Ultimate and I-4 Beyond the Ultimate teams on community outreach and education.

Prior to joining the Global-5 team, John was an Army public affairs and media relations officer. In this role, John developed and executed strategic communication plans, conducted media training, facilitated and conducted interviews with the media, conducted media analysis, managed social media platforms and wrote and edited news articles.

Jon Rohrer

Chief Videographer

phone 407.571.6795

Jon is a long-time editor and photographer whose work has been seen on every major market television affiliate in the United States and every network in the United States and Canada. His news production skills include videography, editing and post-production supervision. He regularly documents Global-5 clients’ projects and successes.

Jon’s work is seen regularly on ABC, CBS, ESPN, NBC, NFL Films, the Sunshine Network, TNN, WGN TV, WWE, and XFL. Additionally, his clients have included A&E, Access Hollywood, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Clear Channel, Court TV, Cox, Dutch TV, the Family Channel, Hard Copy, the History Channel, Honda, Household, Midas, Nabisco, NHK TV, PAX TV, PBS, Pizza Hut, Saab, Steelcase, Suzuki, Time Warner, the Travel Channel, Westinghouse, and many others.

Lisa Hamrick

Outreach and Media Specialist

phone 407.571.6783

Lisa brings more than 15 years of office management and administrative experience to Global-5, but integrity, dedication, and attention to detail are the qualities that set her apart. She puts her database management skills to work as she tracks up-to-the-minute performance metrics, enabling the Global-5 team to focus on the most effective methods of delivering outstanding results. She also has a strong background in planning, coordinating and managing logistics for public meetings to raise community awareness, provide public information, and promote public involvement.

A Maryland native, Lisa graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy before making Florida her home.

Ludi Lelis

Senior Outreach and Media Consultant

phone 407.571.6769

Our clients benefit from Ludi’s long career in communications as both a journalist and a public relations manager. As a newspaper reporter, she deftly managed breaking news and investigative journalism and covered a wide array of news stories in Central Florida. When she transitioned to media and public relations, she became a spokeswoman within the Florida court system. She managed crisis communications, high-profile media events, social media, website content and community outreach. Ludi earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from New York University, where she also completed internships for national media.

Marc Betancourt

Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist

phone 407.571.6788

Marc is a versatile communicator whose background in youth sports and outreach programs prepared him well to engage diverse communities with a positive message. A former physical education teacher, he is adept at building interpersonal connections with contractors, the media, and the general public. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University, he is a skilled content developer and social media pro. His experience also includes writing as a sports reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and facilitating events as a fan ambassador in the Orlando City Soccer Club’s guest experience department.

Marc Morgenstern

Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist

phone 407.571.6768

Drawing on more than a decade of experience in military public affairs, Marc is well versed in effectively packaging messages for a wide variety of audiences. As an active-duty Marine, he served as a combat correspondent and earned numerous accolades as a radio and television personality in Japan, and also while deployed to Afghanistan’s war-torn Helmand province. Marc also earned humanitarian awards for his work providing community outreach following Japan’s devastating earthquake of 2011. He now continues his work in military public affairs part time while serving in the Army National Guard, but spends most of his time with Global-5 cultivating a strong relationship with the local community.

Born on Misawa Air Base near Tokyo, Japan, Marc graduated from Brown College in 2004 with an A.S. in Computer Science, and from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Studies.

Martin Leon y Leon

2D/3D Motion Graphic Artist

phone 407.571.6787

Martin is an experienced technical artist who loves nothing more than to learn, create and even surprise himself. His passion for visual storytelling and digital media fuels his desire to continually improve upon and expand his skill set. When it comes to 2D/3D motion graphics, he is always prepared to meet our clients’ needs. From start to finish, pre-production through post-production, he is right at home with digital media.

Martin graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the character animation track. Born in Peru but raised in the United States, he has learned to appreciate cultural differences.

Matthew Richardson

Outreach and Media Consultant

phone 407.571.6785

Matthew graduated with a B.S. in newspaper journalism from Florida A&M University—one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.

Before joining Global-5, he was an award-winning technology beat reporter for more than five years for Orlando Business Journal, where he wrote about local innovative business owners, military defense deals, rocket launches and more.

Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Matthew has always had a passion for journalism, keeping folks informed and writing a heartfelt story about someone who has overcome extreme obstacles and done something great.

At Global-5, he keeps that light burning through event engagement, public awareness and more—all while having fun, of course.

Michael Citro

Senior Outreach and Media Consultant

phone 407.571.6766

A communications professional with experience across a variety of industries, Michael helps clients tell their stories. His passion for writing helps him create strong messaging in support of Global-5 client strategies. Before joining Global-5, Michael held roles in the health care, financial services, defense and technology industries, and he has also worked as a reporter.

Additionally, Michael worked in the high-profile field of pro sports with the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers. During his five years with the club, he helped plan and execute media strategies for some of the league’s largest events, including the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and the 2003 NHL All-Star Game. He received his degree in journalism/public relations from The Ohio State University in 1996, and his writing has been published in the Palm Beach Post, Toledo Blade, Salt Lake Tribune and Amarillo Globe-News.

Patricia Cases

Public Information and Community Outreach Specialist

phone 407.571.6788

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Patricia made the move to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida, where she earned her B.A. in advertising and public relations in 2021. Before joining Global-5, she interned as a public relations coordinator at a public relations agency, where she mostly worked with clients in the entertainment and service industries. She also worked with a real estate agency as a social media marketing intern. Through her education and experiences, Patricia has learned the importance of effective communications and creating strong relationships within the community. When she’s not at Global-5, Patricia enjoys beach trips, traveling and finding fun ways to express her creativity.

Sabrina Robinson

Public Information and Community Outreach Specialist

phone 407.571.6772

A south Florida native, Sabrina decided to plant roots in Orlando after attending the University of Central Florida and earning her B.A. in communications with a minor in marketing. She gained experience in community outreach through her internships at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida as well as the Orlando Science Center. She puts her skill set to use at Global-5 when reaching out to members of the community to help inform the public about upcoming projects. Sabrina loves working in communications and public relations because it means creating new connections and bridging people to significant topics. When not at Global-5, Sabrina enjoys trying new food at local restaurants, traveling to new cities, and going to UCF football games.

Tim Forcella

Senior Outreach and Media Consultant

phone 407.571.6792

Tim grew up in Maine where he learned to throw discs and run through snow. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he gained more than a decade of writing experience in locales from New England to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. He engages audiences through a variety of genres including website copy, direct email, social media, sports and travel writing, and historical fiction. Additionally, he is experienced in marketing strategy and has helped several companies identify their brand, a skill he picked up while earning an MBA from the University of Florida. He has also worked in GIS and atlas production. Here in Orlando, he still can be found on the disc golf course, and he still runs – there just isn’t any snow.