Lipman Hearne

Lipman Hearne ‘Goes Wide’ as It Announces Four New Partners

Additional Equity Partners Highlight Firm’s Strengths

Lipman Hearne, an award-winning marketing partner for visionary organizations, has named four current firm leaders as equity partners. They represent the breadth of the agency’s focus on research-driven branding, philanthropic, and enrollment marketing solutions.

“We have taken our own best advice and have ‘gone wide’ in order to expand our group of owners. Lipman Hearne’s mission is to help clients meet and exceed their goals, and each of these new partners deliver on that mission each day,” says Tom Abrahamson, Chairman, Lipman Hearne.

Abrahamson, Chief Executive Officer Rob Moore, Ph.D., and Chief Operating Officer Donna Van De Water, Ph.D., remain as equity partners in the firm.

Collectively, the new partners have more than 20 years of tenure with the firm. They are:

Peter Barber, Senior Vice President, Business and Account Development, leads Lipman Hearne’s marketing team and new growth initiatives. He joined the firm from DDB Chicago, where he was an account director responsible for marketing and strategic leadership on the McDonald’s business.

Barber is also an elected village trustee of Oak Park, Ill., and chair of the American Marketing Association’s 2015 Nonprofit Marketing Conference.

He received his bachelor of arts in journalism and public relations from Drake University, where he also served as vice president of the National Alumni Board.

Kirsten Fedderke, Vice President, Account Director, has 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and currently leads cross functional teams and serves as the strategic contact on projects.

Previously, Fedderke served as a consultant at Davidoff Communications, where she focused on developing strategic partnerships for educational organizations. She was also an account manager at Antenna Audio, Inc., a provider of audio and multimedia interpretation for museums and cultural institutions.

Fedderke received her A. B. in art history and French from Smith College and an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago.

Alexia Koelling, Executive Vice President, Consulting and Account Management, is an experienced marketer and communications planning specialist who leads the agency’s account management team.

Her previous experience includes associate media director responsibilities at the Chicago office of media agency Starcom US. Koelling’s assignments there included work with Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble and the World Wildlife Fund.

Koelling holds a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago and is a Master Project Manager (AAPM).

Sara Stern, Executive Vice President, Philanthropic Marketing, leads the agency’s philanthropic marketing practice.

Stern brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous experience, including roles at Rush University Medical Center, where she was associate vice president for marketing communications, and at the National Alzheimer’s Association, where she served as vice president for communications. Stern was also previously head of public relations and marketing at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Stern received her A.B. from Smith College where she studied government and music.

Lipman Hearne is the nation’s leading marketing and communications firm serving higher education, healthcare institutions, membership organizations, and civic groups. For nearly 50 years, the firm has conducted extensive market research, developed strategic marketing plans, and provided creative and tactical implementation services to help its clients achieve their aggressive bottom-line goals in brand-building, fundraising, and enrollment management. Located in Chicago, Lipman Hearne is led by marketing specialists whose executive and agency backgrounds include tenures in higher education and nonprofit marketing, advertising and branding, market research, fundraising, and enrollment marketing. www.lipmanhearne.com


Adam Shapiro