Robert Baratta - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Owns more rare books than any reasonable person should
  • Studies Arabic…for fun

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Virginia Influencers

Robert Baratta

Robert specializes in representing clients before governmental bodies, developing multi-state marketing strategies and assisting clients with regulatory and procurement issues. He is an expert on state budgetary and appropriations processes. He also assists corporations with regulatory and business issues before state agencies and commissions.

Robert served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor George Allen, Deputy Budget Director for the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade for Virginia. More recently, he was appointed to the Gubernatorial Transition Advisory Commission of Governor Mark Warner. In the private sector, he was the Director of Business Development for a major Southeastern law firm and Business Development Manager for VMS, Inc., a Richmond-based asset management company. Robert also served in the U.S. Army for 14 years in various duty assignments, including in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon and Assistant Professor at West Point.

Robert holds a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point
and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5309
  • 804.771.5317
Clark Barrineau - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Swam 4.4 miles across the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Has attended more than one pro-wrestling show in his lifetime.
  • Is booked solid every Saturday in the fall for Clemson football.

Clark Barrineau

Clark manages comprehensive media, government and corporate relations strategies for Capital Results clients. With a background in rapid response communications, grassroots campaign building and issue advocacy, Clark brings a track record of proven experience to each new client project. His areas of focus include non-profits, energy, health care, broadband and transportation.

Clark excels at creating sophisticated external affairs strategies that get results. He is in constant communication with not just clients, but various corporate departments, government stakeholders and media outlets. He has experience working with public relations firms, trade associations and political organizations, and helping them create and implement public affairs tactics. In addition to his strategic role, he also has significant media relations experience, from publishing op-eds in The Hill and The Richmond Times-Dispatch, to getting coverage from The Colbert Report and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

After living and working in Washington D.C. for eight years, Clark joined Capital Results in the fall of 2015. Prior to moving to Richmond, Clark worked for Hillenby, a strategic communications firm based in Alexandria, VA where he managed client accounts and led marketing, regulatory affairs and crisis management efforts for their diverse client portfolio. During his time in the D.C. area, Clark also worked for the American Society of Civil Engineers where he served as lead media contact for the 145,000 member organization. Of note, Clark oversaw the launch of the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, resulting in over 1,500 media mentions during launch week, and mentions from President Obama and several U.S Senators and House members. Along with time spent working as a political consultant, Clark has developed expertise in media relations, government affairs and coalition building throughout his career.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5312
  • 804.771.5317
Laura Berne - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Loves all things horse-related
  • Lived in England and Austria
  • Biked the coast of California from Half Moon Bay to Los Angeles – twice

Laura Berne

Laura serves as the Accounting Manager for Capital Results, handling everything from making sure the lights stay on to compiling the Financial Statements. She’s a critical part of the team who makes sure that client and company resources are properly utilized, and at the end of the day can account for every penny spent. She has over thirty years of experience in accounting, software support and implementation of accounting software in a variety of business environments.

Originally from the Mojave Desert in California, Laura studied business at California State University Fullerton and Irvine Valley Community College. She lives at her farm, Respite Farm, in Montpelier, Virginia and is active in the Charlottesville chapter of the Virginia Dressage Association.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5335
  • 804.771.5317
Shawn Day - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Enjoys hiking, running and exploring outdoors
  • Spends fall and spring Saturdays on the soccer field, either coaching or watching his kids play
  • Is fascinated by digital technology, and has presented and published scholarly research on its effects on news media, politics and society.

Shawn Day

Shawn directs integrated communications strategies designed to raise political and public support for clients primarily in the healthcare, technology and energy industries. His background in journalism and understanding of complex public policies provide a unique perspective on crafting effective campaigns to help clients achieve their goals.

Shawn oversees media relations, stakeholder outreach and strategic communications to build coalitions and foster a favorable environment for clients’ business objectives. He manages clients’ relationships with news reporters and opinion leaders, as well as nonprofit groups, trade associations, public policy think-tanks, and civic and business organizations. Shawn has extensive experience conducting in-depth policy research and analysis, and he works with regulatory and government affairs teams to shape messaging, media strategy and other aspects of strategic communications plans.

Prior to joining Capital Results, Shawn worked at The Virginian-Pilot, where he served as the lead editorial writer on state government and politics. He previously served as a news reporter at The Virginian-Pilot, the Daily Press and at newspapers in Oregon and Arizona, and he has written about a variety of issues at the local, state and federal levels. Shawn also is an adjunct professor at Thomas Nelson Community College, where he teaches composition and persuasive writing courses.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5306
  • 804.771.5317
Steele H. Gamble - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Will find a way to relate anything to Tennessee Vols football
  • Favorite past time is distance running while listening to audiobooks
  • Office pull-up champion

Steele H. Gamble

Steele moved to Richmond and joined Capital Results in January 2016. His main project areas include media relations, marketing and grassroots advocacy. He works with clients in a wide variety of fields ranging from healthcare and finance to arts and entertainment. With every client, he emphasizes ample research in order to better understand the client and to craft effective messages for them.

Steele Develops communication plans and earned media strategies that have yielded great results for clients. He also assists in message development for grassroots initiatives at the local and statewide level.

Before moving to Richmond, Steele worked on a campaign that successfully put a referendum to allow wine sales in grocery stores on Tennessee state election ballets in more than 80 localities. His prior experiences include working at two local public relations firms, a community magazine and Scripps Networks Interactive.

Contact Information

  • 804-771-5318
  • 804.771.5317
Kristopher Freeman - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Has seen Modest Mouse three times….in a week span (over 10 total).
  • Watched every Paul Newman film (and will buy any Newman’s Own product he finds).
  • To him, Saturdays exist for college football (Roll Wave!).

Kristopher Freeman

As a seasoned web developer and graphic designer at Capital Results, Kristopher helps our clients create powerful and effective web experiences to successfully achieve their public affairs objectives. Through the development of cutting-edge web sites, creative print advertising and engaging print materials, Kristopher translates our clients’ messages into compelling, multimedia products that have the power to persuade targeted audiences and shape public opinion.

Kristopher prides himself on being a full-stack developer, meaning he can take ideas from their conception to completion. He is well versed in many web languages – HTML, CSS, Java – as well as numerous development languages – PHP and Python. His skills cover many aspects of graphic design, web design, illustration and technical knowledge, and he continuously immerses himself in industry literature and trends to discover the most innovative and effective ways to communicate our clients’ messages.

Before joining Capital Results, Kristopher interned at an ad agency in New Orleans, where he worked for a variety of clients fulfilling their creative print needs.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5305
  • 804.771.5317
Bea González - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Interned at CNN in Washington, D.C.
  • Is an avid golfer and made two holes-in-one from the ladies' tees at the ages of 12 and 13
  • Interest in politics came from her father's involvement in Puerto Rican politics

Bea González

Bea represents a variety of clients in the areas of government relations and issue management. She brings more than 15 years of experience working with the legislative and executive branches and regulatory agencies in Virginia. She also represents clients at the national level by working with Attorneys General and Governors associations, as well as other national legislative organizations. Bea has been named one of the outstanding people in Richmond under the age of 40.

Before joining Capital Results, Bea worked with the government relations team at a major Southeastern law firm. She also served as the Finance Director for the Republican Party of Virginia and as a consultant for the Republican National Committee and the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C.

Bea holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. She has served on a number of community and charitable boards, and is currently on the VCU Massey Cancer Center Board, and is involved in Republican groups across the state, such as the Hanover Republican Women's Club, of which she is a former President.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5310
  • 804.771.5317
Ashley Helms - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Started waterskiing at age 6
  • Ran cross country in the Junior Olympics
  • Not so secret cat lover

Ashley Helms

Ashley works with a variety of clients in areas including media relations, public affairs and strategic communications. With a strong record of communications experience both nationally and statewide, she helps generate positive media coverage and creates effective communication campaigns to meet client needs.

Prior to joining Capital Results, Ashley served as a Senior Associate at a DC-based public affairs firm. She has also worked in the United States House of Representatives as press secretary for Congressman Connie Mack and Congressman Joe Walsh, where she developed strategic media campaigns to ensure successful communication and messaging for both Congressmen. During the 2012 election cycle, Ashley served as Deputy Communications Director for the Connie Mack U.S. Senate campaign in Florida.

Ashley graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5303
  • 804.771.5317
Amy Jensen - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Enjoys boating on the James River
  • Is the office dog’s (Finn) favorite “aunt”
  • Currently holds the “Longest Commute” title at Capital Results

Amy Jensen

Amy keeps the office running on all cylinders. She is more than Capital Results’ office manager; drawing on her years of experience in project and program management, she is responsible for overseeing project schedules for our digital strategies department. She also assists on grassroots activities and special projects. Her attention to detail, knack for anticipating the needs of everyone and ability to break down complex projects into manageable pieces are utilized daily.

Prior to joining Capital Results, Amy worked at AT&T for 20 years as a Senior Design Specialist before taking a few years off to spend more time raising her two daughters. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College where she majored in Economics and Business Administration. Amy lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with her husband, a rocket scientist.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5333
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Stephanie Kane - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Is an aspiring calligrapher
  • Knows that God must be a Tar Heel because He made the sky Carolina Blue!
  • Addictions: the Simpsons, Carolina basketball, orchids, concerts, fried pickles

Stephanie Kane

Stephanie manages integrated communications strategies for public affairs initiatives from the local level to the national stage, representing trade associations and corporate clients in the healthcare, transportation, technology and retail industries. Her experience includes developing and leading policy and advocacy campaigns to foster public and political support, crisis management, and building and protecting organizational reputation.

Stephanie specializes in issue-based strategic planning, messaging development, media relations, grassroots and grasstops advocacy, coalition development, and special event planning. She brings a journalism and advertising background to her work, giving her a keen sense of how to portray organizational voice to various third-party audiences in the public and government relations landscapes. She also develops content for earned media, paid advertising, legislative and public outreach, social media and websites. Stephanie helps build relationships between her clients and stakeholders such as civic and business groups, advocacy organizations, non-profits, trade associations and government entities, all while moving toward strategic and public policy objectives.

A Norfolk native, Stephanie rejoined the Capital Results team in 2015 after working for a Pittsburgh advertising and marketing agency, where she handled client service, project management and account coordination, and supported the public relations team with media relations and crisis communications. She previously worked for a national public affairs company on their AT&T account in North and South Carolina, where she focused on corporate communications and media relations. While in college, Stephanie interned for an Atlanta public relations firm on their hospitality, healthcare and real estate clients and was published in a local biweekly newspaper called the Carrboro Commons. Stephanie’s varied background has given her experience in business-to-business communications, government relations, public awareness campaigns and client service.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5307
  • 804.771.5317
Ted Kefalas - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Played varsity football for the University of Virginia.
  • Interned for the U.S. House Majority Leader in Washington, D.C.
  • Originally from Richmond and attended Godwin High School.

Ted Kefalas

Ted works primarily in media relations, grassroots advocacy, and coalition development. He utilizes established relationships with a variety of community leaders as well as local officials in order to assist different clients with their specific goals from the ground up. Additionally, Ted is responsible for social media management and analytic research to get the best understanding of the issue from a local perspective.

During his time with the firm, Ted has worked on grassroots campaigns in multiple states to generate support for several clients. He has also assisted in media relations throughout Virginia by working with various news outlets to help promote certain clients’ strategic goals. Through his extensive research, Ted has developed numerous detailed databases for specific regions throughout the country. These skills along with Ted’s previous experience and education help him to approach his clients’ issue with a distinct point of view.

In addition to his responsibilities with Capital Results, Ted is also currently active in campaign organizing on the local, state, and federal level. Prior to joining the team, Ted worked as a communications strategist at a public relations firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. A recent graduate of the University of Virginia with a double major in American Politics and Media Studies, Ted worked as an intern for Dr. Larry Sabato at the UVA Center for Politics and as an associate producer on a nationally broadcast television show, The Miller Center’s American Forum, while in school. During his four years, Ted was also a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity and served as a national student lobbyist for the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5304
  • 804.771.5317
Katie McKee - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Can walk on her hands
  • Eats spaghetti at least five times a week
  • Takes great pride in keeping the office pet frogs well-fed and healthy

Katie McKee

Katie works with a variety of clients doing research, writing and assisting with media relations and grassroots campaigns. Having grown up in Asia, her interest in public relations and public affairs stems from watching how different strategies work in a variety of business and political landscapes.

Prior to joining Capital Results, Katie was a research assistant at a marketing research start-up in Charleston, South Carolina before moving to Richmond to work at an international advertising agency. Katie graduated from the University of Virginia, where she earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in Japanese and Foreign Affairs.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5314
  • 804.771.5317
Deepak Mohanan - Photo

Interesting Fact

  • Played interstate volleyball during high school

Deepak Mohanan

Deepak is one of Capital Results’ talented software engineers and works on most of our custom applications needed to meet our clients' unique requirements. He also develops many of our Mobile Applications and Drupal content management systems that enable our clients to update and manage their own websites should they choose that option.

Deepak received a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from University College of Engineering in Karyavattom, India. He is Sun certified in Java Programming (SCJP) and also has a certification from Aptech. Prior to joining Capital Results in 2008, Deepak worked for several software engineering companies.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5300
  • 804.771.5317
John Mohrmann - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Hails to the Redskins
  • Studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for a summer
  • Served as the president of his fraternity

John Mohrmann

John serves in the areas of government affairs, strategic communication, grassroots advocacy, and research and analysis. He has a strong understanding of the Commonwealth’s political landscape, and provides clients with a clear comprehension of complex statutory and regulatory schemes.

John works on state and national advocacy and communications initiatives for clients in a variety of industries—integrating coalition development, media outreach and management, and grassroots mobilization to influence public policy. He represents clients from the healthcare and financial sectors before the Virginia General Assembly.

Prior to joining Capital Results, John worked as a contract attorney for several law firms in Richmond. John has worked for a Virginia state agency, several non-profit advocacy organizations, and a large mid-Atlantic government affairs consulting firm. While working for these entities, John served as an intermediary between stakeholders and policymakers, helping facilitate solutions backed by analytical research.

Contact Information

  • 804-771-5316
  • 804.771.5317
David Ogburn, Jr. - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Autocrosses on the SCCA National Tour with his son.
  • Bought one of the first Macs in 1984 ... as a gift for his wife.
  • Has attended baseball games in 16 different Major League parks.

David Ogburn, Jr.

David provides thoughtful and well-researched advice to Capital Results’ clients on regulatory and legislative issues across a variety of industries. As a non-practicing attorney, he dives deep into proposed legislation, current Code and regulations to find ways to help clients navigate this complex environment. His experience ranges from telecommunications and technology to energy and healthcare. David brings decades of experience advocating for business clients before legislative bodies and regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining Capital Results, David worked for Verizon Communications, first in their Legal Department and then as part of their State Government Affairs team. In his role at Verizon, David was responsible for the company’s relationship with the Virginia State Corporation Commission as well as policy development on regulatory and legislative matters. During his tenure, he regularly lobbied and testified before legislative committees and was instrumental in drafting, negotiating and passing landmark telecommunications legislation.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics and a Juris Doctorate, both from the University of Virginia. A Virginia native, he was raised on his family’s tobacco farm near McKenney, Virginia.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5315
  • 804.771.5317
Julie Rautio - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Skied her way through college working as a Vail Ski Instructor (free lessons upon request)
  • On the White House advance team that brought back the items donated by the Polish government to the Holocaust Museum in Washington
  • Avid distance runner and cyclist … has run the Boston Marathon twice

Julie Rautio

Julie works in the areas of public affairs, issue management and strategic communications. She helps clients achieve public policy goals through a variety of activities including media relations, grassroots advocacy, coalition building, message development and advertising. Julie believes in a hands-on approach and uses a broad network of relationships to help clients effectively communicate on public policy issues.

Julie started what is now Capital Results in 1998 with the idea that actively and creatively engaging citizens in even the most complex public affairs issues would lead to more successful efforts to change public policy. The firm has since grown to be a full-service public affairs company. Julie's background prior to founding the company was primarily political communications having served Governor George Allen and Vice President Dan Quayle.

Raised in Vail, Colorado, Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She serves on a number of charitable boards including the Virginia Public Access Project and the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. She also serves on the Riverside Health System Board of Directors.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5301
  • 804.771.5317
Rob Shinn - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Played varsity baseball in college and tried out with the Cincinnati Reds
  • Rob's father was an American diplomat and arms control negotiator who worked for Henry Kissinger and served on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) in the 1970s

Rob Shinn

Rob assists clients in the areas of business consulting, government affairs and strategic communications. His work includes everything from corporate strategy and executive coaching to government affairs and issue management. He has twice been profiled in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and was recently named one of the 75 most powerful people in Richmond.

Prior to joining Capital Results, Rob was the senior advisor to former U.S. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow during his tenure as Chairman of CSX Corporation. He also served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Economic Development in Virginia.

Rob is active in the Richmond community and serves on a number of charitable and community boards including The Virginia Community College System, Powell Center for Economic Education, Maymont Foundation, Science Museum Foundation, and CenterStage Foundation.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5308
  • 804.771.5317
Jay Smith - Photo

Interesting Facts

  • Enjoys waterskiing and wakeboarding
  • Appeared in a National Geographic story about his home town of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Die-hard Virginia Tech Hokies fan

Jay Smith

Jay oversees a number of major clients in the areas of strategic communications, coalition development and grassroots advocacy. His strength is using these techniques to help organizations achieve their public policy goals. He was recently featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch for his work assisting United Airlines in being awarded a new international route from Washington to Beijing China.

Before joining Capital Results, Jay served as Special Assistant to Governor George Allen in the areas of communications, policy and research. Jay continued working for Governor Allen through his statewide political action committee and campaign for United States Senate.

Jay holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master's of Public Administration (MPA) from Virginia Tech. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as a weekly tutor for a disadvantaged student in the Richmond area. He also serves on the board of Virginia Public Access Project and Good Shepherd Episcopal School.

Contact Information

  • 804.771.5302
  • 804.771.5317