Our Team.

Our team of professionals bring decades of experience from large agency settings, Fortune 500 companies, presidential and congressional campaigns and administrations, state government, broadcast news, and non-profits. We counsel local businesses, large publicly traded companies, start-ups, foreign governments and everything in between, bringing a diverse lineup of experience to bat for our clients to address their greatest challenges and opportunities.

Team Team

Scott Dunaway

Partner

Travis Thomas

Partner

Katie Avinger

Manager

Cait Lower

Account Supervisor

David Pruitt

Account Supervisor

Jake Kyte

Account Coordinator

Lauren Brown

Manager

Alison Vickers

Director

Kailey Shatzer

Director

Alan Goss

Director

Sarah Jasinski

Operations Manager

Courtney Goodings

Research Director

Molly Bateman

Account Coordinator

Alli Mickey

Account Supervisor

Alex Kuehler

Account Supervisor

Scott Dunaway

Partner

Scott has counseled and guided clients through media relations, message control, public affairs communications, government relations and issues management for more than 20 years. A diverse group of organizations and entities including Fortune 500 companies, national non-profit organizations and state and local governments have trusted Scott and his team to service their communication needs. Scott served in the Administration of President George W. Bush in addition to having worked on staff for a number of years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He founded The Monument Group in 2008.

Travis Thomas

Partner

Travis brings 25 years of political, government and corporate strategic communications experience to his work with The Monument Group. An expert at understanding the impact of public opinion on an organization’s reputation and business goals, Travis provides clients strategic guidance for effectively communicating with their most critical constituencies and decision makers. Prior to joining The Monument Group in 2014, Travis was a member of the U.S. executive management team of Hill+Knowlton Strategies for nine years, six of which were spent with Texas-based Public Strategies, Inc. Previously, Travis spent more than a decade working for President George W. Bush as part of his gubernatorial and presidential administrations and campaigns. In addition to serving as Associate Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House, he also served as Director of the Office of Business Liaison for U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans, and as National Finance Director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.

Katie Avinger

Manager

Katie specializes in media relations, digital strategy, grassroots advocacy, strategic communications and state and federal government affairs. Her client work spans across multiple industries in national and international markets, including transportation, energy, healthcare, sports, beverage, and trade relations. Prior to joining The Monument Group, she held roles in the Texas Attorney General’s office and on several political campaigns managing media relations and digital media campaigns. Katie graduated cum laude from Louisiana State University with a degree in Political Communication.

Cait Lower

Account Supervisor

Cait brings her expertise in creative asset development, campaign strategy, state policy, media relations, and more to the Monument team. Specializing in advocacy-focused communications, Cait has experience in several industries, including technology, healthcare, energy and consumer. Previously, Cait supported FleishmanHillard as an Account Executive, where she implemented thought leadership initiatives, executed public health programs, strengthened media relations efforts and coordinated partner relationships. Cait graduated from the University of Florida with a major in public relations and minor in graphic design.

David Pruitt

Account Supervisor

David joined the Monument Group full-time in 2016 and affords clients experience in industry and issue monitoring, grassroots development, coalition building, issue-specific campaigns and media strategy. His client work extends across several industries including transportation, energy, technology, healthcare, and government. Prior to joining The Monument Group, David worked on both a Presidential campaign and U.S. Senate campaign. David holds two degrees from The University of Alabama.

Jake Kyte

Account Coordinator

Jake offers experience in message development, copywriting, public outreach and issues management gained through his work in the news media, a global trade association, a music nonprofit and the boutique hotel industry. Prior to joining the Monument team, Jake served as public relations manager for The House of Songs, an international music collaborative, and was a member of the Communications and Industry Affairs team at the Entertainment Software Association in Washington, D.C. Jake graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas, majoring in journalism and political science with an emphasis on public relations and advertising.

Lauren Brown

Manager

Lauren develops and executes comprehensive communications campaigns for The Monument Group’s clients, with a focus in grassroots campaigns, advocacy communications, media relations and message development. Her client work extends across healthcare, transportation, technology, banking, retail and energy industries, delivering results that strategically enhance reputation and drive stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the Monument Group in 2012, Lauren held positions with both ESPN and Livestrong Texas 4000 for Cancer. Lauren is an Austinite and an honors graduate from The University of Texas at Austin.

Alison Vickers

Director

Alison has been with the Monument Group since 2010. She specializes in integrated campaigns for our clients, overseeing strategy, messaging, media relations, website and creative design development. Alison has experience working with clients across industries including, healthcare, technology, energy, finance, and education. Prior to joining The Monument Group, Alison began her career working for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in New York, assisting clients with strategic communications and public affairs campaigns. Alison is a native of Washington, D.C. and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Kailey Shatzer

Director

Kailey has worked alongside clients of the Monument Group since the firms’ inception in 2008, helping them launch brands and initiatives, navigate reputational challenges, increase awareness and establish credibility in the Texas marketplace.  Kailey has over a decade of experience in media relations, message and content development, advocacy and consumer communications campaigns and project management. Her expertise extends across a multitude of industries including energy, healthcare, technology, finance, food and beverage and real estate, working with clients to develop and implement effective communications strategies. Kailey is a native Austinite and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Alan Goss

Director

Alan has a passion for leveraging data-driven insights to drive communications strategy and deliver impactful results for clients. From traditional media relations and digital engagement, to message development and influencer strategy, Alan develops creative programs that align with an organization’s business objectives to reach the right audiences and decision makers. Prior to joining The Monument Group team in 2018, Alan was a member of the Corporate and Public Affairs teams at Hill+Knowlton Strategies where he worked with clients across industries including automotive, retail, veterinary, financial, energy, healthcare, food services, technology and audit.

Sarah Jasinski

Operations Manager

Sarah manages overall operations for The Monument Group, including finances, the development and implementation of firm policies and procedures, and the administration of employee benefits, programs and practices within the firm. With over 15 years of experience in property and office management, construction oversight, event planning and vendor relations, she provides critical expertise to a growing office. Her previous professional experience includes similar roles at Jahn Architects and R/GA Media of Chicago, where she managed over 50 employees.

Courtney Goodings

Research Director

Courtney’s experience in strategic communications and message development spans nearly two decades. She excels in research, rapid response, and crisis communications bringing a unique perspective to the industry and her clients. Courtney has provided guidance and leadership to multiple high-stakes campaigns, Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and nonprofits. She has played a pivotal role in influential political and policy decisions at national, state, and local levels. Courtney is a native Austinite and a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Molly Bateman

Account Coordinator

Molly develops and executes marketing campaigns and oversees the promotion and strategic positioning of The Monument Group. She provides clients with experience in industry monitoring, media relations, and strategic communications. Prior to joining the team full time, Molly interned with the Monument Group and Congresswoman Kay Granger and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Alli Mickey

Account Supervisor

Alli applies her expertise in media relations, event marketing, strategic communications and public relations campaigns to help clients reach target audiences and communicate effectively. Her experience spans several industries, including healthcare, education, technology, hospitality and retail, as well as events and issues in the non-profit sector.Prior to joining The Monument Group, Alli held positions at Integrate Agency and in the media relations and communications office at Baylor College of Medicine, where she helped manage internal and external communications related to patient outreach, medical research and health policy. Alli is a native Texan and graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Marketing.

Alex Kuehler

Account Supervisor

Alex offers a diverse background for our clients, including experience on the political trail, on Capitol Hill and in public relations and public affairs campaigns. Prior to joining The Monument Group, Alex worked for Firehouse Strategies in Washington, D.C., supporting clients in the healthcare, technology, real estate and logistics industries. Before Firehouse, he worked in Congress for Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17), managing his constituent communications. Alex is an alumnus of multiple national and statewide campaigns, including the Marco Rubio for President, Eric Greitens for Governor, and Marco Rubio for Senate campaigns. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.