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 LePage

Manager

Cait Lower

Manager

Jake Kyte

Account Executive

Lauren Brown

Director

Alex Kuehler

Account Supervisor

Alison Vickers

Director

Sarah Jasinski

Operations Manager

Courtney Goodings

Research Director

Molly Bateman

Account Executive

Caroline Smyrl

Account Executive

Jamie Bennett

Account Supervisor

Alli Mickey

Account Supervisor

Sarah Soulier

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 LePage

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

Manager

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.

Jake Kyte

Account Executive

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

Director

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.

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.

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.

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 Executive

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.

Caroline Smyrl

Account Executive

Caroline provides data-driven research support for The Monument Group's campaigns by monitoring specific industry trends, providing insight on media strategy, and contributing to tactical message development. Before joining The Monument Group, Caroline was an analyst at a venture capital firm that invested in the real estate, travel, and autonomous air transport industries. Caroline is a native Austinite, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Plan II Honors and government and a minor in history.

Jamie Bennett

Account Supervisor

Jamie’s experience is grounded in policy communications. He serves clients of The Monument Group by designing, developing and executing communications strategies to move their priorities forward. He has previous experience as a communications director and policy analyst in the Texas Senate and across a broad range of Texas politics that include a statewide think-tank, the state party and a political consulting firm. Jamie also served as a staff member in the United States Congress in Washington and on a previous Presidential campaign. A native Texan, Jamie earned a degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University.

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.

Sarah Soulier

Sarah has expertise in storytelling and content creation through prior experience in communications with national trade associations, on Capitol Hill and political campaigns. Prior to joining The Monument Group, Sarah worked for the Consumer Brands Association in Washington, DC, where she conducted research and crafted compelling and effective messaging to tell the industry’s story to lawmakers and the administration. Before Consumer Brands, she held positions with Airlines for America and in Senator Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) DC office, as part of their communications teams. Sarah was born and raised in the DFW area and is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she earned a degree in mass communication, with a minor in political science.