We are strategists and counselors, writers, editors and designers, coaches and trainers, and experts in media relations, digital and visual communications, event promotion and issues and crisis management. We are recognized by clients and peers as a communications leader in numerous fields, including healthcare, conservation, destination and culture, civic and government relations, associations and nonprofit organizations.

Diverse in our backgrounds, ages, interests, lifestyles, and work and life experiences, we teach and learn from each other, back each other up and brainstorm and collaborate closely. From interns to CEO, we work with purpose to bring our clients fresh creative thinking combined with practical experience, hard work and dedicated and reliable client service.

We are a founding member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, one of the world’s leading networks of independently owned public relations counseling firms, providing you access to the international creative capabilities of over 2,000 communications professionals worldwide.

  • Jill Allread, APR
    Jill Allread, APRChief Executive Officer
    Jill leads PCI and provides executive counsels to a wide variety of organizations and individuals to enhance their brands, strategies and reputations. An agency owner for more than 20 years, Jill also draws upon her experience as a daily newspaper reporter and editor when helping clients more effectively tell their story through strategic communications and […]
  • Craig Pugh, APR
    Craig Pugh, APRPresident
    Craig Pugh provides executive and issues counsel to clients in all sectors, including tourism and hospitality planning and development, business to business, and association marketing. Craig, who joined PCI’s ownership team in 2015 as the agency’s fifth president in its 53-year history, helps to manage professional development and concentrates on the agency’s growth. He brings to the agency 30 years of extensive management and communications experience in both for-profit business and nonprofit organizations, and returns to Chicago after several years leading two Florida cultural attractions through strategic expansions and major capital campaigns. Craig has served on several boards, most recently the Florida Attractions Association, Florida Association of Museums, and advisory board of Tampa’s destination marketing organization Visit Tampa Bay, and was appointed in 2009 by Florida’s Governor to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Pugh received the 2013 Hometown Hero Award from Visit Tampa Bay for leadership in attracting convention business. Craig previously held editorial positions for new book development at the educational publisher Scott, Foresman & Company and was managing editor for the medical publisher Times Mirror/Mosby Year Book prior to working at Chicago Zoological Society as associate director for communications. Craig earned a Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University.
  • Pamela Oettel, MBA
    Pamela Oettel, MBAChief Financial & Operations Officer
  • Wendi Koziol, APR
    Wendi Koziol, APRManaging Director
    Working with a diverse group of healthcare, education and nonprofit organizations, Wendi is involved in some of the agency’s most sophisticated programs, developing strategy and leading award-winning account teams. Wendi’s passion for making a positive difference inspired her to help launch PCI Cares, which connects staff to service projects and supports causes that matter to […]
  • Sharon Dewar
    Sharon DewarSenior Vice President
    To say Sharon goes out of her way to draw attention to conservation issues might be an understatement. She took a news team to one of the most remote forests of Central Africa to see scientists studying apes. It was just one highlight of a career in science communications, destination marketing, media strategy and crisis […]
  • Mary Erangey
    Mary ErangeyHealthcare
    Mary specializes in strategic communications campaigns to help education, healthcare and association clients increase their share of voice and deliver clear messages on complicated issues. She’s led the development of award-winning creative marketing content and has helped win visibility for the turnaround stories of schools and professional associations. Her approach to campaign management is collaborative, […]
  • Leigh Madden
    Leigh MaddenHealthcare
    With more than two decades experience in healthcare, Leigh uses her strategic counsel and issues management skills to develop and lead award-winning programs for corporate and nonprofit accounts. Her campaigns have involved Major League Baseball, a First Lady and more than a half dozen physician specialties, and she’s loved each and every one. Fun Fact: […]
  • Michael Queroz
    Michael QuerozDigital
    Michael Queroz leads Public Communications Inc.’s digital practice. He is particularly passionate about integrating media and digital strategies into client programs to support all communications needs, and has worked with a variety of Chicago-based and national nonprofit, conservation, destination and healthcare clients. Fun Fact: Although he is a PR professional by day, he is an […]


We are a diverse, results-driven team of professionals who provide a wide variety
of clients with strategic communication solutions.

Our firm is:

A national, independent firm founded in Chicago in 1962

Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Certified LGBT Business Enterprise TM (LGBTBE)

A founding member of The Worldcom PR Group, the world’s leading network of
independent PR firms globally


Amanda ReCupido

Vice President, Nonprofit

Amanda ReCupido is a Vice President who specializes in communications for nonprofit and cultural institutions. She is passionate about her clients, for whom she’s led multiple award-winning campaigns, and whose work spans across the arts, social services, philanthropy, government and education fields.

Amanda enjoys writing so much that she continues this work beyond the office, recently co-authoring a children’s book with her husband about the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo.

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