The (W)right On team is comprised of some of the brightest minds in the communications industry. Our hands-on staff combines passion, creativity and focus to exceed our client partners’ expectations. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our current openings.
A connected and passionate communicator and successful entrepreneur, Julie Wright leads client strategy development and oversees the hard-working team at (W)right On, inspiring excellence and achievement for the agency’s clients every day. Formerly Director of Marketing for a financial institution with $1 billion in assets under management, Julie served at several public relations agencies in her hometown of Vancouver, B.C. before launching her own agency. She began her career as a journalist, working as a radio news anchor. Today, her knowledge and skill in traditional public relations strategies and marketing communications is matched with her social media and online marketing know-how. Julie is a past chair of the San Diego North Economic Development Council Board of Directors and the President’s University Council, a community advisory group, at California State University San Marcos. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation and on the advisory board for RSI Systems International, developers of the RoomKey guest experience software for the hospitality industry. Julie has achieved various recognitions for her community service and leadership, including being named a Woman Who Means Business by the San Diego Business Journal in 2010 and a 40 Under 40 honoree by San Diego Metropolitan in 2006. She received the Fran Aleshire Award for Community Leadership from the alumni of Leadership North County in 2009. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of B.C. and a Master of Journalism degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. She is a 2003 graduate of the Leadership North County program and is active in its alumni group. Julie has two teenage sons, enjoys running along the Del Mar and Solana Beach coastline and collects frogs and Champagne. Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
CEO & Managing Partner
Grant Wright has more than 25 years of senior management experience leading external affairs and business development for major American and Canadian corporations and their subsidiaries. With extensive skills in all aspects of communications including media, regulatory, governmental, community outreach and labor relations; he has also led major infrastructure project development, M&A due diligence and implementation management, marketing and brand development, strategic planning and business plan development for small through Fortune 500 companies. As Managing Partner, Grant provides oversight and senior-level communications and business counsel for the agency’s client partners while also overseeing agency management and administration. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance. Professionally, he has been involved in corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors and is currently a Board Director of the San Diego Venture Group (regional venture capital ecosystem). Wright was also named a Finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 and 2017 Most Admired CEO Awards. During his free time, Grant enjoys scuba diving, hiking and being a mentor for university students entering their professional career. He is also a commercial pilot licensed in both Canada and the U.S. and is the founding board chairman of the now 5,000+ member Southern California Aviation Association that has provided more than $400,000 in student scholarship grants in the past five years alone.
Director, B2B & Infrastructure Development
Chance Shay contributes strong program leadership through innovative communications strategies, established media relationships and cutting-edge outreach tactics. Chance has advanced communications programs for B2B and B2C clients ranging in size from local startups to international enterprises within the technology, entertainment, energy & utility and transportation industries. He is particularly fond of his work with philanthropic foundations, developing strategies to fulfill their mission statement while inspiring others to take action. Chance is an alumni of San Diego State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and recognition on the Dean’s List with academic honors. In his free time, Chance enjoys running half marathons, playing catch at Dog Beach with his chocolate Labrador Shakespeare, hiking San Diego’s many scenic trails, surfing, attending home games for his favorite sports teams and spending time with his family and goddaughter. Chance’s passion for the ocean extends beyond catching a few waves as he is an active member of the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego chapter, where he’s a Core Volunteer and member of the “Hold Onto Your Butts Campaign” committee. Twitter LinkedIn
Senior Communications Strategist
Shae is a seasoned professional with over 17 years experience representing world-class travel and hospitality clients. Formerly PR Director with Four Seasons Resorts and a consultant for a wide variety of resorts in California, Hawaii and Mexico, Shae began her career in Hawaii for six years with the state’s largest PR firm. Over the course of her career, Shae has spearheaded numerous campaigns involving everything from hotel openings and property renovations to anniversaries and special events. Her expertise in communications and all things hospitality includes a broad range of niche markets – spa, golf, recreation, weddings, dining, luxury, family and green travel. Shae holds a Bachelor degree from Arizona State University and Master degree in Mass Communications (with PR emphasis) from UC Santa Barbara. In her spare time Shae enjoys playing soccer, running training and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Sandra Wellausen provides (W)right On’s client partners 14 years communication experience implementing strategic communication programs as well as producing award-winning publications and materials. Particularly experienced in communications for the healthcare, energy, water and infrastructure sectors, her experience runs the gamut of stakeholder relations strategies, social media, special events, advertising campaigns, website development, brand creation and more. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree (Magna cum Laude) from San Diego State University, and is a recipient of the Communicator Award of Excellence; Bernay’s Award of Excellence; and the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Award. She is fluent in four languages, volunteers as a kindergarten art teacher, and enjoys photography and spending time with her family.
With more than 15 years of corporate and agency communications experience, Linda is a PR expert. She’s represented B2B and B2C organizations, including Sony Electronics, Musicmatch Yahoo!, EVS and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. From tech and music to insurance and waste management, Linda’s industry knowledge runs the gamut. Having successfully managed, developed and executed national and international communications plans, Linda’s expertise includes consumer awareness campaigns, product launches, media training, issues and brand management, award submissions, media and analyst relations and writing. She’s elevated executives and companies into the spotlight; orchestrated blogger, influencer and media events; led product launches for major brands; written speeches; secured magazine covers; landed major speaking opportunities and led international tradeshow engagement. A graduate of California Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Journalism (Cum Laude), she enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, golfing, playing guitar and song writing. She lives with her husband, two kids, dog and 19-year old leopard gecko in San Diego.
Jr. Communications Strategist
Aisha brings a competitive advantage to the (W)right On team with her diverse background and unique upbringing. Her experiences in very different parts of the world including Salt Lake City, Utah and the island of Penang in Malaysia have challenged her to develop into a interculturally competent person. She has accumulated broad experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising with clients in various industries such as healthcare, consumer, technology, hospitality, entertainment and government. After graduating high school at the age of 16, Aisha attended San Diego State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations. Her love for writing, culture, socializing and traveling comes together perfectly in her position at (W)right On.
Kara is known for her “out of the box” thinking and passion for the media industry. As Communications Coordinator, she supports (W)right On’s land development, energy, utility, technology, B-to-B, professional services, hospitality and non-profit clients. Before joining (W)right On, Kara served as a PR Assistant at a boutique PR firm and supported communications for the Orlando Magic and LA Clippers. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in PR and Mass Communications. As a California native, she enjoys the beach, Disneyland trips, crafting, and being outdoors.
Design & Multimedia Specialist
Keely brings an eye for design to the (W)right On team. Her experience stretches from web to print media, designing for local businesses, schools, and corporate structures. Keely seeks to create art that motivates the audience to see and experience the world in fresh and exhilarating ways. As an artist and innovator, she engages various mediums including graphic design, sculpture, illustration, dance and music. With a passion for expression she strives to build relationships around fostering creativity and collaboration. Keely has a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design from San Diego State University.
Lead Developer and Technical Resource
Phelan Riessen is a passionate web and graphic design artist with over 25 years of experience designing and building more than 60 websites for a variety of organizations. Skilled in fontography, web design, photoshop and web marketing strategies, Phelan also holds a strong presence in the San Diego tech community by serving as an organizer of several large scale events including RefreshSD, March Mingle and Startup Week.
Collin Chappelle is a visual storyteller with over 12 years’ experience shooting editorial, commercial and corporate projects, specializing in melding technique and craft to share client partner stories. His diverse experience ranges from community journalism, B2B storytelling and commercial advertising for such clients as Coca-Cola, the United States Marine Corps, AMWAY, Milk Life, NASCAR and many others. In combination with his expertise in cinematic composition & lighting, Collin shoots using the latest Canon digital still and cinema cameras and equipment tailored to each unique project. This includes 6K-capable cameras, aerial drone capability, and specialty lighting and sound equipment, all with the specific goal of elevating the filmic qualities of a client partners’ visuals. Collin holds Masters of Art in Commercial Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design and is a current member of the American Society of Media Photographers and American Photographic Artists.
Media Integration Specialist
Formerly with VisitBritain and Showtime Networks, Katrina Early provides (W)right On client partners’ integrated and creative partnerships with film and TV studios, retailers, and media outlets such as Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner brothers, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Entertainment Tonight to name a few. Experienced in the hospitality, travel, entertainment industries among others, Katrina coordinates all aspects of B2B industry events, as well as grows client partners’ audience social media engagement through highly sharable digital content. Results achieved include positive media placement in top tier outlets including: National Geographic, Robb Report, Forbes, USA Today, LA Times, NBC/Today Show, E! News, Extra, The Tonight Show, People and many others. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Relations from CSU Long Beach and a Master of Arts in Communications from the prestigious University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.
Director, Research & Analytics
As Director of Research & Analytics based out of (W)right On’s Vancouver office, Hamish leads (W)right On’s survey and stakeholder information gathering initiatives North America-wide. A former advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, Provincial Premiers, City Mayors and dozens of elected officials, he also served in the government of Canada overseeing the quantitative and qualitative research activities of federal government agencies. With experience using every sort of data collection method to provide critical insights for strategic planning, marketing and other organizational activities, Hamish has worked with dozens of private and public sector client partners, including the world’s largest mining company. In 2004 he worked in radio business development in Kabul, Afghanistan, and he has volunteered in democracy building activities in Bangladesh and Jordan. Today, Hamish is frequently sought out by the media as expert commentator for national television, radio and print publications. Prior to joining (W)right On, Hamish worked as the Research Director for Angus Reid Public Opinion, conducting and performing analysis on surveys in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oxford in England, a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Toronto and enjoys history, writing and sailing.
SEO and Digital Marketing Specialist
Andy Mansker leads digital marketing and SEO strategies for (W)right On’s client partners drawing on 20 years of digital and website experience. Andy began his career as an in-house web development manager in the late 1990s. He moved to managing all facets of internet development and consulting including eCommerce, database, marketing, email marketing and website builds. Today, he is focused on supporting online marketing needs from SEO to Adwords/PPC to help clients reach more customers more effectively.