Evie Smith

Founder / CEO / Lead Publicist

Evie is the founder of Rebellious PR & Consulting. After almost a decade working for traditional PR agencies, Evie was pretty sure she hated PR and was done making rich white CIS men, richer. After some soul searching she decided to give this whole PR thing one more shot, but on her terms. Rebellious was founded with the principles that the client-agency relationship would be a true partnership, the work would be thoughtful, the standards would be high and the overall approach to PR would be BS-free.

Rebellious PR has been going strong for almost three years under Evie’s thoughtful guidance. Prior to founding Rebellious, Evie worked at PR agencies in Portland and the Bay Area. She has worked with companies of every size – from Fortune 500 companies to edgy startups. There is nothing she can’t work her magic on. She has gotten clients coverage in just about every major publication from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Globe and Mail, The AV Club and much, much more.

Evie’s guiding principle is that everything starts and ends with the relationship. The relationship you have with your clients, the press, your team. At Rebellious Evie fosters safe, uplifting spaces for employees and do the dang work. She prides herself on having complete transparency and honesty with her team, clients and herself.

In her free time, Evie loves trying new things! From sports to food, and even new languages, she jumps in with both feet and a ton of optimism.

Rachel Johnston

Vice PRESIDENT / Senior Account Director

Rachel loves to tell remarkable stories. Her work experience has spanned a number of industries, with the common thread of storytelling through marketing, communication, production, and efficient operations. She owes her industry flexibility to a love of people, ideas, experiences, and a willingness to change lanes and learn often.

Early in her career, she was deep in the first big waves of social media lifestyle integration, producing social media content and user experiences at live events — well before content was king, when it was barely courting the social channels of the internet. From there, she went on to manage event partnerships for live events broadcasts on ESPN2, ESPN3and Twitch, and has transformed the companies she’s worked at as a Director of Marketing & Communications with direct measurable growth.

Rachel is always ready to roll her sleeves up and get dirty with a project. She prides herself on quality of work, efficiency, content efficacy, and values transparent communicative working cultures. Most of her career has been developed at small companies, and she very much values working with small teams of versatile, resourceful, and independent thinkers. As an independent and creative thinker herself, she is a perfect fit for the Rebellious PR team. Her experience in marketing brings a unique perspective to Rebellious clients and she is enthusiastic to wake up and do good work every day for our clients.

In her free time, she has produced two award-winning feature-length documentaries, she roller skates nearly every day, and occasionally does stunt work for Film & TV in Hollywood.

Meghan Jones

account director / Social Media Manager

Meghan is a wearer of many hats. She has nearly 20 years of management experience at companies who produce creative events and content. She is a creative catalyst who loves being social, and has always had a knack for connecting people and sharing their stories. She considers herself a conduit between brand and consumer.

After nearly a decade turning the arts and entertainment world on its head in Austin, Texas, Meghan headed west to continue reaping and cultivating her sphere of influence in Los Angeles. Since moving to Los Angeles she has made a path for herself through her insight into social media and digital marketing, while also taking on several producer roles for podcasts, live series sessions, events and more. Formerly a Director of US & Canadian Events, she has produced, promoted, and launched events in cities across North America. As a Director of Strategic Partnerships, she has connected brands with creatives, aligning brand recognition with innovative content opportunities.

She is a pop culture junkie and self-proclaimed art nerd, a fur baby mom to the fullest, and couldn’t manage without a good cup of joe. Find her reading blogs, listening to podcasts, crafting the perfect caption, researching the latest trends. Letting Los Angeles shape and hone her next brilliant vision.

Tatiana Skomski

Senior ACCOUNT Manager

Tatiana is a storyteller at heart and nothing makes her happier than bringing amazing client stories to life. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Public Relations program, and has been working in the Portland PR scene ever since. She has worked in agencies and in-house, so truly understands what it’s like to be a client on the other side. Tatiana is passionate about building genuine relationships and loves nothing more than getting to know what makes people who they are. 
 
Tatiana has experience in media relations, social media strategy, influencer marketing and everything and anything communications. She has experience working with small and large companies alike, and she has worked across industries, such as tech, health care, lifestyle, Food & Bev, nonprofit, travel & tourism and CPG. Overall, Tatiana is enthusiastic about getting to the heart of a story and finding the right people to tell it. 
 
Growing up in San Diego, the beach is where Tatiana is her happiest. If she’s not at the beach, she loves being with her wiener dog, Lola and her house plants. She is passionate about health and wellness due to living with a chronic illness, and loves helping others learn how to feel and be their healthiest selves. Other things that make her happy: a good cup of coffee, a glass of wine, curling up with a good book, and being outside. Oh and did she mention wiener dogs? Yeah, those too. 

Nancy Castelan

Junior Account MANAGER

Nancy graduated from Long Beach State University (Go Beach!) with a degree in Business Administration in Marketing and started her career in social media marketing. She worked with local small businesses in Orange County and helped them with their copywriting, content creation, social media marketing campaigns and influencer relations. She loved seeing these small businesses grow and wanted to learn more about helping small businesses tell their stories. 
 
Her PR career began at H+M communications, a hispanic PR agency, where she learned the ins and outs of the industry. She worked with Comcast, Universal Pictures, MGM Studios and Paramount Studios, she helped with their hispanic press placements, influencer engagement and event administration. She wanted to learn more about lifestyle PR which led her to a female-led startup agency, Number Twelve Marketing where she led PR efforts for their clients Keen.com, Astrology.com and Horoscope.com. She’s well versed in the astrology world and knows everything about birth charts and compatibility. At Rebellious PR, she’s excited to bring her PR knowledge to help create and lead amazing PR campaigns for our clients. 
 
During her free time, you can find her at a local pilates studio, hiking, or having a drink at a local wine bar. She’s also an avid cook and loves to bombard her friends with cooking videos on Instagram. She also loves reality TV, ask her anything about 90 Day Fiance or Love Island. If she could have dinner with any celebrity, she’d have dinner with Beyoncé. 

Kaulana Dilliner

Account Specialist

Kaulana is famous. Well, not yet, but that’s what his name means. A Libra originally from Hawaii, Kaulana received his degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Although an unconventional route towards a career in P.R., his experience speaks otherwise. 

Previously, Kaulana was a Public Relations Intern at Becker Communications and a Strategic Communications Intern at DTL Hawaii, two of some of the most premier P.R. agencies in Hawaii. Additionally, Kaulana worked as Communications Director at the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, Communications Assistant at the Oregon Consortium of International & Area Studies, Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator at Teach for America, and Resident Assistant at University Housing. Kaulana also provided social media marketing consultation to organizations seeking to improve social media brand awareness & responsibility. 

In his free time, Kaulana enjoys graphic designing, photography, and hiking (mostly for the pictures). Although standing at 6 feet 2 inches, Kaulana likes things that are short and sweet, which is why he prefers movies over tv shows, articles over novels, and fast food over a six-course meal. Nonetheless, Kaulana ensures that he lives life to the fullest, indulging in every single moment. 

P.S. It’s pronounced ‘cow’ like the animal, and ‘lana’ like international superstar, Lana Del Rey. 

Sara Espinosa

Account Associate

Growing up in the Tijuana/San Diego area, Sara is not new to working in a fast-paced and versatile environment. A proud Mexican-American first-generation student, she graduated with a double major in Public Relations and Romance Languages from the University of Oregon in 2020. During her time on campus, she worked with cultural student organizations, such as MEChA and Muxeres, and then went on to work as the media and publicity director of the Multicultural Center. She oversaw communications for 26 student unions and managed the center’s social media accounts. Her most treasured memory is helping organize a celebratory event called World Without Borders, a dinner party meant to bring people together and celebrate their differences.

Sara is a native Spanish speaker and proficient in French. She has worked as an English-Spanish translator and interpreter for several research projects at the Center for Equity Promotion. Her passions include easing communication between people through the eradication of language barriers and respectfully learning about different cultures. She hopes to one day be able to provide support to Latinx students seeking higher education, just as she once received support.

Her favorite holiday is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and she is a big fan of Mexican hot chocolate. When she is not daydreaming in a tea shop, Sara enjoys watching horror movies, walking through art museums and going to concerts, sometimes even all in one day.

John James Dudek

LEAD COPYWRITER/JR ACCOUNT MANAGER

John James Dudek is a copywriter and marketing strategist who loves community-building and a good character arc. While he has always loved writing, at 24, he jumped at the opportunity to open a fine dining restaurant in Portland, Oregon with two friends. There, he handled the restaurant’s marketing, copywriting, and social media accounts. After some national recognition and wonderful community building, just about 2 years in he and his business partners decided to close up shop and move onto new projects.

After closing Fenrir, John James left the restaurant industry to provide marketing strategy and copywriting for a wide variety of clients, primarily focusing on voice & tone development. His work crafts brand narratives across digital and physical spaces, from social media captions to long form articles to printed collateral.

In 2017 he became the Chief Operating Officer at TENpod, Portland’s oldest coworking company, overseeing all day-to-day operations, community-building, marketing, and copywriting efforts. He helped expand the company into its third location. It was an opportunity to work with and learn from a diverse group of folks across dozens of industries, as well as a way to partner with nonprofits and help support small businesses and teams.

Outside of work, John James (and his partner) run a small risograph print shop and small studio in Portland, Oregon called Secret Room Press. Together they produce comics and art books, make prints, and celebrate independent publishing. John James teaches zine-making courses to encourage kids and teens to disseminate information at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. He writes/illustrates comics, enjoys cooking and gardening, and can be found at your local karaoke bar singing Cher and Paul Anka any given day of the week.

Stephanie Guenther

Executive assitant to ceo &
virtual office manager

Stephanie is a Portland native and serves as the Executive Assistant to the Founder/CEO, as well as the Virtual Office Manager for the LA and PDX teams. Her roles have required her to be an expert with her soft skills and adapt to ever-changing situations. Specializing in operations, event planning and the overall employee experience, she prides herself on her ability to often see what others don’t. 

From 2014-2019 she worked in the Seattle tech-industry ranging in a variety of roles as an operations auditor, office administrator, executive assistant and for a short time a chef. Stephanie is no stranger to coming up with creative solutions to bizarre problems, often leading her to experiment with new ideas and technologies. She has been involved in projects such as Geeks in the Woods, Extra Life, ACS Relay For Life, Postback and has helped plan numerous Executive Leadership Retreats. Her work ethic, commitment to people and positive attitude are shining traits that she takes to every project. Even if it results in breaking her foot in a banana suit, sober… Yep, that happened. 

Recently she moved back to Portland in the summer of 2019 to help open up a female founded co-working space where she eventually met the Rebellious PR team. She served as the Community & Events Manager specializing in member experience and bringing more diverse events to the Portland market.

In her spare time she’s often trying out a new recipe, keeping up on interesting social trends, taking way too many photos of her friends, playing or streaming video games and hanging out with her dog. 

Nanea Woods

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Nanea Woods is a Portland Oregon native. She attended college at San Jose State and Dixie State University where she received full ride scholarships to play Division 1 Basketball. After her undergraduate studies, Nanea then then went on to pursue her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. While studying for her Masters Nanea also acted as Assistant Coach of the Women’s Basketball Program and was the youngest coach in the D-II in the conference. Nanea returned to Portland upon receiving her masters and accepted an internship and subsequently a full time role on the PR team at Wieden+Kennedy. Nanea spent 3 years at W+K leading company industry awards, events, and acting as board member of the Black employee affinity group. 

Outside of work, Nanea runs a WOC book club based in Portland called Prose Before Bros, which has been endorsed by our Forever First Lady Michelle Obama!!  Nanea also loves to hang out with her family, loves to feed her competitive spirit and play any and all types of games, from video games to tic tac toe and maybe once in awhile you can catch her coming out of retirement to play a quick game of pickup. 

Cailin Carlile

ACCOUNT Assistant

Born and raised in Portland, Cailin is a city kid raised by nature. A lover of science, nature, technology, and art – inspired when these come together to make great things happen.  Observant, curious, and thoughtful. Whose imagination is endless and never puts limits on possibilities. Likes to connect ideas and people and strives to make the world a fun and friendly place. A once Fine Arts Major in a love affair for the combination of our world with technology. Has been working at Trader Joe’s for 13 years. Volunteered with OMSI, Oregon Food Bank, Rock N’ Roll Camp 4 Girls, Bitch Media & more. Her portfolio is here: https://cailinwcarlile.com/About

Zakiyyah Wilbert

Account Associate

Zakiyyah Wilbert is a passionate and driven woman and is currently on the Rebellious team in Los Angeles, CA. She received her bachelors of science in marketing from the University at Buffalo, and received her masters of science in public relations from Buffalo State College. Notably, Zakiyyah was the first black woman to graduate with a masters in public relations at Buffalo State College.

After completing her masters, Zakiyyah worked on multiple public relations projects, uncovering her excellence in creative writing. Her early work included speech writing for recording artist 21 Savage, reporting for Sorella Boutique, press releases for Usher x Essence Magazine and developing creative on-air content for AfterBuzz TV. 

In her free time, she is an on-camera personality at AfterBuzz TV where she produces segments and moderator live after-shows for television series including, Black Love, All American, Top Boy and more. In addition, Zakiyyah has hosted multiple red carpet events, including NAACP Image Awards, BET Experience, Uptown Honors Pre Oscars Gala and more. 

Syann Cromwell

Account Associate

In true Gemini fashion, Syann can’t be described in one succinct way and she prides herself on this versatility. Her double-major in Philosophy, Politics and Law & African American Studies with a minor in Communication compliments her multifaceted personality. She graduates from the University of Southern California in May 2020. 
 
Syann strives to be an amplified voice for unheard groups of society. From being a mentor for Women and Youth Supporting Eachother (WYSE) to serving as the Assistant Director of Creative Experience, a student organization that champions marginalized creatives at USC, her experiences have granted valuable insight into identifying and solving intersectional issues. Syann has been a Production Manager at Ground Zero, a student-run performance venue on USC’s campus, for 3 years. She is the creator of GZ’s First Friday, a successful event series that celebrates art and culture. She is a facilitator of creative spaces and has a love for hosting both live events and radio/podcasts.
 
Syann is very intentional about the businesses she chooses to work for. Her first internship was at Quilt, a female-founded, tech-based community building platform for women. She quickly showed a knack for social media marketing and content creation. By the end of her first year she was managing the company’s social platforms. Rebellious PR was a natural next step for Syann who sought new ways to bring light to stories of underrepresented people doing great things in the world. Her hard work and tenacity lend themselves well to a career in PR and her passion grows each day. 
 
The Las Vegas native (unsurprisingly) loves doing things BIG. You can find her somewhere being the life of the party, questioning authority, plotting world domination and/or dancing.