As an independently owned agency, we have flexibility, lower overhead, and an adherence to top-down quality, with a strict focus on our core services unmatched by large multinational agencies. Our senior crisis team and partners are hands-on and deeply committed to our clients, and one of our senior crisis practitioners is always available to provide counsel in times of need.
Principal and Co-Founder
Sandy Lish is principal and co-founder of The Castle Group, a 24-year-old-women-owned PR and event management firm based in Boston, with offices in Atlanta and Maui. Sandy works with education, healthcare, legal, professional services, corporate, startup and nonprofit clients on strategic communications initiatives around visibility, launches, branding and thought leadership. She’s also a nationally recognized expert on crisis communications.
Castle and Sandy have won many awards, including a bronze Stevie award for International PR Firm of the Year, Corporate-Nonprofit partner and Best Place to Work from the Boston Business Journal and PR Daily’s 2017 Nonprofit PR Award honoree. Recognizing excellence in women in business throughout the Commonwealth, Sandy received the prestigious Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for her commitment to her community and entrepreneurship. Sandy has also been recognized with three national and regional awards and honors: Enterprising Women’s 2018 Women of the Year award; Women’s Enterprise Top Female CEOs of 2017; and the Tomorrow’s Women Today 2017 Woman of the Year award.
Sandy’s community engagement includes serving on the boards of the Massachusetts Bay Community College Board of Trustees, Center for Women and Enterprise, Massachusetts March of Dimes and its national Volunteer Leadership Council, Massachusetts Women’s Forum, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston College Chief Executives Club of Boston, and the WGBH Corporate Executive Council. She also recently served on the executive committee of the Public Relations Global Network, an association of 50 public relations firms to which Castle belongs.
Before Sandy and her partner, Wendy Spivak, founded Castle in 1996, she held in-house marketing positions at KPMG, Lesley University, and the Massachusetts Bar Association, and was an executive at IQ & J, a premier Boston agency.
Sandy earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Walpole, Massachusetts, with her husband and two teenagers.
Vice President and Director of Crisis Communications
Philip Hauserman leads the Atlanta office of The Castle Group. As Director of Crisis Communications, Philip routinely works closely with education, professional services, nonprofit, legal, corporate, and healthcare clients to develop and implement strategic public relations programs that deliver timely, consistent, and concise messages to the audiences that matter most.
Examples of sensitive and highly charged situations Philip has helped clients manage include discrimination, litigation, wrongful termination, workplace violence, sexual assault, data breach, and executive misconduct, among others. He is frequently called upon by industry and professional associations and media to provide expert commentary on crisis communications, and he has led numerous workshops and panel discussions on the subject as well.
A native Atlantan, Philip earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He and his wife Ashley, a Nurse Practitioner on the Egleston campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, live in Decatur with their two children. When not working or spending time with family, you’ll find him outdoors, typically swimming, biking, or running.
Senior Vice President
Sean Hennessey has extensive experience in the business, non-profit, and education sectors. As a senior leader in the Boston office, Sean is part of the firm’s crisis management practice, offering strategic counsel and written assets that are critical to messaging before, during, and after a critical event.
Sean oversees media strategy and client relations at The Castle Group. During his career, Sean has worked with clients in healthcare, life sciences, biotech, colleges and universities, architecture, law, learning disabilities, commercial real estate, lobbying, and permitting, among others Prior to his public relations career, Sean was a television news reporter for more than 20-years, with most of his career spent in the top ten markets of Boston and New York City.
Sean earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Boston College. Following his television news career, Sean returned to his alma mater and worked in the Office of University Communications for four years before moving to agency life. Sean lives in Boston with his wife and two children.
Steve Tellier regularly partners with clients in the education, healthcare, professional services, and arts sectors to craft crisis communications strategies and materials. Steve’s recent crisis experience includes handling matters related to COVID-19 preparedness and response, law enforcement investigations, litigation, workforce reductions, and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Before Steve joined The Castle Group, he spent 12 years as a television news reporter, including five as an investigative reporter, working in Fayetteville, Ark., Louisville, Ky., Minneapolis, Minn., and Boston. Steve’s expertise in media relations and investigative journalism help clients foresee difficult questions before they are posed and navigate sensitive issues in a manner that minimizes the likelihood of negative internal and external attention.
Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and history at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He lives in East Boston with his wife and young daughter.
Founder and CEO, Global View Communications
Greg Almieda is Founder and CEO of Global View Communications, an inclusion business strategy firm and long-time partner of The Castle Group.
With more than 20 years of experience in the diversity and inclusion space, Greg helps organizations improve culture and performance by developing, implementing, and enhancing diversity and inclusion initiatives. He and his firm work across the five diversity platforms – enterprise, consumer, workplace/workforce, supplier inclusion and corporate citizenship – to drive solutions and foster engagement, growth, and competitiveness.
Greg has served as a member of several professional and civic organizations and as a board member of the Diversity and Inclusion Professionals of Rhode Island (DAIP), The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and The Greater Boston Employer Advisory Board to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. He currently serves as chair of both the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF) and The Providence Foundation diversity committees.