Christina Johnson, president of On 3 Public Relations, opened the full service and certified woman- owned firm in February 2008. She previously served as Director of Public Relations for a lobbying firm, providing clients with message development, strategic communication, grassroots advocacy and overall paid and earned media outreach. Christina’s executive and legislative branch experience include her positions as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of State, Communications Director at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and as Director of Communications for the Florida Senate President. She managed the development of television, radio and brochure projects for various department campaigns. Johnson also developed, coordinated and distributed cohesive messaging to local, state, and national media outlets including the writing of speeches, opinion editorials, articles and press releases.
She currently serves as Director of the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute, which is led by the Central Florida Partnership’s BusinessForce. Its mission is to identify and train Central Florida business leaders within the seven-county region to run for local, state and federal office. Since its inception, the Institute has graduated 12 elected officials in six short years. Christina began her career at the Republican National Committee (RNC) where she was responsible for political activities and assisting state parties with county caucuses and state conventions for delegate selection to the convention and taught campaign seminars for legislative candidates. She provided the lead on press, logistics and fundraising events for the President, Vice President and various cabinet officials and federal campaigns within the region during the 1988, 1990, and 1992 election cycles. Christina also worked at the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) as Director of Campaign Operations for statewide and congressional races during the 2002 election cycle – picking up three GOP congressional seats and electing an allRepublican Cabinet.
Christina Johnson lives with her husband, David, in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a member of the Capital City Tiger Bay Club, the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), the American Association of PoliticalConsultants and Public Affairs Professionals, and is an appointee to the Florida Hotel and Restaurant Advisory Council. She is also the Florida Director of Maggie’s List, a federal political action committee formed to support women running for the US House and Senate. Christina recently received FPRA’s prestigious Stanley Tait Professional Award for Professionalism and Leadership. She graduated in 1986 from the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a degree in Political Science.
Cory Tilley is a long-time veteran of the public relations, political communications and government arenas. He is well-known in Florida and throughout the nation for his political and communications expertise. Prior to establishing CoreMessage in 2001, Cory worked as a top adviser to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for nearly eight years where he spearheaded the governor’s public relations efforts.
From fall of 1999 to summer of 2001, Cory served as Governor Bush’s deputy chief of staff. Before his appointment to deputy chief of staff, Cory served as director of communications for Governor Bush during his first year in office. Cory was also the director of communications for the Bush-Brogan Transition Team and the successful 1998 Bush-Brogan gubernatorial campaign. In these roles, Cory managed all communications and public relations efforts for the Governor’s Office and campaign, and acted as chief spokesperson for the governor and lieutenant governor. Prior to joining the 1998 Bush-Brogan campaign, Cory served as executive and deputy executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. Cory also previously served as communications director for the Republican Party of Florida, press secretary for the Bush-Feeney 1994 gubernatorial campaign, press secretary to Maine Governor John R. McKernan and executive director of the 1992 Maine Bush-Quayle campaign. Cory earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University.
Jennifer Fennell, APR, CPRC
Jennifer Fennell is currently the Vice President at CoreMessage, an award-winning, full-service public relations and issue advocacy firm based in Tallahassee, Florida. A seasoned public relations counselor with 20 years of experience, Jennifer’s expertise in message development, crisis communications, public affairs and publication production have advanced the communication goals of CEOs to state agency heads.
Jennifer is Accredited in Public Relations and a Certified Public Relations Counselor. She is the recipient of more than 30 statewide and local public relations and advertising awards and is a past president of the Florida Public Relations Association Capital Chapter. A graduate of Florida State University, Jennifer bleeds garnet and gold. The loves of her life include her husband and son, four-legged children, a good Pinot Noir, Star Wars and bacon.
As Director of Media Relations for CoreMessage, Michael Williams is the lead contact for media outlets statewide. As a life-long resident of Tallahassee and with nearly a decade of experience in the legislative process, Michael brings a unique perspective to the Tallahassee 100 and how Tallahassee has evolved over the past 35 years.
Michael serves on a number of community boards and advisory councils and enjoys breaking 90 on the golf course, perfecting the 12-minute mile, tea parties with his daughters, and on Saturdays in the Fall, you’re likely to find him at Doak Campbell Stadium. Michael and his wife Katie live in Tallahassee with their two daughters.
As the Director of Advocacy for CoreMessage, Carrie Patrick spearheads coalition building and earned media campaigns throughout Florida. With nearly 14 years of professional experience, Carrie has the institutional knowledge to interest Tallahassee 100 readers on all of the exciting things that happen in and around the state capitol.
Outside of the office, Carrie helps fundraise and plan events for local non-profits and local elections. Her favorite things in the world are her husband, son, family, friends and two fur babies. She’s a two-time degree achiever and proud alumni of Florida State University.
Kendra Parson, vice president of accounts at On 3 Public Relations, has worked in communications and public relations for more than a decade with experience in state and federal government and non-profit management. She has held leadership roles for several agencies, providing message development, strategic communication, and media outreach. Kendra’s state and federal government experience include positions as director of external affairs for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, communications director at the Florida Department of Management Services and Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She also served as the public relations/communications manager for the Florida Virtual Campus, a division of University of West Florida’s Division of Research and Strategic Innovation. In her government work, Parson developed, coordinated and distributed cohesive messaging to local, state, and national media outlets including the writing of speeches, opinion editorials, articles and press releases.
Before entering the world of government, Parson served as the campaign director for the United Way of Santa Rosa County. She began her career at Mediacom Communications where she was responsible for promoting and creating messaging for Mediacom services throughout Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.
Kendra Parson lives with her husband, Timothy, and daughter, Suzie, in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated in 2006 from the University of West Florida in Pensacola with a degree in Public Relations.