Our client list is diverse and we are particularly proud of our expertise in non-profithealthcarewellnesspublic health education and public information.

  • Media Relations (Audit, Strategy, Planning, Execution)

  • Thought Leadership

  • Community Campaigns

  • Writing (Ghost Written Blogs & Op-eds)

  • Videography

  • Analyst Relations

  • Website Content

  • Media Relations Training

  • Social Media Strategy & Management

  • Photography

  • Crisis Communications

  • Strategic Business Counsel

Led by longtime collaborators, Karen Werstein and Amanda Calnan Vowels, Wild Pacific PR & Strategy is a culmination of their 15 years teaming on successful local and national campaigns.

Karen Werstein

Karen has spent nearly two decades creating custom PR campaigns and securing top-notch news coverage. She places clients exactly where they want to be — whether it's The Wall Street Journal or a daily industry blog post. 

Regionally, Karen enjoys strong relationships with local media and her personalized work has resulted in both Emmy and Peabody Award-winning news coverage promoting organ and tissue donation for Donate Life Northwest.

Before launching Werstein Communications in 2007, Karen flexed marketing skills at American Red Cross, managing all aspects of blood donor recruitment. Prior to Red Cross, Karen worked across cultures and time zones with national and international clients at Wave Rock Communications.

Karen specializes in public health and thrives on working with small to mid-size companies and non-profits as they initiate, create and grow their brand, voice and PR campaigns.

Karen holds a degree in communications from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Midwest roots shine in her community organizing, whether it's an epic potluck or a weekly group trail run.  


Amanda Calnan Vowels

Having started her career in gritty newsrooms, Amanda thrives on capturing compelling stories, no matter how complex the topic.

For over a decade, as Vowels Communications, she served clients ranging from public health education to construction, fashion, and even Australia's largest freight rail operator. 

Prior to consulting, Amanda was Communications Director for American Red Cross Pacific NW Blood Region where she directed all internal and external communication following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Amanda earned a "PRSA Spotlight Award" for Red Cross blood shortage news coverage and was appointed to the Red Cross National Communications Task Force.

Prior to the Red Cross, Amanda worked with national and international clients at Wave Rock Communications. 

Amanda is an advocate of organ, blood and tissue donation and twice served on Donate Life Northwest's Board of Directors. She holds a degree in journalism with an emphasis in politics from University of Portland.

After a recent stint living on the other side of the Pacific, in Brisbane, Australia, Amanda is happy to, once again, call Oregon home.