Noel Krive, President

Noel Krive is the founder and president of MZ Public Affairs. As an expert in media relations and communications, she specializes in strategic media placement and business messaging.

Prior to starting MZPA, Noel served as a press officer and consultant on Capitol Hill for many years. During her time in D.C., she represented non-profits at media events, promoted book releases and worked with dozens of political clients to publicize their messages. Before moving to Washington D.C., Noel worked on political campaigns across America, including high profile races in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Associate Directors

East Coast Region: Joseph D. Elie

Joe Elie is a professional speechwriter. Joe has worked in public relations for a state attorney general and is a veteran of campaigns for city council, mayor, state legislature, governor, US senate, and president. Joe graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and was a Marine infantryman in the first Gulf War. He currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife and children.

West Coast Region: Donna Worley

Donna Worley is a writer and licensed private investigator with a background in marketing.  She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science, plus an associate’s degree in social science .

Before joining MZPA, Donna wrote for the Sacramento Bee, The Sacramento Business Journal and The Thunder Press. She also manages her own private investigation firm, working cases throughout California from Los Angeles to Sacramento. She has managed a multitude of political campaigns for federal, state and local office candidates, in both Tennessee and California.

Donna served as president and secretary to two nationally known women’s organizations, as well as producing their newsletters. She worked for more than six years in marketing for military newspapers and an advertising agency. She currently resides in Central California.

Online Marketing and Fundraising Director: Rachael Baxter-Lechliter

Rachael oversees MZPA’s Online Marketing division, helping craft and develop social media marketing campaigns, brand management, viral and awareness communication strategies for all our clients.

Before joining the team at MZPA, Rachael previously held the position of Business Manager for one of the Top 25 Accounting Firms in New York. Her primary duties included wealth management as she coordinated personal and business insurance needs, managed contract relations with National and International book publishers, and monitored clients’ investments. She worked in the non-profit sector and coordinated NYC and DC events with a national non-profit organization and managed communication between various grassroots committees. She also developed, directed and implemented public relations and communication strategies to support program goals and increase community awareness of programs.

Web Designer Team Director: Eric Hopkins

Eric Hopkins is a graphic designer, web developer, video producer, programmer, and all-around media expert. His degree background is in Broadcast Communications, with experience directing a local television program, development and design for websites, brochures, and marketing videos with both internet and commercial capabilities.

Eric and his team work with many technologies, including:

  • Adobe Photoshop, After Effects,  Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • Encore
  • Motion Graphic Design
  • Java
  • 3D StudioMax
  • PHP
  • C++
  • Visual Basic
  • AutoCAD
  • SketchUp