Our Team

Meet our team of marketing strategists.

At GNA Creative, our innovation is inspired by our passion. We hire employees with a specific combination of qualities—integrity, imagination, and a constant drive to improve the world around them. Guided by these principals, we’ve attracted some pretty talented people with brand development and communications campaign strategy experience with internationally known brands—including PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, American Honda, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Bay Area Rapid Transit, the California High Speed Rail, the Port of Los Angeles, Waste Management, Environmental Protection Agency, BNSF Railway, BMW, the City of Los Angeles, Frito Lay, NRDC, UPS, SoCalGas, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and more.

Agency Management

Erik Neandross, Chief Executive Officer

As one of the alternative fuel industry’s most knowledgeable, engaged, and trusted professionals, Erik has been at the forefront of some of nation’s largest alternative fuel vehicle projects–working with numerous Fortune 500 companies and public sector representatives. He has led the development of several of the nation’s most successful planned clean fuel corridors and is actively engaged in the high horsepower industry, including projects in the marine, rail, mining, and oil and gas E&P sectors. He was the visionary who launched two of the nation’s leading alternative fuel conferences – the ACT Expo and the HHP Summit. Outside of GNA, Erik contributes to a monthly column in Fleet Owner magazine, speaks at clean transportation events around the world, is on the board of the Coalition for Clean Air, Co-Chair of the City of Santa Monica Environmental Task Force, and a Director for the Zolla Family Foundation. Erik graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University.

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Project Strategy & Creative Development

Sarah Gallagher, Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Sarah Gallagher has more than 15 years of experience developing communications and brand strategy campaigns for both small businesses and globally-recognized brands spanning the transportation, energy, and financial sectors. She manages a team of marketing specialists and graphic designers with extensive experience developing strategic communications and outreach plans to further clean air and transportation initiatives. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Capital University and a master’s degree in communications management from the University of Southern California. In 2014, Sarah started the annual “Women in Advanced Clean Tech” summit, which showcases the accomplishments of female executives shaping the future of the transportation sector. Sarah serves on the Communications Committee for NGVAmerica, and is a member of the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Young Professionals in Energy, and Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Energy.

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Alexis (Lexi) Wiley, Director, Communications & Media Relations

Lexi Wiley drives strategic communications campaigns for the agency’s clients and plays a key role in growing the firm to provide creative solutions for multifaceted projects. Lexi combines her dedication to improving air quality issues and advancing the clean energy industry with her passion for learning to direct and execute cutting-edge communications programs at all stages. She has 10 years of experience providing counsel on corporate positioning and media strategies in complex political and community environments within the transportation, energy, land-use, and financial services industries. She has earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and continues to stay abreast on today’s trends in marketing and communications by continuing her education through courses at UCLA Extension, General Assembly, and Lynda.com. Lexi sits on the board of BREATHE California of Los Angeles (BREATHE LA), co-founded Women in Advanced Clean Tech, and is a member of the Coalition for Clean Air, and Young Professionals in Energy, Heal the Bay, and Women of Renewable Industries & Sustainable Energy.

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Rodger Lueras, Art Director & Creative Manager

Rodger Lueras leads the design and development of all visual aspects of a given marketing initiative to ensure the most engaging, consistent, and effective solution, including brand identity development, print and digital advertising, large scale event graphics, and websites. With over 20 years of industry experience, Rodger has delivered a diverse blend of talent and creativity while leading design projects for high-profile clients, including Mattel Inc., The Walt Disney Company, PepsiCo, and Nike.

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Celeste Griffy, Manager, Communications & Media

Celeste drives strategic communications projects for clients at the forefront advanced transportation, innovation, and clean tech. She develops creative strategies to build media coverage and promote industry-wide thought leadership by creating dynamic communication campaigns and messaging strategies for clients as well as for GNA’s executive team. Celeste leverages extensive experience in marketing, communications, and sustainability, having previously worked with clients across social and environmental issues to understand their audience, hone their message, and scale their reach. With a focus on sustainability, Celeste has created implementation and communication plans for businesses and organizations across sectors and industries globally. Celeste earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.

Meg Dinga, Designer

Meg Dinga provides her expertise in advertising, graphic design, web design, brand strategy, and creative problem solving to GNA events and client projects. Meg contributes over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry,  where she worked directly with advertising agencies, brands, and commercial production companies to analyze their creative briefs and build strategic partnerships with her clients. Meg is uniquely skilled at strategy, ideation, and project management. Her portfolio of work includes print ads, logo design, email marketing campaigns, and more.

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Samantha Miyamoto, Manager, Database Marketing

Samantha Miyamoto manages all of the database operations at GNA. Her work reflects how GNA’s data is ultimately leveraged for marketing, CRM, and outreach efforts. Samantha also manages the back-end integration of the database with all internal tools and systems. Samantha obtained her bachelor’s degree in ecology from UCLA and a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on biostatistics & epidemiology from the USC Keck School. She stays up-to-date on data management and interfaces through CodePen, Github, and Repl.it.

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Nicole (Nicki) Alcombright, Communications & Marketing Specialist

Nicki handles the execution of GNA Creative’s multi-channel marketing campaigns for events and clients, including automated email campaigns, social media strategy, webinar development, SEO-driven content creation, and partner marketing campaigns. She also provides project management for GNA’s media publication, ACT-News.com, including developing and coordinating original news content, managing webinars, building the weekly e-newsletters, and campaign reporting. She has seven years of digital marketing experience with a strong background in event marketing. Nicki obtained a BA from Loyola Marymount University and is currently working towards her MBA at Pepperdine University.

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Tim Decker, Lead Web Architect

Tim Decker conducts the creation and maintenance of all GNA Creative website projects. As a Full Stack Developer specializing in custom WordPress builds, Tim is galvanized by clean, efficient, and inspiring web production. Whether serving solutions for modest or booming companies, his ultimate goal is an administrative-friendly backend and intuitive, front-facing UI/UX. In addition, Tim places precise attention to site security and across—the-board performance and in doing so, openly embraces bleed-edge technology where suited in each new venture. He has a BA in Philosophy from Wheaton College.

Events & Experiential Marketing

Tony Quist, Vice President, Sales & Events

Tony leads sales for GNA’s conferences and expositions, including the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo and the Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit. He leverages more than 20 years of experience in the tradeshow industry to design events that return maximum value to participants. He oversees all aspects of event sponsor and exhibitor relations, including sponsorship package development, contract negotiations, and exhibit hall logistics and layout. Tony plays an integral role in building GNA’s event portfolio through new event launches and expansion of existing events.

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Kimberly Klonoski, Director of Events & Experiential Marketing

Kimberly Klonoski oversees the management and execution of client-hosted workshops and ribbon-cuttings, as well as GNA’s conference series—including the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit, Rethink Methane Symposium, and Dairy Sustainability Summit. She has more than 10 years of experience in the event and hospitality industries including contract negotiation, and the management of venue, hotel, audio/visual, and catering contracts. She is a professional with extensive logistics experience impacting the visibility, reputation and profitability of events through strategic planning and tactical details. Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University. She is a member of the Coalition for Clean Air and Young Professionals in Energy.

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Caroline Kratofil, Marketing Manager, Events

Caroline Kratofil manages the marketing and communications for GNA’s largest annual conferences, including the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Rethink Methane Symposium, and California Dairy Sustainability Summit. As a modern marketer, Caroline has multi-faceted experience with event marketing, digital campaign strategy, website development, and content strategy. At GNA, she leads event marketing projects, including managing strategic partnerships with associations, overseeing event websites, designing email campaigns, and creating event assets.

Barbara Brentano, Audience Engagement Manager

Barbara Brentano collaborates with clients and stakeholders to develop and execute data-driven audience growth plans across all content distribution platforms. Barbara possesses a natural gift for engaging with clients and team members to build strong relationships. She is enthusiastic and passionate about the support of clients and stakeholders, whether it’s for live events including multi-day conferences, webinar participation, nurturing email campaigns, or marketing studies and surveys. She has lived abroad, including two years in Costa Rica where she served in the Peace Corps. She is a member of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative, the Nature Conservancy, and sits on the steering committee for the Working Harbor Committee in New York harbor.

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Strategic Advisors

Cliff Gladstein

Cliff Gladstein, President

Since founding GNA in 1993, Cliff has been instrumental in the development of environmental programs and policies that have improved air quality, increased the use of clean fuels and advanced technologies in transportation, and spurred the creation of innovative public-private partnerships in a variety of sectors. It is for these reasons that he has become one of the most sought after leaders within the environmental and energy communities—he offers unparalleled experience, insight, and perspective on critical issues at the very heart of our transportation and energy systems.

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Sean Turner, Chief Operating Officer

Sean oversees GNA’s technical team and personally works directly on a host of engineering and advanced technology projects. He provides senior technical oversight to GNA’s clients on alternative fuel initiatives, air quality improvement, fleet planning, and vehicular technology. For more than 20 years, Sean has worked in international engineering consulting and government affairs on automotive emissions, alternative fuels, and air-quality issues.

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Learn more about our team of engineers, policy and compliance specialists, and grant writers who collaborate with us to develop the unique strategies that make GNA a recognized industry leader.

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