Our Team

Stephanie R. Heinatz

Founder and Managing Partner

Cutting her teeth as a newspaper journalist and working on assignments from her own hometown, to the remote areas of East Africa to war-torn Iraq, Stephanie believed one thing – stories are the most powerful way to reach people and inspire change. She brings that same strategy to Consociate Media, where she specializes in working with business owners, legislative initiatives, economic development programs, non-profit organizations, tourism efforts and individuals to strategically plan and execute storytelling across a wide range of new and traditional media.

Michael Kimball


Michael joined Consociate Media following a long tenure at The Williamsburg Winery where he served as the Marketing Director. Prior to assuming the responsibilities of the marketing department, Michael served as the Winery’s Wine Club Director, Social Media Director and Wine Festival Manager. Michael has served on tourism advisory groups and was elected to the Virginia Wineries Association Board of Directors.

Before leaving the Williamsburg Winery, Michael was promoted to Vice President of Marketing for The Williamsburg at Wessex Hundred. Prior to joining the Winery, Michael worked as a Brand Ambassador for CIP Marketing, a European based retail and event marketing agency, with a specific focus on the sporting goods company, Adidas. While with CIP Marketing, Michael learned innovative-non-traditional branding strategies and, most importantly, developed a passion for marketing and branding.

Rudy Heinatz


Before joining Consociate Media, Rudy served in the health care field as a mid-level executive and brings a strong combination of health care knowledge, executive leadership, analytics and marketing acumen to every Consociate Media project. Specifically, his experience as an analyst (MBA, William & Mary) is utilized heavily to measure the effectiveness of efforts. If it counts, then count it. That is a philosophy he ensures is taken on each project.

Mark Harris


As a graphic and web designer wielding his knowledge from VCU’s Communication Arts program, Mark understands where the intersection of medias meet. That is, he bridges creative design with online media to help tell the best stories and reach the widest audience possible. Mark has experience with design and front-end web development across numerous industries, honing his skills with his own freelance business MarkMadeDesign before joining the Consociate team.

Brian Harris


A 20+ year veteran of a $5.2 billion international technology company, Brian is an experienced writer, public and media relations specialist and communicator. Serving in a wide variety of roles over the years, he has delivered across the product, corporate, internal and executive communications spectrum and creates all manner of assets, from impactful website copy, to employee newsletters to CEO talking points.

Andy Flint

Director of Video

Andy joined the Consociate Media team as the Director of Video following years of operating his own business, AFAV. He got into video work through the audio production field. When other videographers saw his talent in storytelling, they pushed him further in the direction of video. Anyone can pick up a video camera and point it in a direction of a subject. But not everyone can capture a moment, and edit it with other moments, to tell a story.

Amber Wyatt

Graphic Designer

Amber serves as Consociate Media’s lead Graphic Designer, bringing with her deep experience at The Williamsburg Winery as its Creative Director and prior to that as a graphic designer in the advertising art department at the Daily Press.

Rob Ostermaier


Rob, an award-winning photojournalist, is Consociate Media’s lead Photographer and joined the Consociate Media team following two decades working in newspapers, most recently at the Daily Press for the last 16 years.

Amanda Shortt

Operations Manager

Amanda has a passion for the business of running a business. She shares her knowledge of administration, management, and operations, cultivated from years of experience serving as the Corporate Secretary & HR Manager of the Williamsburg Winery and as an Associate Partner of Virginia Ventures.

Jeff Phillips

Graphic Designer

Jeff brings more than 20 years of graphic design experience to Consociate. After spending five years as the Marketing Director at Alewerks Brewing Company, where he helped reinvigorate the brand of one of Virginia’s oldest craft breweries, Jeff brought his skills (and humor!) to the Consociate team. A talented artist in his own right, he has extensive experience in apparel and t-shirt design, having worked with a wide variety of national retail clients. Logos, websites, brochures, taphandles, t-shirts, vehicle wraps – you name it, Jeff has probably designed it at some point.

Sara Harris Photography

Strategic Partner

Photographing people and the things you love.

Click here to visit Sara’s website.

Vicki L. Friedman


Vicki penned her initial story in elementary school — a humorous tale highlighting the personalities of the dogs in her Washington, D.C. neighborhood, the first in a series. Her passion for writing evolved into an award-winning newspaper career after she earned her master’s degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She enjoys connecting with people in the community and sharing the uniqueness of their stories while building lasting friendships along the way.

Matt Washburn

Videographer / Motion Graphics Artist

Matt got his start in the creative field with graphic design and front-end web development, and eventually pursued a career in video. Before joining Consociate Media, Matt spent 10 years working as a videographer and motion graphics artist and today he brings those incredible creative talents to the video department.

AJ Harris

Junior Communications Associate

AJ is a Junior Communications Associate at Consociate Media, putting his social media prowess, analytical skills and fun-loving personality to work in variety of ways supporting the team. Prior to joining Consociate, AJ studied at Radford University where he was a proud member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

Jillian Lawrence

Junior Communications Associate

Jillian is a Junior Communications Associate at Consociate Media. Her love of photography and writing started at a young age and has turned into a passion for blogging and all things social media! She is a current student at the University of Mary Washington where she is perfecting her skills as a communications major and is a member of the National Communication Honor Society. When she’s not drafting social media content, snapping photos, or writing blogs, you can find her on the UMW field hockey field or boating down the Ware River with her family.

Ford Silberhorn

Junior Communications Associate

Ford is a Junior Communications Associate at Consociate Media. An avid reader and writer, he puts his skills to work in researching and writing blog posts for the Consociate team. Additionally, Ford is a student in the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University where he is pursuing an English degree. Outside of work, he loves playing the guitar, listening to music, and writing short stories.