J Vander Stoep

J Vander Stoep

Principal

J. has more than 25 years experience in helping public figures and organizations prepare, avoid, and manage communications crises — including high profile cases appearing in national and regional media. He served as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator and was a Washington state representative. J. has worked with dozens of public agencies, public figures, nonprofits and businesses as a communications consultant and strategist.

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Vice President

Michael brings more than 30 years of extensive, hands-on experience to Sound Counsel, including more than nine years leading crisis communications at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the world’s second-largest global cruise vacation company. He also led Royal Caribbean’s office of Corporate Communications. Michael has worked in the media, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. Treasury Department – where he led the U.S. Customs Service’s office of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean, for 13 years. He has regularly dealt with media and issues from around the world.

Timothy Killian

Timothy Killian

Vice President

Tim brings more than 25 years frontline crisis experience working with large corporations, small business, government agencies and public figures. He’s worked in government & public affairs, including as the council liaison for the Mayor of Seattle. Tim has run several statewide political initiatives and candidate campaigns. Tim has extensive experience in online and social media monitoring. He was an adjunct professor at Seattle University, teaching public affairs and crisis communications.

Kraig Naasz

Kraig Naasz

Senior Strategist

Kraig is an experienced public communicator. A CEO of several national trade associations that experienced crisis, he guided the mining industry’s response to the Sago Mine disaster, the fertilizer industry’s response to the Oklahoma City bombing and the apple industry’s response to the Alar scare. kraig has created many national communications campaigns including the Frozen, How Fresh Stays Fresh campaign encouraging consumers to take a fresh look at frozen foods and the Alcohol Responsibility campaign driving underage and binge drinking to their lowest levels in 40 years. Early in his career, Kraig served as press secretary and communications director to several members of congress.