Meet the Team

Susan MacLaren, Creative Director

Susan is the Creative Director at Communication Leadership Consulting, working with clients on content strategy, remote collaboration tools, and digital communication. She oversees the creative direction of the consultancy, organizes and provides support for the volunteer program,  and helps facilitate team workflow. She owns Susan with Camera, a creative consulting business that provides content strategy, guidance, and communication support to small businesses and nonprofits, with a particular goal of  working to empower women in business startup and success. She is a graduate student in the Communication Leadership Program.


Stasea Stewart, Client Development

Stasea Stewart was born and raised in the shrubland city of Lancaster, CA. Her childhood home, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, is where she learned the value of community, connections and networking. In 2019, Stewart graduated from California State University, Fullerton as a BOLD Women’s Leadership scholar with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication – Public Relations degree. She is a current CommLead student who strives toward contributing to the body of human research surrounding communication, media, and culture. She will apply for doctoral programs at the end of 2020.


Evelyne Kuo, Event Curation

Evelyne designs and leads virtual events, consults with clients, and shares best practices for hosting digital gatherings. Originally from Taiwan, Evelyne has worked in advertising and digital marketing in the FMCG industry. She has worked for the UW School of Nursing as a video production assistant and has assisted in Restart Partners’ #WearAMaskWA campaign. Currently, she is a full-time student in the Master of Communication of Digital Media program. She is also a marketing specialist at BaishanCloud North America Corporation and event coordinator for the Comm Lead program.


Ryan Quigtar, Community Relations & Equity

Ryan is the Executive Director of the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, a non-profit convening over 30 organizations to improve academic outcomes for students and families through a racial equity lens. He is in his second year of the Communication Leadership program, on the Communities and Networks track. Previously, he worked as the Community Partner Liaison for the Education, Communities and Organizations major for UW-College of Education, managing the senior capstone internship program. Ryan’s personal mission is to empower communities of color, change systems and increase generational wealth for Black and Brown people.


Hannah Wheeler, Development and Outreach Coordinator

Hannah helps grow and develop the COVID-19 consultancy through outreach to the broader community, creating mentorship opportunities within the program, and assisting with digital communications. She’s a part-time student in the Master of Communication in Communities and Networks program and works for REI leading the Experiences team in the Bellevue store. She is also passionate about outdoor recreation and the environment and volunteers as a board member and communications chair of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club. 


Mo Herbert, Video Production & Consulting

Mo is a videographer, storyteller, and musician with experience shooting and editing videos for organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Shannon McAuliffe for District Attorney, and the Facts Over Fear campaign. She is well versed in cinematography, post-production, and audio production. She is a full-time student studying Communication in Digital Media and is currently working on an album in her spare time.

In addition to our core team, dozens of volunteers make our work possible. If you’re interested in working with us, fill out this form.

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