Kara DeMent (left), KeAsha Rogers and Sandra Wellhausen of (W)Right On Communications.

By Rick Griffin

(W)right On Communications, a public relations firm headquartered in Solana Beach, has hired Sandra Wellhausen as a communications strategist and KeAsha Rogers as a graphic designer and promoted Kara DeMent to communications strategist.

The agency said Wellhausen, with 14 years of public relations experience, will support nonprofit clients Radiant Health Centers of Orange County, Tri-City Hospital Foundation and New Haven Youth and Family Services of Vista, as well as energy efficiency communications for the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department. The SDSU graduate (magna cum laude) is fluent in four languages.

Rogers, with eight years of experience, recently worked for Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, a community development nonprofit that serves families in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles and San Diego with housing and financial services. She graduated magna cum laude from Westwood College.

DeMent, who has worked with the agency since 2005, is a graduate of California State University San Bernardino. She supports the agency’s hospitality clients, including Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, San Diego Tourism Marketing District and Visit Oceanside, as well as its healthcare practice, including WESTliving, a senior living community, and Tri-City Medical Center.

“Sandra and KeAsha are great additions to the agency’s roster of creative, strategic leaders making a positive impact for our client partners, and client partners are already benefiting and achieving more wins from their contributions and Kara’s expanded capabilities and responsibilities,” said Julie Wright, president and founder.

(W)right On Communications has offices in Solana Beach, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Founded in 1998 in Vancouver, the agency expanded to San Diego in 2000. The firm has clients in the business-to-business, energy, healthcare, hospitality, infrastructure development, nonprofit, professional services, technology and clean tech sectors.

L7 Creative Wins 2 Awards for Eisenhower Website

L7 Creative, a Carlsbad-based digital brand engagement agency, reports it recently won two awards for its design work on the Eisenhower Medical Center’s careers website.

The awards included a Healthcare Advertising Award from the Healthcare Marketing Report, a publication covering healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business strategies, and an Aster Award from Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine.

L7 said its full redesign of the website integrated recruitment and tracking software, allowing Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage to effectively analyze, plan and strategize their recruitment efforts. “The site creates the right environment for a rich candidate experience, which is crucial for Eisenhower to maintain its reputation as a premier healthcare facility and to fulfill its mission to serve the changing healthcare needs of the region.” said Lance Pine, director of client strategy, L7. Founded in 2001, L7 also has an office in Boston.

Channel 10 Photographers Recognized

ABC10/KGTV was recently honored by the National Press Photographers Association as the West Coast Station of the Year. The station said it competed against 13 other stations for the award.

“To have such a diverse group of storytellers, all in the same building, shows something very special is happening inside our newsroom,” said Steve Fedoriska, chief photographer at ABC10. “Seven 10News employees were recognized individually in this regional contest, which is just one of many things to be proud of.”

KPBS Named ‘Most Admired News Outlet’

KPBS was recently recognized as the “Most Admired News Outlet” by Reality Changers, a nonprofit that raises and spends money from government grants and direct contributions to send disadvantaged students to college. With studios on the campus of San Diego State University, KPBS was selected through online voting. KPBS said other news outlets competing for the award included inewsource, KUSI-TV, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of La Jolla Internet Radio and Voice of San Diego.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Tom Karlo, general manager of KPBS. “Getting this award means that we have earned the trust of our listeners and viewers, something that we value most of all. We will continue working hard to make an impact on our community by providing context and perspective in our news coverage.”

Reality Changers recently made news after several board members resigned reportedly over disputes with the charity’s founder Christopher Yanov.


Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and marketing consultant. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in Times of San Diego.

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