The O'Keefe Group LLC



It’s here. A new initiative. It may be to transform a business unit, spin off a division, roll out a new technology, announce a new wellness offering or high deductible plan, change a process or change a behavior. You need to get your managers and employees on board and fast.

The O’Keefe Group, LLC provides employee communication consulting on workplace change initiatives, employee benefits and wellness and human resources issues – from strategy and planning to project management and writing.


We specialize in communicating to employees so they understand your messages and take the actions you need.

Our flexible consulting services include:

  • Strategic communication planning, project management and execution
  • Employee communication coaching and consulting
  • Focus group planning, execution and reporting
  • Human Resources policies and employee handbooks
  • Print and Web content for managers and employees including:
    • Communication Toolkits (manager and leader)
    • Presentations, interactive flip books, videos, webcasts
    • Healthcare communications and employee benefit materials
    • Summary Plan Descriptions
    • Talent and performance management communications


Teryl O’Keefe
Founder & Communication Strategist

Teryl is a communication consultant, writer and coach. She works with clients on communication and human resources issues related to workplace change, organizational restructuring and employee benefits. A communication strategist, Teryl has proven experience in executing complex communication campaigns, including strategy and planning, focus groups, editorial development and project management.


Before establishing her own consultancy in 2002, Teryl was a senior communication consultant with Aon Hewitt, where she worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop and implement communication campaigns targeting employees, managers and senior executives.


Teryl is a member and past board member for The Exchange, an International Association of Strategic Communicators and president for the WestFair chapter of International Association of Business Communicators from 2005- 2007. She has also served as a special expertise panel member for the Society of Human Resources Management.

Thomas Taglieri
Business Strategist & Senior Communication Consultant

A benefit communication specialist and expert in health care regulatory compliance, Tom has spent over 20 years in employee benefits working for some of the largest providers of benefits in the U.S. Recognized for strong project management skills and technical proficiency, he has expertise with medical, dental, disability, long-term care and expatriate plans, as well as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Prior to working with The O’Keefe Group LLC, Tom was a Senior Consultant with MetLife. There, he was accountable for compliance and the overall accuracy of group benefits plans. Fostering successful relationships with state examiners and government agencies, Tom managed multiple regulatory deliverables with lines of business, internal product partners and senior management.

JoAnne Stauss
Head of Creative Operations

JoAnne is a dynamic and detail-oriented operational leader and project manager. Her laser focus on managing creative processes, people, and technology drives innovative solutions for our clients—delivered on time and on budget.


She has extensive experience on both the agency and corporate sides, with wide-ranging expertise in partnering with cross-functional teams to deliver print and digital marketing programs under tight deadlines. A strong collaborator with highly effective relationship skills, she also brings her continuous-improvement mindset to managing the workflow of our creative team of writers, creative directors, designers, proofreaders, and programmers.

Prior to working with The O’Keefe Group, LLC, JoAnne was a marketing manager with MetLife where she implemented creative design strategies, and innovative marketing materials. Her career began on the B2B agency side where she managed creative workflow and projects for a variety of clients, including IBM, Duracell, GE Capital, and Price Waterhouse.

Danielle Foley
Senior Change Communication Consultant

A seasoned communicator, Danielle joined The O’Keefe Group, LLC with over 15 years of experience in communication, project management, and change management consulting.

An experienced project manager for complex HR communication projects as well as an accomplished writer and editor, Danielle has a keen ability to distill complex benefits and information technology topics into user-friendly, understandable terms.


After receiving her MBA from The College of William and Mary, Danielle joined PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Strategic Communication Practice, assisting clients with communication and change management for large-scale IT implementations. She then moved to Aon Hewitt and served as a senior communication consultant for over eight years.

Laura Singer
Senior Communication Consultant, Writer & Editor

Laura Singer has extensive experience using communication to connect with stakeholders, maximize engagement, strengthen brands and drive results. In recent years, her focus has been on helping employees and organizations work successfully through ongoing, rapid change.


Laura has held corporate positions at US Surgical, where she was Director of Corporate Communication, and Diageo, where she led communication and change management for the IT function. Previously, she held marketing roles in the health care field and communication roles at Harvard Medical School.

Cathleen Donnelly
Senior Communication Consultant & Writer

Cathy is a versatile, collaborative communication strategist and writer with experience in corporate, consulting and academic settings. Her deep, practical knowledge of business and workforce issues informs her client work: Creating strategic and tactical plans for diverse audiences; communicating business and program changes to drive understanding and support; crafting stories that inform and inspire.


Prior to her work with The O’Keefe Group, Cathy held multiple positions at IBM Corporation, most recently in crisis and issues management. She also served as program manager for merger and acquisition communication; and as manager of workforce communication, supporting IBM’s global compensation and benefits organization. Before joining IBM, she was communication practice leader for Mercer Human Resources Consulting.


Cathy holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, both in English Literature.

Kellie O’Keefe
Marketing/Social Media intern

Kellie O’Keefe is currently a student at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, majoring in Communications, with a double minor in Business and Media Cultures. She recently launched her own freelance Social Media Marketing business, designing and launching the social media campaigns of two businesses.

Katy MacDonald
Senior Administrative Assistant & Project Manager

Katy has a 20-year proven track record of team management, support, and training—revealing her passion for helping others find solutions. Her strong ability to predict needs and streamline processes promotes efficiency and cost-effectiveness.


Committed to excellence in service, Katy has deep expertise with database and document design and management. As an MS Office “superuser,” she combines creativity and attention to detail to ensure documents are accurate, on-brand, and well organized.

Catherine Morris
Senior Communication Consultant & Writer

Cathy Morris is a dynamic Marketing and Communications leader, offering more than 20 years of communication success with world class organizations in roles requiring creativity, initiative, and outstanding project management skills. Through her extensive experience working with senior executives, she’s developed a diverse set of communication skills and expertise in a broad range of topics.


Prior to joining The O’Keefe Group Cathy was a Communications Leader in senior roles for IBM where she managed internal and executive communication. Cathy has managed communication campaigns to drive initiatives to internal and external audiences around business results, thought leadership, investment in people and organization and leadership changes.


Cathy has extensive change communication experience leading large cross functional teams under tight deadlines. She has collaborated with Marketing, Human Resources and Operations and across business units and geographies on numerous programs.


Cathy is a graduate of Pine Manor college with a BA in English. When she is away from her laptop, you can find her in her garden, testing recipes or out in her kayak on the lake where she lives.

Tammy Kleinman
Senior Communications Consultant

Tammy Kleinman has more than 20 years of experience turning complex concepts into crisp, clear messages that stick. Her work in internal communications and marketing helps leaders change employee behaviors, achieve business goals, and promote their brands to a wide range of audiences.


Tammy has developed communication strategies that address enterprise-wide changes, such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganization and outsourcing, and large technology implementations, as well as employee benefits and wellness, wealth management, and employee engagement. She has worked in a range of media, managed creative teams, and has deep experience building brand awareness through long-form marketing materials (thought leadership articles, blogs, study findings, etc.).

For the first 18 years of her career, her primary clients were Fortune 500 companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, The Hartford Financial Services Inc., Ernst & Young, LLP, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., American Express, Estée Lauder Companies, NFL, and General Electric, among others. Recently, she has also partnered with a number of start-ups and small businesses to help them achieve their marketing goals.


Prior to her consulting work, Tammy held roles in corporate communications and development in the health care and financial sectors. Tammy holds an honors degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany.

    I hired The O’Keefe Group to consult with my organization [Director, IBM] and we never looked back. They have become part of our team – – 
they care about our work, our mission, our strategy and our clients.

    Head of Disability Inclusion
    Global Financial Services Company

    I’ve worked with the O’Keefe Group on our complex health benefits enrollment since 2007 and found them to professional in every sense of the word—focused, well organized and dependable. She brings a valued outside perspective.

    Senior Manager
    Workforce Communications - Fortune 50 Information Technology Solutions Company

    The O’Keefe Group provides communications solutions at the most strategic level to the execution phase. Their deep communications expertise, knowledge of industry trends and best practices combined with her friendly, yet decisive demeanor make her a pleasure to work with.

    Executive Director
    Global HR Communications - Global manufacturer and marketer of prestige beauty products

    In the many years I’ve worked with The O’Keefe Group, they have never failed to provide knowledgeable, practical advice and persuasive, high-quality communication materials. They integrate seamlessly with our extended team — including workforce, media communication professionals and HR experts. Her communication expertise and creative thinking have contributed to the success of many sensitive and complex projects.

    Corporate Issues Communications - Fortune 50 Information Technology Solutions Company

    I’ve worked with The O’Keefe Group for a number of years and highly recommend them. Over the past two years they have supported me in writing and designing resources and collateral for performance management, development and diversity & inclusion. They are my go-to when I need communications support.

    Senior Director- Talent, Development and Performance
    Human Resources - Global Pharmaceutical Company



to improve the employee experience.

We distill complex, technical information into clear, 
concise messages. One of our passions is writing 
about employee benefits and compliance issues. 
We know how to say it clearly, so your employees 
get it. And you get results.

  • Strategic Communication Planning
  • Annual Enrollment, Wellness and 
Financial Literacy
  • Presentations and Toolkits
  • Summary Plan Descriptions. (Yes, it’s 
true, we even love SPDs)


so we can tell the right story.

Listening to you helps us identify your needs. 
Listening to your employees uncovers important insights and lets them know you value their ideas. Good listening allows us to come up with action plans that empower your employees and engage your workforce.

  • Employee Surveys (for targeted workforce populations)
  • Employee Focus Groups
  • Communication Action Plans


and your employees get moving in the right direction.

Through customized communication strategy and 
design, we help you get buy-in for new programs, policies and initiatives. We develop engagement and communication plans that align the organization, including leaders and employees

  • Strategic Communication Planning
  • Comprehensive Communication Campaigns
  • Manager & Leader Toolkits


to engage your workforce.

Words matter, but so does choosing the right communication solution. We connect with your employees, grabbing their attention through original design solutions and custom campaigns. We can get your message noticed and motivate your employees to act.

  • Digital Communication Campaigns
  • Videos
  • Infographics
  • High impact emails
Years In Business
Client Meetings
cups of coffee
late night pizzas