We Are ColdSpark.
Mark HarrisFounding Partner
Just days after completing his studies at George Washington University, Mark Harris was on the ballot in Pennsylvania, ousting an incumbent state House member in the primary and standing for election at the age of 22. Mark Harris went on to become one of the most sought-after consultants in Pennsylvania, guiding big and small campaigns across the nation, including Marco Rubio’s super PAC and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s reelection victory in Pennsylvania – the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history.
In 2011, Mark co-founded ColdSpark in his native Pittsburgh, where he presides over a growing cast of office characters. Mark is a numbers-driven political analyst, who can be seen burning the midnight oil pouring over the latest poll numbers. When he’s not hopelessly rooting for his Pittsburgh Pirates, Mark is a national strategist, ad maker, and grassroots expert.
Mark lives in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Krista, and their three children, Abigail, Davin, and Clare.
Mike DeVanneyFounding Partner
Mike is a founding partner at ColdSpark, providing strategic and communications counsel to elected officials, candidates for public office, trade associations, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Politics PA twice rated Mike as a “top operative.” Mike has produced creative advertising that has won numerous Pollie and Reed Awards. Mike is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants. He was elected Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Mike is committed to the Pittsburgh community, serving as a board member for the AMD3 Foundation, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Vice Chairman), Carnegie Museum of Art, Jack Heinz Society (Past Chairman), Central Catholic High School, the Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy, and the major gifts committee of The Pittsburgh Promise.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Mike resides in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Eleanor.
A Washington, D.C. professional who has spent more than decade in politics, Nachama Soloveichik runs ColdSpark’s D.C. office, where she is well-known for her communications expertise.
She has counseled numerous Senate and congressional campaigns, as well as political and non-profit groups across the country. Her creative and merciless mail pieces have won political awards, and her writing has been published in a range of publications, including Washington Post, The Hill, National Review Online, Politico, and The Federalist. Before joining ColdSpark, Nachama was communications director for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Capitol Hill.
A graduate of Yeshiva University and the University of Chicago, she describes herself as a reluctant runner and avid traveler who has logged 27 countries and 39 states. Nachama lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Menachem, and their son. They have no dogs and never will.
Michelle Thompson (née Rupert)Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Thompson joined ColdSpark as Chief Operating Officer after running one of the most complex jobs around: managing a company that services western Pennsylvania’s increasingly vibrant film industry.
Before that, she was chief operating officer for Conservation Consultants, a non-profit devoted to energy conservation throughout the region with a focus on reducing the high “energy burden” for Pennsylvania residents with low incomes.
Ready for a new challenge, she came to ColdSpark in December of 2017, where she quickly took charge of managing a squad of talented political, graphics, and communications professionals. As COO, Michelle’s talents include an exceptional B.S. radar and a no-nonsense flair for problem solving.
Born in Fulda, Germany, she came to the United States as a youngster, the daughter of an American serviceman and a German mother. She attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania where she majored in political science, pre-law, and German. She also attended several leadership programs, including the prestigious Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series.
Michelle lives in the Brookline section of Pittsburgh with her husband, Johnny. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing, reading and spontaneous travel to foreign lands.
Dennis RoddySenior Advisor
Dennis Roddy comes to ColdSpark after a four-decade career in journalism, a four-year stint as a special assistant to the governor of Pennsylvania, and a year of alarming his Democratic siblings by getting Republicans elected.
A native of Johnstown, PA, he worked his way through college photographing weddings, working at weekly newspapers, and making pizza at a corner shop. As a journalist, he covered natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes, unnatural disasters such as conventions and elections, and everything else from the Troubles in Northern Ireland to the troubles in Harrisburg.
He joins ColdSpark as a Senior Advisor, providing messaging expertise, cutting-edge creativity and writing skills that have won him a slew of local, state, and national journalism awards.
He lives in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Joyce. His hobbies include reading, photography, and frightening people with that stick he’s holding.
Ryan ReynoldsVice President
Ryan Reynolds joins the D.C. office of ColdSpark after managing campaigns across the country – including races in his home state of Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, Kansas, and Colorado. He has provided strategy, advanced voter targeting, and messaging recommendations that have led to historic victories for candidates in U.S. House and Senate races as well as state officer races and ballot initiatives. From building out grassroots organizations to overseeing day-to-day campaign operations, Ryan has extensive experience managing all aspects of driving a campaign to victory.
Most recently, Reynolds served as campaign manager for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, winning his U.S. Senate primary election during a highly competitive, six-way, nationally followed race. Through his experience leading tough campaigns, he has built a unique skill set for organizing political and advocacy operations that lead to victory.
Ryan graduated with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in French from the Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. A member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Ryan currently resides in Del Ray, VA with his wife Maria and daughter Grace. When he’s not knee-deep in politics, Ryan enjoys golf, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking with family and friends.
A.J. JohnstonPolitical Director
A.J. Johnston comes to ColdSpark after a life as a musician and a scholar of the Middle East. He has experience in politics from his work with Tom Smith’s upset win in the Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania, to his role as a key player in Guy Reschenthaler’s successful bid to win back Pennsylvania’s 37th Senate district after a decade of Democratic incumbency. Along with work as a political advisor to Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, A.J. holds a degree in international affairs from Slippery Rock University and recently returned from the Middle East where he was a Gilman Scholar with the U.S. Department of State.
Kyle JonesDigital Director
With a passion for expressing creativity and innovation through various forms of media, his professional experience in the news media, non-profit communications, small business branding and major retail digital marketing has equipped him with a well-rounded and knowledgeable approach to new challenges.
From running a daily newspaper 1,100 miles from home, to becoming the mouthpiece of a century old fraternal organization, to helping small businesses tell their story through the power of video, and implementing the digital direction of a 100 year old retail giant, Kyle’s career has been a source of pride and accomplishment.
An avid traveller, Kyle is new to the Pittsburgh area along with his partner, Kirsten, and their two hound dogs Zoe and June. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Kyle graduated from the University of Montevallo where he majored in Mass Communication with a focus in Journalism.
Still a casual freelancer and an aspiring videographer, you can find him in the Southside Slopes experimenting in the kitchen and obsessing over professional wrestling.
Ryan KotarArt Director
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Ryan attended Robert Morris University, where he won several design awards. Ryan honed his graphic design skills at Pittsburgh’s Applebox Studios. At ColdSpark, Ryan presides over the creation of award-winning designs, from company logos to political direct mail. In his free time, Ryan works on building his video editing chops.
Ashleigh PisarcikPolitical Associate
From Pittsburgh to Capitol Hill and back, Ashleigh brings nearly a decade of experience to ColdSpark, from politics and the public sector, to non-profit and media. Beginning her career in Washington, D.C., Ashleigh served as the executive assistant and scheduler to U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy, where she effectively managed scheduling and day-to-day operations for one of the busiest legislators in Congress. After leaving the Beltway, Ashleigh returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh and continued her work with the Congressman’s office, providing constituent services for the 18th district of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining ColdSpark in 2017, Ashleigh worked for the Pittsburgh region’s foremost civic leadership organization, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, where she supported fundraising efforts and investor relations, and assisted with the production of a Sunday morning business-affairs television program on WPXI-TV. A graduate of Washington & Jefferson College (go Presidents!), Ashleigh lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband, Keith.
Shawn BoylanOffice Manager
Shawn Boylan comes to ColdSpark after a varied career, including a stint with the storied William J. Green & Associates agency. His background is in financial and business planning, as well as accounting and administrative operations. Shawn is the most important person in the office, managing ColdSpark’s finances, human resources, and technology services.
Emily ContiGraphic Designer
After a political season freelancing with ColdSpark and producing some of our most vibrant design work, Emily Conti boomeranged back into the office as a full-time graphic designer. A native of Westmoreland County, Emily graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in graphic design, with minors in communications and women’s studies.
After a year of working at the O2 Digital agency designing web sites and apps, she now focuses on turning out attention-grabbing direct mail and print designs for our clients.
Active in the volunteer community, she gears her efforts toward a philosophy of “design for good,” often invoking her favorite quote by Mohandas Gandhi: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Emily has done design work with Light of Life Rescue Mission, Project to End Human Trafficking, and photo-journalist, Maranie Rae, in effort to help shed light on social issues in our community.
Reece HavrillaDigital Media Buyer & Planner
Born and raised in Williamsport, PA, Reece Havrilla joined the ColdSpark Pittsburgh office after years of honing his skills in paid digital advertising; with experience in developing digital campaigns for Fortune 500 companies at his previous position as a Digital Ad Ops Specialist with Gregory Welteroth Advertising.
Reece is an alum of Mansfield University where he received his Bachelor’s in Music Technology, and got his start in digital advertising promoting for music events at the college as well as advertising for a local music venue in Williamsport.
Reece enjoys all things music related and you will most likely find him practicing funky riffs on his guitar or jazzy chords on his keyboard outside of the office.
Kortni RodrickProject Manager
Originally from Rhode Island, Kortni joins the DC based team of ColdSpark as a Project Manager, after years of experience managing internal projects at Axios Media.
Kortni has a BS degree in Sport Management from UMass Amherst, and spends her weekends watching her favorite sports team win, because that’s what Boston team’s are good at.
During the off season, Kortni enjoys visiting local DC and Virginia wineries with her husband, Christian, and when the wineries allow- their dog Cooper.
Michael BlobnerProject Manager
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Michael Blobner joined Coldspark after working several years in the financial services industry. During this time, he developed his skills working with a diverse set of clients, from corporations and small businesses to individuals and families.
Michael is an honors graduate from Duquesne University where he received his B.S. in Business Administration. His passion for politics ignited while working for a prominent U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill.
Michael is an avid fan of football and baseball. In his spare time, he also enjoys golfing, hunting, skiing, and reading.
Mor GreenbergDigital Content Creator/Copywriter
Mor Greenberg grew up in Sydney Australia. She moved to Pittsburgh with her husband in 2013 and has been freezing ever since. After completing her Bachelors in Communication from the University of Southern Queensland she began work in the non profit sector. From running educational programs in New York, to promoting inclusion in Pittsburgh’s special needs community, she has enjoyed connecting with people from all walks of life. A mother of four, Mor enjoys writing and speaking about her experiences, colorful as they may be!
Rachel WalkerDigital Account Manager
Rachel is originally from the South Hills region of Pittsburgh, which is the superior region if you ask her. She is a recent graduate of the highly accredited public relations program at Kent State University, which is argued to rival Harvard, and has a background in crisis management, graphic design and media relations. Rachel began her career in politics on Senator Rob Portman’s re-election campaign in 2016 and from there worked on countless congressional, statewide and local campaigns in Northeast Ohio. At Kent State, Rachel was the president of her College Republicans’ chapter, served as the statewide communications director of the Ohio College Republican Federation and co-founded the IGNITE women chapter at Kent’s campus, which is a bipartisan organization that empowers females to run for office. Rachel built her communications background by designing and writing patient education materials at the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute. Because of this, she has an unusually large wealth of information on cardiovascular diseases for someone who is not a medical professional.
Rachel is a proud bunny mom and has a bulldog named Mo. She enjoys reading and doing anything outdoors in her spare time. She also watches far too many reruns of The Office with her sister.
Andrew ZentgrafProject ManagerAndrew Zentgraf brings a diverse background and inspired passion for political campaigns to ColdSpark’s team. With prior work experience including the U.S. House of Representatives, large political action committees, national non-profits and government affairs firms, Andrew has seen the world of politics from many angles. Most recently, he managed his own campaign for Borough Council in his hometown of Oakmont, Pennsylvania at the age of 23.Andrew is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, he earned a B.A. in history and political science, was named a University Scholar and hopelessly cheered on the Pitt Panthers. As an avid competitive runner, Andrew knows the importance of finishing first and brings the same mindset to work each day. When not involved in some type of race – whether it be on foot or at the ballot box – he is usually discussing the latest Steelers or Penguins news and dishing out hot takes on sports at the lunch table.