Driven by curiosity.

We can’t help it, we ask questions. That innate curiosity is a part of every one of the 70+ people here at Prairie Dog. And with a passion for health care challenges, we’re able to use that spirit of discovery to help our clients find solutions to their real business problems. After all, we wouldn’t be very good Prairie Dogs if we didn’t love digging.


As the President and co-founder of Prairie Dog, Jerry Hobbs brings more than 30 years of health care leadership and experience to the table. Jerry is a nationally recognized strategist, and clients have relied on his guidance to help shape everything from brand positioning to service line growth to strategic planning support and everything in between. Before founding Prairie Dog, he led marketing, planning and product development at a large Midwestern health system. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, including 15 SHSMD Annual Conferences. When he’s not working or traveling (or working while traveling), Jerry enjoys coaching his showcase baseball team and spending time with his grandson, Jackson, and new granddaughter, Josie.

Brian Reck, the Vice President of Prairie Dog, came to us in 2021 after more than 25 years working at SwedishAmerican Health System in Rockford Illinois, a division of UW Health. While there, he built brand preference and market share while leading communications efforts for the launch of a new heart hospital, regional cancer center, and women and children’s hospital. Brian’s inside experience provides a unique point of view into how health systems and hospitals can best leverage the strategic marketing, branding and creative resources of an agency partner. Outside of work, Brian enjoys traveling to new locales, running in all sorts of weather, and playing cribbage each night with his wife, Sue. Occasionally she even lets him win.

Tina Wheeler

Account Director

Chris Flowers

Account Director

Grayson Dunst

Account Coordinator

Ross Wuetherich

Group Creative Director

Brad Hamilton

Group Creative Director

Shelley Porter

Media Director

Josh McCoy

Director of Integrated Channel Delivery

Josh Brewster

Vice President Public Relations

Matt Blume

Video Production Manager

Jason Patchett-Gillis

Art Director

Mark Sandy

Associate Creative Director

Jamie Keith

Associate Design Director

Sara Smith

Senior Copywriter

Corey Shulda

Senior Creative Artist

Lindsy Dugan

Production Design Manager

Ericka Cherry


Emily Falke


Kris Schiller


David Hejduk

Digital Analyst

Maria Johnson

Digital Marketing Manager

Conner Bjornness

Senior Media Planner

Marie Baldwin

Social Media Manager

Amy McNeall

Senior Media Planner/Buyer

Stephanie Roesler

Senior Media Planner/Buyer

Kathy Davis

Senior Media Buyer/Planner

Jenny Stasi

Senior Public Relations Strategist

Jenna Smith

Senior Public Relations Strategist

Lisa Phillips

Professional Practices Manager

Johanna Carttar

Director of Human Resources

Ginny Burke

Project Manager

Rachel Lupardus


Jayne Doyle

Project Manager

Kim Steger

Accounting Specialist

Kristin Phillips

Office Administrator