Stellar results? Yep. Reinvigorated internal teams? You bet. Top awards? Bingo.

Zehno teams with smart people at smart institutions to strengthen brands and marketing communications for schools, colleges and other education organizations. From big-picture branding initiatives to the building of tools for recruitment or capital campaigns — viewbooks, case statements, magazines, videos, websites and social media — we deliver the results you want.

Our people are experienced problem solvers. Whether you’re looking for additional brainpower, extra hands or what-if-we-did-the-opposite-this-time? thinking, our collective of talented strategists, creators and managers is ready to work as an extension of your team.

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35+ years

Expertise in educational marketing communications


CASE, UCDA and Education Advertising Awards


Higher ed professionals we’ve coached


Our clients have seen up to a 33-percent jump in admission applications

Our People

  • Majority whip. Client counselor. Identical twin.

    Kathy Cain

    President and creative director
  • Budget adviser. Database geek. Budding ukulelest.

    Joan Durand

    Chief financial officer
  • Brand positioner. Boundary pusher. Former child model.

    Shannon Seyler

    Senior lead strategist
  • Strategic thinker. Creative content mentor. Mid-century modern collector.

    Shane Shanks

    Senior creative consultant
  • Creative thinker. Fact-finder. Portraitist.

    Megan Youngblood

    Editorial manager
  • Magazine goddess. Instinctive decision maker. Herbal healer.

    Lauren Sanders

    Art director consultant
  • Ace producer. Adobe coach. Tennis pro.

    Mary Sullivan

    Production manager
  • Strategic thinker. Straight shooter. Dog agility trainer.

    Karen Buck

    Senior consultant

We’re hiring!

Like a great New Orleans crawfish boil, Zehno’s staff is seasoned. You’ll work with some of the most creative people in the business and the most prestigious schools in the country. You’ll absorb the cultural mash-up of New Orleans: the birthplace of jazz inspiring new musicians, a people driven by historic traditions and Mardi Gras lifestyle, and foodies obsessed with the newest twists on Cajun cuisine in a city buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit.


After serving as award-winning art directors at Tulane University, Kathy Cain and Paulette Hurdlik founded Zehno in 1984. They created one of the first national cross-media firms specializing in higher education communication. That remains our focus today. The name Zehno is a zebra-rhinoceros mash-up — a hybrid animal that combines two different strengths to become something more powerful. It’s a perfect mascot for a firm engaged in all forms of marketing and communications.