Lead strategist. Intuitive storyteller. Poet.

Gail can synthesize a supersized stockpile of information and get at the heart of a client’s strategic positioning. She has 25+ years of experience in marketing communications, producing a wide range of print and electronic vehicles for clients nationwide.

She began her career as director of communications and donor relations in Tulane University’s Office of Development, and started her Atlanta-based educational consulting firm in 1999. A seasoned interviewer, the author of three books and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Gail’s poetry and prose have been published in America, Art Ascent, Bridge Eight, Kindred, Pilgrimage, Still: The Journal and Still Point Arts Quarterly.

She loves the beauty of teamwork — where different talents and insights coalesce to produce compelling strategies and creative communications. When Lewis University came to Zehno needing a university-wide brand platform, the university’s communications team was without a VP to lead the charge. Through brand-development workshops, Gail worked alongside academic officers, administrators and marketing communications staff to unify quantitative and qualitative research that resulted in a brand identity the entire community continues to live out.

Her Zehno portfolio also includes strategy and creative for Champlain College, the University of North Georgia, the Jesuits of the California Province, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

When she’s not working, you can find her hiking in Europe or hosting a mountain community potluck at her log cabin in Tennessee.


M.A., English, Stanford University
B.A., English, Temple University