Stacy AlcalaAccount Supervisor
Stacy Alcala, a native of Franklin, Tenn., joined McNeely Pigott & Fox in 2007. Her public relations experience includes grassroots outreach, educational campaigns, event and conference planning, media relations, marketing materials development, and research. Stacy works with local and national clients, including as team leader of the San Francisco Region for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program, the Memphis Ryan White HIV/AIDS awareness program and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. She also serves on the board for St. Luke’s Community House in Nashville.
Stacy graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations and minors in business communication and sociology.
Tom HaydenAccount Supervisor
Tom Hayden, an account supervisor who joined MP&F in 2011, has brought to the firm a strong background in media relations, government affairs, event management, message development and strategic communications.
During his time at MP&F, Tom has led by empowering his teams to think strategically, communicate often, and build and execute on plans that will deliver the best possible results for clients. He has led and worked on teams ranging from Amazon, Consumer Healthcare Products Association and John Templeton Foundation to The Grove, Nashville Predators, U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, to name a few.
Prior to working at MP&F, Tom served as the deputy campaign manager and director of communications for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s successful 2011 re-election campaign and on former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis’ staff for eight years as director of communications.
A Parkman, Ohio, native and graduate of Hiram College, Tom serves on the board of Nashville RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).
Leigh Lindsey, APRAccount Supervisor
Since joining MP&F in 2007, Leigh has led teams for clients in a number of different industries, including education, retail, technology, transportation, and hospitality. She is experienced in media relations, research, event planning, digital strategy and corporate social responsibility. Leigh leads MP&F’s client teams for Asurion, CSX, StyleBlueprint and WGU Tennessee, among others.
A Columbia, Tenn., native and graduate of Lipscomb University, Leigh is active in the Public Relations Society of America’s Nashville Chapter, serving as programs co-chair in 2013 and 2014 and a public service co-chair in 2015. She serves on the boards of directors of the League of Women Voters of Nashville and Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue and the board of advisers for Lipscomb University’s communications and journalism department. Leigh is past president of the board of directors of children’s literacy organization Book’em, a member of Junior League of Nashville and a volunteer for Inner City Ministry. She was a finalist in the public relations and advertising category for the 2014 and 2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards.
Leigh and her husband Scott live in Nashville with their three dogs, Better, Bear and Annie. They are members at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.
Erin MercerAccount Supervisor
Erin Mercer joined McNeely Pigott & Fox in 2006, and leads projects related to advertising, internal and external communications, speech writing, research and materials development. She has worked on accounts including AT&T, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, CSX, Fisk University, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program. In addition to her client work, Erin leads MP&F’s diversity and inclusion committee and the diversity fellowship program.
Originally from Jackson, Tenn., Mercer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mass communication from Jackson State University and Middle Tennessee State University, respectively. She is currently pursuing a master’s of business administration from Lipscomb University. She was appointed to the Middle Tennessee Workforce Development Board, and she is a member of the National Association of Women MBAs.
Colby SledgeAccount Supervisor
At MP&F, Colby has worked primarily on Nashville-based initiatives like NashvilleNext, the national award-winning master planning process for the city’s growth and development over the next 25 years. He has been involved in policy issues ranging from after-school programming to comprehensive immigration reform.
Colby grew up in Nolensville, Tenn., and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in electronic journalism and Spanish. He began his journalism career at The Tennessean, where he covered crime, politics and higher education. While there, Colby was named an associate fellow at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at the Teachers College of Columbia University.
Colby then spent five months as a missionary in São Paulo, Brazil, before becoming press secretary for the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus. He directed successful public awareness efforts to maintain student-teacher ratios, preserve higher education access and increase benefits for military families. He came to MP&F in 2012, and was named MP&F’s most valuable staff member in 2014.In addition to his work at MP&F, Colby serves as Nashville’s Metro Council member for District 17, which encompasses several neighborhoods south of downtown. He has passed legislation to create and encourage affordable housing, while securing $3 million in new parks funding near Browns Creek and serving on the Metro Parks’ Greenways Commission.
In 2016, Colby was voted one of the Best Current Metro Council Members in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Readers’ Poll, and was named to the Nashville Business Journal Power 100. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from MTSU, he holds a master’s degree in civic leadership from Lipscomb University. Colby lives in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood with his wife, Lindsey Harris, and their dog, Bandit.
Eric TielesAccount Supervisor
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Tieles joined MP&F in 2009 after graduating from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in marketing. His experience at MP&F includes event planning, media relations, advertising, grassroots campaigns, materials development and website development for a variety of client teams, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program, CSX, Hennessy Industries, AT&T Tennessee, and Hands On Nashville.
Outside of the office, Tieles lends his media relations and event planning skills to Linda’s Hope, a local nonprofit raising awareness for pancreatic cancer research.
Lauren WardAccount Supervisor
Since joining MP&F in 2008, Lauren has led teams and projects for clients in a variety of industries, including construction, real estate, education, and health care. With a knack for details and a love for creativity, Lauren specializes in advertising, strategic communications, event planning, media relations, and digital media. Lauren also enjoys leading MP&F’s robust intern program.
Lauren, a Murfreesboro, Tenn. native, graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2008 with a degree in communication studies. Prior to joining MP&F, Lauren gained experience as an intern at the global PR giant Burson-Marsteller, where she worked on the Hewlett-Packard account in their Chicago office. She also completed public relations and marketing internships with the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline.
In 2008, Lauren was nominated as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Woman of the Year” fundraising campaign, where she raised funds for blood cancer research. Lauren also serves as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
Lindsey GansonAccount Supervisor
Lindsey Ganson joined MP&F in August 2016 as an account supervisor. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Lindsey has more a decade of experience in community relations, government affairs and grassroots campaigns. Since moving to Nashville in 2014, she has been leading the public outreach efforts for nMotion, the 25-year strategic plan of the Nashville Metro Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee.
Before moving to Nashville, Lindsey was the chief operating officer of Transportation Alternatives in New York City, where she led grassroots campaigns to improve transportation policies. She also served as chief of staff of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, acting treasurer of the New York City Water Board under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and as a manager of NYC & Company, New York City’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. Lindsey graduated from Georgetown University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Spanish.
In her free time, Lindsey enjoys exploring the region’s parks with her husband and son, and serving on the boards of two local sustainability-focused nonprofits, Walk Bike Nashville and Urban Green Lab.