About Wells Fargo Stories

Wells Fargo Stories is an online journal that brings the company to life by focusing on our team members, our customers, and our communities. These are real stories about how we help our customers succeed, help our communities thrive, and live Wells Fargo’s vision and values, every day.

Meet Our Authors

Tanya Abrams

Tanya Abrams

My journalism career has allowed me to work alongside some of the best storytellers in the business, from the Los Angeles Times to The New York Times. In everything I do, my work has always prioritized two objectives: to share stories about the human experience and to empower others with the tools they need to live better lives.

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Emily Acquisto

Emily Acquisto

Emily Acquisto is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors in Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management.

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Teresa Allen

Teresa Allen

I’ve often been told that I’m a heart-centered person, which might explain why I’m so passionate about storytelling as a way to connect people and ideas by way of the heart, not just the mind. Over my career as a storyteller, I’ve seen how well-told stories can promote understanding in positive, powerful, and world-changing ways.

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Brittany Anthony

Brittany Anthony

I’ve always had a passion for writing. It started when I wrote my first children’s book at age 7, and has continued throughout my life and career. At Wells Fargo, I focus on telling and promoting inspiring stories about small business owners. Whether I’m pitching ideas to the news media, writing a speech or interviewing small business customers – it always starts with a story…and I love helping tell it!

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Michele Ashley

Michele Ashley

While some people can talk for hours, I can write for hours. In every stage of my life, I have always been involved in an activity where I can fulfill my passion for writing — whether it was crafting speeches in high school, serving as editor-in-chief of my alma mater, Loyola Marymount University’s yearbook, or producing segments for TV stations.

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Alyssa Bentz

Alyssa Bentz

I am a Wells Fargo historian. Every day, I dig into old papers to look for untold stories. I work with a group of passionate people to find new, engaging ways to share the company’s history. Outside of work, I enjoy playing video games, practicing archery, and walking in California’s open-space parks.

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Mary Berg

Mary Berg

The first real job I had was as a writer for a weekly newspaper. Nearly 30 years later, I still look back fondly on that job because it was there that I learned the power of good storytelling. As a Wells Fargo communicator, my role is to tell our story of commitment to diversity and inclusion and the many ways that we provide support in diverse communities across the nation and abroad.

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Elyse Berkowitz

Elyse Berkowitz

I joined Wells Fargo to tell the inspiring stories of Wells Fargo and its team members. Previously, I worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., where I served as a liaison in the executive office and managed the Voting Information Project’s online presence.

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Taylor Blanchard

Taylor H. Blanchard

Ever since I attended a young writer’s workshop in Hampton, Va., in the 6th grade where I wrote a short story about a haunted house, I’ve been drawn to writing. One of the favorite parts of my job is talking to people from across Wells Fargo – a diverse group of team members with a range of interests and passions.

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Arne Boudewyn

Arne Boudewyn

Arne Boudewyn is the managing director of Family Governance and Education at Abbot Downing, Wells Fargo’s business serving ultra-high-net-worth clients. He oversees Abbot Downing’s Family Dynamics and Education Services and Wells Fargo’s Family & Business History Center.

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Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett

My first byline appeared on a sports story in my elementary school “newspaper.” Though it was a simple tale of the school’s winning softball team, it became an overnight hit and I was the talk of the school. Fast forward to a 20-year career in journalism, from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill to the Orlando Sentinel in Florida.

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Wells Fargo’s Allison Chin-Leong

Allison Chin-Leong

Allison Chin-Leong is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management.

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Paul Cookson

I am proud to work at Wells Fargo, and I enjoy telling stories about our people and what it means to work here. As an immigrant to this country, I like to celebrate the diverse experiences and passions that each of our team members bring to their work. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to learn from those different perspectives.

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Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton

As a single dad, my favorite time of the day is my son’s bedtime when I read him stories. I’m also fortunate that my day job allows me to tell the great stories about Wells Fargo Asset Management team members.

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Rosemary Ganey

Rosemary Ganey

As a kid, I looked forward to the nights when my siblings and I would each grab a book and pile on my parents’ bed for family reading sessions. Words — reading and writing them — connected us. Today, the inherent value my parents placed on listening to the words people use and searching for the “right” word to write undoubtedly influences my role as a communicator. I feel honored to have the opportunity to share the ideas and experiences of others and hope the stories I offer resonate and inspire connectedness.

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David Harris

David Harris

David Harris, a former journalist, provides communications counsel to Wells Fargo’s Wealth and Investment Management team.

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Sara Harrison

Sara Harrison

I have been a video storyteller for more than 30 years, starting my career in sports television with ABC Sports. I have worked as a video producer and director for ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and other broadcast sports networks, covering the Olympics, college basketball, tennis, and golf – telling “up close and personal” stories about athletes. Now I am thrilled to share great stories about Wells Fargo.

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Amy Hyland Jones

Amy Hyland Jones

George Bernard Shaw said “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” As somebody who has worked in the communications field for more than 20 years, it’s a great reminder that you can never be too purposeful or repetitive in what you say. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the process of telling stories and making sure that communication isn’t an illusion but a trademark of a leader.

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Janey Kiryluik

Janey Kiryluik

Janey Kiryluik is the storytelling lead for Wells Fargo’s team member communications team.

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Steve Kline

Steve Kline

I was raised by Depression-era parents in northeast Ohio, where the Cuyahoga River caught on fire when I was 12. I majored in TV production and minored in English at Ohio University. I’ve been a floor sweeper, camera operator, studio super, writer, producer, director, and production company owner. Now I lead our video storytelling group, and delight in socially sharing Wells Fargo’s most visual stories.

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Brandon Lacy

R. Brandon Lacy

A graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, I've been active in the design field for nearly 20 years. I approach design as cultural communication and problem solving. Within the context of Wells Fargo Stories, I focus on editorial infographics with the goal of presenting complex visual stories in concise, engaging, and relatable ways.

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Kathleen Llewellyn

Kathleen Llewellyn

I began telling stories with video when I was a teenager and my family would gather annually for family reunions. I loved the way the marriage of sound and image could evoke emotions. I earned my news and field producing stripes as a producer for NBC News Channel. After the arrival of my daughter, I moved to Wells Fargo and I love sharing stories about the many ways our company is making a difference in communities. I absolutely love my job!

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Michael McCoy

Michael McCoy

I’ve been with the company for 17 years and am never ceased to be amazed at the stories that take place each and every day. I have a passion for motivating and inspiring others through storytelling and I’m excited to join the Wells Fargo Stories author community. In addition to my ‘day job’ I am also the executive sponsor for Wells Fargo’s PRIDE Team Member Network in Greater Washington, D.C. And, when I’m not at work, I enjoy being outside, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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Cliff Mehrtens

Cliff Mehrtens

I spent more than 25 years in newspaper journalism, mostly writing about sports. I’ve learned that everyone has a good story to tell. Wells Fargo is a wonderful collection of team members who are committed to their work and their communities, and I’m happy to be sharing those stories. I’m a native of New Orleans, where rich storytelling flourishes.

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Kristi Mitchem, head of Wells Fargo Asset Management

Kristi Mitchem

Kristi Mitchem is chief executive officer and head of Wells Fargo Asset Management — leading more than 500 investment professionals comprising 29 autonomous investment teams with specialized expertise and proven processes serving clients around the world.

Mitchem serves on the Operating Committee of the Wealth and Investment Management division of Wells Fargo and is a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2016, she served as executive vice president, head of the Americas Institutional Client Group, and member of the Executive Management Group at State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation.

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Desari Mueller

Desara Mueller

My passion for writing began at an early age, coupled with a fascination for watching the news and staying informed on current events. Fast-forward, and not much has changed. I still enjoy the occasional back and forth between news cohorts and am fortunate enough to do what I love.

As a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors, I have the opportunity to uncover stories within our business that showcase the value we provide our clients every day. From reading to writing, I have come full circle and am honored to work for a company that entrusts me to tell their story.

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Anne Oberlander

Anne Oberlander

For some reason, I always knew I wanted to be in television. From my undergrad days at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, through my years in local TV stations, cable networks, and corporate video operations, I’ve genuinely enjoyed my career in telling visual stories. But when I’m not writing, directing, and/or producing, you’ll find me taking photos of flowers or tearing around town on my large pink and black chrome-enhanced motorcycle.

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Marcus Owens

Marcus Owens

I am extremely proud to work for Wells Fargo and honored to tell stories about the wonderful things we do to serve others. My passion is giving back to the community and the less fortunate. I am a coach, a volunteer, a mentor, a Big Brother, and a storyteller. A native of Kentucky, I’m a fanatic fan of the University of Kentucky.

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Jessica Pacek

Jessica Pacek

I realized I was meant to tell stories for a living after interviewing and writing about people in Ireland on a study abroad trip in 2006. Several years later, I went into print journalism, most recently working as a reporter for the Independent Tribune in Concord, North Carolina.

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Kayla Palm

Kayla Palm

I lead Millennial Segment Marketing for Wells Fargo, overseeing development and execution of enterprise business and marketing strategies focused on the Millennial growth segment.

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Mariana Phipps

Mariana Phipps

My parents encouraged me and my sister at an early age to tell stories, learn from stories, and share the stories that help us grow. For this, I needed to learn how to be a good listener and to empathize. I can’t believe that now I’m a professional storyteller. My mom says that we all are storytellers. What would the world be like if we could only hear one point of view, one story? Our collective stories make our world more colorful, and I am proud to contribute to that palette.

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Sheila Saints

Sheila Saints

I started a newspaper when I was in elementary school, but it folded after a few weeks because of homework and hand cramps. Later, I became a journalist, working in the newsrooms of NBC Nightside, Fox Charlotte, WBTV, NPR, and more. I’m honored to share stories about the work Wells Fargo is doing for customers and communities.

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Amy Savicky-Injaian

Amy Savicky-Injaian

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Vince Scanlon

Vince Scanlon

Vince Scanlon is director of public relations for Wells Fargo Private Bank of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management.

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Elizabeth Shemaria

Elizabeth Shemaria

My work is rooted in the storytelling skills I learned at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. An avid world traveler, I've reported from Myanmar, Thailand, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2013, I created online content and managed social media for the American Red Cross, and launched a hyperlocal news website for AOL/Patch. I'm excited to share stories about Wells Fargo’s diverse team members and their work across the globe.

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Lauren Sigmon

Lauren Sigmon

My grandmother was a lively English professor who passed on her passion for reading, writing, and telling stories to me. Stories connect people and help us better understand the world around us. As a communications consultant for Wells Fargo, I love that I have the opportunity to share inspiring stories about team members and highlight their fascinating backgrounds, experiences, and talents.

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Larry Strong

Larry Strong

My high school guidance counselor was the first person to suggest a career in journalism. This was during the post-Watergate era, when investigative journalism was the rage. So off to Iowa State University I went, writing all sorts of stories on that old yellow carbon-copy paper, on a manual typewriter, with the traditional #-30-# at the bottom!! More than 30 years later (with newspaper and corporate communications gigs along the way), here I am.

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Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson

From interviewing an astronaut for my Roanoke, Va., middle school’s newspaper in the 1970s through the work I do today covering many of Wells Fargo’s businesses, I love to create “aha” moments for readers that tell them something they didn’t know. As the bank that helped link East and West and whose lineage includes a role in the birth of the American stock market, Wells Fargo is a treasure trove of untold stories. Through Wells Fargo Stories, I’m excited about the opportunity to tell even more of them and to talk with you. My life’s passions include church, family, golf, history, surf fishing at the Outer Banks, volunteering, the University of North Carolina, and the Minnesota Vikings.

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Elisa Tomich

Elisa Tomich

In my 20 years as a journalist and communicator, I've loved taking readers places they wouldn’t otherwise see, whether a classroom in an underserved school, or rush hour in an air traffic control tower. I gravitate toward stories that empower and build empathy, and serve as a window into the communities where we work and live.

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Sarah Tonigan Hatch

Sarah Tonigan Hatch

I’m the product of a generation that loved New Kids on the Block, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Mr. Sketch scented markets. A nineties child, through and through. These days, I play ‘90s throwbacks when I teach spin class and do my best not to drive my husband crazy by over-listening to Keith Sweat. I love writing because it gives me a chance to be creative and connect with people. Bonus: I get to send articles to my grandmother who once stood in line for five hours to buy me a cabbage patch doll for Christmas.

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Erica Van Ross

Erica Van Ross

I’m pretty sure I was the only Kindergartner who loved watching the evening news. It was an early sign that storytelling was my passion. After telling the stories of people from all walks of life as a television reporter, I became a communications director and told the stories of 1200 St. Louis police officers. Today, I’m lucky enough to tell the stories of our team members and communities. When I’m not writing, I’m traveling, reading anything I can get my hands on, and cheering for my beloved Kansas Jayhawks.

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Maveric Vu

Maveric Vu

Early in my life, my love of writing started with a love of storytelling and its value in conveying truth. As my journalism mentor at the University of California, Davis, taught me, there is a kernel of truth at the center of every story. I’ve been seeking out those kernels to share with audiences ever since. I joined Wells Fargo in 2009 to assist with communications related to the Wachovia merger. Now I manage internal communications for the Innovation Group, focusing on developing and delivering content that conveys Wells Fargo's unique innovation and technology story. Having spent most of my life on the West Coast, I currently reside in New York City.

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Keith Wade

Keith Wade

Keith Wade is a Communications Consultant in HR and Team Member Communications.

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Matt Wadley

Matt Wadley

As a kid, reading was a passion and books were some of my best friends. As an adult, words have become my career. I’m excited to help share and bring to life the remarkable stories of my colleagues, our customers and our communities here on Wells Fargo Stories.

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Conway Wilcox

Conway Wilcox

As a public relations graduate from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, telling stories is important to me. Every day there are events that are constantly updating and changing. As a summer intern for Corporate Communications for Wells Fargo, I enjoyed being part of the team to share stories about Wells Fargo.

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Lisa Woolery

Lisa Woolery

As a high school senior, I turned storytelling on its side by creating an imaginary student mascot to guide readers through my school’s yearbook. Since then one of my favorite challenges is to figure out a way to get the good stories told. I’ve worked in public relations for twenty years, and most recently I have enjoyed telling stories for Wells Fargo in Orange County, California. I like to share my own upbeat outlook on life through the writing I do.

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