Victor Abalos has spent his entire professional life helping people tell their stories. He spent more than twenty years as a print and broadcast journalist working in Central America in the late 80’s covering the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua then here in this country working as a producer for CBS News, ABC News, Fox News and the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour. Prior to that he worked as a broadcast reporter for TV and radio stations in Los Angeles, Denver and Tucson, Arizona back in 1978. His last news job was in 2000 when he served as News Director for the Telemundo station in Los Angeles where he lead a complete reorganization and re-branding of the news department.
Starting in 2007, Victor served as Special Communications Consultant to then-LAUSD Superintendent David L. Brewer who ran the second largest school district in the country. He counseled the Superintendent on public affairs issues, crisis communications and worked to improve internal communications for the school district among other duties. Before that, Victor served for two and-a-half years as Director of Public Affairs for First 5 LA, a non-profit agency that concentrates on health, education and safety issues for young children. He was the architect of a brand development program that has increased awareness of First 5 LA exponentially. More recently, Victor was Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships for California Forward, a statewide government reform group.
Coghlan’s career began in broadcast journalism. He was Corporate News Director for the highly successful four-station Montana Television Network and then was hired to build a prime-time news operation at KCOP in Los Angeles. Under his guidance, KCOP garnered the highest news ratings in the station’s history. KCOP was awarded the LA Press Club’s Best Newscast award. He also appeared on camera in anchoring and commentary roles.
He left broadcasting to become Vice President of Communications for Maxicare Health Plans where he was responsible for developing and executing communication strategies to its creditors, investors, physicians and members.
Coghlan later was appointed Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for MedLogic Global Corporation in Colorado Springs, Co. Under his direction, the Company built a communications program that introduce a new wound care technology to a number of health care markets.
In 1998, he was named Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Sunrise Technologies in Fremont, California that had developed a new vision correction technology. His responsibilities initially revolved around investor relations where he worked with buy side and sell side analysts. Later, he directed the Company’s national consumer public relations effort as it launched its lead product.
Since 2002, Coghlan has provided external communications consulting services for a number of companies and organizations including Abbott AMO, Bausch + Lomb, Boston Scientific, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Lynwood Unified School District, the Oldtimers Foundation, First 5 Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
For the past twenty years, he has developed and directed media strategy and training seminars for clients including corporations, public agencies, authors and political candidates. He previously taught journalism at the University of Great Falls, Montana, (his alma mater), California State University at Northridge and UCLA.
Nadine Ono is a journalist, public relations consultant and a soccer mom. She started her career in television news as a writer for Los Angeles’ KCOP News. There she learned the importance of deadlines and brevity.
After several years, Ono moved into the public relations arena. At Edelman PR, she helped launch the City of Los Angeles’ Recycling Program. Then she moved to Bragman/Nyman/Cafarelli (now PMK•BNC) where she rose to Vice President. Her clients included such fashion brands as Diamond Information Center (DeBeers), Salvatore Ferragamo, Clinique, Levi’s Jeans and Bloomingdales. She also worked on social causes such as AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Tanqueray AIDS Rides.
Ono is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she attends her son’s soccer games and volunteers with a local service organization.
Nadine is JVA Group’s Social Media Manager and works on our Compton USD and other school projects.
Janeth Hernández is a public relations professional with more than 10 years of experience specializing in media relations, community outreach, public affairs and Latino strategic public relations.
As a public relations consultant, Hernández has provided strategic community and media relations counsel to various clients including DeVry University, Sprint, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and First 5 California.
Prior to working as a consultant, Hernández held senior positions in public relations agencies such as Euro RSCG Magnet & The Rogers Group, managing Latino marketing and media relations efforts for public and private sector clients. Most recently, Hernández served as associate vice president at Euro RSCG Magnet, managing consumer accounts for international brands including MARSHALLS, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, LACTAID MILK and Splenda. At Euro RSCG Magnet, Hernández served as key member of the agency’s Multicultural Practice and played an active role in the agency’s strategic planning, crisis counsel, media and community relations efforts.
At The Rogers Group, Hernández was part of the original team that contributed to the successful passing of Proposition 10 in 1998, formerly known as The California Children and Families Commission, which is currently known as First 5 California. Hernández was instrumental in establishing an unprecedented statewide partnership between First 5 California and Univision, the nation’s top Spanish-language television network. The partnership included the development of weekly news segments highlighting early childhood development issues that Hernández and her team developed in conjunction with the network. In addition to her work for First 5 California, Hernández also contributed to additional accounts at The Rogers Group including Kellogg’s, American Honda, Washington Mutual, WellPoint and the State Water Resources Control Board on the Los Angeles Storm Water Pollution Solutions Education Campaign.
Hernández possesses excellent media skills honed by serving as reporter for one of the leading newspapers in California, The Orange County Register. During her tenure at The Orange County Register, Hernández developed competitive writing and community outreach skills serving as the lead community reporter for Orange County’s most populous city, Santa Ana. Hernández expertise in media relations allows her to provide successful media trainings and strategic counsel for a variety of public and private sector clients.
Hernández graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and Latin American Studies and Literature. Janeth is our Media Relations Manager.
Violeta Vaqueiro is a testament to never giving up on your dream. After immigrating to this country from Mexico with her family, she suddenly found herself a single parent. Violeta, who always dreamed of becoming a photographer but lacking then in any formal training, committed to learning what she needed to launch a career as a professional. She took classes at Santa Ana College and obtained her certification.
She is now in demand by international news agencies as a freelance news photographer but prefers commercial and wedding photography where she can build on the unique creative style she has developed. Violeta has provided JVA Group with photography services for dozens of events and projects, including several on our website.
Hailing from Saint Louis on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, filmmaker Timmy Vatterott moved to Los Angeles to start a family and to further a career in music and film. His entry into film work began as Composer and Producer for the award winning short, “DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste” — a unique look at dumpster diving and hunger in America. Following DIVE!, Vatterott was Associate Producer for the feature length documentary titled “GMO OMG”, which premiered at the 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival. Documentary filmmaking led him to work for grassroots groups and non-profit organizations like Organizing For America and City Year LA — for whom Vatterott has shot, directed, and edited several short films. His television work includes Director of Photography and Colorist for the behind the scenes DVD and new media content for Fox’s, “How I Met Your Mother.”
He is currently in post-production for a short film about breaking the cycle of domestic violence and is directing a feature documentary about empowering victims of child sex trafficking and abuse. Timmy is one of several videographers and video producers on the JVA Group team.