Meet the Team

Harper Lazo – CEO + Strategic Leader

image1 (21)Harper Lazo is the founder of The Lazo Group. She has more than 20 years of Fortune 100 marketing, technology, and agency experience. Prior to starting The Lazo Group, she was a Senior Vice President of marketing for Bank of America, focused on the connected customer experience. Her work has been recognized by Ad Age Magazine, the Effie awards, the Emmy awards, and the Billboard Interactive awards.

Working side by side with our clients to achieve measurable results, while creating 21st century professional opportunities, gets me out of bed every morning.

Shelley Rappaport – Managing Director, Business Development & Operations

Shelley's TLG photoShelley is a Managing Director for The Lazo Group who focuses on business development, client on boarding, and TLG’s operational processes. For over 20 years, Shelley has served as a trusted advisor to senior executives providing support in leadership coaching, program management, strategic planning and communications, change management, and accountability. Shelley holds a Masters Degree from the University of Virginia though when it comes to school spirit she cheers for her undergraduate Alma mater the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Al Lazo – Managing Director, Business Advisory Services

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Al has 2 decades of business and litigation consulting experience, which includes over 10 years in business valuation services. He is an accredited Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) skilled in Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Accounting and Tax Compliance, Corporate Finance, Financial Modeling, and Business Planning. Al has valued over $50 billion in business enterprises and intangible assets and has served a diverse range of Fortune 500 and middle market clients in the financial, legal, energy, retail, manufacturing, technology, and life sciences sectors. Prior to The Lazo Group, Al was a Director

with Great American Group’s Corporate Advisory & Valuation Services practice and Silicon Valley Bank’s Valuation Analytics Group. In addition, he previously worked for KPMG LLP’s Economic and Valuation Services Group and BDO, LLP’s Valuation and Business Analytics Group. He holds an MBA in International Business & Finance from the Pamplin School of Business, Virginia Tech and a BA in Mathematics & Economics from The University of Vermont. Al is an accredited CVA of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Meghan Robbins – Creative + Production Director

Meghan RobbinsMeghan Robbins is the Content Manager of the Lazo Group. She received her MBA from Boston University. She brings years of experience in the healthcare field where she was able to utilize her strong project management, communication and customer service skills.

Taryn Norviel – Director of Web Development

FB_IMG_1580857586529Taryn is a full stack developer who leads all web and software development for The Lazo Group. She has twenty years of experience in various development roles around the Boston area. In addition to her years of experience, she brings a drive to solve any technical challenge and is a seasoned project manager. Outside of the office, Taryn enjoys traveling, volunteering in her community, and spending time with her family.

Melissa Schalk – Account & Social Media Manager

_DSC1023Melissa Schalk leads the Social Media direction of The Lazo Group and our clients. She is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and monitoring the company’s Social Media strategy in order to increase brand awareness, improve marketing efforts and increase sales. Melissa holds a B.B.A from Western Michigan University in Sales & Business Marketing. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids. She is an animal lover, horseback rider and strives to use her creativity in any outlet she can.

Julie Anne Gniadek – Project Manager & Content CreatorJulie TLG Image

Julie is a content creation specialist, a digital marketing consultant, and a certified project manager. She has over a decade of project management experience in both the “corporate” world as well as an independent consultant with Jaguar Media. Julie works with the team at the Lazo Group to help produce content and project manage a handful of client projects. In her “free” time, Julie is a semi-professional, competitive aerial gymnast and dancer. She also enjoys running, reading, riding her motorcycle, and her three cats.

Kateland Oakes – Project Manager 

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Kateland Oakes is a Project Manager for The Lazo Group. She has a proven track record, assisting non-profit, government, and private sector clients with strategic planning, change management, and marketing and communications. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Entrepreneurship from American University’s School of International Service. In her spare time, Kateland loves being outside–hiking, running, camping, sailing, and traveling are some of her favorite activities.

Ashley Cottone – Administrative Assistant

Ashley TLG PicAshley Cottone is the Administrative Assistant for TLG. She has a client services background and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Georgia Tech. Ashley resides in the Pittsburgh area. When not working, Ashley enjoys family time with her husband, two children, and two Miniature Schnauzers.

Alice Gallagher – Lead Graphic Designer

Alice Gallagher HeadshotAlice Gallagher leads graphic design and visual communication for The Lazo Group. Alice received a dual degree in Art History and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and has previous experience in museums, galleries, and home decor. When she is not working, Alice is an art enthusiast, an avid reader, and an amateur runner.

Pauline Miller – Graphic Designer

Pauline MillerPauline Miller is a freelance designer, writer, and curator living in Philadelphia. She received her degree in Art History and Museum Studies from Hampshire College, and has worked with numerous museums and historic sites including the Walt Whitman House in Camden, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Amherst, Mass., and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book and focusing on an intensive knitting project.

Alexis Lacock – Photography and Videography

Alexis LacockAlexis Lacock, is a Business management graduate and photographer/videographer for The Lazo Group. She is developing her career in both artistic and professional styles of photography. In addition to photography and film, she spends her time as vocalist/songwriter for Progressive Rock band, Frantic Endeavor. Her remaining free time is devoted to friends, family, and her 7 year old Aussie Shepherd, Marcus.