Lesley Francis Public Relations (LFPR) is an award winning public relations agency based in Savannah, GA. Our experience and commitment allows us to offer a tailored approach to ensure our clients make a big impact with the right target audiences every time.
With over 30 years’ experience in public relations, Lesley and her team quickly become an integral part of her clients’ marketing programs. An exceptional talent and enthusiasm for Public Relations and the written word ensures quality results time after time.
Meet the Team
Lesley Francis, Founder and CEO, has worked for 30 years in public relations – over 20 of these in the consumer products and healthcare sectors in London, the toughest and most demanding media market in the world. In 1998, she founded a one-person, London-based agency that ultimately became the 14th largest in the UK. She sold it to a global media group in 2007. After running the group’s global PR division she relocated to Savannah, Georgia and became a naturalized American citizen in 2012.
Lesley set up LFPR in 2011, and the agency has grown every year through its “can-do” attitude and the staff’s ability to design and execute integrated campaigns that target the right audiences and key influencers. Lesley is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill, has served on the boards of the Savannah Book Festival, Ariel Southeast Angels Partners, Bryan County Bark Park and is now pleased to be a director of the board for The United Way of the Coastal Empire.
Hollie Barnidge, Vice President, lives in Pooler, Georgia with her husband and daughter and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She joined LFPR as social media manager and copy writer in 2015. Hollie has worked at a number of publications, including daily newspapers and lifestyle magazines, and served as a regional editor for Morris Multimedia Inc. for seven years. Through her time spent as Main Street Program manager, Hollie amassed experience in small business and economic development, marketing, planning and preservation, design, and volunteer management. She was named to the Hinesville Veterans Memorial Walk Board of Directors and enjoys volunteering with several area nonprofits.
Kristyn Fielding, Account Manager, originally from Thomasville, Georgia, currently lives in Savannah and joined LFPR in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Science in public relations and minor in marketing from Georgia Southern University. Since moving to Savannah, she has enjoyed getting involved in the community and currently serves on the Bryan County Bark Park Board of Directors. During her education she was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and co-host of a weekly radio show for Georgia Southern University’s official radio station WVGS 91.9 The Buzz in addition to completing a summer internship with The Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro, Georgia. Kristyn works with client event coordination, writing and issuing news releases, client liaison, research, media coverage evaluation, and social media management and content generation at LFPR. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends, family and her yellow lab, Cotton.
Hayley Larson, Creative Manager, lives in Savannah, Georgia with her ‘fur baby’ Winnie. Originally from Minnesota, she moved to Savannah to attend Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with a major in Fashion Marketing and Management with a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduating she began working for Boost by Design doing social media marketing and graphic design. Looking to sweeten things up, she moved over to Savannah’s Candy Kitchen as their graphic designer until she joined LFPR in October 2018. When she isn’t working you can find her working on her fashion blog and exploring local dog-friendly destinations with her pup Winnie.
Crystal Vogel, Marketing Assistant, lives in Richmond Hill, Georgia and joined LFPR in October 2018. She is originally from Mystic, Connecticut, but has lived in the Savannah region most of her life. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Professional Communications with a minor in theatre from Georgia Southern University. Crystal graduated with distinction, Summa Cum Laude, and is part of the National Society of Leadership and Success. At LFPR she works with writing and issuing news releases, media coverage evaluation, research, and social media management and content generation. During her education, she completed an internship with Mamie Ruth, a local clothing brand that is found nationwide, doing their PR, social media management, event planning, content creation, and blog writing. She also completed a semester-long study abroad program in Siena, Italy studying travel writing, advanced composition, anthropology, and art history. When Crystal isn’t at work, you can find her traveling, working on her vegan lifestyle blog about food, vegan travel destinations, and cruelty-free beauty, or spending time with her mom and two dogs Callie and Vance.
Sally Lowe Whitehead, Writer and Copywriter, lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband Mel Whitehead. She has been a freelance writer and editor for many years, as well as a small-business owner and part-time marketing director. While living in New York City, she studied extensively with the late author, Madeleine L’Engle, author of over eighty books, including A Wrinkle in Time. Sally authored a memoir published by Harper Collins, entitled The Truth Shall Set You Free, and has essays included in the anthology, A Circle of Friends: Remembering Madeleine L’Engle and Armstrong State University textbook, Word by Word. She is a past board member of the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire and presently volunteers as a voter registration educator.
Chaeli Shields, Web-Based Project Manager, currently resides in Colorado and is a proud military wife and mother to Jason and Carter. Chaeli comes to LFPR from the Washington, D.C. area, where she has enjoyed positions in fields ranging from marketing, branding and sales to government contracting. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Learning is one of Chaeli’s passions, as she is currently attending Oregon State University to obtain her second Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Chaeli has traveled extensively, resided in Italy for several years, speaks Spanish fluently and is conversational in Italian.