Christy Haynes

Art & Studio Director

Kyle McDermott

Principal

Jason Perkey

Vice President

Megan Renner

Chief Operating Officer

Rich Rhodes

Production Director

Alyson Rowse

Account Executive

Laura Smith

Account Executive

AJ Stokes

Principal

Julie Varian

Accounting Specialist

Jonathan Varner

Founder

Jonathan Varner

Jonathan Varner has built winning political and public affairs campaigns for candidates, committees, unions, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 businesses for nearly 20 years. In 2007, he founded the company that would become JVA Campaigns, which has worked from California to Maine, and many places in between.

Under Varner’s leadership as the firm’s creative director, JVA Campaigns has won more than forty "Pollie" awards from the American Association of Political Consultants for advertising work in mail, digital, print, and radio. Regarded as one of the top strategists in the field, Varner was named one of Campaigns & Elections Magazine national "Influencers 500" in 2013, as well as one of Ohio’s five most influential Democratic consultants.

614-485-9880 ext 301 jv@jvacampaigns.com

Christy Haynes

Christy spent almost twenty years working at various advertising and branding agencies before joining the JVA team. She is responsible for managing our creative team for in-house and client work. A native of Ohio, Christy has a degree in Advertising Design from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

614-485-9880 ext 306 christy@jvacampaigns.com

Jason Perkey

Jason Perkey has managed and worked in local, state, and national campaigns for over a decade, including President Barack Obama's '08 presidential campaign and former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's 2011 re-election bid. The bulk of Jason's political experience stems from working inside State Democratic Parties in Kentucky, Kansas, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, as well as alongside grassroots leaders. He also served two terms as President of the Association of State Democratic Executive Directors (ASDED), establishing avenues of communication and improving partnerships among state parties, the national Democratic Party, and all of its associated bodies.

Jason is a former National Lawyers Guild Heywood Burns Fellow and is a current Political Partner in the Truman National Security.

502-802-6353 jason@jvacampaigns.com

Kyle McDermott

Born into a family of steelworkers and teachers, Kyle McDermott worked in the labor movement for over a decade managing state and national campaigns for the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, and the United Steelworkers. McDermott also served as the executive director of the Ohio Democratic Party, where he led the party’s successful efforts to reelect President Obama and Senator Sherrod Brown.

Since joining the JVA team, Kyle has spent significant time researching, testing, and designing programs that focus on persuading and turning out working-class voters. These proven tactics have secured wins in mayoral, state legislative, and U.S. Senate races across the country. McDermott’s work has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants and the Analyst Institute.

317-647-8522 kyle@jvacampaigns.com

Rich Rhodes

For almost two decades Rich has been at the heart of the advertising and media business in Ohio. As a director of creative and production services, an account executive, a production manager and a traffic manager for several firms, he’s managed and directed all aspects of radio, television, and print advertising.

At JVA, Rich is the guy who makes the trains run on time. Internally, he ensures constant communication between account executives and the creative team, maintains the master project list and sample archive, and bids and purchases all outside production services. Externally, he assigns all projects to the appropriate vendors to ensure that each item is received by the targeted recipient when they are supposed to receive it. Rich is from Newark, Ohio, and attended Wilmington College.

614-485-9880 ext 305 rich@jvacampaigns.com

Alyson Rowse

Alyson Rowse grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a family of unionized steelworkers and coal miners. Her passion for labor and progressive politics drove her to complete a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a certificate in Global Leadership from Ohio University. Aly has gained extensive research experience through her internships with the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's office.

614-485-9880 ext 316 aly@jvacampaigns.com

Laura Smith

Growing up in Troy, Ohio, Laura is a proud Ohio native. She recently graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she studied political science and strategic communication. Prior to joining JVA, Laura has held various internships, including for Americans for Responsible Solutions and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

614-485-9880 ext 320 laura@jvacampaigns.com

A.J. Stokes

AJ Stokes’s passion for fighting for working families began at local labor hall in Toledo, Ohio, when he was very young, but in the more than three decades since, he has become a veteran operative in the labor movement, government, politics, and public affairs.

After spending the early part of his career working in Washington, DC, and in states around the country, he took his experience back to his home state, serving as both Executive Director and Chief of Staff to the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, where he orchestrated winning back the majority for Democrats in the House for the first time in fourteen years. AJ’s first major accomplishment as a member of the JVA Campaigns team was serving as Campaign Manager to We Are Ohio, where he successfully orchestrated the campaign to defeat Senate Bill 5. For this effort, he was named Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants.

614-485-9880 ext 302 aj@jvacampaigns.com

Julie Varian

Originally from Ohio, Julie joined JVA after spending fourteen years working in the accounting and insurance industries in North Dakota and Minnesota. At JVA she is our head bean counter, handling the accounting for our client accounts and our firm as a whole.

When not working, Julie loves going to yoga, biking, and making amazing soy candles. She and her family are also proud to have welcomed more than ten foster children into their home over the past several years.

Julie has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.

614-485-9880 ext 311 julie@jvacampaigns.com

Megan Renner

A native of Illinois, Renner has over a decade’s experience in political direct mail. Prior to joining JVA Campaigns, Megan orchestrated successful voter contact and public affairs campaigns for candidates, political committees, and nonprofits for firms in Arizona and Washington, DC.

First as an account executive, and now as, our Chief Operating Officer, Megan has designed award-winning mail for clients at every level of the ballot. In addition to her client work, Megan also manages the day-to-day operations at JVA, keeping the company running smoothly and efficiently. She continually monitors our creative and production processes and introduces improvements when necessary to make sure that JVA stays on the cutting edge of our field.

614-485-9880 ext 304 megan@jvacampaigns.com