Our People

Georgella Muirhead, APR
Partner

Georgella Muirhead, APR, served 24 years as senior community relations administrator in the Michigan cities of Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Southfield and Detroit. Georgella served as director of the Southfield Department of Community Relations for five years and director of the Detroit Department of Public Information for eight years. Additionally, Georgella held the position of director of communications for the Wayne County Commission and operated Georgella Muirhead Communications, Inc., before forming Berg Muirhead and Associates.

Georgella is a multi-faceted communications practitioner whose specialties include public relations, community marketing, community engagement and event planning. Georgella is a natural born communicator who has perfected the art of digesting industry jargon and boiling it down to “plain talk” that makes sense to our clients’ target audience. She has received national, state and local awards for outstanding public relations and cable television programming, including the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award for Excellence in Public Service-Government Communications, the highest award given by PRSA. Georgella is an accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America. She was the national spokeswoman at the 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Democratic Presidential Debate in Myrtle Beach.

 

Bob Berg
Partner

Bob Berg began his career as a reporter for United Press International in Des Moines, Iowa before becoming bureau chief in Lincoln, Nebraska and Lansing, Michigan. He later became Michigan Capitol bureau chief for Panax Newspapers. In 1977, he began a 17-year tenure as senior public affairs advisor to Michigan’s two longest serving Chief Executives — first as executive assistant for Public Affairs to Michigan Governor William G. Milliken from 1977 through 1982 and then as press secretary for Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young from 1983 through 1993.

Bob has earned the reputation as a strategic media relations and messaging expert with a keen understanding of how to package information. As a former member of the media, Bob has a “no garbage attitude” understanding what is newsworthy and has made a conscious effort not to waste the media’s time. Subsequently, Berg Muirhead has a strong record of exceeding client earned media expectations and deliverables. 

 

Peter Van Dyke
Partner

Peter Van Dyke joined Berg Muirhead in 2006 and has led award-wining campaign for the firm’s diverse public and private sector clients. In addition to his client work, Van Dyke is noted for bringing several new clients to the firm including The Somerset Collection, Midtown Detroit, Inc., the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Roxbury Group and the Ruth Ellis Center.  He also founded and manages the firm’s internship program. 

In 2010, Van Dyke was named one of Crain's Detroit Business's "20 in their Twenties," which recognizes those who are making significant business and philanthropic contributions in Metro Detroit. He was picked out of 300 nominees for the recognition.

Van Dyke is very involved in his local community, serving on the board of directors for the Detroit Artist Market, where he serves as vice chair, and Michigan Community Resources.  He also serves on committees for the Detroit Historical Society, the Michigan Humane Society, the Detroit Opera House and several other organizations, and is past chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCAD) young professionals board. Additionally, Van Dyke is the director of the Marche du Nain Rouge, a parade and festival in Midtown Detroit.

 

Kelsey Hartung
Account Executive

Kelsey Hartung joined Berg Muirhead in 2011 as an intern and quickly became a valued member of team as a junior account executive. She has extensive experience in media relations, community outreach and event planning, working with a wide range of Berg Muirhead’s diverse clientele. She was a key part of the Berg Muirhead team that worked with the Detroit Institute of Arts on its successful Art is For Everyone regional millage campaign in 2012 and has managed several promotions for Faygo Beverages, Inc. Prior to joining Berg Muirhead, Hartung was an intern with the Detroit Zoological Society.

Hartung received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and French Language and Literature from Oakland University, where she is currently working on her Master of Arts in Communication. In June 2012, Hartung was selected to present her research, “An Analysis of the Pioneering Public Relations Work of Edward Bernays from an Ethical Perspective,” at the 12th National Communication Ethics Conference at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

 

Shanel Adams
Junior Account Executive

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Adams to the Berg Muirhead team. Photo and bio to come.

 

Marilyn Horn
Vice President of Administration and Finance