Associates

Front Door-5303Our associates are waiting in the wings to help you achieve your business goals.  

The experience of the principals and associates of Sease, Gerig & Associates, and our professional relationships – both locally and nationally – place the firm among the most respected and successful in Indiana. Contact us today to discuss your public relations needs.  We look forward to working with you.

Dr. Gene Sease, Chairman and Partner
Dr. Sease served as president and chancellor of the University of Indianapolis from 1968-1989. Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Sease has been known as a “man who can get the job done.” Dr. Sease has been integral in facilitating important partnerships in Indianapolis that led to formation of Martin University and to the expansion of cable TV, cellular phone service and many other ventures that revolutionized how we work today. Dr. Sease is an active partner in the firm and serves as Chairman.

David G. Sease, Vice Chairman and Partner
Prior to helping form Sease, Gerig & Associates, David Sease was with Shelby Federal Savings Bank of Indianapolis for 10 years, serving as vice-president from 1982-1987.  He has a master’s degree in public relations and serves as a consultant with numerous clients. David is very active in his church and community.

Louis E. Gerig, President and Partner
Lou began as a middle school teacher, but an opportunity with the local newspaper soon changed his course eventually leading to a job as press assistant to White House Press Secretary Jim Brady during the Reagan Administration.  He was press secretary to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar from 1978-1981, before joining the White House staff.  From 1982-1987, he served as a lobbyist and head of the public and governmental affairs department for Merchants National Corporation, now PNC Bank Indiana. In 1987, he joined forces with the Seases to form Sease, Gerig & Associates and as he says “the rest is history.” Those who know Lou are aware of his love for politics, photography and, of course, Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair. Ask him about his Pie Party when you talk!

Robert L. Gildea, Sr. Vice President
Mr. Gildea is former managing editor of the Bloomington, Indiana, Herald-Times.  He also has served as public relations director of the Indiana Area of the United Methodist Church.  He joined the firm in 1971 and has taught public relations courses at several Indiana universities. Mr. Gildea is a born storyteller, who loves music and baseball. He works with a wide array of clients.

Dr. Donald W. Tanselle, Sr. Consultant
Dr. Tanselle, former president of Merchants National Bank, now PNC Bank Indiana, serves as a senior consultant with the firm.

Ty Gerig, Vice President
Ty Gerig joined the firm in 2014, after serving as the Director of Communication at national law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP for nearly 10 years. In addition to traditional public relations expertise, Ty brings experience with digital communication, such as mobile apps, website management and social media. He also worked in the non-profit sector, including stints at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Central Indiana Community Foundation. Prior to that, he served as a general assignment reporter for The Peru Tribune, where he covered city government, education and sports.  Ty is married to Katrin Gerig, and they have three children.

Alicia Thomas, Assistant Vice President
Alicia Thomas joined the firm in 2014 and previously worked as a project manager for an interactive creative agency. She managed large interactive projects from multi-touch applications to content-managed websites. She was also the firm’s copywriter, editor and managed its gaming entity’s social media pages. Alicia earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from University of Indianapolis and continues to volunteer as a professional mentor with UIndy’s Top Dog Communication, a student-run public relations firm. Alicia and her husband, Devin, are active volunteers in their community and church.