Veteran Atlanta Journalist Rachel Tobin Joins Jackson Spalding

ATLANTA (Nov. 29, 2011) – Rachel Tobin, a longtime Atlanta business and legal reporter and the immediate past president of The Atlanta Press Club, will join Jackson Spalding’s communications team on December 5. She and seven other new team members were hired recently in the firm’s Atlanta office.

Tobin has been a beat reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2008, covering economic development and real estate in the context of the recession. She previously covered the aviation and hospitality industries for three years as a reporter for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. During that time, Tobin won five national Capital Reporter and Editors awards, including first place, for stories on business and airline legislation at the state capitol. Prior to that, she spent three years as a general assignment reporter for the Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta’s legal trade newspaper.

Other career stops include The Weather Channel, where Tobin served as Traffic Manager in the Latin American division, and three years as a legislative aide and campaign manager for the Atlanta City Council.

Tobin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She attained her Masters in Communication from Georgia State University in 2007.

Jackson Spalding also added four new professionals in its JS Creative group.

Courtney Komich was named Traffic Manager and will coordinate work flow for the expanding creative team. A graduate of Seton Hall University, Komich brings more than a decade of project management experience from local advertising and creative agencies, including BBDO Atlanta.

Rozilin Mesadieu joined the firm as a media planner and buyer, following five years in similar positions with Identity and Innovative Media Solutions. A former resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Mesadieu graduated from the University of Central Florida.

Margaret Spalding, a native of Athens, Ga., is the latest graphic designer to join the firm. She was most recently with the Carter’s/Oshkosh Creative Division. Spalding has a Bachelor of Arts in Archeology from the College of Charleston and a Minor in Studio Art from the University of Georgia’s School of the Arts in Cortona, Italy. She also has a degree in Graphic Design from The Creative Circus in Atlanta.

Wells Collins became full-time as a digital designer after serving several months as an intern at the firm. Collins holds a degree in graphic design from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He previously served as an intern with Charleston Magazine in his hometown of Charleston, S.C.

Desiree Mahr, another Jackson Spalding intern, also joined the firm full-time. Mahr graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with dual degrees in Public Relations and Spanish. She was named one of the most promising minority student finalists by the American Advertising Federation earlier this year. Mahr grew up in Belleville, Illinois, outside of St. Louis.

Jackson Spalding also added new talent in its administrative group.

Courtney Rembert joined the firm as head of Human Resources for Jackson Spalding. She was previously in the human resources department at Ryla Teleservices. A native of Barnwell, S.C., Rembert earned her Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications from the College of Charleston and her Masters in Human Resources Development from Webster University in Columbia, S.C.

Dina LaTorre is a new member of Jackson Spalding’s accounting department, where she will manage accounts payable and assist with billing. LaTorre brings 15 years of accounting experience to the group. A native of Connecticut, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Ct.

“We are so proud of our Jackson Spalding team and we are delighted to add this new talent and energy as we look ahead to 2012,” says Glen, Jackson, co-founder.