Evans Communications

Evans Communications is a Phoenix-based public relations, public affairs, marketing and event planning firm offering a full range of communications and creative services to amazing clients from all kinds of different industries. 

Celebrating An Icon with the Unveiling of Tillman Middle School

This week marked a significant milestone and exciting announcement for one of our fantastic clients. Balsz School District unveiled its new school — Tillman Middle School, previously Balsz Elementary School — at a special event for students and staff on Tuesday morning. 

We were honored to be a part of this process from the start of the transition process for the school from an elementary school to a middle school in a strategic effort to better serve the district’s students. And we were proud to be part of the naming of the new school in honor of a great American hero, Pat Tillman.

Several dignitaries were in attendance on Tuesday, with Mayor Greg Stanton, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and Pat’s brother Kevin Tillman all sharing inspirational remarks with the students, faculty and media.

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Smith and the school’s principal Dr. Chad Smith also spoke about meaning of the school’s name and their vision for the future of Tillman Middle School.

The school will officially transition for the 2018-2019 school year and will serve as the district’s only dedicated middle school, welcoming sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. This change will help the district recruit and retain quality teachers, increase enrollment, better allocate resources and develop new educational programming.

Frontdoors Media Selects Journalism and Magazine Industry Veteran Karen Werner as New Editor


Evans Communications' sister company Frontdoors Media, a digital media company that publishes Frontdoors Magazine and provides extensive online coverage of the Valley’s philanthropy and lifestyle, has selected industry veteran Karen Werner as its new Editor.

Werner is an accomplished writer with experience in a number of different platforms, and frequently serves as an adjunct professor of editing and magazine writing at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She is the founder and principal of KWink Media, a consulting firm that helps create publications and manage communications for a number of prominent for-profit and nonprofit organizations. 

Werner previously worked as Executive Editor of Arizona Foothills Magazine, and has produced publications for the Musical Instrument Museum, the Arizona Office of Tourism, and the City of Glendale. She also created and served as Editor in Chief of Wavelength, a magazine for Phoenix-area NPR affiliates KJZZ and KBAQ.

Frontdoors Media Publisher Andrea Tyler Evans, who bought Frontdoors Media along with her husband Tom in early 2017, said Werner’s expertise and exceptional writing skills make her an ideal choice to lead the Frontdoors editorial team moving forward. 

“We are very excited to welcome Karen to the team and to have her take the lead in advancing our editorial coverage of the community,” Evans said. “Karen is an ideal choice to take the vision we’ve created for the publication and help it grow and expand its reach in the Valley. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of positive impact she can have on our coverage across our digital platforms.”

Werner will succeed previous Frontdoors editor Mike Saucier, who passed away on November 1 after a brief battle with cancer. Evans said that Saucier was instrumental in the creation of the vision for the revamped magazine and digital platform, and Frontdoors Media has been dedicated to Saucier’s memory in perpetuity.

Werner said she is looking forward to the new position and helping shape the company’s editorial approach moving forward.

“I am honored and excited to take on this role and to build on the impressive foundation Mike Saucier laid,” she said. “I believe my experience across print and digital platforms coupled with my deep interest in the Valley’s philanthropic community will continue to drive the success of the Frontdoors brand.”

Frontdoors Media celebrates the people and groups who give generously and work to build the future of our community. It’s the premier source of information – and inspiration – for those who strive to make the Valley of the Sun a better place to live. For more information, visit www.frontdoorsmedia.com.

We're hiring! Sales Account Manager for Frontdoors Media

Our sister company, Frontdoors Media (www.frontdoorsmedia.com), celebrates the people and groups who give generously and work to build the future of our community. It’s the premier source of information – and inspiration – for those who strive to make the Valley of the Sun a better place to live. Our content is delivered to an online subscriber base of more than 35,000 people through a monthly digital magazine, robust web presence, twice-weekly e-blasts and our new Frontdoors TV online broadcast.

Frontdoors Media is currently accepting applications for a part-time Sales Account Manager to manage sales outreach for our digital products. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in print and digital sales as well as extensive contacts in the business community. Compensation would be a mix of a monthly base fee and commissions on all advertising sold.

To apply for the position, please e-mail tom@frontdoorsmedia.com with your resume and background information. No phone calls please.