Denise Bentele, APR
President, CEO and Founder

Denise oversees public relations consulting for Common Ground clients and coordinates account staff development. Her public relations experience includes business-to-business communications, brand marketing and crisis management for a variety of industries. With APR accreditation by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Denise is recognized as a leader in the public relations field.

Her experience includes employee communications, media relations and crisis management for companies including Bethesda Health Group, Bi-State Development, Lewis Rice, Logan University, Metropolitan Sewer District, St. Louis Economic Partnership, Southeast Missouri State University, UnitedHealth Group, University of Illinois and several others.

Denise’s crisis communications training is based on SuperVoice – the respected program of the petroleum industry – and has been tested in situations including a ruptured gasoline pipeline, the failed merger of two U.S. airlines, university and campus crises, Chapter 11 reorganizations and international environmental issues. She received a coveted PRSA Silver Anvil for crisis communications with the Sisters of Mercy Health System.

She is a past-president and ethics chair of the St. Louis chapter of PRSA; is a member of The Counselors Academy; attended the Sedona Roundtable of Public Relations Agency Executives; served as a strategic planning committee member for the Council of PR Firms; and is a prior board member for the St. Louis Press Club.

Denise is a current member of the board of directors for Provident. She has served in several other capacities for organizations including Rockwood School District’s student nutrition and fitness committee, Safe Connections and Woodlawn Chapel.

Denise earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.