We are a team of passionate communicators and connectors.

Meet the Team

We are a small, but mighty team of skilled communicators and connectors who are passionate about the work we do and clients we serve. We are proactive in our outreach efforts and deliver powerful results.

With a diverse array of talent, our Denver public relations team includes experts in strategic communications, brand journalism, media relations, social media, influencer marketing, expert positioning, and strategic partnerships. At the helm is veteran communications professional Michelle Ellis, who works with a talented team of specialized sub-contractors with a proven track record of success.

 

Michelle Ellis

Founder & Chief Communicator

Michelle Ellis headshotMichelle Ellis is an award-winning communications professional with more than 18 years of experience in strategic public relations and marketing communications, as well as broadcast journalism. A skilled communicator and brand journalist, she is constantly seeking client stories to share and ways to elevate brands by connecting them with their audiences and influencers. Her hard work has been recognized, Michelle was named one of Denver’s 2016 top 40 Under 40 business leaders by the Denver Business Journal and was recognized as the 2015 PR Person of the Year by PRSA Colorado.

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Alexandra Chiafery

Public Relations Specialist

Ali Chiafery headshot

Alexandra (Ali) Chiafery has been working in PR for almost a decade in a variety of industries and capacities. She has extensive experience in events and PR in a variety of industries and capacities, specializing in fitness, lifestyle, apparel, outdoors, and travel brands. A born storyteller, Ali is gifted at identifying stories that are newsworthy, compelling, and clearly communicate her client’s messages. Her storytelling skills coupled with her passion for people, travel and the outdoors is the driving force behind Ali’s success. 

 

Sarah Gore

Social Media Specialist

Sarah Gore brings 20+ years of experience in public relations, marketing, special events, and social media to the team. She began her career as a marketing expert for new home builders and developers. In 2009, she shifted her focus to social media and created STANCE LLC, a social media marketing company. Sarah helps brands create a community of followers and fans with the sole purpose of building ongoing relationships that boost the bottom line. She specializes in hospitality, restaurant, home building and construction related industries.

Lauren Karsh

Social Media Specialist

Lauren KarshEntrenched in marketing for nearly 20 years, Lauren has worked in every facet of marketing – with both private and public companies from new business development, brand management, design, and execution to building the social media businesses for award-winning branding agencies. She went out on her own in 2017 and now works with a variety of local clients in industries ranging from real estate and construction to communications, government, and hospitality.

Mary-Frances Main

Website Solutions Specialist

Mary-Frances is the owner of Denver-based Apricity Web Solutions and is our website solutions partner. She offers a full range of website services including the setup of basic and complex websites as well as maintenance and troubleshooting. Specializing in WordPress, Woocommerce, and other web hosting sites and platforms, Mary-Frances is able to integrate with plugins and complex systems that help your company grow.

Courtney Drake-McDonough

Writer + Copy Editor

Courtney Drake-McDonough headshotCourtney Drake-McDonough is a writer, editor, and marketing professional born and raised in Colorado. She has written for a variety of websites, magazines, and newspapers and provided public relations and marketing services to local and national clients in a variety of industries for 30+ years. Courtney is the founder of the InGoodTasteDenver.com blog and podcast, covering Colorado monthly events and features about businesses and business owners.

 

Elisabeth Monaghan

Public Relations Specialist

Elisabeth Monaghan is an accomplished public relations and marketing professional, writer and editor. She has worked in a diverse array of industries and has established an incredible rapport with Denver media and influencers. Elisabeth is an active board member of PRSA Colorado and a former president of the chapter. She is an accredited public relations professional and graduate of Regis University. A creative marketing and communication expert, she couples her earned skills and adept knowledge of the latest industry research and cutting-edge communication technologies to garner measurable results for her clients.

 

Abby Oppenheim

Public Relations Specialist

Abby Oppenheim started her career in New York City as an NBC Page and then worked at Telepictures Productions as the assistant to the VP of Publicity. She moved to Los Angeles where she was the publicist for several television shows including ExtraThe Real, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She not only was the publicist at Ellen, but joined the producing team for several years as well. Knowing her heart was still in PR, she left Ellen to become the Broadcast Manager at L.A. Tourism and Convention Board before making her way to Denver in August 2016. Since her move, she has worked with clients in a variety of industries such as entertainment, hospitality, food and beverage, nonprofit, online apparel, and consumer packaged goods.

 

Kelly Taylor

Graphic Design Specialist

Kelly has nearly 20 years of experience in graphic design. She worked as the senior art director for a large advertising agency, followed by serving as the creative director for La Mode Dallas Magazine, before she began working independently. Kelly has a proven track record developing corporate identities, marketing strategies, ad campaigns, and design materials for many diverse companies. 

Liz Viscardi

Events + Sponsorships Specialist

Liz is the founder of LV Events and PR and is our events and sponsorships partner. She has more than a decade of media (traditional and social) relations, public relations, public information, outreach, and event management expertise. Her breadth of skills allows her to provide a customizable approach to each and every client. 

 

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